[PAST EVENT] Conversations and Connections: Tourism in Virginia

July 15, 2021
12pm - 1pm
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Join us for the first in a series of events sponsored by TowneBank, bringing W&M leaders throughout Virginia together to discuss business challenges, partnerships and collaborations. The first session will focus on tourism in Virginia.


Alexis Swann M.B.A. '93
President, Virginia Peninsula/Williamsburg

Alexis serves the Peninsula and Williamsburg, VA regions by providing stellar customer service, proactive financial solutions and extending a culture that creates a warm sense of belonging. She has 3 decades of banking industry experience and joined TowneBank in 2019. Alexis holds an MBA in Finance from William & Mary and a BBA in Marketing from Howard University. She also has a financial planning certification from Old Dominion University.

Alexis was appointed to the Board of Visitors of Virginia Commonwealth University by Governor Ralph Northam in 2019. She is also a board member for the United Way of Virginia Peninsula; Jamestown Yorktown Foundation Inc; Fear to Freedom; Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities, and the Hampton Delta Foundation Inc.


Cliff Fleet '91, M.A. '93, J.D. '95, M.B.A. '95
President & CEO
Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

Cliff, a retired corporate executive, is a teacher, community volunteer, board member, operating advisor for private equity organizations and consultant. Cliff teaches at William & Mary, is chair of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, incoming chair of ChamberRVA, and a board member of the William & Mary Foundation, the Virginia Business Higher Education Council, and Virginia Repertory Theatre. Cliff retired as the President and CEO of Philip Morris USA, after a long career at Altria where he worked in marketing, business development, strategy, operations, finance and sales. Cliff has a BA, MA, MBA and JD from William & Mary.

Lynelle Haugabrook '14

Co-Chair, Placemaking and Marketing Committee
757 Recovery Initiative

Lynelle brings over a decade of communications, marketing, and strategic planning to the table. She takes innovative, people-centric approaches to her work while tracking results against current trends and emerging business intelligence. As a leader, Lynelle is passionate about cohesive branding, team development, efficient communication, and creating a thriving work culture. She has worked with teams from the United States, South America, and Asia in rising industries such as startups, healthcare, hospitality, higher education, finance, and nonprofit sectors.

Benming "Benny" Zhang '16, J.D. '20

Associate Attorney
Kaufman & Canoles

Benny is an associate in Kaufman & Canoles’ Williamsburg office and a member of the Commercial and Real Estate Strategies Practice Groups. His previous service on the Williamsburg City Council lends a unique perspective on business and zoning matters. Benny remains extensively involved in the community and values the personal relationships involved in assisting clients.


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