Personality: Trina H. Lee

Spotlight on Leadership Metro Richmond board chair

11/3/2017, 1:25 a.m.
Richmond has been home to Trina H. Lee since 1986 when her family moved here when she was in high ...

Meet LMR’s 2017-18 board chair and this week’s Personality, Trina Hoppin Lee.

Occupation: Assistant vice president, public affairs and communications, at CarMax.

What I do: Lead the teams at CarMax that manage public relations, associate communications and all philanthropy efforts.

Top volunteer role: Leadership Metro Richmond 2017-18 board chair.

Date and place of birth: April 30 in Rock Island, Ill.

Current residence: City of Richmond.

Education: B.S., radio and television broadcasting, Virginia Commonwealth University, and MBA from East Carolina University.

Family: Husband, Hugh Lee; and daughters, Abigail, 22, and Hannah, 19.

When I was elected: June 2017.

LMR’s No. 1 project now: Our No.1 project right now is the Leadership Quest Class of 2018. This group of 70 community leaders from across the region participated in their second full-day seminar on Nov. 1, which offered a variety of perspectives on the wealth gap, as well as prepared them for their upcoming immersion experience. Each year, Leadership Quest program participants are divided into small groups with whom they will take part in a regional issue immersion and analysis experience.

Impact of LMR: Connecting and informing leaders across the region; preparing them to better serve their communities.

Impact of LMR on my life: The Leadership Quest program was transformational and opened my eyes to many important issues our community faces. I knew I wanted to help make a difference, but didn’t know how to engage. LMR provided me with training so I could get involved in areas where I knew I could make a difference.

Impact of LMR on my career: I’ve been fortunate to have a diverse career that has provided me with rewarding experiences and learning. I started in news media as a TV producer where it was my mission to help bring important information to viewers. I then transitioned into working in state government as a public information officer, where I worked on education campaigns regarding preparedness for events, including bioterrorism and other public health situations. Currently, my career is now with CarMax, where I have had the opportunity to further grow, learn and help support our community and our associates.

LMR’s connection with other leadership programs: LMR is a member of the National Association of Leadership Programs. It is a feeder program for Lead Virginia, as well as a next step for leadership programs provided by ChamberRVA and the Community Foundation.

LMR is financially supported by: Corporations and individuals.

A good leader is: Someone who leads in service to others.

Status of Richmond area’s leadership: Richmond has strong leadership across our government, nonprofit and business areas. We are fortunate to have many passionate and dedicated leaders who are helping to make a difference.

How I start the day: My husband and I walk our two dogs while drinking coffee. When I get into the office, I read newspapers and prepare for the rest of the day.

I relax by: Exploring Belle Isle with our dogs and visiting local breweries in Scott’s Addition. I really love everything Richmond has to offer.

A perfect day for me is: A day including a walk along the James River with our dogs or going out to listen to live music.

Something I love to do that most people would never imagine: I’m mostly an open book. But something new is that my family is trying to find time to learn how to sail.

Best late-night snack: Ice cream.

A quote that I am inspired by: “If you want to view paradise, simply look around and view it. Anything you want to, do it; want to change the world …there’s nothing to it.” – Willy Wonka.

The best thing my parents ever taught me: Be honest, work hard and help others.

Book that influenced me the most: “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee.

What I’m reading now: “The Nightingale” by Kristin Hannah.

If I’ve learned one thing in life, it is: Love is all that matters.

Next goal: Further helping my family, team and community achieve their dreams.