Business Summit

Position your brand in front of business leaders, entrepreneurs and economic drivers at this half-day business and economic conference. Previously, the ‘Economic Summit,’ this event now features business workshops and economic updates brought to you by local leaders and influential speakers. The 2018 Business Summit will be held at Virginia Western Community College on Thursday, May 17.

GO Virginia Update

Go Virginia Region 2 Council Member Ab Boxley will kick off Business Summit with an update on the economic development initiative that is changing the way Virginia’s diverse regions collaborate on economic and workforce development activities.

Is that legal?

Stay tuned! We’ll have more information about this session with Woods Rogers Principal Michael Gardner soon.

Manage your work, manage your life

Greg Brock, Founder & CEO, FireFli
Robyn Goodpasture, Nutrition Support Consultant, Fit Body Boot Camps
Jeff Smith, CEO, Voltage Leadership Consulting

These days, work-life balance can seem like an impossible feat. With email, social media and today’s technology, it can be hard to separate life inside and outside the office. In fact, a recent study by Family Living Today and NowSourcing ranks the United States 30th out of 38 countries who have positive work-life balance.

This panel discussion will cover the affect company culture has on work-life balance, how a positive work-life balance can help you become more motivated and less stressed at work, and tips on how you can find the balance that’s right for you.

I hate networking

Christine Kennedy, Leadership & Life Purpose Coach and COO/Executive Vice President, Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance

How many times have you found yourself at a networking event scanning a room full of strangers for someone who looks even vaguely familiar? Do you stand in the back of the room thinking you’d much rather be at home with your dog? So you hate networking, but let’s face it, networking is important. In this session, you’ll learn how to make introductions that matter, talk about yourself in an engaging, memorable way and how to make every opportunity to connect count.

Economic Analysis presented by Wells Fargo

Receive the latest US and Virginia economic outlook from Wells Fargo Securities Vice President and Economists Charlie Dougherty.

Rode through an economy on a brand with no name

Daniel Bliley, Senior Marketing Leader, Trane / Ingersoll Rand

Do brands matter anymore? Macro-economic trends and customer fatigue have created challenges for brands to compete today. With rapidly changing market conditions and an unprecedented competitive landscape, can companies regain control of the brand and win? Or is a whole new era of branding taking shape? In this session we’ll explore the evolution of brands and how to strategically position your company for success through the lens of several industries and companies.

Pathways to developing talent

Caitlin Codella, Senior Director of Public Policy and Programs, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation
Dr. Megan Healy, Chief Workforce Advisor to the Governor

During this session Caitlin and Megan will explore the business case for K-12 education, career readiness, state credentialing programs, community college systems and more. You’ll also have the opportunity to ask our speakers questions.

 

 

Daniel Bliley, Senior Marketing Leader, Trane/Ingersoll Rand

Daniel Bliley is a national award-winning marketing executive with over 15 years of experience working on brand and market strategies in the automotive, healthcare, banking, sports, mobile technology, and building solution industries. He currently oversees marketing strategy for a multi-billion dollar portfolio of products at Ingersoll Rand. Bliley graduated from the University of Virginia and holds his master’s degree in Marketing Management from New England College. He is the 2014 American Advertising Federation Western Virginia Ad Person of the Year for his work at Member One FCU in Roanoke.

 

Abney S. Boxley, III, Council Member, GO Virginia Region 2, President & CEO, Boxley Materials Company

Abney is a member of the World President’s Organization, a director for RGC Resources, Pinnacle Financial Partners and Carilion Clinic, and a Carilion Foundation board member. He is a member of the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association board and is a trustee of The Episcopal High School in Alexandria, VA. He received his B.A. in economics from Washington & Lee University and his M.B.A. from the University of Virginia. Abney has also been active in youth sports, coaching baseball, basketball and football for Greater Southwest Athletics in Roanoke City.

 

Greg Brock, Founder & CEO, Firefli

A graduate of Virginia Tech, Greg founded Firefli with the goal of creating a culture-driven environment where employees come first, not necessarily the clients. This model has helped their firm grow to national recognition by attracting some of the best talent in their industry. In addition to a recent mention by Forbes, Firefli has also been recognized alongside CNN, Hubspot, and Time Warner Cable by The Webby Awards, the leading international awards honoring excellence on the Internet.

Prior to Firefli, Greg spent 15 years at WDBJ7 CBS Television in Roanoke serving in various roles. During the latter part of his career at the station, Greg helped lead the company through the transition into digital media. By sampling some of the good practices of corporate America while leaving the bad behind, Firefli was born out of the fundamental need that people seek a healthy work-life balance.

 

Caitlin Codella, Senior Director of Policy & Programs, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation (USCCF) Center for Education and Workforce

Caitlin develops and manages USCCF’s programs for early childhood education and K–12 education as well as leads the center’s commitment to college- and career- readiness. She also builds coalitions with other nonprofit organizations, chambers of commerce, and businesses.

Previously, Caitlin worked as a program manager for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Corporate Citizenship Center, a 501(c)3 nonprofit affiliate dedicated to advancing the positive role of business in society. Before that, she worked on Capitol Hill for Congressman Doug Lamborn (R-CO). Caitlin started her career as a social work case manager at UPMC in Erie, Pennsylvania.

 

Charlie Dougherty, Vice President & Economist, Wells Fargo Securities

Based in Charlotte, N.C., Charlie covers the commercial real estate, housing, and construction sectors of the U.S. regional and macro economy. He regularly writes indicator reports, produces special commentary, and contributes to the company’s Weekly Economic & Financial Commentary. His commentary on the regional and U.S. economy has been featured in various regional and national media publications, including Bloomberg News and the Washington Post.

