“I’m so proud of Scot and the organization. It has real strength. When it started out as just a tiny handful of individuals with a dream, we didn’t know if we would survive and where the money would come from. The value proposition is so powerful that it’s able to survive almost anything.”

— Gail Johnson, original VACEOs board member

Important Milestones

From charter to thriving non-profit with 200 members, the Virginia Council of CEOs is an organization based on a solid mission and strong leadership. Here are important milestones within the history of VACEOs.


Chuck McCabe forms the Richmond Chapter of the Council of Growing Companies, the predecessor to VACEOs.


VACEOs forms as a Virginia non-profit corporation; Chuck McCabe becomes founding chairman and Scot McRoberts executive director (January 1).


First corporate sponsors come on board (BB&T, Christian & Barton).


Nearly 50 new members join VACEOs in one year, led by then membership chairman David Barrett.


  • First annual CEO retreat held at Kingsmill Resort.
  • First Home Run Bat presented to former governor Doug Wilder, then new mayor of Richmond.
  • VACEOs membership reaches 100.


VACEOs and Robins School of Business release first CEO economic outlook survey.


VACEOs moves to Bayberry Court office, co-locating with The Fahrenheit Group (sponsor).


After several years of part-time, Connie Bruce hired as full time manager.


  • VACEOs moves to new office in the Handcraft Building in Scott’s Addition in Richmond. (January).
  • Membership reaches 200 CEOs and a record number of sponsors come on board (January).
  • VACEOs and Virginia Chamber of Commerce announce a formal alliance to expand state-wide (January).