John B. Adams, Jr. ‘71
Chairman, The Martin Agency, Richmond, VA
Mr. Adams, who graduated from Hampden-Sydney College in 1971, joined The Martin Agency in 1973 and became President in 1992. Under his leadership, The Martin Agency has enjoyed great success, becoming the first agency named "Agency of the Year" five times by Adweek Magazine, most recently in 2009. Adams serves as a Trustee at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. He serves on the boards of the United Way, the American Cancer Society, the Salvation Army, the Virginia Historical Society and the Boy Scouts of America. He is the former rector of the Board of Visitors at Longwood University. Mr. Adams lectures on marketing and business issues. In 1997, Mr. Adams became one of a handful of advertising people to be inducted into the Virginia Communications Hall of Fame.
J. Trevor Boyce ‘83
President, CEO, and Chairman, Microbac Laboratories, Inc., Poquoson, VA
Mr. J. Trevor Boyce is currently President, CEO and Chairman of Microbac Laboratories Inc. headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He has worked his entire 33 year career at Microbac overseeing the company's tenfold growth during this time. Much of the company's growth has been due to acquisitions spearheaded by Boyce and is often asked to give lectures on mergers and acquisitions. Today Microbac stands as the largest privately held commercial laboratory group in the United States.
Mr. Boyce is a past Chairman of the American Association of Laboratory Accreditation as well as a past Chairman of the American Council of Independent Laboratories.
Boyce is a pilot with a multi engine instrument commercial rating, has surfed all over the world, was a high school football coach for ten years and runs every day with his wife, Jeannie.
Orran L. Brown, Sr. '78
Founding Partner and Chairman of BrownGreer, PLC, Richmond, VA
Mr. Brown went from Hampden-Sydney to Harvard Law School, after which he served as the law clerk to the Hon. Robert R. Merhige, Jr., a United States District Judge in Richmond, Virginia. After four years of practice in Houston, Texas., he returned to Richmond and practiced litigation until he became a specialist in the design and operation of claims facilities for the resolution of multiple claims arising from use of a product or injury-causing event. He and his business partner founded BrownGreer PLC in 2002, where he is Chairman and Senior Partner. Mr. Brown and his firm have played crucial roles in the most significant claims programs in history, including those relating to the Dalkon Shield, "phen-fen" diet drugs, the BP oil spill, Vioxx, ASR hip replacement and the NFL concussion settlement. He has four children. He and his wife, Ellen, an author, live in Richmond.
Charles L. Cabell '74
Attorney and Partner of Williams Mullen, Richmond, VA
Mr. Cabell, a 1974 graduate of Hampden-Sydney College and a 1977 graduate of the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary, focuses his practice on four areas including commercial real estate, corporate, estate planning and the representation of institutions of higher education. He is repeatedly named to the list of Best Lawyers in America by Corporate Counsel Magazine and serves as Chair of Williams Mullen's Educational Institution team. He serves on the Board of Trustees of The Brookfield Foundation, The Mariners Museum, The Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges, VCU Massey Cancer Center, The Board of Governors of the Commonwealth Club and the Virginia Historical Society. He is also the past-President of the Cabell Foundation and remains on its Board. Mr. Cabell is listed in The Best Lawyers in America for Real Estate Law and Martindale Hubble has ranked Mr. Cabell an AV attorney, its highest rating available.
Richard F. Cralle III
Chief Creative Officer, Green Front Furniture, Farmville, VA
Den Cralle is the chief creative officer (CCO) for Green Front Furniture, one of the premier purveyors of fine furniture, rugs, and home décor on the East Coast. He received a bachelor's degree in business administration from the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University after graduating from Woodberry Forest School in 2009.
Mr. Cralle follows in the footsteps of his father, Richard "Dickie" Cralle, who was instrumental in the leadership and growth of the Farmville-based company. Today, Den Cralle spends his time deeply involved in the day-to-day operations of the fifty-year-old business, modernizing and streamlining operations, utilizing social media platforms for marketing, and conducting buying trips overseas while continuing to strengthen ties with the local Farmville community. He serves on the board of Farmville Downtown Partnership. In his free time, Cralle enjoys traveling and honing his photography skills.
