2017 Board of Directors
Barrel Oak Winery
Rev. Wes Shortridge
Liberty Community Church
State Farm Insurance
Director of Events
Business Assistance Program Director
Paradise Coaching & Consulting
Marketing & Editorial
Paradise Coaching & Consulting
CHARTER MEMBERS (October 2009)
Special thanks to those who helped launch this organization:
Barrel Oak Winery – Brian Roeder (540) 364-6402
F1 Computer Solutions, Inc. – Mary Lieb (540) 349-5370
Fauquier Springs Country Club – Alec Burnett
Oak View National Bank – Mike Ewing (540) 359-7100
Piedmont Press & Graphics – Tony Tedeschi (540) 347-4466
Sonabank – Joyce Harding (540) 347-4521
Sound Investment Management, Inc. – Mark Child (540) 364-2601
In Memory of Les Nichols
Founding Member and Director
Les Nichols (1956-2011)
Les was a founding director and a moving force behind the creation of the GWCC. He was also the chairman of the Networking Committee.
At the time of his passing, Les was the business development director for Carson, Ashley & Associates, LLC, a third generation Land Planning, Land Surveying & Civil Engineering Company headquartered in Fauquier County. Les was very active in the community having also served on the board of the Southern Fauquier Business Owners Association and the leadership council of the Northern Virginia Builders Industry Association. Les was a long time resident and business person in Fauquier County. He started and owned a health food store on Main Street in Old Town in the 1980′s before joining Piedmont Press and Graphics where he served ably as the Director of Customer Service from 1992 to 2005. Most importantly, he was a loving husband, wonderful father and a great friend. He will always be with us. It is with his spirit that the GWCC is here to stay and serve our unique, authentic and wonderful business community.
Former Board Member
George served on the Board of the Greater Warrenton Chamber of Commerce from 2012-2015. George graduated from Virginia Tech in 1970 and obtained a J.D. from Memphis State University. He practiced law for the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office of Manassas for six years. Then he started a successful racing business, Bonner Farm, Inc. with his sister, Bonner Young. They bred, syndicated, and raced thoroughbred horses until the mid-1990’s. He began to write about horse-racing, and was a columnist for the Richmond Times-Dispatch as well as the Fauquier Times. He wrote a book, Diary of a Dream: My Journey in Thoroughbred Racing and eventually became the business editor of the Fauquier Times.
George’s service work was deeply important to him. He served on several boards, including the Piedmont Dispute Resolution Center and the Greater Warrenton Chamber of Commerce, and volunteered for the Fauquier Community Food Bank, Fauquier Family Shelter and his church, Leeds Episcopal. George was also a member of the Middleburg Community Theater and performed in numerous plays.
As a writer for the Fauquier Times, George visited small business owners in their homes, shops and stores and wrote about them from a human perspective. He wrote about their personal stories -their hopes and dreams and how their dreams were being made into reality through their businesses. He wrote about the people that truly make America great. This is the inspiration behind the Warrenton Regional Chamber of Commerce. We are sad today but we smile at his memory. He was always so positive, fun and upbeat. He is truly missed and he will never be forgotten.
Rick served as Treasurer for the Greater Warrenton Chamber of Commerce in 2016 and early 2017. He was a humble man, and will always be kindly remembered for his dry wit and exact professionalism. Rick was often quiet during board meetings, but when he spoke, his words often held great value. His humor, generosity, and willingness to do what was most needful were a great testimony to his character. He is greatly missed.
He was an active member of numerous organizations and believed it was his civic duty to give back to the community. In addition to his service with the Greater Warrenton Chamber, Rick has been involved with the community in many ways:
- Past Chairman of the Board and Treasurer of the Prince William-Greater Manassas Chamber of Commerce
- Past Chairman of the Prince William Health System Foundation’s Board of Directors
- Past Co-Chairman of the Board and Current Treasurer of Leadership Prince William
- Past Chairman and Treasurer of the Manassas Rotary Club
- Current Treasurer of the Prince William Parks Foundation
- Past Treasurer of the Prince William Symphonic Orchestra
Rick was President and Senior Partner of Hendershot, Burkhardt & Associates CPAs, and had over 30 years of experience as a Certified Public Accountant. He served on the Greater Washington Society of CPA’s Not-for-Profit Technical Committee, and was a retired professor at Strayer University, where he taught graduate and undergraduate level accounting courses. For twelve years, Richard served as controller of the Heritage Foundation, and had been a guest speaker at the National Association of Tax Professional’s Virginia Chapter annual conference.