The Hampton Roads Chamber was honored to welcome the region’s newest leaders at the annual New Executive Welcome Luncheon on November 1. As the region’s premier pro-business organization, this event offers the opportunity to meet with and celebrate the men and women who have risen to the top of their field this year.
Cherry Bekaert was the event presenting sponsor and managing partner Matt Brady said, “We are excited to welcome the newest leaders who serve our community.” Regent University Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dr. Gerson Moreno-Riano gave the new leaders some advice. “There are no other characteristics more important than humility and service as you take on these new leadership roles. Remember that as you embark as you grow in your positions.”
Hampton Roads Chamber CEO & President Bryan K. Stephens said, “Just as the Chamber is relentless in our pursuit of excellence, the senior leadership we are welcoming today have excelled in their fields and lead Hampton Roads in excellence.”
Chesapeake Mayor Rick West, was honored at last year’s Executive Welcome and this year he was in the audience. “I wanted to be here to show my support to those being honored and to make connections with them. Every single one of the men and women in this program are the leaders I want to know.”
Special thanks to WTKR/News3 Managing Editor and Anchor, Barbara Ciara who was the event’s Mistress of Ceremonies.
The Chamber means business and is proud to honor the business leaders who have grown in their careers here in Hampton Roads.
The ceremony honored leaders from three categories, Municipal, Nonprofit, and Business.
The following men and women were recognized at the 2018 New Executive Welcome:
Steve Best, Chesapeake City Council
Courtney Doyle, Norfolk City Council
Matt Hamel, Chesapeake City Council
Daun Hester, Norfolk City Treasurer
Susan Vitale, Chesapeake City Council
Dr. Mary Kate Andris, YWCA South Hampton Roads
Bill Blake, Albemarle Area United Way
David Byrd, Virginia Stage Company
Stephanie Gorham, Volunteer Hampton Roads
Michele Richards, Tidewater Builders Association
Dr, Melvin Stith, Norfolk State University
Cheryl White, Elizabeth River Trail Foundation
Steve Zollos, Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia
Brad Cance, Cavalier Hotel Virginia Beach, Autograph Collection
Michael Coyle, Wegman’s Town Center Virginia Beach
Stephen Hayes, WTKR/WGNT
Andrew Hodge, Union Bank & Trust
Jeremy Lamm, XDRA Health Solutions
Dave Paradise, Dollar Bank
Toni Pinto, Renaissance Portsmouth-Norfolk Waterfront
Marisa Porto, Virginia Media
Edward Putney, Virginia Commonwealth Bank
Kevin Thorstenson, Norfolk Hilton | The Main
Glenn Tuckman, Gold Key|PHR
Tom White, Virginia Media
Doug Wilson, Elizabeth River Crossings
Don Winchester, PNC
Thank you to our New Executive Welcome Sponsors: Cherry Bekaert LLP, Presenting Sponsor; Regent University, Host Sponsor; Langley Federal Credit Union, Member Spotlight Sponsor; Old Point National Bank and Hampton Roads Workforce Council, Gold Sponsors; Inside Business and WTKR News3, Media Sponsors; Virginia Beach Convention Center, BB&T, Union Bank & Trust and Norfolk State University, Table Sponsors; Chesapeake Regional Healthcare and SimIS, Inc, Program Sponsors.