Board of Trustees
John B. Adams, Jr. '71
Chairman Emeritus of The Martin Agency, Richmond, VA
Mr. Adams, who graduated from Hampden-Sydney in 1971, joined The Martin Agency in 1973, became President in 1992, and became Chairman and CEO in 1996. Under his leadership the firm became the first agency in the country to be named "Agency of the Year" five times by Adweek Magazine. Mr. Adams was named to the Advertising Hall of Fame in 2015. He is a former Rector of Longwood University and has served on the boards of the Smithsonian Museum of American History, the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library Foundation, Child Fund International, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the Virginia Historical Society, James Madison' Montpelier. He lectures regularly on marketing and business issues.
Eric E. Apperson '85
President of Armada Hoffler Construction Company, Virginia Beach, VA
Mr. Eric E. Apperson is a 1985 graduate of Hampden-Sydney College where he worked until 1987 as an Assistant Dean of Admissions. He is currently the President of Armada Hoffler Construction Company, a subsidiary of Armada Hoffler Properties which is a publicly traded company on the NYSE. He began his career with Armada Hoffler in 1987 and held various positions prior to becoming President of Goodman Segar Hogan Hoffler Construction (a subsidiary of Armada Hoffler) in 1997. Due to his wide range of experience in management, he was appointed President of Armada Hoffler Construction in 2000. He is responsible for the overall management, strategic growth and financial health of the Company.
Mr. Apperson has been a member of the Board of Trustees at Cape Henry Collegiate since 2014. Mr. Apperson has also been a member of the Board of Directors of Bank @lantec since 2007 and has served as its Chairman since 2010. He now sits on the Virginia Advisory Board of Bank @lantec, a division of Dollar Bank.
Eric and his wife, Lynn, live in Virginia Beach and have two children, Brooks, a 2018 graduate of Hampden-Sydney College and Virginia, a student at Santa Clara University in California.
J. Trevor Boyce '83
Chairman and CEO of 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.
Robert K. Citrone '87
Founder of Discovery Capital Management, LLC, Southport, CT
Robert Citrone has been advising and managing portfolios focused on global and emerging market investments since 1990. He is the portfolio manager for the Discovery fund structures - currently, Discovery Global Opportunity Funds, Discovery Global Citizens Funds, Discovery Global Focus Funds, and Discovery Global Macro Funds (the "Funds"). Mr. Citrone is the founder, managing member and sole principal of Discovery Capital Management, LLC, which was formed in 1999 and serves as the investment manager or investment adviser for the Funds and a separately managed account.
Mr. Citrone joined Tiger Management as a managing director in 1995 to head global emerging market investments. He was responsible for strategic investment recommendations on currencies, fixed income and equities. Mr. Citrone had also been a member of Tiger Management's macro team since its inception until his departure from Tiger Management in 1999.
Mr. Citrone began his career in 1990 at Fidelity Investments, where he built and ran the Emerging Market Fixed Income and Currency Group. The Emerging Market Fixed Income and Currency Group grew under his management to over $7 billion in assets. He served as the group's director and head of research and was also fund manager for a number of emerging market mutual funds and sub-portfolios.
Prior to business school, Mr. Citrone worked in the fixed income trading group at First Boston, specializing in emerging market credit research.
Mr. Citrone holds an M.B.A. from the Darden School at the University of Virginia where he graduated as a Shermet Scholar (top 10 in his class). Mr. Citrone has an undergraduate degree in Honors Math and Economics from Hampden-Sydney College. Mr. Citrone graduated valedictorian of both his classes in High School and College.
Richard F. Cralle III
President of Green Front Furniture, Farmville, VA
Den Cralle is the President of 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
Retired Chairman of the Board for Daly Seven, Inc., Winston-Salem, NC
Jon Daly worked his forty-year career for Daly Seven, Inc., which is a family-owned business that develops, operates, and owns hotels, cemeteries, and other real estate investments. Daly Seven's portfolio includes thirty nine hotels and four cemeteries in Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. He still serves on the Daly Seven Board of Directors. Daly Seven has won numerous of the highest annual awards from Hilton, Marriott, and Intercontinental Hotel Group.
He is married to Bonnie and together they have five children and nine grandchildren. His hobbies include reading and travel.
Nathan J. DaPore '00
Managing Director of Acertitude, New York, NY & Charleston, SC
Mr. DaPore leads the healthcare and technology practice teams at Acertitude, a global private equity focused executive search firm, healthcare and technology fund, and management consulting. He brings an impressive 20+ year track record in the technology space as a private equity operating partner, software expert, and entrepreneur, having started and exited two successful startups.
