March 2022
Member News is a monthly newsletter that provides news about Chamber members.
New Opportunity - Are You Engaging?

Your Chamber is looking for a Director of Membership Engagement. 

The position is full-time and perfect for the person who likes to interact with our members, can come up with innovative programming, and enjoys organizing events. This is an exciting, high profile position that is critical to the success of our members and the Chamber.  
Are you organized, creative, experienced with CRM software, meetings, and events? Seeking a position where you can make a difference for your community? 

Send your resume and a cover letter telling us why you’re the perfect person for this job.
JTI - 2022 Top Employer Certification
Top Employers Institute has certified JTI as one of only 11 ‘Global Top Employers’, for the eighth consecutive year, acknowledging the company’s continuing commitment and innovative approach to equality and wellbeing. 

Top Employers Institute is the global authority on recognizing excellence in people practices, and this year notably commended JTI for: embedding equal opportunities and equal pay throughout the company, which EY recognized in November 2021 when they awarded JTI with one of the first Global Equality Standard (GES) certificates; and its commitment to employee wellbeing through world-leading initiatives such as flexible working measures, its progressive global family leave policy, rolled out in 2021, a market-leading approach to LGBT+ inclusion, and its women’s empowerment program TOGETHER.
Volunteered on the Urban from located at God's Storehouse
Donated fire extinguishers to the Danville Fire Department
Monetary Donation to God's Storehouse
The Bee Hotel, an urban boutique property in downtown Danville, welcomed their new General Manager, Madison Eades in February. Madison most recently worked for the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce as the Director of Member Engagement, and prior to that, for another Marshall Hotels & Resorts property, The Virginian Hotel in Lynchburg, VA. 

With its buzzworthy backstory and unique urban boutique style, The Bee is making headlines in Danville, Virginia’s bustling River District. The 47-room newcomer is located in what was once home to the city’s iconic broadsheet, The Danville Register & Bee, now freshly reimagined as a warm and welcoming home base for business travelers and Virginia vacationers. History and newspaper buffs will delight in The Bee’s architectural details and the thoughtful attention paid to honoring the legacy of Danville Register and Bee.

From the original wood floors of the “Old Bee” to the spiral staircase that once ran from the press room to the editor’s office of the “New Bee,” the hotel retains many of the historic features that made the two buildings beloved landmarks in downtown Danville. Guests of The Bee enjoy an unmatched downtown location within easy walking distance of the historic Dan River. 

Madison can be reached at
River District Association is excited to offer a Food and Beverage Workshop this year as a part of the RDA 2022 Dream Launch Bootcamp.

Please Note: This workshop is required if you are a 2022 Dream Launch Bootcamp participant applying specifically to pitch a food/beverage business in either the Dream Launch Pitch or Rev Up Pitch.

This workshop is open to the public [City and County] as well, but registration is required. Property developers and building owners of restaurant or food and beverage spaces, including planned spaces, are also invited and encouraged to attend.

Topics covered will include requirements, codes/laws, regulations and licensing related to:

  • Food—Kelly Waller, Virginia Dept. of Health
  • Alcohol—Charles Bates, Virginia ABC Bureau of Law Enforcement
  • Land Use & Zoning [City/River District]—Doug Plachcinski, City of Danville Planning Director
  • Land Use & Zoning [County]—Emily Ragsdale, Director of Community Development for Pittsylvania County

Should you have any questions, please email

We are excited to have you join us!
Goodwill Industries of the Valleys appointed Hunter French as Vice President of Information Technology Security on January 31, 2022. In this role, French will be responsible for developing, implementing, and monitoring a strategic, comprehensive enterprise cybersecurity and IT risk management program. Hunter reports to Brenda Moore, Chief Information Officer.

French joins Goodwill’s Executive Leadership Team and will lead the Information Technology department along with Brenda Moore, Chief Information Officer, and Chris Conner, Vice President of Information Technology.

French had most recently been with BDO USA, LLP. He was formerly at Medical Facilities of America as a Director of Technical Services and Support and worked for two school districts in Pennsylvania. In his roles, he has 20 years of experience directing the development of strategic technology vision and executing against the product and technology roadmap. He has been recognized for years of thought leadership around resource, technology, and budget allocation.

French holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Management from Wake Forest University. He also holds a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Hunter will provide the vision and leadership necessary to manage IT risk for the organization and will ensure business alignment, effective governance, system and product availability, integrity, and confidentiality. Hunter and the IT leadership will contribute to Goodwill’s overall operations and strategy development, bringing current knowledge and future vision to leverage information and technology in business model design, operational improvements, and support for the organization’s mission of empowering individuals, strengthening families, and inspiring communities.
Please join us in celebrating the opening of Which Wich Superior Sandwiches &
Paciugo Gelato Caffe, Edible Arrangements, and Pie Five Pizza

When: Saturday, March 12, 2022
Time: 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. [3:30 p.m. - ribbon cutting]
Where: 114 Sandy Court, Danville, Virginia
[across from Schewel's Furniture, DMV, and Harbor Freight Tools]

A grand opening event featuring activities for the entire family, free samples, and promotional specials from each business. Everyone is invited to attend and your support will be greatly appreciated!
Sovah Health announced that Miguel Aguinaga, MD, FACS, has joined its medical staff and will be seeing patients at Sovah Surgical Specialists located at 109 Bridge Street in Danville. Dr. Aguinaga specializes in Thoracic & Vascular Surgery and is a Board-certified Thoracic surgeon.

Dr. Aguinaga received his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Madrid School of Medicine (Madrid, Spain), completed his residency at The Brooklyn Hospital Medical Center (Brooklyn, NY), and completed his fellowship at University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (Little Rock, AR).

As a thoracic and vascular surgeon, Dr. Aguinaga specializes in minimally invasive thoracic surgery, video assisted pulmonary resections, navigation bronchoscopy, open vascular procedures and endovascular surgery, video assisted mediastinal lymphadenectomy, and endovascular aortic aneurysm repair. He is a fellow of The Society of Thoracic Surgeons and the American College of Surgeons.

Accepting new patients and the practice is
Location: 109 Bridge St. Suite 202 in Danville
Contact: 434.792.5964.
The Governor’s Fellows Program is a prestigious opportunity for rising college seniors and recent graduates to get a firsthand look at the executive branch in action. Since 1982, fellows have worked alongside the Governor’s Cabinet and staff, learning about state government and assisting in essential work for the Commonwealth.

During their time in service to the Commonwealth, Governor’s fellows have the opportunity to learn from special guest speakers who are leaders in state government and beyond. Fellows also experience state government on the road, visiting state government agencies and historic sites that have shaped our past and are improving our future.

Qualified applicants must be rising college seniors, graduating seniors, or graduate students. All Virginia college and university students are eligible to apply. Virginia residents who attend out-of-state colleges and universities are also eligible. Both public and private college and university students are encouraged to apply.

Deadline to apply: Sunday, March 27, 2022.
Interviews will begin: Wednesday, March 30, 2022.
Applicants will be advised on decisions beginning: Monday, April 18, 2022.
Program Dates: Monday, May 30, 2022 to Friday, July 29, 2022.
Send the required recommendation letters to the address below:
Governor’s Fellows Program
Post Office Box 2454
Richmond, Virginia 23219

Please email any questions to
IALR - Special Partnership Announcement
New Address:
319 Lynn Street, Danville, Virginia 24541

June 20-24, 2022

Southside Electric Cooperative is accepting applications from current high school juniors for this June's Youth Tour to Williamsburg and the surrounding area.

About 50 students and chaperones from electric cooperatives in Virginia, Maryland and Delaware will see the sights in and around Williamsburg, including Busch Gardens, Jamestown and Yorktown.

Day trips are being planned to Richmond and the Norfolk/Virginia Beach area. Students will hear from state government leaders, learn more about electric cooperatives and make many new friends.

SEC will pay all expenses for its students.

Deadline to apply: Friday, April 1, 2022

Contact: Mark Thomas, senior community relations coordinator at SEC, at 434.645.3276.

SEC - Southside Opportunity Fund will award $1,000 scholarships this spring to high school graduates headed to college or a trade/technical school.

Deadline to apply: Monday, April 18, 2022
Available to students who receive electricity at their homes from SEC.
The scholarships is awarded by the Virginia, Maryland & Delaware Association of Electric Cooperatives Education Scholarship Foundation for students who receive electricity at home from SEC or another electric cooperative.

Students can apply for both scholarships.

Deadline to apply: Friday, April 1, 2022
Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce |
(T) 434.836.6990 | (F) 434.836.6955
150 Slayton Avenue | Danville, VA 24540