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Meet Our Keynote Speaker, Alex Orfinger

Alex Orfinger
Executive Vice President, American City Business Journals

Alex OrfingerAfter a long stint as the publisher as the Washington Business Journal, Alex Orfinger, became the Executive Vice President of American City Business Journals in 2014, overseeing 20 local business journals around the country.  Alex joined the Washington Business Journal in 1996.  He spearheaded the newspaper’s evolution from a print-dominated enterprise to a hybrid of digital news, print publication and major events.  He had previously served as publisher of the Dallas Business Journal and associate publisher of the Atlanta Business Chronicle.

After being in DC for only five years, Orfinger was recognized as one the Washingtonians of the Year in 2001, primarily because he challenged Washington area businesses to do more. In 1998, he hosted the first Philanthropy Summit which was attended by 350 corporate and community leaders.  “When business invests in the community, it’s good for the community and it’s good for business,” he said.

This is a philosophy that he continues to champion.  More recently, at the launch of the Loudoun Connection he was quoted as saying that the business community “cannot and will not thrive without a strong nonprofit community.”

Alex also understands the importance of affordable housing and the challenges faced by Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia.  In 2009, Alex was featured in the Northern Virginia magazine and said, “It’s unfortunate that we have employees who have to commute and that we have some of the largest commutes in the nation, which is tied into the issue in creating opportunities for affordable workforce housing so people can work closer to their homes. It’s not about affordable housing for the lowest-paid employees on staff, but when you think average workers, middle managers in a company, their ability to live 30 minutes from their business, say in Arlington, it’s really a challenge.”

Alex served as chairman of the D.C. Chamber of Commerce and has served on several other Boards including the Greater Washington Board of Trade, the United Way of the National Capital Area, the Community Foundation of the National Capital Region and the Washington Area Women’s Foundation.

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