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    Board of Directors

  • Christian Strange

    President
    Development Committee Chair

    Christian began his professional career working at Our Own Community Press, Virginia's first lesbian & gay newspaper, in the role of Advertising Manager. He then took the position of Program Manager at Eastern Virginia Medical School’s Infectious Disease division for their state and federal healthcare grant programs specifically focused on HIV/AIDS care. Christian moved into retail management roles before he joined Wells Fargo Bank in 2008 where he is now Vice President of Commercial Banking. Christian also heads up the bank’s Diversity & Inclusion initiative in the Mid-Atlantic Region and is involved with a number of local non-profits. When asked why he committed to serving on the HRBOR Board, Christian said, “Partnering with HRBOR brings together my experience in business and social activism and allows me to help expand opportunities for LGBT owned businesses and ally businesses in Hampton Roads. It’s the culmination of my professional work and my personal passions.”

  • Eric Holland

    Vice President
    Governance Committee Chair

    Eric has been involved with HRBOR for over five years and joins the HRBOR Board of Directors seeking to enhance member benefits and operations. Eric Holland is Operations Manager for Capes Shipping in Norfolk. Eric attended Maine Maritime Academy and Old Dominion University, concentrating his studies in Maritime Business.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Boyd Orr

    Treasurer

     

    Boyd Orr brings to the HRBOR Board, a wealth of experience and a dynamic skill set in the arena of finance; having worked with other not for profit organizations and boards, HRBOR is happy to welcome him. His professional career advancement began with his tenure an auditor; his current title is that of Chief Financial Officer for "ForKids, Inc."

    Boyd, a Certified Public Accountant (C.P.A.) since 2011, earned a Master's Degree in Accounting from the College of William and Mary in 2009; he was the recipient of a MAcc Scholarship. His undergraduate degree was earned in 2007 at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, where he majored in Engineering, with Honors in Microelectronics and Photonics. 

    He believe that "to be a valuable and active board member, it takes commitment in terms of time and personal resource." 

     

  • Patrick Evans-Hylton

    Secretary

    After a long tenure as one of Virginia’s best known foodies, Patrick Evans-Hylton joins the HRBOR Board of Directors with a focus on marketing and events. Patrick Evans-Hylton is a Johnson & Wales-trained chef and an award-winning food journalist, covering tasty trends since 1995 in print, broadcast and electronic media. He is publisher of VirginiaEatsAndDrinks.com

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Bill Griggs

    Board Member

     

    Bill Griggs is an award winning REALTOR® with Howard Hanna – William E. Wood at the Norfolk Hampton Blvd. office. Focusing on residential real estate in South-side Coastal Virginia, he is a Relocation Specialist, as well as a member of Howard Hanna’s Rapid Response Team. A native of Portsmouth, Bill now resides in Virginia Beach.

    Bill is a founding member of Hampton Roads Business Out-Reach, (HRBOR) and for the past 30 years, a Charter Member and On-Air talent for WHRO Public Media. Bill also serves on the Diversity Outreach Committee for the Alzheimer’s Association of South Eastern Virginia, which focuses on inclusive educational presentations and staff development trainings that benefit greatly, members of the African American, Latin-American and LGBTQ communities.

    For his unwavering work ethic and community service, Bill has been honored to receive the Vianne B. Webb Lifetime Achievement Alli Award, the Equality Virginia LEGEND Award, and the Hampton Road’s Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year Award.

    “We are all the sum of our experiences. It is how you use the knowledge gained from those experiences, combined with your talents, that makes the difference.”  Bill Griggs. 

  • Heather Herrick

    Board Member
    Membership Committee Chair

     

    Heather Herrick is the proud proprietor of her second company, Domestic Divas, LLC, located in Virginia Beach.   Utilizing the past six years to grow business and settle into the area after relocating from Ohio, Heather has explored multiple non-profits while maintaining positions on others such as the Sponsorship chairperson for the Ashland Ohio Balloonfest, Media Director with The End of Watch Foundation, as well as membership chairperson for Princess Ann Plaza Civic League.  Heather brings experience and dedication to the HRBOR board, as well as the voice of a true small business owner and self-starter.  Heather is passionate about diversity and acceptance on ALL platforms, focusing on the workplace and corporate community, large and small.  

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Pearl Rankin

    Board Member
    Events Committee Chair

    Pearl Rankin is an Associate Agent at the William Williard & Michael Chesson Agencies in Virginia Beach; she is a Marketing specialist. Pearl has been an active participate with HRBOR since her the agency joined. Pearl is currently on the Membership, Marketing, Events and 10th Anniversary Gala sub-committees.

    She has worked with nonprofit organizations since the age of 13 and has participated in the Hampton Roads Soccer Complex annual Sand Soccer tournament for over 17 years. 

    Her philosophy about participation is "... taking on the scope of work... and understanding the part that you play... is necessary to ensure the group/organization's success." 

  • Rob Blizzard

    Board Member


    Rob Blizard most recently served as the Executive Director of the Norfolk SPCA since November 2012.  He has also served in fundraising director positions at the Washington (DC) Animal Rescue League and the Humane Society of the United States, based in the nation’s capital. He holds an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and a BA from the University of Virginia in English literature. He writes a regular column for the Pilot’s Compass newspaper entitled Animal Matters and has published several articles about companion animals in Hampton Roads media.

  • Become a Member of the Board of Directors

    What are  the benefits of serving on the HRBOR Board of Directors? 

    • Increased public exposure and opportunities to build business
    • Leadership development skills and experience that benefit your company, and speaking/presentation skills
    • Consensus building
    • Motivating others
    • Strategic planning and thinking
    • Training by professionals in the public relations field
    • Expanded professional connections that benefit you and your clients
    • National exposure for you and your company
    • Increased communication and interaction between professionals in the community
    • Opportunity to influence the future direction and benefits of HRBOR

    What is the time commitment and who pays the cost involved?

    • Attending monthly board meetings and applicable committee meetings as scheduled
    • Attend HRBOR Open events and other functions
    • Attend strategic planning meetings on an as called basis.

    If you would like to be considered for a position with the Board of Directors, complete the application and email it along with a resume and brief synopsis of your interest in serving to: info@hrbor.org 

    HRBOR BOD Application