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Fall - Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce
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Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce
CHAMBER CORNER
Fall 2012
Welcome New Members
Join us in welcoming these new Chamber members. For the most current member directory, visit www.HamptonRoadsChamber.com
Cherrelle Artis serves as Coordinator for LEAD
Hampton Roads, the Chamber’s leadership program.
She is a Hampton Roads native and graduated from
Virginia Wesleyan College with a Bachelor’s Degree
in Communications and a Minor in Psychology.
Jason Sparrow was hired in August as a part-time
Accounting Assistant. Jason is a life-long resident of
Hampton Roads. When he is not working, Jason is
pursuing a Business Degree at Tidewater Community
College in Norfolk.
Anniversaries
Congratulations to the following businesses that celebrated milestone membership anniversaries from August-October 2012.
45 YEARS
10 YEARS
IMS Environmental Services, Inc.
BLACKHAWK!
Farmers Bank
Liskey & Sons Printing
Ted Constant Convocation Center
Troy University-Global Campus
25 YEARS
Wartsila Defense, Inc.
20 YEARS
Antech Systems, Inc.
Atlantic Shores Retirement
Community
Capital Group Companies/The
Home of American Funds
Dale Carnegie Training/Wade
Powell & Assoc., Inc.
Solutrix, LLC
15 YEARS
AppleOne Employment Service
Bishop Sullivan Catholic High
School
Chrysler Museum of Art
Eagle Paper Int’l, Inc.
KITCO Fiber Optics
Pioneer Services A Division of Mid
Country Bank
ProSource
Woolpert, Inc.
5 YEARS
Cameron Chemicals Inc.
DeVry University & Keller Graduate
School
Goodwill of Hampton Roads and
Central Virginia
Great Bridge International, LLC
Harbor Point Behavioral Health
Center/Brighton Behavioral
Health Center
HomePro Pest Control
Ocean Tumblers, Inc.
Precise Machine & Fabrication
The Rack Law Firm, P.C.
SpringHill Suites by Marriott
Western Overseas Corporation
SEPTEMBER
56th Street Development
80/20 Burger Bar
Action Logistics
Alive Chiropractic
Anderson Flooring
Archadia Home Care
Area Equipment Rental & Sales
Astro Pak Corporation
Atlantic Lift Systems
Azalea Inn Restaurant
Back East Landscaping
Beach Design Group Inc.
Beach Works Construction Inc.
Bear in Mind Strategies, LLC
Beaufort, LLC
Beltone Audiology & Hearing Aid Ctr.
Beverly L. Jones, CPA, PC
BrightStar Healthcare
Brothers Pizza
Burroge Construction LLC
C V International, Inc.
Cafe Stella
Carlson Technical Consulting, LLC
CFBLYDEN ENTERPRISES, LLC
Chesapeake Bay Catering
Childrens Health Associates
Ciniva Webworks - VNM Group
Coastal Convenience Store Group
Coleman American Moving Services
Comcast Spectacor
Commonwealth Employee
Benefit Solutions
You can travel the world with the
Hampton Roads Chamber, which hosts
annual international trips to amazing
locations for great prices. Air travel,
accommodations, meals and sightseeing
are planned for you, allowing you to enjoy once-in-a-lifetime
experiences. Travel to Ireland in March 2013 or China in October 2013. For more information, call 757-664-2501
or visit HamptonRoadsChamber.com/Ireland or HamptonRoadsChamber.com/China.
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Know?
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Lar-Jac Corp.
Law Offices of David A Greer PLC
Legal Resources of Virginia, Inc.
Legal Shield-Mary Glynn
Fisher & Associates
Lillibridge Healthcare Svcs
Lineage Logistics
Live Nation
LSI Laser Specialties Inc.
Lucy V. Dierks, Artist
Lyric Opera Virginia
Marathon Development Group, Inc.
Mark's Electric
Max Muscle (The Wright Stuff, Inc.)
McAllister & Quinn
MedVirginia
Melissa Harwood State Farm
Metroscoot, LLC
Mid Atlantic Dermatology Center, P.C.
Mid-Atlantic Building
Monster Clean
The Morgan Real Estate Group
Mosquito Squad
MTC Schaffner
Nerium by Brenda Hudgins
Norfolk Tug Co. Inc.
NYR Organic
Ocean View Fishing Pier LLC
Ohana Art Studio
Old Point Mortgage Group
The Original Health Hero Coins
Osmundson & Assoc. Cost
Consultants Inc.
Otto Design
Over The Edge Remediations, LLC
The Pancake House
Paramount Industrial Companies Inc
Pennacook Peppers
Plant Factory Interiors, Inc. –
Mr. Greenjeans
Primm & Company
Priority Plumbing Inc.
R.G. Electric Co.
Rainbow International
RAMPS Across America, Inc.
Raven Maria Blanco Foundation, Inc.
RCM Properties
Regus
Restore Rehabilitation
Rich Fisher Construction, Inc.
Richard Muldez Photography
Roth Doner Jackson, PLC
Rouse-Sirine Associates, Ltd.
S & N Communications, Inc.
Scott & Associates
Scott B. Konikoff, Esquire PLLC
Skanska USA Civil Southeast
The Skinny Dip Frozen
Yogurt Bar - Sam’s Drive
Sonoma Wine Bar & Bistro
South Bay Industries, Inc.
South Norfolk Trucking Inc.
Southeast Connections, LLC
Southeast Tissue Alliance
Spectrum Puppets
SpenCo LP
Sphinx Builders
Stephen Heretick
Team Health
Terri Thompson/State
Farm Insurance Companies
Thomas Edison State College
Tidewater Lock & Key
Tidewater Mortgage Services, Inc
Together MD
Traci Lynn Fashion Jewelry
The Travel Outlet of Virginia
Turf & Garden Div. of Todd Farm Equip.
Turpin’s Florist
United States Infrastructure
Corporation
Urban Renaissance
Vail Automotive
Virginia Asset Management
Virginia Floorcrafters
VooDoo Rhino, LTD
Walker & Laberge Co. Inc.
Wheeler Real Estate Investment
Trust, Inc.
Wilsondale Apartments Park
Properties
Women in Defense Greater
Hampton Roads
Word in Seasons Ministries
Works Progress Design
World Class Travel
WSKY-TV Channel 4
Your Chamber Connection
OCTOBER
3 Waves Media
Accredited Solar
All Bright Construction, LLC
April Stilwell Independent
Consultant/The Pampered Chef
Atlantic Bay Mortgage
Bridges Real Estate Acquistions, LLC
Brooks Brothers
Car Struction, Inc
Chesapeake Bay Academy
Chesapeake Cooler Company
Circulatory Center
Dunkin Donuts (Eagle Nest Pt., Va
Beach)
East Coast Paddleboards
Freedom Mechanical
The Henri Ellis Team
Hit Play Management
InterExchange, Inc
King Tiger Martial Arts
Kirkland’s (Hilltop)
Legal Shield – Sharon D. Holliday
Love of Scents
M & L Care
Marketing Werks
Millennium Medical Billing, Inc
Oliology
Palm Purpose
Pathways to Life
Plaza Azteca Mexican Restaurant
Power Mechanical, Inc
Pursonal Hang Ups
Rhonnda Claiborne – Keller
Williams Elite Realtors
Richard Calderon – Rose and
Womble
SARA Entertainment/SARA
Performing Arts Studio
Senior Advocate
Vanwin Coatings of Va., LLC
Virginia Beach Rescue Squad
Foundation
The Whitlock Group
XDIN, Inc
Thanks To Our
Strategic
Partners
For more information about being a Strategic Partner, contact the membership department at 757-664-2504.
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HOW TO CONTACT US
OFFICERS:
Deborah K. Stearns, CPM, SIOR, CHAIR
Michael M. Dudley, TREASURER
Jack Hornbeck, CCE, PRESIDENT & CEO
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DIRECTOR
MEMBERSHIP
VICE PRESIDENT
DEVELOPMENT
DIRECTOR
COMMUNICATIONS &
MARKETING
Sandy Sekeet
757-664-2530
Sarah M. Lampert
757-664-2503
Lisa Jones
757-664-2531
MAIN NUMBER
757-622-2312
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visit the Chamber’s website
Visit us at: www.HamptonRoadsChamber.com
THE HAMPTON ROADS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE IS A NOT-FOR-PROFIT 501(C)(6) MEMBERSHIP ORGANIZATION.
