What’s a 757 Champion?

Simply put, a 757 Champion is an advocate and active ambassador working to advance our region through the 757 Recovery & Resilience Action Framework.

This includes everyone – business, nonprofit, and government leaders, as well as elected officials and residents.

The only qualification is that you will help advance the Action Framework and its three primary goals. Specifically, you’ll help our regional economy:

  1. Recover from the pandemic as fast as possible;
  2. Become even more resilient, one that’s better prepared to withstand future shocks;
  3. Provide greater economic empowerment for all.

Why We Need 757 Champions       

While our region’s leading business organizations have led the development of the 757 Recovery & Resilience Action Framework, everyone involved realizes that the real power behind the Action Framework comes from individual leaders.

The Action Framework was created by more than 200 individual committed leaders. This included 18 thought leaders, 12 subject matter experts, 120 committee members across 11 committees, 10 Old Dominion University Strome College of Business interns, and the staff of our coalition partners. Thousands more provided input through surveys.

While the business organizations will remain engaged in the implementation of the Framework, our plan calls for growing the 200+ Action Framework architects into an army of a thousand individual 757 Champions.  This growing force of individual advocates and ambassadors is needed to drive a number of specific Action Framework programs. 

The Role of 757 Champions

Between now and the first in-person “report out” on the 757 Recovery & Resilience Action Framework at the October 2021 State of the Region event, 757 Champions will help advance the Action Framework in five primary ways:

1.   Spring 2021 – Advance the Launch of Action Framework: 

The initial responsibility of 757 Champions is to share and promote the launch of the Action Framework within their organizations and among their colleagues. This includes:

  • Sending people to the website
  • Asking others to become a 757 Champion
  • Reading the Action Framework’s monthly e-updates to learn about our progress and celebrate wins

2.   Summer 2021 – Support the new Regional Pride-Building Campaign:

One of the aspirations of Action Framework under the Build Regional Unity Strategic Focus Area (there are five focus areas) is that the young professionals across the region would join forces and help unite our region. The great news is that this is happening. Next Gen professionals are now organized under a new 501(c)(3) called “757 Proud.”

One of their first initiatives is to create and run a “Did You Know” regional pride-building campaign. This campaign will address the major findings of the Envision 2020 Branding Study. Specifically, among business leaders:

  • Only half (51%) gave a “4” or “5” rating on identifying with the Hampton Roads region.
  • The “7 Cities” were most mentioned as being a part of the Hampton Roads region – 98% to 89% selected. Half or less (50% to 21%) included the 10 other jurisdictions. Only 50% knew Williamsburg was part of HR region.
  • Knowledge of basic facts about our region were low.

When the “Did You Know” campaign comes out this summer, 757 Champions will actively support and promote it through their own organization’s social media channels.

3.   Fall 2021 – Start to Utilize Free Business Resiliency-Building Support Services:

Another Strategic Focus Area of the 757 Recovery & Resiliency Action Framework is Build Resiliency. This includes building a more diversified regional economy, as well as helping local businesses become stronger and more resilient. To this end, the Framework includes a number of free business resiliency-building tools and services. 757 Champions will utilize these resources, when appropriate, and recommend them to others.

All these services are now under development through committees of volunteers supported by the Alliance, CIVIC, Chambers, Norfolk State, ODU and others. These services will be introduced at the State of the Region Event in October 2021. Here’s a brief overview of what’s coming:

  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I) Best Practices and Training: We learned through the Action Framework surveys that over one-third of business leaders asked for support in improving their DE&I practices. A new DE&I service inspired by the Action Framework will include a DE&I audit tool – self-assessment checklist, self-help DE&I videos, lists of best practices, and consulting services to increase every organization’s success with their DE&I efforts. 
  • Business Model Tune Up: We also learned through the Action Framework surveys that many businesses shifted their business models (B-model) to successfully operate through the worst of the pandemic. Many of the lessons learned and new best practices have been inventoried. A new service inspired by the Action Framework will include a business model resiliency audit using a self-assessment checklist, self-help videos, and consulting services to improve every organization’s B-model resilience.
  • Employee Wellness and Well-being Support: Through the pandemic, employee health and well-being emerged as the number one issue facing business leaders today and tomorrow.  Another new service inspired by the Action Framework will include an employee health and wellness self-assessment checklist, self-help videos, employee well-being learning game app, and consulting services to enhance your employees’ physical and emotional health.
  • New Minority Supplies Database: Supporting and strengthening our minority suppliers is critical to growing the resilience of our regional economy and individual businesses. Through the Action Framework, a new online 757 Minority Supplier Database will be created and promoted to help businesses hire qualified minority suppliers, vendors and consultants. 757 Champions will make this free service a success from the start.
  • Future Trends: Understanding with greater certainty what tomorrow will bring was the second biggest issue facing business leaders. The Action Framework will meet this need by sharing the latest trends research. 757 Champions will be the first to see these insights.

