Bob McKenna President, Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce

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Kathy and Bob McKenna with Lucy, their first granddaughter.

When people think of me, I hope they think  that I am a principled person, a committed community leader devoted to his faith, family and friends and a kind man who treats others with dignity and respect.

An important lesson I have learned from the many business people I have encountered is  it doesn’t matter where you come from or where you’ve been; what matters is your willingness to work hard, be responsible for your actions and to engage with and treat people with respect.

On Valentine’s Day  I am reminded that every day is Valentine’s Day for my wife and me. Very happily married for almost 37 years, our time away from work is devoted to each other. 

In my opinion, the most important aspect of cooperation among business leaders is  respect and trust, supported by good communication.

If I could have a superpower, it would be  to bi-locate. Wouldn’t it be great to be able to be in more than one place at the same time?

If you’re going to splurge on Valentine’s Day, be sure to include  uninterrupted time with the one you love. And a big juicy steak.

Serving in the military taught me  the importance of devotion selflessly to a cause greater than myself, as a part of a great team.

A cause of which I am an avid supporter is  the men and women who serve our great nation as members of the United States military, among our greatest assets as we strive to continue to be a beacon for freedom for the whole world.

If I could spend a day from work doing whatever I wanted  I would have a lazy morning with my wife, followed by a mountain hike, a workout, some reading and a nice dinner with family and friends.

Growing up, my role model was  my dad, as cliché as it may sound. He was the most principled, morally and physically courageous person I have ever known. My whole life has been an attempt to live up to the standards that he modeled.  

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