Banking & finance
Dee Barber McManus has joined OBX Bank, a division of Monarch Bank, as assistant vice president and retail office manager of OBX Bank's second banking office in Nags Head. McManus has been in the banking industry for 17 years. She worked nearly 13 years with BB&T in Kill Devil Hills. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.
Monarch Bank announces the following promotions:
Amma Guerrier has been named vice president. Guerrier is a private banker and office manager of the Virginia Beach Town Center banking office. She has been in the banking industry for more than 10 years.
Erin Harnage has been promoted to assistant vice president. Harnage joined Monarch in January 2003 and is the loan administration supervisor for the bank's loan operations department.
Michelle Nealey has been named bank officer. Nealey joined Monarch in April 2009 as accounting manager in the finance department. She has been in the banking industry for more than 25 years. Previously, Nealey was the vice president of operations for a credit union.
Randolph R. Shelton has been appointed executive vice president and COO of REDC Community Capital Group Inc. in Richmond. Shelton will manage the daily activities of the organization. Previously, Shelton held positions with General Motors Corp. and Consolidated Bank and Trust Co. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia and has an MBA from Virginia Commonwealth University.
TowneBank announces the following promotions for bank personnel who work at TowneBank's Member Service Center in Suffolk:
Architecture & engineering
RRMM Architects announces the following individuals have been promoted to principal:
Kevin Seymour has been with RRMM and its predecessor firms for 25 years, serving as an architectural project manager in the firm's federal projects studio. Previously, Seymour was the project manager on the United States Marine Corps' first LEED-certified project, the Reserve Training Center and Tank Maintenance Facility at Camp Lejeune, N.C. He is the project manager of the Special Operations Forces Facility Training Complex under construction at Dam Neck.
Robert Berz is a registered architect and LEED-accredited professional who has been with RRMM for six years. A graduate of the University of Tennessee with nearly 20 years of architectural experience, Berz has led RRMM's sustainable design initiatives. He is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council, is co-founder of the Hampton Roads Green Building Council, a board member of the Virginia Sustainable Design Network and a Norfolk Environmental commissioner. He is the project manager/architect for Virginia Beach City Public School's Renaissance Academy, opening next year, as well as the Grandy Village Community Center in Norfolk.
Kyle C. Ballance EI has joined Hazen and Sawyer's Hampton Roads office in Chesapeake as an assistant engineer. Ballance has a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Old Dominion University. He will focus on municipal water and wastewater projects.
Sumitomo Drive Technologies made the following annoucements:
Schnekser has joined as an applications engineer. He has a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Virginia Tech.
Kenneth W. Abrams has joined the Norfolk office of McGuireWoods LLP as an associate in the firm's product and consumer litigation department. He has a law degree from William and Mary School of Law and a bachelor's degree from the University of Richmond.
Welcome Home Realtors made the following announcements:
Kim Rizzo joined the firm as an associate broker supervising its property management division. Rizzo is responsible for obtaining new business in both residential and commercial rentals. She has five years of experience as a real estate agent in South Hampton Roads. Rizzo is a graduate of the Realtors Institute and she holds the MA, ABR, GRI and SRES designations. She is a member of the Hampton Roads Realtors Association, Virginia Association of Realtors and National Association of Realtors as well as the Community Association Institute.
Beth Tignor joined the offices on Laskin Road in Virginia Beach. Tignor is responsible for listing and selling residential real estate in all of South Hampton Roads. She is a member of the Hampton Roads Realtors Association, Virginia Association of Realtors and National Association of Realtors.
G. David Butchello has joined the Thalhimer/Cushman & Wakefield Alliance Newport News office. Butchello has more than 25 years of experience in the hospitality industry including executive, operational and ownership positions. Prior to joining Thalhimer, Butchello was with Sperry Van Ness as a member of their national hospitality team. Butchello has a bachelor's degree in business administration from Alfred University, and an associate's degree in marketing from Alfred State College. He is a certified hotel administrator.
Kevin G. Shortt MD, a board-certified cardiothoracic surgeon, has joined Bon Secours Heart and Vascular Institute. Shortt received specialized training in valvular heart surgery at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland. Previously, Shortt was employed by Bassett Healthcare, where he was recruited by Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and helped to establish one of their affiliate cardiac surgical programs. While at Bassett, Shortt helped the program achieve Three-Star status from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons as well as recognition as a Blue Distinction Center for Cardiac Care by Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield. He earned his medical degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark. He served his residency in cardiac and thoracic surgery in the Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. He also completed a research fellowship in cardiovascular physiology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
Chesapeake Regional Medical Center has made the following announcements:
An official trainer for the Oncology Nursing Society's cancer chemotherapy and biotherapy course, she is director-at-large for the Southeastern Virginia Oncology Nursing Society. Howell also serves as an advisory board member for Camp Kesem UR, a program for children who have parents with cancer.
Charmaine R. Berina has joined Rhodes Communicationis Inc. as a public relations writer and account assistant. Berina will assume responsibility for writing projects including press releases, articles, newsletters, Web content and case studies for the company's clients worldwide. She will also work with the Rhodes account teams to develop and execute marketing plans and strategies. Berina joins Rhodes from a fleet software developer company. She has 11 years' experience in public relations, marketing, corporate communications and graphic design. She has a bachelor's degree in communications and journalism from Virginia Wesleyan College.
