As president and CEO, since July 2006 Jim Dinegar oversees the leading regional organization representing the business interests for major companies throughout Northern Virginia, the District of Columbia and Suburban Maryland.
As such, the Board of Trade puts its focus on the critical issues and opportunities here: transportation; emergency preparedness and business continuity; green as a competitive advantage; and the workforce challenges of recruiting and retaining highly qualified people. Special emphasis is paid to economic development strategies that will advance the growth of this region and additional focus is provided on the important issues of stability in this challenging economic climate.
The Board of Trade is steadily growing in size and influence as it celebrates its 124th year of existence. Throughout its history, the Board of Trade has been instrumental in creating and protecting the environs of Greater Washington for the population and for business.
Before coming to the Board of Trade, Jim Dinegar served as chief operating officer of the American Institute for Architects (AIA) where he was responsible for the overall operation of a 77,000-member organization and directed strategic efforts in the areas of education, technology, international collaboration, organizational alliances and government advocacy. During his six-year tenure, Dinegar oversaw the growth of annual revenues by more than $20 million – from $34 million in 1999 to over $56 million for the 2006 budget – always resulting in net operating profits.
At the Board of Trade, Jim works alongside a top-performing team of staff professionals guided by the elected leadership of the region’s top company executives. This collaboration extends to partnerships with many of the leading Chambers and organizations representing business concerns in the various jurisdictions throughout Greater Washington.
Dinegar is a 35-year resident of the Greater Washington region. He is a graduate of The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. He serves as chairman of the Advisory Board of the Smithsonian National Zoo and is on the boards of the Close-Up Foundation, Goodwill Industries of Greater Washington, the Non-Profit Roundtable, Leadership Greater Washington and United Way of the National Capital Area.
Jim lives with his daughter Abby (12) and son Ben (9) who both recognize the good fortune we all enjoy in living in Greater Washington.
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Stacy C. Sherwood Community Center
3740 Old Lee Highway
Fairfax, Virginia 22030