Beasley, a former ASU football star and member of the ASU athletic hall of fame, will speak at the Chamber’s annual dinner, which will be held that evening at The Club at Jefferson Landing, beginning at 6 p.m.
“This will be an opportunity for Chamber members to gather and reflect on the past year’s success and accomplishments,” says outgoing Chamber President Carol Coulter. “In addition, we will be installing new officers and directors and looking ahead to new challenges.”
It will also be a chance to recognize several Chamber members for their outstanding service to the organization throughout the year. Awards will be presented for Chamber Champion and President’s Award along with four new awards.
The keynote speaker, Rick Beasley, joined ASU’s athletic program in 2006. While playing football at Appalachian State, Beasley was a wide receiver for the Mountaineers. From 1978-80, Beasley set seven school records and is still Appalachian’s all-time leader in receiving yards (3,124), average yards per reception (17.6) and 100-yard receiving games (16). A three-time all-Southern Conference performer and an academic all-conference honoree, Beasley was a second-team All-American and the SoCon’s Male Athlete of the Year in 1979. He was inducted into the ASU Athletics Hall of Fame in 1986.
Before coming back to ASU, Beasley served as the city manager in Conover, N.C. As city manager, he served at the pleasure of the city council and was responsible for the administration of all city departments. Prior to his time in Conover, Beasley was the town manager of Scotland Neck, N.C. from 1985-89 and an assistant city manager in Lenoir, N.C. from 1982-85.
Beasley earned both a B.A. in political science with a minor in economics and a M.A. with a concentration in local government from Appalachian.