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Top 40 Under 40, 2013

For the 15th time, Inside Business recognizes 40 young businesspeople in Hampton Roads who are successful in their careers and are involved in the community.

That means that with this group, Inside Business has honored 600 young professionals working to make a difference in Hampton Roads.

Here you’ll meet this year’s group and learn about their work and their volunteer efforts, their advice for other young people, their goals, what they’d like to see change and what gets under their skin.

We hope this recognition encourages them and many others to go out and succeed in their jobs and in volunteer endeavors to help improve the area.

We’d like to thank our judges, listed below, sponsors for the event and the Norfolk Waterside Marriott, where the group will receive awards on Oct. 15. We also extend our appreciation to the Virginia Zoo, where honorees were photographed for this issue and the awards presentation.


Wanda Cooper
The Cooper Law Firm PC
Virginia Beach

Walter Camp
Chief Operating Officer
Poole Mahoney PC
Virginia Beach

Jennifer Ann Saunders Pfitzner, MBA CPA
Saunders and Matthews PLLC

Adam Rex
Vice President
Cornerstone Financial Services
Virginia Beach

2013 Honorees
James Edward Adams III
Megan Joye Bennett
Erin Black
Tyler Carmack
Kemo J. Dassau
Matthew Echaniz
Jared R. Fabac
Seth Fleishman
Shatada Floyd-White
Shalanda N. Franklin
Justin Fulton
Porter Hardy IV
Ché D. Henderson
Shawn M. Heselton PE
Kevin Hill
David F. “Finn” Host Jr.
Melissa Jackson Howell
Amanda C. Jarratt
Brad H. Jones
Tamara A. Jones MD
Amy B. Jordan
Aaron J. Kelley
Shannon L. Kendrick
Jenny Lester
Dena Liston
John M. Mannino
Nicole A. McGowan
Lauren D. Mehosky
Drew Monroe
Nicole R. Owens
John “Brad” Reaves
Kendra S. Robinson
Lita M. Staskey
Michael B. Steele
Rhonda A. Stewart
Tamikia C. Vasquez
Jim Weigl
Jennifer M. White
Kenneth N. Whitehurst III
Catherine E. Williams

Photos by Kathy Keeney
Presenting sponsor  TowneBank
Additional sponsor Volunteer Hampton Roads


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

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Aaron J. Kelley, 33, Assistant Vice President - Commercial Lending, TowneBank

At work I work with closely held businesses providing them a variety of ways to meet their banking needs.

Home and...

Amanda C. Jarratt, 31, President and CEO, Franklin Southampton Economic Development Inc.

At work Manage the economic development office for both the city of Franklin and Southampton County. We focus on the recruitment...

Amy B. Jordan, 35, Redevelopment Manager, Hampton Department of Economic Development

At work I implement Hampton's economic development vision and mission by generating new retail, office, commercial and mixed-...

Brad H. Jones, 33, Director of Corporate Services, Spectrum

At work I provide leadership and focus to six core corporate business areas at Spectrum: information technology, facilities...

Catherine E. Williams, 32, Manager, Deloitte Consulting LLP

At work As a consultant, I help clients in developing their strategic goals, executing operations and building relationships with...

Che D. Henderson, 39, Principal, Visions 2000 Inc. (V2K, Inc).

At work I am a business management consultant. I provide training, consulting and coaching services to organizations seeking to...

David F. "Finn" Host Jr., 30, Executive vice president, T. Parker Host Inc.

At work We work as vessel agents and help assist cargo shippers, buyers and vessel owners coordinate each import or export...

Dena Liston, 32, Major Gifts Officer, Eastern Virginia Medical School

At work In the simplest terms, I ask for money. But asking for money is more than running a successful solicitation; it is about...

Drew Monroe, 30, President, Prosper Insurance Group

At work Like most entrepreneurs of small companies, I end up doing a little of everything. Ideally, my job is to take steps every...

Erin Black, 32, Vice President/Director of Marketing, Old Point National Bank

At work I am in charge of all internal and external marketing efforts, including advertising, public relations, corporate...

James Edward Adams III, 28, Business Development Specialist, Stihl Inc.

At work I manage Stihl Inc.'s strategic partnerships with John Deere, Ace Hardware, True Value and Do it Best Corp. and...

Jared R. Fabac, 29, Co-founder and director of client strategy, Idea Bright Marketing

At work I lead the strategic direction for both my company and all enterprise clients.

Home and family...

Jennifer M. White, 30, Senior Communications and Marketing Specialist, Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority

At work I handle the marketing efforts and public relations for the organization.

Home and family...

Jenny Lester, 39, Corporate Relations Manager, Virginia Arts Festival

At work I maintain the Corporate Sponsorship Program, generating the business-related revenue of the festival's budget. I...

Jim Weigl, 37, President and Chief Invention Officer, Virginia Toy and Novelty Co.

