Speaker Bios – Business Finance

Derrick L Alford

President & Chief Executive Officer
Fiscal Fitness Tax & Financial Services, Inc.

Derrick is an Alumnus of Howard University with a Bachelor Degree in Finance. The former U.S. government compliance officer has been providing a full range of tax & financial products and services to individuals and businesses for over 30 years.  In addition to his multiple years of financial/business experience, Derrick Alford is also a member of the Better Business Bureau, and the Metropolitan Business League.

Xzavia Burton

Auditor and Tax Adviser
DRG Bookkeeping, Payroll and Tax Services, LLC

Xzavia studied Accounting and Business Administration at Christopher Newport University and proceeded to work in public accounting as an auditor and tax professional. He ensures compliance with the ever-changing laws and focuses his attention on clientele who require tax help. As an auditor, Xzavia works with non-profit organizations and works as consultant Xzavia on internal controls, budget preparation, bequest income, and audit readiness.

Pamela Rosara Jones
Brand Consultant
The Iconic Group, LLC

Pamela completed full summer internships at Sony Music under the Columbia Records division as a Publicity Intern and also MTV Networks as a Television Production Intern in New York, New York.  She also completed 2 internships back home in Virginia which included Studio Center in Virginia Beach, Virginia as a Casting Intern and also The American Theater in Hampton, Virginia as a Production Stage Crew Lead.  Pamela received her Bachelor of Science in Mass Communications/ General Broadcast in 2008 and in 2010 she moved to New York and worked in Advertising Sales at CBS.  By 2011, Pamela had a vision to create an agency that could encompass her dream of creatively working with businesses. With passion, strong will and good faith Pamela left her position as a Television Account Executive to build The Iconic Group LLC and her career as a branding consultant. The Iconic Group is the only innovation agency in the Hampton Roads area. We are focused on bringing the art of brand engineering to every business and professional seeking a distinctive voice and an innovative presence.
Jennifer C. Lacey, Esq
Attorney at Law
Wolcott Rivers Gates, P.C.

Jennifer’s practice focuses on Business Bankruptcy and Restructuring, Business Law (for nonprofit and charitable organizations), Collections & Creditors’ Rights, and Litigation. Prior to joining Wolcott Rivers Gates, she operated a boutique law firm providing corporate legal services to small businesses and entrepreneurs, and non-profit legal services to local charities. She also assisted individuals with family law services, including child custody, child and spousal support, and divorce.
Patrick McFadden
Founder & Marketing Consultant
Indispensable Marketing, LLC

Patrick McFadden is Founder and Marketing Consultant at Indispensable Marketing, a small business marketing consulting firm that increases visibility and makes your phone ring by installing a marketing process.  He has been named a Small Business Marketing Thought Leader by American Express Open Forum, and his advice to business owners can be read online and heard at various speaking engagements throughout the east coast.
Martin T. Short, Jr.
Lead Economic Development Specialist
U.S. Small Business Administration – Richmond District

Martin started with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) with the South Carolina District Office in July of 2016 as the Economic Development and Public Affairs Specialist. Martin’s job was to promote and expand the SBA’s brand, services, and resources offered by the agency. In addition, he assisted with creating and cultivating partnerships throughout South Carolina. Currently, Martin serves as the Lead Economic Development Specialist for the SBA Virginia District Office.
Veronica McMillian
The Micro-Nonprofit Network

Veronica has over 25 years of experience in education, training, community outreach, program development and counseling. Using her knowledge as an educator and trainer, she has helped empower individuals and transform organizations. She holds a Master’s Degree in Human Service Counseling from Regent University and serves as an Advising Manager for PhD and Master level students at Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA. Veronica is an Adjunct Instructor at Thomas Nelson Community College in Hampton, Virginia and serves on the Board of Directors of The World Wide Women’s Group, Inc. and The Beacon of Hope, Inc.

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