Bert van Gils, email@example.com
Bernard J.E. van Gils, Esq. is an attorney whose practice focuses on estate, probate and business matters. He assisted the founders of the Chamber with establishing the corporation Warrenton Chamber of Commerce, drafting its bylaws and many other legal documents. Bert has over 20 years of diverse domestic and international experience as a transactional attorney and business consultant. He has practiced in Fauquier County for ten years. Bert also serves the University of North America as General Counsel and as a member of the faculty. He has also provided seminars to business owners for the Small Business Development Program at Lord Fairfax College. He has taught in the U.S, Indonesia, China and the Czech Republic. Bert has previously been a Board member for the Fauquier County Chamber of Commerce, the Fauquier County Community Action Committee, the Partnership for Warrenton, the Warrenton Ballet Company and the Fauquier Regional Technology Association
Amelia Stansell, Amelia.Stansell@bbandt.com
Amelia Stansell joined BB&T in Prince William County as a Business Banker after relocating to Warrenton from Boise, Idaho in 2006. Amelia is the immediate past president of the Haymarket Gainesville Business Association where under her leadership the organization grew from 17 to nearly 150 members and forged a strong relationship with the GWCC and the Prince William Chambers. It is during this time that Amelia became involved in the GWCC and since transferring to manage the Warrenton Crossroads branch of BB&T, has become further involved in the membership committee. Amelia is the immediate past president of the Gainesville Haymarket Rotary Club, a former board member of the Prince William Chapter of the American Red Cross and founder of Pace’s Village. Amelia and her husband, Troy, live in Warrenton with their seven month old daughter, Amelia Grace.
Cindy Legg, CLegg@pbmares.com
Business Assistance Team Co-Chair
Cindy is an accounting and finance professional with a broad array of accounting, tax and consulting expertise, having served fifteen years in the profession. Prior to joining PBGH, LLP in 2001 which has recently merged to become PBMares, LLC, she held positions in both the government contracting and healthcare industries. Cindy draws enormous satisfaction by giving back to the community and has held board positions with several local organizations, including Piedmont Community Foundation and Fauquier Family Shelter Services. She currently serves on the Business Assistance Team of the Greater Warrenton Chamber of Commerce assisting small businesses that encounter various challenges.
Kelly Ann Richardson
Events & Education Chair
Kelly Ann Richardson is the owner of Kelly Ann’s Quilting, located in Old Town Warrenton. She had a varied career prior to opening her store in 2005. Working 16 years in the banking industry, managing a health club and working in the wine import business helped prepare her for what she does today. She learned that customer service is the key to running a successful business. Kelly Ann also makes a strong effort to give back to the community that supports her business, by running numerous collections and drives for the SPCA, SAFE Shelter and the local Food Bank. Kelly Ann and her husband, Andrew, live in Jeffersonton with their two dogs, and enjoy the country life.
Ryan Bascom, firstname.lastname@example.org
Father’s Day Car Show Co-Chair
Ryan Bascom, owner and mobile mechanic of On the Road Again: Mobile Mechanic (OTRAMM), started in the automotive repair business in 2011 with his wife Angelle Cook. For over 10 years, Bascom has worked as an automotive mechanic, body man, painter, welder, fabricator, and restoration artist. He has worked on nearly every type of vehicle made – from classic cars to newer models. Previously, Bascom owned and operated the company Below Deck Fabrication, where he restored and built custom parts for antique Toyota Land Cruisers, which he considers to be his specialty. Though originally born in Texas, Bascom has lived in Fauquier County for 15 years.
Bill Chipman, email@example.com
Networking Group Chair
A. William Chipman III was born in Washington D.C. and raised in Bethesda, MD. He graduated with a B.B.A. from James Madison University in 1984. In 1988, he married his wife of now 25 years, Karen, at St. John’s Catholic Church in Warrenton, VA. A few years later, they made the Town of Warrenton their home, raising their two children here.
In addition to his B.B.A., Bill is a Certified General Appraiser (since 1993), Real Estate Broker (since 1995), and has a Secret Clearance with the Department of Justice (since 2011). In 1999 he started his own business, CRES Inc., a full service real estate company specializing in the sale, leasing and appraisal of commercial real estate properties in the Washington D.C metropolitan area. In my career I have participated in the sale of over $300 million in commercial real estate transactions and over $3 billion of asset valuation.
