We had some excellent workshops and fun networking events throughout 2018. We’d like to thank those speakers who have shared their knowledge with fellow members, as well as the businesses who have opened their doors for our happy hours and meet and greets. Thank you all for your time and contributions towards our events in 2018.

2018 RETAIL HAPPY HOUR/RETAIL MEET & GREET HOSTS:

  • January—Expedia CruiseShipCenters
  • February—Ynot Italian (Ghent)
  • March—Jessy’s Taco Bistro (Ghent)
  • April—Unusual Designs and Fulton Bank
  • May—Yolanda’s
  • June—Small’s Smokehouse + Oyster Bar and The Christmas Store
  • July—York Village Shopping Center and Chesapeake Square Mall (Big Woody’s)
  • August—Work/Place @ Oyster Point & Exterior Source
  • September—Worth the Wait
  • October—Work/Place @ E-Commerce Center of Hampton and Virginia Gourmet
  • November—Countryside Gardens
yolandas meet and greet photo

RETAIL BREAKFAST CLUB SPEAKERS:

  • Q1—Greg Grootendurst, HRPDC
  • Q2—Nikki McCray, ODU Lady Monarchs Basketball
  • Q3—Chad Stenzel, Sandler Training
  • Q4—Paul Erickson, Management One
Retail Breakfast Club photo 2018

STRIVE WORKSHOP/WEBINAR PRESENTERS:

  • January—Courtenay Roy, Pilot Media
  • February—Courtenay Roy, Pilot Media
  • March—Varoon Jain (VJ), TechArk Solutions
  • April—Lindsey Germono, Germono Advertising Company
  • May—Erika Guess, TechArk Solutions
  • July—Shaun Fogarty, Pilot Media
  • August—Courtenay Roy, Pilot Media
  • September—Cheryl Tan, Cheryl Tan Media, LLC
  • October—Lindsey Germono, Germono Advertising Co.
  • November—Sonya Schweitzer, The Intentional Marketer
STRIVE Shaun Fogarty photo

LOSS PREVENTION TASK FORCE SPEAKERS:

  • January—Ray Mattes. “The Changing Dynamics of Retail”
  • February—James Hanna. “Risk Management & Business Insurance”
  • March—Matthew Netardus. “Baiting, Phishing, Vishing and Ransomware”
  • April—Matthew Netardus. “Community Connect”
  • May—Mark Nelson. “New Tax Laws for Small Business”
  • June—Karen Morgan. “Credit Card Fraud”
  • July—Mary Landgrebe. “Retail Inventory Solutions”
  • August—Patrick McGee. “How to Lead During a Crisis”
  • September—Ed Buckley. “Vetting & Background Investigations as it Relates to Hiring”
  • October—Area Law Enforcement. “Current Crime Trends in the Hampton Roads Area”