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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Many leaders have already signed up to be a 757 Champion. When you sign up, your name will be added to this list, which we will update periodically.

Martin A. JosephFounder & CEO360IT PARTNERS
Chris ToppingBusiness Development Officer504 Capital Corporation
Evans McMillion Executive Director757 Accelerate
Monique AdamsExecutive Director757 Angels
Jazmine SmithOwner757 Hive
Charlie MallonPresident & CEOABNB Federal Credit Union
Sarah LewisHR DirectorADP
Tori MaysAccount ManagerAerotek Recruiting & Staffing
Curtis HoesslyPresidentAllegra Marketing Print & Mail
Jeremy MaloneyPresident, ArchitectAltruistic Design
Savannah LindquistGrassroots Engagement DirectorAmericans for Prosperity Virginia
Georgie MarquezPrincipalAndre + Marquez Architects, Inc.
Michael AndersonMortgage BankerAtlantic Bay Mortgage
Bonnie StretzSVP Commercial Real EstateAtlantic Union Bank
Christopher ThomasBusiness Banking Relationship ManagerAtlantic Union Bank
Shane AugustManaging DirectorAugust Holding Corporation
Robert ReaConsultantAxcel Innovation LLC
Ross VierraPresidentAxis Global Enterprises Inc
CJ SpadyPartnerB2BCFO
Gerry QuindozaBusiness Relationship Manager, VPBank of America
Dawn TomblingShowroom ManagerBBG Portsmouth
Paul HunterAccount ExecutiveBCS Voice & Data Solutions
Kathy OwensPresidentBeach Development Group
Diana CountsVice President Marketing & Member ServiceBeach Municipal FCU
Kindra GreeneCommunity ManagerBloom Coworking
Berry BunkPresidentBoulevard Media
Jasmine ThompsonOwnerBrand 1ON1
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
Grea SellersSenior AdvisorCardConnect
Nefertiti HolasOwner/AccountantChaNJe Money Matters Co
Stephen ArmbrusterPartnerCherry Bekaert LLP
Donna M. CannatellaExecutive DirectorChesapeake Conference Center
Lauren RobertsEducatorChesapeake Public Schools
Lori MartinSTEAM/CTE CoordinatorChesapeake Public Schools
Thomas HallAssociate Director, Public History Center / Associate Professor of Finance and EconomicsChristopher Newport University
Latiesha D. HandieCUC, Executive DirectorCitizens’ Unity Commission
Pete BurykCivic Lab DirectorCity of Norfolk
Kevin HughesDirectorCity of Suffolk Department of Economic Development
Amasa SmithDirector of Programming & CommunicationsCIVIC Leadership Institute
Megan ShufordScholars Program AssociateCIVIC Leadership Institute
Sarah Jane KirklandPresident and CEOCIVIC Leadership Institute
Chris StoneSenior PrincipalClark Nexsen
Andrew PetreyContract Quality AnalystCMA CGM America
Gary DeagleOwnerCoastal Strength & Fitness
Pat SteeleBroker ManagerColdwell Banker Now
Michael MahgereftehManaging MemberColley Executive Offices
Rhonda BridgemanPresidentComfort Systems of Virginia, Inc.
Alex CaseCOOCordillera Applications Group
Barrett StorkDirector of Government AffairsCox Communications
Nneka ChiazorVice President, Government & Public AffairsCox Communications
Darius DavenportPartnerCrenshaw, Ware & Martin, P.L.C.
Christopher SheltonCo-OwnerCure Coffeehouse
Clint DamuthPresidentDamuth Trane
Ashton LoveInvestment ExecutiveDavenport & Company LLC
Elizabeth JacksonExecutive AssistantDepartment of Navy
Dave ParadiseSenior Vice President, Virginia DivisionDollar Bank
Sam BlackMarketing & Digital ManagerDowntown Norfolk Council
Crystal HilliardTravel AgentDream Plan Pack LLC
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
Rob HawleyFinancial RepresentativeFirst Financial Group
Zeib ParvezFinancial AdvisorFirst Financial Group
Trey DudleyExecutive Vice PresidentFirst Financial Group/Vetsteps & Transition Overwatch
Barry FrankenfieldOwnerFrankenfield Design + Development LLC
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
Barry BishopExecutive Vice PresidentGreater Norfolk Corporation
Bill MannExecutive DirectorGreater Peninsula Workforce Board
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
Steve HarrisonVice President, Business Intelligence & CommunicationsHampton Roads Alliance
Toi HunterVice President of Business Retention and ExpansionHampton Roads Alliance
Bryan StephensPresident & CEOHampton Roads Chamber
Sylena DominguezMembership CoordinatorHampton Roads Chamber
Tage CountsVice President – MembershipHampton Roads Chamber
Rick DwyerDeputy Executive DirectorHampton Roads Military and Federal Facilities Alliance
Robin SamuelMembership Business Development/Certified Moving ConsultantHampton Roads Moving & Storage
Lauren BlandExecutive DirectorHampton Roads Soccer Council
Maegan BarnesCampus757 Program ManagerHampton Roads Workforce Council
Shawn AveryPresident & CEOHampton Roads Workforce Council
Felicia BlowAssociate Vice President for DevelopmentHampton University
Kimberly ParkerBusiness Services Financial SpecialistHarbor Group Management Company
Craig CopeExecutive Vice PresidentHarvey Lindsay
Holly BurgessChief MarketingHeartwork Marketing
Ashleigh MaggardDevelopment DirectorHermitage Museum and Gardens
Thomas McCarthyClient Solutions ManagerHourigan
Katherine RainoneRegional EconomistHRPDC
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
Tara RamseyCEOInstant Systems
Chris WarrenArchitectIonic Dezign Studios
Kristina VaqueraPartnerJackson Lewis PC
Milena RadovicAssociateJackson Lewis, P.C.
