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ACCESS A publication of the Hopewell-Prince George Chamber of Commerce

Spring Edition 2013

In This Issue: President’s Perspective


New Members Building Connections Events Calendar Member News



Chamber Challenge The JOBS Program


Ambassadors Board of Directors

Business Growth


Leadership (804) 458-5536

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President’s Perspective

Fort Lee CMC I am back at work after competing in my first Boston Marathon. Thankfully, m I was able to complete my run prior tto the bombs exploding. I extend my ssympathies to the families of those who were killed in the blasts, as well as the w many who were injured. I extend comm mendations to those who stopped and m gave aid to the fallen. g

What has the Boston Marathon to do with the HopewellPrince George Chamber of Commerce? Everything. It’s about being part of something bigger than oneself. It’s about competing alongside others, while encouraging one another to pull from within. It’s about community pride. It’s about perseverance. It’s about tradition. Let’s stay the course.

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2nd Annual Membership Networking Breakfast & Awards Ceremony Sponsored by Community College Workforce Alliance Dr. John Thomas delivered a message about reducing barriers and establishing “social capital” to an audience of about 135 business and community leaders on Thursday, February 21, at the Historic Beacon Theatre. The Social Capital to which Dr. Thomas referred is the economic benefit which can be derived from social connections, shared values and regional cooperation. Dr. Thomas, who is the director of the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia, spoke particularly about the inherent challenge due to the Commonwealth’s political divisions between cities and counties. He invited members of the audience to think more globally and include neighboring jurisdictions when envisioning the future. The Chamber recognized six area businesses and one nonprofit organization with awards: Best Business Practices for a Large Business: ACE Hardware Distribution Center Best Business Practices for a Small Business: Ligon L. Jones Insurance Services

Innovative Practices: Comcast Cable Communications Community Relations for a Large Business: Evonik Goldschmidt Corporation Community Relations for a Non-Profit: Crater Community Hospice Health & Wellness: Prince George County WOW! Program Environment: Container First Services Exceptional Customer Service: King Communications Group The Chamber also presented awards for service to individuals Jeff Heckert, Omni Financial, Ambassador of the Year; Fred Morene, Ford Agency, Lifetime Ambassador Award; Karen Farren, Joint Logistics Managers, Inc. and Derrick Johnson, Timmons, with President’s Choice Awards. This was the inaugural year of Chamber Hall of Fame which recognizes Chamber Members who have invested over 25 years in Chamber Membership. Over 50 businesses were recognized at the event.

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Does the community know that you’re a Proud Member of the HPG Chamber? Check your front door, entrance, or company vehicle to make sure the Proud Member decal (and year mark sticker- for Members over 5+ years) is prominently displayed. Next, post a photo of the displayed decal and post it on our Facebook page!

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10 Ways New Members Get Visibility Chamber Membership increases visibility of your business in the community. 1) Member Directory on 2) Member Profile on 3) Proud Member Decal 4) Announced at Board Meeting 5) Introduced to Ambassadors 6) Visited by an Ambassador 7) Announced at Something’s Perkin’ 8) Member Newsletter Publication 9) Quarterly E-blast to Members 10) Featured on Chamber’s Facebook

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MEMBERS are the FACE of Our Facebook Page! Anyone who visits the Hopewell-Prince George Chamber of Commerce page on Facebook has direct access to our Members! Members- Like Us on Facebook and use the Chamber’s page to post your events, announcements, hot deals, or new products or services!

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Building Connections The Chamber offers informal networking events which include Something’s Perkin’ - held on the 2nd Thursday from 8:00-9:00AM and Business After-Hours – held throughout the year at the request of a Chamber Member. Both events have a great reputation and a following of Members and guests. Each event is hosted and sponsored by a Chamber Member, which allows attendees to visit various Members throughout the community. Sponsorships Available: Contact the Chamber if you would like to host/sponsor a networking event at your business! (804) 458-5536 or

