Breakfast with the Candidates
Breakfast with The Candidates
Guest Speaker: Chris Saxman, Virginia FREE
Also attendees will have an opportunity to here from candidates for the upcoming election. As a champion for business and community prosperity, the Chamber provides all state candidates an opportunity to share directly with business leaders. This event is designed to advance the Chamber's State legislative agenda and provide an opportunity for Chamber members to meet key leaders in State government. Local business and elected leaders who participate will be an excellent opportunity to network with other community leaders and familiarize themselves with the Capitol and our critical State issues.
About the Speaker: Chris Saxman is the Executive Director of Virginia FREE a non-partisan, non-profit established in 1988 that informs the business community in order to advance free enterprise and responsible, pro-business government.
Delegate Saxman served in the Virginia House of Delegates from 2002 to 2010. During his time in the Virginia House, he served on Commerce and Labor; General Laws; Transportation; Counties, Cities, and Towns; and Agriculture, Chesapeake, and Natural Resources Committees and also chaired two subcommittees. In 2007, U.S. Senator John McCain asked Saxman to co-chair his Virginia campaign for president along with U.S. Senator John Warner. In 2010, Saxman co-chaired the K-12 transition team for Governor-elect Bob McDonnell.
Saxman has served as the General Manager of his family's bottled water business based in Staunton, Virginia from 1995 until 2010. As part of his commitment to the industry, Saxman became the Chairman of the Boar of Directors for the International Bottled Water Association in 2007.
Saxman was born in Pittsburgh, PA but primarily grew up in Staunton. He graduated from Washington and Lee University with a B.A. in European History in 1987. Saxman and his wife, Michele, relocated the family to the Richmond area in 2013. They have four children ages 27 to 18 and one Marine Son-in-Law.
The Chesterfield Chamber was founded by a group of small business owners who felt underrepresented in the government. Today, advocacy remains a primary charge. Any member with a stake in our community is encouraged to attend.
Enjoy breakfast, keynote speaker and networking.