The Herd: New hires, promotions and departures for 11.13.18


P. Cody Phipps is out as CEO of Owens & Minor. Robert Sledd has been elected chairman and interim president and chief executive officer. Sledd has been a director since 2007.


Steve Faraci has joined Whiteford, Taylor & Preston. He had been with LeClairRyan and has degrees from the University of Rochester and the University of Richmond.


Branson Lilburn and Casey Ellett are software product engineers with Simple Thread. Lilburn had been with Ozark Web Developers.


Trevor Hopper and Megan Miller have joined Kinsale Insurance Co. as associate underwriters – Aspera. Hopper is a graduate of the University of Virginia. Miller is a graduate of James Madison University.


Jerrine Lee has been promoted to sports development manager with Richmond Region Tourism. She had been a convention and sports services manager.

Christi Ruddy has been promoted to manager of the meetings and events division of Covington.

Financial Services

Joining Luxon Financial:

Russell Keller Jr. is a financial advisor, vice president. He had been with Wells Fargo and is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University.

Monica Spaulding is operations systems manager. She had been with Sterling Capital Management and is a graduate of University of Richmond.

At Transact Capital Partners:

John Presley is a managing director. He had been with Lumber Liquidators and was the former CEO of First Capital Bank.

Robert “Ross” Harris is an associate. He has degrees from the Virginia Military Institute and the College of William and Mary.


Brandon Reid has joined Mobelux as a front end web developer. He is a graduate from the University of North Texas.


David Knickerbocker has joined Eagle Commercial Construction as director of business development.


Joining Charles Ryan Associates:

Christine Pomatto is a UI designer. She is a graduate of James Madison University.

Alex Fisher is a digital media strategist. He has degrees from DePaul University and High Point University.


Audrey Sweeley and Eric Saylor have been named partners with Price Simpson Harvey. Sweeley is an interior designer and Saylor is an architect, with a focus on healthcare.


Natalie Pennywell is director of the VCU Health Hub at 25th, which will open in 2019. She had been with the Virginia Department of Health

Business Services

Emily Canada, Jay Bradt and Kristian Powers have joined Apex Life Sciences as national recruiters.

Real Estate

Fay Slotnick has joined Keller Williams Richmond West. She had been with Precision Realty.

Joining Hometown Realty:

Sheila Togger, Leah Copeland, Alison Velasquez, JT Talley and Mike Heath have joined the Chesterfield office.

Renee Mancuso has joined the Carytown office.

Lynda Carter, Robbie Talley, Shannon Parker, Joanna Chockett, Tracie Fowler, Tom Wells, Carly Stratton, Kara Kane and Tyler Snow have joined the Mechanicsville office.

Christina Taylor, Connie Anderson, Steve Gates, Jake Edmonds, Dane Gibson, John Coleman, Debra Cocke and Meredith Martin have joined the Twin Hickory office.


Jason Gentry has joined Resource International as a project engineer III. He is a graduate of Virginia Tech.

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