The Herd: Promotions, new hires and departures for 6.18.13

Marti Heil

Marti Heil

Higher education

Virginia Commonwealth University hired Marti K.S. Heil as vice president for development and alumni relations, effective Sept. 15. Heil currently serves as senior vice president for development at the Indiana University Foundation and previously worked 29 years in development at Michigan State University.


Snagajob hired Keith Haas as its chief financial officer. Haas previously served as vice president of finance for GeoEye, a commercial satellite imagery company.

Tim Stacer

Tim Stacer


Tim Stacer has been named director of sales and marketing for the Hilton Garden Inn Richmond Downtown. Stacer, a Virginia Tech graduate, was most recently the national sales manager for Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg.

Public relations

Kelsey Leavey joined the Hodges Partnership as an account coordinator. She received her master’s degree in strategic public relations from Virginia Commonwealth University in May.

Old Dominion Electric Cooperative has named Shena L. Crittendon its new director of communications and public relations. Most recently she was special assistant to the president/director of public relations at Virginia Union University. She is a graduate of Virginia Union University.

Skanska USA promoted Jessica Murray to head of communications and marketing for Skanska Infrastructure Development North America. Previously, Murray led communications for the Southeast Region in addition to spearheading key employee engagement, branding and safety initiatives for Skanska USA.

Amanda Leininger

Amanda Leininger

Real estate

Amanda Leininger has joined Long & Foster Real Estate. Leininger will specialize in working with homebuyers and sellers.


Neathawk Dubuque & Packett announced the following hires:

Dave Martin joined the firm as an account supervisor. He has served as a creative director and president of Martin Branding Worldwide. More recently, he served as marketing manager for Infian. Martin is a graduate of Northwestern University.


Top row: Martin, left, Parrish and Cosby
Bottom row: Jenkins, left, and Fifer

Travis Parrish joined the firm as senior account executive and managing director, safety and defense. He most recently headed up his own firm, Parrish Strategic Solutions, and has served as account supervisor for CRT/tanaka. He also worked at, part of the Praetorian Group family of Public Safety websites. Parrish is a graduate of Radford University.

Brenda Cosby joined the firm as art director. Cosby most recently worked for Baker Street Advertising in San Francisco. She began her design career in Richmond at Virginia Commonwealth University and Circuit City. Cosby is a graduate of VCU.

Lisa Jenkins joined the firm as a traffic manager. In addition to a list of clients that includes VCU Medical Center, Franciscan St. Francis Health, the Jefferson Hotel and Virginia State Police, she has worked on accounts that include Virginia Lottery, Dominion Virginia Power, Covenant Woods and Stihl.

Whitney Fifer joined the firm as an assistant account executive. Fifer comes to ND&P from the Richmond Retail Merchants Association, where she served as marketing coordinator, special projects. Before that she served as a local marketing specialist at Google. Fifer is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University.

Thomas Palmer

Thomas Palmer


Plunket Beirne joins Duncan Williams as vice president of debt capital markets. Beirne was previously with Pierpont Securities and has been in Richmond’s investment community for more than 20 years.

Greg Lagasse joins Duncan Williams as a vice president. Lagasse previously worked at BB&T and has a total of 24 years of experience in the investment industry. He is a graduate of the University of Arkansas.

Wells Fargo hired Thomas Palmer as senior vice president and senior relationship manager. Previously, he worked at SunTrust Bank and predecessor companies for 20 years, most recently serving as executive vice president and group head for middle market banking. Palmer is a University of Virginia graduate.

Clay Stiles

Clay Stiles

Brian Combs joined Wells Fargo as senior relationship manager. Combs most recently served as senior vice president of the Corporate Banking Group at SunTrust Bank. He is a University of Virginia graduate.

Clay Stiles has joined Dominion Partners as a financial analyst. He is a recent graduate of James Madison University.

Ben Farmer joined First Citizens Bank in its Short Pump office as financial sales manager. Ben has more than 10 years of banking experience and was previously with Union First Market Bank.

Justin Blankenship

Justin Blankenship

Justin Blankenship joined Heritage Wealth Advisors as an investment associate. He previously worked as a financial associate at MEDcare Urgent Care and is a graduate of West Virginia University.

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