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The Valor Awards

honoring above and beyond INSIDE:

04 | New Members 06 | 2019 Valor Awards 09 | Month in Photos 10 | Valor Award Winners 11 | Enter to Win

Enter to Win a Onelife Fitness Membership! See Pg. 11 for more details


EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE Chair John Lamanna Timber Ridge School Chair-Elect Tracy Vosika George Mason Mortgage, LLC Vice Chair John Fox Greenwood Grocery & Deli Treasurer Adrian Taylor YHB Immediate Past Chair Bill North Springhill Suites Scott Harvard First Bank Gregory Vossler Green Bay Packaging

Cover photo and above photo provided by SL Hunter Photography.



04 | Letter from Community Partner

06 | Feature Story

04 | New Members

07 | Feature Story

05 | News & Events

10 | Valor Award Winners

BOARD OF DIRECTORS Susan Brooks Navy Federal Credit Union Emily Burner Shenandoah University Charles Daniels Integrus Holdings, Inc.

09 | Ribbon Cuttings 09 | Month in Photos

Top of Virginia Regional Chamber Sponsors

Jim Guisewhite Sperry Van Ness Chamber Elite

Katrina Meade City National Bank Nadine Pottinga United Way NSV Janie Shirley Costco Wholesale

Chairman’s Club

President’s Club

Patti Solenberger Solenberger’s True Value Hardware James Stewart Grafton Integrated Health


Letter From Community Partner

Valor Awards; Impactful Chamber Event It was my pleasure to represent City National Bank as the presenting sponsor of the 7th annual Top of Virginia Regional Chamber Valor Awards. It is such an honor to bring this group of Public Safety officers, Fire & Rescue personnel, their support teams and ordinary citizens together to celebrate their courage and commitment to the communities that they serve. Every year we hear incredible stories of bravery, quick thinking and fast reactions that saved lives. To watch these brave men and women humbly accept recognition for what they consider to be just doing their job, is uplifting. To know that on a daily basis they make the choice to potentially put their lives at risk, in order to save the lives of others is an incredible reality check for the rest of us. Just think, for a moment, of a community, where all of its citizens had that same spirit of commitment to their fellow man. These fine men and women deserve our respect, our admiration and our gratitude. I appreciate that the Chamber continues to support and recognize this very deserving group of people. - Katrina Meade, Retail Region Manager | City National Bank 2019 Valor Awards Presenting Sponsor

UPCOMING EVENTS The full TVRC calendar can be viewed at


Tuesday,Dec. 17 Hosted by: The George Washington Hotel


New Members


Monday, Jan. 6 Winchester Regional Airport

Magnolia Wedding Group


Al Stitt, Commercial Realtor - SVN

Little Pandas Learn-N-Play Center J. Jill

Taste Winchester History Food Tours

LK Wine Tours & Sales

Titan Virginia ready-Mix LLC

Erika de Azagra - ERA OakCrest Realty, Inc.

Cornerstone Insurance & Financial

Virginia Dwelling Home Inspection

Firenza Pizza

Senior Technology Services, LLC

Repeatable DJ

Ashley Miller Director, Marketing & Communications Danita Roble Director, Membership Development Jody Wall Director, Program Development Billy Whirley Business Development Specialist


Dan Hitchcock Membership Development Specialist

Friday, Feb. 7 Clarion Inn & Conf. Center

Thanks to our new members who joined the Chamber between October 31 and November 26. To learn more about membership benefits, call 540-662-4118.

The Power Connection

Cynthia Schneider, CEO

407 S. Loudoun Street Winchester, VA 22601 540-662-4118 OUR VISION Be the voice of business for Frederick & Clarke Counties and the City of Winchester, Virginia. OUR MISSION Provide programs and services to meet the business and professional needs of our members. OUR PURPOSE Connect business and community resources for mutual success.

