On behalf of the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and Staff, congratulations to the recipients of the 10 Under 40 Awards! Your significant contributions to our business community drive our economy, build our workforce, and enhance our quality of life.
Successful business communities integrate a compelling blend of fresh new ideas balanced by seasoned know-how and experience. Great communities provide a platform for emerging leaders to increasingly influence the future, while also recognizing the foundational leadership that has created the opportunity for others.
Here in the Charlottesville region, the Chamber embraces the future and the inspirational leaders of yesterday, today and tomorrow. We are honored to join the Daily Progress in recognizing excellence among our business leaders. With a shared vision for a bright future, we are pleased to celebrate your success and honor your contributions to the region.
Meet the Board
Pete Caramanis participated in this selection committee in his role as Chair of the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce. Pete is a founding partner in the law firm, Royer Caramanis PLC. The firm offers a broad range of services, but Pete individually focuses on business and real estate transactions and litigation. In addition to his involvement with the Chamber, Pete serves as Chair of the University of Virginia Children’s Hospital Advisory Board and as an advisory board member for the Tom Tom Founders Festival.
Helen Cauthen serves as president of the Central Virginia Partnership for Economic Development, a nonprofit, public/private regional economic development organization with the mission of fostering job creation and new capital investment in eight counties and the City of Charlottesville. Ms. Cauthen also oversees three initiatives housed with the Partnership: GO Virginia Region 9; Virginia Career Works – Piedmont Region; and the Central Virginia Small Business Development Center.
Hope Rana grew up in the Charlottesville area and graduated in 2002 from the University of Virginia. Hope had a 12-year career in business/commercial banking where she partnered with companies to fund their growth strategies. She has since leveraged her passion for people to transition into recruiting and is helping Northwestern Mutual grow and develop their local team. Hope is involved with the Ishan Gala Foundation, Community Investment Collaborative, and is a Board Member with Charlottesville Business Innovation Council.
Lee Catlin retired in 2017 after 25 years of service with Albemarle County, most recently as the Assistant County Executive overseeing strategic communications, media relations, community engagement, economic development and tourism. In her position, she worked closely with other senior County leaders and elected officials on developing and implementing major policy directions for Albemarle with a particular focus on strategic communication and engagement plans that build partnerships with citizens, businesses and regional stakeholders.
David W. Martel is the Vice President for Communications and Chief Marketing Officer of the University of Virginia. He leads University Communications which is responsible for highlighting the academic rigor, collaborative research, vibrant student life, community contributions, commitment to service, and the overall achievements of the broad UVa community. David is a strong proponent of local journalism and a daily reader of the Daily Progress. He is married to Kristen Martel, and they have five children.
Daniel Willson is co-founder and COO of HackCville, a 501(c)(3) non-profit that develops the skills and entrepreneurial ability of more than 1,000 UVa students each year. In turn, HackCville provides top talent to over 100 Charlottesville-area technology and startup firms. Daniel was as an early employee at the Tom Tom Founders Festival and formerly ran startup support programs with the Virginia Governor’s Office. He holds a B.A. in Computer Science from the University of Virginia.