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JRTE Boards & Committees

With most membership organizations it is standard practice to enlist help from within by creating various boards and committees. As JRTE continues to grow, we are pleased to present the following opportunities for JRTE members to make positive contributions to the direction, growth and overall success of James River Trade Exchange. These contributions include recruiting new members, mentoring new members after they join, and assisting with Biz Jam, JRTE’s quarterly social networking events. If you have an interest in serving on a committee, or have questions about what these positions entail and the benefits of serving, please give us a call.

James River Trade Board of Advisors:

Charles E (Chuck) McCabe – Peoples Income Tax – Member since 2003 < View Profile >
After some 20 years as an H & R Block executive, Chuck founded Peoples Income Tax in 1987 and serves as President and CEO. Peoples operates 9 offices in the Greater Richmond area providing tax and accounting services for individuals and small businesses. Peoples also operates a private career school certified by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia providing e-learning courses in Tax Preparation for some 3,000 students nationwide. Additionally, Peoples publishes and distributes tax course text books to colleges, career schools and tax firms nationwide, and provides practice management tools for independent tax firms. Chuck earned an Executive M.B.A. from Pace University, New York City, where he also completed two years of doctoral studies (ABD) in business. He has lectured and written on management nationally and served as an adjunct faculty member at several colleges including Virginia Commonwealth University where he taught Small Business Management. Chuck is also co-author of two nationally distributed books: Back to School: The College Guide for Adults and New Horizons: The Education and Career Planning Guide for Adults. Among many national and local awards, Peoples was recognized for 4 years as a Richmond Rising 25 fastest growing companies, and by the US Chamber as a Blue Chip enterprise.

Nina Whittleton – Classic Party Rentals – Member since 2008 < View Profile >
Nina M. Whittleton is co-owner and president of Classic Party Rentals which provides party rental equipment for corporations, non-profit events, and of course, weddings. Nina has always been an entrepreneur, starting her first business, Apartment Stuffers, in 1985 at the age of 25. After developing that business to its peak performance, she turned her efforts to Classic Party Rentals in 1997. With a degree in psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University Nina feels very in touch with her clients and their decision-making processes. Planning events is very emotional for most people, and being able to connect well with clients on this level is an important element that allows for better quality customer service and a higher rate of satisfied clients. Nina is a proud member of the Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce where she serves as Special Events chairperson. She is also involved in many other organizations – N.E.W., NACE, JFWCC – where she is either a board member or a very active participant.

While Nina takes extreme pride in her business and community achievements, two of her greatest successes are her children, Kurt, 21, a junior at VCU and her daughter, Kelsey, 18, a freshman at JMU. Both understand the importance of a quality education as well as a balance of work/life experiences.

Janice Logue – Taylor Long Properties – member since 2009
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Janice is a licensed Real Estate agent in Virginia. She has spent over 20 years in Commercial Real Estate predominately working for tenants such as Dollar Tree Stores, Peebles Department Stores and Weight Watchers. She recently rejoined the Taylor Long Properties team after working as Real Estate Manager for Weight Watchers North America, Inc. since 2006. She is a 1994 graduate of St. Leo College and recipient of the St. Catherine Medal for scholastic achievement. She is a member of International Council of Shopping Centers, married to a retired Navy officer and enjoys golfing for pleasure. Janice specializes in tenant representation and retail market research and currently resides in Colonial Heights, VA.

Jim Roman – Business Owners Institute - member since 2008 < View Profile >
An entrepreneur with a strong background in sales and marketing, Roman offers clients extensive experience in developing strategies to increase revenues. In 1998, Jim discovered Business Networking International (BNI) and in 1999 moved to Richmond, VA to start BNI in Central Virginia. Starting from zero, Roman built the network membership to over 1,600 in less than six years and was the first area director to be inducted into the national BNI Hall of Fame. Becoming a franchisee of Team Nimbus, Roman was able to offer management consulting services. Roman decided to take what he learned to the next level, thus the inception of Business Owners Institute, LLC. BOI allows Jim to combine what he has learned, witnessed, practiced and preached and present it in a comprehensive and structured curriculum. Business Owners Institute, LLC puts systems into place so the client can maintain a healthy work/life balance. Helping business owners be successful and still have time to spend on family and other interests is Roman’s passion.

Porter Smith-Thayer – Graphic Presentations – member since 2008 < View Profile >
A graduate of Ohio University School of Design, Porter began work as a corporate image and packaging designer in Atlanta, Georgia. (Remember your first margarine “tub”? The package may have been her design work.) From there she branched into the broadcast world and worked as the art director for WOUB-TV, a public broadcasting affiliate in Ohio.

Porter launched her independent graphic design career in 1979 with clients that included Ohio University, the United States Coast Guard, Kentucky Horse Park, Kentucky Derby Museum, the Academy of Natural Sciences, and Stewart-MacDonald Manufacturing.

After moving to Richmond in 1988, Porter founded Graphic Presentations, which today serves an impressive list of clients that span the public and private sectors. From Fortune 500 corporations to neighborhood nonprofits, Porter's services have garnered accolades for her ability to generate new ideas and take them successfully through implementation. "What I enjoy most," says Porter "is working with people who understand the importance of good, clean design. From logo design to full-blown event marketing materials, each client receives a dedicated attention to his/her goals, expectations and budget."

Porter is pleased to be a member of James River Trade Exchange and their Board of Advisors. A believer in TRADE as a perfect opportunity to exchange services in a professional manner, she wants to help get the word out about JTRE and all its benefits.

Other important ways members can contribute are through active involvement, such as testimonials, referrals, and feedback which are invaluable and always appreciated!

Remember, James River Trade Exchange is the members’ exchange; the larger and stronger JRTE becomes the more it benefits every member.

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