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Promotions, Nominations and Awards: Briefing Notes for Sunday, January 8


(WYDaily Media)

HISTORICAL TRIANGLE – Here’s a roundup of trade records across the historical triangle and beyond.

Chesapeake Bank promotes Leigh Houghland to head of loans

WILLIAMSBURG – Chesapeake Bank has announced the promotion of Leigh Houghland to senior loan manager, in addition to his current roles as Williamsburg regional manager and senior vice president. Houghland will oversee commercial and mortgage lending, as well as lending operations across 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 member of the community, Houghland holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wake Forest and is also a graduate of the Stonier Graduate School of Banking.


Local Multiple Listing Service Announces 2023 Board of Directors

VIRGINIA BEACH – The Real Estate Information Network (REIN), a multiple listings service for the Hampton Roads area, has named its Board of Directors for 2023. Jon McAchran, principal broker and co-owner of AtCoastal Realty in Virginia Beach, will serve as 2023 Chairman of the Board of REIN, succeeding Liz Moore of Liz Moore & Associates.

The Real Estate Group’s Gary Lundholm, who will serve as Vice Chairman, will join McAchran on the Board’s Executive Committee; Barry Nachman of Century 21 Nachman Realty, secretary; and Dorcas Helfant-Browning of Helfant Realty Inc./Coldwell Banker Now, Treasurer. The 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 at Howard Hanna Real Estate Services; Barbara Wolcott, Principal Broker at BHHS Towne Realty; and Moore as Past President.


VEDA announces the direction of 2023

RICHMOND – The Virginia Economic Developers Association (VEDA) has announced its new officers and directors for 2023. VEDA is a nonprofit, nonpartisan association for individuals with a professional interest in economic development throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Christina Winn, director of the Prince William County Department of Economic Development, will serve as chair and Linda Green, executive director of the Southern Virginia Regional Alliance, will serve as vice chair. Gregory Hitchin, Director of Economic Development and Tourism for the Town of Waynesboro, will serve as Treasurer and Garrett Hart, Director of Economic Development for Chesterfield County, will serve as Secretary. David Manley, Joint IDA of Wythe County, assumes the role of Past President.

VEDA’s newest members to its board of directors are Ryan Touhill, director of economic development for Arlington County; Jamie Gillespie, Business and Community Engagement Coordinator, City of Altavista; and Leonard Sledge, Director, Richmond Department of Economic Development. They will serve until 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 meeting held in Richmond.

Gottschalk, a Naval Academy graduate and former chairman of Williams Mullen’s economic development team, served as an ex-officio board member and legal advisor to VEDA and Virginia’s Secretary of Commerce.

McNinch recently retired as general counsel of Virginia Economic Development Partnership and served as VEDA’s attorney, an ex officio position, for many years.

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

KILMARNOCK — Chesapeake Bank has announced the promotion of Thomas Richardson to senior vice president and chief credit officer. Richardson had served Lancaster, Northumberland and Middlesex counties from the Kilmarnock office as a commercial and residential lender, and will now oversee the bank’s entire loan portfolio; set the standards for meeting lending goals and managing overall lending quality, he said.

Richardson and his wife, Susan, both originally from Williamsburg, moved to 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 an MBA. He is also a graduate of the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University.



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