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02/27/2015 - 1:33pm


Robert L. Samuel joined the Virginia Beach-based law firm of Pender & Coward as a shareholder and chairman of the firm's Workers' Compensation Group. With more than 35 years' experience, he also focuses his practice on civil personal injury litigation.

02/20/2015 - 4:01pm


Christy L. Murphy joined the Norfolk office of the law firm Kaufman & Canoles. Murphy concentrates her practice on the representation of banks, credit unions and other secured and unsecured lenders in commercial litigation. She regularly represents trustees, families and entities in trust and estate litigation.

Murphy received a bachelor's from Old Dominion University and her juris doctor from Regent University School of Law.



02/13/2015 - 3:40pm


Ellen F. Bergren joined the law firm of Vandeventer Black LLP and will be based in Norfolk. Bergren's primary practice will focus on complex commercial litigation and general commercial litigation, as well as creditors' rights and bankruptcy.

Bergren has experience in federal trial and appellate practice, and litigation experience involving products liability, mass tort, insurance and reinsurance defense.

02/06/2015 - 4:57pm

IT services

Luke Barton joined 360IT Partners, a Virginia Beach-based IT consulting company that serves all of Hampton Roads, as its new business development director.

Barton has 10 years of experience in management and production and technical development. Previously, he served as the production director for Atlantic Shores Baptist Church.


Maritime technology

Mark Mahoney is the new director of domestic maritime business at WR Systems Ltd., a Norfolk-based NAVCOM and maritime technology company.

01/30/2015 - 1:48pm

Sport events

Lauren Carpenter Bland, an Old Dominion University graduate, is executive director of the Hampton Roads Sports Commission and vice president of sports development for the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce.

Bland, who will be responsible for bringing amateur sports to the region, is already working one big event: the Amateur Athletic Union Junior Olympic Games, which will return to Hampton Roads this year, as well as in 2020 and 2025. The Can-Am Police and Fire Games are on the schedule for 2018.

01/23/2015 - 1:14pm

Commercial real estate

Jeff Parker, CCIM, is director of leasing at Virginia Beach-based Wheeler Real Estate Investment Trust Inc. Parker is responsible for leasing operations of the company's portfolio of commercial assets. The portfolio includes 56 grocery-anchored shopping centers totaling more than 3.6 million square feet of gross leasable area across 13 states.

01/09/2015 - 4:35pm

Banking & finance

The following have joined George Mason Mortgage's Virginia Beach office:

• Tracey Clarke is a senior loan officer. Clarke has been in the mortgage industry for more than 25 years with experience in processing, originating and underwriting. A resident of the area for many years, she lives in eastern North Carolina and covers both the Virginia and North Carolina markets.

12/31/2014 - 12:57pm

Health care

Mary S. Tindall is the new executive director of the Chesapeake Regional Health Foundation.

Tindall was selected after a national search and brings more than 30 years of professional fundraising experience to the position.

She most recently served as senior director of the Detroit region at Henry Ford Health System. Her prior positions include vice president at the United Way of Southeast Michigan and director of major gifts at the Children's Hospital of Michigan.

12/25/2014 - 3:41pm

City public works

David L. Ricks, PE, is the new director of public works for the city of Norfolk. Ricks has more than 30 years of facility program management, infrastructure regional planning, construction contract management and financial administration.

12/19/2014 - 12:54pm

Manufacturing & shipbuilding

Bharat Amin was appointed vice president and chief information officer for Huntington Ingalls Industries' Newport News Shipbuilding division.

Previously, Amin was chief information officer for BAE's land and armaments division. He is a mechanical engineer with a master's in industrial engineering and business administration. Amin also has experience in business processes, technology development, cyber security and large information technology project implementation.