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People 12-10-12

Updated: December 7, 2012 - 2:23 pm

Posted: December 7, 2012


Erika Hayes James Ph.D. was named the new senior associate dean for the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia, Executive Education program.

As a member of Darden's Executive Education faculty, ranked #1 by the Financial Times, 2004-2011, James produced a new offering in 2010 called Women Emerging in Leadership, given at the Darden School and in Dubai. Her teaching style has earned her accolades from the MBA students she has impacted at two of the top-ranked business schools in the world: currently at the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia, and as a former visiting professor at Harvard Business School at Harvard University.

James has authored numerous paper and multi-media case studies, published in academic journals, and she speaks at academic and professional conferences on her topics of research.


Banking & finance

Tammy B. Owens has been named business banking relationship manager for StellarOne Bank in the Hampton Roads area. Owens will work with the commercial line of banking, advising clients, selling services, and providing a range of financial services to existing business accounts.

Owens was previously the business development manager with the city of Virginia Beach Economic Development Department, where she had been for more than five years. She is a graduate of North Carolina Central University & Troy University with a master's of public administration. She is a member of Congressman Scott Rigell's Small Business Advisory Board, the Urban League of Hampton Roads Women of Power Advisory Council, Women Impacting Public Policy, and United in Him Foundation.


Michael J. Sykes has been appointed senior vice president of the Commercial Real Estate Lending Unit at Bank of Hampton Roads.

Sykes joined BHR in 2009. Prior to joining the Real Estate Lending unit, he served as senior vice president and team leader in the Special Assets unit. Previously, he served for over three decades in real estate finance positions with Sovran Bank, First American Bank of Georgia and Bank of America, primarily in the Richmond and Norfolk markets.

Sykes is a director of the Hampton Roads Association for Commercial Real Estate, a member of the Advisory Board of the Center for Real Estate and Economic Development at Old Dominion University, and has also been active in the Urban Land Institute -- Hampton Roads Chapter and the Greater Richmond Association for Commercial Real Estate.



Cox Communications made the following announcements:

Betty Jo Roberts has been named vice president of field marketing for Virginia and will be based out of Cox's Hampton Roads office.

Roberts began her career with Cox Communications in Atlanta as marketing manager for the Cox Business organization. In 2003, she became manager of marketing strategy for Cox Business and in 2005, Roberts joined the field marketing team in Virginia as marketing director for Cox Business in Hampton Roads.

In 2009, she assumed statewide responsibility and earlier this year she was named Cox Business marketing director, Virginia region for Cox Communications. Most recently, Roberts served as the interim vice president of marketing for Virginia, leading a marketing team of 30 professionals statewide.

Roberts holds a bachelor of business administration in management degree from the State University of West Georgia and an MBA certificate from Old Dominion University. She is also a graduate of a number of leadership programs including the Harvard Cable Executive Management Program, Women in Cable Telecommunications Leadership Summit, and Lead Hampton Roads through the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce.

In her new role at Cox Virginia, Roberts will provide senior leadership to the Virginia region marketing team with accountabilities for product marketing, field and channel marketing, campaign management, campaign execution and marketing to the military segment. She serves on the board of directors for the Alzheimer's Association of Southeast Virginia.

Jeff Merritt has been named vice president of field sales for Virginia and is based in the Hampton Roads office.

Merritt joined Cox 12 years ago as manager of telemarketing and customer care. He later served as sales director in Hampton Roads, and then held a statewide role as sales director for Cox Virginia. Most recently, he held an interim role prior to his recent appointment as vice president.

Merritt holds a bachelor of science degree from Old Dominion University.

In his new role at Cox Virginia, Merritt will lead a team of more than 370 sales employees across the state. He will be responsible for managing Virginia's residential inbound and retention call centers as well as direct, retail and third-party sales channels. Merritt serves on the board of the Virginia Beach Friends School and is an executive board member of the Tidewater Council of the Boy Scouts of America.



Laura Reyes Graziano has been named local market manager for the Recycling Perks Program, a partner of Chesapeake-based TFC Recycling. Reyes Graziano is responsible for fostering and maintaining relationships with local business owners and municipalities, as well as supporting the ongoing promotional efforts of Recycling Perks, an online-based recycling program that allows residents to use their awarded points to claim rewards offered by local businesses.

Prior to joining Recycling Perks, Reyes Graziano spent 15 years in television and radio sales and has worked with companies such as CBS, Time Warner and Clear Channel.



Cynthia A. Matney has been named vice president of contracts at W R Systems Ltd.

Matney joined the WRSystems Contracts Administration team in 2004, and has played a key role in the company's growth within both the federal and commercial markets. She has more than 25 years of experience in federal contracting, holding a BSBA in business management and a master's degree in contract management from the Florida Institute of Technology.