Recap: MemberDRIVE The Hopewell-Prince George Chamber of Commerce hosted a special Membership event, Member DRIVE - Membership Accelerated, at Richmond International Raceway on Thursday, March 21, 2013 from 5:00-8:00PM. Over 100 business representatives attended from the Tri-City area. The event showcased the benefits of Chamber Membership and highlighted two partnerships: Richmond International Raceway and the USO of Hampton Roads Central Virginia (located at Richmond International Airport and Fort Lee). Activities for the evening featured a silent auction, free Pace Car rides and networking with members and prospective members. The HPG Chamber presented a portion of the silent auction proceeds to the USO Warrior and Family Program at McGuire Veterans Hospital in Richmond, Virginia in the amount of $500. Forty (40) Silent Auction items were donated by local businesses and individuals. This was a great opportunity for the Chamber and community to show its support for our wounded warriors and their families, as well as partnering with a great organization that supports our men and women in uniform every day. The USO of Hampton Roads and Central Virginia plays an active role in supporting our military at McGuire Veterans Hospital. Working directly with the staff and military liaisons at the hospital, the USOHRCV is able to meet most of the requests from the service members and their families. RIR President Dennis Bickmeier opened the event with “we’re open for business here” adding that “RIR is a great place to make business to business connections and a great place for non-profits to earn money since it takes 1500 people to put on a race weekend (and RIR has a staff of 34)”. Special Thanks to our Sponsors: Signature Sponsor- Richmond International Raceway, Gold Sponsor- Independence Place Apartments, Silver Sponsor- Topside Tent & Party Rentals, Bronze Sponsors- Fort Lee Federal Credit Union, Loyal Order of the MooseHopewell Lodge, and Vital Signs of Chester. L-R: Jeff Heckert- Omni Financial (Chamber Ambassador), Becky McDonough- HPG Chamber, Dennis Bickmeier- Richmond International Raceway, Tricia Riggs- USOHRCV, Stacey Elder and Terry SutherlandIndependence Place Apartments (Gold Sponsor)

Business Roundtable Series T Chamber offers its Members the opportunity to sponsor Business Roundtable, designed to engage (10-12) business and The ccommunity leaders in a stimulating discussion requested by a Member. Each Business Roundtable has an exclusive Sponsor who selects the topic and facilitates the discussion. A light lunch is provided. a Contact the Chamber if you would like to schedule a Business Roundtable: (804) 458-5536 or C Interested a On March 1, 2013, the Chamber held a business roundtable luncheon for Lynn A. Knight, CEcD, Director of Economic Development Programs, Management Analysis, Incorporated (MAI). MAI has been retained by Prince George County to conduct research and provide recommendations for the creation of the Prince George County Economic Development & Tourism Strategic Plan. At MAI’s request, we assembled representatives from various business sectors. Ms. Knight presented the preliminary findings of the study and then led the group in a discussion. The preliminary report was presented to the community during a public meeting in Disputanta on April 11, 2013. The final report will be presented to the Prince George County Board of Supervisors on June 11, 2013 at 5pm.

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Events Calendar MAY: Saturday, May 4 Hopewell/Prince George Gang Prevention & Awareness Community Forum 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Join us at Hopewell High School OPEN TO EVERYONE

Wednesday, May 8 FULL Board of Directors Meeting 12:30 - 2:00PM Location: HPG Chamber Board Room *OPEN Meeting, All Members/Guests Welcome

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Wednesday, May 22 Business After-Hours 5:30 - 7:30 PM Sponsored by Farmingdale Townhouse Apartments - Poolside Informal Networking Meeting: Ideal for making contacts and building relationships. Complimentary Event - Guests Welcome

Monday, May 27 MEMORIAL DAY - Governor’s Bowl KICKOFF See Chamber Challenge - Page 8 for more details about how you can help

Wednesday, May 29

Ribbon Cutting at Believe-N-U Something’s Perkin’ 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Ribbon Cutting at 12PM 8:00 - 9:00 AM 4712 Owens Way Sponsored by TBD - Check Prince George, VA 23875 for more detailsInformal Networking Meeting: Ideal for making contacts and building relation- JUNE: ships. Complimentary Event - Guests Welcome