Christy S. ColmeanExecutive DirectorJamestown-Yorktown Foundation
Stuart HendersonDirectorJefferson Lab (Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility)
Jeffrey AustinCEOJeffrey S Austin LLC
Susan KellyCEO Jo-Kell Inc.
Billy PoynterPartnerKaleo Legal
Ann CrenshawMemberKaufman & Canoles
Benming “Benny” ZhangAssociate Attorney/Former CouncilmemberKaufman & Canoles, P.C./Williamsburg City Council
Dee OliverOfficerKelly’s Tavern
Carissa AhavaVice PresidentKelvin International Corporation
Gary R JonesStrategic Business ConsultantKlett Consulting Group
Mark KlettPresident & CEOKlett Consulting Group, INC
Bruce TingleSenior AssociateKPMG
Nemo LarmorePartnerKPMG
Akhil JainPresidentLandmark Hotel Group
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
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
Mark RosenfieldExecutive Vice PresidentMcLeskey
Eric KeplingerVice President, Business DevelopmentMEB
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
Tom CosgroveManager, External AffairsNewport News Shipbuilding
Jim KiblerCEO Next Paradigm Advisors LLC
Robert BowenExecutive DirectorNorfolk International Airport
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 VP and also ExecDirODU IIE and also HRMC
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
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
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
Leila MillsMarketing ManagerPhillips & Peters, PLLC
Rick GallaerPresidentPOMOCO Auto Group
Russell HeldVice President Economic DevelopmentPort 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.
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
Robin NelhuebelExecutive Director, RCHCRiverside Health System
Ryan KanePresident/CEORK Strategies, Inc
Ross RobbinsSafety/ComplianceRobbins Maritime
Max GreenhoodFounder & CEORocketBike
Curtis LyonsOwner/OperatorRoger Brown’s Restaurant & Sports Bar
Dianne GordonnGeneral Manager, New Homes DivisionRose & Womble Realty Co., LLC
Michele Partridge-LaneDirector of Business DevelopmentRussell’s Heating Cooling Plumbing & Electric
Justin BallardDirector of Business DevelopmentS.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
Jordan AsherChief Physician ExecutiveSentara Healthcare
Kay MillerPhysician RecruiterSentara Medical Group
Tom FarleyCo-OwnerSEVA Sound
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
Christine NeikirkCommunity EngagementSmartmouth Brewing Co.
Don JohnsonCampus Director South University
Linda IsaacAssistant Director of AdmissionsSouth University
Cariese HinckleyExecutive DirectorSoutheastern Virginia Chapter Community Associations Institute
Trent DudleyRegional ExecutiveSouthern Bank
Tim RyanExecutive Director StartWheel
Jim McNeesDirector, Branch ManagerSun West Mortgage
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
Marko FrigeljPresidentThe IncuHub
Lisa ColemanExecutive DirectorThe King’s Daughters
Howard HoegePresident & CEOThe Mariners’ Museum and Park
Russell YoungDirector, Economic DevelopmentThe Port of Virginia
Janice TuckmanSales ExecutiveThe ROX, Rapid Overland Xpress
Latisha JamesExecutive Vice President, External Affairs & OperationsThe Urban League of Hampton Roads
William RandolphFounder/CEOTHINK Acquisition LLC
Marla SchuchmanOwner / Lady Behind the CurtainThree Sheep / Made in 757
Dana HathornCampus Dean – OperationsTidewater Community College
Marcia ConstonPresidentTidewater Community College
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
Hillary SmithBranch Operations ManagerTowneBank
Karen PriestExecutive Vice President, Commercial BankingTowneBank
Hannah Anderson HughesCEOTrue Healthcare Workforce Solutions, Inc.
David SkolnickSVPTruist
Grace SmithMarketing CoordinatorTS3 Architects PC
Taylor YoumansWealth Advisor-Account Vice PresidentUBS
Michele AndersonPresidentUnited Way of South 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
Cristen FletcherDirector of Business Development & MarketingVandeventer Black LLP
Michael SterlingManaging PartnerVandeventer Black, LLP
Diana BurkeExecutive DirectorVBHA
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
George FaatzDirector, Growth & Strategic PlanningVirginia 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
Lori HarrisAssociate Vice President for AdvancementVirginia Wesleyan University
Scott MillerPresidentVirginia Wesleyan University
Heather CampbellVice President for EnrollmentVirginia Wesleyan University
Kurt KrausePresident & CEOVisitNorfolk
Tara FrederickClaims AdvocateWare Insurance Agency
Debra GoodierPresident & CEOWare River Consulting LLC
Richard BarbeeBrokerWarrant Realty, Inc.
Alyssa DanglerShareholderWilliams Mullen
Stephen RominePartnerWilliams Mullen
Glen RobertsonAttorneyWolcott Rivers Gates
Grayson T. OrsiniAttorneyWolcott Rivers Gates
Mary FernandezOwnerWomen of Help & Influence
Mel PricePrincipalWork Program Architects
LeeAnn SchadlichReal Estate Managing BrokerWorld Class Realty
Pam BullockAccount ExecutiveWVEC Channel 13
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.