Prior to Acertitude, he spent the preceding seven years as founder, president, and CEO of PeopleMatter, a workforce management SaaS company acquired in 2016 creating the global leader in talent management for the hourly workforce. Prior to starting PeopleMatter, DaPore was part of the founding executive team as vice president of enterprise sales at Benefitfocus (NASDAQ: BNFT), where he was part of the team that took the company from startup to the largest employer benefits software provider in the U.S.
In addition to being a trustee of Hampden-Sydney College, DaPore sits on the board of directors of three private equity-backed healthcare and technology companies, serves on the board of the American-Swiss foundation in Zurich, Switzerland, and is a member of the board of directors at BlueCross BlueShield of Kansas City. He is a 2017 Liberty Fellow of the Aspen Institute and a 2013 American Swiss Foundation Fellow. Nate is an active member of Young Presidents' Organization (YPO).
George S. Dewey IV '94
President and CEO of Aston Properties, Charlotte, NC
George, a 1994 graduate of Hampden-Sydney College, is the President/CEO of Aston Properties, where he is responsible for overseeing the firm's operations including property acquisitions and property developments. George currently serves on Charlotte Country Day School Board of Trustees, the Levine Children's Hospital Board of Ambassadors, and the Board of Directors for the John M. Belk Endowment. He lives in Charlotte, NC with his wife, Meg, a 1992 graduate of Mary Baldwin College, and their two children, Alex (18) and Steele (16).
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.
H. Todd Flemming '85
Chairman of Infrasafe, Orlando, FL
As Infrasafe's Chairman, Mr. Flemming directs the strategic direction of Infrasafe's three subsidiary companies: Advantor Systems, Veristream and Infrasafe Security International including all product development, operations and technology activities. In addition, Mr. Flemming serves as the Chairman of the Friends of Adam Smith and is also a member of the executive advisory board of the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council. Mr. Flemming has over twenty-five years of broad-based management experience in the security industry, including business start-up, design, marketing, strategy, research, development, and manufacturing. Mr. Flemming holds Bachelor of Science degrees majoring in Economics and Biology from Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia and a Masters of Business Administration from Duke University (Fuqua School of Business) in Durham, North Carolina.
Salvatore Giannetti III '86
Partner of PennantPark, Houston, TX
Mr. Giannetti has been a Partner of PennantPark Investment Advisers since 2007, where he focuses on originating, structuring and managing investments. Mr. Giannetti has worked in the investment banking, syndicated loan, credit, workout and private equity fields. Mr. Giannetti started his career at Chase Securities Inc. and its predecessor firms, Chemical Securities Ltd. and Manufacturers Hanover Corporation. He was also a Managing Director at Banker's Trust Company/Deutsche Bank USA and UBS Investment Bank. Mr. Giannetti serves on the board of directors of ETX Energy, RAM Energy, PAS Technologies, American Gilsonite Company and EnviroSolutions. Previously, he served on the board of directors of New Gulf Resources and Universal Pegasus International. Mr. Giannetti resides in Houston, Texas and holds a BA from Hampden-Sydney College and an MBA from The Mason School at The College of William & Mary.
M. Peebles Harrison '89, Chairman of the Board
Attorney and Partner of 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.
Dr. Eugene W. Hickok '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.
William B. Howard '77
Vice President of 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 of 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.
John G. Macfarlane III '76
Managing Member of Arrochar Management, LLC, Crozet, VA
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 Firms's Management Committee from 1998 to 2009. Prior to joining Tudor in 1998, Mr. Macfarlane worked at Salomon Brothers for 18 years, as Treasurer from 1989 to 1996 and as Managing Director of several fixed-income trading businesses.
In addition to serving on the Board of Hampden-Sydney College, Mr. Macfarlane is a member of the University of Virginia College Foundation Board, the Board of Trustees of the Nantucket Conservation Foundation and the Board of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Foundation.
Mr. Macfarlane earned a B.A. in classical studies from Hampden-Sydney College in 1979, where he was a George F. Baker Scholar, and an M.B.A. from the University of Virginia Darden School. He lives in Crozet, Virginia, with his wife, Dudley. They have three sons and one grandson.
John E. Mansfield, Jr. '78
CEO of Indigo Energy Partners, Gainesville, GA
With over 30 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, John E. Mansfield, Jr. brings vision, hands on experience and a successful track record to Indigo Energy.John began his career at Mansfield Oil Company in 1979 as manager of Pipeline Trading and Wholesale Marketing, headquartered in Houston, Texas. With the addition of Kangaroo Convenience Stores to the company in 1981, John was named President of the 100 store chain that spanned the southeastern United States.As CEO of Onyx Petroleum from 1984 - 2000, John's insight and leadership built the company into a marketer of products covering 48 states, specializing in national fleet accounts, government, utilities, airlines, retailers and EPA compliance.John now serves as CEO of Indigo Energy, part of the Indigo family of companies founded in 2000. As a distributor of petroleum products nationwide, Indigo Energy strives for continued excellence in customer service, competitive pricing and innovative technology.
