Board of Directors and Leadership

As the governing body of the Virginia Chamber of Commerce, the Board of Directors plays an important role in setting the policy agenda for the Chamber. Members of the board represent large and small businesses from across the Commonwealth of Virginia who believe that the business community must lead the way in improving Virginia’s long-term business climate. Board members participate in exclusive policy development meetings and receive exclusive political updates through the Virginia Chamber.

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Executive Committee

Chairman
Suzy Kelly
CEO
Jo-Kell Inc.
Chesapeake

First Vice Chair
Charles G. Meyer
Managing Partner
O’Hagan Meyer PLLC
Richmond

Immediate Past Chair
Dennis Treacy
President
Smithfield Foundation
Smithfield

Vice Chair – Finance
Alan S. Witt
CEO
PBMares, LLP
Newport News

Vice Chair – Economic Development
James Reinhart
Chief Operating Officer
QTS
Richmond

Vice Chair – Government Relations
Julie Maloy
Vice President – Agency Sales 
State Farm Insurance Co.
Charlottesville

Vice Chair – Public Relations
Vincent L. Ammann, Jr.
SVP & Chief Financial Officer
WGL
Washington, D.C.

Vice Chair – Hampton Roads
Eric Sisco
Chairman
Virginia International Gateway
Portsmouth

Vice Chair – Northern Virginia
Fred Thompson
Chief Administrative Officer
Thompson Hospitality
Reston

Vice Chair – Piedmont
Paige Clay
Partner
Mercer
Richmond

Vice Chair – Southside
Ben J. Davenport, Jr.
Chairman
First Piedmont Corporation
Chatham

Vice Chair – Southwest
John Dooley
CEO & Secretary-Treasurer
Virginia Tech Foundation, Inc.
Blacksburg

Vice Chair – Valley
Chris Kyle
Vice President
Shentel
Edinburg

Vice Chair – Membership
Kent D. Farmer
President & CEO
Rappahannock Electric Cooperative
Fredericksburg

Board of Directors

James (J) Anderson, III
Partner
McGuireWoods LLP
Richmond

Brentley K. Archer
President
Columbia Gas of Virginia
Chester

John C. Asbury
President & CEO
Union Bankshares/Union Bank & Trust
Richmond

Timothy Bentley
Resident Vice President
Norfolk Southern Corporation
Richmond

Gilbert T. Bland
CEO
The Giljoy Group
Virginia Beach

Bill Bolling
Senior Vice President & Managing Director
RCM&D
Richmond

Katharine Bond
Senior Director, Public Policy & Strategy 
Dominion Energy
Richmond

Vince Bush
President & CEO
Eagle Corporation
Charlottesville

Christopher Caldwell
Senior Manager  State Government Affairs Team
DuPont
Richmond

Karen Campbell
Vice President – State Government Affairs
Verizon
Richmond

Janice Crawford
Director, Corporate Environmental Health & Safety
Framatome
Lynchburg

Nick D’Andrea
Director, Public Affairs
UPS
Louisville

Michael A. Daniels
Chairman of the Board
Logistics Management Institute (LMI)
Tysons

Linda D. Decker
President & CEO
The Flory Small Business Center, Inc.
Manassas

Montgomery Deihl
VP Operations
Omega Protein, Inc.
Reedville

Mark E. Dempsey
Vice President External Affairs 
Appalachian Power Company
Roanoke

Tad Deriso
President & CEO
Mid-Atlantic Broadband Communities Corporation
South Boston

Bill Downey
President & CEO
Riverside Health System
Newport News

Mark Dreyfus
President
ECPI University
Virginia Beach

Richard O. Duvall
Partner, Government Contracts and Litigation
Holland & Knight, LLP
Tysons

William R. Ermatinger
Executive Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer
Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc.
Newport News

Board Alumni Chair
Tammy Moss Finley
Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary
Advance Auto Parts, Inc.
Roanoke

