LOCATION: Cityscape Events Center, Downtown Kalamazoo
DRESS: Business Casual
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Information regarding the silent auction items will become available closer to the date of the Leadoff Dinner.
KEYNOTE SPEAKER - USMC COLONEL WILL BERRIS: Colonel Berris played football at Western Michigan from 1985-88 and was a captain on the 1988 Mid-American Conference championship team. During his career with the Broncos, Berris recorded 305 tackles and forced eight fumbles and holds the record for most tackles in a single game (27) in program history.
While in the Marine Corps, Colonel Berris has commanded at every level and has been deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan, Horn of Africa, Kuwait, Bangladesh and Burma.
His most recent overseas duty was in the Bahrain where he served for one year as the Chief of Staff for the Department of Defense’s only Marine Corps/Navy integrated Brigade staff. His duties encompassed managing the staffs that supported as many as seven thousand Marines and Sailors aboard Navy ships and ashore throughout the Middle East.
During his time in the military, Colonel Berris has won several awards including the Legion of Merit, Defense Superior Service Medal and Combat Action Ribbon.
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