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WHIMBY meets next on Thursday, July 20th from 5:30 - 7:00PM at the Westwood Club. Our fantastic July sponsors are Chris Fawcett of Third Marble Marketing and Kappy Gross of Heron Creek Advisors. This month's guest speaker is Jane Ferrara, COO of Economic Development and Community Development for the City of Richmond.

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July's Speaker:  Jane Ferrara is COO of Economic and Community Development for the City of Richmond

Jane Ferrara is COO of Economic and Community Development for the City of RichmondJane Ferrara is leading the city’s business attraction and retention programs, as well as the tourism and real estate strategies team. She currently serves as Secretary to the Richmond Economic Development Authority and was a member of the Richmond Planning Commission from 2009-2016. Jane began her career in commercial real estate in Hampton Roads, Virginia and later relocated to Richmond to serve as Managing Director and partner of Advantis Real Estate Services. In 2005, she left the private sector and joined the City of Richmond as Director of Real Estate. She was promoted to her current position in 2009.

Jane has served in leadership roles for numerous professional organizations, including the Richmond Real Estate Group, VCU Real Estate Circle of Excellence, the Commercial Council of the Virginia Association of Realtors, the Greater Richmond Association of Commercial Real Estate and the Virginia CCIM Chapter. She was also a board member of the Children’s Museum of Richmond.

In 2006, Jane was selected as a faculty member for the CCIM Institute, where she teaches Commercial Real Estate Investment Financial Analysis.  In 2009, she was named as one of the Top 20 Women in Commercial Real Estate by Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) Richmond. Jane lives in the City of Richmond with her husband and two daughters.

July's WHIMBY Sponsor

Chris Fawcett, WHIMBY Member
Chris Fawcett, Founder of Third Marble Marketing

Our Mission is to help America grow. Over 65% of all new jobs in America are created by small businesses (according to the SBA). But small business owners don't have the time to fully understand the complicated, ever-changing online marketing systems that connect the modern consumer with your business. We bridge that gap. By making digital marketing strategies accessible, affordable and easy to understand, we help small business owners grow their business so they can hire more people from their community.

With 24 years of direct marketing experience and 21 years of internet marketing experience, Chris decided to start Third Marble Marketing in September of 2009 with the goal of helping small business owners get their fair share of marketing on the internet.

Chris is considered a veteran in the young internet space since he has been involved in internet marketing for as long as internet marketing has been around. Prior to starting Third Marble Marketing, Chris spent 9 years at First STREET, Inc. in Colonial Heights, VA as their VP & COO of Marketing. In 2005, Chris re-designed the company’s website and won one of the nationally coveted “Internet Retailer’s Top 50 Best of the Web” Awards, joining the ranks of such online retailers as Best Buy and Amazon.

Chris proudly graduated from Virginia Tech with a Masters Degree in Operation Research and Bachelors in Industrial and Systems Engineering.

For more information, contact Chris at 804-638-9866 or visit Third Marble Marketing at

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