Fredericksburg Regional Chamber Kicks Off Centennial Year

by | Jan 31, 2016 | Business

Photo of the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors at the centennial ribbon cutting was provided by the chamber.

The Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce kicked off its centennial celebration with a ribbon cutting and open house on Tuesday, Jan 26, 2016.

Chartered in 1916, the Fredericksburg Chamber of Commerce was formed to bring more business to the Fredericksburg area. “A group of businessmen created the financial means to purchase land, recruit businesses and trade, and capitalize on the local railroad,” said Susan Spears, chamber president and CEO.

Since then, the chamber has gone through several name changes. It was originally called Fredericksburg Businessmen’s Association, and later Fredericksburg Chamber of Commerce.

When Stafford and Spotsylvania counties joined, the name changed to Fredericksburg-Stafford-Spotsylvania Chamber of Commerce.

The present name — Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce — was adopted in 1995 to reflect representation of all localities in Planning District 16, which includes Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, Stafford, Caroline and King George.

2016 Board of Directors
– Bill Hession, Chair, Lockheed Martin
– J.R. Flatter, Vice Chair, Flatter & Associates
– Greg Calvert, Immediate Past Chair, Kloke Group
– Shawn Sloan, Treasurer, The Media Partners, LLC
– Susan Spears, President & CEO, Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce
– Margaret Hardy, Legal Counsel, Sands Anderson
– Brian Baker, UMW Center for Economic Development
– Michelle Caldwell-Thompson, CTI Real Estate
– Eric Fletcher, Mary Washington Healthcare
– Adam Fried, Atlantic Builders, Ltd.
– Paul Giambra, Quarles Petroleum, Inc.
– Kathy Hoffman, Mary Kay Cosmetics
– Ron Holmes, Holmes, Riley & Assoc. of Merrill Lynch
– Stacy Horne, Allstate
– Rob Dodd, Jr., DLR Contracting Inc.
– Greg Madsen, Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center
– Dr. David Sam, Germanna Community College
– Janel Donahue, Rappahannock United Way
– Deirdre Powell White, DPW Training & Associates
– Mike Fidgeon, Pathways Human Services
– Kevin Fastbend, Virginia Partners Bank

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