Chris BarrasChris Barras
Area 10 Faith Community/Cartwheels & Coffee

Chris Barras is always starting something.  In the past decade he has started 4 businesses, 1 church and 1 non profit that works in the foster care world.  Setting big goals in these endeavors has driven Chris to dig deep into change and how people change and what needs to be in place for people to really shift in their thinking so that they can hit their goals and realize their vision.  Chris lives in Richmond with his wife Abby, his 3 sons and 1 dog.  He likes music, history, and tragically- the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

BrannaKeith Brannan

A 20-year veteran of the financial services and technology industry, Keith Brannan increases ROI for community financial institutions by aligning organizational design, differentiated brand strategy, go-to-market initiatives, and a vision for consumer and corporate marketing tactics with sales objectives. Keith designs and scales marketing products in order for community financial institutions to have access to best-in-class marketing. Prior to Kasasa®, Keith was Vice President of Strategic Marketing for Country Financial, where he directed sales, marketing, and brand strategy, as well as resource management and marketing program design. Keith holds an Executive Education Certificate from Kellogg Management Institute and a BA in Psychology from the University of Alabama.

Steve Brown

Steven D. Brown, Partner
IslerDare PC

Steve understands the business operations of the private and public employers he represents, and he provides creative strategies to manage labor, employment and business issues. He has over twenty-eight years of experience in trying labor and employment cases in state and federal courts all over the United States. He provides legal and strategic advice related to all labor and employment issues, including, but not limited to, daily advice and counseling, hiring, performance counseling & terminations of employment, investigations, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wage and hour, trade secrets, non­competition and non-solicitation covenants, severance and employment agreements, employment and business related tort claims, leave issues under the FMLA and ADA. workplace violence issues, and labor and employment due diligence when clients buy and sell companies. Steve has written numerous articles and he has lectured on a local, regional and national level on a variety of subjects. Steve is also a Professor at the University of Richmond and the Chancellor for the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church.  In the community, Steve is a member of the Dean’s Ambassadors Circle for the School of Professional and Continuing Studies at the University of Richmond and he is the Vice Chair of the Virginia Bar Association’s Labor Relations & Employment Law Section. Steve is also a member of the Board of Governors for the Bald Head Island Club. Steve also provides mentoring to the James Madison University football program by working with players that are preparing for life after college football.  Steve resides in Richmond, Virginia with his wife Alice. He has two adult children.

Terry ChoateTerry Choate
Blue-U Defense

Terry Choate is a retired full-time Lt. with the Jaffrey Police Department where he has served for the past 14 years. Prior to a career change to law enforcement, Lt Choate spent over 20 years serving in Vice President and upper-level management positions in several large and Fortune 500 corporations in the areas of Sales and Marketing, and Operations Management. He is also the Team Commander of the Monadnock Regional Special Response Team. Terry is an author and subject matter expert for businesses, associations, hospitals and media outlets. His passion for personal, business, and school safety; understanding those who victimize others and how/why they do so; how our minds work to make both good and bad decisions; how to influence others and the outcomes of situations; and practical and effective means and methods to solve problems associated with protecting lives started far before becoming a police officer when he was in his early teens.

Terry is equally passionate about finding unique and effective ways of dealing with the out-of-control drug problem. He has extensive experience and associated training in illegal drugs; undercover drug work; and has been involved in numerous drug arrests, search warrants, and drug operations. Terry also has personal experience in dealing with a loved one with an addiction problem. He teaches and attempts to find solutions to the drug problem through compassion and changing the ways in which people typically see those fighting addiction diseases. He serves on the Board of Directors for Reality Check, a nonprofit in Southwestern NH offering drug and alcohol prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery services to residents. He is also a highly experienced and engaging speaker.

