The Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce today announced that Joyce W. Robbins, CSP, founder and President of Robbins Staffing Solutions, Inc., will receive the Chamber’s annual Paul Goodloe McIntire Citizenship Award at the 105th Annual Chamber Dinner on Wednesday evening, November 14th, at the Boar’s Head Resort in Charlottesville.
The 105th Annual Chamber Dinner – underwritten by Ting, CFA Institute, Hantzmon Wiebel LLP, and Boar’s Head Resort – is the region’s premier business event, the showcase of business & civic leadership and achievement in our communities. The Annual Chamber Dinner attracts approximately 400 business and civic leaders from throughout Greater Charlottesville.
During the dinner, the Chamber will again award its prestigious annual Paul Goodloe McIntire Citizenship Award – the 44th Chamber McIntire Award presentation. The Chamber of Commerce established this award in 1975 to recognize outstanding citizen contributions to the Greater Charlottesville area. The Chamber’s award is named in honor of Paul Goodloe McIntire, “… whose good will set a standard of service that others through the years have reached for while helping to weave a fabric of selflessness that continues to provide for our community and its citizens.”
Past recipients of the McIntire Award include Kurt Krueger (2017), William Kehoe (2016), Dr. Marcus Martin (2015), and Cathy Smith Train (2014).
“We are pleased to present this year’s McIntire Award to a universally admired local businesswoman who has touched countless lives through her work as well as her community involvement,” said Joe Raichel, Chairman of the Chamber Recognitions Committee and 2017 Chairman of the Chamber Board. “Joyce has generously given her time and energy to the Chamber along with many other local organizations, and it’s a privilege to honor her in this way.”
Robbins has served numerous organizations including as a Board Member of The United Way, Thomas Jefferson Area, The Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Advisory Board of BB&T Bank, the Paramount Theatre, The American Heart Association and others. She served as President of the Albemarle County Human Resources Association, the Virginia Staffing Association and the Central Virginia American Marketing Association. She is a proud member of the American Staffing Association.
“Charlottesville is my home, and I love to give back to the community,” Robbins said. “I personally give the Chamber credit for helping me to build two businesses from scratch and two others almost from the ground up. It was my connections and opportunities through the Chamber that opened so many doors and made my journey successful.”
The 105th Annual Chamber Dinner, held in the Pavilion Ballroom at the Boar’s Head Resort, begins with a cocktail reception at 5:30PM. The dinner service “bell” will ring at approximately 6:30PM and the keynote presentation will begin at 7:45PM.
James E. Ryan, the newly inaugurated president of the University of Virginia, will deliver the keynote address. Ryan, former dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, is an insightful scholar and engaging speaker whose commencement speech entitled “Wait, What?” became a viral sensation and later a New York Times bestselling book.
Tickets to the 2018 Annual Chamber Dinner are available on-line at www.cvillechamber.com. The cost to attend is $115 for Chamber members and their guests, $150 for non-Chamber members; a limited number of “Chairman’s Circle” dinner sponsor tables of eight (8) are available to Chamber member enterprises at $1,300.
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. Founded in 1913, today more than 1,200 Chamber member and affiliate member enterprises employ more than 45,000 people in our community, generating a total payroll of more than $1.75 billion each year.