Leadership

Mark T. Giles

Chairman

Until December 2011, Mr. Giles was the non-executive chairman of Virginia National Bank, Charlottesville, Virginia, where he had been the founding chief executive officer from 1998 until 2007. Until May 2012 Mr. Giles also was the non-executive chairman of VNBTrust, a wholly owned subsidiary of VNB managing over $700 million in liquid client assets. Previously Mr. Giles served as President of Sterling Bank and its parent company, Sterling Bancshares, Inc., a publicly traded Houston company, from which he resigned in December 1997 to move to Charlottesville to join the effort to organize VNB.  Prior to joining Sterling in 1995, Mark was President of Charter Bancshares, Inc. and Charter National Bank-Houston, its lead subsidiary bank.  Prior to joining Charter in 1986 as chief financial officer, he practiced law with the banking group of Bracewell & Patterson, a Houston law firm (now Bracewell & Guiliani) where Charter had been a significant client. In Charlottesville, Mark serves on various local civic and charitable boards. He is the sole managing member of Panda Holdings, LLC, formed in 2007 with a colleague for the purpose of investing their own capital in a limited number of privately held, non-publicly traded enterprises. He serves as a director or advisor to most of those companies. In 1977, Mark received a BS degree in Finance from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia and was recipient of the faculty’s outstanding finance major award; and in 1980, he received his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law.

Peter M. Grant II

Vice Chairman

Mr. Grant has over twenty-five years of experience in private equity investing, investment banking and capital markets transactions. He was a founding partner of Stone Arch Capital, LLC. Prior to forming Stone Arch Capital, Peter served as U.S. Chairman of RBC Capital Markets, as President and Chief Operating Officer of Dain Rauscher Wessels and on the Executive and Operating Committees of both firms. In these roles, he was responsible for the strategic direction and oversight of a global investment banking and equity capital markets institution, including primary P&L responsibility and management of over 1,100 people. He has been a member of the New York Stock Exchange, served on the Management Committee of Royal Bank Capital Partners, and was the Managing Partner of DRW Venture Partners, LLC. In addition, he was on the Board of Directors of Tamir Fishman & Company (the largest investment bank in Israel) and the Advisory Board of Tamir Fishman Ventures. Prior to RBC Capital Markets/Dain Rauscher Wessels, he had a distinguished career as a Managing Director in the equity capital markets divisions of Credit Suisse First Boston and UBS in New York. Peter is a board member and immediate Past Board Chair of Global Impact, an international relief agency based in Washington, D.C., and serves on the Board of Directors of the University of Minnesota Foundation Investment Advisors. He is the immediate Past Chair of the Board of Managers of the Alumni Association of the University of Virginia. He also serves on the board of the Jefferson Scholars Foundation. Peter is a graduate of the University of Virginia and the Darden Graduate School of Business at the University of Virginia.

Paula F. Newcomb

President

From 2008 until March of 2013, Mrs. Newcomb was President of VNBTrust, N.A. She joined Virginia National Bank in early 2006 in anticipation of the formation of a separate subsidiary for trust and investment services and served initially as the Business Development Officer and Secretary to the Board. From 1993 to 2004, Paula was Director of Development and Public Affairs for the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, the private non-profit organization that owns and operates Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson. Prior to that, she held senior management positions at the University of Redlands and St. Lawrence University.  Paula is on the Focused Ultrasound Foundation Council, the Westminster Canterbury of the Blue Ridge Foundation Board, serves as a Big Sister, and is a former volunteer, director and chairman of Piedmont CASA and former director of Charlottesville Tomorrow. She received her AB from Franklin and Marshall College in 1977.

Philip O. Garland

Senior Fiduciary Compliance Officer

From August 2013, Mr. Garland served as the Chief Compliance Officer for Swift Run Capital Management, LLC, a registered investment advisory firm. He joined Virginia National Bank in April 2006 to participate in the formation of VNBTrust, N.A., where he served as the Sr. Fiduciary and Compliance Officer until December 2013. From 1999 to 2006, Mr. Garland was Vice President and Trust Officer for Bank of America’s Private Bank, where he was responsible for the administration of trust, estate, and agency accounts. At Bank of America’s Private Bank, he also was a member of committees responsible for review and oversight of trust and agency accounts, Bank Secrecy/Anti-Money Laundering compliance, and development of trust administration procedures. Before joining Bank of America, Mr. Garland was engaged in the private practice of law from 1992 to 1999. He served as Judicial Clerk for the Hon. Samuel G. Wilson, U.S. District Judge for the Western District of Virginia from 1991 to 1992 and for Chief Judge Lawrence L. Koontz, Jr., Chief Judge for the Court of Appeals of Virginia from 1990 to 1991.Mr. Garland received his B.S. degree in Political Science from James Madison University in 1984. He earned his Juris Doctor from the T.C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond in 1990.

