Our members are business owners and professionals from a broad variety of companies and industries. We share in common the belief that business success is enhanced by the relationships we build.
Our focus is promoting the development of professional relationships and business success among our members and facilitating new relationships among our respective clients, prospects and strategic partners.
We meet the third Thursday of each month from 5:30 to 7:30pm. All WHIMBY meetings are held at The Westwood Club on 6200 W. Club Lane in Richmond, Virginia.
If you would like to check us out, please arrange to attend one of our upcoming meetings as a guest of one of our members. See our member list for someone you know. A guest fee of $10 covers light refreshments and two drinks.
Membership is not restricted by geography, business focus, race, creed or gender and we do not limit membership due to overlapping professions or industries or services. New WHIMBY members are invited and sponsored by a current member.
Our meetings and programs are possible through the support of our sponsors. WHIMBY sponsors are existing members that get a focused 5 minute presentation and generously cover the expenses for the room and bar.
Jane 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.
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 ThirdMarbleMarketing.com.
Kappy Gross, CFP®, CLU, ChFC, AIF® is the founder of Heron Creek Advisors. Kappy has been serving individuals, families and locally owned businesses throughout the mid-Atlantic since 1988. He obtained his degree in insurance and finance from VCU in 1987. Following graduation he obtained his CLU and ChFC designations which lead to earning his CFP (Certified Financial Planner) and AIF (Accredited Investment Fiduciary) designations. The industry is constantly changing and the only way to stay ahead is to embrace continuing education.
People work with Kappy and his team because they trust them to communicate simple solutions to complex problems. What this means is they focus on what matter most to you and your family and build a customized solution to help solve your greatest challenges and take advantage of your greatest opportunities. The benefit is that you will have peace of mind knowing you have a financial partner with your best interests in mind and the skills to provide quality solutions.
Heron Creek Advisors works with businesses and individuals to provide planning and investment services, including company sponsored retirement plans, life insurance and executive benefits. Kappy is also the founder of Heron Creek Benefits which focuses on group medical and related employee benefits.
For more information, contact Kappy at 804-441-8468 or visit Heron Creek Advisors at HeronCreekAdvisors.com.
"WHIMBY is easily one of my favorite networking groups in Richmond. The ability to build relationships, socialize, and tap into each others connections make it a valuable part of my business development activities."
"The atmosphere at WHIMBY meetings is unlike any other networking group in town. I appreciate the friendly, professional members and their desire to help our business. They make it easy to want to help them in return."
"The connections I've made at WHIMBY make a genuine difference in my annual sales numbers, not to mention the friendships that have formed after a few years of membership."
Check out pictures from our recent meetings and events!