Mission Statement
The West Richmond Businessmen's Association (WRBA) is a private, all-male, social organization of Richmond business leaders who gather for fellowship and development of personal and business relationships, while promoting community goodwill.

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Upcoming Events

    • Monday, January 14, 2019
    • 5:45 PM - 8:00 PM
    • The Place at Innsbrook ~ 4036 Cox Road
    Register

    January 14, 2019 Dinner Meeting
    The Place at Innsbrook

    Reception ~ 5:45pm
    Dinner ~ 6:30pm
    Adjourn ~ 8pm
    Coat & Tie Required
    Guest Fee ~ $45

    Kelly O'Keefe, Managing Director, VCU Brandcenter (see bio below)

    Exclusive Dinner Sponsorship Available

    Dinner Sponsor Option A ~ $250

    • Place promotional material at each seat and/or have a display table.
    • You and your company mentioned in all promotional e-mails.
    • Recognition from the podium.
    • You and a guest seated at the Speaker Table.

    Dinner Sponsor Option B ~ $500

    • All benefits of Option A.
    • Opportunity to lead the Pledge of Allegiance and address the room (up to two minutes in length).

    “Client Night”
    Invite your favorite client or best prospect to the meeting - who knows - you may just land that big deal!

    Boots to Suits
    Established in 2014, Boots to Suits is a clothing voucher program for male and female Virginia Veterans transitioning from military life to civilian careers. Boots to Suits provides Veterans with two complimentary career outfits, enabling them to look and feel their best for job interviews and non-military work environments. Military spouses who are job-seeking and the primary household provider are also eligible for this opportunity.

    About Kelly O'Keefe
    Kelly O’Keefe has been a marketing innovator for over 20 years. Prior to becoming a professor and managing director of the VCU Brandcenter, Kelly led O’Keefe Marketing, a pioneer in digital marketing and branding.

    O’Keefe Marketing received over 100 major awards, and its work is cited in numerous books and journals, including Business @ the Speed of Thought by Bill Gates. The agency was named Southeast Agency of the Year by Adweek Southeast, and Kelly was named Virginia Entrepreneur of the Year and Richmond Ad Person of the Year.

    Kelly has been a strategic brand adviser to clients like GE, ESPN, Walmart, Hamilton Beach, Sesame Workshop, National Association of Broadcasters, UPS and The Home Depot. He has served as a founding board member of both the VCU Brandcenter and the Ad:Tech conference, and has been a board member of the Future of Advertising Project at Wharton, Southern Technology Council, FIRST Robotics Competition, September 11 Victims’ Relief Fund, Virginia Council of CEOs, Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Richmond, St. Joseph’s Villa, Trinity Episcopal School and several corporations.

    Kelly’s commentary on branding has been featured in media like CNBC, CNN/fn, Fox, MSNBC, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USAToday, BusinessWeek, Brandweek, Time Magazine, U.S. News & World Report, Advertising Age, the Washington Post and the LA Times.

    The VCU Brandcenter was named the No. 1 graduate advertising program by Creativity magazine and became the first winner of the 4A’s O’Toole award for the Best Advertising School, a title it still holds.


    • Monday, February 11, 2019
    • 5:45 PM - 8:00 PM
    • The Place at Innsbrook ~ 4036 Cox Road
    Register

    February 11, 2019 Dinner Meeting
    The Place at Innsbrook

    Reception ~ 5:45pm
    Dinner ~ 6:30pm
    Adjourn ~ 8pm
    Coat & Tie Required
    Guest Fee ~ $45

    Bryan Bostic
    Serial Entrepreneur and Co-Founder of Startup Virginia

    Bryan is a serial entrepreneur and co-founder of Startup Virginia business incubator, serving as its interim executive director until May 2018. Bryan, a graduate of James Madison University, sold his first venture, 2B Technology, to ticketing giant Ticketmaster after developing the system to generate over 100 million tickets annually to attractions throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe. He next acquired a small startup, Smartbox Portable Self-Storage, growing the business by franchising locations around the country before selling to Sirva Worldwide several years ago. Bryan is an active investor and mentor in the entrepreneurial ecosystem, having been directly involved with over 20 companies. He currently serves on the boards of Dominion Energy Innovation Center, Activation Capital Council, Venture Forum RVA and Startup Virginia.

