Charlottesville, VA – May 26, 2016: On the evening of May 25, SHINE President Jeff Thomas attended a meet and greet for Lt. General Russel Davis as part of the welcoming team for the Charlottesville Chamber of Commerce’s Second Annual Chamber Veterans – Defense Honor Luncheon. Lt. General Russel Davis was the Keynote speaker for the luncheon on May 26, at the Charlottesville Doubletree hotel from 11:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce LogoSHINE, along with Northrop Grumman, were the underwriters of the event, with Mr. Thomas also representing SHINE at the luncheon, along with Scott Bradshaw, Director of Business Capture; Kerri Bradshaw, Director of Human Resources; Nancy Colon, FSO; Niki Sherman, Executive Assistant; David Kirk, Web Developer; and Isaac Freeman, IT Intern; along with Sharon Presgraves, Director of Finance; and Gabriella Long, Support Specialist from our Luray, VA office. Other sponsors included Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport, and Atlantic Coast Athletic Club (ACAC).

Lieutenant General Russel Davis

Lieutenant General Russel Davis

The 2016 Chamber Veterans – Defense Honor Luncheon honors our Veterans, active duty military men and women, and all those employed in defense/military agencies and enterprises in Greater Charlottesville.
This year’s Keynote Speaker, Lieutenant General Russell Davis (USAF- retired) addressed attendees and in closing the luncheon, the Chamber also recognized and presented a Chamber Veterans – Defense Honor Medallion to each Veteran, active duty military, and defense industry employee in attendance.

Adrian Felts, the 2016 Chairman of the Chamber’s Board of Directors had this to say about the engagement, “Our Chamber is honored to have Lieutenant General Russell Davis as our Keynote Speaker for our second Chamber Veterans – Defense Honor Luncheon. Lieutenant General Davis’ dedicated service to our nation and his dedication to education, law, and government make him an exceptional speaker for our luncheon to honor and thank those that have served our country, are currently serving, and who work in the defense firms and agencies in our community.”

After the luncheon, Mr. Thomas also contributed with, “As a long-standing member of the Chamber, and as a business consultancy in the government space, I am happy to see for the second year the recognition of someone who represents what our Veterans stand for: sacrifice, diligence, and commitment. We at SHINE are happy to have been a part of this event and look forward to more like it in the future.”

Lieutenant General Russell Davis was born and raised in historic Tuskegee, Alabama, graduating from Tuskegee Institute High School. Along the way he became an Air Force pilot; graduating from the University of Nebraska in 1963. Since 1960, the General has flown almost every Air Force craft with wings. He has served as a Bomber Command Pilot and commander in numerous posts including at Langley and the Pentagon.

When not in command or in the air, General Davis graduated from the National Air Command College – and also gained his Juris Doctor law degree from Drake University School of Law.

In 1998, President Bill Clinton appointed the General, National Chief of Staff for all National Guard operations in the United States. The General, and attorney, continues to practice law; consults on national and homeland security, IT, aviation, insurance, diversity, and aerospace. He serves on several corporate Boards and the Boards of Trustees of the Drake University School of Law and Boy Scouts of America.

General Russell Davis always remembers his heritage and his home. He has served and continues to serve on the Board of Trustees and as a former president of the Tuskegee Airmen Foundation.


David Kirk, SHINE Web Developer and Veteran, was also recognized by DIA for superlative performance and was lauded by Mr. Thomas at the luncheon as well as presented with his Letter of Recognition.

SHINE President Jeff Thomas with CRCC Members

David Kirk receives his Letter of Recognition


The Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to representing private enterprise, promoting business, and enhancing the quality of life in our Greater-Charlottesville communities. Founded in 1913, today our Chamber’s more than 1,200 Chamber member and affiliate member enterprises employ more than 45,000 people in our community, generating a total payroll of more than $1.75 billion each year.


SHINE Systems & Technologies (SHINE) is an SBA-certified HUBZone small business headquartered in Charlottesville, Virginia. SHINE Systems is at the forefront of innovation in our core competencies of Decision Analytics including Military, Identity, and Business Intelligence; Technology Integration; and Mission Support Services. We develop value-driven solutions for our clients across federal, state, and local government as well as the commercial sector using our industry knowledge, service and product expertise, and ground-breaking technical capabilities. For three years running, SHINE Systems has been recognized on the Inc. 500|5000 list of fastest growing private businesses as well as #3 on the Washington Technology Fast 50 fastest growing small businesses in the government market. To learn more, please visit