Board of Directors

 

Jeffrey Branflick

Jeff is a former banking executive with over 25 years experience including time at HSBC, Barclays and Capital One.  He most recently served as Global Head of Finance for HSBC’s Retail Bank, based in London.  Though his deepest expertise is based in finance and analytics, Jeff has held marketing and general management roles in financial services and his early career included work in the consumer products business with Johnson & Johnson.  He has also worked with innovative marketing startups through the Collider accelerator program in London and served on the board of a financial technology startup in the US. 

He is a current member of the Board at RAL Art Center here on the Northern Neck, and previously served on the board of Junior Achievement of Silicon Valley and Monterey Bay. He earned a degree in Commerce from Washington & Lee University, earned both CPA and CMA designations, and attended the Harvard Business School executive program for general management. He owns the Severn Yachting Center in Gloucester and currently holds a USCG 50 Ton Master License.

Jeff and his wife Louise have owned a home in White Stone since 2003 that they rebuilt and now make their main home.

 

Bill Chapman

Bill Chapman spent 21 years in advertising and was the President & Creative Director of RightMinds in Richmond, an agency he founded in 1993 and built to over 50 employees.

Since 2008, Bill has been the Executive Director & Producer of The Richmond Forum, America’s largest non-profit lecture series. In this capacity, Bill has had the opportunity to work with Presidents Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, filmmaker Steven Spielberg, UK Prime Ministers Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, and a host of others. His involvement with the Forum began in 1989 when he and his then-date/now-wife attended their first program. Bill went on to become a sponsor of the series and served on its Board for six years before assuming his current role, turning his passion for the organization and its mission into a full-time vocation.

Bill is a current member of the Board of Trustees of Chesapeake Academy and has previously served on the Boards of the Steamboat Era Museum, Junior Achievement of Greater Richmond, and others. In 2012, Bill served as national president of an association of the nation’s leading lecture series.

Bill and his wife, Gay, purchased an 18th century family home in White Stone in 1999 and moved there full time in 2005. Bill is a graduate of VCU and a recipient of the University’s Alumni Star Award, "recognizing top VCU alumni for their community, humanitarian, professional achievements, and university service." He brings his expertise in marketing and branding to the Company. 

 

Elizabeth Crowther

Dr. Elizabeth Crowther became president of Rappahannock Community College in 2004.

Dr. Crowther earned her BA and MA in English from Virginia Tech, where she received the 1981 Certificate for Teaching Excellence from the College of Arts and Sciences. Her doctorate in higher education administration is from the College of William & Mary. Crowther worked in banking and investments, taught as an English adjunct at Virginia Commonwealth University, and served as assistant to the dean of the School of Education at William & Mary, before enjoying administrative positions at Rappahannock, Lord Fairfax, and Blue Ridge Community Colleges.

Before returning to Rappahannock as president, Crowther was Vice President of Academic and Student Services at Blue Ridge.

Crowther is a native of the Northern Neck, currently living on the farm where she grew up. She enjoys being near family and friends, boating and racing sailboats, bicycling, traveling, and music.

 

Ammon Dunton

Ammon earned his B.A. from Yale University and his law degree from the University of Virginia. He began his legal career on Wall Street, where he practiced with one of the world's outstanding international law firms.

Since following his heart back to Northern Neck in 1967, he has assumed leadership roles in many Virginia businesses, including acting as Chairman of Bay Banks of Virginia, Chairman of the Bank of Lancaster, Chairman of Northern Neck Insurance Company, President of the Virginia Association of Mutual Insurance Companies, Vice President of the Virginia Chamber of Commerce, etc.

He now acts as as Dunton, Simmons and Dunton's managing partner and as a business law consultant to attorneys in the firm.

Ammon also remains active in estate settlement and in trust administration. He is trustee of numerous trusts in Virginia and in other states. He is a member of Grace Episcopal Church, Kilmarnock Virginia, where he has been elected to the Vestry and as Senior Warden three times. He has served as a trustee of the Funds of the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia.

He is also active in local charitable work and remains President of the Tidewater Foundation, Inc., a local charitable organization.

He was married for 47 years to the late Katharine Macwithey Dunton. He and Kathy have four adult children.

