As executive director, Adams worked with the board of directors to launch 757 Angels. Since its inception in 2015, 757 Angels has grown to be one of the largest angel groups in the country with over 100 members and investors in the Hampton Roads region.
757 Angels provides investment capital, strategic advice and mentoring to selected startup and early stage companies in order to allow them to achieve market leadership. 757 Angels has injected over $42 million of capital into these companies. Through 757 Angels' regional platform, Adams acts in local and state leadership roles involved in building and strengthening the entrepreneurial ecosystem. Over the past several years, she has been named to the Inside Business Power List, was a 2017 recipient of the Inside Business Women in Business award, and is honored to be a 2019 inductee into the Junior Achievement Hampton Roads Business Hall of Fame Society of Laureates.
Adams has an extensive background in financial services, with senior finance positions at both the predecessors of Bank of America in Norfolk and JP Morgan Chase in New York City and Los Angeles.
She attended the University of Southern California and lives in Virginia Beach with her husband, Scott, and two daughters....
Aubrey L. Layne Jr. has served as the secretary of finance for Virginia since January of 2018. He currently oversees the four main finance departments in the commonwealth: accounts, planning and budget, taxation treasury. In addition, he works with the Virginia Resources Authority.
Layne previously served as secretary of transportation under Gov. Terry McAuliffe from January of 2014 to January of 2018. In this capacity, he was in charge of seven agencies encompassing over 10,000 employees and with a combined budget of over $6 billion. Layne represented Hampton Roads on the Commonwealth Transportation Board from 2006 until 2014.
Locally, Layne served as president of An Achievable Dream Academy in Newport News - a unique partnership between Newport News Public Schools, the City of Newport News and the local business community. The academy's goal is to give at-risk students a chance to succeed.
Additionally, Layne has served as president and principal broker of Great Atlantic Properties, overseeing operational activities, new business acquisitions, and capital improvement strategy. Before that, he held various positions with Hofheimer's Inc., ending his tenure as president. He began his career as a certified public accountant with KPMG.
Layne earned a bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Richmond and a master's of administration with a concentration in international business from Old Dominion University. In 2011 he completed the Sorensen Institute for Political Leaders Program at the University of Virginia.
Layne and his wife, Peggy, live in Richmond....
Louis Haddad was recruited to Armada Hoffler in 1985 as an on-site construction superintendent where he quickly distinguished himself among company executives and subcontractors alike. After several promotions, he was elevated to president of Armada Hoffler Construction Company in 1987 despite being just a few months shy of his 30th birthday.
During his subsequent 9-year tenure, the division's annual revenue grew from $5 million to $150 million. In 1996, Haddad was promoted to president of Armada Hoffler Holding Company, the parent of all Armada Hoffler entities, including the flagship development division as well as asset management. In 1999, he was given the additional title of chief executive officer.
Under his leadership Armada Hoffler became one of the largest commercial real estate concerns in Virginia with signature projects across several mid-Atlantic states. In 2013, he spearheaded the company's initial public offering and transition into a publicly-traded REIT listed on the NYSE.
With Haddad as CEO, the company has more than tripled its market cap and produced returns that have consistently outperformed both the MSCI REIT and Russell 2000 indices.
Haddad is also recognized by the Hampton Roads community for his philanthropic efforts. He and his wife, Mary, co-founded The Haddad Foundation, dedicated to improving the lives of disadvantaged and at-risk children. He is also a member of the Hampton Roads business roundtable, is serving on the CBDA executive committee, and has been recognized by several publications as one of the most influential leaders in Virginia....
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J.D. Myers II serves as the senior vice president and region manager of Cox Communications in Virginia. He leads nearly 2,400 employees and is responsible for all of Cox's operations in the Commonwealth.
As the 2018 board chair for the Virginia Cable and Telecommunications Association, Myers is responsible for leading industry executives, ensuring Virginia remains a worldwide leader in broadband and telecommunications. His role on the Hampton Roads Regional Board for GO Virginia positions the region for job creation and economic growth. Myers's other notable board involvements include the Virginia Business Council, the Hampton Roads Business Roundtable and the Virginia Chamber of Commerce Blueprint Virginia 2025 Steering Committee.
Myer's has been involved with the Hampton Roads Chamber's tHRive group, helping young professionals through real-world career advice as well as Fairfax Court Appointed Special Advocates, which helps to protect children during times of crisis. As the executive sponsor of Cox Virginia Millennial Council, he is mentoring the next generation of leaders.
Myers has been named among CableFAX's Most Influential Minorities in Cable for four years and is currently serving as the executive sponsor for the Virginia Chapter of the National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications, supporting communications professionals in reaching their diversity and inclusion goals.
Myers holds dual master's degrees in business administration in finance and marketing from American University, as well as a bachelor's degree from in business administration from American University and an associate degree in electrical engineering technology from Regis University. He lives in Virginia Beach with his wife, Gillian, and their daughters....
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