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John Dunn has been promoted to chief financial officer at ADS. Dunn started working for the Virginia Beach defense contractor in 2010 as the corporate controller before he became vice president of finance in 2013. (Inside Business)

James City County Supervisor Michael Hipple has been named chairman of the Hampton Roads Transportation Accountability Commission. Hipple will take over for Virginia Beach Mayor William D. Sessoms Jr., who reached the end of his two-year term. Hipple was vice chairman. (The Virginia Gazette)

Paul Julius, a former Morgan Stanley executive, has been named CFO and executive director at Norfolk-based law firm Vandeventer Black LLP. Julius was director of finance at Proskauer Rose LLP in the New York City area. (

Dollar Tree Inc. has promoted Michael A. Witynski to president and chief operating officer of its Dollar Tree store segment. Witynski has served as chief operating officer since July 2015 and previously was senior vice president of stores. He joined Dollar Tree in 2010. (

Scott C. Harvard, CEO and president of First National Corp. and CEO of First Bank in Strasburg, has been named chairman-elect of the Virginia Bankers Association. As chairman-elect he is slated to become the association’s chairman in June 2018. (

The town of Luray will see a new manager at its helm in the coming fiscal year. Town Manager Charlie Hoke has given his notice of retirement. Hoke, 61, was appointed as interim town manager in April 2013, before securing the full-time position in a 4-to-1 council vote four months later. (Page News and Courier)

Earle A. MacKenzie, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Shentel, has announced his retirement, pending the naming of a replacement. He joined the Shenandoah County telecommunications company 14 years ago, when the company was a small player in a rapidly changing industry. During his tenure, Shentel’s annual revenues have increased five-fold, from $105.9 million to $535.3 million last year. (The Northern Virginia Daily)

Lord Fairfax Community College President Cheryl Thompson-Stacy will retire effective Feb. 1, 2018, after nine years in the post. Lord Fairfax has campuses in Middletown and Warrenton, a center in Luray and a site in Vint Hill. Thompson-Stacy became LFCC president in January 2009. Full-time enrollment jumped 13 percent the year following her hiring and grew significantly in the years that followed, the college reported. (Fauquier Times)

Richmond-based Commonwealth Commercial Partners LLC has promoted Alex C. Crouch to managing director of the North and South Carolina offices. Crouch joined Commonwealth Commercial in 2007, serving most recently in a senior role in the Richmond office. (

Laura W. Fornash, Virginia’s secretary of education from 2011 to 2013, has joined McGuireWoods Consulting in Richmond as a senior vice president and co-leader of its National Education practice. More recently, she was executive assistant to the president for state governmental relations at the University of Virginia. (News release)

Barry N. Moore, former vice president for university outreach and strategic partnerships at Liberty University, has been named president and CEO of the Better Business Bureau of Central Virginia. He replaces Thomas Gallagher, who in April announced his retirement after leading the nonprofit business group for 35 years. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Beth Weisbrod, the executive director of the Virginia Capital Trail Foundation for the past 10 years, plans to step down Sept. 30. She will serve as a member of the foundation’s board of directors. (News release)

Fairfax-based FVCbank has promoted Patricia A. Ferrick to president. Ferrick has served as executive vice president and chief financial officer since the bank’s inception in 2007. David W. Pijor continues to serve as CEO and chairman. (News release) 

Andrew C. Grimm has been named CEO of Fairfax-based Apple Federal Credit Union. He was the organization’s chief operating officer. Grimm succeeds Larry Kelly, who retired in June. (Credit Union Times) 

Reston-based government IT company Leidos Holdings Inc. has appointed Frank Kendall to its board of directors. Kendall stepped down in January as chief weapons buyer for the Pentagon under then-President Barack Obama. He is the 13th Leidos director. (Washington Business Journal) 

Stuart S. Malawer, appointed to the Virginia Economic Development Partnership’s Committee on International Trade. Malawer is the distinguished service professor of law and international trade at Fairfax-based George Mason University. (News release) 

David Maxwell has been promoted to senior vice president at Fairfax-based Dewberry. With this promotion, Maxwell is responsible for leading the civil engineering operations of the firm’s Southern Virginia and North Carolina offices. (News release)