    Exclusive Dinner Sponsorship Available

    Dinner Sponsor Option A ~ $250

    • Place promotional material at each seat and/or have a display table.
    • You and your company mentioned in all promotional e-mails.
    • Recognition from the podium.
    • You and a guest seated at the Speaker Table.

    Dinner Sponsor Option B ~ $500

    • All benefits of Option A.
    • Opportunity to lead the Pledge of Allegiance and address the room (up to two minutes in length).

    “Bow Tie Night”
    One of WRBA's favorite themed evenings, wear your best bow tie for a chance to win a prize!

    Richmond SPCA

    WRBA is hosting a pet supplies drive to help out the dogs and cats awaiting homes at the Richmond SPCA and will be collecting donations at the February Dinner Meeting. The Richmond SPCA depends on the support of the community to be able to give the best possible care to the dogs and cats awaiting homes at their Robins-Starr Humane Center, and we hope you’ll participate.

    Below is a sampling of needed items. A complete list can be found at www.richmondspca.org/wish.

    Dog and cat toys, dog and cat beds, batteries, non-clay/dust free and clumping cat litter, kitty litter pans, kitty litter scoopers, kitten and Puppy bottle/nursing kits, towels, blankets, sheets, bath mats and soft doormats, gift certificates to pet supply stores, gift certificates to office supply stores, Febreze air freshener spray and plug-ins, manual can openers, dryer sheets, unused office supplies, new or used leashes and flat leather or nylon collars.

    • Thursday, March 21, 2019
    • 5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Location TBA
    Register

    WRBA - NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament
    Location TBA
    5:30-10pm

    Come watch the first round of games with fellow WRBA members and guests.

    No fee - just pay for your own drinks and food. Come as you are and guests are welcome!

    • Monday, April 08, 2019
    • 5:45 PM - 8:00 PM
    • The Place at Innsbrook ~ 4036 Cox Road
    Register

    April 8, 2019 Dinner Meeting
    The Place at Innsbrook

    Reception ~ 5:45pm
    Dinner ~ 6:30pm
    Adjourn ~ 8pm
    Coat & Tie Required
    Guest Fee ~ $45

    Speaker TBA

    Exclusive Dinner Sponsorship Available

    Dinner Sponsor Option A ~ $250

    • Place promotional material at each seat and/or have a display table.
    • You and your company mentioned in all promotional e-mails.
    • Recognition from the podium.
    • You and a guest seated at the Speaker Table.

    Dinner Sponsor Option B ~ $500

    • All benefits of Option A.
    • Opportunity to lead the Pledge of Allegiance and address the room (up to two minutes in length).

    “Member Recognition Night”
    Celebrating and recognizing our long-tenured members celebrating 20 year-plus anniversaries with special WRBA lapel pins in five-year increments.

    FeedMore

    FeedMore is Central Virginia’s core hunger-relief organization comprised of programs like the Central Virginia Food Bank, Meals on Wheels, the Mobile Pantry and Kids Cafe. Spanning nearly one-third of the state, across 34 counties and cities, FeedMore serves more than 200,000 individuals in the region’s most vulnerable populations – children, families and seniors.  Working together to efficiently and effectively fight hunger, FeedMore’s multi-tiered approach and comprehensive programs are dedicated to nourishing the community while empowering lives.

    Most Needed Items:

    • Peanut Butter
    • Canned Tuna & Chicken
    • Low Sodium Veggies
    • Fruits Packed in Juice
    • Spaghetti Sauce (No Glass)
    • Canned or Dry Beans
    • Hot & Cold Cereal
    • Whole Grain Snacks

    FeedMore serves...

    • Local children who need a nutritional foundation to learn and grow.

    • Central Virginia families struggling to make ends meet and provide for themselves.

    • Senior and homebound neighbors who need nutritious meals and services for health and independence.
    • Saturday, May 04, 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden ~ 1800 Lakeside Avenue, Richmond, Virginia 23228
    Register

    WRBA Annual Ladies Night
    Saturday, May 4, 2019
    Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    1800 Lakeside Avenue, Richmond, Virginia 23228
    6-10pm
    Couples ~ $125

              
    You must register if you plan to attend.

    Cancellation Policy:  Registrations are transferable.  No refunds will be issued after April 24, 2018.

