The Northern Virginia Black Chamber of Commerce (Chamber) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization committed to the growth and development of our member partners and those businesses that wish to partner with them.  Our goal is to facilitate the economic empowerment of black-owned businesses in Northern Virginia and the success and development of the region.

Through our initiatives, the Chamber provides leadership, strategic information and technical assistance.  We serve Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax County, Loudoun County and Prince William County, as well as the other municipalities within the region.

The Chamber is dedicated to maximizing the return on your investment by promoting opportunities to build your networks, to obtain practical entrepreneurial education, and to gain the tools necessary to develop and advance your business.

Our Leaders

Corey Holeman has 20 years of business management, entrepreneurial and executive experience in a variety of fields.  His business pursuits include the areas of Financial Management, Restaurant Services, Management Consulting, and Event Planning.   Corey’s early career in the investment industry culminated with him serving as the Portfolio Manager of 5 funds at The Vanguard Group, totaling over $5 billion in assets.  Corey’s financial expertise led him to a position of CFO for a management company which owned and operated 25 restaurants.  Corey & his wife Courtney later branched out on their own and grew from 1 to 6 restaurants over 5 year period.  In 2008, Corey helped lead the turnaround of National Conferencing, a federal contracting firm which was ranked #2 on the Inc 500’s list of the fastest growing companies in 2013.  As a small angel investor, Corey continues to feed his entrepreneurial passion by consulting and investing in business across several fields, including health care, technology, and food distribution companies.   Corey is committed to the growth of small minority owned businesses through operational excellence and financial prudence.

Mr. Holeman received his Bachelors Degree in Finance from James Madison University, and holds an MBA from Penn State University.   Corey has received numerous awards and recognitions for leadership positions and performance excellence throughout his career.  He is a proud member of First Mount Zion Baptist Church.  Mr. Holeman remains very active in other community and professional leadership roles including the following:

·      Board Member, VA Small Business Finance Authority

·      Vice President, Bethesda Field Office Black McDonalds Operators Association

·      Board Member and Investment Committee Chair for the Ira Dorsey Scholarship Endowment Fund (501c3 for Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity)

Corey participates in athletic pursuits including triathlons, marathons, and other active sports.   He is at his best when spending time with his wife and fellow business partner Courtney, and his kids Jordan & Jalen.

Edward Williams is an independent financial advisor and founder of DEW Financial Management Group, Inc.

Edward holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from North Carolina A & T State University in Greensboro, North Carolina. Edward holds the Series 7, 9, 10, 31, 63 & 65 licenses and registrations through LPL Financial, Insurance Life & Annuity licenses. Edward has over a decade of experience in the financial services industry with Salomon Smith Barney, Citigroup, and Morgan Stanley Smith Barney. Before coming to the financial services industry Edward had a successful career as a software engineer and a Jackson Hewitt Tax Service franchisee.

Edward is a member of the National Association of Securities Professional (NASP), the Insured Retirement Institute (IRI), and the Financial Services Institute (FSI). He is the current immediate past Chairman of the South Carolina State University Foundation Board, a director of the Northern Virginia Black Chamber of Commerce, and affiliated with Central Fairfax Chamber of Commerce and is past President of the Association of African American Advisors (Quad-A). 

He enjoys reading mystery and suspense books and movies, and being active with community organizations. He also enjoys golf, tennis and other team sports. He and his wife Deborah enjoy their grandchildren and they currently reside in Fairfax, Virginia.

Marquett Smith, Membership Chair

Marquett Smith, Membership Chair

Marquett Smith has a proven track record of increasing top line & bottom line revenue, driving operational efficiencies and strengthening customer service/support to ignite revenue/profit gains.  His experience also includes; sales leadership, financial management, organizational development/performance, risk management, training and compliance.   

In his most recent role with Verizon Wireless, Marquett was responsible for leading a team of over 4,800 customer service professionals -- providing national and area level support.  In partnering with my eight support centers we garnered enterprise leading customer satisfaction results, improved industry leading customer retention by 6.5%, drove productivity improvement of 9% YOY and drove direct savings to the bottom line by 17%.

Marquett also served as the president of the Washington/Baltimore/Virginia region for Verizon Wireless; he held full P&L and operational responsibility for a $2.8 billion revenue stream for the US's largest wireless company.  As the driving force behind sales, marketing, customer service, retail stores and network expansion across the tri-state area, he introduced both strategic and tactical initiatives to strengthen competitive advantage as well as shareholder value.

Nickita Harrison, Communications Chair

Nickita Harrison, Communications Chair

Nickita R. Harrison has been a results-proven professional with more than 17 years of experience in fundraising, special events, marketing corporate sponsorships and volunteer engagement. She has a track record of success in leading fundraising campaigns, corporate engagement programs and marketing initiatives.  Ms. Harrison has worked for numerous major nonprofits such as the YMCA, National Multiple Sclerosis Society and most recently Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington.  

Throughout her nonprofit career, Ms. Harrison has raised more than $3.2 million to help further the mission of the organizations she’s served.  She has led various fundraising and marketing campaigns, executed and trained peer-to-peer fundraising for staff, regional boards and external donors.  Nickita has executed event production and logistics for galas, golf tournaments, 150 Mile bike ride, 5K walks and more.  She has crafted campaign case for support materials, content for websites, newsletters, social media messaging and managing crowdfunding sites.

In 2017, Nickita’s entrepreneurial aspirations became a reality when she started Orangewood Designs, a full-service event planning and marketing company.  She’s able to optimize her many years of being an event planner and creative ideas in order to personalize memorable events such as weddings, socials, nonprofit functions and more. 

Nickita resides in Arlington with her chihuahua Nixon.  In her spare time, she loves visiting museums/historical sites, traveling, volunteering at her church, and spending time with family.   She is also a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.

 

Other Board Members

  • Jason Ellis, Board Member

  • Michelle Jefferson, Board Member

  • George Morton, Board Member