Robert Kess recognized as West Shore Chamberís 'bright star'

West Shore Chamber President Robert Kess and Chamber First Lady Kathy Kess of Pizza by Robert at the 2012 NOACC 2012 Bright Star Awards Ceremony.

The West Shore Chamber of Commerce’s Bright Star for 2012 was recognized on Oct. 25 at the semi-annual Chamber Leadership meeting and annual Bright Star Awards presentation of the Northern Ohio Area Chambers of Commerce (NOACC) at the Great Lakes Science Center in Cleveland.

Over 50 chambers of commerce across northern Ohio nominated a person from their chamber as their “Bright Star,” to recognize the chamber member who has “made a significant impact on the chamber and their community through membership, sponsorship, economic development, operations and education.”  Each Bright Star is an active chamber member for no less than two years and is likely to be an unsung hero or a dedicated behind-the-scenes volunteer.

Robert Kess of Pizza by Robert was named the West Shore Chamber of Commerce Bright Star 2012, accepting his certificate and trophy from Tony Gallo, NOACC chairman. Robert opened Pizza by Robert on Detroit Road in Westlake in 1993 and joined the West Shore Chamber in 1994. Among his many awards and accomplishments, Robert is a three-time winner of the Best Pizza on the westside as awarded by the Best of the West competition.

This is the fifth year for the Bright Star Awards, and again has given an opportunity to recognize these volunteers for their many contributions. Among their peer groups, as chamber representatives, board members and spouses were also in attendance.

“This annual event gives local chambers a chance to shine a spotlight on the people who help make our chambers successful … a chance to single out an individual who goes above and beyond the call of duty to make their chamber shine,” Gallo said.

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Volume 4, Issue 23, Posted 9:24 AM, 11.13.2012