Jon M. Daly '78
President, Construction and Renovations, Daly Seven, Inc., Winston-Salem, NC
Jon is the President of Construction and Renovation at Daly Seven, Inc. Daly Seven is a management and development company that was founded by Jon's parents, Philip and Frances in 1961. Following in their parent's footsteps, their seven children purchased Ridgeview Memorial Gardens in Madison, North Carolina, in 1979. Then in 1983, they built and opened their first hotel in Raleigh, North Carolina. With vision and planning for future growth, the seven children created Daly Seven, Inc. In the past, he has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors for twelve years and is currently semi-retired serving as President of Development. Under his leadership, his team designed and constructed over twenty-five new hotels mostly in the Hilton and Marriott brands. Daly Seven, Inc. currently owns and operates thirty-six hotels in North Carolina and Virginia.
Nate DaPore is the founder, President and CEO of PeopleMatter, a venture-backed, workforce management Software Company headquartered in Charleston, SC. Prior to starting PeopleMatter, Mr. DaPore was a principal at Battery Park Ventures focusing on software companies in the healthcare and human resources space. Previous to BPV, he served as VP of Enterprise Sales at Benefitfocus (NASDAQ: BNFT), from its days as a startup to the largest employer benefits software company in the US. Mr. DaPore sits on the Board of Directors of the Charleston Digital Corridor and Youth Entrepreneurship of South Carolina (YESCarolina). He was a 2013 fellow for the American - Swiss Foundation in Zurich, Switzerland and appointed Economic Ambassador by Governor Nikki Haley of South Carolina in 2013. Nate is a private pilot, active in the Young Presidents' Organization (YPO), mentors entrepreneurs for 500 Startups out of Mountain View, CA and currently resides in Sullivan's Island, South Carolina.
John W. Drescher ‘70
Attorney/Partner in Breit, Drescher & Imprevento, PC, Virginia Beach, VA
Mr. Drescher, known as “Jack” to his friends, is a founding partner of Breit, Drescher, Imprevento, and Walker, P.C. in 1988. Based out of Virginia Beach, Virginia, Mr. Drescher spent time early in his career working at U.S. Congressman Owen Pickett's firm, where he concentrated exclusively on litigation with an emphasis on representing injured people. During this time, a friendship was forged with Jeffrey Breit and the two decided to open their own practice specializing solely in the personal injury, product liability and medical malpractice fields.
John C. Ellis, Jr. '70
Commonwealth Financial Partners, LLC, Virginia Beach, VA
Johnny Ellis, a 1970 graduate of Hampden-Sydney College, first served on the Board of Trustees in 1995. He is the Chairman of the Society of Founders.
Johnny has been in the Business and Estate Planning field since 1972, primarily selling Life Insurance and Long-Term Care Insurance. His firm is Commonwealth Financial Partners. He received his Chartered Life Underwriter designation from The American College in 1980.
Serving on numerous boards and financial service organizations in leadership positions for years, Johnny has curtailed his civic activities significantly. He is an Elder and the Treasurer of First Presbyterian Church Virginia Beach, and serves as Chairman of the Board of Equalization for Virginia Beach, as well as Chairman of the Sports Marketing Grant Committee for Virginia Beach. He is still involved with Rugby at local, state, and national levels.
Johnny lives in Virginia Beach with his wife, Janet, and their daughter, Ginna, has a Sports Medicine Acupuncture practice in Boulder, Colorado.
