March 27, 2014
South Hampton Roads Mayors Forum
Will Sessoms - Virginia Beach,
Kenny Wright - Portsmouth,
Alan Krasnoff - Chesapeake,
Paul Fraim - Norfolk, and
Linda Johnson - Suffolk
William Sessoms began his political career in 1988 as a member of the City Council. A Virginia Beach native, he was appointed Vice Mayor in 1992 by his fellow council members. In 2008, Sessoms was elected mayor of Virginia Beach. He was appointed by two Virginia governors to serve on the state’s Public School Authority, the Local Health Benefits Advisory Committee and the Governor’s Commission on Environmental Stewardship. He contributes his time to the Virginia Beach Foundation, the Neptune Festival, the Volunteer Rescue Squad Foundation, the Virginia Beach Central Business District Association, Virginia Beach Vision, Eastern Virginia Medical School, the Back Bay Wildfowl Guild, and the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center. He has also served as the Virginia Beach President of TowneBank since 2005.
Kenneth Wright was elected mayor of Portsmouth in 2010. He is the president and CEO of Wright’s Engineering, which was founded in 2000. Wright has served on the City of Portsmouth Finance Committee and as the Chairman of the Portsmouth Schools Foundation. He has served as a member of the Portsmouth Partnership and the Portsmouth City Retirement Board. He has also served as President of Norfolk State University School of Technology Advisory Board; President of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers; and as Chairman of the Starbase Victory S.T.E.M. Program for Portsmouth Public Schools. Born and raised in Portsmouth, Wright is a graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School and Old Dominion University.
Alan Krasnoff served on Chesapeake’s City Council for five consecutive terms since 1990 and was elected mayor in 2008. He previously served as Director of the Chesapeake Juvenile Advisory Board. Krasnoff has been a member of the Hampton Roads Planning and District Commission, Metropolitan Planning Organization and Chesapeake Planning Commission. Dr. Krasnoff has a master’s degree in urban education and counseling from Norfolk State University and has worked as a high school guidance counselor. He is also involved in the Virginia School Counselor Association, Hampton Roads School Counselor Association and Virginia Counseling Association. He has operated a chiropractic practice in Chesapeake for many years.
Paul Fraim has been a member of Norfolk City Council since 1986 and has served as mayor of Norfolk since 1994. He is president of the law firm Fraim and Fiorella, P.C., which was established in 1977. He is a member of the Virginia State Bar and the Norfolk-Portsmouth Bar Association. A Norfolk native, Fraim’s leadership extends into many other organizations, including the Hampton Roads Partnership, Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance and TowneBank Board of Directors. In 2004, the Hampton Roads Maritime Association presented him with its "Port Champion" award. In 2007, he was presented the “Bishop’s Humanitarian Award” by Catholic Charities of Eastern Virginia and the “A Home for Every American Award,” a national honor given by the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness.
Linda Johnson was appointed mayor by her colleagues on Suffolk’s City Council in 2006. She was sworn in as the city’s first directly elected mayor in 2009. She currently serves on the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission and as the Chair of the Hampton Roads Mayors Chair Caucus. Mayor Johnson has been a member of the Circle of Excellence of the Board of Realtors since 1987 and is also a member of the National Association of Realtors. In 2010, she joined Prudential Towne Realty after nearly 25 years in the real estate field. Previously, Johnson served as the public information officer for the State Corporation Commission in Richmond and as an eligibility officer for the Suffolk Department of Social Services.
April 29, 2014
Dr. Henry Cloud
Leadership Expert and Best-Selling Author
As an acclaimed leadership expert and best-selling author, Dr. Henry Cloud draws on his experience in business, leadership consulting, and his practice as a clinical psychologist to impart practical and effective advice for improving leadership and workplace performance. In his leadership consulting practice, Cloud works with Fortune 500 companies and small businesses alike. He has an extensive executive coaching background and experience as an organizational consultant, devoting the majority of his time to improving leadership capabilities of CEOs and their executive teams. Cloud has written more than 20 books, including the bestseller Boundaries, which sold over two million copies. In 2009, Integrity was identified as "must read," and in 2011, Necessary Endings was called "the most important book you read all year." Cloud's work has been reviewed by the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, Publisher's Weekly, and Los Angeles Times. He also co-hosts the nationally syndicated radio program, "New Life Live," which is broadcast in over 180 markets. As a clinical psychologist and businessman, Cloud established and operated 40 successful medical facilities across the western United States. His experience running a business of this magnitude lends credibility to his expertise on leadership matters in the workplace.