The Chamber hosted our signature event, Distill It on September 14th at A. Smith Bowman Distillery. At last week’s Distill It event a panel of business leaders uncovered issues facing their industries and organizations. Watch the videos below for insights into the discussion.

Martha Hutzel, Library Director for the Central Rappahannock Regional Library, shared how the library system has moved towards more technology-based services to serve the community.

Dr. Jeffrey McClurken, UMW Chief of Staff and Clerk of the Board of Visitors, said the University of Mary Washington is facing increased competition to attract students to the university. He shared how the university has risen to this challenge – and others – since the pandemic brought instant change to how they conduct business. 

Remus Boxley, Senior Vice President of Human Resources for Hilldrup, shared trends and challenges in recruiting and retaining top talent for today’s workforce. 

Ryan DeWeese, CEO, Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center, provided details about how the hospital has innovated and managed care over the past couple of intensely challenging years. 

Amy Cherry Taylor, Owner of Amy Cherry Taylor and Associates, took a deep dive into current residential real estate trends, explaining characteristics of modern day buyers and sellers.

Stephen Kingsley, Market President Greater Fredericksburg at TRUIST, shared insights about current interest rates and trends in the financial market.

 Kathy Robinson, Store Lead & Coach at Walmart Stores Inc., said Walmart has made internal changes to retain employees. She shared details about new technology that the company developed to meet customer needs during the pandemic.