Curry Roberts – President
Curry Roberts serves as President of the Fredericksburg Regional Alliance at the University of Mary Washington, only its third since the organization began. Curry is a business leader with 30 years of non-profit, public and private sector executive experience and a proven track record in successfully managing complex issues. He joined FRA in 2014 after serving as a Principal with Hirschler-Fleischer Consulting, LLC of Richmond.
Serving as Virginia’s Secretary of Economic Development (now Commerce and Trade) under Governor Gerald L. Baliles, Curry was responsible for oversight of 15 state agencies covering agriculture, ports, industrial development, tourism, OSHA and the arts. With his support, during Governor Baliles’ administration, there were 400,000 new jobs created and 100 domestic and overseas companies located or invested in Virginia.
Following his service in state government, Metromedia Telecommunication’s founder John Kluge tapped Curry to manage and grow JWK Properties, Inc., a combination of diverse private businesses valued at more than $100 million including an 8,000-acre working farm, a coin laundry business, and a peanut shelling operation. Kluge then asked Curry to apply his diverse experience and management skills to lead the turnaround of PM Holdings, LLC, a $275 million niche market food company.
Curry’s experience in navigating the complexities of state and local zoning and regulatory issues, his ability to manage diverse interests toward a common goal, and his extensive contacts among decision makers led his fellow board members at State Fair of Virginia, Inc. to ask him to lead the organization as President and CEO through a pivotal transition to its new home in Caroline County.
A native of Bedford County, Va., Curry is a 1980 graduate of Virginia Tech. He currently serves as Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of Southern States Cooperative, Inc. and volunteers as a board member for the Virginia Public Safety Foundation. Curry is a past president of the Virginia Tech Alumni Association and was a 2014 recipient of Tech’s Alumni Distinguished Service Award.
Todd Gillingham – Vice President, Marketing and Operations
Joining the Fredericksburg Regional Alliance in 2005, Todd held several positions within the organization before being named Vice President of Marketing and Operations, where he currently serves. Working closely with brokers and various other potential prospects, Todd works to achieve a goal of positively representing the Fredericksburg Region as a competitive location to do business. His experience in both national and international marketing has allowed him to cultivate relationships with some of the top brokers, site consultants and companies in the world. Todd has been responsible for helping create and manage the organization’s marketing and strategic plans and implementing successful research studies aimed to diversify the regional economy. His experience and relationships both in and outside of the Fredericksburg region have helped cultivate and grow numerous businesses and industries in the community.
A near lifelong resident of Spotsylvania County, Va. and an avid Washington, D.C. sports fan, Todd enjoys spending time with his family and friends. He also serves on the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Workforce NOW Board of Directors.
Nick Minor – Manager, Communications and Research
Nick joined at the Fredericksburg Regional Alliance as an intern August of 2013 and now works full time as Communication and Research Manager for the Alliance. He focuses on effectively managing all digital communications and internal communications for the organization as well as assisting with project coordination and research related to new and existing economic development projects. Nick is the FRA’s primary point of contact for coordinating and organizing conferences, meetings, and networking events. Nick continues to gain vital experience and taking on new responsibilities that already make him an integral member of the Alliance staff.
Nick has a military background with four years in the United States Navy on board the USS Carl Vinson. He was on board for the Haiti Earthquake relief efforts in 2009, as well as Operation Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom in the years of 2010 to 2012. Nick will be attending the University of Mary Washington to pursue a B.S. in Business Administration.
Kellyn Stewart – Investor and Administrative Support Specialist
Kellyn joined the Fredericksburg Regional Alliance in May 2017 after graduating from the University of Mary Washington with B.A.’s in History and Historic Preservation. As the Alliance’s Investor and Administrative Support Specialist she is responsible for creating marketing materials, event planning and investor communications. Prior to joining the Alliance, Kellyn worked for the Washington Heritage Museums in downtown Fredericksburg as their marketing and social media intern. Along with marketing for the museums, she also worked as a senior Peer Career Consultant at the University of Mary Washington’s Center for Career and Professional Development. As part of her capstone for her historic preservation major, Kellyn was part of a team of students and faculty tasked with redesigning the Fredericksburg Arts District, where she assisted with building a comprehensive list of art resources downtown and creating a new interactive website.
Originally from Richmond, Kellyn enjoys running on various trails downtown with her dog and spending time with friends at sporting events. A seasoned traveler, Kellyn has studied abroad in Teresina, Brazil and London.