Saturday, December 2, 2023

Promotions, Appointments and Awards: Business Briefs for Sunday, Jan. 8

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HISTORIC TRIANGLE — Here is a roundup of business briefs across the historic triangle and beyond.

Chesapeake Bank Promotes Leigh Houghland to Senior Lending Officer

WILLIAMSBURG — Chesapeake Bank announced the promotion of Leigh Houghland to Senior Lending Officer, in additional to his current roles as Williamsburg Regional Executive and Senior Vice President. Houghland will  oversee commercial and mortgage lending, as well as loan operations in all regions. Houghland has over 25 years of experience in the financial services industry. He joined Chesapeake Bank in 2015. A resident of Williamsburg and an active community member, Houghland has a Bachelor in Arts from Wake Forest and is also a graduate of the Stonier Graduate School of Banking.


Local Multiple Listing Service Announces 2023 Board

VIRGINIA BEACH — The Real Estate Information Network (REIN), a multiple listing service for the Hampton Roads region, has named its board for 2023. Jon McAchran, Principal Broker and co-owner of AtCoastal Realty in Virginia Beach, will serve as the 2023 President of REIN’s Board of Directors, succeeding Liz Moore of Liz Moore & Associates.

Joining McAchran on the Board’s Executive Committee are Gary Lundholm of the Real Estate Group, who will serve as Vice President; Barry Nachman of Century 21 Nachman Realty, Secretary; and Dorcas Helfant-Browning of Helfant Realty Inc./Coldwell Banker Now, Treasurer. Serving as Directors are Tina Holt, Principal Broker at Long and Foster; Cavelle Mollineaux, Principal Broker at ONYX Realty Professionals; Kimberly Plourde, Principal Broker at EXIT Realty Central; Brenda Reid, Principal Broker with Howard Hanna Real Estate Services; Barbara Wolcott, Principal Broker at BHHS Towne Realty; and Moore as Past President. 


VEDA Announces 2023 Leadership

RICHMOND — The Virginia Economic Developers Association (VEDA) announced its newly elected 2023 officers and directors. VEDA is a non-profit, non-partisan membership association for individuals with a professional interest in economic development across the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Christina Winn, Director, Prince William County Department of Economic Development, will serve as President, and Linda Green, Executive Director, Southern Virginia Regional Alliance, will be Vice President. Gregory Hitchin, Director of Economic Development and Tourism, City of Waynesboro, will be Treasurer, and Garrett Hart, Director, Chesterfield County Economic Development, will be Secretary. David Manley, Joint IDA of Wythe County, assumes the role of Immediate Past President.

VEDA’s newest members to its Board of Directors are Ryan Touhill, Director, Arlington County Economic Development; Jamie Gillespie, Business & Community Engagement Coordinator, Town of Altavista; and Leonard Sledge, Director, Richmond Department of Economic Development. They will serve through 2025.

VEDA Recognizes Two With Honorary Lifetime Membership Awards

RICHMOND — The Virginia Economic Developers Association (VEDA) Board of Directors voted to extend its Honorary Lifetime Membership Awards to Pat Gottschalk and Sandi McNinch at its 2022 Winter Membership Meeting held in Richmond.

Gottschalk, a Naval Academy graduate and former Chair of the Economic Development Team at Williams Mullen, has served as an Ex-Officio Board Member and Counsel at VEDA and as Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade.

McNinch recently retired as General Counsel for Virginia Economic Development Partnership and served as VEDA’s Counsel, an Ex-Officio position, for many years.

Chesapeake Bank Promotes Thomas Richardson to Senior Vice President and Senior Credit Officer

KILMARNOCK — Chesapeake Bank announced the promotion of Thomas Richardson to Senior Vice President and Senior Credit Officer. Richardson had been serving Lancaster, Northumberland, and Middlesex counties from the Kilmarnock office as a commercial and residential lender, and will now oversee the entire bank’s loan portfolio; setting the standards to meet lending objectives, and managing overall loan quality, it said.

Richardson and his wife, Susan, both originally from Williamsburg moved to the Northern Neck in 1999 to raise their family. Richardson has been with Chesapeake Bank since 2003. Richardson graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and later attended The College of William & Mary Mason School of Business and earned a Master’s in Business Administration. He also graduated from the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University.

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