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CBRE|Hampton Roads has promoted Perry Frazer to executive vice president. He also will continue as the managing director of CBRE’s regional office. (   
Vandeventer Black LLP partner Arlene F. Klinedinst has been elected chair of the Virginia Bar Association Labor Relations & Employment Law Section. Klinedinst also served as chair of Vandeventer Black’s Labor and Employment Department. (News release)

Portsmouth-based TowneBank has promoted William B. Littreal to senior vice president and chief financial officer. Littreal, a certified public accountant, succeeded Clyde E. McFarland Jr., the bank’s founding CFO. ( 

Robert S. McKenna is the new president and CEO of the Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce. Selected from more than 185 applicants, McKenna is a retired U.S. Navy captain. (News release)

The College of William & Mary has named its first woman president. Katherine A. Rowe will succeed retiring president W. Taylor Reveley III on July 1. Rowe is provost and dean of the faculty at Smith College in Massachusetts. At Smith, Rowe leads a nine-person senior team managing more than 600 employees. She has also served as Smith’s interim vice president for inclusion, diversity and equity. (   

Virginia Beach-based Armada Hoffler has promoted Eric Smith from chief investment officer to chief operating officer. Since joining Armada Hoffler in 2005, Smith’s roles have spanned finance, investments, development, operations and asset management. (News release)

Edward D. Whitmore has been named chairman of the board of the Mariners’ Museum and Park. Whitmore owns many marine-related companies, including US Waterways Transportation LLC, Norfolk Tug Co. and Buchanan Marine LP. (News release)

A Smyth County native and a third-generation leader on his family farm is now at the helm of the Smyth County Board of Supervisors. Todd Dishner, who is in the middle of his fourth four-year term as the Park District supervisor, was elected by his peers earlier this year to serve as the board’s chairman. Dishner had been serving as vice chairman. ( 

Justin and Lori McClellan of Smyth County were named winners of the 2017 Virginia Farm Bureau Federation Young Farmers Achievement Award and first runner-up for the 2018 American Farm Bureau Federation Young Farmers and Ranchers Achievement Award. By winning the state award, the McClellans joined state-level winners from Farm Bureaus across the United States to compete for the national award. The national-level competitors were narrowed to 10 finalists with the McClellans being named first runner-up. Both awards honor young farmers who are successful in production agriculture and provide leadership on and off the farm. ( 

Denise Hayes, CEO of the Roanoke Valley SPCA, has been elected president of the board of directors of First Virginia Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. She started her term March 1.  Other new officers on the board include Mary Hodges of Good Samaritan Hospice, vice president, programs; and Leah Shank of Lutheran Family Services of Virginia, member-at-large. (News release) 

Ben Higgins has been appointed director of health-care operations for Friendship Health in Roanoke. According to the company, he will oversee operations for Friendship’s skilled nursing facilities, assisted living, home care services and adult day care facility. Higgins also will direct operations for Friendship’s partner facility, Salem Terrace at Harrogate in Salem. Before joining Friendship, Higgins was the administrator of Brandon Oaks Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Roanoke. (News release) 

Dr. Cynda Ann Johnson, the founding dean of the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, plans to retire by the end of this year when the school finds her replacement. Johnson, who will turn 67 this summer, said the timing was right for both her and the medical school. The school is scheduled to become a college of Virginia Tech later this year. (The Roanoke Times) 

Ray Smoot, the former CEO of the Virginia Tech Foundation, now has a road named after him at the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center. Smoot Drive, stretching from Forecast to Innovation drives, was dedicated during a ceremony in March. Smoot, who retired in 2012, was a longtime administrator at Virginia Tech who held  many positions and was involved in the conception of the research center. (News release)

Milton Peterson isn’t stepping down after 53 years of building up Greater Washington, but he is stepping aside as part of a succession plan. Fair Lakes-based The Peterson Cos. announced that Jon Peterson, one of Milton’s sons, has been elevated to the newly created role of CEO. Rick Peterson, another son, will serve as chairman of a newly created investment board to oversee the firm’s non-real estate holdings. That board will consist of Jon and Rick Peterson, Foulger-Pratt Cos. Chairman Bryant Foulger and Inova Center for Personalized Health CEO Todd Stottlemyer. The fifth member has not been announced. (Washington Business Journal) 