Salvatore S. Giannetti III ‘86
Founding Partner, PennantPark Investment Advisors, Houston, TX
Mr. Giannetti is a founding partner of PennantPark Investment Advisers, which manages approximately $2 billion of capital across two publicly-traded funds and one privately-held fund that focus on direct credit and equity investments in middle market companies. Mr. Giannetti currently serves on the Board of Directors of EnviroSolutions, Inc., RAM Energy, LLC, and PAS Technologies, Inc. He previously served on the Board of Directors of New Gulf Resources, LLC, and UniversalPegasus International, Inc. Mr. Giannetti started his career in investment banking at Chase Securities, Inc., and its predecessor firms, Chemical Securities and Manufacturers Hanover. He was also a Managing Director at Banker's Trust / Deutsche Bank and UBS Investment Bank. Throughout his career, he has worked in the Investment Banking, Syndicated Loan, Workout & Private Equity groups.
Mr. Giannetti holds a BA from Hampden-Sydney College and an MBA from The Mason School at The College of William & Mary. He lived in Darien, Connecticut, for more than 20 years and currently resides in Houston, Texas, with his son, Lucas.
John L. Gibson III ‘82
Managing member of Ellis-Gibson Development, Virginia Beach, VA
Mr. Gibson is the managing member of the Ellis-Gibson Development and its affiliated LLCs. His involvement in commercial real estate markets dates to 1984. Founded in 1988, the Ellis-Gibson Development Group offers its clients and partners expert real-estate development and property management services within the Mid-Atlantic region. In addition to financing and deal structuring, Mr. Gibson overseas and coordinates all activities associated with Ellis-Gibson projects. Mr. Gibson is also a trustee or director of Norfolk Academy, Heritage Bank, and 757 Select Lacrosse.
M. Peebles Harrison '89, Chairman of the Board
Attorney and Shareholder, Rose, Harrison, & Gilreath, P.C., Kill Devil Hills, NC
After majoring in history and economics, Mr. Harrison graduated Hampden-Sydney summa cum laude in 1989. He then attended The Washington and Lee University School of Law. After graduation, Peebles worked as an associate in the employment and labor section at William Mullen Christian and Dobbins, a law firm in Richmond, Virginia. In 1995, he and his wife, Avery, moved to the Outer Banks, where he joined up with an old family friend to form the law firm of Rose Harrison & Gilreath, P.C.
Mr. Harrison has previously served as Senior Warden of the Vestry for St. Andrew's By-The-Sea Episcopal Church; Chair, Board of Directors, Outer Banks Family YMCA; and Past-President of the Dare County Jaycees, where he was recognized with the Charles Hawkins Award as one of the top ten chapter Presidents in North Carolina. He has also served as a Director, Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce; Member, Outer Banks Hospital Development Council; and Member, Law Council, The Washington and Lee School of Law.
Everett A. Hellmuth III `75
Owner and President, Passport Auto Group, Alexandria, VA
Upon graduating from Hampden-Sydney College in 1975, with a degree in Economics, Mr. Hellmuth worked for two large, privately held automobile groups where he worked up to General Manager by 1983. In 1991, he founded Passport Auto Group, operating in the Washington, D.C., metro area where he is President and CEO. Everett and his wife, Robin, are active in a wide range of charities world-wide.
Dr. Eugene W. Hickok, Jr. ‘72
Gene received his M.A.P.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Virginia. For many years he was a professor of political science and law at Dickinson College and The Dickinson School of Law, both in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
An award-winning teacher, he is the author/editor of several books and articles. His commentary has appeared on the pages of the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Chronicle of Higher Education, and the Richmond Times Dispatch.
He served in the U.S. Department of Justice, office of legal counsel, during the Reagan Administration. He served for six years as Pennsylvania's Secretary of Education under Governor Tom Ridge. He served as Under Secretary and Deputy Secretary at the U.S. Department of Education under President George W. Bush.
He sits on several boards and is a Senior Policy Advisor for White Board Advisors, a Washington, D.C. based firm that provides management and policy consulting in all areas of education for policymakers and entrepreneurs.
Gene and his wife, Kathy, live in the city where they grew up and enjoy spending time with their children and grandchildren.
