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2016 Opening Session

On Thursday, April 14th, more than 150 board members, alumni and members of the Class of 2016 gathered in Colonial Williamsburg to celebrate and encourage the new Lead Virginia class. The class of 2016 has 53 members and is Lead Virginia's twelfth class. 

A warm welcome was issued to the new class, alumni and board members by Susan Horne,'06, president & CEO.  This year's best class attendance went to the Class of 2015 with 44% of their class attending the luncheon. Honorable mention goes to the Class of 2013 who had 42% of their class in attendance.The Class of 2015 was also recognized for their generous "pay it forward" gift of over $36,000 to support scholarships for Lead Virginia's next "best class". 
Board Chair, Ned Massee,'07principalCroatan Advisors, introduced Colonial Williamsburg Foundation president, Mitchell Reiss, who welcomed the group to Colonial Williamsburg.Tammy McGee,'15, affluentcustomer segment recruiting manager, Wells Fargo introduced Mark Constantine,'14, president & CEO, Richmond Memorial Health Foundation. Mark shared his experience going through the Lead Virginia program and gave encouraging and inspiring words to the Class of 2016. 
Lead Virginia sincerely appreciates the generous support of Wells Fargo for their sponsorship of the 2016 Opening Session in addition to the session presenters: Abraham Segres, Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association; Dr. Chris Chmura, Chmura Economics & Analytics;The Honorable Ric Brown, Virginia Secretary of Finance;Liz Povar,'09 Virginia
Economic Development Partnership; Peter Blake,'08 & Board Member, State Council of
Higher Education for Virginia; 
Kathy Glazer,'14Virginia Early Childhood Foundation; Dr. Pam Moran, Albemarle County Public School; Matt Fidler,Charles Ryan Associates and Chris Gates,California Forward. 
Class of 2016 members;Ken Mahler and Rod Compton