LawTasos A. Galiotos has joined Willcox & Savage as a partner. Galiotos' practice will focus on commercial real estate with an emphasis on senior housing facilities including nursing homes and assisted living facilities. He holds bachelor's and law degrees from the University of Virginia. Real estateKaren Farris has been named managing broker at the Independence office of William E. Wood and Associates in Virginia Beach. Farris previously worked as an assistant managing broker at the Great Neck office. The following individuals have joined Armada Hoffler in its Virginia Beach headquarters: Saima Mehboob, staff accountant; William E. Washburn, superintendent, special projects; Danielle I. Pena, project management assistant. The following individuals have joined Abbitt Realty: Marc and Jo Griffin have transferred to the Hampton/York office. Odessa Connell has joined the Hampton/York office. Suzanne Taylor has joined the Hampton/York office. Taylor specializes in working with investors and helping to navigate the home-buying process. Shanda Kishlicky has joined the firm as a corporate administrator. Wanda Weeks, Pat Mefford and Linda Call have joined the Oyster Point office. Mefford and Call have residential experience in listings and sales. Weeks is experienced in residential properties, new home construction and land development. Stan Cairns has joined P.F. Summers of Virginia, a Williamsburg-area home-builder, as a business development manager. Cairns most recently owned and operated a custom-home-building business in Williamsburg since 1992. He has more than 27 years of homebuilding and management experience. He was a founding member of the Williamsburg Community Builders Association in 1999 and is a past president of the Peninsula Housing and Building Association. The following individuals have joined Rose & Womble Realty Co.: Anna Howrey has joined the firm's marketing services department as its marketing production specialist. Howrey previously worked as an agent services coordinator/graphic designer at Long & Foster in Richmond. Edward Ore has joined Advantage Mortgage Co., an affiliated company with Rose & Womble, as a home mortgage consultant. Ore has six years of lending experience. He is based at the Town Center office in Virginia Beach. Hugh Cohen, vice president of the commercial division of Harbor Group International LLC, has attained SIOR designation. Cohen has been with the firm for more than five years, leasing many of its Hampton Roads commercial properties, including Dominion Tower and 555 E. Main St. in Downtown Norfolk. Banking & financeThe following individuals have been promoted at Bank of America: Alice M. Titsis has been promoted to vice president, banking center manager at the First Colonial Road Banking Center. She has been with the company since 1998 and will manage all banking center personnel and operations. Lisa Rivera has been promoted to officer, assistant banking center management at the Bayside Banking Center in Virginia Beach. Rivera has been with the bank since 1985 and will oversee the banking center operations, sales and service. Sonya G. Grant has been promoted to vice president, banking center manager at the Churchland Banking Center. Grant has been with the bank since 1992 and will oversee all banking center personnel and operations. Vernon Page has been promoted to Peninsula regional president for Resource Bank. Page joined the bank in 1999 as a senior vice president, city executive for the Peninsula commercial division. He has more than 35 years of lending and banking experience. Health careMarlene Howlett RN has been named vice president of patient care services and chief nurse executive at Mary Immaculate Hospital in Newport News. Howlett joined the hospital in June 2006 as a consultant and interim director of the emergency department and in September, became the administrative director for women's services, emergency department and inpatient surgical services. She holds bachelor's and master's degrees in nursing from the Virginia Commonwealth University/Medical College of Virginia. DistributionScott Russell has been promoted to director of sourcing at Ferguson in Newport News. Russell joined the company in 1985 as a management trainee and then joined outside sales in 1986. He was promoted to branch manager of the Frederick, Md., office in 1989 and to general manager of the Augusta, Ga., office in 1992. Russell