Fall 2012
U.S. Secretary of Defense Speaks at “State of the Military”
.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta
Senator Warner stated that, “Regardless
and Senator Mark Warner spoke to
of who is elected, we are going to have to
more than 500 business professionals,
face our issues. We all share responsibility
community leaders, and elected officials
on how we got into the 16 trillion dollar
from Hampton Roads at the Chamber’s
debt.” Secretary Panetta concurred, saying,
“State of the Military” forum on October
“The United States is in many ways at a
19 at the Norfolk Waterside Marriott. The
turning point after a decade of war. I
forum sought to explore defense strategy,
know too well the decisions we make in
current and future Department of Defense
Washington have a real and lasting impact
spending, and the economic impact of the
on communities.”
federal presence in Hampton Roads.
Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta addresses the crowd as Senator Panetta warned of the threat of defense
Panetta acknowledged that changes are U.S.
Mark Warner looks on
reductions because of automatic budget
coming, but assured Hampton Roads
cuts
of
$1
trillion
over
10
years that are set to start in January.
business and military leaders that, even with Pentagon spending
Half
the
reductions,
known
as
sequestration, would be in defense and
cutbacks, the region will continue to play a major role in the nation’s
half
in
discretionary
domestic
programs.
defense strategy.
Senator Warner and Secretary Panetta agreed that the Hampton
Panetta said, “Simply put, this region houses perhaps the greatest
Roads community’s support for the military is critical for national
concentration of military might in the world. And support offered by this
security. “I want to do everything that I can to keep this community
community to our service members, veterans and their families is an
strong with the military. It is essential to keep our nation strong,”
incredibly important part of what makes this area the strategic national
said Panetta.
asset that it is.”
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Chamber Announces its 2013 Leadership
t the September 26 Board of Directors meeting, the following individuals were elected as the Chamber’s 2013 officers. These
leaders took office at the Chamber’s Annual Meeting of the Membership on December 5. The Chamber thanks its 2013 officers for
their commitment to serve.
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Chair
Deborah K. Stearns, CPM, SIOR, is Senior Vice
President at Harvey Lindsay Commercial Real Estate.
Deborah’s experience includes office property sales
and leasing, commercial development, mergers and
acquisitions, and operational management. Stearns
is focused on brokerage and business development. Stearns is active in
the community and serves on the Board of several regional organizations,
including the Hampton Roads Partnership and the Hampton Roads Economic
Development Alliance. In 2011, Deborah served as the Chamber’s Treasurer.
In April 2012, Deborah was elected Chair of the Chamber, replacing
Maurice Jones, who relinquished his duties in order to become Deputy
Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Also serving as
members of the 2013
Executive Committee:
Vice Chair, At Large
Steve Romine
LeClair Ryan
Vice Chair, At Large
President and CEO
Thomas Winborne
Jack Hornbeck, CCE
Clark Nexsen, Architecture
& Engineering
Hampton Roads Chamber of
Commerce
Chair, Chesapeake Division
Vice Chair, Governmental Affairs
Patrick Reynolds
Michael Fowler
Ashby Development, LLC
Merrill Lynch
Chair, Norfolk Division
Chair, Hampton Roads Political
Action Committee
Grey Persons
Military Newspapers of Virginia
W.S. “Shep” Miller, III
KITCO Fiber Optics
Michael M. Dudley is President and CEO of Optima
Health Plan and a Senior Vice President of Sentara
Healthcare. Optima Health Plan is the health plan
division of Sentara Healthcare. Serving 450,000
members in Virginia, Optima Health Plan provider
network consists of nearly 20,000 physicians and 92 hospitals. Prior to
joining Sentara in 1996, Michael served as President of Kaiser Permanente
Insurance Company, President of the Northeast Region of Kaiser Permanente
in Hartford Connecticut, and President of Kaiser’s Vallejo Medical Center
in California. He completed Stanford University’s executive management
program and is a Fellow of the American College of Health Care Executives.
Michael serves as a Director on the Boards of America’s Health Insurance
Plans (AHIP) – the nation’s principal association of health plans and
insurance companies, and the Virginia Association of Health Plans. He
has served the Hampton Roads Chamber as Vice Chair of the Marketing
& Communications Committee and Co-Chair of the Sustainable Resources
Campaign. In 2012, Michael served as the Chamber’s Treasurer.
Treasurer
Susan Blackman is a partner at Willcox & Savage,
P.C., practicing employment law and business
immigration law. She helps employers solve
workplace issues including medical accommodation,
discrimination and matters involving employees’
rights. She represents employers in court proceedings and before the
EEOC, Dept. of Labor, and U.S. immigration agencies. She obtains visas
and green cards for foreign employees and advises clients about U.S. employment and immigration laws. Susan is in The Best Lawyers in America
for both immigration law and employment law. Richmond Magazine
named her as one of the “Top 25 Women Attorneys in Virginia,” and she
was the only Hampton Roads lawyer recognized by Benchmark Litigation
as among the top 250 women litigators in the country. Susan is a past
Chair of the Chamber’s Virginia Beach Division and has served on the
Chamber’s Regional Board of Directors since 2007.
Vice Chair, Leadership
Programs
NASSCO-Earl Industries
Jeffrey Ainslie
Chair, Suffolk Division
Ainslie Group
Bettie Cuddyer
Sentara Obici Occupational Medicine
Vice Chair, Membership &
Communications
Chair, Virginia Beach Division
Shepelle Watkins-White
Cathie France
ShepelleWatkinsWhite Consulting
and Law, PLLC
Commonwealth of Virginia
General Counsel
Vice Chair, Small Business
Hugh L. Patterson, Esq.
Jeff Richardson
Willcox & Savage, PC
Beach Commercial Finance
Vice Chair, Sports
John W. Wilson
WBR Insurance Agency LLC
Co-Chair, Sustainable
Resources Campaign
Susan Archer
Old Dominion Steel & Container
Co. Inc.
Co-Chair, Sustainable
Resources Campaign
Joe Thomas
Individuals elected to
serve as members of the
Chamber’s Regional
Board of Directors
beginning in
December 2012:
Clyde Clark
Wells Fargo
Dawn Glynn
GEICO
TowneBank
Vice Chair, At Large
Shira Itzak
Dr. Tony Atwater
Norfolk State University
Vice Chair, At Large
Deborah Butler
Remedy Intelligent Staffing Services
Tim Peters
Norfolk Sheraton Waterside Hotel
Norfolk Southern Corp.
Wade Powell
Vice Chair, At Large
Wade Powell and Assocs./Dale
Carnegie
David Durham
StellarOne Bank
James Sherwood
Bon Secours Virginia Health System
Vice Chair, At Large
Jodi Gidley
Judy Swystun
Virginia Natural Gas, Inc.
Hampton Roads Transportation
Vice Chair, At Large
David Mele
The Virginian-Pilot/Pilot Media
fter 25 years with the Hampton
Roads Chamber of Commerce,
President & CEO Jack Hornbeck,
CCE, announced his plans to retire
from the Chamber on September
30, 2013.
A
Chamber Board Chair Deborah
Stearns, said, “It has been my
pleasure to know and work with Jack Hornbeck, CCE
Jack for nearly 25 years.” She added, “While there have
been many changes in the local business community during
Jack’s time as President & CEO of the Hampton Roads
Chamber, he has not changed his commitment and enthusiasm
for the job. I believe Jack’s greatest accomplishments are
the Chamber’s excellent reputation as a leading organization
in the region, its solid financial position and building a
cohesive staff.”
Susan Blackman, a partner with Willcox & Savage and
the Chamber’s 2013 Treasurer, has agreed to lead the
Search Committee. Members of the committee will be
appointed in early 2013.
Hornbeck said, “It has been an honor to have served the
Hampton Roads Chamber and my good fortune to have
worked with outstanding community leaders.” He added, “I
am proud of the important role the Chamber has played
in the development of our region and the Commonwealth
through such programs as ChamberSolutions, the Small
Business Development Center of Hampton Roads, Hampton
Roads Sports Commission, LEAD Hampton Roads, Hampton
Roads Economic Development Alliance, and Opportunity, Inc.”
A 39-year Chamber of Commerce professional, Hornbeck
has served Chambers in Middletown, New York; East
Hartford, Connecticut; Pensacola, Florida; and Atlanta,
Georgia. From 1978-1980, he served on the staff of the
Norfolk Chamber.
