Samuel Golden, a Wharton native who has made his mark on the financial world, will be the guest speaker at the 99th Annual Banquet of the Wharton Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture. The banquet will be Tuesday, March 20, at the Wharton Civic Center. The social hour will be at 6 pm and the banquet will follow at 7. Golden is managing director and senior advisor of Alvarez & Marsal Financial Industry Advisory Services in Houston. He also is the founder of A&M’s Financial Industry practice and served as the chief executive officer of this business prior to transitioning to his current position on January 1, 2017. With nearly 34 years of executive leadership experience in the financial services industry, he focuses on guiding financial institutions through complex and challenging economic periods. Before joining A&M, Golden served with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the regulator and administrator of the National Banking Industry, in a variety of leadership roles. As OCC’s first ombudsman, he pioneered and provided leadership of OCC’s National Bank Appeals process. He began his career as a National Bank Examiner. During the financial downturn of the late 1980s and early 1990s, he led examinations of some of the largest and most complex troubled banking institutions in the country. The chamber’s banquet invitations will be mailed soon. You can already reserve silver and gold tables. A portion of banquet proceeds will go to the Wharton Chamber Small Business Relief Fund, which is helping small businesses overcome damage from Hurricane Harvey.

This years winners are as follows:

Business of the Year – H-E-B store 233 represented by Scott Lovejoy
Volunteer of the Year – Stephanie Konvicka
Educator of the Year – Tina Herrington

Congrats to you all!