4.   October 2021 – Participate in the Chamber Hampton Roads’ Visit to Denver

This October, the Hampton Roads Chamber will travel to Denver for its annual Inter City Visit Leadership Exchange. The trip’s featured content will center around the Action Framework’s model – the 5 Focus Areas and related programs. As we meet and hear from Denver officials, we will look for ways to better understand and improve our own Action Framework and the role of 757 Champions.

Please note that attending the Chamber Hampton Roads’ 2021 Denver trip is not a requirement to be a 757 Champion.

5.   2022 and Beyond – Support Our National Branding Effort:

The outcome of the October 2021 State of the Region event will include new ideas and ways 757 Champions can support and advance the Action Framework. One of these will include advancing a national branding campaign.

Everyone involved in formulating the Action Framework identified “marketing our region to audiences outside of our area” as one of the most critical components needed to drive our region’s ultimate recovery and long-term success. 

We envision a 2-year pilot effort to demonstrate the power and ROI of sharing our story with a national audience. Most likely, the campaign will include advertising (perhaps leveraging our local national celebrities) and promotional tie-ins to regional events like Something in the Water and other festivals that attract people to our region. When launched, we will track and report the campaign’s success in building Hampton Roads’ national brand. 

A branding campaign, however, will require funding from multiple sources, including our local governments, grants, and regional business supporters. We plan to go after all of these potential sources of funds and more.

757 Champions will support the campaign in three ways:

  • Review and Help Inform the Development of the National Branding Effort: The marketing campaign will be shared at its conceptual stage with 757 Champions for their review and input.
  • Tie Directly into the National Branding Effort: 757 Champions will help advance the national campaign’s imagery and messaging. This could include using campaign videos, photography and messaging on their websites, social media, and employee recruitment materials.
  • Help Fund the National Branding Effort: Join other 757 Champions in making corporate donations to fund the 2-year pilot effort. A survey among the 200+ architects of the Action Framework showed that significant support exists to help fund this marketing effort. Obviously, other funding sources will be needed, too. Please note that contributing to this campaign is not a requirement to be a 757 Champion.

That’s a quick overview. We don’t expect every 757 Champion to able to actively participate in all five areas.  What we do expect, however, is everyone’s enthusiasm, leadership and support in advancing the 757 Recovery & Resiliency Action Framework. Please join us on our critically important mission.

