Prince William Chamber of Commerce

Meet the Staff

Consider your Chamber staff another resource that comes with your membership. Ask us about ways to get involved, how to connect with your target audience, or just bounce ideas off of us! Use the following contact list to find the go-to person for key areas of member support. Click below to learn more about each staff member and discover a description of key areas of responsibility.
If you’re not sure who to contact, call the Chamber’s main number at 703-368-6600.

President & CEO

Debbie Jones // djones@pwchamber.org

Learn more about our President & CEO

Primary Areas of Responsibility: Member Concerns & Compliments // Sponsorship Sales // Information and answers to questions on locating your business in Prince William County or the Cities of Manassas & Manassas Park // Media Contact

Preferred Method of Communication: Email me at djones@pwchamber.org or call me directly at 571.765.1877

How long have you been with the Chamber? I started April 18, 1990 as the Communications Coordinator– 26 years ago!

What drew you to work at the Chamber? Actually a friend of mine told me that there was an opening at the Chamber, he felt that I would be a great fit.  I was ready for a change and boy did I get a change! What has kept me at the Chamber is the people that I have met, the opportunities that I have had and the chance to make a difference in this community and, I hope, in the lives of many individuals. 

What is the thing you love most about your job? I love connecting people!  I like that every day is different.  To give you an example, 6 months after becoming the President & CEO in 1993 Disney announced their plans for Disney America in Haymarket.  What a whirl wind experience!  But fun!!

What do you like to do in your spare time? I love to travel and explore new places.  I spend a lot of time with family and friends.  I volunteer my time with different nonprofit organizations in the region.  I also have a beautiful art studio that I wish I made more time to enjoy!

If you owned a business, what kind of business would it be?  If I owned a business I think I would like to be a broker for artists.  Many talented artists produce amazing works of art but do not know how to market or sell their product.

What is one thing you wish you could tell every member?  The Prince William Chamber is a resource for you and your business.  Remember to use it- whether for personal or professional reasons.  We have a vast knowledge of the community and usually know what is happening, often before it happens.  We can help you meet whomever you need to know.  We are experts at making connections.  People to people, projects to people, companies to companies- you name it!

Membership Account Executive

Patty Tracy // ptracy@pwchamber.org

Learn more about our Membership Account Executive

Primary Areas of Responsibility: Membership Recruiting & Sales 

Preferred Method of Communication: Email me!

How long have you been with the Chamber? A little over a month (as of September 1, 2016). I was Membership Director for the former Prince William-Greater Manassas Chamber of Commerce from 1994-2004.

What is the thing you love most about your job? Filling an unmet need.  When a business is just getting started and doesn’t know where to go to find a solution to a problem – the Chamber is there.  When someone is moving into the area and doesn’t have a doctor – the Chamber is there.  When there is a void in providing services to the needy or a natural disaster – the  Chamber is there.  When a critical  issue that affects the community needs to be addressed at the local, state or federal level – the Chamber is there with a strong voice.

What are some of your interests & hobbies? People who know me well would say that Christmas is my hobby.  Yes, I love to decorate for Christmas and have even been known to switch out the art on my walls to reflect the season. I also collect lighthouses. Other interests include interior decorating, organizing just about anything, reading, and old movies – I’ve been called in to settle more than a few bets on who starred in what movie and what won the Best Picture Oscar in 1939!

What is one thing you wish you could tell every member? Take your time, investigate all your options, talk to a lot of other members who have walked this path before you and then take the plunge in investing in all the various resources that the Chamber has to offer.  And always, always keep an open mind.  One of the hardest things for most new members that are a one person operation is balancing marketing their business and working their business at the same time.   

Membership Engagement Specialist

Peggy Kimmey // pkimmey@pwchamber.org

Learn more about our Membership Engagement Specialist

Primary Areas of Responsibility: I work to ensure that all members have the tools they need to get the most from their membership.

Membership Renewals // Chamber Orientations // Chamber Check-Ups // Point of contact for Ambassador Committee 

Preferred Method of Communication: Call me! My direct line is 571-765-7567.

What drew you to work at the Chamber? I was a long-time member with my own training/consulting business. Circumstances changed for running my own business and the Chamber was hiring, so it seemed a good idea to put my Chamber experience to work for others.   Now I get to help the members do a better job of leveraging the benefits & opportunities! You won’t believe what you don’t know! 

What is the thing you love most about your job? When I explain something (i.e. using chamber tools or how to make better partnership connections) and hearing how well it worked (i.e. won a contract, gained a new client, established a solid partnership).  Successful Members = Successful Me!

What is one thing you wish you could tell every member? There are many ways to make use of your chamber membership even if you can’t attend many events/meetings – don’t give up, let’s talk!  

Events Coordinator

Kaitlyn Britton // kbritton@pwchamber.org

Learn more about our Events Coordinator

Primary Areas of Responsibility: Manages Chamber events & programming (including event planning committees // Point of contact for event registration questions // Point of contact for Young Professionals of Northern Virginia

Preferred Method of Communication:  Email

How long have you been with the Chamber? 8 Months as of April 2016

What is the thing you love most about your job? I get to bring people together for something whether it is for networking or to learn something new.

If you owned a business, what kind of business would it be? I would own a corporate event planning company.

What is one thing you wish you could tell every member? Thank you for all your help with events; whether attending or helping in the planning process.


Director of Marketing & Communications

Andrea Short // ashort@pwchamber.org

Learn more about our Director of Marketing & Communications

Primary Areas of Responsibility: Chamber emails, website & social media // Media Contact // Event Promotions // Chamber Marketing // Ad Sales // Point of contact for Young Professionals of Northern Virginia

Preferred Method of Communication:  Text (my mobile number is 703-853-0323) — Trust me! It’s the best way to get a response from me! 

