The eighth-annual Groundhog Day Breakfast will return to the Mahan Building on the Fayette County Fairgrounds this Monday at 7 a.m. with two guest speakers and a new special award.
Sponsored by the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce and McDonald’s of Fayette County, the breakfast will feature the first Agriculture Business of the Year award. This award honors the deep tradition of agriculture in Fayette County and will also serve to highlight the current successes of the local agriculture industry.
Fayette County Chamber of Commerce President Julie Bolender said she was also very excited to welcome two guest speakers, Andy Vance and Bruce Boguski.
According to Bolender, Vance brings with him a lifetime of ag experience, education and insight and communicates today’s issues in the agriculture and food retail industries through powerful storytelling. He has presented to hundreds of groups in agriculture and related professions, and been called upon to moderate discussion panels for the Animal Agriculture Alliance, the National Association of Farm Broadcasting and several land-grant universities. He began his career in farm media as a college intern in Columbus, and spent 10 years as a broadcast journalist at WRFD-AM, the Buckeye Ag Radio Network and ABN Radio. He earned the Horizon Award from the National Association of Farm Broadcasting in 2005, and with his team won multiple newscast and news service awards.
According to his bio, listeners will walk away with an ability to identify the current major themes in the markets, and learn to discern the key macro themes at play beyond individual marketing strategy.
Boguski is a motivational speaker, trainer, columnist, and media personality well known for his ability to inspire others to “do the impossible.” According to Bolender, Boguski knows first-hand the attitude and skills required to overcome physical and mental challenges. At age 18, he was paralyzed as the result of an automobile accident. While doctors were wondering whether he would ever walk again, he was busy recuperating. Two years later Boguski had regained full use of his body and went on to become a two-time state champion in racquetball, a football and baseball coach at Van Buren High School and the men’s and women’s tennis coach at the University of Findlay.
Today, Boguski is president of The Winner’s Edge, a peak performance consulting firm in Findlay, Ohio. He has become an internationally-known presenter on motivational tactics and mental toughness training for education, sports, business and life.
The information in this article was provided by Fayette County Chamber of Commerce President Julie Bolender. Stay with the Record-Herald for more coverage of this annual event in a future edition of the paper.
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