Silsbee Chamber Banquet Thursday night

The Silsbee Chamber of Commerce is hosting its annual banquet on Thursday at Silsbee High School with a “Roaring ‘20s” styled theme.

The banquet features the chamber honoring Citizen of the Year, Charles Tarver; Business of the Year, Southern Nurseries; Emergency Responder of the Year, Sergeant Anthony Flower of the Hardin County Sheriff’s office; and Teacher of the Year, Gayle McGallion of Laura Reeves Elementary.

Guest speaker for the evening will be Joe V. Tortorice, Jr., Founder and President of Jason's Deli restaurants.

Tortorice opened the first Jason's Deli restaurant in Beaumont in 1976. A true family business, his family worked lunches, nights and weekends to develop the business into a successful venture.

Today Jason’s Deli has 253 locations in 29 states and employs over 10,000 people 

Tortorice has a Masters of Business Administration from Lamar University and a Bachelors of Business Administration from Texas A&M University.

He served as an officer in the United States Air Force.

Tortorice is an avid family man and has received numerous community and business leadership awards. He is widely known for his servant leadership philosophy and as a true visionary with a love for people. 

“We’re in the people business,” he says.  “Our product just happens to be sandwiches.” 

Live music begins at 6:45 p.m., and dinner is served at 7:15 p.m.

Advance tickets are $25 and include dinner. 

For more information, call the Silsbee Chamber of Commerce at 409-385-5562.

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