At Mitchell, Wiggins & Co.:
Joseph D. Thornton is director of valuation services.
Melissa A. Sikes and Lea S. Rasmussen are senior managers.
Brian M. Mitchell is a manager.
Caitlin C. Druid, Robyn R. Parlett and Matthew S. Rocawich are staff accountants. Druid is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University. Parlett is a graduate of Christopher Newport University. Rocawich is a graduate of Randolph Macon College.
Wells Fargo Advisors reports the following promotions:
Chris Harvie is managing director of investments.
Michael Palmore and Charles E. Bradshaw III are senior vice presidents of investments.
Jane Jenkins, Patrick Meyer and Jason Williams are first vice presidents of investments.
Barbara Dittmeier and Michael Barck are vice presidents of investments.
Margaret Smith has joined Canal Capital Management as director of financial planning and tax services. She is a graduate of the University of Virginia.
Thomas K. “Smitty” Smith has been appointed chief marketing officer for Markel Corp.
Andrew K. Ryan has been named to the board of directors of Housing Virginia. He is a partner with C|P|G.
At WebStrategies Inc.:
Dorsey McFadden is senior manager of digital advertising. She had been with Madison + Main. She is a graduate of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Kristin Melton is manager of marketing and client relations. She had been with Home Care Delivered.
Chris Johnson has joined circle S studio as senior web developer.
Kästle Aschliman has been promoted to investor relations manager at the Greater Richmond Partnership Inc. She had been an administrative assistant.
Will Shumadine has been promoted to senior underwriter for Professional Governmental Underwriters Inc.
Essex Bank has promoted Patricia M. Vogel to Chief Credit Officer.
At Special Olympics Virginia:
Katie Botha is vice president of development and communications.
Holly Claytor is senior director of public relations.
Floyd Miller is senior director of urban programs.
Nancy Morehouse is senior director of the southwest region and unified sports specialist in the Blacksburg office.
Ellen Costlow is an administrative assistant and project manager. She had been with Integrated Global Services.
Donna Sutton is donor database manager. She had been with John Tyler Community College Foundation.
After 38 years in the industry, W. K. Brewer announced his decision to retire as executive vice president and chief operating officer of Universal Corp. effective March 31, 2015.
Nancy Tait, manager of communications and stories, is retiring from the Science Museum of Virginia after 20 years of service.