Giuliani to speak at inaugural Montana Business Hall of Fame

2014-07-11T00:00:00Z 2014-10-02T15:27:23Z Giuliani to speak at inaugural Montana Business Hall of FameBy ZACH BENOIT zbenoit@billingsgazette.com The Billings Gazette

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani will be the featured speaker at the MSU Billings Foundation's inaugural Montana Business Hall of Fame ceremony.

The ceremony, to be held on Oct. 2 at the Big Horn Resort, is designed to honor Montana business leaders for their "who have added to the growth of business in Montana," according to the event's website

Chuck Wendt, president and CEO of the MSU Billings Foundation, said that the event will honor four people from around the state in it's first year, and then one each year after.

"It's the first statewide hall of fame of it's kind," he said. "It's really a who's who of business in Montana."

The foundation is a nonprofit organization that operates independently from Montana State University Billings but is dedicated to supporting the university.

Giuliani is a successful businessman and attorney who served as New York's mayor from 1994 through 2001 and ran unsuccessfully in 2008 for the Republican Party's bid as its presidential candidate.

He will be the keynote speaker at the ceremony, where the first four hall of fame members will be unveiled.

"This elevates MSUB as a force to reckon with in the business community," Wendt said.

The event also gives the foundation the chance to meet new people while increasing its profile and showing off MSUB's students.

"Not only does it reach new crowds and recognize business leaders across the state, it allows for us to let them brush up against the students here, to see the excellent work they do."

The actual Business Hall of Fame will be located in MSUB's campus and feature portraits of the recipients.

Tickets for the ceremony, when available, will cost $75 per person. Those interested in meeting Giuliani and taking a photo with him can make a $1,000 tax-deductible gift to the foundation to join the Chancellor's Society.

For more information, contact the MSU Billings Foundation at 657-2244. 

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