TVRC NEWS & EVENTS TVRC Committtees Looking to take your Chamber involvement to the next level? Join a TVRC committee! Committees are a great way to broaden your network of contacts while learning about issues that impact your business and your community. Deepen your involvement by participating in the committee that best suits your goals and interests. Time commitments vary by committee and the extent of your involvement. Most meet once a month. Participation is free and available to all employees of member businesses and organizations. Committees include: • Branding • Finance • Public Policy • Membership

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Workforce Development Ambassadors Events Programs

Not sure which committee is right for you? Contact the Chamber office today. 540-662-4118

Save the Date: Hispanic Coalition Gathering January 23, 2020 Join the Top of Virginia Regional Chamber’s Hispanic Coalition for their first gathering of 2020, hosted by the Salvation Army, 300 Ft. Collier Rd., Winchester. The objective of the Hispanic Coalition through the Top of Virginia Regional Chamber membership is to promote and support Hispanic businesses through programs, services, and legislative advocacy. To register and for more information, visit Save the Date: Next Steps Member Orientation January 6, 2020 Learn more about the Chamber and how to maximize your membership on January 6, at the Winchester Regional Airport. Next Steps: Member Orientation takes members through the various aspects of their membership from the marketing benefits to changing their business through networking and the impact the Chamber has on our community. To register and for more information, visit

Photos courtesy SL Hunter Photography.

2019 Valor Awards

Honoring those who go above and beyond in the Top of Virginia By: Top of Virginia Regional Chamber staff The 2019 Valor Awards event hosted by the Top of Virginia Regional Chamber was held on Friday, November 1, at the Clarion Inn and Conference Center in Winchester. This event has honored those who work in public safety both as professionals and volunteers for seven years. It also recognizes every day citizens who come to the rescue of another in a time of need. This year 46 people from various local public safety agencies and businesses received awards. We are appreciative to our presenting sponsor City National Bank and the other corporate sponsors who supported the event. Each year a percentage of the proceeds from the event is donated to a public safety agency to assist with funding a special project. The Frederick County/ Winchester Law Enforcement Foundation will receive $4,940.00 from this year’s event to be used to support community outreach projects of the Winchester Police Department. Projects include community fairs, Cookies with Cops, Coloring with Cops, the North End Summer Kickoff, the Junior Academy, and help the police department establish positive relations in the community.

Valor Sponsors: The Chamber would like to thank the sponsors of the 2019 Valor Awards:



Gold Sponsor:

Silver Sponsor:

Bronze Sponsor: AmazEngraved Contributing Sponsors: • Rick Ours, RCO Productions • Wilkin’s Shoe Center, Inc. • 92.5 WINC FM Table Sponsors: • Firehouse Subs • Valley Health • White Properties • Winchester Fire & Rescue Foundation • Frederick County Winchester Law Enforcement Foundation Photography By: SL Hunter Photography

Fun with Membership

November in Photos

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1: Bill North, Springhill Suites & Charles Daniels attended BAH, hosted by Fortessa. 2: Scott Harvard, First Bank & Fernando Tobares, effectv attended B&B, hosted by Navy Federal Credit Union. 3: Our Workforce Development committee hosted a panel discussing tapped or untapped employment in our community. 4: Congratulations to the Shenandoah Arts Council on their ribbon cutting. 5: Cynthia Schneider, TVRC & Erin Eversole, City National Bank attended the Hispanic Coalition Gathering, hosted by City National Bank. 6: Connie Paradise, Connie Paradise Photography, Carmen Richmond, Heart of the Home Design-Build and Beth Falu, Navy Federal Credit Union, attended B&B at Navy Federal Credit Union. 7: Guest attended B&B. 8: Young professionals at Friendsgiving, hosted by Woodman of the World and Solenberger’s True Value. 9. Guests at BAH. 10. Liz Lewis, Special Love & Adrianna Venzor, Manpower Staffing, at YPG. 10: Teresa Kiner, Bank of Clarke Betty Weller, Bank of Clarke and Joanne Lloyd at the VBW Head to Toe event.

