The non-profit Venture Richmond has promoted Stephen Lecky to director of events wihle hiring Max Hepp-Buchanan for a newly created position of director of riverfront and downtown placemaking.
“We couldn’t be happier that Max is joining the Venture Richmond team and bringing with him not just a love of our downtown, but also solid expertise and experience in urban planning," said Lisa Sims, executive director of Venture Richmond in a press release. "And we’re delighted that Stephen will be leading our events team. He has consistently excelled as manager of the Richmond Folk Festival, and we know that he will bring that same passion, energy, and experience to his new role overseeing all of our events. It’s an exciting time!”
A Seattle native, Hepp-Buchanan is the director for Bike Walk RVA, a regional program of Sports Backers that advocates for biking and walking infrastructure, according to the release. He will begin his new job in January. He describes his new job as "helping to make the Richmond riverfront and downtown a better place to live, work, and play for everybody,” in the release.
Lecky is a familiar face to many concert goers at Friday Cheers and Dominion Energy Riverrock. He has been festival manager at Venture Richmond since 2006 and was a key staff member managing the popular Richmond Folk Festival since 2005.
“I have been fortunate to have worked with the Venture Richmond team for so many years and to be a part of the exceptional events we produce,” said Lecky in the release. “I look forward to expanding my role and responsibilities to continue the success of these events, and others, that help to make our Downtown vibrant for residents and visitors alike.”
Venture Richmond's stated goal is to engage "business and community leaders in partnering with the City of Richmond to enhance the vitality of the community, particularly downtown, through economic development, marketing, promotion, advocacy, and events. Crucial elements of Venture Richmond’s mission include bringing nearly a half million people from across the region Downtown for large-scale public events, as well as managing key portions of the Downtown Riverfront, like Brown’s Island, Tredegar Green, and the Canal Walk and Turning Basin, and the Riverfront Canal Cruises."