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Our Mission

The Portsmouth Partnership is a group of volunteer business, professional and civic leaders who are committed to Portsmouth’s economic development in the broadest possible sense.  The mission of the Portsmouth Partnership is to promote economic growth, leadership and education within the city of Portsmouth.

In pursuing a path toward a rich and rewarding quality of life for all of Portsmouth’s citizens, the Partnership’s members work to:

 

The Partnership has created several affiliates to effectively address these efforts: the Greater Portsmouth Development Corporation, the Partnership Development Corporation, the Lefcoe Leadership Foundation, the Portsmouth Partnership Foundation, and PortsEvents. In a typical year the Partnership’s briefing room hosts more meetings for other non-profits and organizations than for its own affiliates.

  • Create job opportunities and tax revenue

  • Identify and groom future leaders within the city

  • Directly support worthwhile non-profit organizations

  • Bring underutilized properties to their highest and best use

  • Promote trade and tourism in Portsmouth’s historic Olde Towne district

  • And foster support for Portsmouth’s public schools and their innovative programs

Our Vision

The Portsmouth Partnership shall support its mission by effectively:​

  • Fostering leadership

  • Supporting education

  • Encouraging economic development

  • Helping to broaden the tax base in our city

  • Recognizing Portsmouth’s role in our maritime region

  • Being “issue driven” in seeking fulfillment of its mission

  • Acting upon other issues identified by the Board from time to time

  • Coordinating and cooperating with other localities on regional issues

  • Supporting public safety as an essential component of economic vitality and quality of life

Our People

The Portsmouth Partnership consists of volunteer business leaders from across the community.

Officers

PRESIDENT 

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Dr. Johnny J. Garcia

CEO

SimIs Inc.

VICE PRESIDENT

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Max Greenhood

President

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TREASURER

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Ashton Lewis, Jr
Chief Operating Officer
First Team Auto Group

SECRETARY

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Seth B. Royster
Attorney at Law
Cooper, Spong & Davis

Michelle Wren

Executive Director

Portsmouth Partnership

Directors

G. Robert Aston, Jr. 

Chairman & CEO

TowneBank

Edward A. Barham 

Buzz Franchise Brands

Julie Bartley

Dollar Bank

James E. Bento

Fairlead

Anna Bonet

CEO

Elizabeth River Crossings

Kate Brinn

Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center

Stefanie Osfolk Brown

The Bier Garden

Bradford "Ross" Cherry

Cherry Carpet & Flooring

Donald W. Comer

Don Comer Ford, Inc

Robin S. Cooke

TowneBank

Camille Crofton

Principal Partner

Crofton Diving

Thomas Cross

Virginia Port Authority

Joseph M. Donnelly

President

Donnelly Real Properties, LLC

Michael P. Fitzwater

Special Events Virginia

 

Jaclyn Grigg

Owner/Consultant

Thrive Consulting, LLC

Herbert A. Haneman

President

Western Branch Diesel

Dr. Bobbie Hansel-Union

CEO/Owner

Hansel-Union Consulting, PLLC

William H. Hargrove, III

HBA Architecture & Interior Design

Dana M. Hathorn

Tidewater Community College

Stephen E. Heretick

Stephen E. Heretick, P.C.

David Host, Jr.

Riverside Enterprises

C. Bradford Hunter

AVP Commercial Lending

TowneBank

Ryan Kenrick

Williams Mullen

Stephen J. Korving

CFP

Korving & Co.

Justin Lovell

President

Forsythe, Inc

Senator Louise Lucas

Senator

18th District of Virginia

Curtis Lyons

President

Roger Brown's Restaurant 

 

William S. Magann, Jr. (Stan)

Project Manager

W. F. Magann Corp.

Cannon Moss

President and General Manager

Norfolk and Portsmouth Belt Line

 

Peggy Murphy

Towne Bank

 

Fred J. Pasquine

President

Fairlead

Christine N. Piersall

Partner

Williams Mullen

Konner Pritchard

BB&T

Melissa Ramsey

River's Casino Portsmouth

Joel Rhew

Senior Vice President

Bank of America

Joel Rubin

Representative

Wheelabrator Technologies

Robin Schmalbach

Chief Operating Officer

Integrated Management Group, LLC

Chris Shelton

Ashton Shelton Enterprises LLC

Hope R. Sinclair, Ph.D.

Communities in Schools of Hampton Roads

Maurice D. Slaughter

President

Bayside Harley-Davidson

H. Andy Sutter

Freedom Boat Club

William Taylor

Taylor Legacy Group

Matthew Tuttle

Total Business Solutions

David R. Tynch

President

Cooper, Spong & Davis, P.C.

 

Tamara S. Williams

Tidewater Community College - Portsmouth

Ex-Officios

Cinda Ayers

Alex Benitez

Edward Bland

Dr. Elie Bracy

Charles Brogan

Brian Donahue

Shannon Glover

Angel Jones

Arial Jones

Peter Kopacz

Bruce LaLonde

Michael Voss

Rob Wilber