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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
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G. Robert Aston, Jr.

Chairman & CEO

TowneBank

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Edward A. Barham

Buzz Franchise Brands

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Julie Bartley

Dollar Bank

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James E. Bento

Fairlead

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Anna Bonet

CEO

Elizabeth River Crossings

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Kate Brinn

Bon Secours Maryview

Medical Center

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Stefanie Osfolk Brown

The Bier Garden

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Bradford R. Cherry

Cherry Carpet & Flooring

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Joseph M. Donnelly

President

    Donnelly Real Properties, LLC

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Michael P. Fitzwater

Special Events Virginia

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Jaclyn Gordon

Owner/Consultant

Thrive Consulting, LLC

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Herbert A. Haneman

President

Western Branch Diesel

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    Dr. Roberta Hansel-Union 

CEO/Owner

Hansel-Union Consulting

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William H. Hargrove, III

HBA Architecture & Interior Design

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Dana M. Hathorn

    Tidewater Community College

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Stephen E. Heretick

Stephen E. Heretick, P.C.

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David Host, Jr.

Riverside Enterprises

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C. Bradford Hunter

AVP Commercial Lending

TowneBank

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Ryan C. Kenrick

Williams Mullen

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Stephen J. Korving

CFP

Korving & Company, LLC

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Konner Pritchard

BB&T

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Melissa Ramsey

River's Casino Portsmouth

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Joel Rhew

Senior Vice President

Bank of America

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Joel Rubin

Representative

Wheelabrator Technologies

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William Taylor (Will)

Taylor Legacy Group

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Matthew Tuttle

Total Business Solutions

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David R. Tynch

President

Cooper, Spong & Davis, P.C.

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Tamara S. Williams

     Tidewater Community College

Ex-Officios

Alex Benitez

Edward Bland

Dr. Elie Bracy

Charles Brogan

Brian Donahue

Mayor Shannon Glover

Arial Jones

Peter Kopacz

Bruce LaLonde

Michael Voss

Rob Wilber

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Donald Comer

Don Comer Ford, Inc

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Robin S. Cooke

TowneBank

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Camille Crofton

Principal Partner

Crofton Diving

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Thomas Cross

Virginia Port Authority

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JustinC. Lovell

President

Forsythe, Inc.

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L. Louise Lucas

Senator

18th District of Virginia

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Curtis C. Lyons

Owner

Roger Brown's Restaurant

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    William S. Magann,Jr. (Stan)

Project Manager

W. F. Magann Corp.

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Cannon Moss

   President & General Manager

Norfolk & Portsmouth

Belt Line

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Peggy Murphy

TowneBank

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Fred J. Pasquine

President

Fairlead

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Christine N. Piersall

Partner

Williams Mullen

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Robin Schmalbach

Chief Operating Officer

Integrated Management

Group, LLC

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Chris Shelton

Ashton Shelton

Enterprises, LLC

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Hope Sinclair, Ph.D.

Communities in Schools of Hampton Roads

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Maurice D. Slaughter

President

Bayside Harley-Davidson