Previous Member Spotlights

Joe Saggese
JMS & Associates LLC
866-567-8082

What We Do

Thought analysis of contractors’ existing insurance. I show them how to save money, what they are covered for and explain how workers comp has changed.

Referrals Wanted

Contractors and those who use subcontractors. Plus PRO Richmond Members who want to set up a workshop to have me explain how various insurance plans work, e.g. home, auto, business insurance, cyber insurance and workers compensation. Additionally, realtors and accountants are excellent referral sources for my work.

My Take On Pro

Teamwork and integrity among Members. I have met some really nice people.

Steve Miller
Central Virginia Insurance & Investment Services
540-894-3852

What We Do

• Insurance (Life,Medicare,Health,Disability,Voluntary Benefits, Individual and/or Group)
• Investments

Referrals Wanted

Small business owners interested in helping the employees feel more secure about their financial and personal future. Those people approaching Medicare age or looking for a way to help family members save money on health coverage.

My Take On Pro

PRO Richmond is more relational than other networking groups I have experienced and the opportunity to share my business needs is more prevalent.

Matt Escobar
State Farm Insurance
804-721-3912

What We Do

I am the owner of Matt Escobar State Farm. My team takes the stress and confusion out of insurance. Our agency offers all types of both personal and commercial insurance (auto, home, life, business). Personally as a car enthusiast, I specialize in antique cars and high end autos that require special attention.

Referrals Wanted

Are you absolutely certain what your insurance does for you? I run across people daily who have no idea what they are paying for and are either way over insured or dangerously underinsured.

My Take On Pro

PRO Richmond has been great. I am in my second year with PRO and it is unlike any other networking group I have been a part of. They are low pressure but at the same time push you to get out of your comfort zone and everybody truly wants to see your business excel.

Tom Leahy
Optimum Ed
804-417-4807

What We Do

We are higher education/life coaches for young people, providing a comprehensive program covering all aspects of career assessment, college admissions and financial aid. Our proprietary process greatly increases the chances the investment in higher education will provide a return in the form of a sustainable career; and in the most efficient way possible.

Referrals Wanted

We need to speak to parents of middle or high school students, professionals who work with parents, and those having speaking opportunities available.

My Take On Pro

I have been a member of PRO since March 2007. The depth of my network because of my membership is immeasurable and has provided numerous opportunities both professionally and personally.

Mynik Taylor
American Cancer Society
804-527-3778

What We Do

I have been employed for a total of six years, as a Community Development Manager. Currently I oversee the planning and implementation of the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Richmond.

Referrals Wanted

I need assistance identifying potential committee members to help with the planning of the Making Strides events. I also need assistance with making connections for sponsorship opportunities (monetary and in-kind) and team recruitment.

My Take On Pro

I am brand new to PRO Richmond but have enjoyed working with Walter Cornett for the Real Men Wear Pink campaign. I think this is a great opportunity to grow my network both personally and professionally.

Lorraine Klepacz
BWS Landscaping
804-801-7799

What We Do

BWS enhances your experience with the outdoors by creating lasting memories. BWS is the most respected landscaping firm in RVA specializing in commercial and residential landscaping maintenance, enhancements, design, lighting, and hardscaping.

Referrals Wanted

We are looking to create lasting relationships with home and business owners, commercial property management companies, managers of hotels, managers of assisted living communities, private schools, museums, restaurant managers, and anyone else who insists on having a spectacular landscape.

My Take On Pro

I moved to RVA a little over 2 years ago, and hardly knew a soul. By joining PRO, I have met so many wonderful people and friends. This is more than a networking organization to me. PRO also helped me feel welcome to Richmond. Thank you fellow PRO members!

Katerina Wilkerson
Keeton & Co Real Estate Team
804-350-8514

What We Do

I assist with buying and selling residential real estate in the Central Virginia area.

Referrals Wanted

I would love an introduction to a fellow millennial professional so that we can help each other grow while facing similar obstacles. I love to be referred to clients who need to sell their home and figure out what their options are to find, build, or renovate their dream home.

My Take On Pro

I look forward to my team’s meetings and all the great members who visit regularly. Attending the monthly socials has helped me grow my Richmond networking exponentially. Not only have I found fantastic business partners in PRO, but also some great friends!

Hunter Tatum
Virginia Insurance Services
804-744-3345

What We Do

My goal is to provide the best service and knowledge to our customers with business, home, and auto insurance by helping and educating them regarding their insurance needs.

