The Schuylkill Chamber of Commerce is excited to start ramping up for this year’s 102nd Annual Luncheon event, which is sponsored by Riverview Bank. The chamber is honored to announce Lieutenant Colonel Robert J. Darling, USMC (Ret.) as this year’s keynote speaker.

In October 2007, Lieutenant Colonel Darling retired from the United States Marine Corps with just over twenty years of active duty service. He flew attack helicopters in Desert Shield and Desert Storm during the first Gulf War and in Somalia, Africa, in support of Operation Restore Hope. In June 1998, he was selected to fly as a presidential pilot with Marine Helicopter Squadron One and in October 2000, he was handpicked to work for the White House Military Office, Airlift Operations Department. It was in that capacity that Lt. Col. Darling supported the President, Vice President and National Security Advisor in the President’s Emergency Operations Center (PEOC) on September 11, 2001.

 As a public speaker on Crisis Leadership and Decision Making, Bob has addressed numerous academic, government, and military organizations to include Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and as a guest lecturer on Crisis Leadership at the FBI National

Academy in Quantico, Virginia. Bob is the author of 24 Hours Inside the President’s Bunker, 9/11/01: The White House, and the President and CEO of Turning Point Crisis Management-USA. He lives in Stafford, Virginia with his wife and two sons.

PRESENTATION OVERVIEW: Lt. Col. Darling chronicles the above developments in his book: 24 Hours Inside the President’s Bunker, 9/11/01: The White House, and shares the principles of crisis leadership and decision making with his audiences with an “edge of the seat” presentation that’ll take you from the moment the attack was realized, to the courageous decisions made to stop it, to the safeguards and policies our country now has in-place in an attempt to prevent it from ever happening again. This presentation is designed to ensure we, as a nation, never forget the events of 9/11/01, and to inspire all leaders to take the necessary steps to protect and safeguard their employees, organizations and their communities. 

The event is set to take place on Friday, May 1, 2020 at Seasons Restaurant & Banquet Venue at Mountain Valley Golf Course, starting at 11:30 a.m.