Barry DuVal
President & CEO
b.duval@vachamber.com
          (804) 237-1460

Barry DuVal was named president and CEO of the Virginia Chamber of Commerce on April 28, 2010.

Under his leadership, the Chamber has become Virginia’s largest business advocacy group, growing from 847 members in 2010 to more than 26,000 members today. In 2013, the Chamber produced Blueprint Virginia – the Commonwealth’s first comprehensive business-led initiative to provide direction and long-term economic development planning for Virginia. In 2017, the Chamber released an update to the original Blueprint, Blueprint Virginia 2025, which engaged over 6,000 business and community leaders from around the Commonwealth to build an action plan for strengthening Virginia’s economic competitiveness and getting Virginia back to the top of business climate rankings.

Barry’s public service began in 1988 when he was elected to the Newport News City Council. In 1990 he was elected mayor of the city. He served as mayor from 1990 through 1996, when he stepped down to become the president and CEO of a regional economic development organization representing Southeast Virginia’s 1.6 million citizens.

From 1998 through 2002 Barry served as the Secretary of Commerce and Trade for the Commonwealth of Virginia. During his term as Secretary, Virginia attracted a record-setting 1,500 economic development projects representing 156,850 new jobs and $13.7 billion in private investment.

His private sector experience includes serving as president and CEO of DuVal Associates, Inc, a diversified real estate firm, from 1983-1996. Upon the completion of his term as the Secretary of Commerce and Trade, he served as president and CEO of Kaufman & Canoles Consulting, LLC, an economic development consulting firm specializing in public-private partnerships and strategic planning for business and government agencies.

Mr. DuVal is a graduate of James Madison University and American University’s Washington College of Law. 

Short bio for purposes of an introduction:

Barry DuVal is the president & CEO of the Virginia Chamber of Commerce. Under Barry’s leadership, the Virginia Chamber has grown from fewer than 1,000 member companies in 2010 to become Virginia’s largest business advocacy group with more than 26,000 members today.

In 2013, the Chamber produced Blueprint Virginia – the Commonwealth’s first comprehensive business-led initiative to provide direction and long-term economic development planning for Virginia. In 2017, the Chamber released an update to the original Blueprint, Blueprint Virginia 2025. Blueprint Virginia 2025 engaged over 6,000 business and community leaders from around the Commonwealth to build an action plan for strengthening Virginia’s economic competitiveness and getting Virginia back to the top of business climate rankings.  Blueprint Virginia 2025 serves as the Virginia Chamber’s legislative agenda.

Before taking the position of president and CEO with the Virginia Chamber in 2010, Barry served as Mayor of Newport News from 1990-1996 and in several high-profile economic development roles, including Secretary of Commerce and Trade for Virginia from 1998-2002.

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