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Top 40 Under 40, 2012

 This is the 14th time that Inside Business has recognized 40 young businesspeople in Hampton Roads who are successful in their careers and are involved in the community. That means the group of 40 you will read about in the following pages joins a group of 520 who have been honored through this program – and we hope encouraged to go out and do even more for the companies they work for and the nonprofits and community service projects they assist.

This year, as in previous years, we asked the 40 a series of questions about their success, their time management, their goals for the future and what gets under their skin. We also asked them to bring with them to be photographed an item that has been significant or represents something significant in their lives. You can see some of those items here and read about them, and our honorees for 2012, in the following pages.

We'd like to thank our judges, listed below, sponsors for the event and the Norfolk Waterside Marriott, where the group will receive their awards on Oct. 9.

The event: Oct. 9 | The Norfolk Waterside Marriott, 235 E. Main St., Norfolk. Reception/networking 5:30 p.m. Dinner and awards 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The judges:
Wanda Cooper, Esquire
The Cooper Law Firm P.C.
Virginia Beach

Walter Camp
Attorney and Mediator
Virginia Beach

Jennifer Ann Saunders Pfitzner, MBA CPA
Saunders and Matthews PLLC

Adam Rex
Vice president
Cornerstone Financial Services
Virginia Beach

Michelle L. Tomaszewski, Ph.D.
Virginia Ship Repair Association

2012 Honorees:
Clara A. Anderson
Bob Barton
Torrey Breeden
Gillian Bura
Courtney R. Chalmers
Marisa D. Collins
George W. "Trey" Cooper III
Leah D. Copeland
Martin O. Cross
David J. Damiani
C. Kellie Dickerson
Andrew R. Fox
Colleen C. Fox DVM
James Friddell
Katie Harrison
LaMont Henry
Josh Jackson
Akhil Jain
Ruth T. Jones
Sarah E. Joyner, MD, MPH
Mollie Korte
Lacy Shirey Kuller
Brandon Loftus
Zack Miller
Emily Meyers Munn
Paul W. Muse
Gretchen M. Ostroff
Christine Nguyen Piersall 
Jonathan B. Reed
Jennifer Lynn Smith
Sareeta M.C. Spriggs
Shon M. Stacy
Tim Sweitzer
Fred D. Taylor
Duane Thompson
Drew Ungvarsky
Jacob Lee Verbeck
Ross D. Vierra
Hal Yuill
Sabrina Zimring

The section: Produced by the staff of Inside Business, the Hampton Roads Business Journal

Editor: Carol Lichti
Assistant editor: Mary Flachsenhaar
Editing assistance: Lakeshia Artis
Photos: Vincent Schilling

Scroll down to meet the honorees.
Learn more about each honoree by clicking on the person's/company's name or photo to read more.

Akhil Jain, 35 President, Landmark Hotel Group

At work I set direction, monitor performance, coach and lead a team of hospitality professionals to ensure that our 10 hotels are...

Andrew R. Fox, 39 Assistant City Attorney, Norfolk City Attorney's office

At work Essentially, I am part of the in-house legal team for the city of Norfolk. I represent the city, the Norfolk Public...

Bob Barton, 38, Vice President, Beach Ford Inc.

At work I am the operator and co-owner of Beach Ford Virginia Beach and Beach Ford Suffolk. 

Home and family...

Brandon Loftus, 30 Associate, Booz Allen Hamilton, and Owner, Bigger Picture Properties

At work After graduating from the United States Naval Academy and serving in the Navy, I joined Booz Allen Hamilton where I...

C. Kellie Dickerson, 36 association services relationship manager, BB&T

At work I work in a division that focuses solely on providing banking services to the community association industry -...

Christine Nguyen Piersall, 36 Shareholder, Williams Mullen PC

At work I am an attorney focusing on wills, trusts and estate administration.

Home and family Portsmouth...

Clara A. Anderson, 34 Assistant Vice President, Director of contracts, Spectrum

At work At Spectrum Comm Inc. in Newport News. I provide a fostering environment to a team of contract managers and contract...

Colleen C. Fox, 39 Veterinarian and part owner, Pet Care Veterinary Hospital

At work I practice all aspects of small animal medicine with concentrations in internal medicine, surgery and dentistry. Since...

Courtney R. Chalmers, 33 Director of Marketing and Brand Management, Dominion Marine Media, Dominion Enterprises

At work As director of marketing for Dominion Marine Media, I have the opportunity to create brand strategies that drive global...

David J. Damiani, 34 Tax manager, Witt Mares PLC

At work I manage multiple individuals, estates, trusts and business relationships. I prepare and review income tax returns;...

Drew Ungvarsky, 32 Owner and Creative Director, Grow Interactive

At work I oversee the direction of the company, as well as the creative direction of our clients and projects.


Duane Thompson, 39 Managing Director, Sabrosa Foods Inc.

At work Responsible for Sabrosa Foods Inc. Co. direction and day-to-day business.

Home and family Hampton...