Sharon CookSharon Cook

Sharon Cook oversees the Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta’s Marketing, Corporate Communications, and Public Relations functions. In her role, Cook directs Marketing and Brand Cultivation, External Communications, Media Relations, Investor Relations, and Reputational Risk, for the regional banker’s bank. She joined FHLBank Atlanta in 2008 as Senior Marketing Communications Manager and earned promotions to Vice President and Director of Corporate Communications in 2011, First Vice President in 2012, and assumed her current role as First Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer in 2015. Previously, Sharon was Vice President of Marketing Services for the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Federal Credit Union. Prior to that, she was Marketing Specialist and Business Development Manager at Lockheed Georgia Employees’ Federal Credit Union.

Sharon has served on the National Housing Conference, Communications Committee, in Washington, D.C., since 2008. She also serves on the Council of Federal Home Loan Banks, Communications Officers Committee. She also previously served as the President of the Georgia Marketing Council for Credit Unions. As an active volunteer in the community, Sharon is a member of the Board of Directors of the Partnership against Domestic Violence, and chaired the Marketing and Publicity Committee for the 25th Annual Hearts with Hope Gala. She also serves on the Georgia Leadership Council for the Arthritis Foundation. Cook earned a Bachelor of Arts and Science in Communications and Marketing from Georgia State University, and a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Leadership Development, from Brenau University.

FairclothMark Faircloth, Owner
Faircloth Performance Partners

Mark Faircloth brings over three decades of experience as a successful banker and consultant to his work with Faircloth Performance Partners, serving the banking industry with a range of solutions from management consulting to skill-based workshops. Mark’s banking experience spans both the retail and commercial sectors, where he served in a variety of front line sales, management and marketing positions. He is a recognized expert in commercial relationship negotiations. In addition to his day-to-day work with bankers, Mark serves on the faculties of several national, regional and state banking schools, including VBA’s School of Bank Management.  Mark is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and his articles have appeared in several national and international financial publications. Mark is a graduate of the University of Alabama and the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University.  He is an associate member of Virginia Bankers Association.

Linda Gigna

Bio coming soon!

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Kevin Halsey
Capital Performance Group, LLC

Kevin Halsey is a Senior Consultant at Capital Performance Group, a consulting firm that specializes in Strategy, Marketing, Distribution Planning, and Finance/Risk Management for financial services companies. Kevin and his colleagues at CPG design, analyze, and implement strategies for growth and improved profitability for banks, thrifts, credit unions, specialized financial services companies, insurance and investment management businesses, payments companies, fintech companies, and vendors to the financial services industry. Kevin leads many of the firm’s analytical and research efforts in support of a variety of client projects, including those related to strategic planning, product redesign, branch network optimization, process redesign, value proposition development, and marketing spend optimization. During these projects, he has developed a number of analytical tools, including financial impact models, efficiency scorecards, peer analyses, market opportunity models, and product profitability models.

Kevin’s analysis and research also supports the firm’s thought leadership, including the industry insights that are posted on the firm’s Bottom Line Blog and bimonthly Wire articles. Each year, he and his team of analysts produce the ranking of the American Banker’s Top Performing Banks. Kevin is a contributor to American Banker, BankThink, and ABA Bank Marketing. Prior to joining CPG, Kevin worked for Willis Financial Solutions in New York City as an intern for the structured trade and political risks brokerage division. Kevin has also interned in the underwriting department for Atradius Trade Credit Insurance. Kevin graduated from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland where he earned a B.S. in Finance and Marketing. He was a member of the Financial Services Fellows program at the Smith School.

Cabell Harris

Bio coming soon!

Joe HilemanJoseph Hilleman
Blue-U Defense

Joe Hileman is a retired full-time Detective with the Jaffrey Police Department which he has served for the past 11 years. He is the Assistant Team Commander of the Monadnock Regional Special Response Team. Prior to his career in Law Enforcement, he was a security supervisor for a Fortune 500 company’s proprietary security department. He also holds degrees in Criminal Justice – Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice – Corrections, Probation, and Parole.

Morgan Jarvis
Workshop Digital

Bio coming soon!

