2021 Management Development Program Recap
September 2021-January 2022

Post Gail Queen Walt Lyons

On January 12th, 29 Virginia bankers graduated from the VBA Management Development Program, a five-month, comprehensive training designed for newer employees who have developed a passion for banking, want to enhance their knowledge of the business of banking, and who are motivated to excel in their careers and reach their full potential.

The VBA Management Development Program sessions provided information to make participants better bankers, ensured that they move beyond the transaction and truly understand the industry in which they work, instilled the notion that strategy and goals are imperative to drive the bank forward, and empowered them to present themselves as leaders as they move forward in their career. 

Congratulations to the MDP Class of 2021

  • Austin Agee, The Bank of Charlotte County
  • Tara Almond, The Farmers Bank of Appomattox
  • Michael Brooks, Old Point National Bank
  • Tanja Brown, Chesapeake Bank
  • Richard Bullock, III, Old Point National Bank
  • Sarah Burney, Chesapeake Bank
  • Nicole Crawford, American National Bank & Trust Co.
  • Sonya Daniels, Primis Bank
  • Heather Derflinger, Virginia Bankers Association
  • Ashley Fisher, The Bank of Southside Virginia
  • Benjamin Hartsock, The Bank of Marion
  • Christopher Johnson, Select Bank
  • Ashley Lam, Farmers & Merchants Bank
  • Jessica Lucas, Carter Bank & Trust
  • Cynthia Moore, Chesapeake Bank
  • Cassandra Reed Mullins, The Farmers Bank of Appomattox
  • Angeli Nanali, Chain Bridge Bank, NA
  • Amber Nikolay, American National Bank & Trust Co.
  • Carol Perinis, MainStreet Bank
  • Jerrica Seay, Bank of Botetourt
  • Claire Smith, Chesapeake Bank
  • Kelly Smith, Chesapeake Bank
  • Rebecca Stills,  Farmers & Merchants Bank
  • Casie Taylor, Primis Bank
  • Susan Thompson, MainStreet Bank
  • Stephanie Tiller, Chesapeake Bank
  • Lisa Warner, The Farmers Bank of Appomattox
  • Lucy Whitmer, Atlantic Union Bank
  • Nicole Young, Benchmark Community Bank

​Session & Facilitator Information

Instructors: Andy Davies, The Marathon Organization, LTD & Courtney Fleming, Virginia Bankers Association

Session One: Introduction to Banking and Understanding Bank Financials and Profitability
Instructors: Michelle Austin, Bank of Botetourt; Andy Davies, The Marathon Organization, LTD & Bruce Whitehurst, Virginia Bankers Association

Session Two:  Leadership & Management
Instructor: Serena Fulton, Floricane

Session Three:  Banking Lines of Business and Bank Management
Instructor: Vicki Kraai, InterAction Training

Virtual Session: CRA, Community Development and Networking 101
Instructor: Nathalia Artus, Atlantic Union Bank

Session Four:  The Modern Bank Marketing Department: Brand, Digital, Data, and Experience
Instructor: Hunter Young, HIFI Agency

Session 5, Part 1: Introduction to Strategic Planning & Perspectives on Career Development
Instructors: Andy Davies, The Marathon Organization, LTD and Tom Rasey, The Farmers Bank of Appomattox

Session 5, Part 2: Building Relationships, Dealing with Change in the Workplace, and Staying Abreast of Issues Affecting Your Bank and the Banking Industry​
Instructors: Andy Davies, The Marathon Organization, LTD and Tom Rasey, The Farmers Bank of Appomattox
Guests: Nathalia Artus, Atlantic Union Bank; Matt Bruning, Virginia Bankers Association; Cody Florence, Virginia National Bank; Chandler Owdom, Virginia Bankers Association
Panelists: Taylor Harrell, Southern Bank; Pat Lewis, Chesapeake Bank; Tom Rasey, The Farmers Bank of Appomattox; Sherri Sackett, Select Bank

View Pictures from this Year’s Program