W. Sheppard Miller III '79
President and CEO of Trident Utility Contracting, Norfolk, VA
Mr. Miller is President and CEO of Trident Utility Contracting, a directional boring company. He also owns Light Tech, Inc., a fiber optic splicing company.
He serves on the boards of the Greater Norfolk Corporation, TowneBank-Norfolk, the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce, Virginia Free, the Virginia Federation of Independent Colleges, Washington College, and the Commonwealth Transportation Board. Mr. Miller is a 1979 graduate of Hampden-Sydney College and received his M.B.A. from The College of William and Mary.
Bartow Morgan, Jr. '94
Executive of Renasant Bank, Lawrenceville, GA
Bartow Morgan, CEO of BrandBank, a 105-year-old Community Bank based in Lawrenceville, Georgia did a deal in 2018 with Renasant Bank. As part of the deal, Mr. Morgan has joined the Executive team at Renasant Bank. Renasant Bank was founded in 1904 as the Bank of Tupelo and its headquarters remain in Tupelo, MS. 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.
Jon A. Pace '82
Managing Director of Aon InPoint, Atlanta, GA
Jon & his wife Elen live in Atlanta, GA, and are the parents of Claire & Jack, Class of '18. Jon is Managing Director of Aon Inpoint, an Aon company dedicated to delivering value, insight and innovation through data, analytics, engagement and consultancy services to insurers, reinsurers and third parties in the insurance ecosystem, across the full spectrum of insurance, reinsurance and capital markets.
Cynthia D. Payne Pryor
Mrs. Pryor graduated from the Robins School of Business at the University of Richmond with a degree in Accounting in 1991. Before and after graduation, Mrs. Pryor worked for several large and small accounting firms, including Peat Marwick, (KPMG), and COMPMED Inc. She has also dedicated a great deal of her time on the capital campaigns and management committees for numerous non-profit boards including, but not limited to, Co-Chair of the capital campaign of Richmond SPCA, Make A Wish Richmond Chapter, ChildHelp USA, The Parents Council of The Steward School, and is currently President of Deep Run Horse Show Association. Meanwhile, Mrs. Pryor has been an active equestrian since her early childhood, becoming a World Champion hunter under saddle rider of The American Quarter Horse Association in 1999, and today continues to ride at competitive levels in numerous regional hunter jumper shows. Most recently, Mrs. Pryor was an active member of the student affairs committee for the Parents Council at Hampden-Sydney.
Co-Owner of Blue Heron Management, LLC, West Point, VA
Beth Rilee Kelley spent 35 years building and solidifying The Martin Agency’s position as one of the premier agencies in the world. Throughout her career, she demonstrated a passion for great work and a deep commitment to making Martin the best it could be.
Beth began her advertising career in 1983 at The Martin Agency. During her long tenure in account management, campaigns under Beth’s supervision consistently garnered both marketing and creative recognition, including awards from the Effies, The One Show, Communication Arts and the Art Directors Club (NY).
In 2005, Beth became a partner and in 2011, she assumed the role of chief operating officer, becoming the agency’s first female managing partner. In 2016, she was named president of the agency.
Beth has been a voice for women throughout her career, speaking at events in the advertising and marketing industry. She also received one of Richmond, Virginia’s top three Executive Women in Business achievement awards in 2013 and was the commencement speaker for VCU’s Robertson School of Media & Culture in 2014. Beth has served on several national and local boards, including the American Association of Advertising Agencies’ finance committee, the advisory board for VCU’s Robertson School of Media & Culture, and the Virginia Film Festival.
She is also on the Board of Directors for Citizens and Farmers Financial Corp., the advisory board for the Greater West Point YMCA, and a member of West Point’s Chamber of Commerce.
Beth graduated from the University of Virginia with a degree in communications.
Beth and her husband Paul are partners in Blue Heron Management, LLC, a small business consulting firm and live in West Point, VA. Paul is a 1982 graduate of Hampden-Sydney and her brother-in-law (Ed) graduated from Hampden-Sydney in 1975. She has two adult children, daughter Breeden, who is a graduate of James Madison University, and son Tee, a 2018 graduate of Hampden-Sydney.
Frank W. Roach '73
CEO of Ferguson Enterprises, Richmond, VA
Frank is the former CEO of Ferguson Enterprises. Ferguson is the largest U.S. distributor of plumbing and waterworks supplies, as well as a leading distributor of industrial, HVAC, and MRO products. Ferguson has over 25,000 associates and more than 1,400 locations throughout the U.S. After a 41-year career with Ferguson, Frank retired in 2017. He is currently a Senior Advisor for Redwood Capital Investments and serves as Chairman of ThompsonGas.