J. Benjamin Unkle Jr. has been named the CEO for Westminster-Canterbury. Unkle previously worked as senior vice president of western operations for Erickson Retirement Communities. Prior to that, he was a practicing attorney, with DLA Piper (formerly Piper & Marbury) headquartered in Baltimore, Md. Unkle received his juris doctorate degree at the University of Maryland School of Law. He has a bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland at College Park.
Certifications & designations
a producer for more than three years with Towne Insurance, a division of TowneBank, has earned the designation, Certified Builders Insurance Agent, through Builders Mutual Insurance Company's educational division, Builders University.
Victoria A. Howell, an associate with Goodman & Co.'s Newport News office, has passed the CPA exam. Howell holds a bachelor's degree in accounting and Hispanic studies from the College of William and Mary. Before joining Goodman & Co., she worked as an associate for a worldwide tax advisory firm. Howell is a member of both the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants.
The following individuals at Clark Nexsen have earned the lighting certified professional status from the National Council on Qualification for the Lighting Professions:
Jonathan C. Walker EIT LC is an electrical engineer-in-training. Walker holds a bachelor's degree in architectural engineering, with an emphasis on lighting and electrical systems from Penn State University. He has passed the NCQLP lighting certification exam and is a design member of the International Association of Lighting Designers.
Carlton Chew LEED AP LC is an electrical designer and LEED accredited professional with more than 20 years of experience in the architectural engineering field, with the past nine years at Clark Nexsen focusing on designing lighting and power systems for commercial and governmental facilities.
Cheryl Talbot, with Rose & Womble Realty's Lynnhaven office, has earned the e-PRO designation. Endorsed by the National Association of Realtors, an e-Pro Realtor is certified as an Internet professional.
Patricia Green, a realtor at Abbitt Realty Company LLC, has earned the certified distressed property expert designation, having completed extensive training in foreclosure avoidance and short sales.
Awards & honors
The following lawyers at Kaufman & Canoles PC have been named Best Lawyers in America 2010 "Lawyers of the Year":
Ernest Clare, project superintendent/safety manager at Noah Enterprises, has received the Third Quarter 2009 Safety Award from the U.S. Department of the Navy for Renovation of the MSFSC Spaces Building SP312 on Norfolk Naval Operations Base. The Safety Award recognizes Noah Enterprises' dedication to a solid foundation of extensive construction expertise, craftsmanship precision and concrete management philosophies.
Tidewater Builders Association recognizes its "Members of the Year:"
Grig Scifres, TBA's general counsel, volunteered his time to counsel builder members on weathering the economic climate by negotiating with their bankers and repositioning their businesses. As co-chair of the financial services team at Williams Mullen law firm in Virginia Beach, Scifres focuses his practice primarily on financing, creditors' rights, commercial and real estate law.
Emil Viola, founder of Vico Construction Corp., a Chesapeake company that installs water, sewer and storm drainage systems for commercial and residential developments, contributed to lot preparation for a Chesapeake home that was given to a local veteran through the Homes for Our Troops program. He also assisted with parking lot preparations for the Homearama showcase of homes as he has done for most of the Homearama events in recent years, as well as contributed materially to renovations at the TBA headquarters facility.
Victoria Hecht, Home editor for The Virginian-Pilot, provided coverage of this year's Homearama at Culpepper Landing. The Saturday Home section of the newspaper on Oct. 3 and Oct. 10 informed readers that Homearama was in full swing, thanks to the Hecht's efforts.
Boards, commissions and associations
Kim Humphrey, executive director of the Community Mediation Center of Southeast Virginia, has been named a board member of the Virginia U.S. Senate Productivity and Quality Board. Humphrey has been an examiner and team leader for SPQA for the past seven years based on her knowledge and experience as a state and national Baldrige examiner.
Gov. Timothy M. Kaine has named the following individuals to its Virginia Complete Count Committee:
Earl Bass, chair of the Virginia Council on Indians; Karen Kurilko, regional director for Refugee and Immigration Services; Khalilah LeGrand, cenus coordinator for the City of Norfolk; Dwight Riddick, state president of the Baptist General Convention of Virginia; Edith Green White, president and CEO of Urban League Tidewater.
Beach Municipal Federal Credit Union elected the following board of directors and officers:
Nianza Wallace, chairman; Bill Meador, vice chairman; Lois Ritger, secretary; Robert W. Hall, treasurer; Charity Stone, Kevin Cartino and Kitty Hall, members.
The Virginia Peninsula Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America annouces its 2010 board of directors:
Michael Brown, Booz Allen Hamilton, president; Kate Hoving, city of Williamsburg, president-elect; Brittany Mangold, Howell Creative Group, secretary; Jessica Wharton, Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport, treasurer; Yuri Rodgers Milligan, Hampton University, assembly delegate; Priscilla Caldwell, Calwell Stock Report, past president; Melanie Erickson, Peninsula Metropolitan YMCA; Kim Van Sickel, Sentara Healthcare and Amanda Wroten, Newport News Green Foundation, directors at large.
Juanita Kelley, regional property manager of S.L. Nusbaum Realty Co. was named the 2009/2010 Institute of Real Estate Management Virginia Tidewater Chapter 39 president.