Friday, April 14, 2017

Good Morning,
I need your help!
I would like to personally invite you to participate in an IABC/Richmond Chapter Organizational Meeting and Brainstorming Session on Thursday, April 20 from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm at the Tuckahoe Library 1901 Starling Drive Henrico, Virginia 23229-4564. The library is off Parham Road on a road across from the Woody Funeral Home and a block from the intersection of Three Chopt and Parham. Refreshments will be provided.
In 2017, IABC/Richmond is working to regroup and rebuild, and your insight, ideas and hearty participation in this meeting would be greatly appreciated!
As you may know, the goals of IABC at the international level include:
                  Setting the standard of global excellence for professional communicators;
                  Working to position the communication field as a strategic function that has a demonstrable business value;
                  Helping to forge invaluable business connections and lifelong friendships.
The goal of this meeting is to collaborate and to form an actionable business plan for the Richmond chapter so that we can reinforce IABC’s goals on the local level for the communicators in our area. The first step in this process will be filling chapter board positions and creating committees that can provide a firm foundation to support future chapter activities.
This event is free, but please RSVP by 12 Noon on Wednesday, April 19, by contacting Mary Ann Delano at or at 804-360-0936 to attend. Even if you are unable to attend, we would love your comments, ideas and feedback which you can provide to me or Mary Ann.
Feel free to bring or invite other communicators in your organization or community to this meeting as long as they also RSVP.
I look forward to seeing you there!
Larand Lancaster
IABC/Richmond Chapter President


Wednesday, February 11, 2015


DATE: Thursday, February 12
LOCATION: Jason's Deli at Willow Lawn
TIME: 11:45 am

TOPIC: Seven Cs of Effective Communication
RSVP to Mary Ann Delano at

Join us for lunch, networking and a discussion on the Seven Cs of Effective Communication - Connect, Conversation, Cooperate, Collaborate, Conflict, Create and Change.

We'll reserve a table at Jason's Deli at Willow Lawn. Place your own order and pay, and join us at the IABC/Richmond group table at 11:45 am. Please RSVP by February 11, so we'll have enough chairs at the table.
Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

September Meeting and Reception for Senior Communicators and Former Board Members

Thursday, September 4
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Capital Ale House
4024 Cox Road
Glen Allen, VA 23060
IABC/Richmond will have a cash bar reception from 5:30-7:30 at Capital Ale House in Innsbrook. Catch up with former board members and get an update on IABC and its current status--we have a new executive director, and you'll recognize the Heritage Region director!  Kick off the fall with a throwback to the evening meeting! No host bar, but board members will get a free drink ticket! For more information, contact Mary Ann Delano at

Judges are needed to judge the IABC Atlanta Chapter's Silver Quill Awards
Judging is done online and must be completed by the first week in September. Please let Mary Ann Delano at know if you are interested in helping. We need two judges each for 10 entries.

Categories include:
•       International communications
•       multi-lingual communication
•       outdoor and 3-D
•       customer relations
•       government relations
•       electronic/digital
•       social responsibility
•       graphic design

Friday, April 25, 2014

May is Membership and Renewal Month
Members and guests can register for this month's program at a special discounted rate.

Topic: “Be Distinguished or Be Extinguished”
Date: Thursday, May 8
Speaker: Rob Norman, President and Publisher, City Publications Richmond
Time: 11:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. 
Special Pricing for May: $15 for members and full-time students; $10 for guests
Location: Owens & Minor, 9120 Lockwood Blvd. Mechanicsville, VA 23116
Deadline: Register by Tuesday, May 6 

About Our Speaker

When Rob Norman decided to acquire the marketing media company City Publications Richmond in Spring 2013, he had one simple goal – to help Richmond-area small and midsize businesses grow and succeed.  After spending 25 years in the corporate world leading global communications and marketing programs for multinational companies like Honeywell, Wyeth and Pfizer, it was time for him to shift gears and focus on helping businesses and brands much closer to home.

City Publications Richmond is part of a national media franchise that provides multimedia marketing solutions, including upscale direct mail programs, email marketing, website development, SEO services, Internet advertising, QR codes, mobile marketing, call tracking and more.  The company specializes in targeting affluent homeowners who have discretionary income and are more likely to buy their clients’ products and services.

Celebrating his first year of business this May, Norman has secured more than two dozen clients and is well on his way to establishing his company as a premier direct marketing and advertising leader for Richmond-area businesses.   He attributes much of this success to a lesson he learned during his communications career spanning more than two decades – “Be distinguished, or get extinguished!”  Norman understands the appeal of being different in business and how individuals and companies can differentiate themselves from their competitors to come out on top in the marketplace. Norman will share experiences from his business start-up as well as his corporate communications career on the importance of differentiation in an increasingly competitive business environment.

A Richmond native, Norman grew up in Mechanicsville, VA, and attended Hampden-Sydney College and Virginia Tech, where he earned his communications/PR degree.  He earned his IABC accreditation in 1993 and served as IABC/Richmond Chapter President in 1997.

Having worked in diverse industries, including healthcare, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, fibers, and plastics manufacturing, Norman brings a broad perspective on marketing communications strategy to each of his clients.  Fortune 500 companies entrusted him to support, defend and grow their multimillion-dollar brands, and now he enjoys earning the same trust and respect from Richmond business owners who continually rely on City Publications Richmond to achieve their sales and marketing goals.