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Martin A. JosephFounder & CEO360IT PARTNERS
Chris ToppingBusiness Development Officer504 Capital Corporation
Evans McMillion Executive Director757 Accelerate
Monique AdamsExecutive Director757 Angels
Jazmine SmithOwner757 Hive
Hunter WalshProgram Manager757 Startup Studios
Charlie MallonPresident & CEOABNB Federal Credit Union
Mindy CarlinCo-Owner / PartnerAccess Point Public Affairs
Sarah LewisHR DirectorADP
Tori MaysAccount ManagerAerotek Recruiting & Staffing
Curtis HoesslyPresidentAllegra Marketing Print & Mail
Jeremy MaloneyPresident, ArchitectAltruistic Design
Randy DardenManaging PrincipalAmerican Engineering
Savannah LindquistGrassroots Engagement DirectorAmericans for Prosperity Virginia
Lee VreelandPresident/CEOAn Achievable Dream
Abbie SchaeferDirector of PR, Marketing & Special EventsAn Achievable Dream
Brittany LavalleurDirector of DevelopmentAn Achievable Dream
Christopher MiddletonSenior Director of Virginia BeachAn Achievable Dream Academy
Georgie MarquezPrincipalAndre + Marquez Architects, Inc.
Michael AndersonMortgage BankerAtlantic Bay Mortgage
Andrew HodgeRegional President & Head of Corporate BankingAtlantic Union Bank
Bonnie StretzSVP Commercial Real EstateAtlantic Union Bank
Christopher ThomasBusiness Banking Relationship ManagerAtlantic Union Bank
Bennett ZierSenior Vice PresidentAudacy
Shane AugustManaging DirectorAugust Holding Corporation
Robert ReaConsultantAxcel Innovation LLC
Ross VierraPresidentAxis Global Enterprises Inc
CJ SpadyPartnerB2BCFO
Gerry QuindozaBusiness Relationship Manager, VPBank of America
Bob BartonPresidentBarton Ford
Dawn TomblingShowroom ManagerBBG Portsmouth
Paul HunterAccount ExecutiveBCS Voice & Data Solutions
Jeff RichardsonPresidentBeach Commercial Finance
Kathy OwensPresidentBeach Development Group
Diana CountsVice President Marketing & Member ServiceBeach Municipal FCU
George BirdsongCEOBirdsong Peanuts
Kindra GreeneCommunity ManagerBloom Coworking
Amy CarrierPresidentBon Secours Hampton Roads Health System
Berry BunkPresidentBoulevard Media
Jasmine ThompsonOwnerBrand 1ON1
Jamie TollenaereDirector of Business DevelopmentBranscome Inc.
Tony BrothersOwnerBrothers Restaurant
John WilsonCo-OwnerBrown & Brown Agency of Virginia
Charles GreenhoodOwnerBrutti’s Catering
Kevin LembkePresidentBusch Gardens Williamsburg & Water Country USA
Hunter ClarkeSenior Loan OfficerC&F Mortgage Corporation
James AndersonMarket ManagerCapCenter
Lauren LaBonteMarket Leader – Hampton RoadsCapCenter
Helen T WhittemoreVice President & OfficerCapital Concrete
Grea SellersSenior AdvisorCardConnect
Garry HarrisManaging DirectorCenter for Sustainable Communities / ECO District Hampton Roads
Nefertiti HolasOwner/AccountantChaNJe Money Matters Co
Brian SchoolsPresident & CEOChartway Federal Credit Union
Stephen ArmbrusterPartnerCherry Bekaert LLP
Donna M. CannatellaExecutive DirectorChesapeake Conference Center
Lacy ShireyExecutive DirectorChesapeake Humane Society
Lauren RobertsEducatorChesapeake Public Schools
Lori MartinSTEAM/CTE CoordinatorChesapeake Public Schools
Reese JacksonPresident & CEOChesapeake Regional Healthcare
Robert CulpepperVP Operations, Real EstateChesapeake Regional Healthcare
Melissa Worrell MatthewsDirector of DevelopmentChildren’s Health Investment Program (CHIP) of South Hampton Roads
James DahlingPresident & CEOChildren’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters (CHKD)
Thomas HallAssociate Director, Public History Center / Associate Professor of Finance and EconomicsChristopher Newport University
Latiesha D. HandieCUC, Executive DirectorCitizens’ Unity Commission
Ben WhiteAssistant Director – Economic DevelopmentCity of Chesapeake
Preston WilhelmSr. Business Development ManagerCity of Chesapeake
Rick WestMayorCity of Chesapeake
Steven WrightDirector – Economic DevelopmentCity of Chesapeake
Frank RabilMayorCity of Franklin
Chuck RigneyEconomic Development DirectorCity of Hampton
DonnieTuckCity of Hampton
Florence KingstonDirector – Department of DevelopmentCity of Newport News
McKinley PriceMayorCity of Newport News
Jared ChalkDirector of Economic DevelopmentCity of Norfolk
Kenneth C AlexnderMayorCity of Norfolk
Michael GoldsmithDeputy City ManagerCity of Norfolk
Pete BurykCivic Lab DirectorCity of Norfolk
Robert SharakSr Business Development ManagerCity of Norfolk Economic Development
Brian DonahueAssistant Director – Economic DevelopmentCity of Portsmouth
Robert MooreDirector of Economic DevelopmentCity of Portsmouth
Shannon GloverMayorCity of Portsmouth
Greg ByrdInterim Director, Economic DevelopmentCity of Suffolk
Michael DumanMayorCity of Suffolk
Kevin HughesDirectorCity of Suffolk Department of Economic Development