How long have you been with the Chamber?  9 years as of February 2017

What is the thing you love most about your job? No two days are the same. So far, I’ve been in the membership, events and communications departments. Whenever I need a change, it seems like the Chamber has another opportunity for my professional development. 

If you owned a business, what kind of business would it be? I’m a realist and I don’t think I could EVER own my own business. I need the motivation of answering to someone else! But in a fantasy world wherein I’m a self-motivated individual? I would own a vintage clothing store that offers personal shopping and at-home wardrobe consultations. 

What is one thing you wish you could tell every member? Ask the staff! Whenever you wonder if we might offer a particular service, if we can help you navigate local government, if we can connect you with another business where you’ve been trying to get a foot in the door,  or you have what you think is a hare-brained idea for a new event or program….always feel free to come to us. We LOVE helping you that way!  

Member Services Coordinator

Amanda Padgett // apadgett@pwchamber.org

Learn more about our Member Services Coordinator

Primary Areas of Responsibility: Point of contact for all networking events // Works with sponsors to ensure they receive their benefits // Coordinates booth sales on annual expos like Transitions and Marketplace

Preferred Method of Communication: Email

How long have you been with the Chamber?  One week as of October 4th 2016, but looking forward to many, many more!

What drew you to work at the Chamber? In college, I interned at the Farmville Area Chamber of Commerce. I loved being connected to my community. I couldn’t think of a better, more rewarding place to start a career!

What are some of your interests/hobbies? I have 8 horses that dictate my free time, but on the off chance I’m not at the barn, I love exploring new places!

What is one thing you wish you could tell every member? As with most things, you get out of the Chamber what you put in. Coming to events is a great place to start, but if that doesn’t work for you, find a way to stay connected. I’d be more than happy to give you some ideas!

Director of Community Outreach

Suzanne Lewis // slewis@pwchamber.org

Learn more about our Director of Community Outreach

Primary Areas of Responsibility: I work with our members on initiatives and guest speaker series for the Chamber’s Committees & Councils: Education & Innovation Committee, Government Contracting Council, Health & Wellness Council, Not-for-Profit Council, Hispanic Council and the Veterans Council.

Preferred Method of Communication: I’ll answer any method! But my preference is email.

What drew you to work at the Chamber? The mission. Being a part of an organization that is an influence in the community where I live.  After having worked for a consulting firm and through my roles at the Chamber, I’m able to help others achieve their business goals – what could be more rewarding? I’ve enjoyed working for the Chamber since 2007 because of the contacts I’ve made with our members, and being in an ongoing learning environment.

What are some of your interests and hobbies? Wine…and now learning what’s brewing in the brewery industry! I am the proud owner of a Penn Yan and spend summers on Lake Sebago, Maine as well as at our vacation home on Long Beach Island, NJ. I’m happiest when in a secluded cabin in front of a fire, overlooking the mountains.  I also enjoy hiking parts of the Appalachian Trail, snow skiing, and traveling….just about anywhere!

If you owned a business, what kind of business would it be? I actually own my own business.  For 11 years, I worked in the field of undergraduate college admissions for different universities. I use that expertise to assist students and their families navigate the college search and application process to enhance their chances for admission.

What is one thing you wish you could tell every member? The Chamber is designed so there is something for everyone…no matter the type or size of your business or even your personal working style.  Get involved! You’ll not only make key connections in the place where you do business but you’ll become more connected in your own community.

Finance Director

Anita Duecaster // aduecaster@pwchamber.org

Learn more about our Finance Director

Primary Areas of Responsibility: Point of contact for billing & financial questions // Reach out if you are having problems paying for invoices or event registrations online // Point of contact for Finance Committee

Preferred Method of Communication: Email

How long have you been with the Chamber? 17 years

What is the thing you love most about your job? Numbers! And people. 

What do you like to do in your spare time? I love to golf!

If you owned a business, what kind of business would it be? I would probably do bookkeeping. 

Director of Government Relations

Brendon Shaw // bshaw@pwchamber.org

Learn more about our Director of Government Relations

Primary Areas of Responsibility: Point of Contact for Policy Committee // Point of Contact for Economic Development Committee // Point of Contact for Chamber PAC // Lobbies for the interests of member businesses at the state and local levels // Point of contact for all elected officials.

Preferred Method of Communication: Email

What drew you to work at the Chamber? The Chamber afforded me the opportunity to work on issues that I am passionate about. 

What is the thing you love most about your job?  I love being able to work in the community that I grew up in.   

What do you like to do in your spare time?  Golf

If you owned a business, what kind of business would it be? I would own a restaurant. 

What is one thing you wish you could tell every member? When it comes to your business and concerns over how a proposed policy might impact it, please do not hesitate to pick up the phone and ask the question.  We advocate for a wide variety of issues at the Chamber both on the state and local levels of government.  If you are concerned about an issue, we want to know about it.   

 

Administrative Assistant

Becky Ward // rward@pwchamber.org

Learn more about our Administrative Assistant

Primary Areas of Responsibility: Becky’s is the face you’ll see when you walk into our office and the voice you’ll hear when you call our main line. Not sure who to talk to? Start with Becky. She will point you in the right direction.

Preferred Method of Communication: Email

What drew you to work at the Chamber?  After a lengthy career in the telecom industry, I was interested in how the Chamber operates and to work close to home.

What is the thing you love most about your job?  The versatility. Every day is an adventure.

What do you like to do in your spare time? I enjoy exercising and exploring the great outdoors. I also love American history, music, art and design. 

If you owned a business, what kind of business would it be?  A custom design dress shop.

What is one thing you wish you could tell every member?  Utilize the many benefits of Chamber membership!

Many thanks to Mila Jackson Photography for the excellent work on our staff photos!

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