The Honorable Dr. John Hillen
Executive-in-Residence and Professor of Practice
George Mason University School of Business, Fairfax, VA
Dr. John Hillen has spent his career as a business leader, public policy official, defense intellectual, and soldier. He currently serves on a number of corporate boards; is an operating partner in a private equity firm, and is also the Executive in Residence and Professor of Practice at George Mason University's School of Management. Dr. Hillen is a trustee of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, the Foreign Policy Research Institute, the Committee on Economic Development, and Flint Hill School. He served as a Trustee of Hampden-Sydney College from 2009-2013. He graduated from Duke University, holds a Master's Degree from King's College London, a doctorate from Oxford, and received his MBA from the Johnson School of Management at Cornell University. He makes his home in Oakton, Virginia with his wife and three children.
William B. Howard '77
Vice President, Clarke & Sampson, Inc., Alexandria, VA
Mr. Howard, a 1977 graduate of Hampden-Sydney College, is the managing partner of Clarke & Sampson, Inc., responsible for commercial and personal insurance operations. He started his career with Clarke & Sampson during his junior year at Hampden-Sydney. Clarke & Sampson, Inc., is a property and casualty insurance broker serving clients in all 50 states and internationally. Bill has served on a number of non-profit boards and insurance company agent councils. Active in the Alumni Association, Bill served as president of the DC Club from 2009 to 2013 and as National Alumni Association president from 2013 to 2015. Bill lives in Alexandria with his wife, Julie, and has two children.
John W. Kirk III '72
CEO, Associated Asphalt, Roanoke, VA
Mr. Kirk is Chief Executive Officer of Associated Asphalt overseeing their operations throughout the Southeastern United States. Associated Asphalt is one of the largest providers of liquid asphalt to the paving industry in the United States. He is a 1972 graduate of Hampden-Sydney College.
Charles V. McPhillips
Partner, Kaufman & Canoles, P.C., Norfolk, VA
Mr. McPhillips is the Executive Vice President of Practice Management at Kaufman & Canoles. His business law practice includes public-private partnerships; government contractor transactions; international sales and investment transactions; mergers, acquisitions and financings; joint ventures; and corporate/limited liability company law. He graduated from Hampden-Sydney in 1982.
John G. Macfarlane III ‘76
Managing Partner, Arrochar Management, LLC, Darien, CT
John G. Macfarlane III is Managing Partner of Arrochar Management LLC, an advisory firm specializing in investment management and financial services. Prior to the formation of Arrochar, he was Vice Chairman and Managing Director of Tudor Investment Corp, where he served as Chief Operating Officer and Co-Chairman of the Firm's Management Committee from 1998 to 2009. Prior to joining Tudor in 1998, Mr. Macfarlane worked at Salomon Brothers for eighteen years, as Treasurer from 1989 to 1996 and as Managing Director of several Fixed Income Trading Businesses.
W. Sheppard Miller III `79
Chairman, KITCO Fiber Optics, Virginia Beach, VA
Mr. Miller is Chairman of the Board of KITCO Fiber Optics and is President and CEO of Light Tech Fiber Optics. Along with his work for Norfolk Housing and Redevelopment Authority as its Chairman, Mr. Miller also serves as Chairman of the Board of Hampton Roads Ventures, a for profit entity which secures and sells New Market Tax Credits in the southeastern United States. Mr. Miller also serves on the Mayor's Downtown Task Force, the Mayor's Commission on Homelessness, and the boards of the Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance, the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce and Monarch Bank's Norfolk Division. In addition, he is President of the Rotary Club of Norfolk for 2008-2009 and Chairman of HRBizPAC, the Hampton Roads Chamber's Political Action Committee. Mr. Miller is a 1979 graduate of Hampden-Sydney College.
Bartow Morgan, Jr. `94
Chairman and CEO, BrandBank, Lawrenceville, GA
Bartow Morgan, at the age of 28, was named chairman and CEO of Brand Banking Company, a 105-year-old diversified financial services company based in Gwinnett, Georgia. Seven years later, he remains at the helm of the business his great-great-grandfather, E. M. Brand, opened on the Lawrenceville square in 1905. BrandBank has been closely held by the family and a small group of local investors for its entire history. Mr. Morgan is past chair of the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce, and previously served on the boards of the Young President's Organization, Georgia Ports Authority, Gwinnett County Development Authority, Gwinnett Health System and Georgia Chamber of Commerce. He is currently chair of Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful and on the board of trustees of Georgia Gwinnett College and the Gwinnett Children's Shelter, Inc.
