A Southern Start: VMA's Newest Chapter
Monday, July 30, 2018
Posted by: Ashley McLeod
The New VMA Southern Chapter inaugural meeting attendees included representatives from Hooker Furniture, Lightning Transportation, Intertape Polymer, EBI, JTI Leaf Services, Port of Virginia, Unique, United Tobacco, APL Logistics, West Piedmont Planning District Commission and Southern VA Regional Alliance.
DANVILLE, VA | The Southern Chapter of the VMA held its inaugural meeting on Tuesday, July 24th in Danville, VA at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research. The attendees included representatives from Hooker Furniture, Lightning Transportation, Intertape Polymer, EBI, JTI Leaf Services, Port of Virginia, Unique, United Tobacco, APL Logistics, West Piedmont Planning District Commission and Southern VA Regional Alliance.
Kimberly Clark was introduced as the Chairwoman of the Chapter, receiving this appointment by VMA President, Scott Wheeler. Kimberly is the Logistics Coordinator for Hooker Furniture and an active VMA member serving on the Cargo Owner’s Committee, as a panelist for the VMA International Trade Symposium and on port taskforces. In 2015, Hooker Furniture was named “Shipper of the Year” by the Port of Virginia.
“Hooker is very happy to be an active participant in the VMA and the newly established Southern Chapter. We find being a part of this network of leaders in the maritime community to be a valued resource for our company. And we are especially proud to have Kim represent Hooker as the Chair of this chapter. Kim has become an authority on all things associated with commerce through the ports of VA and, I am sure will represent both Hooker and the VMA well,” stated Scott Prillaman, Vice President of Casegoods Operations at Hooker, regarding Ms. Clark’s appointment.
Industry professionals and leaders began meeting in early 2017 building relationships and discussing the benefits of having a Virginia Maritime Association presence in the region. Several organizations have been members of VMA for a few years, others have joined specifically because of the chapter.
During its inaugural meeting, chapter members reviewed the mission and goals of the VMA as well as the established chapters in Central and Shenandoah Valley. The VMA Southern Chapter will serve the Piedmont Region of Virginia and North Carolina, representing the maritime global supply chain. The chapter is planning a tour of NIT and VIG in August, will co-host an industry forum in September, and their next meeting will be held on October 23rd.
For information on participating in any VMA chapters, please contact Ashley@VAmaritime.com