The Herd: New hires, promotions & departures for 2.5.19

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Eddie Lumpkin has joined Spotts Fain as senior counsel in the corporate and business transactions section. He focuses his practice on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, franchising and licensing arrangements, and general corporate, regulatory, and securities matters. He has degrees from Duke University and Washington and Lee University.

Jonathan Bliley and Joseph Pope have been elected partners of Williams Mullen. Bliley is with the corporate practice. Pope is with the litigation practice.

Investment Banking

Cedric Fortemps has been named co-head of the downstream energy and convenience retail group with Matrix Capital Markets Group. He is a managing director and a principal.


Shawn O’Brien is executive vice president and consumer banking group executive with Union Bank & Trust, effective Feb. 18. He had been with BBVA Compass Bank and has degrees from Miami University and Ohio State University.

At Virginia Commonwealth Bank:

Brian Lange is vice president, commercial deposit development. He had been with South State Bank.

Bonnie Howle is vice president, treasury management. She had been with Park Sterling Bank.


Danielle Sheridan has joined Kinsale Insurance Co. as an underwriter – construction. She is a graduate of Longwood University.

Real Estate

Joining Hometown Realty:

Rachelle Roberts has joined the Ladysmith office.

Patrick Kane and Wes Atkinson have joined the Mechanicsville office.

Clay Robins has joined the Ashland office.

Mike Tyler has joined the Twin Hickory office.


Melinda Jeffries has been named an associate with SMBW. She has degrees from James Madison University and Virginia Commonwealth University.

Investment Services

At the James River wealth team of BB&T Wealth:

Jeff Hassler has been promoted to trust regional director. He had been a personal trust specialist.

Abel Lewis and Valerie Hedley are personal trust specialists and vice presidents. Lewis had been with U.S. Trust and is a graduate of Campbell University. Hedley had been with Virginia Estate & Trust Law and has degrees from Washington & Lee University and the University of Richmond.

Employment Services

Peyton Johnson has joined Triumph Services as a technical account manager. She is a graduate of Auburn University.


Pamela Stallsmith has been named opinions editor for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, effective Feb. 18. She is currently with the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University. She has degrees from Randolph-Macon Woman’s and Virginia Commonwealth University.


Jenna Ward is preschool director at LeafSpring School on Three Chopt Road. She had been chief program officer with the LeafSpring’s Rainbow Station China operation and is a graduate of American University.


The 2019 board members for the Neighborhood Resource Center of Greater Fulton are: president, William Luckert; vice-president, Chuck D’Aprix; treasurer, Joseph Stemmle; and secretary, Karen Earls. At-large directors are: Erica Brown-Meredith, James Chambliss, Mark Fabrizio, Veronica Fleming, Ryan Hamlet and Daniel Klein.

At the Virginia Bar Association:

Newly installed, president, Richard E. Garriott Jr. with Pender & Coward in Virginia Beach; immediate past president, C.J. Steuart Thomas III with TimberlakeSmith in Staunton; present-elect, Alison M. McKee with Kaufman & Canoles in Virginia Beach.
Chair of the board of governors, Richard H. Ottinger of Vandeventer Black in Norfolk.
Chair of the Young Lawyers Division is Jennifer L. Ligon with Williams Mullen; chair-elect, Madelaine Kramer with Sands Anderson in McLean.
New board of governors members: representing the Capitol region, Ryan W. Boggs with Dominion Energy; membership-at-large, Cynthia D. Kinser with Kinser Law of Pennington Gap; serving at-large, Benjamin D. Leigh with Atwill, Troxell & Leigh in Leesburg; representing the Southside region, Eric H. Monday, attorney for city of Martinsville.
The board of governors also appointed two representatives to advise it on law schools and government attorney interests: Henry N. Butler of Arlington, dean and professor of law and executive director of the Law & Economics Center at the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University and Travis G. Hill of Richmond, chief executive officer for the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority;VBA general counsel, an ex-officio board role, Eric J. Sorenson Jr. with Woods Rogers in Lynchburg.

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