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

Summer Edition 2012

In This Issue: President’s Perspective


New Members Building Connections Events Calendar Member News



Governor’s Bowl The JOBS Program


Ambassadors Board of Directors

Business Growth


Leadership M1

(804) 458-5536 HPG CHAMBER ACCESS



Chamber Partners

President’s Perspective

Fort Lee CMC What an exciting year 2012 is proving to be for the Hopewell-Prince George Chamber of Commerce! We are showing growth in almost every aspect of our mission: promoting Economic Growth, Workforce Development, and Community Connections. To engage leaders of the business community and governmental bodies, the Chamber is hosting Business Roundtables throughout the year. Our ability to communicate and provide visibility for our membership continues to be enhanced with the use of our Facebook page while we enter the completion phase of our new Web Site. If you want to see what your chamber has been doing the first half of 2012, just visit our Facebook page! The staff is doing a great job providing information on our expanding membership and spotlighting events. There are several upcoming dates you need to mark on your calendar. The first one is to support the students and volunteers of the JOBS Program on Wednesday, August 29, 2012 at their Graduation/ Closing ceremony to be held at the newly renovated Maloney Lofts, Hopewell.The students will have

completed their summer internships and this year we need a show of support from the business community in appreciation of the workforce skills they have learned. One of the most important events to attend this year is our Annual Dinner at the Lee Club, Fort Lee. The dinner is scheduled for Thursday, September 27, 2012. In our continued efforts to create a better place to live, work and play for each of our communities, this year we have engaged a speaker that we believe will motivate our community into action. You do not want to miss this event! Look for more information on how you can sponsor our efforts to bring this speaker to our community. The Hopewell-Prince George Chamber has a dedicated and engaging board of directors, staff and membership who continue to support a vision for a better future. I want to thank the board and staff for their tireless efforts in bringing forth this vision, and thank you, the membership, for continuing to be an active supporter of the Chamber of Commerce. Mary McLean, Chamber President

(Civilian Military Council)

Prince George Promise

Regional Leadership Program Area Chamber Leaders have been meeting with Southside Community Partners to examine the potential value of a regional leadership development program for the community. In July, an expanded group met at the Dinwiddie Enhancement Center; facilitated by Christine Kennedy, Executive Vice President of the Lynchburg Regional Chamber and Leadership & Life Coach of the Lynchburg Program. The following individuals from the HPG Chamber have volunteered their time to support this project and are featured in this photo from left to right: Wendy Austin, Southside Community Partners (Serves on Chamber Board) Becky McDonough, HPG Chamber *Christine Kennedy, Lynchburg Regional Chamber M3


Russell Mait, Evonik Goldschmidt Corporation Mary McLean, Canteen Vending Services (President, Chamber Board), Jeff Heckert, Omni Financial (Serves on Chamber Board) For more information about this initiative, please email Charles Faison:

Chamber Partners are a diverse group of organizations, dedicated to ongoing, long-term efforts alongside the Chamber to advance economic prosperity and community excellence.

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Are You In?

New Members Hometown Drug, Inc. 2313 Oaklawn Blvd. Hopewell, VA 23860 (804) 458-3784 Pharmacy James Madison University Hopewell House 245 E Broadway Hopewell, VA 23860 (540) 568-8987 Education Monet’s Kuts & Kurl, LLC 304 Cavalier Square Hopewell, VA 23860 (804) 541-3512 Beauty (Salons & Products) Suburban Hotel 2401 W. Hundred Rd Chester, VA 23831 (804) 748-6321 Hotel/Motel Swift Creek Mill Theatre 17401 Jefferson Davis Colonial Heights, VA 23834 (804) 748-5203 Entertainment Tri-City Office Products, Inc 3323-D S. Crater Rd Petersburg, VA 23805 (804) 733-8777 Office Equipment & Supplies Quality Inn 12711 Old Stage Rd. Chester, VA 23831 (804) 796-5200 Hotel/Motel M5


10 Ways

New Members Get Visibility Chamber Membership increases visibility of your business in the community.

A study commissioned by the American Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) with support from Small Business Network, Inc. produced the following results: • Most consumers (59%) think that being active in the local chamber of commerce is an effective business strategy overall. It is 29% more effective, however, for communicating to consumers that a company uses good business practices and 26% more effective for communicating that a business is reputable. Make sure you’re showing the community 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.

