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August 18, 2021

Alec Burnett hired as chamber executive director

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Alec Burnett previously worked in management positions for Hilton Hotels and as general manager of Fauquier Springs Country Club.
He is a strong advocate for business, which uniquely qualifies him to lead us into our next 100 years.
— Marianne Clyde, chamber board chairwoman
Alec Burnett
• Age: 57

• Home: Warrenton.

• Work: Executive director, Fauquier Chamber of Commerce, starting Sept. 1.

• Office sought: Ward 2 seat on Warrenton Town Council, four-year term starts July 1; started first term in 2016.

• Experience: Director of global brand food and beverage services, Hilton Worldwide in McLean, 2015-20; general manager and chief operating officer, Fauquier Springs Country Club, 2013-15; director brand relations, Hilton Worldwide, 2010-13; regional director, Hilton Worldwide, 2004-10; area director, Hilton Worldwide, 2003-04; owner and operator, Shenandoah Holdings Inc., 1999-2003.

• Education: Bachelor’s degree, hospitality management, Johnson and Wales University, Providence, R.I., 1991; associate’s degree, culinary arts, Johnson and Wales University, Charleston, S.C., 1989; Salisbury School, Connecticut, 1982; Eaglebrook School, Massachusetts, 7th to 9th grade; Highland School, kindergarten to 7th grade.

• Family: Wife, Teri; three children, Hope, Devon and Max.

• Hobbies: Fishing, hunting and traveling.
The Fauquier Chamber of Commerce announced Tuesday that it has hired Warrenton resident and former Town Councilman Alec Burnett as its executive director, effective Sept. 1.

“Alec’s roots run deep in Fauquier County,” chamber board Chairwoman Marianne Clyde said. “He understands the unique and special gifts that Fauquier County has to offer. He is a strong advocate for business, which uniquely qualifies him to lead us into our next 100 years.”

Mr. Burnett previously worked in several positions leading operations and brand strategy with Hilton Hotels and as general manager of Fauquier Springs Country Club. He served as the Ward 2 council member from 2016 to 2020.

“As the executive director, my primary responsibility is to lead the chamber in providing our businesses the support and resources they need to succeed,” the Fauquier native said. “This involves creating relationships with each of the industry segments present in Fauquier County to comprehensively understand the challenges and opportunities they face. Then, a strategy can be built that provides valuable services and resources from which each specific industry will benefit.”

Michelle Coe, who will serve as the chamber chairwoman in 2022, said: “As we continue to move though the pandemic, the chamber’s board of directors has been fully engaged in finding ways to build resiliency — not only within the organization, but for Fauquier County businesses, as well. Engaging Alec Burnett is one step forward in a larger strategic plan to create the Chamber as a strong resource for the Fauquier Business Community.”

Founded in 1921, the chamber a year ago eliminated the president/chief executive position with the departure of Joe Martin after 10 years.

The COVID-19 pandemic had forced cancellation of the business organization’s in-person events, which produce much of the revenue to support its budget of about $260,000 annually.

But, the organization has returned to in-person activities, with two major events next month:

• The 42nd Old Town Warrenton Spring Into Fall Festival on Saturday, Sept. 18.

• The seventh Valor Awards dinner, honoring local first responders, on Thursday, Sept. 23.

The PATH Foundation provides free office space for the chamber at 321 Walker Drive in Warrenton.
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