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Clapper Leaves Prince William Chamber

Updated 1 p.m.

Rob Clapper was praised this morning by Prince William Chamber of Commerce Chairman Bill White for his service to the organization.

Clapper will move on to work in veterans issues, but Chamber officials did not say which company the former Chamber president will be working for.

Here’s White’s comments from a Chamber press release:

“Rob has decided to leave us in pursuit of new opportunities aimed at supporting his passion for veterans and veteran’s issues, but he has brought an outstanding team together and we’re on the right track. We look forward to staying the course for even greater success for our community”

9 a.m. 

Rob Clapper is no longer with the Prince William Chamber of Commerce.

Clapper, who served as the President and CEO of the organization since 2010, left on Tuesday. Chief Operating Officer Debbie Jones will be the Interim President for the next six months as the non-profit searches for a replacement for Clapper.

More details on Clapper’s departure are expected in a press release today. In recent years he was very vocal about the need for the Bi-County Parkway and luring large businesses to become Chamber members.

Jones said she plans to speak to Chamber members to see what improvements need to be made within the Chamber, which could herald a restructuring of the businesses organization.

“My plan is to go back out to Chamber members to see where we want to go, and then use that as a guide to the future of the Prince William Chamber,” said Jones.

Clapper received $144,484 in salary in 2011, according to the organization’s tax filings.


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  • Mayor Jerry Foreman

    I would like to thank Rob Clapper for the hard work, dedication and cooperation that he has provided to the Town of Dumfries and the businesses and communities in Southeastern Prince William County.

    Rob has always found the time to make himself available to meet with me at Town Hall, respond to inquiries and lend his professional advice and support when called upon. Rob has always ensured that he and the Prince William Chamber of Commerce Staff has been responsive to our Town’s needs.

    Thank you for your service not only to the Prince William Chamber of Commerce but for your service to our Country (U.S. Army Veteran).

    Jerry Foreman
    Town of Dumfries

  • I didn’t know Mr. Clapper very well, but as a Chamber member, I felt we had strayed from the very reasons I joined. We are an organization comprised of small businesses, yet most of our efforts seem geared toward politics and “big picture” issues. There’s nothing wrong with that, but it seemed more suited to big business.

    Perhaps we need a tiered chamber membership to accommodate the varying levels of business. I can guarantee you the Business Women of Prince William County, a rapidly growing network of women is not interested in issues like the Bi-County Parkway. They are interested in growing their business successfully.

    Good luck to Mr. Clapper and I look forward to see what comes next for the PWC Chamber.

  • I dropped out of the Chamber because it took up some positions on issues I just couldn’t support. That’s not a reflection on the Chamber as people of good will may disagree. It was more of a reflection of my personal priorities and values.

    I just rejoined this morning. I really miss the great folks who work for and belong to the Chamber. I am also hopeful that, as with any change of leadership, this is perhaps a chance to reassess its future priorities.

    I wish fellow veteran Rob Clapper the best in his future endeavors,

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