The Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce will host the second annual Best Places to Work in Montgomery County luncheon on Wednesday, June 19, at 11:30 a.m. at The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center.

The chamber and the NRV Society of Human Resource Managers have partnered to raise awareness of our business community. More than 70 organizations will be recognized at the luncheon as part of the chamber’s talent retention and recruitment initiative. Of those 70 businesses, the chamber will recognize the top organizations in several categories for their culture and ability to recruit and retain talent.

The keynote speaker is Ross Mecham, organizational consultant and director of organizational excellence at Virginia Tech. Mecham joined Virginia Tech in 2009 in the Pamplin College of Business’s Management and Professional Development Programs, and moved into the personnel division in 2012. Through his current role he serves all departments at Virginia Tech. He continues to serve as a consultant for organizations such as LewisGale Hospital – Montgomery, Ferguson Enterprises, Wolseley, The Virginia Police Chiefs Foundation and more. Mecham is an expert in leadership training and organizational development.

“This is an excellent opportunity for our community to improve business practices," said Chamber Executive Director Sharon Scott. "We also know that with 2.4% unemployment in our community, almost every business is looking for great talent; they have to set themselves apart from other businesses. Our efforts will help them achieve this difference.” 

A continuation from last year, the chamber and SHRM worked with the Consulting Group at Virginia Tech, housed in Pamplin's Management Department, to create this year’s survey that was sent to employers and employees of various area organizations earlier this year.

“Our community is a gem in Southwest Virginia, and the commonwealth for that matter. The Montgomery County Chamber wants to recognize those companies who are the best -- cutting edge,” said 2019 Chamber Board Chairman Alan Fabian.

But recognition of what works doesn’t stop after June 19. The chamber will work with SHRM to create workshops and educational opportunities for those companies needing assistance to create stronger workplace recognition. This will also create awareness with students in local high schools, community colleges and universities to consider staying in the area upon graduation.

“The real value will be in sharing what is working for the recognized organizations. We want to create a learning community. Creating better work environments is about much more than salaries -- it’s about understanding what talent wants in today’s workplace,” said Paul Mylum, 2018 board chairman.

The Best Places to Work in Montgomery County luncheon is open to members and nonmembers. Tickets are $40, and those interested are encouraged to register by Friday, June 14. Tickets can be purchased at or by calling membership and sales director Jenna Phillips at 320-6381.

Submitted by Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce

Submitted by Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce

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