Nestlé USA Chief Financial Officer Steve Presley will succeed Paul Grimwood as the company’s chief executive officer. Presley will step into the new role April 1. Grimwood will transition into the role of nonexecutive chairman at the Arlington-based company with a focus on shareholder relations for a term ending May 2019. (Washington Business Journal) 

Former Leidos Holdings Inc. CEO John Jumper is stepping down from the board of directors of the government IT services behemoth. Jumper will retire at the end of his current term on the company board. A search is underway to find his replacement, the Reston-based company said in February. Jumper was brought in as CEO in 2012 to lead the massive corporate split of Science Applications International Corp. into two companies, which created Leidos. He stepped down in 2014 and was replaced by Roger Krone. (Washington Business Journal) 

Cary Claytor has been elected to the boards of Eagle Financial Services and the Bank of Clarke County. She is president of H.N. Funkhouser & Co., a family owned petroleum company that operates in the Northern Shenandoah Valley. (News release)

Miles Davis, dean and professor of management at Shenandoah University’s Harry F. Byrd Jr. School of Business, has been named the 20th president of Linfield College in McMinnville, Ore. He will begin his new appointment July 1. Davis is the first college president to come out of The Ph.D. Project, a network that helps members of underrepresented communities attain doctorates and become leaders in higher education. (News release)

Michael E. Derdeyn has been named president of the law firm Lenhart Pettit, which has offices in Harrisonburg and Charlottesville. His legal practice focuses on the areas of commercial and real estate litigation, employment law and general business law. Derdeyn serves as general counsel to local businesses. (News release)

Petrina A. Carter has been named the new president/CEO of Tri-County CAA, succeeding William J. Coleman, who stepped down in September to take a position in the Lynchburg area. Carter was senior manager of the Virginia Employment Commission in Danville. (

Kate Pickett Eggleston has been named economic development director for Prince Edward County. She had been a communications specialist for Farmville. Eggleston replaces Sharon Carey, who retired in 2016. (The Farmville Herald)
After nearly 50 years in public service, Mayor John Gilstrap will finish out his stint as mayor and step down from Danville City Council. Gilstrap, who has served eight years on council including two as mayor, said he will not seek a third four-year term in May. (Danville Register & Bee)

Brenda T. Palmore has been named vice president of practice management and business development at VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital in South Hill. She has worked at the hospital since 1999. (Emporia News) 

Amy Carrier has been named chief operating officer of Bon Secours Virginia, a newly created position. She will oversee acute-care operations in the health system’s eight hospitals. Carrier will join the health system in late April. She  was senior vice president and hospital president of WellStar Cobb Hospital in Austell, Ga. (News release)

Kevin Hall is the new executive director of the Virginia Lottery. Hall previously served as senior policy adviser and communications director to U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner. (News release)

Tony Johnson has been named general manager of the Kings Dominion amusement park in Doswell. Johnson was corporate vice president of operations for Cedar Fair Entertainment Co., the park’s parent company. He oversaw rides, water parks and security at the company’s 11 amusement parks. (News release)

Russell Moore has been named managing partner at PwC’s Richmond office, which has more than 100 employees. In July he will succeed Ken Lemelin, who is retiring after more than 31 years with the company.  (News release)

Margo Steahly has joined Capital Square 1030 in Richmond as national sales director.  She will be responsible for national accounts and East Coast sales of 1031 DST (Delaware statutory trust) programs sponsored by Capital Square. Before joining Capital Square, Steahly was director of internal sales for Sandlapper Capital Investments LLC.  (

Williams Mullen has announced the election of four attorneys to its board of directors. Wyatt S. Beazley IV (Richmond), Christine N. Piersall (Norfolk) and Craig L. Rascoe (Richmond) were each elected to three-year terms. Gregory R. Bishop (Richmond) was elected to fill the remaining two years of the board vacancy created by the departure of R. Brian Ball, who left to become special adviser to the governor for economic development and deputy secretary of commerce and trade. In addition, Beazley replaced Ball as the firm’s general counsel. (News release)

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