Hornbeck and his wife Janice plan to remain in Norfolk and
continue to be involved in the region.
Chair, Portsmouth Division
Missy Thomas
Chair-Elect
Chamber’s President & CEO
Announces Retirement
Courtesy of Erin Clark, E-n-E Photography
Ashley McDaniel joined the Chamber in September
as part-time Communications Coordinator. Prior
to working at the Chamber, Ashley was an editor with
BeliefNet and a Coordinator/Producer for CNN in
Washington, D.C. She graduated from Appalachian
State with a BS in Broadcasting and Advertising.
360IT Partners
5LINX
AAPEX Driving School
Aerophoto America
American Insulation Service
ATC Associates, Inc.
Bankers Insurance LLC
Charter Communications
Conquering QuickBooks, Inc.
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Virginia Chapter
DestinationXL
Genesis Cabling Services, Inc.
Greg Garrett Realty.com
Heather Platz
Home Instead Senior Care
InMotion Hosting
MedAlliesWorld Lifeline Foundation
Microtech Staffing Group of Virginia
New Balance Virginia Beach
OfficeMax
Pain Management & Orthopedics
Center
Papyrus Financial LLC
ReavesColey PLLC
SAIC Science Applications
International VA Beach
Sears Group, Inc.
Signs By Tomorrow
Social Wireless, LLC
Tidal Construction, Inc.
Triquetra Technologies, Inc.
Unity Renaissance Church
Uno Chicago Grill
Wendy's (N. Military Hwy., Norfolk)
Wendy's (Cleveland St., Va Beach)
Consolidated Logistics Center
The Cooper Law Firm, P.C.
Corman Construction
Creative Travel
Cresent Consulting
Crossroads Windows and Trim
D&M Concrete Construction
D. Dyckman Construction
Dasco Companies
Davis Boat Works
Davis Professional Services
Dockside Inn & Seafood Marina
Dominion Realty Advisors, Inc
Dresser-Rand Co.
Driver Contractors, Inc.
Duraline
The Dwelling Place
Econo Lodge On the Ocean
Elephant Trunk Design
Elizabeth River Lawn & Landscaping
Envoy of Thornton Hall
Equity Development Corporation
Essential Services and Energy
Broker/Commercial and Residential
Evofit
Exchange USA
dba Executive Pathway
Transportation/Park Avenue
Limousines
Facilities Bullpen
FASTSIGNS of Chesapeake
Fire & Vine Woodfire Cuisine
First Colonial Eye Center
First Command Financial PlanningRick Amelon
First Potomac Realty Trust
Five Rings Financial - Fisher.
Brinkman & Williams
Freewater Technologies
Froggies
Gary Allen Hair And Skin Care Centre
Gayle’s Wigs ’N’ Things
General Management Solutions, Inc.
Global Wind LLC
Greener by Led
Guardian Realty Management
Hampton Roads Promotional Products
Hawaiian Style Enterprise
Hazelwood’s Gift Shop
Healthgroup West
Henry Peddle, Inc.
Heritage Capital Group, LLC
HKS Architects
Hotel and Club Associates, Inc.
Hug-A-Bug
Independent Lighting Corp.
Interior Power Contracting
Janaf Shopping Yard
Jane P. Batten
JCVB LLC dba Anago of Virginia Beach
Jimmy Johns Gourmet Sandwiches
(Granby St., Norfolk)
John Westbrook
Jolene Dee Graphic Design
Joy4Life LLC
The Kane Company
KGS Development
Koizilla Monster Ponds
Konikoff Family Dentistry
KoSama Complete Body
Transformation
Kudzu Health & Safety, LLC
La Herradura, Inc.
Courtesy of Erin Kirk-Cuomo
Marianne Collins joined the Chamber in August as
Membership Coordinator. She is a native of Newark,
New Jersey. Marianne graduated from Norfolk
State University with a BS in Hotel, Restaurant and
Institutional Management. Prior to the Chamber,
Marianne worked for Marriott, Hilton and Holiday
Inn Hotels in a variety of management positions.
AUGUST
Save the Date
HAMPTON ROADS BUSINESS BRIEF:
Climbing Down from the Fiscal Cliff
Wednesday, January 9 from 8:00-9:30am
The Founders Inn & Spa
Professional Women’s Leadership
Luncheon
“Leadership & Working Smart: Leveraging Human
Connection in a Distracted Workplace”
Thursday, January 31 from 12-1:30pm
Holiday Inn Virginia Beach Norfolk Hotel and Conference Centter
NORFOLK
Friday, February 8 at noon
Norfolk Waterside Marriott
VIRGINIA BEACH
Thursday, March 14 at noon
Virginia Beach Convention Center
CHESAPEAKE
Thursday, March 28 at noon
Chesapeake Conference Center
PORTSMOUTH
Wednesday, April 13 at noon
Renaissance Portsmouth Hotel & Waterfront Conference Center
SUFFOLK
Tuesday, May 7 at noon
Hilton Garden Inn Suffolk Riverfront Hotel & Conference Center
For a listing of all Chamber events,
Visit Events.HamptonRoadsChamber.com
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Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce
Providing Access to
Political Leaders
(pictured from left) Deborah Stearns (Harvey Lindsay), Chair of the Chamber; Gary
McCollum, Cox Communications; Congressman Robert Wittman; Congressman
Bobby Scott; Congressman Scott Rigell; Congressman Randy Forbes; Shep Miller
(KITCO Fiber Optics), Chair of the Hampton Roads Business Political Action
Committee; and Jack Hornbeck, President & CEO of the Chamber
early 200 attended the Chamber’s U.S. Congressional
Issues Luncheon on September 26 in Norfolk. Each
congressman addressed the crowd touching on topics such
as the national budget, military, education and health care.
Attendees had the opportunity to ask questions.
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George Allen
Tim Kaine
n October 19, Governors George Allen and Tim Kaine
participated in the Chamber’s Senatorial Luncheon Forum
held at the Norfolk Waterside Marriott. Each candidate
spoke separately to the more than 325 business and
community leaders in attendance. Submitted questions
were asked of the candidates. David Alan, WVEC-TV 13
news anchor, emceed the event.
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(pictured from left) George Faatz, Manager of State and Local Government Affairs,
Virginia Natural Gas; Chesapeake City Mayor Alan Krasnoff; Deborah Stearns
(Harvey Lindsay), Chair of the Chamber; Delegate Lionell Spruill; and Christen
Faatz, representative for Senator Jeff McWaters
early 100 people filled the Town Center City Club in
Virginia Beach during the Chamber’s 9th Annual
Legislative Reception on October 24. Chamber members
mingled with more than 30 of the region’s legislators and
elected officials. This evening reception is one of the single
largest gatherings of local, state and federal legislators in
Hampton Roads.
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More than 750 Attend the 13th
Annual State of the Region Address
Dr. James Koch presents the 13th Annual State of the Region address
eynote speaker Dr. James V. Koch, spoke to more than 750 business
professionals, community leaders, and elected officials from
Hampton Roads at the 13th Annual State of the Region Address on
October 2, at the Norfolk Waterside Marriott. The event, produced
by LEAD Hampton Roads, a program of the Chamber, showcased the
area's premier review of the region's economic strengths, challenges
and inter-relationships. Dr. James V. Koch, president emeritus and
professor of economics at Old Dominion University, presented the
address based on the annual report produced by the Regional Studies
Institute at Old Dominion University. All 13 of the State of the Region
reports may be found at www.odu.edu/forecasting.
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Fall 2012
Chamber Volunteers Bring in 154 New Members &
Celebrate at Monster Mega Mixer
James Sherwood (Bon Secours Virginia Health System) brought in
eight new members, the most of any individual, earning Sherwood the
“Big Dawg” award. Susan Blackman’s (Willcox & Savage) purple
team, which finished second, brought in $11,257 and 27 new
members. During the celebration event, Blackman earned the
“Godmuddah” award.
rom September 18-20, the Chamber held a membership drive,
bringing together nearly 300 Chamber members who volunteered
their time to work against the clock and against each other to sign
up new chamber members and create a greater awareness of the
important role the chamber plays in the business community. The
three-day effort brought in 154 new Chamber members and
generated more than $67,000!
Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce
Celebrating and
Honoring Volunteerism
Fall 2012
Networking and Fun at Sand Kickball
Tournament and Golf Outing
n September 28, nearly 150 golfers enjoyed a day at
Sleepy Hole Golf Course in Suffolk at the annual Hampton
Roads Golf Outing. This year’s event was hosted by the
Chamber and the Hampton Roads Sports Commission. Guests
enjoyed lunch in the renovated Obici House, followed by a
sunny afternoon of golf and networking. Winning teams
include: First place in the first flight was the team of Suffolk
Insurance, the Elizabeth River Crossings team finished first
in the second flight and Knowledge Information Solutions
team came in on top in the third flight.
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n September 25, the Hampton Roads Chamber held its
Hampton Roads Volunteer Recognition Luncheon at the
Marriott Chesapeake. This annual event brought together more
than 125 business leaders and elected officials from the region to
honor volunteers and promote volunteerism in the Hampton Roads
region. During the luncheon, several outstanding volunteers
received awards for their accomplishments and contributions.
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Sylvia Haines, Senior Vice President of Organizational Development for
the Chamber, said, “The Chamber thanks all of the dedicated and hard
working volunteers who called on their contacts and ‘sold’ the
Chamber’s benefits. Bringing in this many new members in such a
short amount of time is a tremendous accomplishment. We are
thrilled with the outcome and know that adding these new members
will help strengthen our Chamber.”
The Chamber partnered with national organization Your Chamber
Connection (YCC) to conduct this high energy, out of the box
membership event. Motivated by YCC’s Jimmy Cusano, teams
volunteered in shifts at the Chamber’s office on September 18 and 19.
The event wrapped up on September 20 and a final celebration party
for the volunteers took place that evening at Dominion Towers.
The black team, chaired by Neal Crawford (Monarch Bank), finished in
first, bringing in 26 new member businesses and generating $11,828.
At the Monster Mega Mixer & Business Showcase, more than 400 attendees networked and
visited more than 100 exhibitor tables
Most of the 154 new member businesses which came through in the
membership drive, were introduced at the Chamber’s “Monster Mega
Mixer & Business Showcase” held on October 30 at the Virginia
Beach Convention Center. More than 400 people attended the
networking event, which included more than 100 of the Chamber’s
newest members displaying exhibit booths featuring products and
services. Guests enjoyed networking while listening to music
provided by Astro DJ and dining on amazing food compliments of
Distinctive Gourmet. Mandalyn Putnam of ZZ Servers, dressed as a
time traveler, was awarded first place in the Halloween costume
contest. First place prize for the best decorated booth went to
Monarch Bank.
Terry from Oliology, said, “It’s great to be a new member of the
Chamber. We are glad to be here, and this is a great event.”
Another exhibitor, Steve of Turf & Garden, added, “We are new to the
Chamber and this is our first event. We love it.”
n September 14, the Chamber and the Hampton Roads
Sports Commission hosted an inaugural Sand Kickball
Tournament. The event, the first of its kind in the region, was
held on the beach in front of the Ocean View Fishing Pier. Nearly
150 players on 12 teams from non-profit organizations, small,
mid-size and large corporations competed in a high energy,
double elimination recreational sand kickball tournament.
Participants enjoyed fun and competition, as well as snacks,
drinks, and live entertainment by local rock band Seven
Ten Oil. The event concluded with an awards presentation
and networking on the upper deck of the Ocean View Fishing
Pier. The Sheraton Waterside Norfolk team (pictured) took
home the first place “Grand Sand Kickers” trophy. Second
place went to The Up Center, and the Chartway Federal Credit
Union team finished third.
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(pictured from left) Dawn Glynn of TowneBank Chesapeake (Suffolk Division Leadership
Award Winner); Jennifer Smith of Bon Secours (Portsmouth Division Leadership Award
Winner); Darleen Mastin of Optima Health (Virginia Beach Division Leadership Award
Winner), Roland Davis of Sajomach Business Services, Inc. (Chesapeake Division
Leadership Award Winner); RPC Tracy Agyeman of the US Navy (Norfolk Division
Leadership Award Winner); and Judith Scott of Portfolio Recovery Associates (Marian
P. Whitehurst Women in Leadership Award Winner)
he Chamber’s 2012 Military Citizen of the Year Luncheon was
held on October 12, in conjunction with Fleet Week. Nearly
250 attended the luncheon at the Norfolk Waterside Marriott, to
observe the annual Samuel T. Northern Military Citizen of the Year
Award (MCOY), presented to the enlisted military individual whose
personal and public contributions have had the most positive
effect on the Hampton Roads community. This year, 29 men
and women were nominated for the prestigious award. Mass
Communications Specialist
1st Class Eric Brown, Public
Affairs Officer, USS ARLINGTON
(LPD 24), was named the
2012 Military Citizen of the
Year. Brown has dedicated
(pictured from left) Rear Admiral Tim Alexander; hundreds of volunteer hours to
Mass Communications Specialist 1st Class Eric the Hampton Roads community.
Brown; and City of Norfolk Mayor Paul Fraim
In 2011, he volunteered with
the United Service Organizations (USO) of Hampton Roads and
Central Virginia’s Center at Norfolk International Airport, Nauticus,
and Habitat for Humanity of South Hampton Roads. Rear Admiral
Byron “Jake” Tobin, USN (Ret.) was the keynote speaker.
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TRUSTEE PROFILE
The Founders Inn and Spa honors
the nation’s proud heritage while
looking to the future. The Founders
Inn and Spa’s name comes from the
Founding Fathers who drafted the
Constitution in 1787. The resort
features captivating Grand Georgian
architecture. Art and antiques, including
Sascha Hemmann noteworthy period furnishings, adorn
General Manager
the property. Guests experience the
intimate hospitality of a country inn, outstanding recreational
amenities, as well as technologically superior conference
space. Whether for a getaway, corporate meeting or a
romantic wedding in Colonial gardens, they offer a luxurious
atmosphere in a relaxing setting. The Founders Inn is
managed by Capella Hotel Group.
Capella Hotel Group was founded by Horst Schulze, former
president and Chief Operating Officer of The Ritz-Carlton
Hotel Company, along with several former Ritz-Carlton
executives to create and operate hotels in distinctive markets.
The principals of the company leverage unparalleled hospitality
experience and a diverse track record of operating worldclass hotels and resorts. The group’s mission is to create
value through superior service at distinctive properties
and conference centers in gateway cities and high-profile
resort destinations around the world. With the launch of
two top-tier international hotel brands - Capella Hotels
and Resorts and Solís Hotels & Resorts, The Capella Hotel
Group has redefined the standards of luxury on a global
scale, combining a new sense of luxury with superior customer
service and distinctive design.
AMBASSADOR OF THE QUARTER
(pictured from left) The Harvey Lindsay team of Andrea Bear; Nancy Howard;
Deborah Stearns, Chamber Chair; and Suzanne Purwear
New York Times Best-Selling Author
Discusses Private Life of Queen Elizabeth
Congratulations to Mary Holt whose dedication
and volunteer efforts for the Chamber have
earned her the title of Ambassador of the
Quarter. Mary began volunteering with the
chamber in October 2011.
MARY HOLT
Life Coach
All Things Possible Life Coaching Services
When asked how she felt about being
named the Ambassador of the Quarter, Mary
responded, “I was very happy and shocked.
You always wonder ‘Am I doing enough,’ ‘Am
I doing all that I can?’. I love being part of this
organization.”
Mary’s positive attitude, strong commitment,
and many contributions to the Chamber and its
members, make her an excellent Chamber
Ambassador. She volunteers at countless
Chamber events and contacts new Chamber
members to welcome them and be sure they’re
aware of the benefits of membership.
The Ambassador Committee is a diverse group
of 15 volunteers who are dedicated to making
a difference in the Chamber and the community.
Ambassadors are liaisons between the
Chamber and new and existing members.
For more information about the Committee,
call 757-664-2504.
(from left) Sally Bedell Smith and Barbara Ciara
n September 21, the Chamber held its fourth Professional
Women’s Leadership Luncheon at the Holiday Inn Virginia
Beach-Norfolk Hotel and Conference Center. Sally Bedell Smith, a
best-selling author of six biographies including, “Elizabeth the
Queen: The Life of a Modern Monarch,” spoke openly about Queen
Elizabeth and her experiences as a modern monarch. In a dialogue
format, WTKR NewsChannel 3 anchor, Barbara Ciara, interviewed
Smith about the personal and private life of Queen Elizabeth.