Calvin “Woody” Fowler, Jr.
President & CEO
Williams Mullen
Richmond

Herbert D. Frerichs, Jr.
General Counsel & Government Relations
Perdue Farms, Inc.
Salisbury

Adam Fried
CEO
Atlantic Builders, Ltd.
Fredericksburg

Gregory W. Gartland
Managing Director
S&P Global
Charlottesville

Robert S. Genter
Senior Vice President & General Manager
SAIC
McLean

Chair, Business Climate Industry Council
Gerald Gordon, Ph.D.
President & CEO
Fairfax County Economic Development Authority
Tysons Corner

Jeffrey V. Haley
President & CEO
American National Bank & Trust Co.
Danville

C. David Hudgins
Director, Member & External Relations
Old Dominion Electric Cooperative
Glen Allen

Edward F. Kearney
Chief Executive Officer
Kearney & Company
Alexandria

VACCE Representative
Christine Kennedy, IOM
COO & Executive Vice President
Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance
Lynchburg

Jim Kibler
President
Virginia Natural Gas
Virginia Beach

Nicholas C. Klym
Executive Director, Virginia Market Executive 
JPMorgan Chase
Richmond

Van Buren Knick, II
Sr. Vice President / Market Executive
Capital One
Richmond

Virginia Council of CEO’s
Neal Lappe
CEO
WebStrategies Inc.
Midlothian

Mark S. Lawrence
Vice President of Governmental & External Affairs
Carilion Clinic
Roanoke

Clark H. Lewis
Partner
Troutman Sanders LLC
Richmond

John B. Lewis
Senior Managing Director, Financial Advisor 
BB&T Scott & Stringfellow
Richmond

Henry Michael Ligon
Vice President, Corporate Affairs
Universal Corporation
Richmond

Ned W. Massee
President
Croatan Advisors
Midlothian

Aaron Mathes
Vice President, Consulting Services
CGI
Richmond

Dennis Matheis
President
Optima Health / Sentara Healthcare
Virginia Beach

Chair, Military & Veterans Industry Council
Mike Melo
President & CEO
ITA International, LLC
Yorktown

Brandon Mencini
Senior Vice President
HCA
Richmond

Stacy Mendler
Consultant
Quince Imaging
Herndon

John G. Milliken
Chairman, Board of Commissioners
Virginia Port Authority
Arlington

Edward A. Mullen
Partner
ReedSmith LLP
Richmond

 

Connie Nyholm
Owner & CEO
Virginia International Raceway
Alton

Daniel J. O’Neill, Jr.
Chairman, President & CEO
SunTrust Bank – Greater Washington & Maryland Division
Washington, D.C.

John D. O’Neill, Jr.
Partner
Hunton & Williams, LLP
Richmond

Thomas C. Palmer
Regional Vice President/SVP Commercial Banking
Wells Fargo Bank, NA
Richmond

Kerry L. Paulson
Regional Director, State Govt. Affairs
Altria Client Services, LLC
Richmond

Dan Pleasant
Chief Operating Officer
Dewberry
Fairfax

Rebecca Polan
President
Allied Logistics
Waynesboro

Donald Redmond
Vice President Government Relations
PRA Group, Inc.
Norfolk

Jeff Ricketts
Regional Vice President – Sales
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield
Richmond

Katie Grove Rodgers
Region Director, Government Affairs
Anheuser–Busch Companies
Marietta, GA

Maurice Royster
Manager, Government Affairs
EQT Corporation
Johnson City, TN

Chairman, PAC Committee
John  H. Rust, Jr.
President
Rust & Rust, P.C.
Fairfax

Jack W. Sanford, Jr.
President/Owner
Faulconer Construction Co., Inc.
Charlottesville

Virginia Scattergood
Director, Legislative Affairs and State & Local Government Relations
Northrop Grumman Corporation
Falls Church

