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Chesapeake businesswoman named chair of Virginia Chamber

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Suzy Kelly, CEO of Chesapeake-based Jo-Kell Inc., has been elected chair of the board of directors of the Virginia Chamber of Commerce.

Kelly has been a member of the chamber board since 2009 and a member of its executive committee since 2010. She succeeds Dennis Treacy, president of the Smithfield Foundation.

Founded in 1977, Jo-Kell is a woman-owned small business specializing in Navy shipboard and high-tech industrial automation products, systems and services. The company has more than 60 employees working in Chesapeake; Jacksonville, Fla.; San Diego; Atlanta; and Charleston, S.C.

Kelly has been a member of the Chesapeake City Council since 2010.

The chamber’s board of directors also elected Charlie Meyer as first vice chair. Meyer is a partner with the Richmond law firm O’Hagan Meyer, where his practice focuses on employment litigation and counseling.

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