1) Member Directory on 2) Member profile on 3) Proud Member Decal 4) Announced at Board meeting 5) Introduced to Ambassadors 6) Announced at Something’s Perkin’ 7) Announced at Business After-Hours 8) Member Newsletter Publication 9) Quarterly email blast to Members

Contact us if you don’t have a Proud Member Decal, and/or year mark sticker, or need a replacement. Want to display your Proud Member Decal on your business website? Please email your request to:; decal in jpeg format.

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! Like Us on Facebook and use the Chamber’s page to post your events, announcements, hot deals, or new products or services!

10) Featured on Chamber’s Facebook

New in 2012…

We will be featuring a Member each business day on Facebook. We are contacting Members in-goodstanding to request a brief description (2-3 sentences) of your business/ organization and logo or picture. Contact staff member Mary Sanden to find out when your business will be featured.



Building Connections

Interested in Sponsoring a Business Roundtable?

Special Thanks to John Rooney and Douglas Donovan, Cockade City Camera Club, for his pro-bono photography for the HPG Chamber’s new website - coming in Fall 2012.

The Chamber offers two monthly informal networking events; Something’s Perkin’ - held on the 2nd Thursday from 8:00-9:00AM and Business After-Hours - held on the 4th Thursday from 5:30-7:30PM*. 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. There are only a few sponsorships available! Contact the Chamber if you would like to host/sponsor a networking event at your business.

Contact the Chamber! HR Informal Meet-Up Breakfast A start-up group of HR managers in the region enjoyed a dutch treat breakfast on July 18 from 8:00-9:00AM at Prince George Family Barbecue. The group is hoping to expand its ranks by the time of the next meeting on Wednesday, August 15 from 8:009:00AM at Rosa’s Italian Ristorante’ Pizzeria: 4098 Oaklawn Blvd. Hopewell, VA 23860. If you are currently an HR manager and would like to attend, please contact the Chamber. Special Thanks to Member Ben Ligon, PivotPoint Solutions LLC, for introducing our Chamber to a practice that has been serving HR managers in the Virginia Beach area for almost three years.

Business Roundtable Series

(Pictured L-R: Ben Ligon-PivotPoint Solutions, Sheila Shannon-RockTenn, Alice GuillotDavis Oil Company, Delphine Harper-Perdue Farms, Becky McDonough-HPG Chamber, Sarah Beadle-Rolls-Royce Crosspointe, Kelli Carter-ACE Hardware Corporation, Not Shown: John Rooney-Cockade City Camera Club, Anastasia Skordas-Owner-Prince George Family Barbecue.

New this year, the Chamber is offering a series of Business Roundtables, designed to engage (10-12) business and community 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. The Chamber Business Roundtable held June 20th was sponsored by Supervisor William F. “Bill” Gandel from Prince George County. Jeff Stoke, Prince George Deputy County Administrator and Director of Economic Development, gave a presentation about the economic base growth theory and its applications in a global economy. Attendees were guided through how an economic analysis measures a community and what factors cause growth and contraction. Discussion revolved around such topics as housing, retail, manufacturing, and how each sector is measured and relates to one another. A key concept reviewed was the distinction between economic development, community development and workforce development yet, how all three are required for a healthy community. M7


Events Calendar

To register for events: Call 804-458-5536 • Email: • Online: • Other Community or Member Events: Visit

SAVE THE DATE Hopewell-Prince George Chamber of Commerce 93rd Annual Dinner

Thursday, September 27, 2012 The Lee Club, Fort Lee 5:00 – 8:00PM Signature Sponsor: Community College Workforce Alliance (CCWA) If you are interested in sponsoring the biggest business meeting in the region please call (804) 458-5536 to obtain a sponsorship packet.




