VACCE July 2018 E-Newsletter
2018 VACCE Chamber Executive of the Year
Karen Riordan
We are thrilled to announce that Karen Riordan, President & CEO of the Greater Williamsburg Chamber & Tourism Alliance, was selected as the 2018 VACCE Chamber Executive of the Year at our Annual Membership Dinner held June 21 in Harrisonburg, VA. The Chamber Executive of the Year award recognizes outstanding performance in the field of Chamber of Commerce management in the Commonwealth of Virginia and is presented to an individual who has exhibited characteristics that make him or her a leader both in their chamber and community. For more information, please click here.

VACCE Announces 2018-19 Board of Directors
VACCE announced its 2018-19 officers and directors at our Annual Membership Meeting held at the Hotel Madison in Harrisonburg, VA in June. Frank Tamberrino, 2017-18 VACCE President with the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber, officially passed the gavel to Susan Spears, 2018-19 VACCE President with the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber. For the official press release, please click here.

Also - if you weren't able to join us for our 2018 Annual Meeting, the session slides are now available:

Virginia Chamber Update
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Mark your calendars for our upcoming event:
  • September 25 - 2018 Virginia Workforce Conference - Greater Richmond Convention Center
Learn more about this and other events at 
VACCE Member Updates 
Bedford Area Chamber  
Susan Martin has resigned from the Chamber, and the organization is now seeking a new President/CEO. Please visit the VACCE Careers page for more information.

Chesterfield Chamber  
We started Leadership Chesterfield this year.  Leadership Chesterfield helps develop business and civic leaders of tomorrow.  This program will enhance and develop leaders for businesses and community leaders.  The program was a success for all participants.  A lot of them stated how they feel more comfortable in their role as a leader for their businesses by hearing from other business and community leaders of various styles. They completed the Insight Assessment to really get to know more about their style of leadership and personality traits.  The Chamber will offer this program for 4 weeks in the Spring and Fall.

Farmville Area Chamber  
The Chamber is pleased to host our 2nd High Bridge Trail Roubaix Time Trial | Bike Race on July 22. The race starts and finishes at the Third Street Brewery, bound to be lots of fun!

Greater Bluefield Chamber  
The Chamber is pleased to announce the addition of Lindsay Strader as the incoming Director of Events and Communications. Strader joins the Chamber from L&P Broadcasting and has served as a Chamber board member and volunteer for many years.

Greater Reston Chamber  
The Catholic Business Network (CBN) recently honored five Catholic Chief Executive Officers of Northern Virginia's largest Chambers of Commerce. The event was held on Friday, June 8 at Hyatt Regency Dulles in Herndon. The five CEOs honored were Debbie Jones, President & CEO of the Prince William Chamber; Jim Corcoran, President & CEO of the Northern Virginia Chamber; Tony Howard, President & CEO of the Loudoun Chamber; Mark Ingrao, President & CEO Reston Chamber; and John Boylan, President & CEO of the Dulles Chamber. Please click here for the press release.

Greater Williamsburg Chamber & Tourism Alliance
ASCEND of Williamsburg, our new Young Professionals program within the Chamber, plans an event monthly ( either social/networking or educational).  During the month of July, we will have three separate "Table for 10" events, where young professionals can enjoy a meal with a business leader in the community. 

The Chamber Travels Abroad Program that is heading to Greece and the sunny Mediterranean is now FULL! Upcoming chamber travel programs will be posted here.

The Chamber Women's Business Council meets every other month and focuses on empowering, uniting and inspiring women through business and community endeavors. Their first summer social will be at Billsburg Brewery on July 17 at 4:00pm.

Isle of Wight=Smithfield-Windsor Chamber  
The Chamber recently launched their Young Professionals Program - Isle Connect - with May 29 as their first event date. The event was titled "Eats for 8," and the program will be an ongoing series as a part of the program. "Eats for 8" is a program where we bring in a distinguished guest/speaker (who is also a young professional) at one of our local hot spot restaurants. We open the event up to only 8 people so it is more of an intimate vibe. Guests pay one ticket price which covers appetizers, dinner, and 1 drink the opportunity to meet with our guest. The entire event is very informal. It really appears like a bunch a friends going out to dinner together instead of a professional business event. The first one of the series was held at Wharf Hill Brewing Co. and we SOLD OUT! Our special guests were Max and Casey Greenhood, owners of Rocket Bike Digital Marketing Agency. 

Northern Virginia Chamber  
Jim Corcoran's last day with the Chamber as June 13, 2018. He served as the organization's President & CEO.  If you'd like to contact him personally, please feel free to connect at  

Top of Virginia Regional Chamber  
The Chamber is excited to announce our newest event and non-dues revenue opportunity. T2T | Tradition to Transformation will be hosted July 25 from 8:00am - Noon at the Shenandoah University in Winchester, VA. For more information on this event, please click here.

Twin County Chamber  
The 14th Annual Smoke on the Mountain State BBQ Championship will be held July 20-21. Join us for street festival, food, music, and beer garden.