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Bryan K. Stephens
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Bryan K. Stephens
Bryan K. Stephens is President & CEO of the Hampton Roads Chamber.

Mr. Stephens returned to Hampton Roads in 2013 with extensive leadership and business experience having most recently served as President & CEO of Kalmar LLC in San Antonio, Texas; a $250M/year major manufacturer of material handling equipment.  As President & CEO Mr. Stephens led the entire spectrum of research and development, product improvement, marketing, sales, supply chain management, production, quality control, distribution, and aftermarket parts, servicing and maintenance of Kalmar’s products worldwide. 

Prior to Kalmar, Mr. Stephens served as Vice President of Military Programs for Allison Transmission, Inc. in Indianapolis, Indiana; the largest manufacturer of military transmissions in the world.  Before leaving Hampton Roads, Mr. Stephens served as a Senior Account for SAIC in Suffolk, Virginia where he supported USJFCOM and U.S. Army TRADOC. 

Mr. Stephens, a retired Colonel in the U.S. Army, served in a variety of progressive leadership roles over a distinguished 28-year career.  His last assignments included Infantry Brigade Commander and Division Chief of Staff for the 10th Mountain Division (LI) and Chief of Operations and Chief of Staff at the Joint Warfighting Center, USJFCOM in Suffolk, Virginia.  His military qualifications include Airborne, Ranger, Pathfinder, Air Assault and Joint Staff Officer.

Coming from a military family, Mr. Stephens is a graduate of West Virginia University with a degree in Political Science.  He also received a Master of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania and a Master of Business Administration from Golden Gate University in San Francisco, California.

Posts by Bryan K. Stephens
A Case for Faith, Now More than Ever
Hampton Roads Chamber Chats - RVA757 Connects with guest, John Martin.
Hampton Roads Chamber Chats Premiere!
Welcome to Episode 1 of the Hampton Roads Chamber Chats featuring Bryan Stephens and Steve Romine
Veterans Day 2020
This Veterans Day, we urge you to pause to recognize the men and women who served in the United States Armed Forces. And then truly honor our nation’s veterans by hiring them.
Atlantic Coast Pipeline
As the CEO of the Hampton Roads Chamber, my daily mission, and my constant focus, is to look for every means possible to set the conditions for businesses to succeed and bring good jobs and economic growth to our region. That means ensuring we have a well-trained and job-ready workforce, supporting policies that will improve our transportation system, and advocating for investments in infrastructure projects that are crucial to attracting new employers and helping existing businesses expand. Infrastructure projects that increase our access to reliable, affordable supplies of energy are among the most critical that the Chamber supports. That’s why I am pleased by a recent common-sense ruling from the Supreme Court of the United States that will allow our region to take a major step forward in that effort.
Let’s Pivot to the Positive and Start Re-Opening Businesses
Small businesses are the backbone of our Nation, our Commonwealth, and our region's economy. Often described as the "Engine that moves America," small businesses make up over eighty-five percent of our Chambers' member companies. Unfortunately, right now, they are dealing with extreme and unprecedented challenges which are quickly becoming unsustainable.
State Legislators Should Pause and Amend Key Legislation in Upcoming Reconvened Session
As we enter another week of Virginia’s State of Emergency related to containing the spread of the coronavirus, COVID-19, Virginia is facing an economic crisis in unprecedented proportions.
Going From Disaster to Growth
The COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic has wreaked havoc throughout the small business community in the region’s 18 cities and counties. Recovery from the tremendous damage that has been inflicted is a long-term process.
Virginia can’t let wind opportunity blow by
We need clear policies and investments from state leaders to keep Virginia relevant (photo taken from Virginian Pilot)
Regionalism Not Partisanship
Bryan K. Stephens spoke with Hampton Roads Weekly magazine.
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