Mr. Adams joined the City in 2015, initially serving as the City's purchasing agent. He was promoted to finance operations administrator in early 2017. He was instrumental in making a number of changes to the City's contracting and procurement processes that are expanding opportunities for small, minority and women-owned firms. He was promoted to Interim Director of Economic Development on December 1, 2018. Prior to coming to Virginia Beach, Adams held several progressively responsible positions in both the private and public sectors, including chief administrative officer/director of finance for the City of Starkville, MS, purchasing manager for Mississippi State University, partner/operations officer for Benefits Concepts PA in Columbus, MS and business development officer/commercial credit analyst for the National Bank of Commerce. He earned an MBA from Hult International Business School and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing from Mississippi State University.
Business Development Coordinator
Contact Ray for business relocation or expansion assistance, specifically with regard to the defense, composites, sensors, and alternative energy clusters, as well as for information on business incubators.
Contact Laura for business relocation or expansion assistance, specifically with regard to manufacturing and international business sectors.
Business Development Manager
Contact Charles for business relocation or expansion assistance, specifically with regard to maritime and logistics, manufacturing, cyber, and real estate development business sectors.
Contact Lloyd for existing business outreach and retention assistance or for information about the information services and management (IT) and maritime business sectors.
Business Development Manager
Contact Letitia for information on the City’s APZ-1 program, business opportunities in the area surrounding the Oceana Naval Air Station.
Contact Jeff for information on Small, Women, and Minority-owned (SWaM) business development and related assistance.
Marketing and Research Manager
Contact Svetla for site selection assistance, research-related information, demographics, website assistance, business statistics assistance, and for information on the Department's marketing materials.
Contact Cole for business relocation or expansion assistance, specifically with regards to manufacturing and international business sectors.
Representative Europe - Madrid, Spain
Vicente is based in Madrid, Spain and represents Virginia Beach’s interests in the Spanish, Portuguese, and French markets. He offers assistance to companies abroad that are interested in establishing or expanding in Virginia Beach.
Representative Europe - Düsseldorf, Germany
Michael is based in Dusseldorf, Germany and represents our City interests in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Benelux and Turkey. He offers assistance to companies abroad that are interested in establishing or expanding in Virginia Beach.
Representative Europe – Ipswich, United Kingdom
Charles is based in Ipswich, England and represents Virginia Beach’s interests in the United Kingdom and Irish markets. He offers assistance to companies abroad that are interested in establishing or expanding in Virginia Beach.
Business Development Administrator
Contact David for strategic business development, department budget and administration, or for information about the biomedical/health care business sector.
Contact Olivia to schedule a meeting with the Director or for information regarding office operations and procedures, volunteer resources, payroll, budget and accounting.
Contact Vicki for information about the Virginia Beach Development Authority or for administrative support and information.
Manages departments financial transactions, petty cash fund, accounts payables, accounts receivables, and purchasing expenditures. Assists with preparing the department’s annual budget.
Project Development Manager
Virginia Beach Development Authority Accountant
Contact Sean for information on the finances of the Virginia Beach Development Authority.
Virginia Beach GrowSmart Coordinator
Contact Barbara for information about Virginia Beach's GrowSmart early childhood education initiative.
Virginia Beach GrowSmart Development Specialist
Contact Devin for information on the Virginia Beach GrowSmart Foundation, a 501-c3 foundation, or to learn more about ways we connect business leaders and the community into our early childhood initiatives.