Staff

Director

Taylor Adams

Deputy City Manager/Director of Economic Development

Mr. Adams joined the City in 2015. After holding professionally responsible positions in Finance and Economic Development, he currently serves the community as the Deputy City Manager for Economic Development, Convention and Visitor Bureau, Resort Management, and Cultural Affairs.

Prior to coming to Virginia Beach, Mr. Adams held 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, Chief Marketing Officer/Managing Partner for Benefits Concepts PA in Columbus, MS and business development officer/commercial credit analyst for the National Bank of Commerce of MS.

Taylor is the Chair of the Governing Board of the National Institute of Governmental Procurement (a professional association with approximately 20,000 members serving State and Local Government).

He spends his spare time with his wife Phoenix and their four children Taylor Jr., Kensington, Hudson, and Carys.

Taylor Adams Director of Finance

Division Heads

Laura Hayes

Business Development Coordinator

Contact Laura for business relocation or expansion assistance, specifically with regard to manufacturing and international business sectors.

Ihsane Mouak

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, manages vendors' contracts and the APZ-1 program.

Jeffrey Smith

Business Development Coordinator

Contact Jeff for information on Small, Women, and Minority-owned (SWaM) business development and related assistance.

Raymond White

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 and datacenter development.

Business Development

Charles J. Bauman III

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.

Ronald Berkebile

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.

Devin Cowhey

Business Development Manager I

Contact Devin for information on the biomedical/health care business sector.

Christina Kwon

Business Development Manager II

Contact Christina for information on the Small Business Center (HIVE) and Small, Women, and Minority-owned (SWaM) business development and related assistance.

Letitia Langaster

Business Development Manager II

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.

Paige McGraw

Business Development Manager I

Contact Paige for business relocation or expansion assistance, specifically with regard to the international business sector.

Svetla Tomanova

Marketing Assistant

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.

International Offices

Vicente Álvarez Fanjul

Representative Europe - 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 abr

Christine Krauss

Representative Europe - 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.

Charles Macdowell

Representative Europe – 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.

Workforce Development

Barbara Lito

Virginia Beach GrowSmart Coordinator

Contact Barbara for information about Virginia Beach's GrowSmart early childhood education initiative.

VACANT

Virginia Beach GrowSmart Development Specialist

Contact the GrowSmart Development Specialist 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.

Amy Ward

Administrative Technician - GrowSmart

Amy is the Administrative Technician with Virginia Beach GrowSmart. She is the volunteer resource manager with our First Grade Reads program and also compiles data and administrative support for our child care industry and GrowSmart strategic focus areas.

Management & Administration

Vicki Kelley

Administrative Technician

Contact Vicki for information about the Virginia Beach Development Authority or for administrative support and information.

Olivia O’Bry

Executive Assistant II

Contact Olivia to schedule a meeting with the Director, and for information regarding office management, personnel, and human resources for the department.

Annagid Walker

Office Assistant II

Contact Anna to schedule a conference room, to reach a member of the staff, or for general inquiries.