    Reception ~ 6-7 pm

    Buffet Dinner ~ 7 pm

    Menu and details to come


Past events

Monday, November 12, 2018 November Dinner Meeting ~ Parney Parnell, Richmond Flying Squirrels
Monday, October 08, 2018 2018 WRBA Boxing Smoker
Monday, September 10, 2018 September Dinner Meeting ~ Con. Dave Brat, 7th District
Monday, August 20, 2018 Prospective Member Reception/Texas Hold'Em and Corn Hole
Monday, May 14, 2018 2018 WRBA Annual Golf Tournament
Saturday, April 28, 2018 WRBA Annual Ladies Night
Monday, April 09, 2018 April Dinner Meeting ~ Bob McDonnell - Former Governor of Virginia
Thursday, March 15, 2018 WRBA - NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament
Monday, February 12, 2018 February Dinner Meeting ~ Levar Stoney, Richmond City Mayor
Wednesday, January 31, 2018 WRBA Volunteer Day - JA Finance Park
Monday, January 08, 2018 January Dinner Meeting ~ Jeff Ricketts, Virginia President and General Manager, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield
Monday, November 13, 2017 November Dinner Meeting ~ Jeannie Welliver, Main Street Station
Monday, October 09, 2017 2017 WRBA Boxing Smoker
Monday, September 11, 2017 September Dinner Meeting ~ Ted Chandler, Co-Founder, Managing Director, New Richmond Ventures
Monday, August 21, 2017 Prospective Member Reception/Texas Hold'Em and Corn Hole
Saturday, July 22, 2017 WRBA Night at Richmond Kickers Game
Monday, May 15, 2017 2017 WRBA Annual Charity Golf Tournament
Monday, April 10, 2017 April Dinner Meeting ~ Rob Ukrop, President, Richmond Kickers
Saturday, March 25, 2017 CANCELLED: WRBA Oyster Madness
Saturday, March 04, 2017 WRBA Annual Ladies Night
Monday, February 13, 2017 February Dinner Meeting ~ John Vithoulkas, Henrico County Manager
Tuesday, January 24, 2017 WRBA Volunteer Day - JA Finance Park
Monday, January 09, 2017 January Dinner Meeting ~ Dr. E. Bruce Heilman, Chancellor, University of Richmond
Monday, December 05, 2016 Holiday Open House
Monday, November 14, 2016 Boxing, Brews & Oyster Bar ~ Featuring Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, Isley Brewing and Strangeways Brewery
Monday, October 10, 2016 October Dinner Meeting ~ Congressman Dave Brat, 7th District of Virginia
Monday, September 12, 2016 September Dinner Meeting ~ Richmond Craft Beer Panel: Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, Isley Brewing Company and Strangeways Brewing
Monday, August 22, 2016 Prospective Member Reception / Texas Hold'Em and Corn Hole
Monday, May 09, 2016 WRBA Annual Charity Golf Tournament
Monday, April 11, 2016 April Dinner Meeting
Saturday, March 19, 2016 WRBA Annual Ladies Night
Wednesday, February 17, 2016 WRBA Volunteer Day - JA Finance Park
Monday, February 08, 2016 February Dinner Meeting ~ Hon. Bill Mims, Justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia
Monday, January 11, 2016 January Dinner Meeting ~ Todd Haymore, Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry
Wednesday, December 09, 2015 Holiday Open House
Friday, November 13, 2015 Boxing Smoker, Auction & Raw Bar
Thursday, October 15, 2015 WRBA Private Beer Tour ~ Capital Ale House, Midnight, Strangeways, Hardywood
Monday, October 12, 2015 October Dinner Meeting ~ Gov. Jim Gilmore, Presidential Candidate
Monday, September 14, 2015 September Dinner Meeting ~ Will Wade, VCU Basketball Coach introduced by Ed McLaughlin, VCU Athletic Director
Friday, September 04, 2015 WRBA Night at the Diamond
Monday, August 17, 2015 Prospective Member Reception / Texas Hold'Em and Corn Hole Tournament / Oyster Raw Bar

Contact

Trace Carson
Executive Director
6200 Lakeside Avenue
Richmond, Virginia 23228
(804) 523-2902
trace@wrba-richmond.org ~ www.wrba-richmond.org

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