Samuel A. Schreiber
President
Chain Bridge Bank
McLean

Kenneth J. Shepard, CFA
Managing Director, Division Investment Executive – Southeast
U.S. Trust/ Bank of America, N.A.
Richmond

Jennifer Siciliano
Vice President, Government Affairs
Inova Health System
Falls Church

Karen S. Simonton, CPA
Chief Administrative Officer – West
OrthoVirginia
Lynchburg

William Tavenner
Vice President, Sales
Ferguson Enterprises
Newport News

Gary R. Thomson, CPA
Regional Managing Partner
Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP
Richmond

Vernon T. Turner
Vice President, Corporate Tax
Smithfield Foods, Inc.
Smithfield

Thomas Watkins
Vice President Cox Business, VA
Cox Communications
Chesapeake

Kym Wellons
Associate General Counsel
WestRock Company
Richmond

W. Lee Wilhelm, III
Chief Executive Officer
McNeil Roofing, Inc.
Roanoke

Lakshmi Williams
General Counsel, North America
Transurban
Tysons

Spencer Williamson
President & CEO
kaléo
Richmond

Raymond G. Wittersheim
President & CEO
Técnico Corporation
Chesapeake

Nicole Palya Wood
Senior Director
PhRMA
Washington, D.C.

Industry Council Leadership

Business Climate Industry Council
Jerry Gordon, Fairfax County Economic Development Association, Co-Chair
Chris Lloyd, McGuireWoods Consulting, Co-Chair

Civil Justice Subcommittee
Quinn F. Graeff, MFA, Inc., Chair

Economic Development Subcommittee
David Hudgins, ODEC, Chair

Labor and Employment Subcommittee
Karen Elliott, Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellot, LLC, Chair

Small Business Subcommittee
Danny Vargas, VARCom Solutions, LLC, Chair

Tax Institute
Craig Bell, McGuireWoods, Chair
Tracy Turner, Smithfield Foods, Vice Chair

Tourism Subcommittee
Susan Payne, Ross Associates, Chair

Unemployment Insurance Subcommittee
TJ Smith, HII-NNS, Chair

Workers Compensation Subcommittee
Jim Thornton, HII-NNS, Chair

Energy Industry Council
Jack Reasor, Old Dominion Electric Cooperative, Chair

Environment Industry Council
Brooks Smith, Troutman Sanders Strategies LLC, Chair

Health Care Industry Council
Paige Clay, Mercer, Co-Chair
Bill Downey, Riverside Health System, Co-Chair

Manufacturing Industry Council
Ned Massee, Croatan Advisors, Chair

Military and Veterans Affairs Industry Council
Ross Brown, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Chair

Technology & Innovation Industry Council
Josh Levi, Northern Virginia Technology Council, Co-Chair
Bob Stolle, Center for Innovative Technology, Co-Chair

Transportation Industry Council
Whitt Clement, Hunton and Williams
John O’Neill, Hunton and Williams

Aerospace Subcommittee
Jack Kennedy, Chair

Aviation Subcommittee
Daniel “Bud” Oakey, Advantus Strategies, LLC, Chair

Ports
Bob Harbour, CenterPoint Properties, Chair

Rail
Tim Bentley, Norfolk Southern Corporation

Surface
Jack Sanford, Faulconer Construction Company, Inc., Chair

Workforce and Education Industry Council
Bill Ermatinger, HII-NNS, Chair

Early Childhood Education Subcommittee
Reginald “Reggie” Jones, Partner, Williams Mullen
and Chairman, Virginia Early Childhood Foundation, Chair

Public-Private Partnerships Subcommittee
Mark Dreyfus, President, ECPI, Chair

K-12 Subcommittee
The Honorable Jim Dyke, McGuireWoods, Chair

Higher Education Subcommittee
Gene Lockhart, General Atlantic, Chair

Workforce Training Subcommittee
Scott Ralls, Northern Virginia Community College, Chair