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The Great American Eclipse Road Trip  

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Encorepreneur is a community whose goal is to help its members make their next business & personal accomplishments as successful, full of purpose and fun as they have been in the past. 
Encorepreneurs have never been content to go with the flow or to take the easiest path. They are leaders, learners, explorers, creators and builders. Some are approaching the end of their careers & others are just finishing up one "gig" and looking for another. 

Today, they are ready for an encore performance. That's why we call them "encorepreneurs."  

We hope you will join us at an upcoming breakfast.

Gary LeClair  &  Stan Maupin
Founders of Encorepreneur


    • 24 Oct 2018
    • 7:30 AM - 8:45 AM
    • Tang & Biscuit Shuffleboard Courts 3406 W. Moore Street - Richmond

    Chancellor of the University of Richmond
    World War II Veteran



    On Wednesday, October 24, Dr. Bruce Heilman will be the first Encorepreneur breakfast speaker asked to return for a second appearance. In 2014, a full house in the UR School of Business auditorium listened reverently as he described how, and why, he joined the Marine Corps during World War II, and how that decision has affected his life.  This time, he will tell us about the impact of the war on the lives of the veterans he has met and gotten to know during his cross country mototcycle travels and other work supporting veterans groups.

    When Dr. Heilman last spoke to Encorepreneur, there were nearly 1 million WWII veterans still alive. Today, the number is less than half that figure. In four more years the number will be only about 100,000. He will will tell us why they are reluctant to talk about about their experiences and remind us why we shuold still be grateful. 

    Dr. Heilman left school at the age of 17 to enlist in the Marine Corps in 1944. He fought in the battle of Okinawa, and his outfit was set to invade Japan in six weeks when the United States dropped the  atomic bombs over Hiroshima and Nagasaki. His unit was in charge of disarming the Japanese forces and reestablishing Hiroshima when it was still hot with radioactive material. Dr. Heilman stayed in the Corps for four years and exited as a sergeant.

    Grand Marshal Dr. Heilman leads WWII section of National Memorial
    Day Parade up Constitution Avenue in 2015.

    Today, at age 92, he is actively telling the story of the “greatest generation” across the US. Dr. Heilman serves as the national spokesperson for the "Keep the Spirit of ‘45 Alive Campaign" which works to celebrate the achievements of the “Greatest Generation,” in order to instill the same values in their descendants today. 

    He received a Harley as a 50th anniversary present from his late wife, Betty, and he now rides on the open road to share the message of the bravery and sacrifices of the members of the Marine Corps and other services who served in World War II. In 2016, on the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor,  Heilman celebratd his 90th birthday by completing a 7,000-mile cross-country ride in remembrance of the tragedy.  Since his 84th birthday he has traveled 60,000 milies and visited all 50 states on his Harley. 

    After the Corps, Dr. Heilman used the G.I. bill to get his bachelor’s degree and continued to earn a master’s degree and then a Ph.D; all from Peabody College, a part of Vanderbilt University. He served as president of Meredith College from 1966 to 1971 and served as president of the University of Richmond in 1971 until 1986. During his tenure, he was instrumental in receiving the largest contribution to the school in its history, a $50 million gift from Claiborne Robins. He is currently the Chancellor of the University.


    Making shuffleboard cool in RVA since 2018

    3406 West Moore Street - Scott's Addition

    Our October host and the 47th different location to host an encorepreneur! event is the Tang & Biscuit, RVA's new shuffleboard court and social club. Developed by Richmond entrepreneur and conmmunity activist, David Gallagher, the Tang and Biscuit, RVA’s first shuffleboard social venue is designed to encourage everyone to play, engage, and interact with one another in a fun and unique environment.

    The Tang & Biscuit features 10 regulation-size floor shuffleboard courts, table shuffleboard, a 50 foot bar serving up Tang-inspired cocktails and beer,  an innovative kitchen, and a  large event space designed for parties, meetings and social events of all kinds. Parking is located less than two blocks away at the intersection of West Moore St. & Mactavish Ave.

    • 27 Nov 2018
    • 7:30 AM - 8:45 AM
    • TBD

    "In My Chair"

    Eva DeVirgilis is an actor, speaker, activist and artist from New York City who now is “ecstatic to call Richmond her home”. Eva has been called  an "entertainment dynamo," and an “on-stage powerhouse” by critics, and we think you’ll agree. She has an important message and is a great public speaker. Her TEDxRVA talk is the most watched in TEDxRVA history.

    Eva coaches and consults with organizations in developing dynamic, outside-the-box presentations and leads seminars on team-building using the Rules of Improv Comedy. (No ’trust-falls’ she promises.) She is also a consultant and adjunct professor of public speaking at Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Business.

    While working as a makeup artist between acting gigs in NYC, Eva heard women constantly apologizing for their appearance while sitting in her chair. She shared these perspectives on self-esteem, body image, and often unrealistic 21st Century beauty standards through her internationally renowned TEDxRVA presentation. Response to the presentation flourished into an around the world research trip to see how other cultures viewed the same issues. The tour was commissioned by the New Works division of Virginia Repertory Theatre, and the results will be debuted as "In My Chair", a new solo-show, both written and performed by her. Co-produced by Virginia Rep and Cadence Theatre Company Opening March 2nd-23rd, 2019.

    We think you’ll laugh and cry with her as she brings these makeup chair conversations to life, and leave inspired to encourage yourself and your clients to be more confident and to stop apologizing.

    Eva’s other acting credits include theatre in New York, Philadelphia, and Richmond. She has appeared in Law & Order: Criminal Intent, AMC’s Turn; Washington's Spies. Legends & Lies, and can currently be seen waxing comically in 5 hilarious Capital One commercials.

    She holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from The New School University in NYC. She's happily married to crooner, actor, and U.S. Navy Reserve Sailor: Scott Wichmann. Be sure to visit Eva’s website to find out more about her.

    (TBA soon)

"We are learning where the gold lies. Our prospecting suggests that it lies in engaging with others, laughing, learning, listening, accepting, appreciating, loving."

Gary LeClair - Sept Issue of Fifty Plus

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