The Herd: Promotions, new hires and departures for 7.23.13


Tim Stone

Tim Stone

Evolve Architecture has hired Tim Stone as director of business development. Stone’s experience includes more than 30 years of marketing and business development, having worked for major corporations including Xerox, Steelcase and BellSouth. For the past 20 years, Tim has worked in the commercial furniture business, focusing on office interiors. He is a graduate of Virginia Tech.

Higher education

Tracy Woodson has been named head coach of the University of Richmond baseball team. Woodson was previously head coach at Valparaiso, where he was named Horizon League Coach of the Year in 2012.

Real estate

Ransom, top, Radkowsky and Dowdy

Ransom, top, Radkowsky and Dowdy

Commonwealth Commercial Partners announced the following hires:

Robin A. Ransom joins the firm as chief financial officer. Ransom oversees all strategic finance functions for the company. She is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Global Management Accountant. She is a graduate of West Virginia University and William and Mary.

Nick Radkowsky joins Commonwealth Commercial’s brokerage division as a sales and leasing associate. His practice areas include landlord representation, tenant buyer/rep service, commercial land sales and development and investment sales. Before joining CCP, Radkowsky worked for Divaris Real Estate and Keller Williams Commercial Division. Nick is a graduate of William and Mary and VCU.

Tucker Dowdy also joins Commonwealth Commercial’s brokerage division as a sales and leasing associate. Tucker specializes in condominium sales and leasing, office and industrial landlord representation and office and industrial tenant/buyer representation. Prior to joining CCP, Tucker worked in the land and development division of Boddie-Noell. He is a Longwood University graduate.


Dan Elam

Dan Elam

TECHEAD has appointed Dan Elam as president. Previously, Elam was COO for New York-based RSC Solutions and COO for Washington -based IQ Business Group. He is also the former US Technical Expert to the International Standards Organization (ISO) for imaging technologies and an AIIM Fellow.

Economic development

Slaughter Fitz-Hugh


The Greater Richmond Partnership has announced the following board appointments:

CapTech president G. Slaughter Fitz-Hugh has been elected chair of the Greater Richmond Partnership Board of Directors for the 2013-14 fiscal year. Fitz-Hugh succeeds Daniel Gecker, chairman of the Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors.

The following representatives will serve on the partnership’s 2013-14 board of directors:

Private sector board members
Robert P. DeLille, chief executive at Creative
Slaughter Fitz-Hugh, president, CapTech
Ned W. Massee, vice president of corporate affairs at MWV
T. Justin (Jay) Moore, partner at Hunton & Williams, LLP

Public sector board members
Daniel Gecker, chair of the Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors
Angela Kelly-Wiecek, member of the Hanover County Board of Supervisors
Patricia S. O’Bannon, member of the Henrico County Board of Supervisors
Charles Samuels, president of the Richmond City Council

Private sector board alternates
Katherine Busser, executive vice president of Capital One
Jerry Fox, partner at Cherry Bekaert LLP
Doug Roth, senior vice president/area executive at BB&T
Kim Scheeler, president of Greater Richmond Chamber

Public sector board alternates
Cecil R. “Rhu” Harris Jr., Hanover County administrator
Byron C. Marshall, City of Richmond chief administrative officer
James L. Stegmaier, Chesterfield County administrator
John Vithoulkas, Henrico County manager

William C. Broaddus, partner at McGuireWoods, will continue his services as general counsel for the Greater Richmond Partnership.

Two partnership officers, Gregory H. Wingfield, president and chief executive, and Anita Saunders, corporate secretary, were reelected to their positions.


From top,

Shackleford, top, Taylor, Overby, Brown and Cales

Digital Benefit Advisors, a division of Digital Insurance, announced the following hires:

Danielle Shackleford joined as a marketing specialist and provides support to advisors and consultants. She prepares new business spreadsheets and creates benefit materials for clients.

Todd Taylor joined as a consultant and provides strategic account development and service support for client partners affiliated with the Medical Society of Virginia Insurance Agency. He has more than two decades of experience in the employee benefits industry on both the carrier and broker sides.

Rosalyn Overby joined as a senior advisor and provides account management and retention services for client partners affiliated with the Medical Society of Virginia Insurance Agency. She has more than 25 years of experience in the insurance industry in sales, account management and customer services.

Chris Brown joined as an advisor and provides account management and retention services for client partners affiliated with the Medical Society of Virginia Insurance Agency. He has more than 20 years of experience in the insurance industry in sales, account management and customer service.

Jason Cales joined as an adviser and provides account management and client support services for client partners affiliated with the Medical Society of Virginia Insurance Agency. He ensures retention of client partners by establishing strong relationships and managing resources to service customer needs.