OCTOBER: Wednesday, October 3 HPG Crime Solvers Annual Rib Fest

4:00-7:00PM Scott Park, Prince George Tickets: $20/person

Thursday, October 11 Something’s Perkin’ Sponsored by Come Network over coffee: Ideal for making contacts & building business relationships Complimentary Event - Guests Welcome

Thursday, October 19

Saturday, October 27

United Way of HPG Annual Golf

Annual City Point 5K River Run & Walk

9:00AM Kids Fun Run/Walk - 8:00 AM Downtown Hopewell For more information visit

Jordan Point Golf Club Shotgun Start: 9:00 AM Call (804) 541-3969

Thursday, October 25 Business After-Hours

5:00- 7:00PM Sponsored by Olde Town Wellness Informal Networking Meeting: Ideal for making contacts & building business relationships Complimentary Event - Guests Welcome

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Saturday, October 27

16th Annual City Point 5K River Run & Walk

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For more information visit The City Point 5k River Run & Walk route has been certified by U.S.A. Track & Field. Sign up for a seven-week training course for participants 12 years old and older. Provided by the YMCA of Greater Richmond. M9


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Race Starts at 9:00AM Kids Fun Run/Walk at 8:00 AM Downtown Hopewell

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Something’s Perkin’ is an Informal Networking Event, Hosted and Sponsored by a Chamber Member on the 2nd Thursday of Each Month from 8:00 - 9:00 AM Business After-Hours is an Informal Networking Event, Hosted and Sponsored by a Chamber member, on the 4th Thursday of Each Month from 5:50-7:30 PM


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Interested in Sponsoring a Something’s Perkin’ or Business After-Hours? Contact the Chamber!



Consumer Specialties, From active ingredients to tissue softeners Evonik Consumer Specialties focuses on the specialty chemistry industry, providing high-grade products and solutions that help businesses succeed. We market raw materials, functional additives, and active and industrial specialty ingredients to industries such as skin care, hair care, soaps and detergents, home care, automotive care, agriculture, and pulp and paper, among others. We are proud to support the Hopewell-Prince George Chamber of Commerce and its role in uniting our community.



Evonik Goldschmidt Corporation 914 East Randolph Road P.O. Box 1299 Hopewell, VA 23860 phone +1 804 541-8658

Ford Agency, Inc. Insurance & Real Estate Profile 111 W. Poythress Street, Hopewell VA 23860 (804)458-6333 Management/Owner: Michael L. Mahaney, President James C. Fannin, Vice President

Front row: Michael L. Mahaney, President James C. Fannin, Vice-President Standing: Janice Truman, Personal Lines Coordinator, Brandon Botts,Insurance Producer, Robin McCathern, Life/Health Coordinator, Lee Mahaney, Insurance Producer, Donna Pollard, Commercial Lines Coordinator

Nature of the Business: Independent Insurance Agency and Full Service Real Estate Brokerage

History We are Proud of our past! Ford Agency is home to big ideas, big hearts, and even bigger dreams. Our company is committed to community support, and for nearly 77 years, our employees have proved it by making Hopewell a better place to work and live. We believe we have been successful because of our customer service. We know most of our customers well, and we provide top quality service, and they continue to come back to us. We have been a local community oriented business since 1935, and people here have come to know and trust us. We provide the best professional service we can, and are willing to work with any and every one to meet their individual needs. Secure your future by calling us today!

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Updates From Chamber Member Businesses

Member News Change of Command at Fort Lee

Maj. Gen. Larry D. Wyche assumed command of the Combined Arms Support Command and Sustainment Center of Excellence in a ceremony June 26. Wyche, a native of Emporia, Va., took command from Maj. Gen. James L. Hodge, who retired in a separate ceremony. Wyche congratulated Hodge on his years of service and said he was honored to join the CASCOM and Fort Lee team. He described the mission of sustainment Soldiers as one of the most critical in the Army.

UPS Offers Great Value EDDM is the Direct Mail partnership between US Postal Service and UPS. To consider this service, identify immediate marketing area, remove unwanted areas that do not apply to your business, determine budget and frequency (There is a 500 piece minimum for 1 mailing @ .145/piece.) You finalize the design and budget for marketing piece; approve the proof, and determine if mail campaign is stand alone or in concert with other media marketing. For more information, contact Greg Franz: (804) 768-8012.

Market, the Downtown Partnership, Gardener’s Gate, and King Communications Group for making this event special. To learn more about the reason for JMU’s presence in the community contact Carol Flemin, (540) 568-8987.

Welcome Yates Construction – General Contractor for Rock Tenn Project

a “hot deal” on the web site using your login and password. We need the coupons by August 10th, 2012. Individual coupons will be the best way to reach these customers while they are in our region. Let’s show them that HPG means hospitality.

