(Charlottesville, Virginia – October 27)  The Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce has selected a William J. Kehoe to receive the prestigious Chamber Paul Goodloe McIntire Citizenship Award.  Mr. Kehoe will be presented the Award at the 103rd Annual Chamber of Commerce Dinner to be held at the Boar’s Head Inn Pavilion on Thursday, November 17th.

        The 103rd Annual Chamber Dinner is underwritten by CenturyLink, Hantzmon Wiebel, LLC and State Farm Insurance Companies.  Chris Jansing, Senior White House Correspondent for NBC, and breaking news anchor and correspondent for MSNBC, will deliver the keynote address, is underwritten by CFA Institute.

“Bill Kehoe has been an exemplary leader in our community for more than two decades,” stated Chad Zakaib, Vice President of Operations, Legacy Hospice, 2015 Chairman of the Chamber Board of Directors who serves as 2016 Chamber Awards Recognition Committee Chairman.  “Bill has worked diligently, quietly and very effectively on some of the most impactful initiatives in our community.  Our Chamber is honored to recognize Bill.”

        William Kehoe, a native of Cincinnati, Ohio and business professor at the University of Virginia since 1975, is the William F. O’Dell Professor of Commerce at the UVA McIntire School of Commerce.  At the University, Mr. Kehoe has received numerous academic accolades, most recently the 2015 Jefferson Scholars Foundation Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching. 

Bill has left lasting impacts on his students. For example, in presenting the Seven Society Recognition Award, the Society noted, “your willingness to help students and cultivate their minds. You have done more than instruct, you have imparted life lessons and gained the respect of many, As Carl Jung aptly described ‘one looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers but with gratitude to those who touched our human feeling.’ Pleased be assured the University is both appreciative and grateful for your tireless contributions.”

Another former student and a Bill Kehoe nominator, wrote this; “Bill was the professor who changed my life. He inspired me to find out how good I could be. I was a middling student until I took my first Marketing class from him at McIntire. I then went on to the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University where after graduation I had … a long career in healthcare.  I am now the CEO at … a Colorado based startup that is growing rapidly.”

        Beyond his UVA roles, Bill Kehoe has been active in numerous area organizations, including: the American Heart Association of Charlottesville; the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce; the Charlottesville Symphony Society; Junior Achievement of Central Virginia; the Albemarle County Police Foundation; Rotary; United Way – Thomas Jefferson Area; the Piedmont Virginia Community College Foundation and others.  Mr. Kehoe served on many of these organizations’ Boards of Directors in leadership and chairmanship roles, including the Chamber Board of Directors, where he was Chairman in 1988.  Mr. Kehoe is a member of the Chamber Cabinet of Past Chairpersons & Presidents.

        An active citizen in civic matters, Mr. Kehoe, a United States Marine Corps veteran, has had long service on the Charlottesville Albemarle Airport Authority, including several terms as the Authority Chairman; the Albemarle County Industrial Development Authority; the Albemarle County Fiscal Resource Advisory Committee; the Virginia Aviation Board; and, VTRANS2025.

Prior to his long academic career and civic engagement, Mr. Kehoe worked in private enterprise for Centrex, Corporation, Phillips Petroleum, and Mercantile Stores.

The Chamber of Commerce established its prestigious Paul Goodloe McIntire Citizenship Award in 1975 to recognize outstanding citizen contributions to the greater Charlottesville area.  The Chamber award is named in honor of Paul Goodloe McIntire, whose good will set a standard of service that others through the years have reached for while helping to weave a fabric of selflessness that continues to provide for our community and its citizens.  A list of previous recipients is attached.

In addition to Mr. Zakaib, the 2015 Chamber Paul Goodloe McIntire Citizenship Award Selection Committee included: Charlie Armstrong, Southern Development; Paul Beyer, Tom Tom Festival; Suzanne Brooks, Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company of Central Virginia; Martin V. Burks III, J F Bell Funeral Home; Alison DeTuncq, University of Virginia Community Credit Union; Adrian Felts, 2016 Chairman, Chamber Board of Directors; Cass Kawecki, CBRE – Charlottesville; Kevin Leibl, Advanced Network Systems; Joseph Raichel, Well Fargo, Chamber First Vice  Chairman; Erika Viccellio, United Way; and Chamber Board Chairman; and,  Timothy Hulbert, President & CEO, Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Mr. Zakaib, Immediate Past Chamber Chairman and 2016 Chamber Recognitions & Awards Chairman, will present the Award to Mr. Kehoe at the 103rd Annual Chamber Dinner on November 17th,

        The Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce was founded in Charlottesville in 1913 is “dedicated to representing private enterprise, promoting business and enhancing the quality of life in our Greater Charlottesville communities.”  The Chamber’s more than 1,200 member and affiliate member enterprises employ more than 45,000 people in our community, representing an estimated total payroll of more than $1.75 billion a year.