Smith said, “She is consistently modernizing the monarchy”.
Smith also spoke about the Queen’s legendary personality, “She
has the greatest sense of humor and really is quite remarkably
open-minded.“ Smith enjoyed getting to know the Queen not only as
a monarch but as a person stating, “It was great that I got to know
her behind closed doors. There is an earthiness about her that
people really don’t see.”
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Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce
Providing Access to
Political Leaders
(pictured from left) Deborah Stearns (Harvey Lindsay), Chair of the Chamber; Gary
McCollum, Cox Communications; Congressman Robert Wittman; Congressman
Bobby Scott; Congressman Scott Rigell; Congressman Randy Forbes; Shep Miller
(KITCO Fiber Optics), Chair of the Hampton Roads Business Political Action
Committee; and Jack Hornbeck, President & CEO of the Chamber
early 200 attended the Chamber’s U.S. Congressional
Issues Luncheon on September 26 in Norfolk. Each
congressman addressed the crowd touching on topics such
as the national budget, military, education and health care.
Attendees had the opportunity to ask questions.
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George Allen
Tim Kaine
n October 19, Governors George Allen and Tim Kaine
participated in the Chamber’s Senatorial Luncheon Forum
held at the Norfolk Waterside Marriott. Each candidate
spoke separately to the more than 325 business and
community leaders in attendance. Submitted questions
were asked of the candidates. David Alan, WVEC-TV 13
news anchor, emceed the event.
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(pictured from left) George Faatz, Manager of State and Local Government Affairs,
Virginia Natural Gas; Chesapeake City Mayor Alan Krasnoff; Deborah Stearns
(Harvey Lindsay), Chair of the Chamber; Delegate Lionell Spruill; and Christen
Faatz, representative for Senator Jeff McWaters
early 100 people filled the Town Center City Club in
Virginia Beach during the Chamber’s 9th Annual
Legislative Reception on October 24. Chamber members
mingled with more than 30 of the region’s legislators and
elected officials. This evening reception is one of the single
largest gatherings of local, state and federal legislators in
Hampton Roads.
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More than 750 Attend the 13th
Annual State of the Region Address
Dr. James Koch presents the 13th Annual State of the Region address
eynote speaker Dr. James V. Koch, spoke to more than 750 business
professionals, community leaders, and elected officials from
Hampton Roads at the 13th Annual State of the Region Address on
October 2, at the Norfolk Waterside Marriott. The event, produced
by LEAD Hampton Roads, a program of the Chamber, showcased the
area's premier review of the region's economic strengths, challenges
and inter-relationships. Dr. James V. Koch, president emeritus and
professor of economics at Old Dominion University, presented the
address based on the annual report produced by the Regional Studies
Institute at Old Dominion University. All 13 of the State of the Region
reports may be found at www.odu.edu/forecasting.
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Fall 2012
Chamber Volunteers Bring in 154 New Members &
Celebrate at Monster Mega Mixer
James Sherwood (Bon Secours Virginia Health System) brought in
eight new members, the most of any individual, earning Sherwood the
“Big Dawg” award. Susan Blackman’s (Willcox & Savage) purple
team, which finished second, brought in $11,257 and 27 new
members. During the celebration event, Blackman earned the
“Godmuddah” award.
rom September 18-20, the Chamber held a membership drive,
bringing together nearly 300 Chamber members who volunteered
their time to work against the clock and against each other to sign
up new chamber members and create a greater awareness of the
important role the chamber plays in the business community. The
three-day effort brought in 154 new Chamber members and
generated more than $67,000!
Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce
Celebrating and
Honoring Volunteerism
Fall 2012
Networking and Fun at Sand Kickball
Tournament and Golf Outing
n September 28, nearly 150 golfers enjoyed a day at
Sleepy Hole Golf Course in Suffolk at the annual Hampton
Roads Golf Outing. This year’s event was hosted by the
Chamber and the Hampton Roads Sports Commission. Guests
enjoyed lunch in the renovated Obici House, followed by a
sunny afternoon of golf and networking. Winning teams
include: First place in the first flight was the team of Suffolk
Insurance, the Elizabeth River Crossings team finished first
in the second flight and Knowledge Information Solutions
team came in on top in the third flight.
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n September 25, the Hampton Roads Chamber held its
Hampton Roads Volunteer Recognition Luncheon at the
Marriott Chesapeake. This annual event brought together more
than 125 business leaders and elected officials from the region to
honor volunteers and promote volunteerism in the Hampton Roads
region. During the luncheon, several outstanding volunteers
received awards for their accomplishments and contributions.
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Sylvia Haines, Senior Vice President of Organizational Development for
the Chamber, said, “The Chamber thanks all of the dedicated and hard
working volunteers who called on their contacts and ‘sold’ the
Chamber’s benefits. Bringing in this many new members in such a
short amount of time is a tremendous accomplishment. We are
thrilled with the outcome and know that adding these new members
will help strengthen our Chamber.”
The Chamber partnered with national organization Your Chamber
Connection (YCC) to conduct this high energy, out of the box
membership event. Motivated by YCC’s Jimmy Cusano, teams
volunteered in shifts at the Chamber’s office on September 18 and 19.
The event wrapped up on September 20 and a final celebration party
for the volunteers took place that evening at Dominion Towers.
The black team, chaired by Neal Crawford (Monarch Bank), finished in
first, bringing in 26 new member businesses and generating $11,828.
At the Monster Mega Mixer & Business Showcase, more than 400 attendees networked and
visited more than 100 exhibitor tables
Most of the 154 new member businesses which came through in the
membership drive, were introduced at the Chamber’s “Monster Mega
Mixer & Business Showcase” held on October 30 at the Virginia
Beach Convention Center. More than 400 people attended the
networking event, which included more than 100 of the Chamber’s
newest members displaying exhibit booths featuring products and
services. Guests enjoyed networking while listening to music
provided by Astro DJ and dining on amazing food compliments of
Distinctive Gourmet. Mandalyn Putnam of ZZ Servers, dressed as a
time traveler, was awarded first place in the Halloween costume
contest. First place prize for the best decorated booth went to
Monarch Bank.
Terry from Oliology, said, “It’s great to be a new member of the
Chamber. We are glad to be here, and this is a great event.”
Another exhibitor, Steve of Turf & Garden, added, “We are new to the
Chamber and this is our first event. We love it.”
n September 14, the Chamber and the Hampton Roads
Sports Commission hosted an inaugural Sand Kickball
Tournament. The event, the first of its kind in the region, was
held on the beach in front of the Ocean View Fishing Pier. Nearly
150 players on 12 teams from non-profit organizations, small,
mid-size and large corporations competed in a high energy,
double elimination recreational sand kickball tournament.
Participants enjoyed fun and competition, as well as snacks,
drinks, and live entertainment by local rock band Seven
Ten Oil. The event concluded with an awards presentation
and networking on the upper deck of the Ocean View Fishing
Pier. The Sheraton Waterside Norfolk team (pictured) took
home the first place “Grand Sand Kickers” trophy. Second
place went to The Up Center, and the Chartway Federal Credit
Union team finished third.
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(pictured from left) Dawn Glynn of TowneBank Chesapeake (Suffolk Division Leadership
Award Winner); Jennifer Smith of Bon Secours (Portsmouth Division Leadership Award
Winner); Darleen Mastin of Optima Health (Virginia Beach Division Leadership Award
Winner), Roland Davis of Sajomach Business Services, Inc. (Chesapeake Division
Leadership Award Winner); RPC Tracy Agyeman of the US Navy (Norfolk Division
Leadership Award Winner); and Judith Scott of Portfolio Recovery Associates (Marian
P. Whitehurst Women in Leadership Award Winner)
he Chamber’s 2012 Military Citizen of the Year Luncheon was
held on October 12, in conjunction with Fleet Week. Nearly
250 attended the luncheon at the Norfolk Waterside Marriott, to
observe the annual Samuel T. Northern Military Citizen of the Year
Award (MCOY), presented to the enlisted military individual whose
personal and public contributions have had the most positive
effect on the Hampton Roads community. This year, 29 men
and women were nominated for the prestigious award. Mass
Communications Specialist
1st Class Eric Brown, Public
Affairs Officer, USS ARLINGTON
(LPD 24), was named the
2012 Military Citizen of the
Year. Brown has dedicated
(pictured from left) Rear Admiral Tim Alexander; hundreds of volunteer hours to
Mass Communications Specialist 1st Class Eric the Hampton Roads community.
