GE Aircraft Engines – Rutland Operation,The Rutland Region Chamber of Commerce held their 112th Annual Meeting on November 1st. Dan DiBattista, Plant Manager, Rutland GE-Aviation and his employees were named the 2010 Business Persons of the Year. In his remarks Executive Vice President Tom Donahue noted ‘GE Rutland recently added a 27,000 (square) foot expansion to Plant 2 and have invested $60 million into this plant within the last four years,’ Donahue said, ‘and will be investing another $10 million in the next year with a substantial portion of that total investment in machinery and equipment.’ Donahue also highlighted the benefits of having GE-Aviation in Rutland, GE’s commitment to the region, contributions to the community and the superior leadership of Dan DiBattista.The meeting featured Captain Richard Phillips, as the keynote speaker. Captain Phillips’ riveting address told of his capture by Somali Pirates and how the lessons he learned through his experience can be used by anyone. Captain Phillips noted that either on a ship or in business to remember, you are stronger than you think, the only time all is lost is if you quit, and a dedicated team of professionals can overcome most problems. He reminded those in attendance “Never trust a pirate” and to always hope for the best and plan for the worst.Other highlights of the meeting included an overview of the Chamber’s accomplishments over the past year and goals looking forward, awards were presented to Larry Jensen for his dedicated service to the Chamber and the Board of Directors and to John Valente who just finished his term as Chamber President.The American Red Cross and CVPS announced their annual goal for the Gift of Life Marathon. The goal (to beat Boston’s new record) will be 1,178 pints. The Gift of Life Marathon will take place on December 21st, 9:30am-6:30pm at the Paramount Theater.Photo: The RRCC Business Person of the Year Award is presented to Dan DiBattista of GE Aviation in Rutland by (L to R) Tom Donahue, RRCC EVP/CEO, Mayor Chris Louras, RRCC President Glenda Hawley, DiBattista and Captain Richard Phillips.