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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
Volunteer Hampton Roads and Hampton Roads Chamber Partner to Boost Corporate Volunteerism
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.
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.
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.
757 Is More Than an Area Code
757 is much more than an area code!
Chamber and business community support United Way
I am proud and humbled to serve as both the president and CEO of the Hampton Roads Chamber and as a board member for the United Way of South Hampton Roads.
Protect right to work
For 72 years, Virginia has remained a right-to-work state, guaranteeing that no person can be required to, as a condition of employment, join or pay dues to a labor union.
Hispanics are helping to shape the Hampton Roads economy
Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 by celebrating the contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America and South America.
Opioid abuse exacting an economic toll
Thousands of able-bodied workers have vanished from the labor market as a result of our generation’s worst public health crisis. It is imperative that employers take notice and take action.
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