Message from the 2024 tHRive Chair

February 2, 2024
Tom Marsden
Message from the 2024 tHRive Chair

Hello fellow tHRive members!

The board and I are very excited for another outstanding year of serving tHRive and connecting young professionals in Hampton Roads. In 2023 we continued to add dozens of new members each month and hosted over 20 events. We are looking forward to carrying that momentum forward in 2024 and the board has been hard at work carving out what the new year will look like. 

Historically, tHRive has always had a non-profit partner that we collectively support for a two-year term. We wrapped up a successful two-year term with REACH. We were able to volunteer and support them through fundraising as they continued to grow. In 2024-25, we will be supporting the Elizabeth River Trail Foundation, so keep an eye out for volunteer and fundraising opportunities. Our goal is to host something related to ERT once a month, whether it be a cleanup day, fundraising event, or other volunteer project.

We are also looking forward to hosting our regularly scheduled monthly events such as member meetups, happy hours, local looks, impact talks and table for tens. As a board, we are focused on collaborating with other networking groups and have a goal to do several joint events in 2024. 

Towards the end of the year, we will host our fourth annual tHRive Summit where we will spend several hours connecting, listening to speakers and panel discussions, and participating in breakout sessions. Last year, we saw over 150 young professionals at our summit and we look forward to hosting our fifth annual summit this fall.

As I wrap up this message, I am very grateful to serve on our board, a group that is very hardworking. I want to thank all of the board members, committee members, volunteers and the Hampton Roads Chamber for their support. We are all volunteers who want to keep moving tHRive forward in the new year. If you are interested in serving on our board or one of our committees, please send us an email at I encourage you to come to our events and look for someone with a tHRive nametag, we would love to chat with you!

At your service,

Austin Gregory, tHRive Chair

Austin Gregory

January 26, 2021
Tom Marsden
Ashton Love Joins tHRive Board

tHRive is pleased to announce that Ashton Love has been elected as Vice Chair of Membership on tHRive’s Board of Directors for the 2021 calendar year. The young professional program of the Hampton Roads Chamber  is approaching its sixth year as one of the 757’s premiere young professional networks, and boasts a roster of over 3,000 diverse members in practically all of the region’s primary industries.

Ashton will take a leadership role on the Membership committee, which is responsible for engaging with current members and providing a welcoming environment for new and future members to network, share and grow. When asked why he joined the tHRive Board, Love stated “I’m passionate about building our young professional community in the region and I’m excited to help continue, and grow, the success and impact of tHRive.”

Love will also be integral in developing safe and opportunistic events for new and current members to connect throughout his two-year term on the Board.  “As we begin 2021, I am very pleased to have Ashton  joining our Board of Directors,” says tHRive Chairman Tom Marsden. “He brings an energy to the position that will surely help connect and motivate our own members to get more involved with tHRive.”

Ashton Love is employed as an Investment Executive at Davenport & Company LLC, where he helps a variety of clients with their investment and financial planning needs which can range from retirement planning to stock and investment portfolio management. 

January 26, 2021
Anne Baumler
tHRive Announces It’s 2021 Board

tHRive, the young professional program of the Hampton Roads Chamber, has announced its new Board Leadership for 2021. The working Board, with the support of the Chamber, has elected Tom Marsden as tHRive Chairman for the 2021 term, along with four new Board members.

Marsden is a Vice President at Marathon Consulting and previously served as the Vice-Chair of tHRive’s Regional Engagement Committee in 2020. As tHRive Chairman, he will serve as the program’s leader and work alongside the Board of Directors to continue the progress made by his predecessor, Norfolk Southern’s Assistant Director of Labor Relations, Daniel Sileo. Like it did many with many organizations, the COVID-19 pandemic caused many challenges for tHRive in 2020. His goals for a renewed and reenergized 2021 include: getting back and delivering tHRive’s core principles of professional development, creating strong relationships, and community engagement; reengaging current members of tHRive and attracting new members; enhancing the diversity of tHRive as a representation of Hampton Roads’ young professional community; and championing the responsibility of tHRive’s members to give back to and make an impact in the community, among many others.

