Presenters for This Years Event
Additional speakers will be added over the next few days

Sharon Fitzpatrick
Sharon FitzpatrickThe Fitzpatrick Group
Sharon specializes in Leadership Development, Diversity and Inclusion and Performance Management.The Fitzpatrick Group provides organization development, employee training and coaching for federal, public and non-profit organizations across the country. Ms. Fitzpatrick Graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Clinical Psychology from The Ohio State University and has a Master’s of Science in Organization Development & Strategic Human Resources from The Johns Hopkins University.
Connie Amos-Parsons
Connie Amos-ParsonsOwner/CEO At Your Service Events Planner
Connie Amos-Parsons is the Owner and CEO of At Your Service Events Planner, an Accredited Wedding Planner, Certified Sandals Specialist and the Virginia State Manager of the Association of Bridal Consultants, the largest organization for wedding professionals with 3,000 members worldwide. She has a B.S. degree in Business Management from the University of Maryland College Park and a Master’s Certificate in Leadership Development for Managers from Johns Hopkins University, graduated with a 4.0 GPA. Connie retired from the Federal Government in 2007 as a Project Manager (PMP) and Senior Management Analyst.
Aaron Smith
Aaron SmithLynchburg College
Aaron D. Smith is a doctoral candidate in the field of Leadership Studies at Lynchburg College in Virginia. He is a talented individual with passions for leadership, education and human resources. He is the author of the book, “So, I’m a Leader Now What?” published by Outskirts Press Inc. and the co-author of the article entitled “Countering the Narrative: A Layered Perspective on Supporting Black Males in Education” featured in the University of Pennsylvania’s online journal, Perspectives of Urban Education.
Samuel Hayes, III
Samuel Hayes, IIICEO, Stratageum
Samuel Hayes III, a native of Roanoke, is currently the CEO of Stratageum, a company that exists to help small, women and minority owned businesses to position themselves to obtain contracts with federal, state and local governments, educational institutions and the private sector. Samuel will be conducting a workshop on “Effective Leadership Strategies” and also participate as a panelist in the Business Forums.
Francisco Mayo
Francisco MayoState Farm (Franchise Onwer)
A native of Nelson County and currently resides in Madison Heights, Virginia. A graduate of James Madison University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration.
Francisco has been a State Farm franchise owner for 15 years.
Cynthia J. McCoy
Cynthia J. McCoyMarketing Coordinator, Central VA Comm. College / Owner, CM Marketing Consulting
Cynthia’s career spans over 25 years and includes advertising and marketing, public relations, corporate branding solutions, and website, and graphic design. She provides marketing consulting and other related services to small, micro, and women-owned businesses through her company CM Marketing Consulting. Cynthia will be conducting a workshop entitled “Effective Marketing on a Shoestring Budget”.
Luke Towles
Luke TowlesBusiness Banking, Wells Fargo
Luke brings over 16 years of banking experience in retail, small business, commercial and corporate banking. He now is the Market President, responsible for business banking, in the Lynchburg and Charlottesville, VA markets. Areas of expertise include Team Leadership, Sales and Business Development, and Commercial Credit Underwriting and Management.
Tammy Brown
Tammy BrownBusiness Banking Manager, Union First Market Bank
Establishes, develops, and maintains partnerships with Financial Center Managers, Business Bankers, and the Commercial Banking team to build a referral network for new clients and to expand existing client relationships.
Victor J. McCoy, Sr.
Victor J. McCoy, Sr.CMO/President, 3V Design Media, LLC
Victor is president of 3V Design Media, LLC. Victor has over 30 years of business development and management experience. He works with corporations to assist them with Digital Marketing strategies as well as professional website development and other related services. Victor will be conducting a workshop entitled “Digital Marketing Strategies for your Company and will be a panelist in the Business Forums.