February 23, 2015

The Launch Place announced today the hire of Kelly Fitzgerald as its new marketing manager.  In this newly-created position, Fitzgerald will manage the organization’s marketing strategies, communications, public relations and grant writing/fund-raising activities. She also will cultivate regional leads to attract new clients.

“We are excited to have Kelly join our team. She brings a demonstrated record of success and a wealth of experience as a talented marketing and communications specialist,” said Eva Doss, President & CEO of The Launch Place.

Fitzgerald is a 2014 recipient of the Young Professional & Community Engagement (PACE) Award from the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce and a native to the Danville-Pittsylvania County region.

Fitzgerald most recently served as the Market Director of Marketing and Strategic Planning for LifePoint Hospitals® South Central Market, which includes Danville Regional Medical Center and Memorial Hospital of Martinsville and Henry County. Before joining LifePoint Hospitals®, she was the Information Technology Specialist and Marketing and Communications Associate at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research in Danville.

“This is a tremendous opportunity, and I am looking forward to helping my hometown region become Southern Virginia’s hub of entrepreneurship activity. With The Launch Place’s expertise and infrastructure, Danville-Pittsylvania County has so much to offer new and serial entrepreneurs looking for that right location and support for success,” said Fitzgerald.

Fitzgerald received an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration from Danville Community College (DCC). She earned her Bachelor of Science Degrees in Marketing Management and Business Informational Technology and a Master’s Degree in Instructional Technology from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech). 

She is a graduate of the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Southside program and completed LEAD VIRGINIA, a program that educates proven leaders about regional differences, opportunities and challenges across the Commonwealth.

Fitzgerald is a board member of the United Way of Danville-Pittsylvania County and serves on the Marketing Committee for the Boys and Girls Club. She is a member of the Chatham Rotary Club, Junior Wednesday Club and the DCC Alumni Council.

Awarded a $10 million grant from the Danville Regional Foundation in July 2013, The Launch Place increased its capacity to offer business consulting services and expanded to include entrepreneurship recruitment, development and retention resources and assistance.

Founded in 2005 as a 501 (C) 3 nonprofit organization, The Launch Place strives to energize and diversify Southern Virginia’s regional economy through entrepreneurship development and business consulting services.