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Chamber to Present 2015 Hovey Dabney Award for Corporate Citizenship to Virginia National Bank at Chamber Annual Membership Meeting & Business Luncheon – February 26th at Holiday Inn – Emmet Street

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(Charlottesville, Virginia – February 9) The Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce today announced that it will present its 2015 Hovey S. Dabney Award for Corporate Citizenship to Virginia National Bank, before a gathering of business and community leaders attending the Annual Chamber Membership Meeting & Business Luncheon held at the Holiday Inn – Emmet Street on Thursday, February 26th.

“Our Chamber is pleased to present the Hovey S Dabney Award to Virginia National Bank. VNB epitomizes what a community bank should be, “ said Dr. Frank Friedman, President of Piedmont Virginia Community College, Immediate Past Chairman of the Chamber Board, and Chairman of the Hovey S. Dabney Award for Corporate Citizenship Selection Committee. “VNB’s leaders and employees are an integral part of our community, supporting numerous causes and events with their time, talent and financial support. They truly live up to their motto, ‘It’s all about people and always will be.’ Congratulations to VNB for helping to make our Charlottesville community a great place to live and work.

The Annual Chamber Membership Meeting, underwritten by Virginia National Bank and R.E. Lee Companies, is regularly attended by more than 200 business & civic leaders. The meeting and luncheon at the Holiday Inn – Emmet Street, will begin at 11:30AM. Prior to the award presentation, Chad Zakaib, Vice President of Operations for Legacy Hospice, who serves as the 2015 Chairman of the Chamber Board of Directors, will lead a group of Chamber officers in presenting the 2015 Annual Chamber Report to the Chamber membership and business and civic leadership. Mr. Elliott Weiss, Professor of Business Administration at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business, author of The Lean Anthology and over 175 case articles on operations management, and international business consultant, will address the Chamber members on management & operational innovations from businesses around the nation.

The Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce established the Hovey S. Dabney Award for Corporate Citizenship in 2005 to recognize outstanding examples of corporate citizenship in the Greater Charlottesville communities. This Chamber Award is established and named in honor of the late Hovey S. Dabney, a distinguished business leader and citizen in the Greater Charlottesville area, the Commonwealth of Virginia and our nation. The Chamber Hovey S. Dabney Award for Corporate Citizenship is underwritten through the generosity of Hunter E. Craig, W. K. Heischman and Ivo Romenesko.

Virginia National Bank, was founded by Charlottesville-area investors in 1998. It is locally-based, governed and managed with local Directors and many local stockholders. Today, VNB, a $1billion local enterprise, holds more than $600 million in deposits and loans more than $300 million annually to local citizens and businesses. VNB does the bulk of its purchasing and contracting with area businesses; evidenced by its recent construction / remodeling work at its Pantops headquarters with R. E. Lee Companies.

Virginia National Bank provides its workforce with generous employee benefits and encourages all of its employees to get involved and engaged in numerous civic organizations and initiatives. VNB offers its employees many opportunities to advance their education and training including regular participation in the Chamber’s signature Leadership Charlottesville program.

VNB supports numerous civic & charitable organizations and initiatives. VNB employees serve on many area organizations’ Boards of Directors, including VNB President & CEO Glenn Rust’s service on the Chamber Board of Directors and his and other VNB employee service on the Boards of the Boys & Girls Club, Hospice of the Piedmont, Charlottesville-Albemarle Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, The Paramount Theater, The Senior Center, United Way – Thomas Jefferson Area and many, many more.

The bank was a founding investor and is a continuing investor in the Central Virginia Partnership for Economic Development. Also, annually, VNB averages sixty sponsorships of community nonprofit events. In addition to underwriting the Annual Chamber Membership Meeting an Luncheon, VNB is also sponsoring the upcoming February 28th inaugural Grand Gala to benefit The Senior Center, both events later this month.

The 2015 Chamber Hovey S. Dabney Award Selection Committee, in addition to Dr. Friedman as Committee Chairman, includes: Martin Burks, III, Alison DeTuncq, Adrian Felts, Michael Guthrie, Timothy Hulbert, Robert Pflugfelder, Ivo Romenesko, Erika Viccellio and Chad Zakaib.

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. The Chamber’s more than 1,200 member and affiliate member enterprises employ more than 45,000 people in our community, representing an estimated total payroll of more than $1.75 billion a year.


Hovey S. Dabney Award for Corporate Citizenship Criteria

The Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce established the Hovey S. Dabney Award for Corporate Citizenship in 2005 to recognize outstanding examples of corporate citizenship in our Greater Charlottesville communities.

This Chamber Award is established and named in honor of Hovey S. Dabney, a distinguished business leader and citizen in our Greater Charlottesville area, the Commonwealth of Virginia and our nation.

The Chamber Hovey S. Dabney Award for Corporate Citizenship recipient is a Chamber member enterprise within the Greater Charlottesville area that is known for:

  • engaging in sound, successful business or professional practice and presence in our Greater Charlottesville communities and being a ready and good business partner with other community businesses;
  • investing directly in the economic, cultural and humanitarian advancement of our Greater Charlottesville communities and its culture;
  • pursuing a positive and healthy work environment for its employees and encouraging and supporting its employees and their families to participate in and support, our community’s activities, organizations and institutions; and,
  • inspiring other corporate citizenship by example.

The Chamber Hovey S. Dabney Award for Corporate Citizenship is underwritten through the generosity of Hunter E. Craig, W. K. Heischman and Ivo Romenesko.


Hovey S. Dabney Award for Corporate Citizenship Recipients

 Virginia National Bank • 2015
Crutchfield Corporation • 2014
Carter Myers Automotive • 2013
Martha Jefferson Hospital • 2012
The Daily Progress • 2011
Pepsi-Cola Bottling of Central Virginia • 2010
Martin Horn, Inc. • 2009
Better Living, Inc. • 2008
State Farm Insurance Companies • 2007
McGuireWoods • 2006
Hantzmon, Wiebel & Company • 2005

 

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