49th Annual Banquet Special Guests


The Norfolk Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its 49th Annual Banquet on Thursday, April 5, at the DeVent Center and will feature two young professionals as the keynote speakers and a local singer and songwriter. The Banquet is presented by Nucor, Associated Wholesale Grocers, and Marathon Press.

The first special guest is Brent Comstock who is an entrepreneur, rural economic developer, and venture capitalist. Since the age of 12, Brent has served as founder and CEO of the national recognized company, BCom Solutions. He currently serves as principal of the venture capital fund, Change Ventures, that invest in early stage Baltic-region start-ups. Brent is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University where he was a Robertson Scholar.

The second special guest is Eva Serres who is a graduate of Norfolk Senior High and Norfolk native. She is a professional model living in Brooklyn, New York and has shot for Marie Claire and has walked in New York Fashion Week for Christian Siriano. She uses her career to inspire women and girls around the world and works hard to be authentic and encouraging through her social media platforms.

The entertainment, which is sponsored by US Bank, will feature dancers, gymnasts, and a local singer songwriter, Rediet Roemhildt.

Rediet, or Sophie, is a composer and musician who was born in Ethiopia and came to America in the second grade. She is a model and actor through an agency in Los Angeles and was invited to travel to Nashville to work with a music producer. Rediet recorded music that was released in 2017 of which she wrote three songs. Her band, “Radiate” has performed at many local events and venues. Sophie currently attends Norfolk Senior High.

The Annual Banquet is a fundraiser for the Norfolk Area Chamber and will have an awards presentation and entertainment throughout the night. The business awards handed out, sponsored by Mutual of Omaha Craig Reiser and Adam Olson, are the Norfolk Oscar, the Chairman’s award, the Ambassador Arkfeld award, and the Ambassador of the Year. Tickets are on sale by calling the Norfolk Area Chamber of Commerce.