Prior to joining Wells Fargo in 2017, Charlie worked as a regional economist and consultant for IHS Markit and more recently for CertainTeed, one of the largest building product manufacturers in North America.

 

Michael GardnerMichael P. Gardner, Principal, Woods Rogers

Mike  is a principal in the firm’s Labor and Employment, Appellate and Litigation groups. He handles a wide variety of matters ranging from compliance with federal employment and labor laws, such as the Fair Labor Standards Act, to insurance coverage disputes, non-compete litigation and commercial torts.

Mike is an active member of the Rotary Club of the Blue Ridge – New Generations, which works to assist underserved youth in the Roanoke Valley. He is also the past Legislative Chair for the Roanoke Valley Society for Human Resource Management and is a Chair Elect for the Young Lawyers Division of the Virginia Bar Association. In his time at Washington and Lee University School of Law, Mike earned the position of Lead Articles Editor on the Washington and Lee Law Review, won First Place in the Appellate Advocacy Competition and placed fourth in the Nation in the American Bar Association’s Negotiation Competition.

 

Robyn Goodpasture, Independent Nutrition Support Consultant, Fit Body Boot Camps in southwest and central Virginia

Robyn is a wife, mother of three teenagers, and serial entrepreneur who has a love for fitness, nutrition, leadership, and personal growth. Having been in the beauty and fitness business since 1998, and personally and professionally having dealt with the mass flood of nutrition, fitness programs, and technology, it is her opinion that it is actually harder to deal with and understand life balance and health. Since 2017, Robyn has incorporated techniques both personally and has helped hundreds of clients as well take better control of their health, their time and their life.

 

Dr. Megan Healy, Chief Workforce Advisor to the Governor

As the Commonwealth’s highest ranking workforce officer, Dr. Healy oversees a range of regional, state, and federal programs that connect Virginians to the skills, training, and opportunities they need to thrive in the 21st century economy. In addition to her partners within government, she works closely with Virginia’s labor and business communities to identify and fill vacant jobs in high demand sectors including IT, healthcare, and energy.

Having started her career as science professor at Patrick Henry Community College in Martinsville, Dr. Healy keenly appreciates how education can change lives and communities. Prior to joining the Northam administration, she served as Virginia’s first Director of STEM-H under Governor McAuliffe before returning to the Virginia Community College System as Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academics. Dr. Megan Healy is a proud product of Virginia’s public schools, holding a bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech, a master’s from Virginia Commonwealth University, and a doctorate from Old Dominion University.

 

Christine KennedyChristine Kennedy, Leadership & Life Purpose Coach and COO/Executive Vice President, Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance

Christine brings a straightforward yet supportive approach to her clients and specializes in working with individuals who need direction, clarity or feel like they’re in a “holding pattern” in some area of their life.

Her diverse background includes customer service, sales, leadership and non-profit management and ministry — enabling her to relate to a wide array of clients and situations.

She is responsible for many workforce and economic development initiatives at the Alliance including the nationally award winning Leadership Lynchburg program which trains and equips high potential leaders from organizations throughout the region. Prior to her role at the Alliance, with her leadership, the Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance succeeded with several visible projects in the region including the implementation of additional Amtrak Service to DC, starting the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (the first in the state of Virginia) and the Work Healthy Coalition and earning five star accreditation with the US Chamber, just to name a few.

 

Jeff Smith, CEO, Voltage Leadership Consulting

Since 2001, Jeff has been an executive coach to management and leadership professionals in both for profit and not-for-profit organizations. Working for Capital One and Carilion Clinic, he brings over 25 years of experience working as an executive in human resources and operations roles leading: operations, human resources, and merger and acquisition efforts. He uses a collaborative approach with his clients to help them determine their vision and then identify a plan to help them achieve their full potential in their professional and personal lives.

Jeff is married to Beth and they have 4 children: Olivia, Caroline, Philip and Henry ranging in ages from 11 to 18 years old. He enjoys time with family, all JMU sports, the Atlanta Braves, and runs marathons in his spare time.

7:30 a.m.
Registration and Breakfast
8:00 a.m.
Welcome
8:05 a.m.
GO Virginia Update
Abney Boxley, Council Member, GO Virginia Region 2 
8:35 a.m.
Break
8:45 a.m.
Breakout session of your choice
 
1) Is that legal?
Michael P. Gardner, Principal, Woods Rogers
 
2) Manage your work, manage your life
Greg Brock, Founder & CEO, FireFli 
Robyn Goodpasture, Nutrition Support Consultant, Fit Body Boot Camps

Jeff Smith, CEO, Voltage Leadership Consulting

9:35 a.m.
Break
9:45 a.m.
Economic Analysis presented by Wells Fargo
Charlie Dougherty, Vice President & Economist, Wells Fargo Securities
10:35 a.m.
Break
10:45 a.m.
Breakout session of your choice
 
1) Christine Kennedy, Leadership & Life Purpose Coach and
COO/Executive Vice President, Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance
 
2) Rode through an economy on a brand with no name
Daniel Bliley, Senior Marketing Leader, Trane/Ingersoll Rand
11:40 a.m.
Pathways to developing talent
Caitlin Codella, Senior Director of Policy & Programs, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation
Dr. Megan Healy, Chief Workforce Advisor to the Governor
12:45 p.m.
Lunch
Carrabba’s Italian Grill