 

Brian Forrester

Brian Forrester is the Co-Founder of Workshop Digital, a digital marketing agency in Richmond, VA. Brian has spent over a decade in digital marketing and his agency now serves clients all over the U.S. and Canada including several Fortune 500 brands.

During Brian’s time as Co-Founder of Workshop Digital, the agency has won numerous awards including the 2016 Richmond Chamber IMPACT Award, 2017 & 2018 Virginia Best Places to Work, 2017 Outside Magazine Best Places to Work in the U.S., and 3-time winner of the RVA25 Fastest Growing Companies in Richmond.

Since his days at James Madison University, Brian has always sought to give back to the community. Brian now sits on the Executive Advisory Council for JMU’s College of Business, Marketing, the FETCH a Cure Board of Directors, and sits on the IMPACT Awards Selection Committee. He is an active mentor for the Richmond Chamber THRIVE Mentor Program. Brian’s agency is also a 4-time winner of Generosity, Inc., an award celebrating top charitable corporate givers in Richmond, VA.

Brian was born and raised in Lancaster, VA. He and his wife now reside in Richmond, VA and have a home on Carter’s Creek in Irvington, VA.

 

Susan Horne

Susan Horne has served as president and CEO of Lead Virginia since March 2007. Susan played an integral role in the inception of Lead Virginia by serving on its original steering committee and later its inaugural board of directors. She is a graduate of the 2006 class.

In 2009, Lead Virginia and Susan were honored by Virginia Commonwealth University’s Wilder School of Government with its Community Enhancement Award. Lead Virginia has been recognized by the Virginia General Assembly for its work in building a statewide network of leaders serving the Commonwealth.

Prior to heading Lead Virginia, Susan served as president and CEO of Leadership Fairfax, Inc. (LFI), the largest community leadership organization in the Northern Virginia region. She was elected to public office in 2004 to the Leesburg Town Council, and in 2006 was elected vice mayor of the Town of Leesburg. Her tenure in Northern Virginia also included four years as director of community development with the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce and five years as executive director of the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce. In both of these organizations she was integrally involved with establishing local community leadership programs, both Leadership Fairfax and Leadership Loudoun.

Susan was honored in 2007 by the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce with its Blue Diamond Award recognizing Excellence in Corporate Citizenship and was recognized in 2011 by Virginia Business Magazine as one of Virginia’s 25 People You Need to Know. She is an honorary member of Leadership Fairfax and has been recognized by Fairfax County’s Board of Supervisors for her many years with Leadership Fairfax.

Susan holds a master’s degree in public administration and bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Texas at El Paso. She is a 1999 Fellow of the Thomas C. Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership from the University of Virginia.

Susan is a member of the steering committee for the VCU Wilder School of Government Effectiveness in Government Awards and chairs the community enhancement committee. She serves as a trustee and vice chair of the Richmond Behavioral Health Foundation board, is a member of the Executives Roundtable in Greater Richmond and serves on the Sorensen Institute Richmond board. She is active with her fellow state leadership program colleagues across the United States and hosted their annual conference in Virginia in 2011. Susan also serves on the board for Northern Neck Insurance Company. She is actively involved in her church with the newcomers ministry and in her neighborhood. Susan and her husband Bob live in Richmond with their two rescue dogs. They are blessed with two married daughters and one precious grandchild. 

 

John H. Hunt, II

Currently semi-retired Executive Vice President of Chesapeake Financial Shares, Inc. (CFS), a director of CFS, and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Northern Neck Insurance Company; Licensed USCG 50 ton Master.

 Formerly Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary for CFS, Chesapeake Bank and Chesapeake Investment Group; senior officer responsible for Chesapeake’s fixed income portfolios; regular member of the CFA Institute; Richmond Society for Financial Analysts; Chairman of Chesapeake’s Asset/Liability Management Committee; past member and Chair of the Virginia Bankers Association Operations Committee; past president of the National Liberty Users Group, a national software group representing approximately 300 banks; past Chairman and past Treasurer of the Foundation for Historic Christ Church; past Trustee and Treasurer of the Lancaster Public Library; past trustee and Treasurer of the Grace Church Endowment Fund.

Graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute, BS, General Business; Darden School Executive Program, University of Virginia.