Bobby DyerMayorCity of Virginia Beach
Amanda BarnesCity ClerkCity of Virginia Beach
Laura HayesBusiness Development Coordinator – Economic DevelopmentCity of Virginia Beach
Kathy HinsonExecutive Assistant to the MayorCity of Virginia Beach
Amasa SmithDirector of Programming & CommunicationsCIVIC Leadership Institute
Megan ShufordScholars Program AssociateCIVIC Leadership Institute
Sarah Jane KirklandPresident and CEOCIVIC Leadership Institute
Jason BulginOwnerCJC Services
Bill GogginsVice President & CEOClancy & Theys Construction
Chris StoneSenior PrincipalClark Nexsen
Andrew PetreyContract Quality AnalystCMA CGM America
Gary DeagleOwnerCoastal Strength & Fitness
Pat SteeleBroker ManagerColdwell Banker Now
Michael MahgereftehManaging MemberColley Executive Offices
Chad ZanowSenior Development ManagerColumbia Gas of Virginia
Rhonda BridgemanPresidentComfort Systems of Virginia, Inc.
Alex CaseCOOCordillera Applications Group
Barrett StorkDirector of Government AffairsCox Communications
J.D. Myers IISenior Vice President Virginia Region OperationsCox Communications
Mike AccardiDirector, Network OperationsCox Communications
Nneka ChiazorVice President, Government & Public AffairsCox Communications
Arketa HowardDirector of Marketing & Client DevelopmentCrenshaw, Ware & Martin, P.L.C.
Darius DavenportPartnerCrenshaw, Ware & Martin, P.L.C.
Kristin MacanCulinary FacultyCulinary Institute of Virginia
Christopher SheltonCo-OwnerCure Coffeehouse
Clint DamuthPresidentDamuth Trane
Elise TillieHuman Resources Team LeaderDamuth Trane
Phil DamuthVice President of Client & Community RelationsDamuth Trane
Ashton LoveInvestment ExecutiveDavenport & Company LLC
Elizabeth JacksonExecutive AssistantDepartment of Navy
Nicole CampbellSenior AssociateDivaris Real Estate, Inc.
Dave ParadiseSenior Vice President, Virginia DivisionDollar Bank
Bob SasserExecutive ChairmanDollar Tree
Sam BlackMarketing & Digital ManagerDowntown Norfolk Council
Crystal HilliardTravel AgentDream Plan Pack LLC
Wendy DruckerManaging DirectorDrucker + Flak, LLC
Mark DreyfusPresidentECPI
Thomas ChamberlainCEOEdLogics
Chasity PritchettOwnerEmblem Olive Oil
Mike FowlerSenior PartnerEven Keel Wealth Advisors
Patrick McCartyPresidentEvolv Design
Amma GuerrierPresidentExecutive Decision
Eric TraczManagerEY
Keith Vander VennetSenior Vice PresidentFerguson
Kevin MurphyCEOFerguson Enterprises
Rob HawleyFinancial RepresentativeFirst Financial Group
Zeib ParvezFinancial AdvisorFirst Financial Group
Trey DudleyExecutive Vice PresidentFirst Financial Group/Vetsteps & Transition Overwatch
Dr Ruth Jones NicholsCEOFoodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore
Barry FrankenfieldOwnerFrankenfield Design + Development LLC
Ashley CovingtonInterim President & CEOFranklin Southampton Economic Development, Inc.
Lauren SloanBusiness Development ManagerFranklin Southampton Economic Development, Inc.
Andy SutterCo-Owner/PresidentFreedom Boat Club
Greg GarrettCEOGarrett Realty Partners
Kathleen MonahanCommunity ManagerGather
Gerry EvansBusiness AdvocateGet Beyond
Tracy KellerCEOGirl Scout Council of Colonial Coast
Catherine MagillPresident/OwnerGreat Bridge International
Barry BishopExecutive Vice PresidentGreater Norfolk Corporation
Bill MannExecutive DirectorGreater Peninsula Workforce Board
Katherine StebbinsOwnerGreen Leaf and Pebble Tea Spa & Cafe
Occasio GeeDirector of MarketingGroundworks Companies
Alisa CriderDirector of Investor & Public RelationsHampton Roads Alliance
Amy ParkhurstSenior Vice PresidentHampton Roads Alliance
David CatchingsMarketing & Communications InternHampton Roads Alliance
Doug SmithPresident & CEOHampton Roads Alliance
Jonathan HolmanDirector, Business IntelligenceHampton Roads Alliance
Steve HarrisonVice President, Business Intelligence & CommunicationsHampton Roads Alliance
Toi HunterVice President of Business Retention and ExpansionHampton Roads Alliance
Bryan StephensPresident & CEOHampton Roads Chamber
Emily ReynoldsExecutive Director, Governmental AffairsHampton Roads Chamber
Sylena DominguezMembership CoordinatorHampton Roads Chamber
Sylvia HainesExecutive Vice President, OperationsHampton Roads Chamber
Tage CountsVice President – MembershipHampton Roads Chamber
Suzanne BrownMember Development ManagerHampton Roads Chamber
Priscilla MontiSenior Vice President Programs & CommunicationHampton Roads Chamber
Diane RaihleSenior Manager, Member DevelopmentHampton Roads Chamber
Anne Baumler ThumaDirector, EventsHampton Roads Chamber
Lianna ArbitterCoordinator, ProgramsHampton Roads Chamber
James CarrollVP, Small Business & SBDC DirectorHampton Roads Chamber
Deborah DiCrocePresident & CEOHampton Roads Community Foundation
