For Immediate Release
Date: November 9, 2010
Contact: Andrea Whaley; Communications
Prince William Chamber of Commerce
Prince William Chamber of Commerce Names Debbie Jones and Laurie Wieder
to the Positions of Executive Vice Presidents
Prince William, VA – As part of a multi-level organizational restructuring of the Prince William Chamber of Commerce, CEO Rob Clapper has announced that Debbie Jones and Laurie Wieder have been named to the positions of Executive Vice Presidents. This announcement follows the appointment of Clapper as the first President and CEO of the Prince William Chamber, Northern Virginia’s newest and largest Chamber, serving more than 1,800 member organizations.
Prior to the formation of the Prince William Chamber, Jones headed the Prince William County-Greater Manassas Chamber of Commerce while Wieder led the Prince William Regional Chamber. Both were key leaders and instrumental in the formation of the new organization, which for the first time provides companies in the communities of Prince William County, Manassas and Manassas Park with a unified voice and expanded resources for members of the business community. Following the creation of the unified chamber, Jones and Wieder served as Executive Managers while a CEO search was conducted. With Clapper in place as CEO, the roles of Jones and Wieder will become more focused on their specific areas of expertise.
“One of the critical ways that we will serve our growing membership is by building strong partnerships and even stronger relationships; and that starts with building a strong Chamber staff. In my mind, Debbie Jones and Laurie Wieder are the proverbial team captains of our new team. Together, with the strong support of the entire staff, we will work with Chamber members and regional leaders in order to sustain a thriving local economy and an unparalleled quality of life in Prince William. There is no doubt that their experience and successful track records with leading organizations will be a key asset for our Chamber as we chart a new course. Both Chamber professionals play critical roles in ensuring we support a growing and diverse membership with relevant programs so that they may find new success in their industry sectors. They have guided this new organization to date and now will have the opportunity to concentrate on the areas where their individual strengths lie,” said Clapper.
Jones will serve as the Executive Vice President of Membership & Business Development, assuming primary responsibility for membership sales and retention, event programming and member relations. She brings to the position more than 20 years of experience in Chamber work, an extensive knowledge of local culture and creative approaches to developing events that meet the unique needs of Prince William businesses.
As Executive Vice President of Member Services & Business Programming, Wieder will focus on the areas of communications, finance, strategic planning, business programs, business councils and human resources. In addition to her local Chamber background, Wieder has owned a small business and worked at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. These experiences add to her perspective on how to deliver valuable programming to businesses of all sizes and types.
Chamber Chairman Tim Jackson, MDA Technologies Group, LLC spoke on behalf of the Chamber’s Board of Directors saying, “Laurie and Debbie have been tireless in their efforts to make the formation of our Chamber and its transition seamless for our members. From what members continue to say, it is evident that they have been successful. The Prince William Chamber’s Board of Directors is confident that both Laurie and Debbie will be an invaluable asset to our new CEO, Rob Clapper, in serving the needs of our members and transforming this organization into the region’s leading resource for business.”
About the Prince William Chamber of Commerce:
The Prince William Chamber of Commerce is the newest and largest Chamber of Commerce in Northern Virginia, representing more than 1,800 businesses, professionals and organizations in Prince William County, Manassas, Manassas Park and the surrounding area. The Chamber seeks growth for its individual member businesses and increased economic development for the Prince William area. For more information, visit our website at www.pwchamber.org or call the Prince William Chamber at 703-368-6600.