On October 22nd, The Hampton Roads Chamber hosted the annual BRAVO! A Celebration of Leadership event to honor Hampton Roads First Citizen, the Julian Hirst Award and to celebrate the LEAD Hampton Roads Signature 2020 Class.
Retired Virginia Beach Police Chief Jim Cervera was honored at the event with the Julian Hirst Award. The Julian Hirst Award is the highest honor bestowed on a LEAD Hampton Roads Alumni. Named in honor of a beloved founder of LEAD, this award recognizes a graduate who exemplifies excellence in community and professional leadership. Upon accepting his award, Jim Cervera highlighted the correlation between having a thriving business community and public safety. Cervera also spoke on the future of training in the police force. “It is time to take our young officers and insist on higher education and higher training. Every social problem is easily fixed with more police training. We will be at the forefront of a lot of these social issues happening,” said Cervera.
Old Dominion President John Broderick was honored with the First Citizen of the Year Award, an award that recognizes and celebrates a leader whose tireless efforts have led our region into fruitful partnerships and greater prosperity. Broderick is the longest-serving President in ODU’s history, and is known for his reputation of being friendly and approachable, but also tireless in the insistence on forging progress for ODU. Broderick accepted the award and thanked the Hampton Roads Chamber, citing that the collaboration between Old Dominion and the business community is invaluable and key to the success of not just ODU, but the community as a whole.
Congratulations to Jim Cervera and John Broderick. Thank you for your leadership in the Hampton Roads Community.
The event also celebrated the graduation of the LEAD Hampton Roads Class of 2020. The class chose Angela Lombardi to speak on their behalf. She spoke on the experiences they shared, and how they all remained committed to the program virtually during the pandemic. She shared a heartfelt story of how the class visited the Food Bank and learned that food insecurity is an issue impacting Hampton Roads. With the pandemic, food insecurity increased. Children who often rely on nutritious meals from school found themselves home without access to nutritious meals. This issue spoke to the LEAD class, so they dedicated their time and talents to raise $10,230 for the food bank as their class project during the pandemic.
Congratulations to the LEAD Hampton Roads Class of 2020.
Jana Allen-Bishop, College of William and Mary
Katina Barnes, Tidewater Community College
Angela Blue, Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore
Trish Blue, Cherry Bekaert, LLP
Jacob “Jake” Brandspigel, STIHL Inc.
Lauren Ciampoli, Junior Achievement of Greater Hampton Roads
Rahul Dharni, Raytheon Technologies
Benjamin “Ben” Equitan, Ramiscal Equitan Advisors, LLC
Renee Felts, Old Dominion Energy
Kacy Futrell, Hampton Economic Development
Jonathan V. Gallo, Vandeventer Black, LLP
John Garrett, TowneBank
Erin Girardi, Hampton Roads Sanitation District
Anthony “Tony” Goodwin, G&A Marketing
Ron Green, Virginia Port Authority, Port of Virginia
Amy Grom, Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division, Dam Neck Activity
Maureen Grover, Southern Bank and Trust Company
Jessica Hayes, Wolcott, Rivers, Gates
Ian Johnston, Clark Nexsen
Tara Jones, Fulton Bank
Lacy Kuller, Chesapeake Humane Society
Angela “Angie” Lombardi, The Franklin Johnston Group
Amy Mallinson, Virginia Beach Schools Federal Credit Union
Mavis McKenley, AMG National Trust Company
Leila Mills, Phillips & Peters, PLLC
Susan Murphy, SunTrust Bank
Sheridan Nelson, Abyssinia Baptist Church
Sherri Parsons, Parsons Real Estate Group
Geoffrey “Geoff” Poston, Cushman & Wakefield, Thalhimer
Matthew “Scott” Price, Old Point National Bank
Samuel “Sam” Rapoport, S.L. Nusbaum Realty, Co.
Colby Raymond, Tidewater Home Funding
Damian Seitz, Clark Nexsen
Lauren Sloan, Franklin Southhampton Economic Development
Maury “Andrew” Stone, Jr., Beacon Harbor Wealth Advisors
William “Matt” Tuttle, Total Business Solutions, Inc.
Hunter Walsh, Hampton Roads Chamber
Terri Washington, Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast
Emily Webb, Eastern Virginia Medical School
Catherine Williamson, VisitNorfolk
Ashley Woodous Dale, ACCESS College Foundation
Alec Yuzhbabenko, Hanbury Architects
Steve Zollos, Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia
Special thank you to our sponsors, TowneBank and Clark Nexsen for making this event possible.