The Prince William Chamber of Commerce is getting a new Chair.
Jim Elliot, the Senior Vice President and Regional Lending Executive at FVC Bank’s Manassas branch, will be taking on the role as Chair of the Chamber starting on July 1.
“It has been a journey, so far. There’s a lot of my time that is going to be dedicated to that, and a lot of ramp up time to become the Chair,” said Elliot.
Elliot is taking on the role from outgoing Chair C.C. Bartholomew, a realtor with Keller Williams Realty. According to Elliot, he wants to continue Bartholomew’s focus on outreach and member recruitment.
“I think that our organization is one that people should want to be a part of. It’s almost like a club that, you know, that’s almost exclusive – like you’d want to be a part of it. You’d want to join in and get the benefits we have to offer,” said Elliot.
One area he would like to expand on during his time as Chair is advocating for the Chamber’s priorities, and meeting with Virginia legislators to discuss those priorities.
“What we’re looking to do is increase the advocacy side of things…I want to see a bit more activity in that area, participating a little bit more, so that the Chamber voice is much more prominent within the community. We represent the businesses within our community, and that’s important,” said Elliot.
On a more personal note, Elliot shared that he and his wife have recently gotten into hiking and to say that he is just a Chicago Cubs fan is an understatement.
“I am a diehard Chicago Cubs fan…so for me, this past year has been a very exciting year. 108 years of waiting – we finally won a World Series…my grandfather was a lifelong Cubs fan and when he passed away we actually buried him in his Cubs jacket…for me my favorite place to be is Wrigley Field,” said Elliot.
Elliot expressed gratitude toward FVC Bank for allowing him to take on the Chair role, and for their commitment to the community.
“I’m very excited about the year to come. My job here at FVC Bank is very important, and I want to thank my employer – I mean they’re the ones supporting me through this, and our bank has been around now for 10 years – this is our 10th anniversary. We’re a locally owned community bank, which you don’t find very many of those around anymore…we realize the value of Prince William County, the City of Manassas, and the City of Manassas Park,” said Elliot.
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