Brown; and City of Norfolk Mayor Paul Fraim
In 2011, he volunteered with
the United Service Organizations (USO) of Hampton Roads and
Central Virginia’s Center at Norfolk International Airport, Nauticus,
and Habitat for Humanity of South Hampton Roads. Rear Admiral
Byron “Jake” Tobin, USN (Ret.) was the keynote speaker.
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TRUSTEE PROFILE
The Founders Inn and Spa honors
the nation’s proud heritage while
looking to the future. The Founders
Inn and Spa’s name comes from the
Founding Fathers who drafted the
Constitution in 1787. The resort
features captivating Grand Georgian
architecture. Art and antiques, including
Sascha Hemmann noteworthy period furnishings, adorn
General Manager
the property. Guests experience the
intimate hospitality of a country inn, outstanding recreational
amenities, as well as technologically superior conference
space. Whether for a getaway, corporate meeting or a
romantic wedding in Colonial gardens, they offer a luxurious
atmosphere in a relaxing setting. The Founders Inn is
managed by Capella Hotel Group.
Capella Hotel Group was founded by Horst Schulze, former
president and Chief Operating Officer of The Ritz-Carlton
Hotel Company, along with several former Ritz-Carlton
executives to create and operate hotels in distinctive markets.
The principals of the company leverage unparalleled hospitality
experience and a diverse track record of operating worldclass hotels and resorts. The group’s mission is to create
value through superior service at distinctive properties
and conference centers in gateway cities and high-profile
resort destinations around the world. With the launch of
two top-tier international hotel brands - Capella Hotels
and Resorts and Solís Hotels & Resorts, The Capella Hotel
Group has redefined the standards of luxury on a global
scale, combining a new sense of luxury with superior customer
service and distinctive design.
AMBASSADOR OF THE QUARTER
(pictured from left) The Harvey Lindsay team of Andrea Bear; Nancy Howard;
Deborah Stearns, Chamber Chair; and Suzanne Purwear
New York Times Best-Selling Author
Discusses Private Life of Queen Elizabeth
Congratulations to Mary Holt whose dedication
and volunteer efforts for the Chamber have
earned her the title of Ambassador of the
Quarter. Mary began volunteering with the
chamber in October 2011.
MARY HOLT
Life Coach
All Things Possible Life Coaching Services
When asked how she felt about being
named the Ambassador of the Quarter, Mary
responded, “I was very happy and shocked.
You always wonder ‘Am I doing enough,’ ‘Am
I doing all that I can?’. I love being part of this
organization.”
Mary’s positive attitude, strong commitment,
and many contributions to the Chamber and its
members, make her an excellent Chamber
Ambassador. She volunteers at countless
Chamber events and contacts new Chamber
members to welcome them and be sure they’re
aware of the benefits of membership.
The Ambassador Committee is a diverse group
of 15 volunteers who are dedicated to making
a difference in the Chamber and the community.
Ambassadors are liaisons between the
Chamber and new and existing members.
For more information about the Committee,
call 757-664-2504.
(from left) Sally Bedell Smith and Barbara Ciara
n September 21, the Chamber held its fourth Professional
Women’s Leadership Luncheon at the Holiday Inn Virginia
Beach-Norfolk Hotel and Conference Center. Sally Bedell Smith, a
best-selling author of six biographies including, “Elizabeth the
Queen: The Life of a Modern Monarch,” spoke openly about Queen
Elizabeth and her experiences as a modern monarch. In a dialogue
format, WTKR NewsChannel 3 anchor, Barbara Ciara, interviewed
Smith about the personal and private life of Queen Elizabeth.
Smith said, “She is consistently modernizing the monarchy”.
Smith also spoke about the Queen’s legendary personality, “She
has the greatest sense of humor and really is quite remarkably
open-minded.“ Smith enjoyed getting to know the Queen not only as
a monarch but as a person stating, “It was great that I got to know
her behind closed doors. There is an earthiness about her that
people really don’t see.”
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CHAMBER CORNER
Fall 2012
Welcome New Members
Join us in welcoming these new Chamber members. For the most current member directory, visit www.HamptonRoadsChamber.com
Cherrelle Artis serves as Coordinator for LEAD
Hampton Roads, the Chamber’s leadership program.
She is a Hampton Roads native and graduated from
Virginia Wesleyan College with a Bachelor’s Degree
in Communications and a Minor in Psychology.
Jason Sparrow was hired in August as a part-time
Accounting Assistant. Jason is a life-long resident of
Hampton Roads. When he is not working, Jason is
pursuing a Business Degree at Tidewater Community
College in Norfolk.
Anniversaries
Congratulations to the following businesses that celebrated milestone membership anniversaries from August-October 2012.
45 YEARS
10 YEARS
IMS Environmental Services, Inc.
BLACKHAWK!
Farmers Bank
Liskey & Sons Printing
Ted Constant Convocation Center
Troy University-Global Campus
25 YEARS
Wartsila Defense, Inc.
20 YEARS
Antech Systems, Inc.
Atlantic Shores Retirement
Community
Capital Group Companies/The
Home of American Funds
Dale Carnegie Training/Wade
Powell & Assoc., Inc.
Solutrix, LLC
15 YEARS
AppleOne Employment Service
Bishop Sullivan Catholic High
School
Chrysler Museum of Art
Eagle Paper Int’l, Inc.
KITCO Fiber Optics
Pioneer Services A Division of Mid
Country Bank
ProSource
Woolpert, Inc.
5 YEARS
Cameron Chemicals Inc.
DeVry University & Keller Graduate
School
Goodwill of Hampton Roads and
Central Virginia
Great Bridge International, LLC
Harbor Point Behavioral Health
Center/Brighton Behavioral
Health Center
HomePro Pest Control
Ocean Tumblers, Inc.
Precise Machine & Fabrication
The Rack Law Firm, P.C.
SpringHill Suites by Marriott
Western Overseas Corporation
SEPTEMBER
56th Street Development
80/20 Burger Bar
Action Logistics
Alive Chiropractic
Anderson Flooring
Archadia Home Care
Area Equipment Rental & Sales
Astro Pak Corporation
Atlantic Lift Systems
Azalea Inn Restaurant
Back East Landscaping
Beach Design Group Inc.
Beach Works Construction Inc.
Bear in Mind Strategies, LLC
Beaufort, LLC
Beltone Audiology & Hearing Aid Ctr.
Beverly L. Jones, CPA, PC
BrightStar Healthcare
Brothers Pizza
Burroge Construction LLC
C V International, Inc.
Cafe Stella
Carlson Technical Consulting, LLC
CFBLYDEN ENTERPRISES, LLC
Chesapeake Bay Catering
Childrens Health Associates
Ciniva Webworks - VNM Group
Coastal Convenience Store Group
Coleman American Moving Services
Comcast Spectacor
Commonwealth Employee
Benefit Solutions
You can travel the world with the
Hampton Roads Chamber, which hosts
annual international trips to amazing
locations for great prices. Air travel,
accommodations, meals and sightseeing
are planned for you, allowing you to enjoy once-in-a-lifetime
experiences. Travel to Ireland in March 2013 or China in October 2013. For more information, call 757-664-2501
or visit HamptonRoadsChamber.com/Ireland or HamptonRoadsChamber.com/China.
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Lar-Jac Corp.
Law Offices of David A Greer PLC
Legal Resources of Virginia, Inc.
Legal Shield-Mary Glynn
Fisher & Associates
Lillibridge Healthcare Svcs
Lineage Logistics
Live Nation
LSI Laser Specialties Inc.
Lucy V. Dierks, Artist
Lyric Opera Virginia
Marathon Development Group, Inc.
Mark's Electric
Max Muscle (The Wright Stuff, Inc.)
McAllister & Quinn
MedVirginia
Melissa Harwood State Farm
Metroscoot, LLC
Mid Atlantic Dermatology Center, P.C.
Mid-Atlantic Building
Monster Clean
The Morgan Real Estate Group
Mosquito Squad
MTC Schaffner
Nerium by Brenda Hudgins
Norfolk Tug Co. Inc.
NYR Organic
Ocean View Fishing Pier LLC
Ohana Art Studio
Old Point Mortgage Group
The Original Health Hero Coins
Osmundson & Assoc. Cost
Consultants Inc.
