Virginia State Council
Honorary Chair: Governor Terry McAuliffe
PJ HAYNIE, OWNER, HAYNIE FARMS LLC; TREASURER, NATIONAL BLACK GROWERS ASSOCIATION
Jason Heckathorn, CEO, Forever Oceans Corporation
Susan Jennings, President, Virginia Forest Products Association
Alex Nyerges, Director, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Wayne Pryor, President, Virginia Farm Bureau
Mark Treadaway, Vice President of Business Outreach, Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority
David White, Vice President
Virginia Maritime Association
Dawson Williams, Director of Sales and Logistics, Turkey Knob Growers
Dr. Richard Wokutch, Professor, Virginia Tech Pamplin Business School
Dr. Van Wood, Professor, Virginia Commonwealth University
Ross Butler, President & CEO, Wanchese Seafood
Tom Capozzi, Chief Commercial Officer, Port of Virginia
Zandra Chestnut, Nature's Friends
Henry Chiles, Owner, Crown Orchard
Dr. Greg Fairchild, Professor, UVA Darden School of Business
Katie Frazier, President, Virginia Agribusiness Council
Jeffrey Ganthner, Mid-Atlantic Manager, Burns & McDonnell
David Glaize, Glaize Packing
Phil Glaize III, Vice President, Glaize Packing
Basil Gooden, Secretary, Virginia Department of Agriculture & Forestry
Joe Haggerty, President & CEO, Alexandria Chamber of Commerce
Todd Haymore, Secretary, Virginia Department of Commerce & Trade
Virginia and Cuba in the News
The Washington Post: Virginia businesses begin wary courtship with Cuba
After a half-century of hostilities and 13 months of detente, U.S.-Cuban business relations are at a moment of tantalizing promise and stomach-churning doubt. Stone, like others on the three-day trade
Virginia's port authority will become the first U.S. port operator to sign a cooperation agreement with its Cuban counterpart, in an effort to increase trade and establish direct service with Cuba, Virginia's governor said on Monday.
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe was headed in Cuba Sunday for a four-day visit expected to include the announcements of several export deals for Virginia products.
The Washington Post: Virginia business becomes Cuba's largest U.S.-based agricultural exporter
Virginia’s exports to Cuba shot up to $42 million last year, allowing the commonwealth to leap past four other states to become the island’s largest source for U.S. agricultural products.
The Washington Post: Virginia and Cuba discuss expanding trade beyond agriculture
A top Cuban trade official recently spent three days in Virginia meeting with business and government leaders eager to capitalize on normalizing relations between the United States and the island nation just off its shores.
Q101-Norfolk/ESPN Harrisburg: Virginia leaders launch Engage Cuba State Council
Several Virginia leaders from across the Commonwealth joined a Washington, D.C.-based advocacy group entitled Engage Cuba to launch the bipartisan Engage Cuba Virginia State Council.
Politico Morning Trade: Virginia sets its sights on Cuba
Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced on Monday the launch of the Engage Cuba Virginia State Council, a group designed to build statewide support for pro-Cuba legislation and to push members of Congress to continue former President Barack Obama’s efforts to lift the economic embargo against the island nation.
Leaders August Free Press: Virginia leaders launch Engage Cuba state council
Leaders from across the Commonwealth launched on Monday the bipartisan Engage Cuba Virginia State Council. The council, which is chaired by Governor Terry McAuliffe (D-VA), will build statewide support for pro-engagement policies and urge Congress to lift the Cuban embargo that continues to disadvantage Virginia and the Cuban people.
Prensa Latina: New U.S. state council created to promote links with Cuba
The initiative, named the Engage Cuba Virginia State Council, is headed by Governor Terry McAuliffe and seeks to eliminate trade restrictions imposed on Cuba to open bilateral opportunities.
Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced that Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the University of Havana allowing both institutions to work together to develop cooperative programs in a variety of academic disciplines studied at both institutions.