Mission Statement
The West Richmond Businessmen's Association (WRBA) is a private, all-male, social organization of Richmond business leaders who gather for fellowship and development of personal and business relationships, while promoting community goodwill.


January Dinner Meeting ~ Dr. E. Bruce Heilman, Chancellor, University of Richmond

  • Monday, January 09, 2017
  • 5:45 PM - 8:00 PM
  • The Place at Innsbrook ~ 4036 Cox Road


  • Members may invite guests to attend. The guest registration fee is $40 (the cost of the meal).
  • Regular Dinner Meetings are part of your annual dues.

Registration is closed

January 9, 2017 Dinner Meeting
The Place at Innsbrook

Reception ~ 5:45pm
Dinner ~ 6:30pm
Adjourn ~ 8pm
Coat & Tie Required
Guest Fee ~ $40

Dr. E. Bruce Heilman, Chancellor, University of Richmond
"Why Was I Selected to Be 90 Years Old When Roughly Only One Out of Ten Men Get to That Age?"

You must register for the dinner meeting if you plan to attend.

Exclusive Dinner Sponsorship Available

Dinner Sponsor Option A ~ $250

  • Place promotional material at each seat and/or have a display table.
  • You and your company mentioned in all promotional e-mails.
  • Recognition from the podium.
  • You and a guest seated at the Speaker Table.

Dinner Sponsor Option B ~ $500

  • All benefits of Option A.
  • Opportunity to lead the Pledge of Allegiance and address the room (up to two minutes in length).

“Client Night”

About Dr. Heilman
E. Bruce Heilman has been Chancellor at the University of Richmond since 1988 after serving as President and Chief Executive Officer for 16 years. Having failed to pass enough courses to meet high school graduation requirements, he joined the Marine Corps during World War II following which he was educated under the GI Bill at Campbellsville College and Vanderbilt University.

A respected educator, administrator, and much sought after speaker and consultant in higher education, he has served on numerous boards of educational, religious, and non-profit organizations. Among other numerous activities he currently serves on the Board of the Robins Foundation, the President’s Advisory Council of the Children’s Home Society of Virginia, is a Trustee of Campbellsville University and William Jewell College.

Among other awards he has received Honorary Doctorates from 12 colleges and universities as well as named buildings on three campuses. His varied leadership experiences in Higher Education in four states has included every defined administrative position including Coordinator of Higher Education for the State of Tennessee, and President of Meredith College.

A Marine "once and always" he is National Spokesman for The Greatest Generation Foundation and The Spirit of 45. He is a founding member of the National Museum of the Marine Corps at Quantico, a member and former Chairman of the Board of the Marine Military Academy in Texas, Member and Chairman of the Board of the Marine Corps University at Quantico, a Member of the Board of Directors of the Virginia War Memorial Educational Foundation, and served for many years on the Board of the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation, and is an emeritus board member of The Families of the Wounded Fund.

In addition to his experiences as a Marine in World War II in the South Pacific and Japan, Dr. Heilman has traveled extensively, covering more than 145 countries, escorting travel groups annually for over forty years.

In recent years he has rediscovered his passion for motorcycles and has covered all 50 states since his 83rd birthday. He has also ridden cross country, coast to coast, in the past two years representing The Greatest Generation, Gold Star Families, and The Spirit of 45.

He and his late wife, Betty, have five children, 11 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. All the children are University of Richmond graduates as are nine of the grandchildren as are three sons-in-law.

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