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Board of Directors

Brian Plum - President, CEO & Director

Brian K. Plum, has served as a director of the Company since 2014 and as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company and the Bank since December 2014. Mr. Plum previously held the positions with the Company and the Bank of Executive Vice President from 2010 to 2014, Chief Financial Officer from 2007 to 2014 and Chief Administrative Officer in 2014. Before joining the Company in 2007, he served in several positions with the accounting firm PBMares, LLP in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Mr. Plum is a graduate of Eastern Mennonite University with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Economics, of James Madison University with Master of Science in Accounting, and of the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia with a Master of Business Administration. Mr. Plum is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Mr. Plum brings to the Board management and accounting experience as well as his institutional knowledge of the Company and the Bank gained through his role as President and Chief Executive Officer.

Robert Janney - Director & General Counsel

Robert S. Janney has served as a director of the company since 2000. He has been engaged in the general practice of law at the firm Janney & Janney, PLC in Luray, Virginia since 1974. Mr. Janney has served on the counsel of the Virginia State Bar and as Chairman of the General Practice Section of the Virginia State Bar. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia College of Arts and Sciences with a major in Government with high honors as well as a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law. Mr. Janney brings to the Board his legal background and experience, which provides insight, among other things, in matters of corporate governance as Chair of the Governance Committee. His practice is focused on commercial transactions, real estate, and trusts and estates.

Larry Dees - Chairman

Larry Dees, has served as a director of the Company since 1992 and as Chairman of the Board since 2010. He retired in 2013 as a CPA with a sole practitioner tax and small business consulting practice in Luray, Virginia that he operated for 28 years. He was previously at Draffin & Tucker, LLP, a fullservice regional accounting firm based in Albany, Georgia where he served as a tax specialist and bank auditor. Mr. Dees served in Vietnam with the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne Division where he was awarded the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Bronze Star and Army Commendation Medal. He is a member of Christ Episcopal Church and was treasurer and vestry member for over 20 years and currently serves as treasurer of the Christ Episcopal Church Memorial Endowment Fund with approximately $1.2 million in assets. Mr. Dees is a member of the Page Memorial Hospital Development Committee that oversees the raising of funds for capital improvements and employee development. He also coached little league baseball for the Luray Recreation Department for a number of years. He is a graduate of the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and a Master of Accountancy. Mr. Dees is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Mr. Dees brings to the Board extensive accounting experience and institutional knowledge of the Company gained through his long service as a director and as Chairman.

Hunter Bost - Independent Director

Hunter H. Bost, has served as a director of the Company since 2016. He is a private investor and real estate developer based in Durham, North Carolina. Previously, Mr. Bost served on the boards of directors of River Bancorp, Inc. (“River”) and its subsidiaries, River Community Bank and 1st Medallion Mortgage Corporation, prior to River’s merger with Blue Ridge in 2016. He also served as Chairman of River. Mr. Bost spent over 10 years in New York at Electra Partners, Merrill Lynch, and Price Waterhouse (now PwC). He has served on several non-profit boards, including Hábitat Para La Humanidad Guatemala, Teachers2Teachers Global, and both the Board of Visitors and the International Studies Advisory Board at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Mr. Bost was a Morehead Scholar at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a Master of Accounting. Additionally, he has a Master of Business Administration from the MIT Sloan School of Management and a Master of Public Administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. Mr. Bost brings to the Board broad experience in real estate and investing along with a community service focus

Elizabeth Crowther - Director

Elizabeth H. Crowther, Ed. D., joined the Board following the Company’s acquisition of Bay Banks in January 2021. From 2004 through 2019, she served as President of Rappahannock Community College (“RCC”), an institution providing high-quality educational experiences for members of the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula communities in Virginia. Dr. Crowther is currently President Emerita of RCC. She is a member of the Boards of Directors of Bon Secours Mercy Richmond Health System, Lilian Lumber Company, and Northern Neck Insurance Company. Dr. Crowther is also Chair of the Board of Governors for St. Margaret’s School and a member of the board of Episcopal Church Schools in the Diocese of Virginia. She serves on the River Counties Community Foundation Board and is a founder and Chair of the Directors for LEAD River Counties, a regional leadership development program. Dr. Crowther earned both B.A. and M.A. degrees in English from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (“Virginia Tech”) and a Doctor of Higher Education Administration degree from the College of William & Mary. Dr. Crowther brings to the Board substantial operational and managerial experience as well as deep involvement in community-based organizations.

