Event Details

The BOCOTALKS series this month is presented by a panel of speakers with knowledge about broadband development in Botetourt County. Speakers will be Ken McFadyen (Director of Economic Development, Botetourt County), Scott Crawford (President and CEO of VA811), Maiya Ashby (Marketing, Communications, Member Engagement, Craig-Botetourt Electric Coop), and Jeff Ahearn (CEO, Craig-Botetourt Electric Coop).


BOCOTALKS features a video presentation to be watched prior to the in-person networking event at the Reserve at Daleville. Here's the link to the video. Registered attendees will be emailed a link to the video. Our panelists will be available at the event for open discussion and to answer any questions. Registration is required to attend the in-person event. Appetizers by Nick of Thyme Bakery & Catering are included in the ticket price. Drinks may be purchased at the venue. Tickets are $20 Members, $25 future members.


**We are offering a free drink ticket upon entry if you can answer a trivia question about the video at the door! We are encouraging everyone to watch the video prior to the event!


Ties to External Markets: Imports and Exports in the New River Valley, 1745-1789. Written by Scott Crawford.


Sponsored by Member One Federal Credit Union.

Speakers

  • Jeff Ahearn (CEO of Craig-Botetourt Electric Cooperative)

    Jeff Ahearn

    CEO of Craig-Botetourt Electric Cooperative

    https://www.cbec.coop/

    Jeff Ahearn is CEO of Craig-Botetourt Electric Cooperative and Bee Online Advantage, LLC. Ahearn has served in this position for 6 years and brings with him nearly three decades of experience serving both electric and telephone cooperatives.
    Prior to receiving a degree in Electrical Engineering Technology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Jeff was introduced to the cooperative world at Tri-County Telephone Cooperative in Belhaven, NC in 1993. After this introduction, Jeff continued to work with Tri-County’s consultant while attending UNC Charlotte.

    Following college, Jeff worked 12+ years with Tideland Electric Membership Corporation in Pantego, NC and then with Coastal Electric Cooperative in Midway, GA for 6 years. Jeff is inspired daily by his wife, Nanci, and their two sons, Michael and Alex. In his free time, Jeff enjoys spending time with his family fishing, hunting, and water skiing.

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  • Maiya Ashby (Manager of Marketing, Communication & Member Engagement at Craig-Botetourt Electric Cooperative)

    Maiya Ashby

    Manager of Marketing, Communication & Member Engagement at Craig-Botetourt Electric Cooperative

    https://www.cbec.coop/

    Maiya Ashby is the Manager of Marketing, Communications, & Member Engagement for Craig-Botetourt Electric Cooperative and Bee Online Advantage, LLC. Ashby has served in this position for 1 year and brings with her over 15 years of marketing and public relations expertise.

    Originally haling from Goodview, VA growing up on Smith Mountain Lake, Maiya is not a stranger to rural Virginia. Graduating with a BS in Communications with a Public Relations concentration from Radford University, Maiya has used her knowledge and skills to better small businesses and communities in Southwest Virginia.

    When Maiya is not busy being a one-stop Marketing shop for CBEC and BOA, you can find her spending time hiking, swimming, and enjoying all that the great outdoors have to offer, along with her husband Sam and two pups Riley & Cairo.

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  • Luke Campbell (Operations Assistant at Botetourt County Economic Development)

    Luke Campbell

    Operations Assistant at Botetourt County Economic Development

    Luke Campbell began working for Botetourt County in 2014 in the General Services department before moving to Economic Development in 2018. As Operations Assistant, he manages and researches data specific to Botetourt and lists the inventory of local sites and buildings on the Virginia Economic Development Partnership's (VEDP) website. Luke also assists with both large and small business retention and expansion projects including special marketing campaigns like the "Right Here in Botetourt County" commercials.

    In 2019, Luke completed the Dale Carnegie Course Skills for Success, and in 2021 completed the Basic Economic Development Course through the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). He has been a member of the Virginia Economic Development Association (VEDA) since 2018 and is an alternate member of the Western Virginia Regional Industrial Facility Authority (WVRIFA). He also serves as an alternate board member of the Botetourt County Chamber of Commerce and is involved with the Chamber's Young Professionals Organization.

