Gayle Whitlock, Chair
V. Rick Nishanian
Gary L. Jones, II
Martin ‘Marty’ Nohe, Treasurer
Dr. Stephen Smith, Secretary
Katherine ‘Kathie’ Johnson, Past Chair
Andrea Morisi, General Counsel
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
How long have you been with the Chamber? I started April 18, 1990 as the Communications Coordinator– 29 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!