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.
Sr. 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.
Business Development Manager
Contact Letitia for business relocation or expansion assistance, specifically with regard to maritime and logistics, manufacturing, warehousing, distribution, cyber, and real estate development business sectors.
Economic Research Analyst
Contact Ron for fiscal and economic analyses, forecasting, analytical evaluations, economic conditions, Opportunity Zone information, foreign trade zone information, and data mining.
Contact Jeff for information on Small, Women, and Minority-owned (SWaM) business development and related assistance.
Contact Svetla for site selection assistance, website and social media assistance, and information on the Department's marketing materials. She also manages the department’s business application processes and information technology needs.
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 - Munich, Germany
Christine is based in Munich, Germany, and represents our City's interests in Germany, Austria, Switzerland. She 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.
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.
Project Development Manager
Ihsane coordinates development projects initiated by the City of Virginia Beach and the Virginia Beach Development Authority from conception to completion. She secures services for land acquisitions, site assessments, market and feasibility studies, and works with professionals and consultants. Ihsane manages VBDA’s business parks and real estate assets. She also oversees the budget development process, its implementation, and manages vendors' contracts.
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.