Virginia International Business Council


Monthly Luncheon Program on May 24, 2017

  • May 24, 2017
  • 11:45 AM - 1:30 PM
  • Omni Hotel, 100 S. 12th Street, Richmond, VA


  • Through May 19, 2017
  • Through May 19, 2017
  • May 19 through May 24, 2017
  • May 19 through May 24, 2017

Registration is closed




Enabling International Trade Success Since 1948™


Join us at our Monthly Luncheon Program on May 24th for:

Port of Richmond – Your Gateway to Success

A discussion on the long-term improvements and opportunities through the Port of Richmond.

Featured Speakers:  

Daniel LeGrande - Virginia Port Authority;Dean Williams - Open Plan Systems


Presentation will include a brief Port of Richmond overview (including the long-term lease with the City of Richmond + planned improvements) and a case study from current POR user Open Plan Systems.


Details:  Wednesday, May 24, 2017  

11:45am - 12:00pm:       Registration & networking

12:00pm - 1:30pm:          Luncheon meeting and program


Venue for this Luncheon Meeting:

Omni Hotel, 100 S. 12th Street, Richmond, VA


Cost:   Early registration [by May 19th, 2017]: 

$25 for VAIBC members

$35 for non-members


Registration after May 19th:  $35 members, $45 non-members




About the speakers:


Daniel LeGrande is a long-time team member of the Port of Virginia sales team.  He currently serves as the Director or Inland Terminals and Sales Support, with responsibility for the inland port of Front Royal and the Port of Richmond. Daniel is a graduate of Hampden-Sydney College.


Dean Williams is Managing Partner of Open Plan Systems in Richmond Virginia and has been in the office furniture business his entire life.  After graduating from Colonial Heights High School he started working in a family business that sold office supplies in the tri-cities. 

In 1979, he opened up an office furniture business in Richmond where it grew to over 50 employees.  In 1991, he created a retail office furniture company with three locations including one in Norfolk, and today that company is marketed as Mega Office Furniture.  Selling the company in 1996 to pursue other interests, he started HMU in 2001 with 3 people and 3,000 sq feet of space.  In 2008, he purchased the assets Open Plan Systems and today the company has over 160 employees and 400,000 sq feet of manufacturing and distribution space where they manufacture office work stations which are distributed in 35 states. 


The Virginia International Business Council

was established in 1948, and it has had a distinguished history as a membership organization serving businesses engaged in or pursuing international trade and the wide range of professionals in the public and private sector that facilitate and enable international trade.  Our monthly luncheon programs provide networking and educational opportunities vital to success.  We also periodically conduct special workshops featuring experts in the field on topics we believe to be especially timely and vital to our members, as well as several annual special events, which have historically included our December holiday party and spring golf outing.   We actively support other Virginia trade organizations and events, and provide scholarships and other outreach to Virginia colleges and universities.  For more information, please contact us:






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