    Luke grew up in Roanoke and is a graduate of Virginia Western Community College and Roanoke College, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in English with a concentration in Creative Writing. Before switching careers to local government, Luke was a high school AP English teacher for two years. He has been a soccer referee for over 20 years and is a Level 2 CrossFit trainer at a local gym. In 2015 and 2017 Luke attended the Paris American Academy Writing Workshop to hone his craft of which he performs on stage as part of a local arts group.

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  • B. Scott Crawford (President & CEO of Virginia 811)

    B. Scott Crawford

    President & CEO of Virginia 811

    Scott serves as the President & CEO for VA811 where he helps to keep Virginia’s underground utility infrastructure, excavators, property owners, and property safe by helping to ensure underground utilities are identified and marked prior to excavations or demolitions. His professional experience includes overseeing and implementing professional development for ValleyStar Credit Union and Member One Federal Credit Union. He brings over 25 years of experience in education, having served as an adjunct instructor for Virginia Western Community College, a high school history teacher, social studies coordinator, and the director of education for the Taubman Museum of Art. He also appeared on a monthly local news station (WSLS NewsChannel 10) as the Art Detective.

    At Member One, Scott developed new curriculum that allowed for a humanities and arts-based approach to business training. This unique method earned Member One national recognition with the 2013 Credit Union National Association Human Resources/Training Development (CUNA HR/TD) Excellence in Employee Engagement Award. Scott is a strong believer in the use of games to help make work fun and improve performance. Scott has also served on the City of Roanoke's Arts Commission, serving as the Chair in 2018-2019. Scott graduated from Old Dominion University with a master's degree in History.

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  • Ken McFadyen (Director of Economic Development at Botetourt County)

    Ken McFadyen

    Director of Economic Development at Botetourt County

    https://www.botetourtva.gov/721/Meet-the-Team

    Ken joined Botetourt County, Virginia in July 2016 as Director of Economic Development, following seven years as executive director of the Blue Ridge Crossroads Economic Development Authority in southwestern Virginia. Located in the Roanoke Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), Botetourt County is engaged in all facets of economic development, including industrial recruitment and expansion, small business development, and workforce development. Ken’s organizations and their accomplishments have been recognized by the Center for Rural Virginia, Virginia Association of Counties, and Southern Economic Development Council.

    Ken’s economic development experience is diverse, ranging from industrial recruitment to downtown revitalization and historic preservation. Ken served on the Virginia Economic Developers Association (VEDA) Board of Directors, as president in 2018, and chaired the Legislative Day committee. In 2017, Governor-Elect Ralph Northam’s Transition Team asked Ken to participate in the Policy Council on Commerce and Trade, which delivered a detailed policy document to the governor at the beginning of his term. The Virginia Economic Development Partnership has asked Ken to serve on its strategic planning and Virginia Business Ready Sites Program committees. In 2018, he was nominated for “Small Business Advocate” with the Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce.

    Ken has completed the County Administration course and Basic Economic Development Course at the School of Government, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He presents frequently at the Virginia Institute for Economic Development and Virginia Industrial Development Authorities Institute, coordinated by Virginia Tech, and has delivered presentations at the requests of Governors McAuliffe’s and Northam’s administrations.

    Previously, Ken served in county and municipal management, attaining International City/County Management Association (ICMA-CM) Credentialed Manager status, and also with a non-profit economic development organization that promoted the White House’s American Heritage Rivers Initiative. He is an Eagle Scout and past president of his Rotary Club. Ken earned an undergraduate degree in history & pre-law and a master degree in public administration from Appalachian State University, where he also taught as an adjunct instructor in political science. And, for the fun of it, he earned a master degree in American history from Emory & Henry College.

    Ken is involved in Scouting, currently serving as an assistant scoutmaster for Troop 211 in Daleville, Virginia. Ken and his wife, Melanie, have two children, Sara and Conor, and they reside in Fincastle, VA.

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