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The James House Annual 12th Annual HPG Chamber Golf Tournament Appreciation Picnic OPEN 11:00 AM 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM Crystal Lake Park 3600 River Rd, Hopewell VA Jordan Point Golf Club Meet James House board members, volunteers OPEN to Members & Guests. Enter your team or and fellow supporters while enjoying food, ‘Sponsor A Hero’. games, and fun. RSVP to Lori Kalish lori@theWant more visibility? Become a Sponsor. tact the Chamber for a registration/sponsorship Wednesday, June 5 form. The Governor’s Small Business Summit Hosted by Office of the Governor in partnership Tuesday, May 14 with The National Federation of Independent 2013 Global Logistics Forum Business (NFIB) Hosted by Virginia’s Gateway Region 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM 8:00 - 11:00 AM The Westin • 6631 West Broad Street • Virginia State University - Gateway Dining & Richmond, Virginia Event Center Registration Deadline: May 31, 2013 Registration Deadline: May 6, 2013 For more information visit http://governorssFor more information visit http://vgrlogistics. MEMBERS: Have an event coming up? Post it on the Chamber’s website or Facebook page. or M8


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Something’s Perkin’ 8:00 - 9:00 AM Sponsored by TBD - Check for more details Informal Networking Meeting: Ideal for making contacts and building relationships. Complimentary Event - Guests Welcome

JULY: Thursday, July 4 INDEPENDENCE DAY Governor’s Bowl ENDS Bring ALL non-perishable items to the Chamber before July 4th.

Thursday, July 4 2013 Summer Military Concert Series Kip Moore at Fort Lee! Fireworks, music and much more. Fort Lee Statium •

Wednesday, July 10 FULL Board of Directors Meeting 12:30 - 2:00PM Location: HPG Chamber Board Room

Thursday, July 11 Something’s Perkin’ 8:00 - 9:00 AM Sponsored by TBD Check for more details Informal Networking Meeting: Ideal for making contacts and building relationships. Complimentary Event - Guests Welcome

Tuesday, July 30 Virginia Employment Commission Fort Lee Job Fair 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM The Regimental Club, Fort Lee OPEN to all Military Identification holders and Veterans For more information call 804-734-6612 *Pre-Registration is required.

AUGUST: Thursday, August 8 Something’s Perkin’ 8:00 - 9:00 AM Sponsored by TBD - Check for more details Informal Networking Meeting: Ideal for making contacts and building relationships. Complimentary Event - Guests Welcome

Wednesday, August 21 Tri-Cities Community Night at The Diamond For more information visit www. *Gates open at 6 PM, Game starts at 7:05 PM HPG Chamber will have a limited number of FREE General Admission Tickets*

Thursday, August 22

Chamber Challenge 2nd Annual Governor’s Bowl Food & Fun Drive May 27 - July Chamber Challenge Series: It’s time to get involved! The Chamber will be offer4, 2013 ing unique opportunities throughout the year to serve the community, and fulfill the Chamber’s mission: Promoting business growth, workforce development, and community connections.

Earth Day Recycling Weekend April 20-22, 2013

Business After-Hours Container First Ser5:00 - 7:00 PM vices in conjunction Sponsored by Independence Place with Hopewell-Prince Poolside BBQ George, Colonial Heights, Dinwiddie, Informal Networking Meeting: Ideal and Petersburg Chamfor making contacts and building bers of Commerce placed recycle relationships. containers to help the community Complimentary Event - Guests save money by bringing unwanted/ Welcome outdated electronics at no charge to be recycled. The HPG Chamber thanks CFS for helping the Tri-Cities area ‘think green’! SAVE THE DATE Wednesday, August 21, 2013 Tri-Cities Night at the Diamond Richmond Flying Squirrels The Tri-Cities area will be represented at the Diamond for Community Night on August 21, 2013 to watch the Richmond Flying Squirrels. Last year, the HPG Chamber distributed over 600 FREE tickets for this Community event to area businesses and organizations. Call us to reserve tickets – (804) 458-5536. We look forward to seeing you at Tri-Cities Night!