Craig QuigleyExecutive DirectorHampton Roads Military & Federal Facilities Alliance
Rick DwyerDeputy Executive DirectorHampton Roads Military and Federal Facilities Alliance
Robin SamuelMembership Business Development/Certified Moving ConsultantHampton Roads Moving & Storage
Greg GrootendorstEconomistHampton Roads Planning District Commission
Robert CrumExecutive DirectorHampton Roads Planning District Commission
Victoria HechtVice President of Communications, PR & Media RelationsHampton Roads REALTORS Association
Lauren BlandExecutive DirectorHampton Roads Soccer Council
Claudell ClarkExecutive DirectorHampton Roads Sports Commission
Amanda GreenDirector of Youth ProgramsHampton Roads Workforce Council
Loretta EarlOffice ManagerHampton Roads Workforce Council
Maegan BarnesCampus757 Program ManagerHampton Roads Workforce Council
Shawn AveryPresident & CEOHampton Roads Workforce Council
Steve CookVice President of Workforce InnovationHampton Roads Workforce Council
Felicia BlowAssociate Vice President for DevelopmentHampton University
Kimberly ParkerBusiness Services Financial SpecialistHarbor Group Management Company
Craig CopeExecutive Vice PresidentHarvey Lindsay
Dawna EllisChief Financial & Operating OfficerHarvey Lindsey Commercial Real Estate
Holly BurgessChief MarketingHeartwork Marketing
Ashleigh MaggardDevelopment DirectorHermitage Museum and Gardens
Thomas McCarthyClient Solutions ManagerHourigan
Katherine RainoneRegional EconomistHRPDC
Keith CannadyDeputy Executive DirectorHRPDC
Bill ErmatingerExecutive Vice President & Chief Human Resources OfficerHuntington Ingalls Industries
Kevin CosgroveAttorney at LawHunton Andrews Kurth, LLP
Karina HuttonOwnerHutton Power & Light
Libby RossDirector of Sales & MarketingHyatt Place Virginia Beach Town Center
Brian TinderPresident & OwnerHyVal Industries, Inc.
Pamela Rosara JonesFounder & CEOICONIC Branding & PR
Robert PizziniCEOiFLY Virginia Beach
Tim BradshawPresident & CEOInsercorp LTD
Bryan SchiliroBusiness Performance AdvisorInsperity
Tina KnightBusiness Performance AdvisorInsperity
Bethany CarilleBusiness Performance AdvisorInsperity
Tara RamseyCEOInstant Systems
TJ BartakkePrivate Wealth AdvisorIntegrated Financial Partners
Chris WarrenArchitectIonic Dezign Studios
Chris MorelloDirector – Economic DevelopmentIsle of Wight County
Kristi SutphinEconomic Development CoordinatorIsle of Wight County Economic Development
J.D. MilesPresidentJ.D. Miles & Sons
Kristina VaqueraPartnerJackson Lewis PC
Milena RadovicAssociateJackson Lewis, P.C.
Christopher JohnsonDirector of Economic DevelopmentJames City County
Christy S. ColmeanExecutive DirectorJamestown-Yorktown Foundation
Stuart HendersonDirectorJefferson Lab (Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility)
Jeffrey AustinCEOJeffrey S Austin LLC
Jeffrey AustinCEOJeffrey S Austin LLC
Susan KellyCEO Jo-Kell Inc.
Deborah StearnsSenior Vice PresidentJones Lang LaSalle
Billy PoynterPartnerKaleo Legal
Ann CrenshawMemberKaufman & Canoles
Charles McPhillipsPartnerKaufman & Canoles
Benming “Benny” ZhangAssociate Attorney/Former CouncilmemberKaufman & Canoles, P.C./Williamsburg City Council
Dee OliverOfficerKelly’s Tavern
Carissa AhavaVice PresidentKelvin International Corporation
Ashley McLeodStakeholder Engagement DirectorKitty Hawk Offshore Wind, Avangrid Renewables
Gary R JonesStrategic Business ConsultantKlett Consulting Group
Mark KlettPresident & CEOKlett Consulting Group, INC
Bruce TingleSenior AssociateKPMG
Nemo LarmorePartnerKPMG
Jason KiesManaging PartnerKPMG LLP
Akhil JainPresidentLandmark Hotel Group
Tom RyanPresident & CEOLangley Federal Credit Union
Andy PatzigOwner/AttorneyLaw Office of W. Andrew Patzig
Troy McCollumOwnerLayer 9 IT
Jacqueline GlassEcosystem OfficerLearnch LLC
Jim BibbsCHROLifenet Health Inc
Shep MillerManaging PartnerLight Tech
Ron LewisFouncer/CEOLTC2 Consulting
Karen ForgetExecutive DirectorLynnhaven River NOW
Dr. Cynthia RomeroDirectorM. Foscue Brock Institute for Community and Global Health, EVMS
Susan Long-MolnarPresidentManaging Communications Consulting
Myles PoctaPresidentMAP Environmental
Tom MarsdenVice PresidentMarathon Consulting
Valerie JamesBusiness Development ManagerMark Turner Construction
John BoyleCOOMassimo Zanetti Beverage USA
Sue ArySr. Mgr. Communications l Org. Dev.Massimo Zanetti Beverage USA
John PadgettManaging PartnerMcGuireWoods LLP
Mark RosenfieldExecutive Vice PresidentMcLeskey
Eric KeplingerVice President, Business DevelopmentMEB
Becky ScheusnerFounder and Business Development AnalystMHA Gap Initiative and WWC Global
Patricia Easley SivellsDirector of Corporate PartnershipsMid-Eastern Athletic Conference
Mike DumanPresidentMike Duman Auto Sales
Barbara SguegliaOwnerMilitary Relocation Team
Jeff MillerPresidentMillers Energy
