Close to 100 people attended last week’s URCC 102nd Annual Meeting.

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The event, held at the casino’s Loft, was hosted by Plainridge Park Casino. The staff there always pleases with excellent food and service and creative presentation.


URCC President and CEO, Jack Lank, recapped the year, which included two new events, the first-annual Women’s Expo and Holiday Shopping in the Wild at Capron Park Zoo.


Dr. Charles Steinberg, president of the Pawtucket Red Sox, was an extremely engaging speaker, telling stories about his career and his interesting experiences. He really knows how to captivate an audience.


His kind gestures always were reciprocated.He talked about helping a small child get autographs of Red Sox players Veritek, Millar, and Miller. Many years later, when the placement of the Gulf sign at Fenway Park was being negotiated, the Gulf executives wanted to meet him. Turns out that one of them was the father of that little boy. He said Dr. Charles boosted his son’s self confidence, really changed his life, and he was very grateful. This is truly an example of what goes around comes around!


Legislators Jim Hawkins, Jeff Roy, Steve Howitt, and Betty Poirier presented Business of the Year NCAS Learning Center with a citation from the House of Representatives. And Jack Lank presented owners Latif and Attiya Chaudary with a citation from Congressman Kennedy.

Two of their children, Saira and Sabba, also attended the event.


Latif and Attiya have been facilitating our Spotlight on Education Breakfast for many years and we are grateful for their active participation.


Incoming URCC Chair, Rebecca Marshall-Howarth, of the Last Word, received this year’s President’s Award, which is given to a board member who has gone above and beyond. She talked about how grateful she is for the clients, colleagues, and friends she has made since joining the chamber.

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We had a raffle of several very creative centerpieces. URCC Board Member Charlie Miller of Business Advisory Solutions Group won the very popular centerpiece from Attleboro Jewelers shown here. He was a very happy man!