REGISTER NOW 12th Annual Golf OPEN President’s Cup Tournament Friday, May 17th, 2013 • Jordan Point Golf Club • Tee-off: 12:00PM Signature Sponsor: Strosnider Chevrolet Sponsorships still available Contact the Chamber for more information: (804) 458-5536 or

For the second year, the HPG Chamber will be participating in the Governor’s Bowl. The Hopewell-Prince George area received 408,050 lbs. from the food bank in 2012-2013. During last year’s Governor’s Bowl Food Challenge, the HPG Chamber collected 6,804 lbs.! To make it more fun we also created our own Member to Member challenge to see which business would contribute the most in the category of small, medium, and large businesses.

THE CHALLENGE Help restock the shelves of your local food bank! Collect food at your business and challenge employees to get involved! Please deliver all donations to the Hopewell-Prince George Chamber of Commerce: 210 N 2nd Ave. Hopewell, VA 23860. To make a monetary donation, call the HPG Chamber: (804) 458-5536. Every $1 donated is equal to 4 lbs of food! Visit for more information.

THE NEED A recent study by Feeding America found that over 1,012,500 Virginians are considered “food insecure.” This represents a 54% increase since 2006. A large number of these individuals are children, senior citizens, disabled adults, and the new face of hunger—individuals who have lost their jobs and are having problems making ends meet. Summertime is typically one of the most challenging times for food banks in Virginia, especially with the number of children who are out of school and do not have access to before and after school feeding programs.

THE RESPONSE In response to this urgent need, Governor Bob McDonnell, The Virginia Chamber of Commerce, and the Federation of Virginia Food Banks joined efforts in 2012 to create the first Chamber of Commerce Challenge Food and Fund Drive—a food and fund drive competition among all Virginia Chambers of Commerce, their member businesses, and state government offices. In its first year, the Governor’s Bowl collected the equivalent of more than 740,000 pounds of food and grocery products. In this friendly competition, the Chamber or government office that raises the most pounds of food will be awarded a prestigious and highly coveted “Governor’s Bowl” in the categories of small, medium, and large for Chamber offices and a special bowl for the top government office. As a new addition for 2013, there will be two awards per category, one for most pounds total, and one for most pounds per capita. This brings the total number of winners to 8, each of whom will receive a one-of-a-kind handmade bowl made by a Virginia potter.



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Member News Updates From Chamber Member Businesses Congratulations to the following Members who celebrated recent Ribbon Cuttings with the Chamber: Doreen Creel-Wood Accounting, Morris Cardiovascular & Risk Reduction Center, Crafty’s DriveBuy Grocery, and Hopewell Health Department.

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Jordan Point Golf Club Dr. Jerry Skaggs, Retired Physician and Member, has joined the Board of Directors of the Golf Club along with Chuck Crocker, Anne Harriss, Mike Malone, Tom Cocker, Marshall Parker. Under the leadership of Board President Billy Russell they are optimistic about the future. There is a membership drive in progress. League play is available during the week. Event coordinator Linda Allen is handling banquets (call: 458-4693). For information about golf programs, lessons, tournaments and membership call Rick Bealert, General Manager, 458-0141. The Chamber is returning for its 12th Annual Golf Open President’s Cup Tournament on May 17th. To register contact Cailee Mallahan, 458-5536 today!

Governor McDonnell Cuts the CCAM Ribbon HPG Chamber leadership was present on March 25, 2013 when Governor Bob McDonnell cut the CCAM ribbon. We had a chance to speak with the Chairman of the Board of the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM), Armand Lauzon, Jr. His passion for the project was evident and his commitment for CCAM to train the next generation of technology leaders, to lower R&D costs for member companies, and to influence K-12 curriculum was apparent. He explained that he now spends about 30% of him time in CCAM related activities. In his podium remarks he thanked the Virginia Tobacco Commission, the US Economic Development Administration, the Commonwealth of Virginia, Prince George County, and member companies. “Each of the entities saw the vision, stepped up financially and supported the Mission, believed that a public/private enterprise could work, and each provided a level of support consistent with the Vision.” Furthermore he reminded the audience that “CCAM has defined a simple…yet unique approach to a critically important U.S. challenge….return advanced manufacturing jobs to the U.S.!” It is fascinating to imagine that Mr. Lauzon, and other world business leaders like him are travelTractor Supply of Prince George ing to the County and that they may speak of PG We will soon have a Tractor Supply Co. County when they discuss CCAM with business leaders all over the world. For more information on near the intersection of Prince George Mr. Lauzon visit Drive and Route 460 in Prince George