McLean-based GTT Communications Inc., a global cloud networking provider, has created three new divisions with the aim of accelerating sales. The divisions are Enterprise, Carrier and EMEA. Eric Warren leads the Enterprise division, including all enterprise clients in the Americas and U.S. government clients. Jeff Beer leads the Carrier division, including all carrier accounts in the Americas, as well as GTT’s largest web-centric clients. Martin Ford leads the EMEA division, including enterprise clients in EMEA and carrier clients. ( 

Christina M. Winn has been named to the Virginia Economic Development Partnership’s Committee on Business Development and Marketing. She is director of Arlington Economic Development’s Business Investment Group. (News release) 

Michael Zajkowski has joined Stantec Architecture as a senior project designer in the firm’s Arlington office. Zajkowski’s career spans 30 years. His clients have included the National Cancer Institute, Washington Dulles International Airport and the Soka Gakkai International-USA Buddhist organization. (News release) 

Martinsville-based Carter Bank & Trust has hired three senior executives. Wendy S. Bell became the bank’s CFO in late July. She was senior vice president and senior finance officer of First Commonwealth Financial Corp. in Indiana, Pa. Bradford N. Langs joined the bank as chief strategy officer in June. He was chief risk officer, chief credit officer and treasurer of CoastalStates Bank in Hilton Head, S.C. Matthew M. Speare became chief information officer in July. Speare was executive vice president and chief information officer at Regions Bank in Birmingham, Ala. (

Denise Crosson has joined Central Virginia Community Health Center as psychiatric family nurse practitioner. The position was created as the result of a grant from the Virginia Health Care Foundation. (The Farmville Herald)

The following staffers were honored for 20 or more years of service at University of Virginia’s College at Wise in Wise County: Kimberly Belcher (20 years); Mary Calhoun, Ken Hale, Tammy Jessee, Laura Pritchard and Ronald Shortt (25 years) and Brenda Crabtree (35 years). (News release) 

Meghan Carty has accepted the position of corporate manager, purchasing and pricing, at Bristol-based Strongwell Corp. She has worked for the company since 1999, most recently as pricing manager. (News release) 

Jeffrey McClellan has been named industrial division manager at Quesenberry’s Construction in Big Stone Gap. McClellan previously served as project manager of the capital maintenance program for the Columbia Pipeline Group in Charleston, W.Va. (News release)

Lydia Sinemus has accepted the position of manager of Virginia operations human resources and environmental, health and safety at Strongwell. Sinemus has a wide range of experience, having worked in the private sector and for the state of Virginia. (News release)  

Connie Carmack, Randolph Garrett, Frank Martin and Thomas McKeon have been named to the Roanoke Higher Education Center Foundation Board. In addition, Jeffrey Mohr has joined the center as director of facility services. Mohr holds a bachelor’s degree in facilities management from Almeda University and an associate degree in computer-aided drafting in architecture and engineering from Catonsville Community College. (News release) 

W. Heywood Fralin has been appointed chair of the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia. Fralin is the chairman of Medical Facilities of America Inc. and co-chairman of Retirement Unlimited Inc., which are both based in Roanoke. He was first appointed to the council in 2013 and had served as vice chair for the prior term. ( 

Kevin Walker Holt is the new president of the Roanoke Bar Association. Holt is a partner at the Roanoke-based firm Gentry Locke. His practice focuses on commercial, employment, ERISA and intellectual property litigation. Holt earned his bachelor’s degree and law degree from the University of Virginia. ( 

Jason E. Pauley and Matthew E. Zimmerman have joined the staff of Waldvogel Commercial Properties Inc. in Roanoke. Both men are commercial sales and leasing agents. (News release) 

Sheri Winesett has been named the new executive director of the Botetourt County Chamber of Commerce. Winesett has worked for Stone Mountain Advisors in Roanoke, providing clients with strategic planning and negotiation services. Before that, she served on the Prince William County Chamber of Commerce executive committee and as president of the Haymarket-Gainesville Business Association. (The Roanoke Times)

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