Provided by Prince William Chamber of Commerce
Ross Snare, Chief Operating Officer for the Prince William Chamber of Commerce, will be stepping down from the organization at the end of the month to become Associate Chief External Affairs Officer at UVA Health.
“Ross Snare has been a tremendous asset to the Chamber since the first day he came to work with us. His leadership and positive attitude will be missed, but the whole Chamber membership congratulate him for taking on the next set of challenges in his career, and we look forward to working with him in his new role,” stated Marty Nohe, Secretary/Treasurer of the Chamber and President of Appliance Connection.
Snare started at the Chamber in 2018, serving as the 1,200-member organization’s Director of Government Affairs, quickly rising through the ranks to become its Chief Operating Officer.
Known as a strong advocate for pro-business polices and initiatives not only in the Prince William Region, but across the Commonwealth, Snare spearheaded the advocacy efforts of the Chamber and worked collaboratively with other businesses and associations on numerous advocacy campaigns over the years.
A few of the achievements and milestones throughout his tenure have been:
- Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Ross worked tirelessly for the Chamber’s members and the community at-large, transforming and pivoting the organization into an information hub for businesses and their employees by providing daily updates to members on current restrictions, regulations, loans, unemployment insurance and grant opportunities. During that time, he worked closely with federal, state and local officials and agencies to ensure that the voice of the business community was heard. Those efforts led to his receiving the PW Chamber’s 2020 and 2021 “Chairman’s Award” and the 2021 “John D. Jenkins Good Scout Award.”
- Advocated for the Micron and Amazon Incentive Packages during the 2019 General Assembly Session, which brought in over $5.5 billion in economic investment and thousands of jobs to Northern Virginia.
- Led the effort to pass the $355 million Prince William Road Bond Referendum, which received 73% of the vote in the 2019 Elections and has led to historic investments into the County’s Infrastructure, most notably the $200 million allocated for the Route 28 Bypass near Manassas.
- Has been a leading advocate for the booming Northern Virginia Data Center Industry and has worked at the local and state level to ensure their continued investment in the community and creating a stable and predictable business environment.
- Along with the Virginia Chamber and other pro-business advocacy groups, worked to maintain Virginia’s status as a Right-to-Work State and to expand access to health insurance for businesses and their employees through the passage of the healthcare consortium legislation.