Chamber of Commerce Launches 2012 Leadership Charlottesville Class

The Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce today announced that forty (40) citizen participants from a diverse range of Chamber member businesses and civic organizations will make up the Chamber�s Leadership Charlottesville Class of 2012.

The Chamber established Leadership Charlottesville, a community leadership development program, in 1982 as a Chamber economic development initiative.  Leadership Charlottesville has been sustained as a signature Chamber program since, to help serve Chamber member enterprises in an effort to help improve our community�s economic vitality and quality of life by building a reservoir of engaged dedicated civic leaders.   Since 1982, the Chamber has graduated more than 700 area citizens from Leadership Charlottesville.  A list of the 2012 Leadership Charlottesville class is attached.

�This Leadership Charlottesville Class of 2012 � our largest ever � will mark 30 years of this successful signature Chamber program,� said Robert P. Hodous, partner at Payne & Hodous, who serves as 2011 Chairman of the Chamber Board of Directors.  �Our Chamber�s and our member enterprises� sustained commitment to Leadership Charlottesville is testament to this excellent community building initiative.  We congratulate and welcome the incoming class.�

The United Way � Thomas Jefferson Area remains a lead partner with the Chamber in an enhanced program partnership and in a lead underwriting support role for Leadership Charlottesville.  In addition, this year, Klockner Pentaplast is also a Leadership Charlottesville lead underwriter.  Thirteen other enterprises also are providing various levels of financial support to the program.

Leadership Charlottesville is conducted by Jann Ross, the Chamber�s Director of Member Education Services and Director of Leadership Charlottesville.

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.  Founded in 1913, today the Chamber has 1,000 member enterprises.  Chamber member enterprises employ more than 45,000 men and women in the Charlottesville region, representing an estimated total payroll of more than $1.3 billion a year.

Leadership Charlottesville � Class of 2012

Shannon Banks: Barrett Early Learning Center
Christopher Brubaker: Hantzmon Wiebel, LLP
Kurt Burkhart: Charlottesville Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau
Brian Craddock: Feil, Pettit & Williams, PLC
Scott Croonquist: University of Virginia Health System
Sara Damron: Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission/Rideshare
Jason Daniel: Dominion Digital
Benjamin Eppard: Madison House
Ron Foster: Klockner Pentaplast of America
Steve Gaines: Monticello Media
Bret Garrison: The Boar�s Head Inn Sports Club
Robin Grimes: State Farm Insurance
Frank Grosch: Park Meigs Development Co.
Khristina Hammill: City of Charlottesville
Rebecca Hryvniak: Scott Kroner PLC
Mary Huffard Kegley: Albemarle County Public Schools
Tiffany Keys: Wachovia Bank a Wells Fargo Company
Elyta Koh: UVA School of Nursing
Drew Lawrence: Piedmont Virginia Companies
Louis Lopez III: Milestone Partners
Chad Martin: The Daily Progress
Michael Merriam: University of Virginia Facilities Management
James Milham: Stonewall Jackson Area Council, Boy Scouts of America
Robert Morris: Performance Signs LLC
Ashleigh Owens: LexisNexis
Melissa Poelling: ACAC Fitness & Wellness Centers
Stephen Purdy: Innovative Insurance Solutions, LTD
Kelvin Reid: Albemarle County Public Schools
Stephen Rilee: BB&T
Shivaji Samanta: Piedmont Virginia Community College
Daniel Schutte: Charlottesville Newsplex
Jason Seiden: MichieHamlett Attorneys at Law
Jennie Shuklis: FOCUS Women�s Resource Center
William (Sandy) Stuart III: McLean Faulconer Inc.
Gordon Sutton: Tiger Fuel Co.
Martha Trujillo: United Way-Thomas Jefferson Area
Matthew Warne: City of Charlottesville Fire Department
Valerie Washington: Alzheimer�s Association Central & Western Virginia
Amy Wicks-Horn: The Virginia Discovery Museum
Sara Wilson: Omni Charlottesville Hotel

Class of 2011 Community Support

United Way � Thomas Jefferson Area (& Program Partner)
Klockner Pentaplast of America, Inc.                             

Leadership Charlottesville Alumni Association
State Farm Insurance

Hantzmon Wiebel, LLP
University of Virginia

Barb Wired LLC
MartinWren PC
Michie Hamlett Attorneys at Law
The Daily Progress
Union First Market Bank

Falls River Center
Omni Charlottesville Hotel
Westminster-Canterbury of the Blue Ridge

Our Mission

The Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to representing private enterprise, promoting business, and enhancing the quality of life in our Greater Charlottesville communities.