Metl-Span, LLC Acquired by NCI Building Systems, Inc.

NCI Building Systems, Inc. acquired Metl-Span, LLC The large investment in our paper mill in June 2012. has begun. During a catered luncheon Welcome New Director “Metl-Span at Loyal Order of the Moose Hopewell As of July 9, Dr. Robert C. Wichser has serves the Lodge, Dave Anderson, General Manager, been appointed Executive Director for Commercial, RockTenn introduced Yates Construction Appomattox River Water Authority and Industrial, and leadership to the City and the Chamber. South Central Wastewater Authority. Cold Storage The Authority oversees the highest quality We will be working hard to maximize the segments of the positive impact of this project on small wholesale water and wastewater service local businesses in the region by provid- nonresidential building products market to the five municipalities, utilizing stateing a detailed resource packet for every with energy-efficient and cost-effective inof-the-art technology and equipment. sulated metal wall and roof panels. With employee that will include information Crater Planning District millions of square feet installed inNorth to meet retail, healthcare, recreation, Commission Updates Region’s Welcome JMU – Hopewell House tourism, hotel, etc. needs. Special thanks America and other parts of the world, Economic Development Plan Metl-Span is a recognized leader in the to Yates Construction for allowing the This summer regional leaders met to upchamber to provide this service on behalf advancement of insulated panel technoldate the region’s comprehensive economogy for over forty years.” Metl-Span operof our members and the community. ic development (CED) plan. This effort is ated five manufacturing facilities in the directed by the staff at Crater Planning United States, with one in Prince George District Commission office and the final County. “This transaction has expanded document is approved by the Commisour manufacturing footprint and cussion’s Board of Directors. You may view tomer base in the high-growth insulated this document on the CPDC web site: You should be seeing Yates employees in metal panel sector and has reinforced . NCI’s position as a leading fully-integrated the community now and we are pleased supplier to the nonresidential building Congratulations JMU alumni Chris and Sharon Neal, Class to announce that they have joined the products industry,” commented Norman Chamber and will be investing in the to Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery for of 1991, generously provided refreshC. Chambers, NCI’s Chairman, President celebrating their Ribbon Cutting with the ments for a Tri-Cities JMU alumni gather- community while they are here. Workand Chief Executive Officer. “Customer ing closely with the HR Department of Chamber on Wednesday, July 18. ing at the new JMU outreach office in response has been very posistive.” Yates, the chamber will be providing the downtown Hopewell, on Wednesday, July resource packets to the workforce and, in 18. The office is located in the commersome cases their families, while they are According to Keith Brown, Vice President cial first floor space of the Butterworth of Operations, Metl-Span, LLC, “There will Lofts Building, 245 East Broadway, down- here. be an expansion of the Prince George town Hopewell and will have open hours If you are interested in offering a special manufacturing plant in the 4th quarter by appointment according to Rebecca 2012 or 1st quarter 2013. We anticipate Nelson, Project Manager Middle Matters, “hot deal” to Yates employees please the addition of 25 new jobs.” provide the chamber with 600 coupons which will operate from this space. or call the chamber to learn how to post Special thanks to the Neals of Randolph M13


Area Businesses Supporting The HPG Chamber Monet’s

Where Chamber Members and friends

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President - Benefits Division 804.458.1556 phone 309 N. 6th Avenue Hopewell, VA 23860-2517

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Chamber Challenge The support for the first Governor’s Food Bowl Chamber Challenge has been great! The team leaders Sarita Harding, Andrea Melton, and Brenda Miller want to thank everyone in the HPG community who supported the drive by donating food and funds. The contest challenged chambers throughout the Commonwealth to compete with each other to see who could contribute the most to the Central Virginia Food Bank during the period of Memorial Day to 4th of July. This drive was important to us because our area will receive 408,050 lbs. from the food bank in 2012-2013. Over the course of the challenge, the HPG chamber volunteers collected 6,037 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 winners of the HPG Chamber Challenge are: Small Business Category: 1st Place: Reliability Center, Inc. 2nd Place: BandyWorks 3rd Place: Independence Place Apartments Medium Business Category: 1st Place: Strosnider Chevrolet 2nd Place: Fort Lee Federal Credit Union 3rd Place: River View on the Appomattox Health and Rehab Center Large Business Category: 1st Place: John Randolph Medical Center 2nd Place: Columbia Gas of Virginia 3rd Place: Ashland Aqualon Functional Ingredients Non-Member Category: 1st Place: Save-A-Lot 2nd Place: Golden Express 3rd Place: Wayne Dotson, Prince George County Resident, Local Farmer M15


