About Virginia Free

About Virginia Free


Virginia FREE provides the best objective, non-partisan political information ever available to business. This information fosters a well-informed business community that will take the lead in electing legislators who advance free enterprise and responsible, pro-business government.


Virginia FREE benefits from an outstanding leadership team. The Board of Directors includes a distinguished list of top executives from Virginia’s leading corporations. Our president, Chris Saxman, has led the daily operations of the organization since 2014.

Mr. John B. Adams Jr. Jay”
A. Smith Bowman Distillery, Inc.
President and CEO
Mr. Lawrence Roberts “Larry”Venable LLP
Mr. David D. Addison “David”
Sandy Spring Bank
Sr. Vice President & Sr. Relations Manager
Mrs. Dorcas Helfant-Browning “Dorcas”
Coldwell Banker Professional, Realtors
CEO, Managing Partner, Principal Broker
Mr. Martin Kent “Martin”President & COO

United Company

Mr. Paul Lawrence “Paul”Director of Operations

Family Insight P.C.

Mr. Wyatt B. Durrette, Jr. “Wyatt”
DurretteCrump PLC
Mr. Michael Ligon “Mike”Universal Corporation
Vice President – Corporate Affairs
Mr. Douglas R. Fahl “Doug”
Executive Vice President
Mr. Thomas W. Minnick “Tom”
National Consulting Group, Inc.
President & CEO
Mr. Jim Fraser “Jim”
Thales USA, Inc.
Vice President, Government Relations
Ms. Anna-Maria Schneider “Ann”
Volkswagen Group of America
Vice President
The Honorable John H. Hager “John”
American Tobacco Company (Ret.)
Mrs. Brenda L. Skidmore “Brenda”
SunTrust Bank
Sr. Vice President, Government and Regulatory Affairs
The Honorable Laura Fornash “Laura”Senior VP

McGuire Woods Consulting

Mr. Gary R. Thomson “Gary”
Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP
Regional Managing Partner
Ms. Lucia Anna Trigiani “Pia”
MercerTrigiani, LLP
Mr. James J. Wheaton “Jim”
Liberty Tax Service
General Counsel
Mr. John Sherman
BB&T Scott & Stringfellow
President and CEO (ret.)
Mr. Phil Panzarella
5th Grade Simple
Mr. Bruce Jennings
Managing General Partner
Fairfax City Self StorageMr. Steven Jumper “Steven”

Director Corporate Public Policy Washington Gas

Mr. Bryan Stephens President and CEO
Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce 

Mr. Shep Miller “Shep”

Trident Utilities C0ntracting




Virginia FREE Members are corporations, trade associations and individuals doing business in Virginia. We work for ALL businesses in Virginia, large and small, to ensure that the General Assembly is receptive and responsive to the interests of free enterprise.


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Founded in 1988, Virginia FREE is a highly effective, respected and powerful business coalition representing a broad, diverse range of business interests. Read more about the history of Virginia FREE.

Free Enterprise Foundation

Virginia Free Enterprise Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) supporting organization to Virginia FREE. VFEF provides innovative educational programs, non-partisan political research and objective analysis to foster informed civic involvement, promote free enterprise and strengthen Virginia’s prosperous business environment.