Jim Elliott is the market president of FVCbank in Manassas and the outgoing chairman of the Prince William Chamber of Commerce.
He will be replaced by Chair-Elect Betty Dean, the president and CEO of Betty Dean & Associates.
What’s Up Prince William spoke with Elliott about his experience as chairman and his plans for the future.
What are your responsibilities as market president?
As market president at FVCbank, it’s my responsibility to service the client’s needs in the Prince William County, City of Manassas, and Manassas Park areas. Our bank has been around for about 11 years now, and it’s been an exciting past year. We crossed over $1 billion in assets and we just entered into an agreement to purchase Columbo Bank out of Maryland. So, a lot of good things happening at our bank.
What did the chamber accomplish this year?
Over the past year, as chairman of our chamber, we did accomplish a lot of different things. And it was not just me alone, it was the team, it was our board. We were very successful in getting our voice heard by our legislators. That was important to me over my term, and it was important for our membership. I would say one of the biggest accomplishment was we were instrumental in preventing our legislators from increasing the technology tax by three times. That was a big thing for us. Our legislators heard what we had to say, they heard what our members had to say, and they decided to not increase the tax at this point in time. That was very exciting for me, and it was very exciting for our chamber.
Do you have any memorable moments you would like to share?
I would have to say that over the past year, one of the more memorable things to notice is that membership has been more engaged. We’ve seen more members at events. Events have been much more popular for people to come to. One of the things that we’ve also done is streamlined our messaging. Our members are more excited to hear about what’s going on, because they actually can get the notifications — they know what we’re doing, they know what’s going on, and they want to be a part of it. So we’ve seen more engagement from our members, and that was important to us. That was one of the other initiatives that we wanted to see was more engagement from all levels of memberships, not just from our board and from the chamber partners that we have. We saw other members get excited about membership. They wanted to become a part of things, and that was one of the big goals for the year. So, that was a big success and exciting for me. I think one of the fun things was when we did revamp our Cuisine de Commerce into an outdoor event in the parking lot. It was a great day, it was a sunny day, we had a lot of fun. A lot of people from the community showed up, and it was just a neat event that did a little bit of revamping and bringing it into the current timeline, I would say. So, it was a lot of fun.
What do you see in the future for the chamber?
I’m excited for the future of our chamber. We are at a very exciting moment in time where our crossroads. Right now, our Chair-Elect Betty Dean and our Chair-Elect Nominee Lyle Dukes are co-chairing our strategic planning committee as we work on the next strategic plan. So, if you are a member of our chamber currently or if you’re a future member of our chamber — [if] you want to get involved, now is the time. You can reach out to Betty, you can reach out to Lyle, you can help in shaping the future of our chamber.
What’s in your future?
For my future — it’s been a long year, it’s been a good year, it’s been a busy year. I want to focus back on what I do at the bank, focus back on my clients, but I also want to remain active within my community. I see a lot of opportunity out there, and I want to jump in. I enjoy volunteering, I enjoy doing that kind of activity, but I’m also going to remain very active in our chamber. I want to make sure that the initiatives that have been set forth — the momentum that was created by everything we accomplished — continues. So, you will not see me fading into the woodwork there. I will remain very active on our chamber. It’s been exciting, I’ve enjoyed every moment of it. I’m looking forward to the future and every opportunity that will be coming forward for me. So, I’m very excited for the future.
Would you do it again?
People have asked me if I would do it again, and the answer to that is “absolutely.” I had a great year, it was a lot of fun. It was as much work as I expected it would be, and I would do it again.
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