transferred to Winston-Salem in 1995 as a general manager and was promoted to manager of sourcing-HVAC in 2004. MarketingScott Sanders has joined Meridian Group in Virginia Beach as team leader. He was hired primarily to lead the new Hall Automotive account, which Meridian took over in January. Sanders previously worked as the general manager for WTVZ-TV in Norfolk for more than 10 years. He will be responsible for leading a brand rebuilding effort, including advertising, Internet and direct marketing, and consultation on all aspects of the company's business. MediaThe following individuals have been promoted at VistaGraphics: Paul Brannock has been promoted to vice president of corporate sales and distribution of all products including Hampton Roads Magazine. Brannock previously worked as the manager of the magazine. Jay Bellamy has been promoted to sales and distribution manager for VistaGraphics, including all visitors' guides and custom graphics. Bellamy previously worked as the sales manager/corporate trainee for all visitors' guides. TourismCassandra Vaerewyck has been promoted to event supervisor at the Virginia Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau's sales and service department. Vaerewyck has more than five years of experience in the hospitality industry. She previously worked as a concierge at the Virginia Beach Convention Center where she was the volunteer coordinator and supervised the part-time event staff. Before that, Vaerewyck worked for the CVB's Visitor Information Center and as a data-entry supervisor for the local office of The Ocean Conservancy. She holds a bachelor's degree in public administration from James Madison University. Business servicesFay Taswell has joined the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce as the director of program development. Taswell is responsible for the coordination of regional and divisional programs and major sponsorship solicitations. She is also responsible for the planning, implementation, marketing and staging of chamber events. She previously worked for Smithfield Foods and Howmet Corp. AwardsThe following employees of Southern Hospitality Automotive Group were named employees of the year: Greenbrier Collision Center: Tim Beck, John Burrell, Meggan Martin. BDC/Marketing/IT: Danny Dively. Prep/Detail: David Brown, David Dawson, Brandon Pittman. Administration: Allison Accomando, Melissa Krus. Greenbrier Chrysler-Jeep: Romona Dennis, Joan Lawrence, Glenn Lepkowsky, Renee Newsome, Sean O'Hara, Shawn Sexton, Dan Smith Frank Stacier. Greenbrier Pontiac-GMC-Kia: Kim Barnhill, Jim Corbett, Jim McGuigan, Shanell Nimmo, Evan Seltzer, Kim Smith, Debbie Tolley, Winston Whitehurst. Greenbrier Volkswagen: Kim Dozier, Stuggie Fentress, Russell Godette, Stephan Harris, Debbie Nicol, Farley Perkins, David Saunders, David Skittlethorp. Lynnhaven Lincoln-Mercury-Kia-Suzuki: Larry Ashford, Nathan Brown, Shannon Coulthard, Kris Davison, Ronnie Dozier, Joe Scalco, Sam Trapani, Billy Woods. Tysons Dodge-Jeep: Bernard Acorlor, Kelli Dyer, Richard Golliday, Mandy Hardin, Sekou Kanate, Terry King, Terry Long, Diana Shubert. Greenbrier Wholesale Center: Mike Crawford.The following individuals were recipients of TowneBank's Mortgage 2006 sales awards: Lisa Parker, President's Club "Gold" status and Loan Officer of the Year; Kim Pate, Joanna Gwaltney, Val Parnell, Julie Beck, Keith Robinson and Amy Smith, President's Club status.Congressman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott has received the First Annual Presidential Leadership Award given by Thomas Nelson Community College. The college established the award as a way to honor the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by recognizing outstanding community leaders who are role models for students. The following individuals have qualified as leading insurance professionals affiliated with The Frieden Agency, an insurance and investment marketing organization of John Hancock Financial Network: David Shamitz has more than 30 years of experience in investments and services. He holds an MBA from Ohio University. Shamitz is a registered financial consultant and chartered financial consultant. David Balaban has more than 20 years of financial services experience. He is a graduate of Old Dominion University and is a certified long-term care professional and a life underwriters training council fellow. The following