Emily Meyers Munn, 37 Owner, Emily M. Munn PC

At work My practice includes criminal and traffic defense law.

Home and family Norfolk; husband Jeff,...

Fred D. Taylor, 29 attorney, stallings, Bush & Randall PC

At work I am a litigator in a general practice law firm, but really at the end of the day I am a problem solver. Individuals and...

George W. "Trey" Cooper III, 34 Managing Director, Vice President, Monarch Home Funding LLC

At work I originate and fund home, construction and renovation loans. I am responsible for my team's production, volume,...

Gillian C. Bura, 26 Owner and CEO, Better Your Business

At work I manage the business operations, look for new clients that need marketing help and service my current clients for the...

Gretchen M. Ostroff, 32 Attorney, Vandeventer Black LLP

At work I practice construction law and litigation. My primary focus is defending architects and engineers who are sued for...

Hal Yuill, 34 Director of Leasing, First Potomac Realty Trust

At work I manage the leasing effort of 3.7 million square feet of office and industrial space in Hampton Roads.


Jacob Lee Verbeck, 39 Corporate Program Manager, Reed Integration Inc.

At work Manage all aspects of corporate training programs, to include graduate- level course work through Old Dominion University...

James Friddell, 36 Co-Founder/Senior Partner, The Opus Group of Virginia

At work Empower clients through education and resources to make sound financial decisions concerning their futures.


Jennifer Lynn Smith, 34 owner, Jennifer Lynn Smith PLC

At work I am a family law attorney specializing in mostly divorce and custody litigation.

Home and family...

Jonathan B. Reed, 36 Partner, Kaufman & Canoles

At work I'm a corporate attorney specializing in mergers and acquisitions and private equity, so I help negotiate and advise...

Josh Jackson, 37 Vice President, Operations Manager, Science Applications International Corp.

At work I lead the Defense Mission Solutions Operation, which has almost 500 dedicated employees and generates more than $100...

Katie Harrison, 31 Vice President, Portfolio Manager Team Leader, BB&T

At work I've been with BB&T for 10 years and moved to Hampton Roads after graduating from their Leadership Development...

Lacy Shirey Kuller, 30 Executive Director, Chesapeake Humane Society

At work I work to further the Chesapeake Humane Society's mission of helping companion animals and reducing pet overpopulation....

LaMont Henry, 24 College Unit Director/Financial Representative, The Northwestern Mutual Financial Network

At work My team and I help people dream about what they want to accomplish personally, professionally and financially. Then we...

Leah D. Copeland, 33 Attorney-adviser, U.S. Air Force

At work I provide legal assistance to service members, retirees and their dependents on family law, estate planning, consumer law...

Marisa D. Collins, 35 President and owner, Speech Language Intervention Strategies LLC

At work At Speech LIS LLC, I evaluate, diagnosis and treat children and adults with a variety of communication disorders,...

Martin O. Cross, 37 Senior Vice President, Account Services Officer, Old Point National Bank

At work I provide leadership to the Account Services division of the bank. This consists of the Loan Services, Deposit Services...

Mollie Korte, 32 Senior Associate, CBRE | Hampton Roads

At work I focus on retail and office leasing and sales. My client base includes landlords, tenants, developers and property...

Paul W. Muse, 34 president and ceo, 1st Advantage Credit Union

At work Responsible for the entire credit union including our colleagues and members.

Home and family...

Ross D. Vierra, 34 CEO and president, Axis Road Markings Inc.

At work Licensed Class A general contractor in Virginia, we are building a first class construction company with a focus on site...

Ruth T. Jones, 38 Executive Director, YWCA South Hampton Roads

At work I collaborate with the board of directors to raise the profile of the organization to leverage resources for programs...

Sabrina Zimring, 29 STrategist, Rubin Communications Group

At work I develop and implement marketing and communications plans for clients looking to build brand awareness or enhance brand...

Sarah E. Joyner, MD, MPH, 37 Physician, Cardiovascular Associates Ltd.

At work After completing internal medicine residency and cardiology fellowship, I joined Cardiovascular Associates Ltd. I...

Sareeta M.C. Spriggs, 35 Assistant director, Urban league of Hampton roads

At work I work closely with the CEO and director of administrative services. I assist with annual giving, producing the radio...

Shon M. Stacy, 37 Corporate Financial Officer, Ron Paul Salons Inc.

At work I handle corporate financial operation management, human resources, accounts payable/receivables and am the academic...

Tim Sweitzer, 39 Director Material Engineering, Newport News Shipbuilding

At work I lead a group of about 140 professionals responsible for assuring that our 2,000-plus suppliers have the right technical...

Torrey Breeden, 38 Executive Vice President, The Breeden Co.

At work I am the vice president of development for The Breeden Co., which is a formal way of saying I am responsible for getting...

Zack Miller, 28 Managing Director, Hatch chief operating officer, We Are Titans

At work I help foster and accelerate startup companies and retain and attract younger companies to our area.