Richmond Keynote Speaker

Patrick Schwerdtfeger is available to speak in Richmond as a leading authority on online marketing, demographics (including the Millennial Generation) and global business trends. He’s the author of the award-winning book Marketing Shortcuts for the Self-Employed (2011, Wiley) and a regular speaker for Bloomberg TV. If you are planning a business conference at the Greater Richmond Convention Center on North Third Street, the Holiday Inn Richmond Koger Conference Center on Kroger Center Boulevard, the DoubleTree Richmond Downtown on West Franklin Street or some other convention space in Richmond, Virginia, Patrick will deliver the buzz and energy you’re looking for. As a motivational speaker, his #1 objective is to leave attendees excited, inspired and energized to take action and see tangible results.

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Richmond has many conference facilities, including:

  • Greater Richmond Convention Center on North Third Street
  • Richmond Marriott on East Broad Street
  • Embassy Suites Richmond – The Commerce Center on Emerywood Parkway
  • Omni Richmond Hotel on South Twelfth Street
  • The Westin Richmond on West Broad Street
  • Other meeting spaces in Bon Air, Tuckahoe and East Highland Park


General Information about Richmond, Virginia, for Meeting Planners

We’ve assembled a few interesting pieces of information for you business conference or convention planners. Did you know, for example, that Richmond, Virginia doesn’t belong to any county, but is an independent city in its own right? For the place where Patrick Henry said “Give me liberty or give me death,” and the one-time capital of the entire Confederate States, this seems appropriate. Richmond also seated the very first American African-American governor and offered the world the very first electric streetcar for public use. A visit to progressive Richmond will be a shot in the arm for ingenuity! Here is Patrick’s economic forecast for America.


2014 Business Conventions in Richmond, Virginia

Dozens of conventions will be taking place in Richmond during 2014. The Energy and Sustainability Conference, hosted by the Virginia Commonwealth University, will be held at the Hilton Richmond Hotel on West Broad Street in February. The Holiday Inn Koger Conference Center will play host to the Virginia Water Conference in March. It is being organized by the Virginia Lakes & Watersheds Association. The Frontier Project will be hosting Frontier Academy RVA: Motivating Employees in September at The Frontier Project on East Franklin Street. The same location will also play host to Frontier Academy RVA: Influencing Stakeholders in December. This is also being organized by The Frontier Project.

2013 Business Conferences in Richmond, Virginia

Richmond will be hosting numerous large conferences during 2013. Some of these much awaited meetings include the Southeast Regional ALHFAM Conference hosted by the Association for Living History, Farm and Agricultural Museums Conference with the theme ‘Walking the Line-Historic Realty vs. 21st Century Sensibility’ taking place at the Meadow Farm Museum in February. In addition, the 2013 Virginia Water Conference hosted by the Virginia Lakes and Watershed Association will be held in March at the Holiday Inn Select Koger Conference Center. Also, in April, Virginia’s Community Colleges Association is hosting the VCCS New Horizons 2013 Conference at Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center.

Speaking Opportunities for Aspiring Speakers in Richmond

Richmond Toastmasters clubs are a great place for Virginia aspiring speakers to practice their craft. City Stars Toastmasters Club meets at City Hall on East Broad Street (Wednesday at 12:00 PM), VCU Toastmasters meets at VCU School of Engineering on West Main Street (Wednesday at 12:00 PM), Defense Master’s Toastmasters Club meets at Defense Logistics Agency on Jefferson Davis Highway (Thursday at 11:30 AM) and Main Street Motivators Toastmasters Club meets at Suntrust on East Main Street (Tuesday at 12:00 PM).

Richmond Food Choices for Convention Attendees

Take time during your conference to enjoy the sensational cuisine Richmond, Virginia restaurants have to offer. The catfish at Mama J’s Kitchen is and obligatory pleasure while you’re in town downtown. Hog’s Head Café also tops this list for unbelievably great Southern cooking. Go for the Shrimp Po Boy if you get the chance. Want something a little different? Try Stella’s for breakfast or brunch. This place offers up some outstanding Greek cuisine, with an inviting ambiance in a residential area that will feel as if you’re going over to a friend’s place to enjoy a quiet meal.

Richmond Attractions for Conference Delegates

Lots to do in Richmond, Virginia, and little time to do it in? Maybe you’ll increase your visiting time, so you can see the sights of Richmond! Maymont rates a top position on your must-see list. This is an estate of some hundred acres of pure, inspiring natural beauty. You might stop by the beautiful State Capitol building for a quick infusion of historical architecture and glory. This is the famous building designed by Thomas Jefferson in 1785. The magnificent Virginia Museum of Fine Arts offers 5,000 years’ worth of creativity. Recently renovated, this Richmond landmark is more stunning than ever.

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