Kiely-ChristyChristy E. Kiely, Cousel
Hunton & Williams

Christy’s work focuses on pay equity analyses, affirmative action work and audit defense before the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs. She also has substantial experience with employment litigation in federal and state courts, administrative practice before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and advice to business management and in-house counsel on a full range of employment issues. Christy enjoys conducting management and supervisor training on a wide range of legal and practical employment issues. She is a contributing author to the Hunton Employment & Labor Perspectives blog. Christy is admitted to practice before the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, and the US District Court for the Western District of Virginia.

tevis-marshallTevis Marshall, Shareholder
Ogletree Deakins

Tevis Marshall is a founding member of the firm’s Richmond office and focuses his practice on all aspects of traditional employment law. He regularly counsels employers on a broad range of workplace issues, including regulatory compliance, personnel policies, hiring, disciplining, terminating, reasonable accommodations, FMLA leave and workplace investigations. He has also assisted clients in managing onsite investigations from the EEOC and the U.S. Department of Labor. In addition to advising employers on workplace issues, Tevis has litigated cases on a wide range of topics, including discrimination, harassment, retaliation, Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), overtime and wage violations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA), non-compete agreements, wrongful termination and other general employment matters. Tevis has handled matters before the EEOC, the Department of Labor, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and numerous state and federal courts. Tevis is also committed to public service. Since 2009, he has served as the President of the Board of Directors for Human Resources, Inc., a non-profit organization that offers a wide range of substance abuse treatment services for individuals suffering from opioid addiction. Tevis also works to advance the knowledge of employers and human resources professionals with respect to state and federal employment laws. He is an active member of the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) and frequently lectures on employment law topics throughout Virginia.

Myke Metzger - useMyke Metzger
RVA Social

Myke is an author, professional speaker, and entrepreneur featured on Entrepreneur, MarketWatch, Business Insider, Yahoo! Finance, Richmond Magazine, NBC, Fox News, CBS, ABC, Influencive and many others for his accomplishments in the marketing industry.

He is the founder of RVA Social, one of the fastest growing digital marketing agencies on the east coast. Myke is also a board member and advocate among different Non Profits in the Richmond community. Without a college degree, corporate experience, or a single investor – he’s worked with triple platinum musical artists, professional athletes, celebrities, authors, and more. He’s shared the stage and built marketing campaigns and web platforms for Public Figures and Influencers such as Grant Cardone, Casey Adams, Ryan Stewman, Dan Fleyshman, Adam Wenig, and many others. Myke and his team handle marketing for some of the most well known brands in the world.

Katrina Ong - useKatrina Ong

Katrina Ong is a strategy, launch and change management professional working for a software company in healthcare solutions.  Her previous experience includes work internationally in the UK, Germany and China as well as work with payers and health care innovation.  She studied Organizational Development in the Health and Human Services space at Vanderbilt University.


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Kim Snyder
KBS Results, LLC

Kim is the President and Founder of KBS Results LLC, a management consulting firm which focuses on the financial institutions sector.   Since inception, KBS has assisted community bank clients with projects such as Strategic Planning, M&A Preparedness, M&A Due Diligence, M&A Integration, Outsourced Finance and Accounting, Enterprise Risk Management, Report Management and Process Improvements.  Prior to starting KBS in September 2015, Kim served as Chief Financial Officer of Valley Financial Corporation / Valley Bank, a $900 million publicly traded bank in Roanoke, Virginia, where she was instrumental in the success of the Bank which led to the acquisition by BNC Bancorp at a 173% premium to tangible book value in June 2015.  Kim also served as a member of the Virginia Bankers Association CFO Committee from 2008 – 2015 and served as Chair from 2012 – 2015.

Kim earned the banking graduate degree and leadership certificate from the ABA Stonier Graduate School of Banking and served as the student advisor to the ABA Stonier Graduate School of Banking Board of Directors in 2014.  She is a magna cum laude graduate of James Madison University, a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the state of Virginia, and a CGMA Designation Holder.

Shannon Tipton
Learning Rebels

Bio coming soon!