Jennifer StroutCEO & FounderMotivateU
Deborah Albero-Darata PooleCo-ownerMr. Rooter Plumbing of Virginia Beach
Maureen McDonnellPrincipalMSP Design Group
Chris RiceOwner, Lead EntertainerMusic Makes You Happy Entertainment, LLC
Maryellen BaldwinPresident/CEONavy League
Matt BradyOwner & PresidentNew Day Office Products & Furnishings, Inc.
Casey RobertsExecutive DirectorNew Horizons Regional Education Centers
Brandon JohnsonDirector of SalesNewport News Marriott at City Center
Latitia McCaneDirector of EducationNewport News Shipbuilding
Susan JacobsVice President, Human Resources and AdministrationNewport News Shipbuilding
Tom CosgroveManager, External AffairsNewport News Shipbuilding
Jim KiblerCEO Next Paradigm Advisors LLC
Mike ConnorsSocial Media CoordinatorNorfolk Academy
Marco MyersAccount ExecutiveNorfolk Admirals
Robert BowenExecutive DirectorNorfolk International Airport
Dr. Deborah FontaineVice President for University AdvancementNorfolk State University
Dr. Javaune Adams-GastonPresidentNorfolk State University
Glenn CarringtonDean School of BusinessNorfolk State University
Kathleen ThomasAssociate Professor-Interim ChairNorfolk State University
Dawn CouttsBusiness ManagerNorfolk Tides Baseball Club
Jesse HemphillGeneral ManagerNorfolk Waterside Marriott
Brittney WhiteArea Sales ManagerNovel Coworking
Ricardo UngoAssistant ProfessorODU
Nancy GrdenAssociate Vice PresidentODU Institute for Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Nakia Madry-SmithDirectorODU Peninsula
Robert McNabProfessorODU/Dragas Center
Anne MichalekAssociate ProfessorOld Dominion University
Benny OlveiraSystems EngineerOld Dominion University
Bernardo RamalloStudentOld Dominion University
Elizabeth SmithAdmin for Interdisciplinary InitiativesOld Dominion University
Jeff TannerDeanOld Dominion University
Renee OlanderAssociate Vice President & Asst. ProfessorOld Dominion University
Saige HillPhD Student and ResearcherOld Dominion University
Anthony PiglowskiAssistant Vice President, Private BankerOld Point National Bank
Joseph WittExecutive Vice PresidentOld Point National Bank
Pinkaj KlokkengaSenior Vice President, ITOld Point National Bank
Ha KoehlerManaging Partner
On Point Communications
Blake DozierCo-OwnerOnPoint Building Services
Eric BartokManaging DirectorOppenheimer & Co.
Jennifer SanfordDirector, Customer Development & MarketingOptima Health
John DeGruttolaSVP, Sales & MarketingOptima Health
Liz A. DeludePortfolio ManagerPalladium Registered Investment Advisors
Angela LawhorneDirector of Workforce DevelopmentPaul D. Camp Community College
James LangEnvironmental LawyerPender & Coward
Brent HadenAttorneyPender & Coward, P.C.
Jeffrey HunnShareholderPender & Coward, P.C.
Matthew HullAttorneyPender & Coward, P.C.
Claire WiniarekVice President of PolicyPharmaceutical Care Management Association (PCMA)
Kim PhillipsPartnerPhillips & Peters
Corrynn PetersPartnerPhillips & Peters
Leila MillsMarketing ManagerPhillips & Peters, PLLC
Julia RustAttorneyPierce McCoy
Robin LaskowskiVice President & CEOPlasser American Corporation
Don WinchesterSenior Vice President, Director of Wealth ManagementPNC
Pamela WestVice President – Healthcare Business BankingPNC
Rick GallaerPresidentPOMOCO Auto Group
Cathie VickChief Public Affairs OfficerPort of Virginia
Maria BurroughsExecutive Assistant to the Chief Public Affairs OfficerPort of Virginia
Russell HeldVice President Economic DevelopmentPort of Virginia
Stephen EdwardsCEO & Executive DirectorPort of Virginia
Jessica BedenbaughBusiness Development ManagerPortsmouth Economic Development
Nancy PerryDirectorPortsmouth Museums
Michelle WrenExecutive DirectorPortsmouth Partnership
Craig MorrowOwnerPremier Equity Solutions, LLC
Shelley SmithCEO/OwnerPremier Rapport Inc.
Tonya GillCo-OwnerPrimrose School at Cahoon Commons/Primrose School at Edinburgh Commons
Angela BezikPresidentPrinciple Advantage Government Relations Group
Tom O’GradyPresidentProject Management Consulting
Sia AlexanderCuratorPure Lagos African Art Gallery
Cecil RobinsonOwnerRaven Elite Protection LLC
Claire FosterVice President for Marketing & Public RelationsRegent University
Joseph BucciDepartment Chair, Business, Leadership & Management Dept., College of Arts & SciencesRegent University
Donna MorrisExecutive Vice PresidentReinvent Hampton Roads
Gia FreemanReinvent Hampton Roads
James SporePresident & CEOReinvent Hampton Roads
Beth CookPeninsula Member Relations AdvisorRetail Alliance
Karen HusselbeeMember Relations AdvisorRetail Alliance
Kylie Ross SibertVice President, Corporate CommunicationsRetail Alliance
Erin RiceOwner/Principal ConsultantRice Strategies, LLC
William GambrellPresidentRight Coast Foods
