The Alexandria Chamber of Commerce on Friday elected former Republican Gov. Jim Gilmore, president of the Free Congress Foundation, and Matt McKinnis, owner of Fitness Together, to its 2014 Board of Directors.
The Free Congress Foundation, located on N. Washington Street in Alexandria, is a conservative think tank founded in 1977 by Paul Weyrich. Since Weyrich's death in 2008, Gilmore has headed the foundation, steering it into economic rather than social issues. Gilmore is also a former chair of the Republican National Committee and is listed as president of USA Secure, a homeland security public policy think tank.
Gilmore and McKinnis were elected to fill open seats on the Board.
“The current board and staff of The Chamber are exceptionally pleased to welcome our new board members. By engaging these additional leaders with our present powerful Board The Chamber reinforces its ability to work hard to extend its reach, voice and influence across the region," said John Long, president and CEO of the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce.
The 2014 Alexandria Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors are:
John Altman, Beyer Automotive Group
Mike Anderson, Pork Barrel BBQ
Charlie Banta, Hilton Alexandria Old Town
Lissette Bishins, Carpenter's Shelter
Christine Candio, Inova Alexandria Hospital
Walter Clarke, Burke & Herbert Bank
Andy Duncan, National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization
Nicholas Gehrig, Redmon, Peyton & Braswell, LLP
Jim Gilmore, Free Congress Foundation
Joseph Haggerty, United Way Worldwide
Charlotte Hall, Potomac Riverboat Company
Dak Hardwick, Aerospace Industries Association
Tom Hicks, DiMuro Ginsberg PC
Francis Hoang, Fluet Huber + Hoang PLLC
Matt Hurlburt, Hotel Monaco Alexandria - a Kimpton Hotel
David Kaszowicz, NSource IT
Virginia Kinneman, Kinneman Insurance
George Kostel, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP
Adron Krekeler, Krekeler Brower Wealth Advisors
Jack Litzenberger, SunTrust Banks, Inc.
John Long, Alexandria Chamber of Commerce
H. (Skip) Maginniss, Maginniss + del Ninno Architects
Matt McKinnis, Fitness Together
John McManus, EagleBank
Eric Nelson, Artfully Chocolate
Lauren O'Brien, The O'Brien Wealth Management Team of Lara, May & Assoc.
John J Renner II, Renner and Company, CPA, PC
Mel Schiavelli, Northern Virginia Community College
Christine Sennott, @home Real Estate
Robert Shea, Grant Thornton, LLP
Ed Velarde, EagleBank
Matt Whitaker, Intelligent Office