"Surround yourself with really powerful people - people more advanced than what you need now."

— Avrum Elmakis, CEO, TDBBS (Best Bully Sticks)


Outside of their CEO Roundtables, Council members connect through a variety of learning and social events. Most are CEO-only, and all give you the chance to learn from other leaders.

Roundtable / Forum Leader Forum
April 5, 2017, 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.

Roundtable and Forum leaders gather to collaborate and hone their skills. Register now.

Knowledge Network Lunch: Social Media eBoot Camp
May 25, 2017, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

Corey Perlman is one of the best speakers and teachers on social media out there. At our lunch, he will lead participants in a hands-on, tactical deep-dive into the latest digital marketing practices. Come prepared to learn something new!

From Executive Director Scot McRoberts:  I consider myself pretty savvy when it comes to social media and digital marketing, and Corey impressed me when I took part in one of his workshops. He was able to meet a diverse audience at their various levels of expertise and did enough hands-on instruction that everyone walked away with new skills and ideas. I have been trying to book him for VACEOs since then!

Sign up now!

CEO Retreat 2017 Registration & Schedule
April 26-28, 2017

The ultimate learning, connecting, growing experience for small and mid-sized business CEOs. This year, headlined by Marshall Goldsmith at the Omni Homestead Resort in Hot Springs, Virginia. Retreat Schedule and Registration.

VACEOs Family Event @ Flying Squirrels
July 6, 2017, 6:35 p.m. until the fireworks

Join members, sponsors, and their family/guests on the new group venue at the Diamond – Bistro at the BullpenYour game ticket is included. The Squirrels face the Erie Seawolves at 6:35 p.m. Fireworks at the end of the game! All Food and Drinks in the Bistro are included! More info.

Knowledge Network Lunch
August 24, 2017, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

Sponsors Lunch
September 12, 2017, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

Quarterly Luncheon
September 28, 2017, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

Total Leadership Workshop with Stew Friedman
October 13, 2017, 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Save the date!

Advisory Board Meeting
October 26, 2017, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Advisory Board members and the Board of Directors to meet. An all-member reception to follow.

Past Events



Quarterly Luncheon
March 23, 2017, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

Barry DuVal, CEO of the Virginia Chamber of Commerce will speak, and gather your input for Blueprint Virginia 2025, the new business plan for the Commonwealth. Register now.

St. Madness Day Open House
March 17, 2017, 3:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Swing by the new VACEOs HQ in Scott’s Addition, tour the facility, and raise a pint. The games will be on the big screen, and if the weather is nice the garage door will be open! Feel free to bring a guest. The Madness begins at 3:00 and goes until 6:00-ish. Register now.

Limited Access Event: CURLING & Happy Hour
March 16, 2017, 3:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Come out and have fun learning about Curling. One of our very own members, Travis Hamilton, and his fellow curling team members will show us how it is done. There will be instructions, coaching, and practice followed by an actual game. Sign up.

Advisory Board Meeting
March 2, 2017, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

Our Advisory Board will meet with the Board of Directors over lunch.

Knowledge Network Lunch
February 23, 2017, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

Cancelled. Stay tuned for rescheduled date.

Roundtable Leader Forum
February 15, 2017, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

RT and Forum Leaders gather to support one another and sharpen their leadership skills. Lunch included. Sign up.

Sponsors Lunch
February 2, 2017, 12:00 - 1:30 pm.

Sponsors and Council Board, please register here.

UR @ VCU Basketball – A Limited Access Event
February 1, 2017, 5:30 - 9:30 p.m.

Join members, sponsors and guests for this sold-out rivalry game. We will have a reception before the game. Members, sponsors and their guests only. This event is sold out and we have a WAITING LIST. See details and sign up for the waiting list here.

Quarterly Luncheon
January 25, 2017, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

Wharton professor Stew Friedman will lead attendees in an exercise in Total Leadership, his work that equips leaders to perform well in all domains of life – work, home, community, and self. Learn more and register now. Everyone attending will receive a copy of Total Leadership: Be a Better Leader, Have a Richer Life.

Roundtable/Forum Leader Training
December 1, 2016, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Leader training for all 2017 Roundtable and Forum Leaders. Register here.

Quarterly Luncheon
November 17, 2016, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Speaker:  Aaron Montgomery, Co-Founder and COO of CarLotz. Qualified guests (CEOs of $1 million plus companies) are welcome. Details & registration here.

Limited Access: Cocktails at Shagbark
November 10, 2016, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Enjoy connecting with your VACEOs colleagues over a craft cocktail and delicious, locally sourced food at RVA’s hottest new restaurant, Shagbark. Hurry, space is limited! Register here.

Knowledge Network: Cyber Security for SMBs
October 20, 2016, 12:00 to 1:30 p.m.

In this presentation you’ll learn what all small and mid-size business owners should know about cyber security and how to start identifying your risks so that you are able to develop a sound cyber security strategy, make informed investments, and ultimately minimize the likelihood and impact of a cyberattack. Learn more and register here.

Quarterly Luncheon
September 22, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Richard Hadden Hi-ResRichard Hadden is an author and workplace expert who has, for more than 20 years, studied the connection between people practices and profit performance. He will offer a talk “Contented Cows Give Better Milk:  Your People, Your Profit.” Qualified guests (CEOs of $1 million plus companies) are welcome. Details and registration here.

Bike Ride on the VA Capital Trail
September 15, 4:00 to 6:30 p.m.

Join other members and sponsors of all abilities on a bicycle ride along the Virginia Capital Trail. The Trail is a dedicated, paved pedestrian and bicycle trail that connects the Commonwealth’s past and present capitals of Jamestown and Richmond along the scenic Route 5 corridor.

We will adjourn for refreshments after riding, and welcome non-riders to join in. Learn more and register here.

Sponsors Luncheon
September 13, 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

A luncheon for Council sponsors to network with Council leadership and learn about plans for the future. Learn more and register here.

Five Factors for Sales Success
August 18, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

At this Knowledge Network lunch, John Asher will share the best global practices for developing sales and marketing processes that are efficient, repeatable and shorten sales cycle times. Members will walk away with actionable items that they can immediately implement to improve overall revenue growth for their companies.

Members and qualified CEO guests are welcome. Learn more and register here.

Member/Guest Mixer @ Reservoir Distillery
August 16, 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

A mixer for members and their prospective member guests.

Details and registration here.

PAST – Membership Info Lunch @ Travinia
July 27, 12:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.

An information session on Council membership for qualified CEOs.

Details and registration here.