UPDATE: Governor’s Bowl Food & Fund Drive Challenge HPG Responds to Community Food Insecurity Thank you to all participants for stepping up to the Challenge and supporting the HPG Community: • Appomattox River Peanut & Wine Company

• Jefferson Pointe Apartments

• Ashland Aqualon Functional Ingredients

• Loyal Order of the Moose Hopewell

• Bailey’s Ridge Apartments

• Prince George Pharmacy

• BandyWorks

• Randolph Market

• John Randolph Medical Center

• Bank of America - Hopewell

• River View on the Appomattox Health & Rehab Center • Bank of McKenney - Prince George • Brighter Living Assisted Living

• S&B Designs

• Broadway Convenience

• Save-A-Lot

• Columbia Gas of Virginia

• Sam’s Club #6524

• Crossroads Ford

• Strosnider Chevrolet

• Farmer’s Foods

• The Progress Index

• Fort Lee Federal Credit Union

• Virginia Meat Market

• Golden Express

• Wayne Dotson (Local Farmer)

• Independence Place Apartments

Finally, we want to thank all of those people who dropped off food or dollars to the chamber at the office and at events for a total of 524 lbs. of food. This effort was just another example of the caring, generous nature of our community.

Leading the Way Summer Report

The JOBS Program Employers

The JOBS Program has made great strides over the past couple of months. Individuals that continue to assist and help with the Program are working diligently throughout the summer.  Special thanks to Sharon Jadrnak, John Weigel, and Becky McDonough, and the JOBS Advisory Council.

An asterisk* indicates that the internship was sponsored by donations, not the employer. A complete donor list will be published post-graduation. * Anything Grows * Boys and Girls Club of Hopewell * Brighter Living Assisted Living * Celebri-Tees * Doreen Creel-Wood Accounting Evonik Goldschmidt * Fairfield Inn and Suites City of Hopewell Hopewell Public Schools Hopewell Redevelopment and Housing Authority Joint Logistics Managers, Inc. (JLMI) * Morgan’s Hair Studio Prince George County Prince George County Public Schools * Smart Beginnings Hopewell-Prince George Vantage Point Federal Credit Union * Virginia Cooperative Extension - Prince George

A total of 46 students were matched to jobs with 17 different employers. 12 of the students were sponsored and 34 are being paid by employers. All students began working after June 15, 2012. The Cameron Foundation awarded The JOBS Program with a $15,000 Grant on July 5, 2012. There are four areas the grant may be used:  Strategic Planning, Program Evaluation, Marketing/Communications, and Fund Raising.    The JOBS Program Graduation Ceremony will be held in a new location, the Hopewell Lofts Auditorium, and to be sponsored by Rolls-Royce Crosspointe.

SAVE THE DATE and MARK YOUR CALENDAR! The JOBS Program Graduation Ceremony Class of 2012 (J.O.B.S. - Job Opportunity Basic Skills) Wednesday, August 29, 2012 6:30-8:00PM Sponsored by Rolls-Royce Crosspointe

The Hopewell Lofts Auditorium (1201 West City Point Road, Hopewell, 23860) (Former James E. Mallonee School) More details about this event will be emailed in the invitation in early August. Student interns (and families) and employers are receiving this information, but please feel free to remind your intern or supervisor about this event! Student interns and their immediate families are invited to attend.

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Chamber Ambassadors

2012 Chamber Ambassadors The Chamber appreciates all of the ambassadors for their volunteerism and efforts in 2012.

Meet the Ambassadors 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, Baymont Inn & Suites at (804) 452-0022. Goals: In 2011, our committee made a goal to visit at least 80 Members and discuss their Membership benefits. In 2012, we have set our sights even higher with two new initiatives; first, we wanted to increase our visibility with new Members by presenting them with a welcome basket that contains promotional items donated by other Members. Secondly, we received feedback from our Membership that a resource packet with Membership benefits included would be beneficial. We are close to meeting this critical requirement but still need some sponsors to advertise on the packet to cover the costs. If Welcome Baskets: Susan Davis-Harrell interested please contact the HPG Chamber Staff.

