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Alexandria Chamber Elects Former Governor Jim Gilmore to Board

On Friday, the board also elected Matt McKinnis, owner of Fitness Together, to its board.

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. Chamber photo
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. Chamber photo

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


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