individuals were named to the Virginia Realtor Hall of Fame at the annual Virginia Realtor Legislative and Education Conference in Richmond: Ralph Anderson of Virginia Beach was executive vice president of the Virginia Association of Realtors from 1979 to 1993. Dorcas Helfant-Browning of Coldwell Banker Professional was the first woman president of the National Association of Realtors in 1990 and was VAR president in 1984. Helfant-Browning received the Virginia's Realtor of the Year Award in 1987. Sandee Ferebee of Virginia Beach is president of GSH Real Estate and was VAR president in 1990. Ferebee received the Virginia Realtor of the Year Award in 1994. Michael Sears was ranked third nationally among all U.S. Allianz Securities (now Questar Capital Corp.) representatives in gross dealer concessions. Sears is a consultant for the Sears Group in Virginia Beach. He specializes in designing strategies for seniors with income programs, asset preservation and wealth transfers. The following Hampton Roads Realtors have been inducted into the Omega Tau Rho Fraternity by the Virginia Association of Realtors in recognition of their leaderships skills and were also awarded the Medallion of Service: Stacye Edwards, Hampton Roads Realtors Association; Don Irby, Rose & Wombly Realty, Chesapeake; Billy Coons, Realty Executives, Virginia Beach; Clifford Wells, Century 21 Nachman Realty, Norfolk; Oscar Ferebee, GSH Real Estate, Virginia Beach; Robert Albergotti, William E. Woods & Associates, Norfolk. Boards, commissions and associationsRobert S. Miller III, founder, president and CEO of MSA PC, has been named president of The National Society of Professional Engineers for the 2006-2007 year. Miller previously served as the treasurer from 2002 to2005. He is a member of both the Virginia Society of Professional Engineers and the Tidewater Chapter of VSPE. He has received the 1998 NSPE Outstanding Service Award, 2003 NSPE/PEPP Award of Merit, and is a three-time recipient of the VSPE Engineer of the Year. EPIC WOLCOTT ONLYThe Real Estate Information Network Inc. has elected the following individuals from its Board of Directors to serve as officers for 2007: Barbara Wolcott, president, Prudential Realty; Sandra Ferebee, vice president, GSH Real Estate; Robert Wainwright Jr., secretary, Wainwright Real Estate; and Robert Burch, treasurer, Century 21 Nachman Realty. E. Andrew Keeney, a partner with Kaufman & Canoles PC, has been elected to a three- year term on the Board of Regents of the American College of Mortgage Attorneys. Three new board members have been appointed to the Bon Secours Hampton Roads Health System board of directors for 2007: EPIC ALL THREE Michael S. LaRock is vice president of finance and CFO of SYSCO Food Services in Hampton Roads. LaRock, a certified public accountant, is a member of the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Sister Anne Lutz is a health care administrator with more than 30 years of experience in acute and geriatric care. Lutz serves as lead senior vice president of sponsorship for Bon Secours Health System Inc. Bennie L. Marshall is a professor and department head of Norfolk State University's department of nursing. Marshall has more than 40 years of experience as a nurse, educator and manager. The Associated General Contractors of Virginia Tidewater District has elected the following individuals to represent the district for 2007:Morgan Wells, president, Conrad Brothers Inc.; Tommy Hitt, first vice president, Hitt Electric Corp.; Mark Olmstead, second vice president, Mid Eastern Builders Inc.; Dave Ragan, third vice president, DAVKEN Mechanical Inc.; Randy Sutton, secretary, Waterfront Marine Construction; Josh Gerloff, treasurer, Gerloff Painting Inc.; Bill Franczek, legal counsel, Vandeventer Black LLP; Drew Holtzman, immediate past president, Hourigan Construction Corp.; Brad Hedrick, member at large, Hourigan Construction Corp.; Dave Sterling, member at large, Virtexco Corp.; Debbie Hudson, member at large, S.B. Ballard Construction Co.; Melanie Page, member at large, Johnson Controls Inc.; Janet Headrick, marketing specialist, JRH Advertising & PR; and Dick Moyers, executive director, AGC of Virginia Inc. EPICState Sen. Ken Stolle has been appointed to TowneBank's Virginia Beach board of directors. Stolle, a partner with the law firm of Kaufman & Canoles PC, has served in the Senate for 15 years, and