(Charlottesville, Virginia – January 4) As of January 1st, Adrian Felts, Chief Operations Officer of Centridian, LLC, has assumed the office of 2016 Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Felts succeeds Chad Zakaib, Vice President of Operations for Legacy Hospice, who served as 2015 Chairman of the Chamber Board. The Chamber Board of Directors will hold its 2016 organizational meeting later this month.
“I am honored to have been selected to serve as the 2016 Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce,” Mr. Felts said. “The Chamber has a history of outstanding Board Chairs including recent local leaders; Chad Zakaib, Dr. Frank Friedman, Valerie Long, Patricia Cluff, Bob Hodous, Rod Gentry and Chris Lee to name a few. I will strive to emulate the integrity, vision and leadership of these and other past Chairs.”
“Our Chamber serves our more than 1,200 member and affiliate member enterprises through our large and active business network;” Mr. Felts continued, “by being their advocate in civic matters; and, by launching initiatives such as our Charlottesville Works Initiative to continue to help create thriving businesses that create jobs which pay wages that enable our neighbor families to attain an enhanced the quality of life in our Greater Charlottesville region. Economic vitality and growth lead to individual opportunity which promotes a stronger community.”
Also serving with Mr. Felts on the Chamber Executive Committee are: Mr. Zakaib, Past Chairman of the Board (2015); Joseph Raichel, Wells Fargo, First Vice Chairman of the Board; Martin Burks, III, J.F. Bell Funeral Home, Vice Chairman – Member Service; Kristina Hofmann, Payne & Hodous, Vice Chairwoman – Economic Vitality; Robert Pflugfelder, Pepsi-Cola Bottling of Central Virginia, Vice Chairman – Finance; and Timothy Hulbert, IOM, Chamber President & chief executive.
Other members of the Chamber Board of Directors include: Simone Alley, CenturyLink; Charlie Armstrong, Southern Development; Stuart Armstrong, Armstrong Consulting; Paul Beyer, R.L. Beyer Construction; Liza Borches, Volvo of Charlottesville / CMA Automotive; Anne Brown, American National University; Keely Byars, The Daily Progress; Peter Caramanis, Royer, Caramanis & McDonough; Alison DeTuncq, UVA Community Credit Union; Michael Guthrie, Roy Wheeler Realty Company; Stephen Horan, CFA Institute; Cass Kawecki, CBRE – Charlottesville; Kevin Leibl, Advanced Network Systems; Charles Rotgin, Great Eastern Management Company; Joseph Sabol, Klockner Pentaplast; Dr. Teresa Sullivan, University of Virginia; Erika Viccellio, United Way – Thomas Jefferson Area; and, Brinson White, Blue Ridge Title.
The Chamber Board of Directors is the governing body of the Chamber, a private non-profit corporation incorporated in 1913.
The Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to representing private enterprise, promoting business and enhancing the quality of life in the Greater Charlottesville communities. The Chamber’s more than 1,200 member & affiliate member enterprises employ more than 45,000 men and women in the Greater Charlottesville region, representing an estimated total payroll of more than $1.75 billion a year.