Bill has served on the Town of Warrenton Board of Zoning Appeals (1997-2008), the Board of the Fauquier Free Clinic (2006-2009, served as President in 2006), the Main Street Partnership Board (2007), the Board of the Boys and Girls Club of Fauquier(2008), and has volunteered for the Fauquier Family Shelter and St. John’s Catholic Church.
Heather Devers, firstname.lastname@example.org
Heather Devers has been a proud resident of Fauquier County over the past 28 years. She currently lives in the Town of Warrenton with her husband and children. Heather has been in the banking industry over the past 15 years and enjoys helping her members achieve financial success. She is active in the community as a current Greater Warrenton Chamber of Commerce Ambassador. She is also a founding member and Secretary for the Financial Awareness Network [FAN], which received the Financial Education Partner of the Year award from the Northwest Federal Credit Union Foundation in 2013. FAN promotes financial education for youth and adults in our surrounding community and has reached 11,267 students since its founding in 2010. Heather is also the past Chairman of the Night of Magic Ball for the INOVA children’s hospital, which offers chronically ill patients and their families an evening away from the stresses of being in the hospital. She recently graduated from the Leadership Program with Northwest Federal and leads her team at the Gainesville Branch. Heather and her team have proudly served the Warrenton community by reading to local preschools about the benefits of “Spending, Sharing and Saving” which helps give the youth of today a head start to achieving financial success in the future.
Scott Harlan, Scott@Talk19Media.com
Marketing & PR Chair
Scott Harlan is co-owner of Talk 19 Media, LLC. His extensive background includes Production, Education, and Performance in the Audio, Video, Music, and Voice Over industries. In his 20+ years of experience, he has produced everything from commercials and jingles to educational videos, and from audio / video logos to audio books. A former and current small business owner, he prides himself on being able to do big things with small resources; a skill crucial to the success of any small business. At Talk 19 Media, LLC, Scott and wife Tina Harlan strive to give small businesses – especially of the “mom and pop” variety – affordable and effective marketing services, for which most most big agencies charge a fortune. Scott puts his artistic talents, business experience, intelligence, and good nature all together for his clients, believing that he only succeeds if they do.
Kim Jenkins, email@example.com
Business Assistance Team
Car Raffle Co-Chair
Kim Jenkins is the Sr. Branch Manager, Bank Officer in the Warrenton Market for Union First Market Bank. Managing two locations in Warrenton, Kim understands the importance of community banking. Well known locally, Kim offers 13 years of banking and lending experience and a longstanding presence in the market. Along with her involvement in the Greater Warrenton Chamber of Commerce, the Partnership for Warrenton, and her work with Fauquier County School financial literacy programs, Kim brings a wealth of knowledge and an understanding of the community. Kim has a passion for assisting others and helping them succeed. Mrs. Jenkins’ knowledge of the banking industry and the Warrenton community will serve the chamber well.
Sunny Reynolds, firstname.lastname@example.org
Car Raffle Co-Chair
Operating her businesses in Fauquier County for over 25 years, Sunny Reynolds is an award-winning photographer and adventure travel operator based in historic Old Town Warrenton. She has incorporated the passion for photography and travel into Biotrek Tours (biotrektours.com), which organizes and leads adventure travel for small groups into 10 countries worldwide. Her travel encounters provide unique insight and knowledge as to the ways and workings of the land, the people, the culture and the environment. Sunny served as an elected member of the Warrenton Town Council where she sought support for business and the arts in the town of Warrenton. Sunny was voted Woman of the Year for the Arts in 2003 and was voted, for the last four years, Best Artist in Warrenton by Warrenton Lifestyles magazine readers poll. Ms. Reynolds is a member of the American Red Cross and works in their disaster relief program, spending several weeks in Mississippi as a shelter manager during the aftermath of hurricane Katrina.