currently represents the 8th Senatorial District in the Virginia General Assembly. Theodore V. Morrison Jr. has been elected chairman of the State Corporation Commission for a one-year term. This is his sixth time as chairman since being elected to the SCC in 1989. EPICKeith Newby MD has been appointed to TowneBank's Norfolk board of directors. Newby is president of Cardiology & Arrhythmia Consultants Inc. and holds board certifications from the American Board of Internal Medicine in cardiovascular disease and in clinical cardiac electrophysiology. He is a diplomat of the National Board of Medical Examiners and is licensed by the Virginia and North Carolina boards of medicine. Newby is past president of the Norfolk Medical Society and is a member of the Norfolk Academy of Medicine and a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology. The Virginia Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad Foundation has elected the following officers for 2007: Peter A. Agelasto, chairman; Will D. Sessoms, president; John W. Richardson, vice president; John "Buddy" M. Baillio, treasurer; and C. David Whitley, secretary. The Hampton Roads Foreign Commerce Club has elected the following officers and board members for 2007: Clark Taylor, president, Taylor Cos.; Bill Jackson, vice president, RJR Elite Trucking; Lisa Nelson, secretary, Virginia International Terminals; Joyce Goodman, treasurer, The Hipage Co.; Sharon Jambard, director, Virginia International Terminals; Carroll Forehand, director, Eagle Global Logistics; Ed Merkle, director, Virginia Port Authority; Nina Malone, director, Virginia Port Authority; and Susan Long, director and past president, Norfolk Airport Authority. Lynn G. Grimsley, a realtor with Re/Max Peninsula, has been reappointed for an additional four-year term on the Newport News Redevelopment and Housing Authority's board of commissioners. Additional board members are: Cary B. Epes, chairman; William L. Hawkins, vice chairman; Kenneth L. Allen; Lorenzo S. Grant; Karen M. Ivey; Alberta Hall. EPICJ. Randolph Sutton has been appointed to TowneBank's Virginia Beach board of directors. Sutton is president of Waterfront Marine Construction Inc. He is a member of the Associated General Contractors of Tidewater, where he serves as secretary, and was the state director of the Associated General Contractors of Virginia from 1999 to 2005. EPIC HOPSON ONLYSteven B. Hopson MD has been appointed to the Mary Immaculate Hospital board of directors for 2007. Hopson, a physician with Tidewater Physicians Multispecialty Group, received a bachelor's degree in biology at Temple University in Philadelphia and a medical degree at the Medical College of Pennsylvania. Additional board members are: Dr. Timothy Boddie, professor and chaplain at Hampton University; Edward Boyer, Bon Secours Health Systems; Paul Garman, Mid-Atlantic Commercial Real Estate; John Garrett III, Ferguson Enterprises Inc.; Kasia Grzelkowski, The Arc of the Virginia Peninsula; Richard Hanson, CEO of Bon Secours Hampton Roads; Sister Mary Margaret Jackson, Congregation of the Bernardine Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis and president of the board; Matthew James, Peninsula Council of Economic and Workforce Development; Sister M. Concetta Labenz, Congregation of the Bernardine Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis; Michael E. Mares, Witt, Mares, Eggleston, Smith; Dr. Hoskote S. Nagraj, internal medicine; Sister David Ann Niski, Bernardine Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis and secretary of the board; Jon A. Nystrom, Virginia Company Bank; Sister Rosemary Smith, Bon Secours Hampton Roads; Sister Rita Thomas, Bon Secours Hampton Roads; and Robert Yacobi, FCR Realty. The Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters Health Foundation board of directors has elected a new chairman and vice chairman: EPIC HEIDT ONLY Mark R. Warden of Norfolk has been elected chairman. Warden is a principal and portfolio manager at Wilbanks, Smith & Thomas Asset Management LLC. Edward A. "Buzz" Heidt Jr. of Virginia Beach has been elected vice chairman. Heidt is president and CEO of The Penrod Co. The following individuals have been elected to the Chesapeake Bar Association for 2007: James E. Short, president; Christopher H. Falk, vice president; Brian K. Miller, secretary; Lori B. Galbraith, treasurer; David J. Whitted, executive office.