At work We design, develop, import and distribute amazing and unique gift, toy and novelty items.

Home and family...

John "Brad" Reaves, 35, Partner and owner, ReavesColey PLLC

At work I provide legal help for government contractors and small businesses.

Home and family Chesapeake...

John M. Mannino, 33, Executive Chef/Owner, Mannino's Italian Bistro

At work All aspects of running three upscale Italian restaurants.

Home and family Portsmouth; parents,...

Justin Fulton, 38 Principal, Signature

At work I am an adviser to wealthy families on investments, tax and estate planning, philanthropy, risk management and strategic...

Kemo J. Dassau, 31, Associate, Booz Allen Hamilton

At work I provide statistical analysis and modeling for the Department of Defense.

Home Norfolk.


Kendra S. Robinson, 23, Executive Director, Community Outreach Coalition Inc.

At work I collaborate with the board of directors to implement programs for youth with developmental disabilities and...

Kenneth N. Whitehurst III, 36, Trial Attorney, United States Department of Justice, Office of the United States Trustee

At work The U.S. Trustee acts as the "watchdog over the bankruptcy process," ensuring compliance with the bankruptcy...

Kevin Hill, 28, Financial adviser, MassMutual Member Wealth Management

At work I help individuals, families and businesses achieve their financial dreams and goals by reducing their risk, taxes and...

Lauren D. Mehosky, 33, Attorney/Director of Community Engagement, Legal Aid Society of Eastern Virginia Inc.

At work I wear many different hats at Legal Aid: I fundraise, coordinate local pro bono efforts, handle the marketing and public...

Lita M. Staskey, MBA, CEAP, 30, Associate Professor and Realtor, Tidewater Community College and William E. Wood & Associates Realtors

At work Two of my biggest passions are teaching and business. As a professor of business administration at TCC I am able to marry...

Matthew Echaniz, 36, Managing principal, Lincoln Financial Advisors

At work I provide leadership, coaching, compliance oversight and strategic guidance to more than 50 financial planners in...

Megan Joye Bennett, 35, Nurse Manager in the Center for Birth at DePaul Medical Center, Bon Secours DePaul Medical Center

At work I manage approximately 60 staff members who strive to give exceptional care to new mothers, babies and their families. In...

Melissa Jackson Howell, 36, Founder and managing partner, Howell Law Group PLLC

At work My law firm assists businesses in understanding and complying with labor and employment laws and regulations as well as...

Michael B. Steele, 32, Associate, Williams Mullen PC

At work My job is to creatively solve our clients' legal problems in the most effective and efficient way possible....

Nicole A. McGowan, 39, President and Owner, Spivey Pavement Markings Inc.

At work I manage a business that works on roadways. Our expertise is in pavement markings, traffic control and sign installation/...

Nicole R. Owens, 38, Division Head of Recreation and Leisure Activities, Norfolk Department of Recreation, Parks and Open Space

At work I have oversight of 18 recreation centers, three neighborhood service centers and citywide events. This includes...

Porter Hardy IV, 39, President, Smartmouth Brewing Co.

At work As president of Smartmouth Brewing, every day is different for me. I may be on sales calls, paying bills, planning...

Rhonda A. Stewart, 35, Executive Director, The Village at Woods Edge

At work I manage the operations of a senior living community that provides both independent and assisted living services. As the...

Seth Fleishman, 38, Vice president of operations, IAT International Inc.

At work I work for IAT International, which is an international railroad supply company headquartered in Norfolk. We are one of...

Shalanda N. Franklin, 31, Associate Attorney, Vandeventer Black LLP

At work I have a creditor's rights law practice. I appear in local bankruptcy and state courts to litigate issues such as...

Shannon L. Kendrick, 34, Congressional District Director for U.S. Rep. Scott Rigell

At work I oversee every aspect of operations in the district for Scott Rigell, and I am the congressman's district...

Shatada Floyd-White, MSN, RN-BC, 38, Adjunct instructor, ITT-Technical Institute

At work Assist nursing students to apply theory knowledge to practical application.

Home and family...

Shawn M. Heselton, PE, 37, Project manager, HR Sanitation district

At work As a project manager in HRSD's engineering department, I manage consultant and construction contracts from project...

Tamara A. Jones, MD, 39, Professor/Hospitalist, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Department of Internal Medicine

At work I provide and coordinate care for hospitalized patients from admission though discharge covering a multitude of diseases...

Tamikia C. Vasquez, 34, Vice President, Community Solutions, United Way of South Hampton Roads

At work I act as a liaison between United Way and our network of partner agencies. I am primarily responsible for the oversight...

Tyler Carmack, 32, Veterinarian/Practice Owner, Hampton Roads Veterinary Hospice

At work I assist families in caring for their terminally ill and aging companion animals in the comfort of their home. This...