Brian Roeder, email@example.com
Father’s Day Car Show Co-Chair
Brian Roeder is half the husband and wife team that founded and owns Barrel Oak Winery LLC (BOW) in Delaplane, VA. BOW is a destination winery and the most successful start-up winery in Virginia; this business has realized gross receipts of $10.5M in just over 5 years.
BOW has 30,000 vines and produces about 9,000 cases of wine each year. The winery serves as a community resource and has raised over $850,000 for local charities. Brian is known for his innovation: BOW was the first winery in Virginia to introduce regular weekend operating hours to 9pm, a regularly scheduled food vendor cart, and the unrestricted welcome of families, dogs and children. Each year, BOW employs up to 70 full and part time people serving over 60,000 customers. Sharon makes the wine and Brian makes certain that the wheels don’t come off…they also each give frequent tours of the winery. As Brian likes to say, “We wrap great wine in a great experience.
George Rowand, firstname.lastname@example.org
Events & Education Committee
George Rowand practiced law for five years before going into the thoroughbred syndication and management business, where he eventually enjoyed considerable success. He wrote a book, “Diary of a Dream: My Journey in Thoroughbred Racing,” about the experience. At the same time, he was employed at the Fauquier Times-Democrat, first as the reporter covering education issues in the county, and then as the business editor for more than a decade. In that time, he wrote approximately 1,000 stories featuring local businesses. Now he is a freelance writer who has had recent articles published in the Time-Democrat, the Discovery, the Warrenton Lifestyles Magazine, the Piedmont Virginian and others. He currently is finishing a ghost-writing project of the memoirs of a local person. Rowand has been a member of the Greater Warrenton Chamber of Commerce since its early days.
Dennis Taylor, email@example.com
Business Assistance Team Co-Chair
Dennis Taylor is the Chief Operating Officer of Paradigm Solutions, a certified small, woman-owned Business & Management Consulting firm located in Catlett, VA. Paradigm Solutions was founded in September 2002. Before launching Paradigm Solutions, Dennis was employed for 17 years by Intertek Technical Services where he served in various management capacities including: Director, Operations; Director, International Business Operations; Chief Operating Officer; and he then concluded the last 7 years of his career with Intertek as their President and Chief Operating Officer. Intertek is an international supply chain improvement and quality assurance consulting firm serving the aerospace and commercial manufacturing markets. In his current role Dennis is responsible for relationship development and interfacing with Paradigm Solutions’ customers who are primarily small to medium sized commercial firms. In addition Dennis also supports consulting service delivery to the company’s municipal customers which include Fauquier County Government and Public Schools, Culpeper County and The City of Roanoke, VA.
When not working in the business Dennis volunteers his time in support of local organizations including the Greater Warrenton Chamber of Commerce (GWCC), the Balanced Growth Alliance (BGA), the Warrenton Economic Development Advisory Committee, Fauquier County Government’s Business Advisory Committee (BAC), The Partnership for Warrenton, the Southern Fauquier Business Owners Association (SFBOA), the Academic Advisory Council of the University of North America, and VDOT’s Adopt-A-Highway Program. Dennis and his wife/boss/best friend Jean reside in Catlett, VA where they enjoy gardening, music, photography, cooking, travelling, and creating custom designed gifts and gift baskets.
Catherine Payne, catherine.payne@
Catherine Payne works as the Tourism Coordinator for the Fauquier County Department of Economic Development. Prior to her position working for the County government, Catherine worked in the private sector in marketing and advertising in Northern Virginia. She has lived in Fauquier for over 15 years and takes great pleasure in seeing local businesses thrive.
Executive Director, Staff
Michele Flores, mflores@WarrentonChamber.org
Michele is our Executive Director, working heavily with the Chamber’s Board of Directors, she manages and assists with the GWCC’s efforts to serve our business community. Michele joined the GWCC team as our Member Services Director in April of 2012. Prior to this position, Michele was very active in the GWCC, attending functions on behalf of Warrenton Jewelers and serving as Chair of the Friday Networking Group. She brings a wealth of front-line customer service and leadership capabilities, having close to eight years experience in varying customer service positions.
In memorial of:
Founding Member and Director
Les Nichols (1956-2011)
We lost Les Nichols on August 11, 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.