Otto Design
Over The Edge Remediations, LLC
The Pancake House
Paramount Industrial Companies Inc
Pennacook Peppers
Plant Factory Interiors, Inc. –
Mr. Greenjeans
Primm & Company
Priority Plumbing Inc.
R.G. Electric Co.
Rainbow International
RAMPS Across America, Inc.
Raven Maria Blanco Foundation, Inc.
RCM Properties
Regus
Restore Rehabilitation
Rich Fisher Construction, Inc.
Richard Muldez Photography
Roth Doner Jackson, PLC
Rouse-Sirine Associates, Ltd.
S & N Communications, Inc.
Scott & Associates
Scott B. Konikoff, Esquire PLLC
Skanska USA Civil Southeast
The Skinny Dip Frozen
Yogurt Bar - Sam’s Drive
Sonoma Wine Bar & Bistro
South Bay Industries, Inc.
South Norfolk Trucking Inc.
Southeast Connections, LLC
Southeast Tissue Alliance
Spectrum Puppets
SpenCo LP
Sphinx Builders
Stephen Heretick
Team Health
Terri Thompson/State
Farm Insurance Companies
Thomas Edison State College
Tidewater Lock & Key
Tidewater Mortgage Services, Inc
Together MD
Traci Lynn Fashion Jewelry
The Travel Outlet of Virginia
Turf & Garden Div. of Todd Farm Equip.
Turpin’s Florist
United States Infrastructure
Corporation
Urban Renaissance
Vail Automotive
Virginia Asset Management
Virginia Floorcrafters
VooDoo Rhino, LTD
Walker & Laberge Co. Inc.
Wheeler Real Estate Investment
Trust, Inc.
Wilsondale Apartments Park
Properties
Women in Defense Greater
Hampton Roads
Word in Seasons Ministries
Works Progress Design
World Class Travel
WSKY-TV Channel 4
Your Chamber Connection
OCTOBER
3 Waves Media
Accredited Solar
All Bright Construction, LLC
April Stilwell Independent
Consultant/The Pampered Chef
Atlantic Bay Mortgage
Bridges Real Estate Acquistions, LLC
Brooks Brothers
Car Struction, Inc
Chesapeake Bay Academy
Chesapeake Cooler Company
Circulatory Center
Dunkin Donuts (Eagle Nest Pt., Va
Beach)
East Coast Paddleboards
Freedom Mechanical
The Henri Ellis Team
Hit Play Management
InterExchange, Inc
King Tiger Martial Arts
Kirkland’s (Hilltop)
Legal Shield – Sharon D. Holliday
Love of Scents
M & L Care
Marketing Werks
Millennium Medical Billing, Inc
Oliology
Palm Purpose
Pathways to Life
Plaza Azteca Mexican Restaurant
Power Mechanical, Inc
Pursonal Hang Ups
Rhonnda Claiborne – Keller
Williams Elite Realtors
Richard Calderon – Rose and
Womble
SARA Entertainment/SARA
Performing Arts Studio
Senior Advocate
Vanwin Coatings of Va., LLC
Virginia Beach Rescue Squad
Foundation
The Whitlock Group
XDIN, Inc
Thanks To Our
Strategic
Partners
For more information about being a Strategic Partner, contact the membership department at 757-664-2504.
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Fall 2012
U.S. Secretary of Defense Speaks at “State of the Military”
Senator Warner stated that, “Regardless
.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta
of who is elected, we are going to have to
and Senator Mark Warner spoke to
face our issues. We all share responsibility
more than 500 business professionals,
on how we got into the 16 trillion dollar
community leaders, and elected officials
debt.” Secretary Panetta concurred, saying,
from Hampton Roads at the Chamber’s
“The United States is in many ways at a
“State of the Military” forum on October
turning point after a decade of war. I
19 at the Norfolk Waterside Marriott. The
know too well the decisions we make in
forum sought to explore defense strategy,
Washington have a real and lasting impact
current and future Department of Defense
on communities.”
spending, and the economic impact of the
federal presence in Hampton Roads.
Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta addresses the crowd as Senator Panetta warned of the threat of defense
Panetta acknowledged that changes are U.S.
Mark Warner looks on
reductions because of automatic budget
coming, but assured Hampton Roads
cuts of $1 trillion over 10 years that are set to start in January.
business and military leaders that, even with Pentagon spending
Half the reductions, known as sequestration, would be in defense and
cutbacks, the region will continue to play a major role in the nation’s
half in discretionary domestic programs.
defense strategy.
Senator Warner and Secretary Panetta agreed that the Hampton
Panetta said, “Simply put, this region houses perhaps the greatest
Roads community’s support for the military is critical for national
concentration of military might in the world. And support offered by this
security. “I want to do everything that I can to keep this community
community to our service members, veterans and their families is an
strong with the military. It is essential to keep our nation strong,”
incredibly important part of what makes this area the strategic national
said Panetta.
asset that it is.”
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Chamber Announces its 2013 Leadership
t the September 26 Board of Directors meeting, the following individuals were elected as the Chamber’s 2013 officers. These
leaders took office at the Chamber’s Annual Meeting of the Membership on December 5. The Chamber thanks its 2013 officers for
their commitment to serve.
A
Chair
Deborah K. Stearns, CPM, SIOR, is Senior Vice
President at Harvey Lindsay Commercial Real Estate.
Deborah’s experience includes office property sales
and leasing, commercial development, mergers and
acquisitions, and operational management. Stearns
is focused on brokerage and business development. Stearns is active in
the community and serves on the Board of several regional organizations,
including the Hampton Roads Partnership and the Hampton Roads Economic
Development Alliance. In 2011, Deborah served as the Chamber’s Treasurer.
In April 2012, Deborah was elected Chair of the Chamber, replacing
Maurice Jones, who relinquished his duties in order to become Deputy
Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Also serving as
members of the 2013
Executive Committee:
Vice Chair, At Large
Steve Romine
LeClair Ryan
Vice Chair, At Large
President and CEO
Thomas Winborne
Jack Hornbeck, CCE
Clark Nexsen, Architecture
& Engineering
Hampton Roads Chamber of
Commerce
Chair, Chesapeake Division
Vice Chair, Governmental Affairs
Patrick Reynolds
Michael Fowler
Ashby Development, LLC
Merrill Lynch
Chair, Norfolk Division
Chair, Hampton Roads Political
Action Committee
Grey Persons
Military Newspapers of Virginia
W.S. “Shep” Miller, III
KITCO Fiber Optics
Michael M. Dudley is President and CEO of Optima
Health Plan and a Senior Vice President of Sentara
Healthcare. Optima Health Plan is the health plan
division of Sentara Healthcare. Serving 450,000
members in Virginia, Optima Health Plan provider
network consists of nearly 20,000 physicians and 92 hospitals. Prior to
joining Sentara in 1996, Michael served as President of Kaiser Permanente
Insurance Company, President of the Northeast Region of Kaiser Permanente
in Hartford Connecticut, and President of Kaiser’s Vallejo Medical Center
in California. He completed Stanford University’s executive management
program and is a Fellow of the American College of Health Care Executives.
Michael serves as a Director on the Boards of America’s Health Insurance
Plans (AHIP) – the nation’s principal association of health plans and
insurance companies, and the Virginia Association of Health Plans. He
has served the Hampton Roads Chamber as Vice Chair of the Marketing
& Communications Committee and Co-Chair of the Sustainable Resources
Campaign. In 2012, Michael served as the Chamber’s Treasurer.
Treasurer
Susan Blackman is a partner at Willcox & Savage,
P.C., practicing employment law and business
immigration law. She helps employers solve
workplace issues including medical accommodation,
discrimination and matters involving employees’
rights. She represents employers in court proceedings and before the
EEOC, Dept. of Labor, and U.S. immigration agencies. She obtains visas
and green cards for foreign employees and advises clients about U.S. employment and immigration laws. Susan is in The Best Lawyers in America
for both immigration law and employment law. Richmond Magazine
named her as one of the “Top 25 Women Attorneys in Virginia,” and she
was the only Hampton Roads lawyer recognized by Benchmark Litigation
as among the top 250 women litigators in the country. Susan is a past
Chair of the Chamber’s Virginia Beach Division and has served on the
Chamber’s Regional Board of Directors since 2007.