Community News

Morris Cardiovascular & Risk Reduction Center (Jan. 15)

Crafty’s Drive-Buy Grocery (Jan. 26)

Hopewell Health Department (Mar. 7)

HPG Chamber Takes Lead Role in Launching Local Youth Manufacturing & Technology Camp Registration is now underway via for students and volunteers to participate in the camp which will be held from July 31-August 3, 2013. This community service - hosted and supported by industry - pays off in the future workforce. Every business that relies on manufacturers as customers that believes in a bright future for advanced manufacturing in the US or even companies who want to insure that our students have an abundance of experiential learning experiences should consider being part of this investment. This raw material to finished goods experience will show participants that applying engineering, technology and math skills can be fun and interesting. The list of initial partners includes: ITAC, The City of Hopewell and Prince George County School Divisions, Evonik Goldschmidt Chemical, James River GENCO, RockTenn, Ashland Aqualon Functional Ingredients, Virginia American Water Company, Rolls-Royce Crosspointe Rotatives, Service Center Metals, Hopewell Cogeneration, and of course the lead organization, the Virginia Manufacturers Association. Parental attendance on the final day is a game-changer.

County. At December 29, 2012, Tractor Supply Company operated 1,176 stores in 45 states. The Company’s stores are focused on supplying the lifestyle needs of recreational farmers and ranchers. The Company also serves the maintenance needs of those who enjoy the rural lifestyle, as well as tradesmen and small businesses. Stores are located in towns outlying major metropolitan markets and in rural communities. The Company offers the following comprehensive selection of merchandise: (1) equine, pet and small animal products, including items necessary for their health, care, growth and containment; (2) hardware, truck, towing and tool products; (3) seasonal products, including lawn and garden items, power equipment, gifts and toys; (4) maintenance products for agricultural and rural use; and (5) work/recreational clothing and footwear.

Richard Bland College – Message from Debbie L. Sydow, Ph.D., President April 23, 2013 marked the live launch of the Global Education Skills Alliance (GESA) and the Language Institute, part of a newly created Center for Strategic Initiatives at Richard Bland College. GESA is a not-forprofit education consortium that will lead a new era of global collaboration between education institutions, enterprises and industries worldwide. As a consortium member, Richard Bland College will provide its students the opportunity to enhance their education by combining study abroad with employment opportunities – both domestically and internationally. Through the Language Institute, Richard Bland College will offer over 50 different conversational languages to anyone, anywhere through a strategic partnership with PEC, Inc. These language courses focus on the “how” of language, not the “why” of traditional linguistics programs, and they are delivered through a proven synchronous distance learning platform used to train Special Forces troops before they are deployed to different regions of the world. In addition to expanding language learning options for Bland students, the Language Institute will serve as a resource for business, military and vacation travelers alike.

New Research Facility in Prince George Prince George County is now home to a second applied research facility, the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Logistics (CCALS). The first is CCAM, the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM). Taken directly from their new brochure and web site, we learn that industry will determine CCALS’ research roadmap. Universities apply proven capabilities. Collaboration delivers transformational results. University members include Longwood University that already has a presence in our area through the Crater Small Business Center of Longwood University, the University of Virginia and Virginia State University (both partners in CCAM). Central Virginia, within 750 miles of two-thirds of the U.S. population, is increasingly driven by logistics businesses and organizations. “We are thrilled to be in the community doing applied research serving the interests of our members”, commented Mark Manasco, President and Executive Director of CCALS. HPG CHAMBER ACCESS


Chamber Ambassadors The Chamber appreciates all of the Ambassadors for their volunteerism and efforts in 2013. Purpose: The Ambassadors Committee is responsible for promoting the HPG Chamber through their presence at grand openings, ribbon cuttings, and military ceremonies. Additionally, we monitor the needs of our Membership for business growth through visits to explain how their Membership benefits can increase their visibility and growth. We also support all of the Chamber’s premier events as the primary networkers that bring businesses together. If you are interested in being part of this outstanding team please contact Heath McDaniel, McDaniel Financial at (804) 458-1556 or Tamara Krueger, Hyatt Place Richmond-Chester at (804) 530-4600.