Robin NelhuebelExecutive Director, RCHCRiverside Health System
William DowneyPresident & CEORiverside Health System
Ryan KanePresident/CEORK Strategies, Inc
Lynda StaffordPresidentRMGS, Inc.
Ross RobbinsSafety/ComplianceRobbins Maritime
Max GreenhoodFounder & CEORocketBike
Curtis LyonsOwner/OperatorRoger Brown’s Restaurant & Sports Bar
David RoppPresidentRoppCorp
Dianne GordonnGeneral Manager, New Homes DivisionRose & Womble Realty Co., LLC
Joel RubinPresidentRubin Communications Group
Donald FrederickVice President / CEORunnymede Corporation
Michele Partridge-LaneDirector of Business DevelopmentRussell’s Heating Cooling Plumbing & Electric
Justin BallardDirector of Business DevelopmentS.B. Ballard Construction Company
Stephen BallardPresident/CEOS.B. Ballard Construction Company
Sam RapoportSenior AssociateS.L. Nusbaum Realty Co.
Jessica McGrawDirector of Business DevelopmentSafe Harbor Recovery Center
James WhiteRegional DirectorSafelite AutoGlass
Lisa BaehreExecutive DirectorSandler Center Foundation
Chris MitchellAccount DirectorSegra
Steven ByrdSVP-Market ExecutiveSelect Bank & Trust
Sherwin StewartVice President of OperationsSentara CarePlex Hospital
Andrew StephensonSenior Community & Government AdvocateSentara Healthcare
Howard KernPresident & CEOSentara Healthcare
Jordan AsherChief Physician ExecutiveSentara Healthcare
Kay MillerPhysician RecruiterSentara Medical Group
Tom FarleyCo-OwnerSEVA Sound
Kenneth HartOwnerSignarama757
Chess HarrisSpecial ProgramsSimIS
Johnny GarciaCEOSimIS, Inc.
Julian BaenaDirector of Business DevelopmentSimIS, Inc.
Michael MerrittOwnerSiren Skate Shop
Ashley BusseySenior AssociateSL Nusbaum Realty Co.
Lynn ClementsExecutive DirectorSlover Library
Jennifer BakerOfficerSmall Business Specialists
Christine NeikirkCommunity EngagementSmartmouth Brewing Co.
Don JohnsonCampus Director South University
Linda IsaacAssistant Director of AdmissionsSouth University
Cariese HinckleyExecutive DirectorSoutheastern Virginia Chapter Community Associations Institute
Taylor HarrellExecutive Vice President – Regional ExecutiveSouthern Bank
Trent DudleyRegional ExecutiveSouthern Bank
Tim RyanExecutive Director StartWheel
Jim McNeesDirector, Branch ManagerSun West Mortgage
Aazia Mickens-DessasoExecutive Director, Ecosystem DevelopmentTechstars
Ted DennisPresident/OwnerTED text LLC
Dr. Deborah Harris-SimsCampus Executive DirectorThe Art Institute of Virginia Beach
Cathy AllenFacilitator & ConsultantThe Board Doctor, LLC
Tim FaulknerCOOThe Breeden Company
Kyle DeGoodPresident & FounderThe DeGood Foundation
James NoelSenior Vice President / General CounselThe Franklin Johnston Group
Matt StevensCEOThe Honor Foundation
Marko FrigeljPresidentThe IncuHub
Lisa ColemanExecutive DirectorThe King’s Daughters
Eric KeanPrincipalThe Lee Group
Howard HoegePresident & CEOThe Mariners’ Museum and Park
Delceno MilesPresident & CEOThe Miles Agency
Jerry MillerCEOThe Miller Group
Russell YoungDirector, Economic DevelopmentThe Port of Virginia
Janice TuckmanSales ExecutiveThe ROX, Rapid Overland Xpress
Tuck BowiePresident/CEOThe Terry Peterson Companies
Latisha JamesExecutive Vice President, External Affairs & OperationsThe Urban League of Hampton Roads
William RandolphFounder/CEOTHINK Acquisition LLC
Dr. Greg DeCinquePresidentThomas Nelson Community College
Marla SchuchmanOwner / Lady Behind the CurtainThree Sheep / Made in 757
Dana HathornCampus Dean – OperationsTidewater Community College
Kellie SoreyAssociate Vice President for Academic AffairsTidewater Community College
Marcia ConstonPresidentTidewater Community College
Joe HinesPrincipal & Director of Economic DevelopmentTimmons Group
Thomas MaloneFounderTommy Haze/Arena Group
Chris StuartVice PresidentTop Guard Security
Joash SchulmanCo-FounderTown Center Office Suites
Anne ConnerPresident/Public Finance & Community InvestmentTowneBank
Chas WrightEVP, Commercial LenderTowneBank
Dawn S GlynnPresident – Hampton Roads & Northeastern North CarolinaTowneBank
Hillary SmithBranch Operations ManagerTowneBank
Julie AndersonExecutive Vice President, Business Banking OfficerTowneBank
Karen PriestExecutive Vice President, Commercial BankingTowneBank
Kim ShulerExecutive Vice President – Corporate & Commercial BankingTowneBank
William MorrisonChairman & Chief Executive OfficerTowneBank Mortgage
Hannah Anderson HughesCEOTrue Healthcare Workforce Solutions, Inc.
Chase TownsendVice President – Commercial BankingTruist
David SkolnickSVPTruist
Mark JohnsonVice President Community DevelopmentTruist
Grace SmithMarketing CoordinatorTS3 Architects PC
Taylor YoumansWealth Advisor-Account Vice PresidentUBS
Michele AndersonPresidentUnited Way of South Hampton Roads
Gwendolyn Mack-LinkEIS Specialist SupervisorUrban League of Hampton Roads