Awards & honors

The following doctors from Peninsula Radiological Associates have been recognized as "Top Doctors" in Hampton Roads:

Dr. Dennie Bartol, Dr. Jonathan DeMeo, Dr. Janice Newsome, Dr. Thomas Pincus and Dr. David Schengber.


Suzan K. Thompson, Ph.D., LPC, was recognized in the Crocs & O, The Oprah Magazine contest, 100 Women, 100 Shoes Fashionably Philanthropic Challenge. Thompson is a licensed professional counselor and faculty member at Old Dominion University.

She was recognized for her vision and work in developing a women's leadership program, referred to as W.I.L.D., at Old Dominion University, as well as for her contribution to helping people heal from trauma.


Abbitt Realty Co. LLC made the following announcements:

Sales leaders: Deana Renn and Jennifer Amick Team, Tracy Foster, Todd Pleasants, Amy Thorstad, Kandy Fisk, Anne Glover, Jasmine Lineberry, The Hazelwood Team, Andy Pare, Donna Heilman, Lori Jeltema, Lisa Sadrack, Heide Mahr, Charlene Stanaway, Tina Chrismon, Buddy Lord, Debbie Scott, Jeanie Wood, Debbie Volk, Andy Cohen, Rae Shemer, Sheila Dann and Wendell Sparrer.

Listing Leaders: Tracy Foster, Kandy Fisk, Buddy Lord, Andreianna Bazemore, Linda Call and Pat Mefford Team.


Ann O'Brien of Village Bend was named top producer for September by William E. Wood and Associates New Homes Division.

Pat Carney, director of product development at reQuire LLC, has been appointed to the American Land Title Association Technology Committee for the 2012-2013 committee year. Carney has more than 20 years of combined experience in the title, real estate and mortgage industries in a variety of roles. As director of product development, Carney initiates reQuire Release Tracking's development of new products as well as enhances its existing product line using his 20-plus years of title industry experience to formulate strategies and develop products.


Rose & Womble Realty's Resale offices have announced the top sales and top listing agents for October:

Virginia Beach office: Brenda Rawls, sales; Barbara Glasser, listing;

Chesapeake office: Irby's Home Specialists, sales and listing;

Ghent office: Andrea Moore, sales; Lenneta Breznican, listing;

Greenbrier office: Maxine Long, sales; Joanna Reeser, listing;

Harbour View office: Lori Gomoke, sales; Avis Middleton, listing;

Holland Road office: Chellie Burton, sales and listing;

Lynnhaven office: Tim Cochran, sales and listing;

Peninsula office: Dot McKelvin, sales; Cowling Team, listing;

Shore Drive office: Scott Berry, sales; Judi McArthur, listing.


LeClairRyan announced the attorneys selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2013 edition of The Best Lawyers in America:

Norfolk: Alan D. Albert, commercial litigation, criminal defense: white-collar, government relations practice, litigation - intellectual property, litigation - patent, trademark law;

Elizabeth J. Atkinson, litigation and controversy - tax, tax law;

Robert Wm. Best, commercial litigation;

Neal P. Brodsky, trusts and estates;

Ray W. King, corporate law, litigation - real estate, real estate law;

Kelvin L. Newsome, employment law - management, litigation - labor and employment;

Stephen R. Romine, corporate law, land use and zoning law, real estate law.

Williamsburg: Elizabeth L. White, litigation - real estate.


LeClairRyan attorneys have been recognized by Best Lawyers as "Lawyers of the Year" for 2013 in their region:

Alan D. Albert, Norfolk, Litigation - Patent Lawyer of the Year;

Gary D. LeClair, Richmond, Corporate Law Lawyer of the Year and Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law Lawyer of the Year;

Clinton S. Morse, Roanoke, Employment Law - Management Lawyer of the Year;

N. Pendleton Rogers, Richmond, Litigation and Controversy - Tax Lawyer of the Year;

George P. Whitley, Richmond, Corporate Governance Law Lawyer of the Year.


Matthew James, Peninsula Council for Workforce Development and delegate, Virginia General Assembly, has received the 2012 Cardinal Award from the Virginia Economic Developers Association. James has practiced economic development in several roles over the past 26 years. He began in the city of Chesapeake as a business development representative and rapidly rose through prominent leadership positions in Hampton Roads. In 1999, James matriculated into workforce development and in 2005 was responsible for establishing the Peninsula Council for Workforce Development as a separate and distinct entity. In 2010 James was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates to serve as a representative for the citizens of the 80th district. Of note was his appointment to the Governor's Economic Development and Jobs Creation Commission.