Virginia Chamber of Commerce Celebrates Centennial Anniversary – Honors 4 Virginians with Lifetime Achievement Awards
May 16th, 2024

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Hannah Emerson

Richmond, Virginia – Founded in 1924, the Virginia Chamber of Commerce is the largest business advocacy organization in the Commonwealth, representing the interests of employers of all sizes and industries. With a mission to promote pro-business policies that strengthen Virginia’s economy and create opportunities for growth, the Chamber works tirelessly to advance the business community’s agenda and enhance the quality of life for all Virginians.

Through its advocacy efforts, the Virginia Chamber of Commerce has helped position the Commonwealth as a top destination for business investment and growth. The Chamber’s collaboration with policymakers, business leaders, and other stakeholders has resulted in policies and initiatives that create a favorable business climate, including tax incentives, regulatory reforms, and infrastructure investments.

In honor of this Centennial Milestone, the Virginia Chamber of Commerce recognized 4 recipients with a Lifetime Achievement Award, which highlights a century of excellence in business leadership. As the Chamber commemorates 100 years of fostering economic growth and prosperity in the Commonwealth, these awards honor individuals whose contributions have left an indelible mark on Virginia’s business landscape.

The Centennial Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes exceptional leaders who have demonstrated dedication, innovation, and impact. These outstanding corporate citizens have not only achieved remarkable success in their respective fields but have also made significant contributions to the betterment of Virginia’s business community and the Commonwealth as a whole.

“We are delighted to recognize the individual achievements of each honoree who has helped shape Virginia as a best state for business,” said Barry DuVal, President and CEO of the Virginia Chamber of Commerce. “Their visionary leadership and commitment to excellence serve as an inspiration for current and future generations of business leaders.”

Centennial Lifetime Achievement Awards were presented as follows:

Nancy Howell Agee, CEO, Carilion Clinic

Honoring a lifetime of exemplary leadership in healthcare and economic development in the Commonwealth.

Michael Daniels, Chairman of the Board, CACI

Honoring a career dedicated to positioning the Commonwealth as a technology leader and promoting a thriving economy, supported by a world-class workforce.

Benjamin Davenport, Jr., Chairman of the Board, First Piedmont Company and Davenport Energy

Honoring a lifetime commitment to excellence in education, workforce development, and improving the business climate of the Commonwealth.

James Dyke, Jr., Former Virginia Secretary of Education and Sr. Advisor, State Government Relations, McGuireWoods Consulting LLC

Honoring a lifetime commitment to excellence in education, workforce development, diversity, and improving the business climate of the Commonwealth.

Looking ahead, the Virginia Chamber of Commerce will continue to play a critical role in shaping the Commonwealth’s business climate and promoting economic growth. The Chamber does not endorse candidates, but instead, promotes policy ideas that are outlined in Blueprint Virginia to ensure Virginia remains a top state to do business for years to come. With its legacy of leadership, collaboration, and advocacy, the Virginia Chamber of Commerce is poised to continue driving Virginia’s economic success in the 21st century and beyond.




About the Virginia Chamber of Commerce:
The Virginia Chamber of Commerce is the largest business advocacy organization in the Commonwealth, with more than 31,000 members. The Chamber is a non-partisan, business advocacy organization that works in the legislative, regulatory, and political arenas to act as the catalyst for positive change in all areas of economic development and competitiveness for Virginia. In December 2021, the Chamber released its new statewide strategic economic development plan, Blueprint Virginia 2030, which has engaged over 7,000 business, economic development, workforce, education, housing, and other community leaders to lay out a plan to ensure Virginia remains at the top of national business climate rankings. Learn more at