Priscilla SmithNon Medical Case Manager / ReceptionistUrban League of Hampton Roads
Dycelia WeissFinancial Center CoachUrban League of Hampton Roads
Adrienne DawsonMedical Case ManagerUrban League of Hampton Roads
Anita ElmoreIntake SpecialistUrban League of Hampton Roads
Ernest RollandCertified HUD Housing CounselorUrban League of Hampton Roads
Francine Allen-HumphreyFinancial CoachUrban League of Hampton Roads
Sonya PhillipsFOC Financial CoachUrban League of Hampton Roads
Chuck DozierN9US Navy
Susan Smigielski AckerPublisher & EditorVA Peninsula & VA Peninsula Magazine
Lawrence ColoritoChair of the Board of Director & Senior Managing DirectorValbridge Property Advisors
Richard CrouchPartnerVandeventer Black
Cristen FletcherDirector of Business Development & MarketingVandeventer Black LLP
Michael SterlingManaging PartnerVandeventer Black, LLP
Diana BurkeExecutive DirectorVBHA
John GibsonManaging PartnerVenture Realty Group
Kasia GrezlkowskiCEOVersAbility Resources
Kate PittmanExecutive DirectorViBe Creative District
Stacey ShifletExecutive DirectorVirginia Beach Restaurant Association
Amy MallisonVice President of MarketingVirginia Beach Schools Federal Credit Union
Martha McCleesExecutive DirectorVirginia Beach Vision, Inc.
Paula L. BazemoreHampton Roads Program ManagerVirginia Center for Inclusive Communities
Bill PollardSenior Vice President, Commercial BankingVirginia Commonwealth Bank
David WhiteExecutive DirectorVirginia Maritime Association
Leslie KnickerbockerAssistant Director, Boardwalk Art ShowVirginia MOCA
George FaatzDirector, Growth & Strategic PlanningVirginia Natural Gas
Robert DuvallPresident & CEOVirginia Natural Gas
Robert McKennaPresident/CEOVirginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce
Karen JoynerChief Executive OfficerVirginia Peninsula Foodbank
Debbie MurrayManager, Internships & Research ExperiencesVirginia Space Grant Consortium
Jeff JohnsonDirector, Tech Center Research ParkVirginia Tech Corporate Research Center
Heather CampbellVice President for EnrollmentVirginia Wesleyan University
Lori HarrisAssociate Vice President for AdvancementVirginia Wesleyan University
Scott MillerPresidentVirginia Wesleyan University
Kurt KrausePresident & CEOVisitNorfolk
Ronald J LausterPresidentW.M. Jordan
John LawsonPresident & CEOW.M. Jordan Company
Tara FrederickClaims AdvocateWare Insurance Agency
Debra GoodierPresident & CEOWare River Consulting LLC
Richard BarbeeBrokerWarrant Realty, Inc.
George BallRegional Vice PresidentWells Fargo
Bert SchmidtPresident & CEOWHRO
Hugh PattersonPartnerWillcox & Savage
Neil RoseAttorney at LawWillcox & Savage
Alyssa DanglerShareholderWilliams Mullen
Grig ScifresPartnerWilliams Mullen
Stephen RominePartnerWilliams Mullen
Thomas R FrantzPartnerWilliams Mullen
Glen RobertsonAttorneyWolcott Rivers Gates
Grayson T. OrsiniAttorneyWolcott Rivers Gates
Gordon WolcottAttorneyWolcott Rivers Gates
Mary FernandezOwnerWomen of Help & Influence
Mel PricePrincipalWork Program Architects
LeeAnn SchadlichReal Estate Managing BrokerWorld Class Realty
Pam BullockAccount ExecutiveWVEC Channel 13
Michael ZeidersChairmanZeiders American Dream Theater
Jack EzzellCEOZel Technologies LLC

Answers to Commonly Asked Questions

We hope we’ve answered all of your questions about becoming a 757 Champion. If not, this list of FAQs should provide more answers.

757 Champions are individuals, leaders with an understanding of the 757 Recovery & Resiliency Action Framework and commitment to advancing its mission.

The Action Framework’s Steering Committee set an initial goal of signing up 1,000 founding 757 Champions.

No. We simply want your enthusiasm, leadership, and support.

The Action Framework will send out a monthly e-news update.

Plan to attend the October 2021 State of the Region event when the initial accomplishments of the Action Framework will be shared. All 757 Champions will be recognized and celebrated.

The 757 Recovery & Resilience Action Framework will track and report the number of people who have signed up as a 757 Champion.

To the extent possible, we will track self-reported information related to the utilization and impact of the new services.

We will conduct periodic surveys to see how satisfied 757 Champions are with the overall program and their participation.

We will also showcase the work of some of our 757 Champions.

Please address your Action Framework-related questions to Doug Smith, President & CEO of the Hampton Roads Alliance. You can reach Doug at dougsmith@757alliance.com.

Hampton Roads Chamber is leading the recruitment of 757 Champions. If you have a specific question about the 757 Champions program, please contact Bryan Stephens at  BKStephens@hrchamber.com.