Paul VitalePaul Vitale
Matt Birk & Company

Paul Vitale has become one of America’s most sought-out speakers and trainers by using his unique combination of excitement, energy, and experience to encourage and motivate others. The president of Matt Birk and Company, Paul served for 22 years as CEO and founder of Vital Communications, Inc., is a native of Arkansas, and acquired his degree in mass communications and journalism from the University of Central Arkansas.

For over two decades, Paul has impacted individuals and organizations, imparting an
understanding of the leadership and determination required to excel. Through his  keynote presentations, seminars, and retreats, Paul helps his clients build strong teams and increase productivity. He speaks worldwide about the significance of optimism, a strong work ethic, and concepts vital to personal and professional growth, while reaching hundreds of thousands of people from all walks of life. Paul’s energetic and enjoyable presentation style has made him a favorite at countless universities, meetings, conventions, seminars, and conferences. His diverse client list includes ESPN, Walmart, the United States Postal Service, Southwest Airlines, the National Football League, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, United Way, the Washington Redskins, Landstar Global Logistics, the Georgia Department of Education, Tyson Foods, the Los Angeles Rams, the Minnesota Vikings, the Antiques Roadshow, the University of Kentucky, the National Association of Secondary School Principals, and Dole Hong Kong.

Prior to speaking professionally, Paul was director of the Convention and Visitors Bureau in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Preceding his role at the CVB, Paul launched his professional career with the largest marketing firm in the State of Arkansas – Cranford Johnson Robinson Woods. His team was responsible for all of the Natural State’s tourism promotion.

Sweersing -useScott Weersing
GP Strategies

Scott Weersing, Director of Learning Analytics at GP Strategies, has over 10 years of evaluation and measurement experience where he has partnered with clients and stakeholders to evaluate the impact of learning and development programs on workplace performance.  Scott has partnered with Amerigroup, Cadillac, Texas Instruments, Novartis, CVS Health and Farm Credit Canada to build and execute evaluation strategies to demonstrate the efficiency, effectiveness and impact of training programs.  Scott is originally from California where he graduated from UCLA and is now based in Virginia Beach, VA.

WhitehurstBruce Whitehurst, President & CEO
Virginia Bankers Association

Bruce joined the Virginia Bankers Association in 1993 following a 10-year career in retail and commercial banking. He has served as president and chief executive officer of the association since 2007 and was previously executive vice president. While at the VBA, Bruce has worked with member banks in a variety of areas, to include government relations, education and training, financial literacy, and partnering with banks in a number of innovative ways to help them enter new lines of business. He also speaks about and on behalf of the industry on a regular basis. As a banking industry advocate, Bruce is active at the national level. He served on the American Bankers Association’s Regulatory Reform Task Force during the 2008- 2009 financial crisis and served as an ABA Board member and chairman of the Alliance of State Bankers Associations in 2012-2013. He has also served on the ABA Community Bankers Council and the ABA Government Relations Council. Committed to serving his community, Bruce is a director of and has chaired United Methodist Family Services in Richmond, VA and the Virginia Council on Economic Education. Bruce received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of William & Mary, his MBA from the University of Richmond and is a graduate of the Virginia Bankers School of Bank Management.

Erika WinterErika Winter
Law Offices of Erika Winter

Erika Winter’s solo firm is located in Williamsburg. She represents employees, almost exclusively, in a variety of employment-related claims, including those arising under federal discrimination statutes, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, as well as state tort and contract claims. Erika also counsels and negotiates for employees regarding matters related to the formation and dissolution of their employment relationships including employment contracts, covenants not to compete, and severance agreements. A description of her practice would be incomplete absent mention of the vast amount of time she devotes to explaining the doctrine of employment at will to recently terminated and soon to be terminated employees. Erika is a member of the Virginia Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law Section, the National Employment Lawyers Association, the Virginia Employment Lawyers Association and has been named to Virginia Business Magazine’s “Legal Elite” and Best Lawyers. Before law school, Erika worked for consulting firms in Washington, DC providing lobbying services and expert witness testimony for regulated industries. She holds a B.A. from American University and a J.D. from the University of Richmond School of Law.