The Dallas Regional Chamber really knows how to hold an annual meeting. Unlike similar events that drag on for hours, today’s chamber luncheon at the Fairmont started at 12 and ended at 1. David Corrigan was applauded for his service as the group’s 2010 board chairman. SMU was saluted on its 100th year. And another (near) 100-year-old, Ebby Halliday, received a lifetime achievement award–and a standing O.
To finish, W. Mike Baggett was introduced as Corrigan’s successor for 2011. During his brief talk the blunt-talking Baggett gave props to former Ambassador Jim Oberwetter, the chamber’s president and CEO. “Some of these ambassadors have what I call ambassador-itis, and that’s not always a complimentary term,” Baggett said. “But [Oberwetter] has been great.” Then the chamber’s new chair told everybody to scram.