2019 Valor Award Winners

Congratulations to the Valor Award winners. Gold Award of Valor Winchester Police Department • Officer Alexandria Warren, Officer Anna Shelton, Sgt. Jonathan Funk, Sgt. Justin Schumer, Officer Jeffery Ferraro, Officer Joshua Avery, Cpl. Brittney Kotynski-Neer, Officer Jerad Miller & Ofc. Patrick Jefferson Winchester Police Department • Sgt. Frank Myrtle, Cpl. Aaron Wyant, Sgt. Chaz Niang, Cpl. Schraff, Ofc. Raymond Rice, Ofc. Alexandria Warren, Cpl. Ryan Oravec, Ofc. Anna Shelton, Ofc. Bryan Derryberry, Ofc. Schott Bultrowicz & Ofc. Trent Marchi Silver Award of Valor • Terri Mellott, Winchester Emergency Communications Bronze Award of Valor • Cpl. Keith Nixon, Winchester Police Department Certificate of Valor • Kaitlyn Mitchell ECS II, Jennifer Hardy ECS II,Tammy DeHaven ECS III & Michael Sale Lead ECS, Winchester Communications Department Lifesaving Award • FF Tyler Tugman, Lt. Timothy Vaught & Paramedic, Adam Beahm, Winchester Fire & Rescue • Lt. Brian King, Winchester Police Department • Seth Fox, Dan Wall & Jim Henry, Shea Homes • Investigator J.J. Hackett & Deputy G.W. Umbel, Frederick County Sheriff’s Office • Lt. Warren Gosnell & Deputy AJ Kendra, Frederick County Sheriff’s Office • Eric White, Frederick County Sheriff’s Office • Joshua Wilkins, Citizen Meritorious Action Award • Robert Fowler & Christian Morales, Civilians Unit Citation Winchester Police Department | Second Shift • Sgt. Justin Meredith, Cpl. Sean O’Connor, Det. Jesse Thurman, Ofc. Katlin Dick, Ofc. Andrew Davies, Ofc. Mark Fischer, Ofc. Stephanie Sills & Ofc. Jillian Aberdeen Winchester Police Department | Third Shift • Sgt. Frank Myrtle, Cpl. Aaron Wyant, Ofc. Daniel Herbert, Ofc. Connor Molloy & Ofc. Jared Miller Volunteer in Policing Tony Eye, Volunteering in Policing, Winchester Police Department

MEMBER NEWS & BUSINESS AGENDA UPDATES • From Valley Health: Considering a no-network/reference-based health plan for your employees? Visit valleyhealthlink. com/insuranceFYI to learn how these plans differ from traditional health insurance. • Winchester named #9 on Forbes List of Best Small Places for Business and Careers. • The 2020 Apple Blossom Theme, “Forever Apple Blossom” was announced on Wednesday, Nov. 13. • Costco now offers Food Court Self service kiosks. Super easy to use. • ShenArts welcomes you to our annual Deck the Walls event during which the upper level of the Hexagon House is transformed into a gallery sale featuring works of art and handmade items ready for gifting! This event coincides with the annual Bough & Dough Shop organized by Preservation of Historic Winchester on the main level of the Hexagon House. • Contact The Salvation Army to VOLUNTEER ringing the bells for the Red Kettles. 540-662-4777 We will be at the Mall 11-7-19 at noon with the brass band for the kick-off, Come see us! • Join us at the MSV for Teen Art Club! This club will meet once a month to discuss and explore all things ART! Meetings can include discussion of various art related topics, gallery walks, hands on projects, presentations from guest artists and plenty of time to ask any and all questions you might have about art. This is a member driven club, so let us know what topics you want to see covered and be sure to bring some of your own work if you want to share! Led by MSV Youth & Family Programs Manager Curry Schiavone and Christy Broy, artist and Shenandoah Arts Council Program Manager. This event is FREE and light snacks will be provided. • For a different twist to our traditional Christmas in Provence dinner, we are celebrating the holiday season with Christmas around the world! Jason Bise from Wine Bow, Christian Borel our sommelier, and Chef Richard Wright are creating an afternoon of delightful tastes from different regions and cultures around the world. This is a perfect opportunity to try some unique wines with some unique food and purchase something different to go with your holiday parties – And don’t forget, a gift from our larder for each guest as a thank you for your continued support. Book early as this is sure to be a popular event.

Important Dates to Remember: The office will be closed Tuesday, December 24 and Wednesday, December 25 for the Christmas Holiday. The office will reopen on Thursday, December 26 at 9 a.m. The office will be closed on Wednesday, January 1 for the New Year. The office will reopen on Thursday, January 2 at 9 a.m.


Congratulations to our renewing members! We greatly appreciate your continued support and involvement.

Renewals • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Benny Meleto’s Pizza Blue Ridge Safety Association College Hunks Hauling Junk and Moving Dominion Real Estate Associates FASCIA LINES Homespire Mortgage J & P Exhaust Cleaning LLC Jersey Mike’s Subs Kiwanis Club of Blue Ridge MARS- Mid-Atlantic Receptive Services McGrane Fence Company, Inc. Museum of the Shenandoah Valley Northern Shenandoah Valley Regional Commission

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Orangetheory Fitness Our Health Phelps Funeral & Cremation Service Piccadilly’s Public House & Restaurant Qualified Staffing The Retreat at Berryville The Village at Orchard Ridge- A National Lutheran Community The Zenith Group Tri-State Roofing & Sheet Metal Company W.O. Grubb Crane Rental Winchester Country Club Woodman Life- Patrick Bankemper

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