 

Otis S. Jones

Otis Jones has been with IBM since 1983 and currently leads a sales team focused on Ace Insurance, Capital One Financial, Fannie Mae, Federal Reserve System, Freddie Mac, Geico, Navy Federal CU, T Rowe Price, Vanguard, Legg Mason and Markel Insurance.  He grew the business 5.6% in 2009 delivering over 357M in revenue across managed services, hardware, software and custom banking solutions.  In 2010, he achieved double-digit revenue and profit growth. Revenue growth was up 56% year over year at over 510M.  In addition, Jones exceeded his full year signings target finishing 2010 at 228% of plan.  Jones has responsibility for IBM’s overall client relationships, sales and client satisfaction overseeing the deployment of IBM solutions and resources including strategic Business Partners to solve client business problems.

Otis holds a B.A. in Journalism and Public Relations from Norfolk State University (1983), and he completed classroom education (Harvard Business School) as a Certified IBM Client Executive. In addition, he completed numerous sales leadership and executive education training courses.

He is a former Trustee and Vice President of the Chesterfield Public Education Foundation, Inc. serving as a member of the marketing and program committees. Jones currently serves on the board of the Richmond Public Schools Education Foundation as a member of the fund development committee and is past chairman of the Board of Directors of The Richmond Forum and a current trustee of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

Raised in Weems, Virginia, Otis and his family own a home in Irvington and resides in Chesterfield, Virginia. 

 

Julien G. Patterson

Julien G. Patterson, Past Chairman of OMNIPLEX World Services Corporation, founded the company in 1990 and led it to become the premier provider of high quality security services and innovative investigative solutions for prestigious government and commercial customers. Under his leadership, OMNIPLEX grew to a successful mid-sized corporation with an employee population of over 3,500 security professionals and annual revenues of over $100 million.

Mr. Patterson’s security career began with the Central Intelligence Agency where, among other mission critical activities, he was responsible for leading its personal security mobile training teams worldwide. In 1990, he founded OMNIPLEX World Services Corporation. Seven years later, he was named by Ernst & Young LLP, the NASDAQ Stock Market and others as the Greater Washington, DC Entrepreneur of the Year, from a field of over 890 nominees.

Mr. Patterson received his undergraduate and honorary doctorate degrees from Norfolk State University, and served on the Board of Visitors.  He is the Past Chairman of the VA Economic Development Partnership (for former Governor McDonnell and former Governor Kaine). He is also a Past Chairman of the VA Chamber of Commerce, the VA Community College Foundation, and of VA FREE.  He has served as trustee of the VA Foundation for Independent Colleges. Among other activities, he was a founding director for the Boys & Girls Club of the Northern Neck, and currently serves on the board of directors for Bay Banks – Bank of Lancaster and the Northern Neck Insurance Company.  Mr. Patterson is a frequent keynote speaker to US Government agencies, chambers of commerce, faith based organizations, and various civic groups.

 

Doug Stewart

Prior to the creation of Stewart Wealth Management Group, Doug served 10 years as Branch Manager of the Fredericksburg retail office of Wheat First Securities. Beginning in 1988, Doug was consistently ranked in the top 1% of all advisors within that firm. He was also recognized as one of the firm’s top Branch Managers in 1996. In 1999, Doug was recognized by Registered Representative magazine as one of the top 10 brokers in the country.

In 2005, Virginia Business Magazine recognized Doug’s inclusion in R. J. Shook’s book, The Winner’s Circle as one of the top 5 Financial Advisors in Virginia. He received recognition from The Winner’s Circle again in 2006, 2010 and 2011.

Serving his clients and community is paramount to Doug. He is past Chairman of the board of Fredericksburg Academy, George Washington’s Fredericksburg Foundation, and the Mary Washington Hospital Foundation. Additionally, he is a founding member of the Community Foundation of the Rappahannock River Region and a board member of the Virginia Tech Athletic Foundation. Over the course of his career, Doug has also served as a Trustee of St. George’s Episcopal Church and a Director of Virginia Heartland Bank. Doug is also the recipient of the Jim Wheat Community Service Award.

Doug was born and raised in Blacksburg, Virginia. He is a member of the 1983 graduating class of Virginia Tech where he received a B.S. in Business and is an ardent supporter of The Hokies. Always in search of personal and professional challenges, Doug climbed to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro during the summer of 2010. He resides in downtown Fredericksburg with his three children.