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Ambassador of the Year: Congratulations to Jeff Heckert, Omni Financial Meet the Ambassadors: M Chair: Heath McDaniel, McDaniel Financial Group Co-Chair: Tamara Krueger, Hyatt Place Richmond-Chester Secretary: Kiffy Johnson, The James House Membership: Sarita Harding, S&B Designs Welcoming: Susan Davis-Harrell, Cavalier Square Shopping Center Melissa Lawrence, Appomattox Regional Library System Randy Sealey, Appomattox River Peanut & Wine Co. Rosie Collins, Creating A Better Life (Melalueca - The Wellness Company) Doreen Wills, Container First Services Fred Morene, Ford Agency Insurance & Real Estate Megan Green, Fort Lee FMWR Stacey Elder, Independence Place Apartments Beverly Epps, John Randolph Medical Center JoAnna Korkos, Networking Data Security Experts Jeff Heckert, Omni Financial David Pegram, The Progress-Index Cheryl Justice, Virginia Commonwealth Bank

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High School, Woodson Middle School (Hopewell), and Clements Junior High (Prince George). Class attendance is required (only 3 absences are allowed), and students must have passing grades in all of their classes in order to participate in the program. To prepare them for the world of work, students attend after school classes that are taught by volunteer instructors/role models from the local community. Each week students receive a “Healthy Tips” handout provided by the YMCA, and this year’s class topics are: 9. Networking and Volunteering 10. Employee/Employer Relationship [new this year] 11. Conflict Resolution 12. STEM Group Problem Solving 13. Career Choices 14. Interviewing Skills 15. Mock Interviews 16. Refresher/Orientation [new this year]

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Spouses selling houses Pam & Tommy Land Realtors®

Retired Military • New Construction Resales • Age Restricted Communities (804) 458-9873 ext. 141 cell: (804) 898-1606

3302 Oaklawn Blvd., Hopewell M14


Welcome New Board Members

Board of Directors & Staff


Board of Directors Executive Committee

Inman National Sales Director, Interface & Performance Business Line BU Consumer Specialties, Evonik Goldschmidt Corporation

Stefan Calos Sands Anderson, PC President

Derrick Johnson Timmons Group President-Elect

Tim Webb Container First Treasurer

Wendy Austin Southside Community Partners Secretary

Mary McLean Past-President


Rob has over twenty-two years’ experience in management, sales, marketing, manufacturing, and product management with major military corporations. He serves as one of the seven members of the I&P Management Team.

Wesley W Smith S

Don Carnesi Ingram & Associates Real Estate Co.

Robin Chenail John Randolph Medical Center

Jennifer DuBois Columbia Gas of Virginia

Karen Farren Joint Logistics Managers, Inc.

Traci Hackley Baymont Inn & Suites

Jeff Heckert Omni Financial

Chamber Staff

Ben Ligon PivotPoint Solutions, LLC

Jesse Mason Joint Logistics Managers, Inc.

David Poole Rolls-Royce Crosspointe, LLC

Becky McDonough Executive Vice President

Cailee Mallahan Executive Assistant

Mary Sanden Secretary

M Manuffacturing Coordinator, C Community C College Workforce Alliance Wesley provides workforce development solutions to manufacturing and trade organizations in the Central Virginia region. He was the former GATE (Growing America Through Entrepreneurship) Director in Richmond, VA. As well as the former Employment and Training Specialist for the Capital Region Workforce Partnership. He proudly served as an Infantry Section Leader - USMC.






HPG Chamber April 2013


HPG Chamber April 2013