27, Manager, Member Development for Hampton Roads Chamber, Norfolk
Business community involvement:
Something that sets you apart from the crowd?
My access to information, people and different organizations from all across the region allows me to help a wide variety of stakeholders all the time.
Something that keeps you motivated?
Fear of failure motives me more than anything. Having mentors and surrounding yourself with people you want to be around also challenges you to always be the best version of yourself possible.
What’s a challenge you’ve had to overcome to find success?
I went from working in the agriculture industry to a regional nonprofit organization. Successfully navigating that transition would not have been possible without an incredibly strong support network and choosing to live a more wholesome, well rounded life.
What’s the most important aspect you look for in a workplace?
A healthy work environment that fosters diversity and a culture of positivity is critical. Having leadership that provides you with all the tools and resources you need to thrive is also very important.
What would you be doing if you weren’t in your current position?
I have always dreamt of being a venture capitalist for early stage companies.
What new idea or development are you most excited about in Coastal Virginia right now?
As far as new ideas or development go, the transatlantic cables represent a huge win for our region. The robust, yet still developing regional entrepreneurial ecosystem is another area full of potential.
What do you think is Coastal Virginia’s biggest challenge?
Coastal Virginia’s biggest challenge right now is water. Addressing this complex issue will provide an excellent opportunity and platform for regional leaders to work together to come up with a plan to address an eminent issue.
Favorite place in Coastal Virginia to go on the weekends?
First Landing State park is a treasure to explore during all times of the year. On most weekends you can also find me enjoying and supporting many of the local restaurants, artisans and local business owners our region has to offer.
From his nomination:
“Hunter Walsh is and will continue to be a valuable asset to the Hampton Roads business community for years. His genuine enthusiasm for the work he does at the Chamber and throughout the community is realized by anyone who has the pleasure of working or volunteering with him.”
—Tage Counts, Vice President, Membership of the Hampton Roads Chamber