Our History

The CBDX was founded on June 4, 2009, in a small room at Strayer University within the Town Center of Virginia Beach. Co-Founders, Alex Divaris, Danijel Velicki, Stephen Pfeiffer and Erica Meekins Rorrer brought together a group of about 20 local, young professionals to discuss the idea of injecting a youthful presence into the Central Business District Association (CBDA).

The CBDA, having been formed in 1986, had reached one of its major goals in bringing mixed-use development to the central business district of Virginia Beach. As the organization began trying to shift its focus and reinvent itself to become a strong advocate for the area, they recognized the importance of involving more Generation X and Millennial professionals. The leaders from both the CBDA and the newly formed CBDX worked together to re-energize the organization with a new purpose and continuously evolving mission.

Today, the CBDX is heavily involved within the leadership of the CBDA, with numerous members being a part of its Board of Directors and serving on its Executive Committee. Our organization has grown to include over 100 members that participate in a variety of events throughout the year, including socials, athletic events, educational forums and meet-and-greets with local politicians. We proudly participate in a number of volunteer and fundraising activities for local charities, having raised more than $250,000 through our annual Casino Night fundraiser. Throughout our existence, we have not only excelled at cultivating innovative ideas and business relationships, but lifelong friendships, as well.

The CBDX Mission

CBDX, a division of the Central Business District Association (CBDA) of Virginia Beach, is a group of business professionals ages 40 and under charged with furthering the mission of the CBDA. CBDX is committed to encouraging involvement of the next generation of business leaders in support of local businesses and organizations, as well as creating future development initiatives targeting young professionals.

Central Business District Association

The CBDX supports the existing Central Business District Association’s goals and events.

Young Professionals

Encourage participation of young professionals in the Central Business District of Virginia Beach by creating and promoting events and organizations within the CBD which cater to this demographic.


Create networking opportunities to advance communication between up-and-coming business professionals.

Social Opportunities

Work with local charities and non-profits through civic and social opportunities which serve Hampton Road’s children, families and neighborhoods.

Shaping the Future

Shape future development initiatives and strategic growth plans for the Central Business District of Virginia Beach by incorporating input and ideas from young professionals.

Board Members

The CBDX board is made up of 9 talented professionals who bring together years of expertise in their respective fields. ‘X’ers’, as they are known, have a passion for learning and improving their community.

CBDX Board: (left to right) Tony Divaris, Colby Raymond, Lindsey Mashburn, Tyler Rosa, Scott Krystiniak, Kristen Huber, Will Driscoll, Hunter Walsh. Not pictured, Meagan Parker.