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Board of Directors

Jack C. Zoeller, Chairman
Jack is the CEO and Chairman of Bank of Virginia. He has 30 years' experience in the start-up and turn-around of companies in the banking, financial services and risk management industries. During the last major banking crisis in the U.S., he served as turn-around CEO of ComFed Bancorp, a troubled $1.8 billion asset-size bank holding company in Massachusetts. Early in his career he managed initial public stock offerings and provided financial and merger advice to community banks. From 2006 to 2009 he served on the board and executive committee of a Virginia bank holding company that merged with a healthy community bank and acquired two failed banks from the FDIC.

Mr. Zoeller began his career in corporate finance at E.F. Hutton in New York, after serving as a Ranger and infantry company commander in the 82d Airborne Division. At Hutton he pioneered the development of credit and interest rate risk strategies and built the first financial guarantee insurance subsidiary on Wall Street. He founded and served as CEO of Hutton Risk Management, Capital Risk Management and AtlantiCare Risk Management, and also served three years as CEO of New England's largest volume mortgage lender. Mr. Zoeller is believed to have been the first bank president asked by the RTC to remain in place during his bank's conservatorship. Commencing in 1995, he served as founder and CEO of AtlantiCare Inc. and North American Health & Life Insurance Co. Ltd. He has served on 22 corporate and nonprofit boards of directors. In 2010 he was appointed to the Defense Business Board at the Pentagon. Mr. Zoeller is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, holds a M.P.P. from the Harvard Kennedy School and an M.Litt. from Oxford University, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar.




Peter W. Grieve
Peter is Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Cordia Bancorp. In 2009 he stepped down from a highly successful 25-year career as a Managing Director of Goldman Sachs to help found Cordia Bancorp. At Goldman he co-founded, built and led the firm's largest private wealth management practice globally. At Cordia he is responsible for the Company's capital-raising strategy for individual and institutional investors.

Mr. Grieve is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, served as a Marine infantry officer, and holds an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, where he most recently served on the Board of Overseers. He sits on the Investment Committees of the U.S. Naval Academy Foundation and the Museum of Science, Boston, where he is also an Overseer. In addition Peter serves on the board of directors of GrassRoot Soccer, an HIV prevention and education organization for African youth through the sport of soccer.




Raymond H. Smith, Jr.
Raymond is President of Smith Brown & Groover, Inc., a securities broker/dealer in Macon, Georgia. In 1997 he became a co-founder of Rivoli Bank and Trust, a commercial bank chartered in Georgia, and served on its board of directors until its sale in 2005. He also was a founding investor in Patriot Bank of Georgia in 2006. Mr. Smith currently serves as chairman of a 5-state committee for the Financial Industry Regulatory Advisory Board (FINRA), formerly the National Association of Securities Dealers. He also serves on FINRA's Small Firm Advisory Board in Washington, DC.

After completing his M.B.A. in 1982, Mr. Smith was appointed Vice President at Prudential Capital, where he was responsible for asset and liability management and new product development. Subsequently he developed interest rate hedging strategies as a Vice President at E.F. Hutton in New York, and co-founded Capital Risk Management Corp., where he specialized in asset securitization. Mr. Smith holds leadership positions in various civic and charitable groups in Macon, Georgia. He earned his B.B.A from the University of Georgia and M.B.A. from the University of Texas.




John P. Wright
John is the principal merger and strategy advisor to Cordia Bancorp and also chairman of its board of advisors. Born and bred from a New England banking family, Mr. Wright served as a bank equity analyst, salesman, and corporate finance specialist at Keefe, Bruyette, & Woods from 1983 to 1995. Since that time, he has advised institutional investors on their investments in the financial services sector and managed portfolios at SKY Investment Group, Fox-Pitt, Kelton and George Weiss Associates, a market neutral hedge fund.

Mr. Wright lectured at the New England School of Banking and is a former President of the Banc Analyst Association of Boston. He is a graduate of Middlebury College and holds an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.

