Appraiser | Melanin Art Appraisals, LLC
"Alvah T. Beander, FRICS, ISA, MBA, is president of Melanin Art Appraisals, LLC. In 2021, she became the first African American to be awarded the designation of Fellow in the London base, Royal Institutes of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), certified in Chartered Fine Arts & Antiques. Domestically, she is a member and has held leadership and/or committee positions in the International Society of Appraisers and the American Society of Appraisers. As a SWaM certified company, MAA has held corporate, federal, state, county, and city contracts.
Alvah is a frequent presenter, lecturer, adjunct professor and curriculum development of; Business Management, Entrepreneurship, and Ethics.
She of also a member of National Black MBA (lifetime), Society of American Archivists, and Art Table, Inc. Alvah is the former chair of the Fairfax County Public Library Foundation. Alvah has served on community boards as well as higher education presidential, and alumni advisory boards."
Assistant Director for Supplier Opportunity | Virginia Tech
Daysha Byrd is the Assistant Director for Supplier Opportunity at Virginia Tech. She currently leads the university’s efforts to improve the utilization of small, woman owned and minority owned businesses and serves as a diversity advocate at the university and state wide level.
Vice President, Preconstruction | WM Jordan
President | Altor Gives Back
"Ed Hopper grew up a “Navy Brat” and proud of it! They traveled the world which helped shape the way he looks at life. Ed and his family have called Virginia Beach home for over 35 years.
Ed is the CEO of Altor Processing Systems, founded in 1999. In January 2018, he led his company in a new direction. They launched Altor/50 and now donate half of their net profits to over 15 charities. Ed says ""We can usually help merchants save money and help charities at the same time. It’s a Win/Win!""
Ed spends his free time in the summer as a Supervisor for Virginia Beach Lifesaving Service and is a previous member of the Virginia Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad. He sits on the executive board for both the Virginia Beach Minority Business Council and the Virginia Beach Surf and Rescue Museum."
President | E4 Leadership & Business Coaching
Jerry Howard is the founder and senior leadership and business consultant at E4 Leadership & Business Coaching in Richmond, VA. He has been in leadership for over 20 years and served in the United States Marine Corps after the terrorist attacks on 9-11-01. Jerry's passion is to cultivate 100X leaders, those that are 100% healthy and multiply themselves. Like many Marine veterans, he teaches others to fight, but for the highest possible good of those they lead. Jerry is also the President of two small, yet well-known specialty construction companies, both SWaM and SDVOSB certified. Solar Film and Specialty Drapery have been serving the Mid-Atlantic region for over 40 years. They use cutting edge window film and window treatments to provide smart solutions for energy and light in interior design and construction. Jerry and his family of six reside in Midlothian. He can be reached at JHoward@E4LeadershipCoach.com.
Founder & CEO | Shanna K Consulting Services
A top producer in her field, Shanna was the rare Latina in the Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT), Women Leaders’ Symposium and many other leadership conferences, who continuously broke records in sales and customer engagement. Shanna specializes in working with organizations and teams in the insurance, banking, and financial services industries. Her high energy and magnetic personality create an environment where attendees will feel not only connected but motivated and educated. She has been featured in CBS6 Virginia This Morning, ABC 8 News (WRIC). Sonabank POWER Plug Podcasts, Take the Lead podcast, and many others. Shanna recently released her book “Master the Art of Connecting- 30 tips to Authentic Conversations.
CEO | DC Media Connection
Angel N. Livas is an international best-selling author, TEDX Speaker, and award-winning host, director and producer. She is the current producer of the hit podcast Under Construction w/ Tamar Braxton and 2019, Communicator Award recipient for her talk show “The Woman Behind The Business,” which airs on 96.3FM-HD4 in Washington, DC.
Supplier Diversity Manager | WM Jordan
Founder & CEO | Syncroz Language Solutions
Dr. Patricia Reagan is the Founder & CEO of Syncroz Language Solutions, a language company that offers language access services by in-person, phone and video interpretation and written translation in 280+ languages. Starting as a Spanish interpreter herself, Dr. Reagan was inspired to abolish barriers and provide fair and equitable language access for all people no matter the language they speak. Dr. Reagan is also a Professor of Spanish at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, VA. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Virginia in 2008. Dr. Reagan has authored two books, The Postmodern Storyteller and Deconstructing Paradise and multiple articles focused on Latin America. She is a specialist in Latin American literature, culture, and immigration. Dr. Reagan is passionate about teaching social change, human rights and resistance movements in media and culture, community-based learning and service-learning opportunities and internships, and professional applications of Spanish such as interpreting and translation.
Procurement Services | Old Dominion University
Heather has been at Old Dominion University over 15 years and has enjoyed collaborating with VASCUPP’s Supplier Diversity Advocacy Committee for the past 8 years. As part of her strategic sourcing role, she connects SWaM businesses with campus departments, follows legislation, and analyzes University spending to identify new opportunities for SWaM certified businesses.
CEO & Chief Strategist | KSG Strategic Consulting
"A passionate problem-solver, Kesi Stribling is an organizational strategist who works with small businesses, government agencies, and corporations to improve, grow, and sustain their organizations. CEO of KSG Strategic Consulting, Kesi has provided organizational strategy and advisement, business development, and training to strengthen clients’ resiliency, continuity, and capabilities for more than two decades.
Most recently, she served as a consultant for the Bowie Chamber of Commerce’s COVID-19 Small Business Recovery program. A former U.S. Small Business Administration 7(j) Management & Technical trainer, Kesi has shared best practices and lessons learned as a speaker during SWaMfest, the U.S. Department of State’s International Leadership Program, and the Global Creative Economy Convergence Summit. She has appeared on Fox 5 DC, the Steve Harvey Morning Show, and DC Reporters Roundtable.
Kesi Stribling is a graduate of Howard University in Washington, DC and holds a Certificate in Strategy and Performance Management from Georgetown University."
Managing Principal | FundUuP Business Funding
"David is Managing Principal of FundUuP, a 15-year-old funding firm helping companies acquire short-term business funding when traditional bank financing is unavailable. They provide both secured and unsecured capital to operating businesses and real estate investors up to $100M. www.funduup.com
In 2014, David wrote the popular networking event blueprint “I Hate Networking Events!” which is endorsed and recommended by the Father of Modern Networking and Founder of BNI Dr. Ivan Misner. It's available on Amazon and at IHateNetworkingEvents.com.
In 2020, he launched The No-Rejection Connection™, teaching proactive entrepreneurs how to MONETIZE their networks by connecting anyone (including themselves) to anyone, anywhere, for any reason—WITHOUT REJECTION! TheNoRejectionConnection.com
You can also catch him as The Business Savage on his internationally-broadcast business radio show No Nonsense Market Domination every Wednesday at 3PM ET on ibgr.network where he straightforwardly and humorously discusses business topics like sales, networking, and connecting."