Kinsale Insurance announced the following hires:

Matt McWilliams, senior underwriter
Alyson Gaiser, associate underwriter
Heather Jorgenson, associate underwriter
Jarrett Fehn, associate underwriter
Drew DeMartini, associate underwriter
Kailey Krause, associate underwriter
Braden Long, associate underwriter
Jessica Stone, associate underwriter
Ginny Brooks, claims examiner
Ashley Driscoll, claims examiner
Nancy Illes, underwriting assistant
Kim Strickland, underwriting assistant
Robyn Paxton, software engineer

Qasarah Spencer

Qasarah Spencer


Qasarah D. Spencer has been named special events coordinator for the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities. She was most recently program director and community coach at Embrace Richmond. Spencer holds masters degrees in divinity and social work from Virginia Union University and Virginia Commonwealth University, respectively. She received her BSW from Norfolk State University.


The Children’s Museum of Richmond Board of Trustees has elected the following officers:

Paul Van De Putte, chair
Iris E. Holliday, past chair
Mark S. Cross, treasurer
Jennifer McAdoo, secretary

The board also welcomed the following new members:

Marc Mentry, senior vice president of brand marketing for Capital One
Bill Nash, executive vice president of human resources and administrative services for CarMax

The Beth Ahabah Museum & Archives has a new slate of officers and a new board of trustees for 2013-14:

Shelly Berger, registrar for the Museum of the Confederacy, president
Pam Feibish, a consultant with Rhudy & Co. Communications and Marketing, secretary
Don Bassell, CFO of Mid-Atlantic Convenience Stores, treasurer

The board of trustees includes:

Shirley Belkowitz, community volunteer
Edith Brenner, community volunteer
Sheri Cox, owner of Frame-Art Gallery in Henrico
Genie Crawford, community volunteer
Genevieve Dickerson, community volunteer
Dot Heffron, community volunteer
Harlan Loebman, community volunteer
Martin Miller, vice president of BB&T Scott and Stringfellow
Susan Morgan, freelance public relations consultant
Dan Rosenthal, attorney
Carol Sesnowitz, community volunteer


George Mason Mortgage announced the following hires:

Alisha Payne joined George Mason as a loan officer assistant. She has been in mortgage and banking for the past 10 years, most recently at RBS Citizens. Before that, Payne worked for Encore Credit Corp.

Kimberly Garnett has been originating residential mortgage loans for more than 13 years. She works closely with first-time homebuyers and veterans.

Sherry Mclaughlin has been in the mortgage industry for about 15 years.

Chris Parks joined George Mason Mortgage as a senior loan officer. He has been in the housing industry since 1993.

Beth Moore joined George Mason Mortgage as a senior underwriter. She has been in the mortgage business as an underwriter for 30 years.

Michelle Rosson has more than 15 years in the mortgage industry. She started in the business as a processor and has been underwriting for the past three years.

Brian McFarlane has been in the mortgage business for 12 years. He has originated for wholesalers, correspondent lenders, and regional and national banks. McFarlane likes to specialize in working with veterans.

Erica Keefe has worked in the travel industry and as an event planner. She is new to the mortgage industry.

Diane Troxell joins George Mason Mortgage as a closer. She has more than 17 years of experience in the mortgage industry, closing all types of mortgage loans.

Dan Kern joined George Mason Mortgage as a senior loan officer. Kern has worked in the mortgage industry since 1993. He recently worked with Brand Mortgage, specializing in first-time homebuyer programs, renovation products and mortgage programs for disabled veterans.

Michelle Landon joins George Mason Mortgage as a loan officer assistant. She spent eight years working in the fashion industry doing sales, merchandising and product development for apparel manufacturers in the New York and Washington areas, and she has run a business as a yoga instructor for the past two years. She is a VCU graduate.

Russell Nash joins George Mason Mortgage as vice president and branch manager. He has been a branch manager with Union Mortgage for six years.


Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen added Bridget N. Long as a trial attorney in the firm’s Richmond office. Long is an active member of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association and a past president of the Young Trial Lawyers Section, and she has served on the VTLA Board of Governors as a governor at large since 2008. She is a graduate of Mary Washington College and the University of Richmond.

Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen also hired Paul M. Curley as a trial attorney in its Fredericksburg office. Curley has a record of litigation success in personal injury and medical malpractice cases. Since 1999, Paul has represented his clients in an array of federal and state court cases. He is a Virginia Military Institute and University of Richmond graduate.


Studio Center Total Production, headquartered in Virginia Beach, hired Nathan Burns as a video editor. Burns, a graduate of James Madison University, has spent the past several years working as a video editor at Park Group in Richmond.

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