Vice Chair, Leadership
Programs
NASSCO-Earl Industries
Jeffrey Ainslie
Chair, Suffolk Division
Ainslie Group
Bettie Cuddyer
Sentara Obici Occupational Medicine
Vice Chair, Membership &
Communications
Chair, Virginia Beach Division
Shepelle Watkins-White
Cathie France
ShepelleWatkinsWhite Consulting
and Law, PLLC
Commonwealth of Virginia
General Counsel
Vice Chair, Small Business
Hugh L. Patterson, Esq.
Jeff Richardson
Willcox & Savage, PC
Beach Commercial Finance
Vice Chair, Sports
John W. Wilson
WBR Insurance Agency LLC
Co-Chair, Sustainable
Resources Campaign
Susan Archer
Old Dominion Steel & Container
Co. Inc.
Co-Chair, Sustainable
Resources Campaign
Joe Thomas
Individuals elected to
serve as members of the
Chamber’s Regional
Board of Directors
beginning in
December 2012:
Clyde Clark
Wells Fargo
Dawn Glynn
GEICO
TowneBank
Vice Chair, At Large
Shira Itzak
Dr. Tony Atwater
Norfolk State University
Vice Chair, At Large
Deborah Butler
Remedy Intelligent Staffing Services
Tim Peters
Norfolk Sheraton Waterside Hotel
Norfolk Southern Corp.
Wade Powell
Vice Chair, At Large
Wade Powell and Assocs./Dale
Carnegie
David Durham
StellarOne Bank
James Sherwood
Bon Secours Virginia Health System
Vice Chair, At Large
Jodi Gidley
Judy Swystun
Virginia Natural Gas, Inc.
Hampton Roads Transportation
Vice Chair, At Large
David Mele
The Virginian-Pilot/Pilot Media
fter 25 years with the Hampton
Roads Chamber of Commerce,
President & CEO Jack Hornbeck,
CCE, announced his plans to retire
from the Chamber on September
30, 2013.
A
Chamber Board Chair Deborah
Stearns, said, “It has been my
pleasure to know and work with Jack Hornbeck, CCE
Jack for nearly 25 years.” She added, “While there have
been many changes in the local business community during
Jack’s time as President & CEO of the Hampton Roads
Chamber, he has not changed his commitment and enthusiasm
for the job. I believe Jack’s greatest accomplishments are
the Chamber’s excellent reputation as a leading organization
in the region, its solid financial position and building a
cohesive staff.”
Susan Blackman, a partner with Willcox & Savage and
the Chamber’s 2013 Treasurer, has agreed to lead the
Search Committee. Members of the committee will be
appointed in early 2013.
Hornbeck said, “It has been an honor to have served the
Hampton Roads Chamber and my good fortune to have
worked with outstanding community leaders.” He added, “I
am proud of the important role the Chamber has played
in the development of our region and the Commonwealth
through such programs as ChamberSolutions, the Small
Business Development Center of Hampton Roads, Hampton
Roads Sports Commission, LEAD Hampton Roads, Hampton
Roads Economic Development Alliance, and Opportunity, Inc.”
A 39-year Chamber of Commerce professional, Hornbeck
has served Chambers in Middletown, New York; East
Hartford, Connecticut; Pensacola, Florida; and Atlanta,
Georgia. From 1978-1980, he served on the staff of the
Norfolk Chamber.
Hornbeck and his wife Janice plan to remain in Norfolk and
continue to be involved in the region.
Chair, Portsmouth Division
Missy Thomas
Chair-Elect
Chamber’s President & CEO
Announces Retirement
Courtesy of Erin Clark, E-n-E Photography
Ashley McDaniel joined the Chamber in September
as part-time Communications Coordinator. Prior
to working at the Chamber, Ashley was an editor with
BeliefNet and a Coordinator/Producer for CNN in
Washington, D.C. She graduated from Appalachian
State with a BS in Broadcasting and Advertising.
360IT Partners
5LINX
AAPEX Driving School
Aerophoto America
American Insulation Service
ATC Associates, Inc.
Bankers Insurance LLC
Charter Communications
Conquering QuickBooks, Inc.
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Virginia Chapter
DestinationXL
Genesis Cabling Services, Inc.
Greg Garrett Realty.com
Heather Platz
Home Instead Senior Care
InMotion Hosting
MedAlliesWorld Lifeline Foundation
Microtech Staffing Group of Virginia
New Balance Virginia Beach
OfficeMax
Pain Management & Orthopedics
Center
Papyrus Financial LLC
ReavesColey PLLC
SAIC Science Applications
International VA Beach
Sears Group, Inc.
Signs By Tomorrow
Social Wireless, LLC
Tidal Construction, Inc.
Triquetra Technologies, Inc.
Unity Renaissance Church
Uno Chicago Grill
Wendy's (N. Military Hwy., Norfolk)
Wendy's (Cleveland St., Va Beach)
Consolidated Logistics Center
The Cooper Law Firm, P.C.
Corman Construction
Creative Travel
Cresent Consulting
Crossroads Windows and Trim
D&M Concrete Construction
D. Dyckman Construction
Dasco Companies
Davis Boat Works
Davis Professional Services
Dockside Inn & Seafood Marina
Dominion Realty Advisors, Inc
Dresser-Rand Co.
Driver Contractors, Inc.
Duraline
The Dwelling Place
Econo Lodge On the Ocean
Elephant Trunk Design
Elizabeth River Lawn & Landscaping
Envoy of Thornton Hall
Equity Development Corporation
Essential Services and Energy
Broker/Commercial and Residential
Evofit
Exchange USA
dba Executive Pathway
Transportation/Park Avenue
Limousines
Facilities Bullpen
FASTSIGNS of Chesapeake
Fire & Vine Woodfire Cuisine
First Colonial Eye Center
First Command Financial PlanningRick Amelon
First Potomac Realty Trust
Five Rings Financial - Fisher.
Brinkman & Williams
Freewater Technologies
Froggies
Gary Allen Hair And Skin Care Centre
Gayle’s Wigs ’N’ Things
General Management Solutions, Inc.
Global Wind LLC
Greener by Led
Guardian Realty Management
Hampton Roads Promotional Products
Hawaiian Style Enterprise
Hazelwood’s Gift Shop
Healthgroup West
Henry Peddle, Inc.
Heritage Capital Group, LLC
HKS Architects
Hotel and Club Associates, Inc.
Hug-A-Bug
Independent Lighting Corp.
Interior Power Contracting
Janaf Shopping Yard
Jane P. Batten
JCVB LLC dba Anago of Virginia Beach
Jimmy Johns Gourmet Sandwiches
(Granby St., Norfolk)
John Westbrook
Jolene Dee Graphic Design
Joy4Life LLC
The Kane Company
KGS Development
Koizilla Monster Ponds
Konikoff Family Dentistry
KoSama Complete Body
Transformation
Kudzu Health & Safety, LLC
La Herradura, Inc.
Courtesy of Erin Kirk-Cuomo
Marianne Collins joined the Chamber in August as
Membership Coordinator. She is a native of Newark,
New Jersey. Marianne graduated from Norfolk
State University with a BS in Hotel, Restaurant and
Institutional Management. Prior to the Chamber,
Marianne worked for Marriott, Hilton and Holiday
Inn Hotels in a variety of management positions.
AUGUST
Save the Date
HAMPTON ROADS BUSINESS BRIEF:
Climbing Down from the Fiscal Cliff
Wednesday, January 9 from 8:00-9:30am
The Founders Inn & Spa
Professional Women’s Leadership
Luncheon
“Leadership & Working Smart: Leveraging Human
Connection in a Distracted Workplace”
Thursday, January 31 from 12-1:30pm
Holiday Inn Virginia Beach Norfolk Hotel and Conference Centter
NORFOLK
Friday, February 8 at noon
Norfolk Waterside Marriott
VIRGINIA BEACH
Thursday, March 14 at noon
Virginia Beach Convention Center
CHESAPEAKE
Thursday, March 28 at noon
Chesapeake Conference Center
PORTSMOUTH
Wednesday, April 13 at noon
Renaissance Portsmouth Hotel & Waterfront Conference Center
SUFFOLK
Tuesday, May 7 at noon
Hilton Garden Inn Suffolk Riverfront Hotel & Conference Center
For a listing of all Chamber events,
Visit Events.HamptonRoadsChamber.com