Mount Vernon Springfield Chamber of Commerce plans for year ahead


Business leaders attend the first MVS Chamber of Commerce Business Breakfast of 2024. (Credit: MVS Chamber of Commerce)

The Mount Vernon Springfield Chamber of Commerce, which recently announced its new slate of board officers and members, is holding its annual board retreat Jan. 20 to discuss and finalize priorities for 2024, according to Chamber President Holly Dougherty.

Coming off the chamber’s first networking Business Breakfast of the year, which drew dozens of local business leaders to the Bonefish Grill in Kingstowne, the organization has a couple of key events scheduled for February and March.

On Thursday, Feb. 8, the Alexandria Economic Development Partnership — based in the City of Alexandria — will hold a Business Breakfast presentation at The Fairfax at Fort Belvoir Retirement Community. The topic will be the proposed sports and entertainment complex at Potomac Yard. While the complex itself would be located outside of Fairfax County, it has the potential to impact the Richmond Highway Corridor south of the Beltway in several ways, including in the areas of transportation and traffic management.

Fairfax County’s Green Business Partners program also will make a short presentation at the Feb. 8 Business Breakfast, said Dougherty.

On Friday, March 1, the chamber — which celebrates its 70th
anniversary in 2024 — will hold its annual Business Awards at a gala luncheon at the Hilton Springfield. Nominations of chamber businesses are being accepted until Jan. 22.

Looking ahead, the chamber plans to host a new Military Appreciation Day event June 14 in conjunction with Flag Day and Army Birthday, said Dougherty.

Dougherty, who’s served as president of the chamber for 22 years, said her favorite part of the organization is the people.

“I've deeply appreciated the opportunity to know and develop relationships with these good people who care so much about their businesses, their employees and the community,” she said. “It has been an honor to work with them.”

Effective Jan. 1, Eric Christensen, general manager of Springfield Town Center, is chairman of the board. Roberta Tinch, president and CEO of Inova Mount Vernon Hospital, is the new vice chair. Phyllis Sintay of McEnearney Associates and Indre Bauza of Supporting Strategies are continuing in their roles as secretary and treasurer, respectively.

New board members include Josefina Beck of Burke & Herbert Bank, Paul Dean of The Dean Law Firm, Marissa Eyon of FASTSIGNS Springfield, Jamie Huban of the National Museum of the U.S. Army, Matt Moore of Edward Jones, and Brian Moran of CCA Flooring and Interiors. 

Returning to the board are Ken Board of Campos Capital Group, Don Cammarata of Covanta Fairfax, Michael Drobnis of OptfinITy, George Faulk of K&B Property Solutions, Tammy Finnell of CALIBRE Systems, James Heo of Cox Communications, Tiffany Holliday of Hilton Springfield, and Mark Viani of Bean, Kinney and Korman, PC.

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