Todd J. Bernhard

Senior Trust Officer and Managing Director, Pierre Office

Mr. Bernhard has been the CEO of Delta Trust Company of South Dakota since 2001. Todd also serves as a Director and resident agent for many other South Dakota trust companies and is familiar with the South Dakota Division of Banking examination process.  Prior to joining Delta, he worked for twenty-two years at First National Bank in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, in positions of increasing responsibility, culminating in his participation on the executive management team as the Chief Financial Officer.  Todd earned the Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management from the University of South Dakota in 1979 and is a 1984 graduate of the American Bankers Association’s, National Graduate Trust School.  He is a certified Financial Services Counselor and is also a certified Corporate Trust Specialist. He serves on the South Dakota Governor’s Task Force on Trust Administration, Review, and Reform.

Leslie B. Disharoon

Chairman of the Audit Committee

Mr. Disharoon retired in December 1988 as Chairman, President, and CEO of Monumental Corporation, a life insurance company, where he was employed from 1977 to 1988. Mr. Disharoon was affiliated with Connecticut Mutual Life Insurance Co. from 1960 to 1977 serving as General Agent, Vice President, and Senior Vice President. He was a director of Travelers Property Casualty Co. and has served as a director of Citigroup, Preston Corporation, GRC International, First National Bank, Constellation Holdings, Inc., Baltimore Gas and Electric Co., Mercantile Hedge Funds, Mercantile Funds, Inc., Aegon, USA, Inc., VNBTrust, N.A., and Virginia National Bank.  He served as Board Chairman of Goucher College and Johns Hopkins Health System Endowment Inc. and was on the boards of Johns Hopkins Hospital, Garrison Forest School, and Randolph-Macon Woman’s College, and the University of Virginia Student Aid Foundation. Les earned a B.A. from Brown University and the MBA from Columbia.

Eugene V. Fife

Founder and Director

Mr. Fife is the founding principal of the Vawter Capital private investment firm. Previously he worked for Goldman Sachs for twenty-five years and retired as a general partner in 1995. In 1988 he was named Chairman of Goldman Sachs International and in 1990 he joined the Goldman Sachs management committee. From 2002 to 2012 he served on the Board of Caterpillar, Inc. where he chairs the audit committee; and is the non-executive chairman of Eclipsys Corporation. He is the Chairman of the governing board of the Miller Center for Public Affairs at the University of Virginia. Gene is on the board of the Focused Ultrasound Foundation and chairs its audit committee. Gene graduated from Virginia Tech in 1962 and has a MBA from the University of Southern California.

James E. Haden

Director

Mr. Haden retired in 2014 as the President of Martha Jefferson Hospital and the CVP of Sentara Healthcare. From 1993 to 2011 he was President and CEO of Martha Jefferson Hospital. From 1986 to 1993 Jim served as President and CEO of Queen of the Valley Health Services in West Covina, California. Prior to that he was the COO of Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian of Newport Beach, California.
He was graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1969 and earned the Masters in Public Health/Health Services Management from UCLA in 1971. Mr. Haden completed his administrative residency at Scripps Hospital in La Jolla, California and received the 1988 Senior Alumni of the Year Award from the UCLA Health Services Management Alumni Association.

Mr. Haden currently serves on the Board of Directors of Locus Health and on the Boards of the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation and the Women’s Initiative. From 1998-2003 he served on the Board of the Federal Reserve of Richmond. He has also served on the Boards of the United Way-Thomas Jefferson Area, The Piedmont Virginia Community Foundation, and the Charlottesville Chamber of Commerce.

Donald A. King, Jr.

Founder and Director

Mr. King retired in 2005 from Deutsche Bank Asset Management where he was Global Head of Real Estate for Deutsche Bank Asset Management after the bank purchased RREEF, the real estate investment management business where Don had served as managing partner since 1988.  He graduated from the University of Virginia McIntire School of Commerce in 1962 and from Harvard Business School in 1970.  He served on active duty as a junior officer in the United States Navy.  Don currently teaches a real estate course at the McIntire School and is the Chairman of the Board of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, the organization that owns and operates Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson.

Linda M. Voller

Vice President and Trust Officer

Ms. Voller joined Delta Trust Company of South Dakota, Inc. at its inception in 1992, and has gained significant trust administration experience as well as very valuable insight into South Dakota banking and trust company requirements. She administers trusts with full discretionary authority and works with the families and investment managers to adhere to the requirements of trust documents while also meeting the needs of the beneficiaries. Ms. Voller’s prior experience includes an accounting position with The South Dakota Bankers Association and also extensive experience in the insurance industry. She holds an Associate’s Degree in Accounting from Bismarck State College, Bismarck, ND. Ms. Voller is a graduate of Cannon Financial Institute’s Trust School and holds the Certified Trust and Financial Advisor (CTFA™) designation.

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