Referrals Wanted

I welcome your introductions to first time business owners, home buyers, and people going through life changes.

My Take On Pro

I really enjoy PRO Richmond. Not only does it help me grow as an individual it enhances my professional life. I love attending meetings because members get to work as a team and expand our knowledge through education of our professions, strategies of business, and practices of providing the best customer service. The people I meet in PRO have become a professional family to me.

Christin Bonomonte
The Main Street Group
804-270-4470

What We Do

Investment Management, Holistic Financial Planning, Risk Mitigation (Insurance, Buy-Sell agreements, Long-term Care, etc.)

Referrals Wanted

I work with people who want to improve their communities, schools, churches, and the world. Good introductions are families who want to maximize what they can contribute and maximize the tax breaks they may be eligible for. These may be business owners, executives, and leaders in the non-profit world.

My Take On Pro

Toby Blatt
Sona Bank
804-228-7701

What We Do

I help consumers and small businesses save money, save time, and make money. I do this by sitting down with them and evaluating what financial products and services they currently have and giving them better options to best suit their needs.

Referrals Wanted

I love working with small business owners. We have some fantastic products and services for them that can help them save money, save time, and make them more money.

My Take On Pro

I have been a member since 2009 and it is amazing how many good referrals sources I have met throughout the organization. Many referrals have been from guests as well.

Michele Reynolds
Service Insurance Agency
804-288-6993 x317

What We Do

I have 18 years of specialized service in helping truck drivers and owners of trucks with their professional insurance needs

Referrals Wanted

I am looking to connect directly with any drivers or owners, other insurance agents that I can partner with and any businesses that cater to truck drivers

My Take On Pro

I was excited that PRO Richmond started an evening team that fit my schedule and with their practice of members visiting other teams and the monthly socials I am gradually meeting everyone in the entire organization

Rebecca Blackwell
The Sophie House
804-658-5214

What We Do

The mission of The Sophie House is to provide supportive services for single women and their children, through a warm and loving environment, to meet their physical, emotional, and spiritual needs in order to equip and empower them to independently establish a stable, secure home.

Referrals Wanted

I’m looking to meet housing connections, investors, counselors, attorneys and others that want to make a difference for these ladies. Of course we are also looking for any single women or single moms who have lost their support system and don’t know where to turn.

My Take On Pro

I like PRO Richmond so much because it so relational and real. Everyone genuinely wants to help each other personally and professionally.

Shelby Blanchard
Nichols Inc.
804-754-1463

What We Do

While we offer water mitigation, fire restoration, mold remediation and reconstruction, my focus is on growing the carpet and duct cleaning divisions.

Referrals Wanted

I am looking to partner with more HVAC companies, homeowners associations and residential property management companies. I would appreciate any introductions to any of them.

My Take On Pro

I appreciate the opportunity to build relationships with such a diverse membership base.

Marne Power
Influence Ecology
612-310-4809

What We Do

I am accountable for Business Development in Central Virginia for a business education company. We teach ambitious professionals a unique education specializing in transactional competence. In addition, I lead free workshops in Richmond about our education. The next workshop in Richmond will be Monday September 18th, 6:00 to 8:30pm at Stratford University in Short Pump. Here is the link to register https://www.influenceecology.com/workshop-richmond/

Referrals Wanted

Our programs are for ambitions professionals, business owners, entrepreneurs or mid-level managers. I would like to meet people who are accountable for a sales staff (e.g. Real Estate Brokers, Insurance Brokers, etc.), or work with entrepreneurs/small business owners (e.g. Bankers, CPA’s, etc.).

My Take On Pro

I find Pro to be a wonderful venue to practice, learn and connect. Practice articulating my offer in the marketplace, learn about the art of networking, and connect with other professionals committed to expanding their businesses and resources.

Andrea Starr
Imprint
804-823-2891

What We Do

Imprint’s mission is to “provide relief for at risk and impoverished youth in our community”. Imprint is committed to making a difference in their lives by providing supplemental food and exposing language through books

Referrals Wanted

By partnering together, we have a larger voice to spread awareness, provide support, and offer hope. Would you like to volunteer for one of our events, donate for an auction or be a sponsor?

My Take On Pro

For me, the best part of being a member of the PRO family are the other members that I have had the privilege to meet, as well as the personal relationships that I’ve established. I truly cherish the support and friendships that I have gained from PRO