Mensel Dean - Independent Director

Mensel D. Dean, Jr., has served as a director of the Company since 2013. He is a former partner at the accounting firm AM Pullen & Company (1977-1984), McGladrey & Pullen (1984-1999) and PBGH/PBMares, LLP (1999-2015). He has over 50 years of public accounting experience, consulting clients in numerous industries. Mr. Dean was selected Super CPA by VSCPA and Virginia Business magazine in the inaugural class. He is a graduate of Bridgewater College with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Mr. Dean is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Mr. Dean is currently a trustee at Bridgewater College where he is a member of the Executive Committee, Finance Committee, Investment Committee, and Chair of the Audit Committee. He is a former Board of Trustee for Rockingham Memorial Hospital (1999-2014) now part of Sentara—which was acquired by United Bank—where he served as Vice Chair of the Board, Chairman of the Audit Committee, a member of the Executive and Investment Committees. Mr. Dean is a former member of the Board and Chairman of Bridgewater Retirement Community and a former Director of Rockingham Heritage Bank/Premier Bank, which was acquired by United Bank. He is also a member of the AICPA and the VSCPA. Mr. Dean brings to the Board extensive accounting and consulting experience, and broad-based knowledge of businesses operating in the Company’s markets.

Rick Farmar - Director

Richard A. Farmar, III, joined the Board following the Company’s acquisition of Bay Banks in January 2021. He is President of B. H. Baird Insurance Agency. Mr. Farmar joined B. H. Baird Insurance Agency in 1979 and was named President in 1999. He is also the Vice Chairman of The Haven. He has received the AAI (Accredited Advisor in Insurance) and CPCU (Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter) designations. Mr. Farmar has served as President of the Independent Insurance Agents of Virginia and the Northern Neck Assembly. He was also a director of the Keystone Insurers Group and Virginia Financial Services Corporation. Mr. Farmar was the Chairman of the Board at the Bank of Lancaster and Virginia Commonwealth Bank—now merged with Blue Ridge Bank. He is currently Chairman of the Board for Riverside Tappahannock Hospital, and has also served his community as president of the following organizations: the Warsaw Jaycees, the Warsaw Rotary Club and the 6 George Washington National Memorial Association. Mr. Farmar is a graduate of Hampden-Sydney College with a B.A. in Government and Foreign Affairs. Mr. Farmar brings to the Board decades-long experience in the insurance industry, as well as extensive knowledge of the Company’s market area in the Northern Neck of Virginia.

Drew Holzwarth - Independent Director

Andrew C. Holzwarth, joined the Board in December 2019. Mr. Holzwarth is the Managing Partner of Piedmont Realty Holdings, a full-service real estate development company headquartered in Charlottesville, Virginia. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Virginia, Darden School of Business. Mr. Holzwarth brings to the Board knowledge of the real estate industry, particularly in the Company’s market areas.

Julien Patterson - Independent Director

Mr. Patterson is Chairman and Past President and CEO of Omniplex World Services Corporation, a company he founded 29 years ago. The company employs approximately 3,500 employees worldwide. Mr. Patterson’s security career began with the Central Intelligence Agency, during which time he designed a wide variety of comprehensive and specialized security training programs. Serving 10 years with the CIA, he was responsible for heading up CIA’s worldwide mobile training teams. In 1987, Mr. Patterson left the CIA to begin his career as an entrepreneur and consultant. In 1997, Mr. Patterson was named the Greater Washington Entrepreneur of the Year from a field of over 890 nominees in the highly competitive Business Services category.  The Entrepreneur of the Year award, sponsored by Ernst & Young LLP, the NASDAQ Stock Market, and other nationally known companies, was established to recognize “an elite group of entrepreneurs whose vision, innovation and hard work have established and sustained successful growing businesses.”  Mr. Patterson is also the Past Chairman of the Virginia State Chamber of Commerce; Director, Boys & Girls Club of the Northern Neck; and Director, Steamboat Era Museum.

