The Herd: New hires, promotions and departures for 2.6.18


Michael Pirron, CEO and founder of Impact Makers, has left the firm.  He remains on the board of directors.

Dorinda Smith, president and CEO of SunTrust Mortgage, is retiring, effective March 31.  Todd Chamberlain will succeed her and become president of SunTrust Mortgage and executive vice president and head of mortgage for SunTrust Banks.


Ryan O’Toole has joined Eckert Seamans as the manager of government relations.  He had been a policy advisor to Gov. Terry McAuliffe.  He has degrees from Fordham University and Virginia Tech.

At Troutman Sanders:

Jonathan Lautt has joined the multifamily housing finance practice as a partner.  He had been with Bryan Cave.  He focuses his practice on commercial real estate finance with significant experience representing lenders, master servicers and special servicers related to the servicing of real estate loans.

Chris Forstner has been promoted to partner in the intellectual property practice.  He focuses his practice on all aspects of intellectual property law, including patent law and litigation, post grant proceedings, patent preparation and prosecution, technology licensing agreements, and strategic portfolio development.


Jonathan Fortin has joined Heritage Wealth Advisors as director of tax services.  He has degrees from Middlebury College and Western New England University.


Joining Elevation:

Joe Castro is search engine marketing manager.  He had been with Fathom in Cleveland, Ohio. Corey Lane is a senior account executive.  He had been with The Martin Agency. Bryce Praught is an art director/designer.  He had been with Miller Creative in Howell, New Jersey. Lauren Prezioso is a project manager.  She had been with Royall & Co.

Real Estate

Charles Wentworth has been promoted to senior vice president at CBRE | Richmond.  He had been first vice president.

Harman Aujia and Aimee Taylor have joined the Village of Midlothian office of Long & Foster Real Estate as sales associates.

At Colliers International:

Martin Blum has been appointed director of retail services. Matt Hamilton has been promoted to senior vice president.


At the Virginia Bar Association:

Officers for 2018:  president, C.J. Steuart Thomas III with TimberlakeSmith in Staunton;  immediate past president, David S. Mercer of MercerTrigiani in Alexandria; president-elect, Richard E. Garriott Jr. of Pender & Coward in Virginia Beach. Chair of the board of governors is Alison M. McKee of Kaufman & Canoles in Virginia Beach.

Chair for the Young Lawyers Division, Andrew B. Stockment with Lenhart Pettit in Charlottesville.

New board of governors members:  representing the southwest region, Victor O. Cardwell of Roanoke; representing the Potomac region, David J. Gogal with Blankingship & Keith in Fairfax; representing membership at-large, Helivi L. Holland in Suffolk; also at-large, Rhodes B. Ritenour with Bon Secours Richmond Health System.

The board of governors appointed a new representative to advise on legislative interests, Jennifer L. McClellan, state senator representing the 9th District.

Chair of the law practice management division, R. Braxton Hill IV with Christian & Barton; and chair-elect for the Young Lawyers Division, Jennifer L. Ligon with Williams Mullen.

New board members for the Virginia Association of Independent Schools, elected as directors-at-large are:  Jesse Grapes, headmaster, Benedictine College Preparatory; Janet F. Marsh, Congressional School in Alexandria; and Richard Jung, executive director with Association of Independent Schools of Greater Washington, DC.


Amy Carrier is chief operating officer of Bon Secours Virginia.  She had been with WellStar Cobb Hospital in Austell, Ga.  She has degrees from Pennsylvania State University and Indiana University of Pennsylvania.


The junior board of celebrate!RVA:  chair, Caroline Logan with the Virginia Tourism Corp.; Loren Phillips with Capital One, Chelsea Moring with Illumination Events Studio; Christina Dick with TFB Agency; and Ashley Young with Patient First.

Danielle Marie Hawkins and Melissa A. Koch have joined the United Network for Organ Sharing.  Hawkins is a review board coordinator in the Organ Center.  She had been with Virginia Physicians for Women and is a graduate of James Madison University. Koch is an e-learning instructor in the professional education department.  She had been with Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority and has degrees from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Joining Viridiant:

Nathaniel Bauman is a technical advisor. Aaron Hales is director of operations. Chris Maino is business development manager.


Jennifer Ludvik has joined Triumph Services as a senior account manager.  She is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University.

Eric Alvillar has joined Hamilton Relay as Virginia relay telecommunications relay service outreach coordinator.  He had been with Pothos Inc in San Diego, Calif.


Amanda Huang has been promoted to chief operating officer of Continental Underwriters Inc.

Jeff Slocum has been promoted to vice president – sales with Straus, Itzkowitz & LeCompte Insurance.

Joining Kinsale Insurance Co.:

Laura Patterson and Wil Pieterse are claims examiners.  Patterson is a graduate of Marshall University. Pieterse is a graduate of the University of the Free State in South Africa. Will Carter is an associate underwriter- life sciences.  He is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University. Olivia Fabelo is an associate underwriter- excess casualty.  She is a graduate of the College of William and Mary. Hans Knecht is a dev-ops engineer.


Joining NAI Dominion:

Chris Hopper is an assistant vice president.  Cameron H. Maxey is senior consultant.

At Barton Malow Co.:

Gilbert DiMaio is a project director. He had been with The Pike Company and is a graduate of Saint Anselm College. Robert Glover is senior virtual design and construction engineer. He had been with Atlantic Constructors Inc. Kara Abbott is a senior project manager. She has degrees from The University of Oklahoma and The University of Texas at Austin.

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