Hampton Roads Chamber President & CEO, Bryan Stephens says, “I am immensely impressed with the 2021 tHRive Board of Directors. They represent the best of our young professionals in the Hampton Roads business community.  I am confident they will continue to lead the 3000+ members of tHRive to accomplish their objectives this year in spite of the pandemic.  I look forward to watching them as they cultivate regional awareness and community development by providing a platform to empower young professionals, give them a voice, and invest in the future of our region”.

tHRive is supported by a robust and active team of volunteer committees devoted to promoting an attractive and dynamic community by engaging in the development of the region.

Marsden says, “On top of all the excitement for what 2021 will bring, I am very excited to take on the position of the chairman of the board of tHRive. I thank our previous chair Daniel Sileo for all his efforts for tHRive. I take on this responsibility knowing that I have a strong and energized board around me to recalibrate tHRive for the business environment of 2021 and beyond. We hope to continue to grow on what tHRive has done well and use tHRive as a conduit to make an impact on issues that are important to the 757 young professional community.”

The 2021 tHRive Board is as follows:

Chair – Tom Marsden
Marathon Consulting
Vice President

Chamber Liaison – Anne Baumler
Hampton Roads Chamber
Director of Events

Director of Administration – Lauren Bland
Hampton Roads Soccer Council
Executive Director

Branding Chair – Lauren Roberts
Chesapeake Public Schools
Special Education Teacher

Branding Vice-Chair – Melissa Katz
Virginia Port Authority
Design Manager

Membership Chair – Kiersten Stanton
Aerotek Inc. – Aston Carter
Business Development Manager

Membership Vice Co-Chair – Neil Anglen
Business Development and Sales

Membership Vice Co-Chair – Ashton Love
Investment Executive
Davenport & Company

Events Chair – Caroline Myatt
The Foleck Center
Marketing Manager

Events Vice-Chair – Monica Wilsey
Heather Murray Homes
Business Development Manager

Regional Engagement Chair – Amanda Green
Hampton Roads Workforce Council
Youth Program Coordinator

Regional Engagement Vice-Chair – Amasa Smith
CIVIC Leadership Institute
Director of Programming and Communications


November 16, 2015
Alejandro J. Medina
Millennials Making an Impact in Hampton Roads

tHRive—the young professionals program of the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce has reached a milestone of 1,000 members since its launch July 16th. tHRive has become an attractive and engaging platform for millennials by focusing on their professional development and giving them a voice in the region.

tHRive was created for young professionals ages 21 to 39. It began with fifteen leaders recognizing a need for millennials in the Hampton Roads region to better connect with the community and one another. Gaining over 1,000 members within just a few months of its launch is a clear mark of tHRive’s success, as well as the void the program has filled in this region.

The Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce has not only recognized the need for the program, but also its success by creating a Vice Chair of Young Professionals position on the Chamber’s Executive Committee as well as a position on the Regional Board so that the voice of young professionals is heard on every major decision.  tHRive’s current goals for expansion and growth include polling its membership on key regional issues, expanding their charitable reach, increasing membership, and increasing sponsorships to secure success in the coming year.

Through monthly and annual events, members from the full fabric of the community are able to connect with one another, gain insight from local leaders, and impact the community.  At Table for Ten, nine young professionals sit down for dinner alongside one community business leader.  The Business Leaders Roundtable features a prominent Hampton Roads business leader discussing a business-related subject.  Monthly Happy Hours are scheduled across the region to help members stay connected and tHRive’s Signature Events provide an opportunity for its entire membership to come together.

Membership is free and open to Chamber members and non-members. Visit to join.

tHRive thanks its sponsors: Virginia Natural Gas (Platinum); Franklin Business Incubator, GEICO, Lingerfelt Commonwealth Partners (Gold); and Young Veterans Brewing Company (Silver).

About tHRive

tHRive is a program of the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce created by a small group of diverse young professionals all driven to provide a platform to advance and empower young professionals in our region. tHRive has numerous signature events throughout the year and various monthly events spread across the region. These events will promote an attractive and dynamic community by engaging in the development of the region, and will focus on tHRive‘s three main goals: Professional Development, Cultivating Relationships, and Community Engagement. Visit Like us on Facebook at YPtHRive and follow us on Twitter @YPtHRive.

About the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce

The Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce is the Region’s premier business organization; helping our members succeed, driving regional economic growth and enhancing the quality of life of our community’s residents.  The Chamber is a vigorous advocate for the economic success of its member businesses, which employ nearly 250,000 men and women in southeastern Virginia.  Visit  Like us on Facebook at Chamber757 and follow us on Twitter @Chamber757.

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