Ambassador of the Quarter (APR-JUN 2012): Congratulations to Rosie Collins, Wellness Coach at Melalueca The Wellness Company (Creating A Better Life).

Welcome New Ambassador: Lyn Hayes, Hospital Liaison/Marketing at Hopewell Health Care Center

Chair: Heath McDaniel, McDaniel Financial Group Co-Chair: Tamara Krueger, Baymont Inn & Suites 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) Fred Morene, Ford Agency Insurance & Real Estate Megan Green, Fort Lee FMWR Lyn Hayes, Hopewell Health Care Center Stacey Elder, Independence Place Apartments Beverly Epps, John Randolph Medical Center Susan Jones, Legal Shield Amanda Ake, Suburban Hotel and Quality Inn-Chester Jeff Heckert, Omni Financial JoAnna Korkos, Swaders Sports Park David Pegram, The Progress-Index Cheryl Justice, Virginia Commonwealth Bank

Welcome New Ambassador Chair: Heath McDaniel Heath McDaniel is a Personal Wealth Advisor with McDaniel Financial Group and works with individuals and businesses to design custom investment portfolios and employee benefit plans. Heath is an alumnus of Virginia Tech and spends his fall Saturdays following and cheering on the Hokies. Heath is a lifetime resident of the Tri-Cities area and currently resides in Prince George County and enjoys spending his free time with his wife, Emily, and his two children, Avery and Atticus. “I have served as an ambassador under Jeff Heckert’s (Omni Financial) leadership and have seen the group become an integral part of our Chamber. I will make sure the Ambassador Committee will continue to be an asset to our business community.” M17




Welcome New Board Member

Board of Directors & Staff

Robin F. Chenail,

Board of Directors Executive Committee

Mary McLean Virginia Vend, Inc. President

Stefan Calos Sands Anderson, PC President-Elect


Cara Dillard Community College Workforce Alliance Treasurer

Derrick Johnson Timmons Group Secretary

Andy Clark Ligon L. Jones Insurance Services Past President


Wendy Austin Southside Community Partners

Don Carnesi Ingram & Associates Real Estate Co.

Karen Farren Joint Logistics Managers, Inc.

Sarita Harding S&B Design

Jeff Heckert Omni Financial

Jesse Mason Joint Logistics Managers, Inc.

Cailee Mallahan Executive Assistant

Mary Sanden Secretary

Chamber Staff

David Poole Rolls-Royce Crosspointe, LLC M19

Charles Shaheen Evonik Goldschmidt Corporation


Tim Webb Container First Services

Becky McDonough Executive Vice President

Robin Chenail joined John Randolph Medical Center (JRMC) in April 2012 as the Human Resources Administrator. She is responsible for leading the Human Resources Department as well as overseeing the Organizational Development, Employee Health, Volunteer Services and Pastoral Care departments. Prior to joining JRMC, Robin held the position as the first appointed Director of Operations at Hampton University Proton Therapy Institute (HUPTI); the only proton therapy center in Virginia, and one of only nine proton facilities in the United States. Robin was responsible for the overall smooth dayto-day operations, human resources, and compliance. Prior to HUPTI, Robin was a Director of Human Resources at Riverside Health System, including Riverside Medical Group, the largest multispecialty physician practice group in Virginia; responsible for supporting 1,500 employees at over 130 sites, including physicians, healthcare providers, management, professionals and ancillary staff for the physician practices, ambulatory surgery centers, product service lines, pharmacy services, radiation oncology facility sites, and emergency medicine for three acute care hospitals. Robin has significant leadership and professional experience in Operations and Human Resources management, including physician practice management and integration, recruitment activities, mergers and acquisitions, business operations, human resources administration and analysis, billing, collections, accounting, professional development, policy and procedure application, market trend analysis, complex benefit package administration, employee relations and compliance. She has developed successful working relationships with a wide variety of management teams, physicians, healthcare providers, professionals, and educators; and is passionate about life-long learning.



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