Frank has served as a trustee on the boards of Wolseley, PLC, Ferguson, VFIC, GO Virginia, Make-A-Wish, H-SC, and Sweet Briar College.
Frank is a 1973 graduate of Hampden-Sydney College and received his M.B.A. from The College of William and Mary in 1976. He and his wife, Mary (Sweet Briar '74), live in Richmond, VA. They have two daughters, one son-in-law, and two grandchildren.
Rodney P. Ruffin ‘82
Vice-President of Business Development of Thompson Hospitality, Herndon, VA
Rodney Ruffin is Vice-President of Business Development for Thompson Hospitality. He oversees business development and contract review and acquisition matters, as well as supplier diversity matters. He has previously served as Sr. Director, External Affairs for the National Railroad Passenger Corp. (“Amtrak”). Prior to that, he worked for law firms in Atlanta, Baltimore, and D.C., where he had a commercial litigation practice.
Rodney earned a B.A in English from Hampden-Sydney College in 1982, as well as a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1985. He and his wife, Dawn, live in Herndon, VA and are the parents of two daughters, Alaina and Alexandra.
William P. Schwind '93
Partner of 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
Chairman of Shelly & Associates, LLC, Williamsburg, VA
Thad is the Founder and Chairman of Shelly & Associates, LLC whose practice is concentrated in consulting and advising selected families and family offices in the oversight of their investments and financial affairs. With over 30 years of investment and management experience, Thad was previously a Managing Director and Senior Advisor at Tiedemann Wealth Management, LLC., a Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Lazard Wealth Management, LLC, a Senior Managing Director at Bessemer Trust Company and the Founder and Director of Private Client Services at Legg Mason, Inc. Thad began his career in 1984 in Equity Sales and Trading at Goldman, Sachs & Co.Thad serves on the Foundation Board of the Mason School of Business at the College of William and Mary and on the Advisory Board of the Heart and Vascular Institute at Johns Hopkins University. He was formerly a member of The Florida Council of 100, a business leadership organization of CEOs and Vice-Chairman of the State of Maryland US Olympic Committee.Thad earned a Masters of Business Administration degree from The College of William and Mary in 1984 and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Hampden-Sydney College in 1975. 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 Williamsburg, Virginia.
John Claiborne Sifford '94
Founder and CEO of LASSO, Nashville, TN
Clay Sifford is currently Founder and CEO of LASSO, a privately held, early stage workflow software (SaaS) for companies that employ a contingent, non-desk, project-based workforce. LASSO is headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee with an office in Atlanta, Georgia.
Prior to LASSO, Mr. Sifford was Founder and CEO of OVATION, a privately held, technology enabled company that delivers end-to-end creative strategy and solutions for complex live events all over the world. OVATION is headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee with an office in Boston, Massachusetts.
Mr. Sifford is a past board member of the Llwala Community Alliance (Kenya), and is an active member of Young Presidents Organization (YPO), where he has served in numerous positions over the years. He currently serves as Co-Chairman of the Young Presidents Organization - London Business School Program for fast growing companies.
He and his wife (Dorothy) live in Nashville, with their three children, Claiborne, Alexander and Caroline. He enjoys running, biking, fishing, snowboarding, and skiing.
James C. Wheat III '75
President of Blandfield Associates, 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.
Mark T. Wright '89
CEO of Fizz, Atlanta, GA
At Hampden-Sydney, Ted lived in Cushing then the Colonnades, never missed a class, joined a fraternity, became rush chairman, loved Heineman, Simms, Lane and Marion while finding Arieti simultaneously annoying and funny. Ted also consumed too much cereal in the Commons and dated way above his station at Sweet Briar and Hollins.
Since Hampden-Sydney, Ted worked at Booze Allen & Hamilton, read Maths at Cambridge, helped get five Republican women get elected in to the U.S. Senate, graduated from the University of Chicago’s business school with honors, wrote a best-selling book and, in 2001, boot strapped an idea into the global marketing firm called “Fizz” at which he still works. Fizz’s clients include Allstate, Molson-Coors, 2Chainz, AT&T, Kevin Hart, Tommy John, Burrow Sofas, jetBlue and Sugarland.
For fun Ted likes to play video games with his son, watch great soccer, collect outsider art and rebuild the occasional late 70’s Porsche. Ted is married to Christina Spada (Sweet Briar ’89) whom he met after a 1987 Guadalcanal Diary concert at H-SC. Their son, Abbott, is now 15 and always an adventure.