Groundhog Breakfast returns Feb. 1

Shawn Harper to serve as headline speaker

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Ryan Matthews

Ryan Matthews

Shawn Harper

Tickets are currently on sale for the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce Groundhog Breakfast.

Sponsored by McDonald’s of Fayette County, this annual event is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 1 at 7 a.m. at the Mahan Building on the county fairgrounds.

“We are really excited about this year’s speakers,” said Chamber president Julie Bolender. “While our speakers come from different backgrounds and are working in very different fields, I am confident our community will truly enjoy their messages.”

The first speaker for the event is former Ohio FFA president Ryan Matthews. With no previous agricultural experience, Matthews joined FFA in high school and the rest is history. Grabbing onto every opportunity the organization threw his way, Matthews built relationships, learned valuable skills and eventually served as the Ohio FFA President. This office took him to over 100 FFA chapters throughout the state where he provided leadership workshops while interacting with thousands of students and agricultural professionals.

While in office, he also spent time in Washington D.C. as well as South Africa. Matthews will be sharing his experiences as well as his perspective as someone who is heading into the agricultural industry.

The headline speaker is Shawn Harper. Harper’s life is a true “rags-to-riches” fairytale. Destined to become just another inner-city crime statistic, Shawn decided to construct his own reality.

After seven years in the NFL, he is now a loving husband, father and owner/CEO of American Services and Protection; a multi-million-dollar security guard and protection firm in Columbus. Shawn leads a large team of employees, using his own advice to coach and motivate his staff to assure they reach their full potential. Harper is sure to leave a lasting impact on attendees while giving them the tools necessary to build relationships, increase productivity and create the “Winner’s Mindset.”

As always, there will be a “Celebrity Groundhog.” Clues will be given throughout the morning as to the identity of the groundhog, who will be revealed at the conclusion of the program. Tickets for this breakfast event are $25 each and can be obtained by calling 740-335-0761 or by visiting the Chamber of Commerce office, located at 206 E. Court St.

“Members as well as the public at large are invited to join us for this annual event,” said Bolender, “I believe it is going to be a great morning and one you will not want to miss!”

Stay with the Record-Herald for more coverage of the annual Groundhog Breakfast. The information in this article was provided by Fayette County Chamber of Commerce President Julie Bolender.

Ryan Matthews Matthews

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Shawn Harper to serve as headline speaker

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