Tom Tom Founders Festival Announces Lineup for Fall Forum

Charlottesville, VA (August 31, 2017) – Tom Tom Founders Festival today announced its first 40 speakers for the inaugural Fall Forum, a statewide convening of innovative business and community leaders from across Virginia. The organizers anticipate over 60 speakers in total. The Forum will take place in multiple venues across Charlottesville’s historic Downtown Mall on Friday, September 22nd, and will culminate in Tom Tom’s 6th Annual Tomtoberfest block party, a free public celebration of inclusive innovation and purpose-driven entrepreneurship in Charlottesville. A full agenda of the day and biographical information about speakers are available at


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Speakers to date:


  • Jessica Abbott, Councillor, Virginia Beach City Council
  • Nathalia Daguano Artus, Community Development, Union Bank & Trust
  • Randy Caldejon, CEO & Co-Founder, Counterflow AI
  • Ace Callwood, Co-Founder and CEO, Painless1099
  • Sixto Cancel, CEO, Think of Us
  • Michael  Chapman, SVP, Managing Director, Strategic Planning, Martin Agency
  • Duron Chavis, Community Engagement Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
  • LaMar Dixon, Principal, Dixon/Lee Development Group
  • Kevin Eisenfrants, CEO and Co-Founder, Contraline
  • Shane Emmett, CEO, Health Warrior
  • Evan Feinman, Executive Director, Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission
  • Leah Fremouw, Director of Community Impact, Virginia Community Capital
  • Miriam Friedel, Director of Commercial Analytics , Elder Research
  • Patricia Funegra, Founder and CEO, La Cocina
  • Cullen Gilchrist, Co-Founder and CEO, Union Kitchen DC
  • Jasmine Gore, Vice Mayor, City of Hopewell
  • Matt Haas, Deputy Superintendent, County Schools
  • Chelsea Harnish, Executive Director, Virginia Energy Efficiency Council
  • Conaway Haskins, Extension Specialist for Economic and Entrepreneurial Development, Virginia Tech
  • Crystal Icenhour, CEO and Co-Founder, Aperiomics
  • Todd Kennedy, Senior Vice President, Capital One
  • Andrew Krouse, Founder, President and CEO, Cavion
  • Jay Lester, Executive Director, Blue Morning
  • John Morrill, Energy Manager – Arlington, AIRE
  • Angela Navarro, Deputy Secretary of Natural Resources at Office of Governor Terence R. McAuliffe, Virginia Commonwealth
  • Kevin O’Shea, Vice President of Sales, Coulomb, Inc.
  • Manisa Pipattanasomporn, CTO, BEM Controls
  • Jim Powers, Chairman and CEO, Hemoshear
  • Sam Pressler, Executive Director, Armed Services Arts Partnership (ASAP)
  • Michael Prichard, CEO, Metis Machine
  • John Provo, Director, Economic Development, Virginia Tech
  • Blake Sirach, CXO, WillowTree, Inc
  • Luis Solis, Co-Founder, Caribe Juice
  • Michael Spinelli, Co-Founder, Nutriati
  • Heather Stouffer, CEO, Mom Made Foods
  • Andrew Turner, CTO, Esri Research and Development Center
  • Scott Ukrop, Director of Business Development, NRV
  • Lee Vogler, Councillor, Danville City Council
  • James Wallace, Officer, Community Impact Advisor, Virginia Community Capital
  • Barbara Brown Wilson, Co-Founder of Design Futures; Asst. Prof. of Urban and Environmental Planning at the University of Virginia School of Architecture





The Tom Tom Foundation is a nonprofit organization that celebrates entrepreneurs, civic leaders, and creators who are shaping cities and communities across the nation. Tom Tom’s signature event is a weeklong festival of ideas and culture that takes place in Charlottesville, Virginia, each April in conjunction with Thomas Jefferson’s birthday. This cross discipline, multi-venue experience transforms the historic downtown and empowers the innovators, who are envisioning a brighter future. Since its inception in 2012, the Foundation’s Spring and Fall programming has showcased over 700 speakers and 280 bands to 172,000 program attendees, and has channeled $2.8 million to new ventures and projects. Learn more:



The Tom Tom Founders Festival is presented by the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business, American Evolution, the Quantitative Foundation, and the i.Lab at UVA. It is also generously underwritten by a number of leading organizations, including the University of Virginia, Ting, C-Ville Weekly, New Belgium Brewing Company, Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, City of Charlottesville, UVA’s Galant Center for Entrepreneurship at the McIntire School of Commerce, UVA’s School of Engineering and Applied Science, UVA’s Curry School of Education, and the Virginia Tourism Corporation.

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