Marietta Area Chamber of Commerce 103rd Annual Meeting Dinner Announces Speaker!
Kevin Lacz is a decorated former US Navy SEAL; the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir The Last Punisher; a SEAL technical advisor; a co-star of the blockbuster smash American Sniper; a certified Physician Assistant and co-founder of Lifestyle and Performance Medicine; and spokesperson for Hunting for Healing, the charity he co-founded with his wife. Kevin Lacz has gone above the pinnacle of serving among America’s Special Operations to become a bestselling author, an accomplished speaker, an entrepreneur, a philanthropist, and an active member in his community.
Lacz’s journey began after the terrorist attacks of 9/11, which took place when he was in college. Fueled by a desire to serve his country, Kevin left college and joined the US Navy. He completed Basic Underwater Demolition SEAL training and found a home at SEAL Team THREE Task Unit Bruiser. As a sniper and combat medic, Kevin was crucial to the success of
Task Unit Bruiser which emerged as one of the most highly decorated special operations units of the Iraq war. Kevin received multiple awards during his service, including a Bronze Star with combat “V” and the
Navy and Marine Commendation Awards with combat “V.” He left the SEALs after eight years of service in 2010.
Fueled by success within Naval Special Warfare, Kevin took his skills back to the classroom, graduating Magna cum Laude from the University of Connecticut with a degree in Political Science. He continued on to Wake Forest University, where he graduated with a Master of Medical Science-Physician Assistant.
During his tenure at Wake Forest, Kevin was approached by legendary actor and director Clint Eastwood, who asked him to serve as SEAL technical advisor on his adaptation of American Sniper, the story of Chris Kyle. Kevin helped the actors accurately portray Navy SEALs and worked closely with Bradley Cooper in particular, who portrayed Kyle in the film. After a short time working together, Cooper convinced Kevin that he should play himself in the film. Eastwood gladly agreed, proud to have someone on screen who knew the film’s events and its hero firsthand. Kevin was an integral part of the Oscar winning film, which garnered six nominations in 2015, including Best Picture and Best Actor (Bradley Cooper).
Monday, March 12, 2018 marks the 103rd anniversary of the annual meeting dinner of the Marietta Area Chamber of Commerce (MACC). The event will be at the Dyson-Baudo Recreation Center at Marietta College. Social hour begins at 5:00 pm, dinner seating begins at 6:15 pm with a meal prepared by Parkhurst Catering served at 6:30 pm. Program begins at 7 pm.
Following dinner, the honorees for the Washington County Council of Cooperative Agricultural Award, the Zonta Elizabeth L. Hadler Woman of the Year Award, the Gabe Zide Citizen of the Year Award and the Marietta Area Chamber of Commerce Business Leader of the Year Award will be announced.
Tickets are $60 per person and includes admission, social hour, a three course meal, community awards and inspiration! Reservations are required and may be obtained by calling MACC at 740-373-5176. Reservations may also be made via the chamber’s website www.mariettachamber.com.