Jay A. Langston, Ph.D.
Jay A. Langston, Ph.D., has over 30 years of extensive experience in economic and business development, strengthening community engagement, and developing entrepreneurial initiatives. Jay joined SVP in December 2018 where he is leading efforts to expand and relocate business to the Shenandoah Valley region. Most recently serving as the Managing Director of Business Retention and Expansion at the Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP), Jay also served as Senior Business Manager/Senior Advisor in Competitive Initiatives and Senior Research Manager. Prior to working at VEDP, Jay was the Executive Director of Virginia’s Gateway Region, a regional economic development organization, and Senior Business Development Representative for Chesterfield County Department of Economic Development. Jay received a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Management from Georgia Institute of Technology and Masters in Public Administration and Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University. He also received accreditation from the Virginia Executive Institute and National Center for Economic Gardening and received the 2010 Virginia Economic Developers Association’s Cardinal Award, the highest award for economic development leadership, career accomplishment and service.
Business Development Manager
Travis Carter joined the SVP in July 2019 as the Business Development Manager. In this role, Travis is responsible for managing projects and developing and implementing a lead generation strategy to successfully meet SVP’s performance goals. Travis has a strong background in food manufacturing, transportation, logistics and supply chain management. He previously worked with Perdue Farms and Tyson Foods and most recently served as the Grow Out Manager for Cargill. In addition, Travis serves as the Assistant Manager for the Shenandoah Valley Railroad, a 20 mile short-line railroad connecting and serving our region. Originally from Richmond, Travis has lived in the Shenandoah Valley since 2011. Travis earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Animal and Poultry Science from Virginia Tech and has continued to advance his training in effective management and leadership practices.
Marketing & Communications Manager
Cari Orebaugh, Marketing and Communications Manager, is responsible for developing and managing content across all SVP communication platforms, strategically sharing the SVP plan of work in addition to the business developments assets of the Shenandoah Valley region. Cari’s community organization experience as the Marketing & Communications Director at the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce and private-sector experience as the Communications Specialist at Molson Coors Beverage Company serves SVP well, in addition to her deep understanding of and passion for our work and partners. Born and raised in Rockingham County, Cari is a graduate of James Madison University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science. Cari was recognized as a “Top 10 Under 40” Business Leader by the Shenandoah Valley Business Journal in 2015, and was a recipient of the Dennis Burnett Community Excellence Award in 2016. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Rockingham County Fair Association, is a member of the Rotary Club of Rockingham County, and routinely volunteers with the Broadway Hometown Partnership.
Jen Weaver is the Administrative Coordinator for the Shenandoah Valley Partnership. Jen is a native of Augusta County and graduated from Bridgewater College with degrees in Business Administration and Economics. She brings to SVP over 25 years of office experience, primarily with small construction and telecommunications companies. Having lived and worked in Baltimore for nine years, it was Jen’s love of the Shenandoah Valley that eventually brought her back to this area. Jen supports critical functions for both SVP and GO Virginia, and her strong administrative and accounting background are instrumental in our shared success.