FRA Staff

Curry Roberts

Curry Roberts


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 35 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. Curry currently serves as Chairman of the Loan Committee of the Rappahannock Economic Development Corporation. He previously served as Chair of the Board of Directors of Southern States Cooperative, Inc. and as president of the Virginia Tech Alumni Association. Curry is a 2014 co-recipient of Tech’s Alumni Distinguished Service Award and in 2022 received VEDA’s prestigious Cardinal Award, which recognizes leadership in economic development.

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Todd Gillingham

Todd Gillingham

Vice President, Marketing and Operations

Joining the Fredericksburg Regional Alliance at The University of Mary Washington 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.

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Rose Maddox

Rose Maddox

Business Development Manager

Rose joined the Fredericksburg Regional Alliance at the University of Mary Washington in February 2022. Prior to her time at FRA, Rose spent 11 years as the Employer Relations Manager in the Center for Career & Professional Development at the University of Mary Washington. In this role, she worked with regional employers to connect them to students and alumni, planned recruiting events including job and internship fairs, speed networking, and on-campus interviews, and handled the Center’s marketing as well as graduate outcome data collection.

Rose holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Professional Writing from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown.

 As the Business Development Manager at FRA, she is responsible for creating marketing materials, event planning, investor communications and regional economic development projects.

 Rose’s personal passions include playing piano, reading, and spending time with her husband, Daniel, and daughter, Lila.

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