Mr. Morgan is a 1994 graduate of Hampden-Sydney College and a graduate of the Gwinnett Regional Leadership Institute. He lives in Georgia, with his wife and two children.
Major General Gordon C. Nash ‘71
U.S. Marine Corps retired, Vice President for Strategic Planning for the Sierra Nevada Corporation, Arlington, VA
Major General Gordon C. Nash retired from the United States Marine Corps on June 1, 2006, with nearly 35 years of active service. He is currently serving as a senior consultant for the Sierra Nevada Corporation, a prime systems integrator and electronic systems provider. He is also consulting with Allied Marine Services supporting clients that are typically overseas manufacturers that seek to expand their presence in the U.S. public and private maritime industry. Nash serves on the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Warrior Foundation Board of Directors, the Marine Corps Association and Foundation Board of Directors, the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation Scarlet and Gold Committee, and the Washington, North Carolina Salvation Army Board of Directors.
Jon A. Pace ‘82
Managing Director, U. S. Sales Leader, Aon Hewitt Health & Benefits, Atlanta, GA
Jon has served as head of Aon Hewitt’s U.S. Health & Benefits business since September 2013. In this capacity, he oversees business development, marketing and the firm’s Elective benefits practice. Jon is a 1982 graduate of Hampden- Sydney College, and earned a Masters of Business Administration degree from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management in 2006. He & his wife Elen live in Atlanta, GA, and are the parents of Claire & Jack.
William L. Pannill `77
Chairman of the Board, Tacoma Inc., Martinsville, VA
Will Pannill began working for Pannill Knitting Co. in 1977, and remained there until their sale to Sara Lee Knit Products in 1990. He is currently a Taco Bell franchisee in southwestern Virginia. Mr. Pannill has board affliations that include Hampden-Sydney College, Virginia Episcopal School, Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges and Carlisle School. Mr. Pannill resides in Martinsville Virginia with his wife, Susan. They have four children, Gordon, Stuart, Taylor and Catie.
William P. Schwind '93
Partner, Jones Day, Houston, TX
When he first set foot on the Hampden-Sydney campus in August, 1989, Mr. Schwind had no idea that his life would never be the same and that he would still be living the lessons he learned in Virginia. To this day, Mr. Schwind credits the College for transforming his ability to think, training him to solve problems, instilling in him a love of learning, and increasing his appreciation for the fashion versatility of khaki pants. After graduating from H-SC in 1993, Mr. Schwind returned to his native state of Texas to study at the University of Texas School of Law and, subsequently, at the Faculdade de Direito da Universidade de São Paulo in São Paulo, Brazil.
Pursuing his passion for Latin America, Mr. Schwind spent the first three years of his practice living and working in São Paulo, Brazil, before returning to Texas in 2000. Currently hanging his hat in Houston, Texas, Mr. Schwind is a partner at Jones Day, where he focuses his practice on upstream, midstream, and downstream oil and gas and energy infrastructure transactions, both in the United States and around the world, with a focus on Latin America and Africa. Mr. Schwind speaks Portuguese, Spanish and French.
In October 2012, Scott was awarded a prestigious Marshall Memorial Fellowship by the German Marshall Fund of the United States and traveled for three weeks in Europe to meet with prominent business, political, and community leaders to discuss political, economic, and social institutions and issues facing the United States and Europe.
An avid athlete and martial artist, Scott enjoys aikido, weightlifting, and running, where he competes in distance races from the 5K to the marathon. With his wife, Elizabeth (SBC '93), he also enjoys military history, classical music, gardening and antique furniture.
In addition to his professional activities, Mr. Schwind is on the Board of Directors of Mercury, the Orchestra Redefined, the Board of Advisors of the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra, and the World Missions Committee of St. John the Divine Episcopal Church.
