Board of Trade honors Jermaine Johnson at Annual Chair’s Dinner
Each year, the Board of Trade celebrates our recent past-chair in an evening of reflection, stories, and laughter with board colleagues, coworkers, family, and friends. We had the pleasure of holding our Annual Chair’s Dinner honoring 2023 Board Chair Jermaine Johnson, Regional President, Greater Washington & Virginia at PNC, on Jan. 23 at the Hay Adams Hotel.
The intimate gathering provided a moment of reflection as we dive into 2024, offering heartfelt gratitude to Jermaine for his exceptional leadership, unwavering integrity, and tireless dedication to our organization. His invaluable contributions have been instrumental in achieving our goals and advancing the mission of supporting the region’s business community.
Board members Steve Proctor (2024 Board Chair), Tony Pierce, Tim Gillis, Courtney Spaeth, and our president Jack McDougle shared their personal experiences with Jermaine during his term as Chair and celebrated the ongoing work of the Board of Trade. Poised as a compassionate problem solver, Jermaine’s legacy will be stamped on the Board of Trade’s progress in addressing critical issues such as Metro funding, public safety, downtown revitalization, and overall regional growth.
“Jermaine has been a steady presence within our organization’s leadership for years and has served during some of the most challenging times we’ve faced as a region and business community,” said Jack McDougle. “I am very proud of this organization and where we are today. Thank you, Jermaine, for your leadership and your friendship. The Board of Trade is as strong now as it has been in decades.”
Tim Gillis highlighted Jermaine’s character as “So humble. So genuine. So real. So effective.” capturing in just a few thoughtful words Jermaine’s impact on the community.
Jermaine thanked his children and wife, Rae Ann, for joining this celebration and joked he wished his senior executive team had been in attendance to hear some of these accolades! He closed out the evening, sharing his pride in the organization and its role in our community, and promised continued commitment to building a better region for all.
“The Board of Trade has always been a conduit of institutions, and it has truly been an honor for me to serve as an officer of this organization for the last five years,” said Jermaine. “Our executive committee should be applauded for their work supporting all the great things we did in 2023.”
Jermaine, your exceptional leadership and genuine authenticity have made this past year remarkable. As you join the Board of Trade’s Senior Council, your wisdom and mentorship will continue to be invaluable. Your dedication, alongside that of our fellow board members, is instrumental in supporting the Greater Washington business community.