The Chamber Welcomes 36 Local Leaders

The Chamber Welcomes 36 Local Leaders

On November 7, the Chamber hosted its annual CEO Welcome Breakfast to recognize and welcome those who have moved into leadership positions in the last year.  More than 200 people attended the breakfast, held at The Founders Inn & Spa.  Joe Flanagan, anchor/reporter with WVEC-TV 13 News, served as emcee.  During the event, the Chamber welcomed its own new President & CEO Bryan Stephens who provided closing remarks.  Stephens began work in this new role on November 4.

Welcome and congratulations to the following 36 individuals who were honored:

Melvin Atkinson, Director, Airfield 4H Conference Center
Jim Baker, City Manager, City of  Chesapeake
Joseph Barnes, Senior Vice President/Chesapeake City Executive, Old Point National Bank

Peter Bastone , President & CEO, Chesapeake Regional Medical Center            
Hermann Bayer, Campus Dean, Stratford University – Virginia Beach Campus
Diana Burke, Executive Director, Virginia Beach Hotel/Motel Association
Dr. Sharon Byrdsong, Assistant Superintendent Human Resources,  Norfolk Public Schools
Hudnall Croasdale, CEO, Norfolk State University Norfolk State University Research & Innovation Foundation
Dustin Davis, CEO, Virginia Beach Psychiatric Center
Jennifer Duncan, Executive Director, The Hermitage Museum
Dr. Richard Homan, President & Provost, Dean of School of Medicine – Eastern Virginia Medical School 
Peter Hunt, CEO, Vitex Packaging
Dr. Judy Jankowski, Head of School, Chesapeake Bay Academy
Karen Joyner, CEO, Virginia Peninsula Foodbank
Christopher Kolakowski , Director, MacArthur Memorial
Carlos Manning, Plant Manager, The J.M. Smucker Company
Kate Meechan, Executive Director, VOLUNTEER Hampton Roads
Paul Mitcham, President & CEO, Yupo America                                                                          
Douglas Nesmith, Sr. Director of Logistics,  Massimo Zanetti Beverage USA
James (Jay) Openshaw, III, President, E.V. Williams, Inc.                         
Ellen Sanders Pelstring , President, The BOW Group
Harris Pezzella, President, Marathon Consulting
Joe Pinto, Vice President, General Manager, Virginia Beach Professional Baseball, LLC
Jan Proctor, City Attorney, City of Chesapeake
Brad Ramsey, President & General Manager, WVEC-TV
Rod Rumler, Director, Bryant & Stratton College, Virginia Beach Campus
Deborah Russell, Nansemond-Suffolk Academy
Cedric Scott, Fire Chief, Suffolk Fire Department
Jaleh Shea, Planning Director, City of Chesapeake
Rob Siemers, President,  Primrose School
Steve Stewart, Publisher & President, Suffolk Publications LLC
Bryan Stephens, President & CEO, Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce
Rita Strijker, Owner, Primrose School
Russell Swiler, Operations Supervisor, Exel, Inc.
Dr. Michael Thornton, Chief Financial Officer, Norfolk Public Schools
Chris White, General Manager, Ken Reid, A Division of Offix

 Bryan Stephens, President & CEO of the ChamberThe Chamber thanks the following sponsors of this event: Cherry Bekaert (Presenting); CBN (Host); Dale Carnegie Training and Vistage (Gold); Inside Business (Media); Coastal Virginia Magazine (Bronze).

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