Thaddeus R. Shelly III '75
Managing Director and Senior Advisor, Tiedemann Wealth Management, Palm Beach, FL
Thad is a Managing Director of the Firm and is primarily responsible for developing and maintaining client relationships. With over 30 years of investment experience, Thad is also a Senior Advisor for the Firm and its clients. Prior to joining Tiedemann in 2013, Thad was a Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Lazard Wealth Management LLC, leading the firm's efforts in working with wealthy family groups and individual investors. Before joining Lazard, Thad was a Senior Managing Director at Bessemer Trust Company where he oversaw client acquisition and account management for their Delaware Trust Company and their Mid-Atlantic, South and Southeast regions. Prior to joining Bessemer in 1998, Thad was the Founder and Director of Private Client Services at Legg Mason from 1992-1998. Thad began his career from 1984-1992 at Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Thad serves on the Foundation Board of the Mason School of Business at the College of William and Mary and is the Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Heart and Vascular Institute at Johns Hopkins University. He is also a member of The Florida Council of 100, a business leadership organization of CEOs.
Thad earned a Masters of Business Administration degree from The College of William and Mary and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Hampden-Sydney College. Originally from Memphis, Tennessee, Thad and his wife, Totty, were raised in Tidewater, Virginia. Thad and his wife have four adult children and currently reside in Jupiter, Florida.
David W. Shelor `72
Past President, US Foodservice Roanoke Division, Salem VA
In 1968 Mr. Shelor entered Hampden- Sydney College as a Baker Scholar and earned his BA Degree in 1972. After college Mr. Shelor went to work for Roanoke Restaurant Service in Salem Va. He became Sales Manager in 1975, Executive Vice President in 1979, and President of US foodservice Roanoke Division in1991, a position he held until he retired in2000. Other career highlights include; Chairman of HSC Parents Council 2000, Chairman of the Roanoke County Educational Foundation, Vice President of the Salem Educational Foundation and Alumni Association, and Trustee of First United Methodist Church in Salem. He and his wife Connie have two children, Stacey Owen and Andrew Shelor, class of 2000.
John C. Sifford '94
Founder, CEO, and Chairman, Ovation, Inc., Nashville, TN
Mr. Sifford is founder, CEO, and Chairman of Ovation, Inc. in Nashville, TN. He is a 1994 graduate of Hampden-Sydney College.
James C. Wheat III ‘75
Partner, Colonnade Capital LLC, Richmond, VA
Shortly after graduating from Hampden-Sydney College, Jimmy attended the Darden School at the University of Virginia where he received an MBA. From Darden, Jimmy had a career in institutional securities sales and trading at Salomon Brothers and Merrill Lynch in New York and Atlanta. He joined Wheat First Securities in 1984, now Wells Fargo Advisors, in management which ultimately included sales, trading and strategic planning. In 1992, he acquired an operating interest in Riverfront Partners, a private equity partnership. In 1996, he co-founded Colonnade Capital, a private equity firm dedicated to sponsoring friendly growth buyouts of middle market companies. Concurrently, he formed JASPER, LLC as a vehicle to invest in publicly traded securities, hedge funds, private equity and debt, and real estate. Through JASPER, he manages a 3,950-acre working farm and timberland, and operates a premier hunting lodge for waterfowl and upland game shooting on the Rappahannock River in Virginia. His public service activities include serving on the Board of Visitors of the University of Virginia, as a Trustee of the Virginia Retirement System and not-for-profit boards.
Anne M. Whittemore
Partner, McGuire Woods, LLP, Richmond, VA
Anne has broad experience in complex commercial litigation at the trial and appellate levels, including general corporate, securities, environmental, and constitutional litigation. She also advises on corporate governance. She is a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers, and has served as president of the Richmond Bar Association. She served as chairman of the board of directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, and currently serves on the boards of several public companies.
After earning her law degree from Yale Law School, Anne was a law clerk for the Honorable Albert V. Bryan of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.