2021 Virginia Bankers School of Bank Management Recap
August 1-6, 2021

Post Kristen Reid Courtney Fleming

More than 180 bankers participated in the week-long session of the Virginia Bankers School of Bank Management.  The School of Bank Management provides a multidimensional education experience in banking.  Employing lectures from the best of the banking, professional and academic worlds, case studies, home study problems and peer study groups provides a vehicle for each student to experience comprehensive learning.

Morning general sessions were held for all students that included Leveraging Diversity through Inclusive Leadership with Leslie Schreiner, FHLBank Atlanta; Economic Update with Dr. Ed Seifried; Digital Banking Trends with Rob Morgan, American Bankers Association; and a Banking Leadership Panel with Maria Tedesco, Atlantic Union Bank, Leton Harding, Powell Valley National Bank and 2021-2022 VBA Chairman, and Bruce Whitehurst, VBA.

The year’s week-long session featured instructors who have been a part of the school for many years. In 2021 we celebrated many faculty and fellow milestones:

  • Zirkle Blakey – 5 years
  • Jimmy Sawyers – 10 years
  • Richard Coughlan – 15 years
  • Don Buckless – 20 years
  • Gary Higgins – 25 years

Congratulations to the Bank School Class of 2021

Banker Bank
Crystal Alderman
Tonda Arthur
Michael Baker
Robert Bates
Christopher M. Beale
Thomas Brockman
Christie Byrnes
Deborah Cagle
Jason Christopher Capps
Jewel Mae Cash-Litten
Lindsay Cheatham
Michael L. Clark
Orlin Randolph Clarke, III
Heather D. Clatterbuck
Tiffany Collier
Jackie Cooper
Chelsea G. Copan
Lori A. Counts
Sherri Lynn Crowder
Philip Deel
Todd DeKraft
Jessie C. Denny
Pam Ellyson
Eric D. Floyd
Stetson Dakota Franklin
Mike A. Gullis
Matt Guth
Sherrie Lynn Hogge
Chris Holthaus
Nancy Hong
James Andrew Hudson
Ethan Langston Jackson
Matt Keithley
Reid F. Killen
Jake Michael Lausier
Marcus Andrew Lomans
Daniel E. Marks
Anna Massey
Brent Mullins
Amit Nagpal
Huma M. Onorato
Chad Everett Overby
Chandler D. Owdom
Thomas Palermo
Terry Parker II
Lisa Pledge
John Puckett
Felicia Anderson Rasnake
Kristina Reardon
Thais Salomao Ribeiro
Jorge C. Rivasplata Becerra
Kathryn Ryan
Amber Saloka
Brandy W. Slater
Kara H. Smith
Holly Thorne
Richard Alexander Vari
Bayard Waterbury
Meredith B. Webster
Amy Wilson
Christopher L. Wilson
Laura Wright
Ryan O. Zielske
MVB Bank
First Bank, Virginia
TowneBank
Benchmark Community Bank
Southern Bank and Trust Company
Carter Bank & Trust
First Bank, Virginia
Farmers Bank
HomeTrust Bank
United Bank
Village Bank
Essex Bank
C&F Bank
United Bank
Powell Valley National Bank
Chesapeake Bank
TowneBank
New Peoples Bank Inc.
Touchstone Bank
National Bank
Essex Bank
TowneBank
Farmers Bank
C&F Bank
American National Bank & Trust Company
United Bank
C&F Bank
Chesapeake Bank
Bank of Clarke County
Burke & Herbert Bank
Carter Bank & Trust
Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond
Chesapeake Bank
TowneBank
MainStreet Bank
The Bank of Marion
Freedom Bank of Virginia
Sandy Spring Bank
Powell Valley National Bank
Burke & Herbert Bank
Founders Bank
American National Bank & Trust Company
Virginia Bankers Association
Capital Bank, NA
TowneBank
Bank of Botetourt
State Corporation Commission
New Peoples Bank Inc.
Blue Ridge Bank, N.A.
Chain Bridge Bank, NA
MainStreet Bank
Bank of Charles Town
Chesapeake Bank
South State Bank
Farmers Bank
Farmers & Merchants Bank
MainStreet Bank
Atlantic Union Bank
Touchstone Bank
Chesapeake Bank
Primis Bank
Old Point National Bank
Sandy Spring Bank

Faircloth Family Award of Excellence

The fifth annual Faircloth Family Award of Excellence was awarded to Huma Onorato of Founders Bank.  This award recognizes a member of the third-year class who exhibits three attributes which Bank School instructor Mark Faircloth and his family deeply value – continuous learning, passionate giving and purposeful living. 

Class of 2021 Honor Grad & Top 10%

2021 Honor Grad 
Reid Killen, TowneBank 

2021 Top 10%

Amber Soloka, Chesapeake Bank
Andrew Hudson, Carter Bank & Trust
Eric Floyd, C&F Bank
Brent Mullins, Powell Valley National Bank
Chandler Owdom, Virginia Bankers Association
Chelsea Copan, TowneBank

2021 Charity Event – Third Year Class Raises More than $6,200 to Benefit DePaul Community Resources

The third year class chose to give back during the week and raised more than $6,200 to benefit DePaul Community Resources, a social impact organization that works to change the world by improving the lives of children, families, and individuals with developmental disabilities. A charity event was held on Tuesday, August 3rd, at Kardinal Hall.

2021 Graduation Pictures

2021 Bank School Noted & Quoted

Pictures from the Week