• Chamber Board Announces New President

    The Hopewell/Prince George Chamber of Commerce announces the appointment of long-time board member Dennis S. McDermott, PE, PMP to serve as the Board President assuming the role since August 2019 continuing 2020.  This appointment is just one of many strategic Chamber actions on the eve of its Century status next year.  McDermott has served on the Board for five years.   He led in the creation and sustainment of the regional Manufacturing & Technology Camp for local high school students (now in its 8th year); more recently he chaired the Chamber’s Industrial Outreach Committee.

    McDermott’s company, ITAC, an Engineering & Construction firm founded in Hopewell in 1988, is a long-term member of the Chamber.  He is an ITAC Principal currently serving as the VP of Construction.  ITAC employs 500 people with offices now in Virginia, North and South Carolina.

    “I have seen first-hand where the power of our Chamber makes a difference in our business community because we bring people together to create successful and sustainable programs. The Chamber board and staff support the goal of growing and strengthening our members’ relationships and looking at how we can formalize alliances to get more done,” offers McDermott.

    Also, joining McDermott on the executive committee are:  Dr. Maria Dezenberg, Provost of Richard Bland College of William & Mary; Tara Jones, COO of James R. Jones Builder, Inc.; Robin Moore, CPA; Lacie Leming, Budz with Sudz and business consultant; and Jim Williams, of Burnett & Williams.

    “We will begin 2020 with the staff focused on delivering value to our members, based on the priorities identified by our diverse board and membership,” according to CEO Becky McDonough.  “Number one on the list of priorities is workforce development and finding a way to connect the next generation of Hopewell/Prince George employees with local jobs and career paths.  Number two on our list of priorities is to connect businesses in the region with each other to broaden the business leadership and garner support for workforce and community development. Number three is to support successful initiatives that are improving the health and vitality of the community.”

    About the Chamber:

    The H/PG Chamber is a voluntary federation of business and professional people working together to build a healthy economy and to improve the quality of life of the area. The chamber provides a means through which businesses can work together for the benefit of all. The Chamber also operates the Hopewell/Prince George Visitor Welcome Center.
    Chamber Affiliations:

    • Member - Virginia Chamber of Commerce
    • Partner – Virginia’s Gateway Region
    • Advisory – Hopewell and Prince George Public Schools Career and Technical Education Programs
    Upcoming Chamber Events:
    • Annual Membership Meeting/Conference – February 27 7:30 AM – 10 AM JTCC Nicholas Center Chester Campus
    • Grand Opening of Gordman’s Department Store – Hopewell and Colonial Heights Stores – March 17, 2020   
    • Inaugural Invitational Junior/Senior Job Fair – March 19 Prince George County Central Wellness Center- Details TBD
    • Annual Golf Open – May 14, 2020- Petersburg Country Club
    • Chamber Travel Information Session with CI Destinations – March 10, 2020 Details TBD
    • ITAC’s Manufacturing Technology Camp – Summer 2020 at ITAC
    • Chamber Travel to Ireland  with H/PG and Colonial Heights Chambers through CI Destinations– October 14 Departure from Dulles International returning October 23, 2020
    Other Chamber 2020 programs and events will be displayed on its calendar of events, through e-notices, community flyers, local government newsletters, and through our partners.