NAAAHR in Richmond

The Richmond Chapter was one of the earliest chapters in the organization’s history and functioned for a while but ceased meeting at some period in the early 2000s. In 2005, a chance conversation with Nat Alston, the one of the National Organization’s founding member and past president, Nat Alston urged that Robert Franklin who recently had relocated to the area to start up the chapter again.

In a matter of a few months, The Richmond Chapter had gained sufficient membership to rejoin the national organization as a relaunched chapter.

Chapter Highlights

The Chapter is grateful for the many professionals who have shared their experiences and knowledge with us throughout the years. This list is too numerous to mention in its entirety, but it has been their contributions that have helped to sustained the Richmond Chapter over the years.

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Networking Opportunities


The formal relaunch occurred March 11, 2006.

Joining the Chapter from the National Organization was Carl Jefferson, President, Tom Franklin, Vice President of the Eastern Region, and our Mentor, Nat Alston form the Baltimore Chapter.  

 Alan Reese, Owner of Reese & Associates, provided office space for chapter meetings during the first year.


Richmond Chapter participated in Richmond’s Two Street Festival from October 5th thru October 7th. Health care products were donated by one of the Chapter’s business sponsors, Church & Dwight. Inc.

Chapter hosted golf tournament at Lake Chesdin Golf Club


Pete Stith, Deputy Administrator of Chesterfield County presented

David Constine, Troutman Sanders – Legal Update



Tammy H. Cummings, Senior Vice President Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond

Federal Reserve Bank hosted an event


William S. Cooper, JR Vice President and Deputy Director For Diversity and Inclusion, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond hosted

Federal Reserve Bank Hosted


Dexter Harris, Director HR VA Dominion Power

Antoinette Archer, CEO of the Archer Consulting Group and HR Director of Richmond City Police Department

Michelle Oliver, CEO Oliver Financial Group

Legal Update from David Constine Troutman Sanders

Chris Jordan, VP Talent Acquisition, Genworth, hosted


Pamela Allen, CEO, Accel Talent and Development Group

J. Sergeant Reynolds Community College hosted


Michael Davis, Regional Vice President – Primerica Financial Services

J. Sergeant Reynolds Community College hosted


Phillip Saul, Principal Digital Advisor, hosted meeting

Karen Michael, President Karen Micheal PLC – Legal Update

Genworth, Chris Jordan, VP Talent Acquisition, hosted


Brian C. Starks, Ph.D., CEO and Founder, BCS & Associates Consulting Firm

Jimmy F. Roberson, Jr. Esq., Managing Shareholder, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

Ogletree law firm hosted


Meet & Greet membership drive, Black History Museum of Richmond


James B. Thorsen, Thorsen Hart & Allen LLP- Legal Update

Donnie Harper, Vice-President, Federal Reserve Bank

Richmond Public Utilities hosted


Lawrence V. Roberts, New York Life Insurance

New York Life Insurance hosted

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