The Elkins-Randolph County Chamber of Commerce will host its September quarterly luncheon meeting at 11:45 a.m. Wednesday at the Randolph County Community Arts Center.
The guest speaker will be Charlie Friddle, director of external affairs at FirstEnergy. He plans to speak about the restoration efforts of FirstEnergy following the June 29 storm that impacted the entire state.
Friddle is a native of Petersburg. He graduated from West Virginia University with a degree in business administration in 1974. He began his career at Monongahela Power in 1984 as an economic development specialist. When Allegheny Energy eliminated economic development in 2002, he became an account manager. In 2007, he joined the external affairs team. In 2011, after the merger with FirstEnergy, Friddle was named director of external affairs for West Virginia.
He is past president of the West Virginia Economic Development Council, the Randolph County Development Authority and the Elkins/Randolph County Chamber of Commerce. He also is a 1998 graduate of Leadership West Virginia.
In 1995, he was named Economic Developer of the Year by the West Virginia Economic Development Council. He has been recognized as a Distinguished Silver Beaver by the Allohak Council, Boy Scouts of America.
He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Elkins Rehabilitation and Care Center, the Elkins Rotary Club, the Randolph County Art Center, the Randolph County Development Authority, the Allohak Council, Boy Scouts of America and the West Virginia Manufacturers Association.
If you go
When: 11:45 a.m. Wednesday
Where: Randolph County Community Arts Center, 2 Park St., Elkins
He resides in Elkins with his wife of 38 years, Penny, and has two grown children, Chip and Kate, and two grandsons.
More information about the Elkins-Randolph County Chamber of Commerce and its Wednesday meeting is available by calling 304-636-2717 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Reservations are requested.