FLORENCE---The 1999 Pee Dee Economic Outlook, hosted by the Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce and the School of Business at Francis Marion University, will be held Wednesday, Feb. 17.
Scheduled at noon at the Florence Civic Center, the annual luncheon features Patrick J. Zenner, president and chief executive officer of Hoffmann-La Roche Inc., as keynote speaker. His topic is “1999 Global Trends.”
Also, scheduled to speak is Charles S. Way Jr., the new Secretary of Commerce for South Carolina.
Tickets are $20 for members of the Florence Chamber of Commerce and $30 for non-members. Reserved tables are available for groups of eight. Tickets are available through the Florence chamber office at 610 West Palmetto St., phone 665-0515.
Lee A.Vickers, this year’s president of the Florence chamber, will preside.
Zenner is a 30-year veteran of the pharmaceutical industry and has spent his entire career at Roche, having joined the company as a sales representative in 1969. He held a series of marketing and business development posts that led to vice president and general manager of Roche Laboratories in 1982. He then went on to Roche Holding Ltd., the U.S. firm’s parent company in Basel, Switzerland, as head of international pharmaceutical marketing.
In 1988, he was elected to the U.S. company’s executive committee and board of directors, and was appointed senior vice president of the firm’s pharmaceutical division. In 1993, he was named president and chief executive officer of Hoffman-La Roche Inc.
Way was the first cabinet appointment by Gov. Jim Hodges. He also serves as chairman of the board and chief executive officer of the Beach Co. and its associated companies of Charleston. As secretary of commerce, he chairs the S.C. Coordinating Council for Economic Development.