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39 Years of Excellence
The Fauquier Chamber of
Commerce strives continually
to live up to its motto of "Better
Business. Better Community."
By welcoming three
individuals--Sylvia McDevitt,
Ginger O'Brien, and Carlton
Shutt--to the staff, Chamber
president Joe Martin is thrilled
to take some bold steps that
move toward positive change.
Well known from her 15 years
at The Fauquier Times, Sylvia
McDevitt now serves as the
Chamber's membership
director. Although in previous
years there had been a
membership coordinator on staff at
the Chamber, in this role Sylvia will
initiate a higher-level focus on growing
membership by encouraging former
members to return and approaching
potential new members.
A longtime Fauquier resident and
active in the business community,
Sylvia is grateful to have developed
a deep network of both personal and
professional contacts. And she's enjoying
connecting with them again as she
recruits members while demonstrating
how Chamber membership can be a
mutually beneficial relationship. Perhaps
the organization's Young Professionals
Council, Women's Business Council, or
other group would be of particular value
to a potential member. Whatever it may
be, Sylvia will act as a guide to ensure
individuals get the most out of their
Chamber experience.
In addition, Ginger O'Brien and Carlton
Shutt have started in their brand-new
roles as event coordinators for Chamber
events both large and small. Carlton is
the founder of Premiere Hospitality, an
events management company (and
Fauquier Chamber member) based
in Marshall and The Plains for over 25
years. Ginger joined him a couple of
years ago to manage the company's
marketing and social media efforts. The
pair have worked on large local events,
including the Delaplane Strawberry
Festival and the Fauquier Trails
Coalition's Great Pumpkin Ride, and
look forward to coordinating efforts for all
Chamber events, beginning with a Micro
Enterprise Symposium.
Hosted by the Chamber's Micro
Enterprise Council, this symposium, to
be held October 12 from 8:00 a.m.­noon
at Lord Fairfax Community College,
features strategist, leadership coach,
~ Nancy Griffin-Bonnaire
and entrepreneur Mark Smith as the
keynote speaker. Attendees will gain
practical insights and actionable advice
on relevant business topics at this
interactive, multi learning track event,
which includes networking opportunities,
time to meet one-on-one with speakers,
and inspiration to build greater success
in your business.
The next major Chamber event is the
32nd Annual Meeting and Awards Gala,
to be held November 3 at Stoneridge
Center, and for which Carlton promises
some fun surprises! The first few months
of 2019 will see a flurry of activity,
including the second annual Economic
Summit, the Valor Awards, the Taste
of Fauquier, and the Warrenton Spring
Festival. In between, Carlton and Ginger
will also coordinate the Chamber's
networking breakfasts, member
luncheons, After 5s, and other events.
The Fauquier Chamber is currently on
Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and most
recently, Instagram; members will be
reminded about Chamber events through
all of these platforms.
"Most chambers of commerce have an
events staff of one or two people, but
we're blazing a new trail," Joe says. He
has checked with chamber colleagues
around the Commonwealth, but he has
yet to learn of one that has outsourced
event planning to professionals within
that particular industry.
Joe is excited for the Chamber's
membership with Sylvia, Ginger, and
Carlton on board in their respective roles.
To register for the
Micro Enterprise
Symposium or to
learn more, call
(540) 347-4414.
Joe Martin, Sylvia McDevitt, Ginger O'Brien, and
Carlton Shutt
Fauquier Chamber of Commerce
Launches Exciting New
Initiatives