President and Chief Executive Officer, Union Bankshares
I have always felt driven to learn and improve, to take action, to embrace change and never give up no matter the challenge. I am most passionate about unlocking the potential of this great organization for all of our stakeholders – teammates, customers, communities and shareholders.
I am an accidental banker as a result of a college summer job that I stumbled upon at United Virginia Bank (later Crestar, now SunTrust) in my hometown of Radford. Upon graduation, I had the good fortune to be hired into the commercial training program at Wachovia Bank & Trust in Winston-Salem, NC. I was initially a commercial credit officer, then a commercial relationship manager and from there I moved into increasing levels of management in a wide variety of roles and locations across the country.
I had a long and fulfilling career in a large bank environment before deciding I was ready to be a part of a smaller institution where I could better make an impact and lead strategic direction. My 30-year career has taken me coast to coast, and during my working career I have lived in every time zone in the continental United States! I never imagined I would come full circle and take part in recreating something that has not existed in nearly 20 years – a Virginia-based regional bank, much like the place where I began my career. It’s good to be home and part of an organization where every teammate makes a difference.
Outside of work, my wife and I enjoy travel, the arts and new experiences. I contribute to my community and industry though various non-profit board memberships such as The Virginia Chamber of Commerce, Chamber RVA, Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges, The Virginia Bankers Association, and various industry organizations. As with work, I try to better myself and learn new skills in my spare time as well. I enjoy physical exercise, especially running, to alleviate stress and stay fit.
I was educated in Virginia, having received my B.S. in Business at Virginia Tech and my MBA at The College of William & Mary.