H. E. "Hank" Richeson, Vice Chairman of the Board
Mr. Richeson started his banking career in 1966 after a two year tour as an officer in the United States Army. He rose to vice president with United Virginia Bank before becoming a founding director, President and Chief Executive Officer of Peoples Bank of Chesterfield in 1974. The Peoples Bank of Chesterfield was merged into Dominion Bank-Richmond in 1983, where he served as the executive vice president, chief operating officer and director. Mr. Richeson joined County Bank of Chesterfield in 1989 where he was a director, president and chief executive officer. After County Bank of Chesterfield, The Community Bank and Commerce Bank of Virginia were merged to form Commerce Bank, Mr. Richeson served as president and director of Commerce Bank and as a director of the resulting holding company, Community Bankshares Incorporated. Following the merger of Community Bankshares into SouthTrust-Richmond, he served as City President for SouthTrust-Richmond until he retired in June 2002. Mr. Richeson is a past director of The American Institute of Banking-Richmond, Virginia Bankers Association, Virginia Association for Community Banks, and The Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University. He has been very active in our community serving as Chairman, Advisory Committee for Vocational Education; Member, Economic Development Committee; Member, Committee for Revising, Planning and Zoning Ordinances and founding Director and past Chairman, Chesterfield Business Council.


Vernon E. LaPrade, Jr., Chairman Emeritus
President of Model Realty Incorporated. Mr. LaPrade has been involved in local real estate, construction and development for over 40 years and has successfully completed numerous residential and commercial projects. He is the managing general partner of the Holiday Inn Koger Center and operates several Burger King and convenience store franchises. Mr. LaPrade was a founding director and chairman of Peoples Bank of Chesterfield and a director of Dominion Bank-Richmond following their merger. He was the driving force in forming County Bank of Chesterfield where he was a director, chairman and member of all standing committees. Following the merger of County Bank of Chesterfield, Commerce Bank of Virginia and The Community Bank to form Commerce Bank, Mr. LaPrade served as a director and chairman of the board and also as a director of the resulting holding company, Community Bankshares Incorporated.


G. Waddy Garrett
President of GWG Financial, LLC, an investment and consulting company located in Richmond, Virginia. For 25 years he served as chairman and CEO of Alliance Agronomics, Inc., a regional manufacturer of fertilizer and distributor of ag-chemicals and seed, located near Richmond. During this time, Mr. Garrett served a term as president of the National Fertilizer Solutions Association, the national industry trade group. Prior to that, he served as a Lt. Commander in the U.S. Navy aboard several nuclear submarines. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of five other public and private companies, including Cadmus Communications, Reeds Jewelers, Willard Agri-Service, Harmony Products and New Life Technologies. Mr. Garrett holds a B. S. in Marine Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy and an M. B. A. in Finance from Harvard University. He is a graduate of the Navy Nuclear Propulsion School, and he has completed the Agribusiness Executive Management Academy at Purdue University. He was a member of the board and Executive Committee for Dominion Bank-Richmond. Mr. Garrett also served as a director of County Bank of Chesterfield and then Commerce Bank following their merger.


Thomas L. Gordon
Senior Partner of Gordon, Dodson & Gordon Attorneys at Law, Mr. Gordon is a life long resident of Chesterfield County and a graduate of T. C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond. Mr. Gordon is a member of the Chesterfield Bar Association, the Virginia Bar Association and the Family Law Section. Mr. Gordon has over twenty years of experience representing community banks and served as a director and member of the loan committee for the County Bank of Chesterfield for thirteen years.

Claiborne G. Thomasson
President of Diversified Restaurant Management and Consulting, Incorporated and the owner of Ruth's Chris Steak House, Richmond, Virginia and Virginia Beach, Virginia and Claiborne's in Fredericksburg, Virginia. He attended The McCallie School  in Chattanooga, Tennessee and subsequently received his Bachelors degree from Randolph-Macon College in Virginia. Mr. Thomasson served in the United States Air Force from 1963 to 1969 as a decorated officer and fighter pilot serving combat tours in Vietnam. During the period from 1969 to 1971, he was an investment banker with Craigie Incorporated and attended the New York Institute of Finance. During the next 18 years, Mr. Thomasson worked with Bank of Virginia, Signet, First & Merchants and Sovran, rising to senior vice president and manager of the Municipal and Government Bond Investment department. From 1989 to 1991, Mr. Thomasson served as senior vice president of Municipal Finance with Wachovia Bank in Richmond, Virginia. Mr. Thomasson is a past director of the Chesterfield County Drug Court, member of the Board of Associates of Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia and a member of the Bon Air Methodist Church.  

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