Randy Reynolds - Director

Randolph N. Reynolds, Jr., joined the Board following the Company’s acquisition of Bay Banks in January 2021. He is a Partner in Reynolds Development Company, a private real estate management and development company specializing in commercial real estate. Mr. Reynolds previously served in numerous management roles for Reynolds Metals Company, both in Richmond and internationally. He currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Longwood College School of Business, the 1-800 Got Junk Virginia Advisory Board and the 5 Henrico County Police Foundation Board, and has served as a member of the Board of Trustees for Collegiate School. Mr. Reynolds received a B.A. in Economics from the College of William & Mary. Mr. Reynolds brings to the Board extensive knowledge of the commercial real estate industry, experience in senior management positions and a valuable perspective on community involvement in the Company’s market areas.

C. Frank Scott, III - Director

C. Frank Scott, III joined the Board following the Company’s acquisition of Bay Banks in January 2021. He also serves as Chairman of VCB Financial Group, Inc., a financial services subsidiary of the Company providing trust, investment and wealth management services. Prior to the Company’s merger with Bay Banks, Mr. Scott was Chairman of the Board of Bay Banks and President of its bank subsidiary. Previously, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of Virginia BanCorp, Inc. (“Virginia BanCorp”) and its bank subsidiary, Virginia Commonwealth Bank, which were acquired by Bay Banks in April 2017. He has over 30 years of financial institution management experience, as a board member and an executive officer. Mr. Scott joined Virginia BanCorp’s bank subsidiary in 1999 and in 2001 was promoted to Executive Vice President, with oversight responsibilities of the bank’s operations, corporate development and business strategy. He was thereafter promoted to President and Chief Operating Officer in 2008, and in 2011, was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Appomattox Educational Foundation. Mr. Scott received his B.S. degree in Finance from Virginia Tech and his M.B.A. from the Charles F. Dolan School of Business at Fairfield University. Mr. Scott brings to the Board a significant level of management and leadership experience in all aspects of community banking.

Vance Spilman - Independent Director

Vance H. Spilman, joined the Board following the Company’s acquisition of Bay Banks in January 2021. He has served as the Chief Executive Officer of LeafSpring Schools (“LeafSpring”) and its franchisor, Prism LLC, since June 2015. LeafSpring is a national chain of for-profit preschools which operates 13 schools across the U.S. From July 2012 to May 2015, Mr. Spilman was President of SweetFrog Enterprises, LLC (“SweetFrog”), a national chain of over 300 frozen yogurt retail stores. Prior to joining SweetFrog, he was the Chief Financial Officer of the largest national Five Guy’s Burgers and Fries franchise. He previously served on the boards of St. Catherine’s School, the Nature Conservancy, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Foundation, the Jamestown/Yorktown Society, and Theatre IV. Mr. Spilman has recently chaired the investment committee of the Virginia Museum—as of the year 2021—which directs all their investment activities and is still a member of that committee. Mr. Spilman received his B.A. and M.B.A. degrees from the University of Virginia. For a portion of his nineteen-year career in investment banking and asset management, Mr. Spilman called on commercial banks, thrifts, and mortgage companies. That experience has proven useful in assisting the board with overall strategic planning and competitive positioning.

Bill Stokes - Independent Director

William W. Stokes has served as a director of the Company since 2012. Mr. Stokes has been the Chief Financial Officer of Bio-Cat, Inc., a high-quality enzyme manufacturer based in the Charlottesville, Virginia area, since 2009. He previously spent over 20 years in commercial banking, including as a Senior Vice President and Area Executive for the Charlottesville market for StellarOne Bank (now Atlantic Union Bank) and its predecessor, Second Bank and Trust. Mr. Stokes is a graduate of North Carolina State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting. Mr. Stokes brings to the Board his background in banking along with accounting experience and knowledge of the manufacturing industry.

Carolyn J. Woodruff - Independent Director

Carolyn J. Woodruff has served as a director of the Company since 2019. She is the President of Woodruff Family Law Group in Greensboro, North Carolina. She is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in the state of North Carolina. She is an expert in the area of business valuation and is a frequent writer and lecturer on business valuation and federal taxation. She is an instrument-rated multi-engine airplane pilot. Ms. Woodruff graduated from Duke University School of Law with High Honors where she served as Research and Managing Editor of the Duke Law Review. Ms. Woodruff brings to the Board experience and knowledge in business valuation and taxation, which provides a unique perspective, particularly in evaluating strategic acquisitions and related matters.