The Herd: New hires, promotions & departures for 12.11.18

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Bob Rayner, editor of the editorial pages at the Richmond Times-Dispatch, has announced his retirement, effective in Feb. 2019. Jim Bacon, editorial writer hired earlier this month by Rayner, has left the editorial staff to focus on his blog, Bacon’s Rebellion.


Rina Van Orden has been promoted to partner with Gavin Law Offices.

Bennett Eastham and Callaghan Guy have joined Christian & Barton as associates. Eastham is a member of the bankruptcy and creditors’ rights, and commercial litigation practice groups. He has degrees from Virginia Tech and Washington & Lee University. Guy is a member of the commercial real estate and environmental law practice areas. She has degrees from Northeastern University and the University of Richmond.

Rebecca Ivey and Thomas “Chip” Hancock IV have joined the health care section of Williams Mullen. Ivey is a partner and had been with Troutman Sanders. She has degrees from the University of Virginia. Hancock is an associate and had been with Hancock, Daniel & Johnson. Hancock had been in the U.S. Marine Corps and has degrees from Virginia Military Institute and the University of Richmond.

Investment Banking

Joining Keiter Advisors, the result of a combination of Keiter Stephens Advisors with Keiter Transaction Advisors:

Carroll Hurst will be a director, effective Jan. 2019. He will continue as director of Keiter.

Jim McGrath, Matthew Austin, Bill Beattie and Scott Zickefoose are moving from Keiter Transaction Advisors to the Keiter Advisors.


Nick Serfass has been elected executive director of the Richmond Technology Council. He had been with the American Institute of Architecture Students. He has degrees from the University of Virginia, the University of Miami and Auburn University.


Cameron Palmore has joined Dewberry as an associate and senior project manager. He is a graduate of Virginia Tech.

Business Services

Samantha Gonzalez has joined Seneca Resources as a technical recruiter. She had been with New York Life Insurance Co. and is a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University.

At Apex Systems:

Sarah Mallett and Alex Paxton are national recruiters.

Christian Mosier is a staffing recruiter

Mary Fulcher is an account manager.

Uzair Razak has joined Apex Life Sciences as a national recruiter.


Gary Hughes has been named director of community corrections services for Chesterfield County, effective Jan. 2019. He is the community corrections services director with Henrico County and is a graduate of Arizona State University.


Joining Kinsale Insurance Co.:

Taylor Pritchard is a senior financial reporting analyst. She is a graduate of Virginia Tech.

Brendan Berry is a lead developer. He is a graduate of Virginia Tech.


Robert Watts Jr. has joined First Bank as senior vice president. He had been with First Capital Bank and is a graduate University of Virginia.


David Russell was promoted to senior developer in the digital group of Padilla. He had been a developer.

Matt Mattox has been promoted to group account director with The Martin Agency. He will be leading the GEICO account.

At Elevation:

Kate Bredimus was named an associate creative director. She had been a senior copywriter.

Liz Belte has been promoted to art director. She had been a graphic designer.

Beth Borum is an associate creative director. She had been with Popskull in Chicago.

Nikki Battle is a search engine marketing analyst. She had been with Sinclair Broadcasting Group.

Jackson Downey is an account planning assistant.


Joining UDig:

Sara Sullivan is a talent acquisition lead. She is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University and had been with CapTech.

Brian McGowan is a senior consultant. He is a graduate of Old Dominion University and had been with Capital One.

Financial Services

David Roberts is a tax manager with Heritage Wealth Advisors. He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

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