Officers & Directors

Officers & Directors

Board of Directors

W. Rand Cook
Non-Executive Chairman
W. Rand Cook, served as Chairman of the Board of Directors for Eastern Virginia Bankshares, Inc, and has served as a director of the Bank and a predecessor of the Bank since 2000. Mr. Cook is a Partner in the law firm of McCaul, Martin, Evans and Cook, P.C. and is the Commissioner of Accounts for Hanover County Circuit Court. Mr. Cook holds both MBA and JD degrees, and previously maintained an active law practice that focused on corporate law and debtor and creditor rights. Mr. Cook brings experience in corporate governance, strategic planning and financial planning to the Board of Directors, and his legal background gives Mr. Cook valuable insight into various legal risks that the Company may encounter. Previously, Mr. Cook worked with the Virginia General Assembly, which gave Mr. Cook a unique perspective on state legislative and regulatory environments.
John F. Biagas
John F. Biagas has been the owner, President and CEO of Bay Electric Co., Inc., an electrical and general contractor located in Newport News, Virginia since 1997, and has served as a director of the Company and the Bank since 2014. Mr. Biagas is a Master Electrician licensed in four states and the District of Columbia. Bay Electric serves a very diverse client base and specializes in general contracting as well as in design/build general and electrical construction, security/technology solutions and services, and solar photovoltaic. Under Mr. Biagas’s direction, Bay Electric has become one of the fastest growing minority-owned electrical and general construction contractors in the Mid-Atlantic region with annual revenues in excess of $70 million. Mr. Biagas provides the Board of Directors essential guidance related to his business development expertise and general business experience through owning and operating a fast-paced contracting company and working on multi-million dollar projects. Mr. Biagas was initially appointed to the Board of Directors pursuant to the reorganization agreement for the Company’s acquisition of Virginia Company Bank. Mr. Biagas brings to the Board of Directors extensive experience in identifying potential risks and rewards in real estate development and construction. Mr. Biagas also brings to the Board of Directors leadership skills and oversight experience through his service on numerous local, statewide and national boards, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, a founding and current member of the Virginia Chapter of the Young Presidents Organization and as a founding member and director of Virginia Company Bank from its inception in 2005 until its acquisition by the Company in 2014.
Daniel H. Burch
Daniel H. Burch has served as a director of the Company and the Bank since November 2018. Mr. Burch is the co-founder, Chairman and CEO of MacKenzie Partners, Inc., where he is responsible for developing and implementing strategies and campaigns for clients involved in proxy contests, tender offers, mergers, financial restructurings and an array of corporate transactions. Mr. Burch has over 40 years of experience in the proxy solicitation, mergers and acquisitions and financial consulting industry. His former experience includes serving as Executive Vice President and co-founder of the proxy and mergers-and-acquisition department at Dewe Rogerson, Inc., the predecessor firm to MacKenzie Partners, Inc. He also served as Senior Vice President of D. F. King & Co. Mr. Burch is a member of the National Investor Relations Institute and the Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals. The Company believes that Mr. Burch’s qualifications to sit on the Board of Directors include his investor-relations background and corporate transaction experience.
Robert Yates Clagett
Robert Y. Clagett has served as a director of the Company and the Bank since August 2014. Mr. Clagett has practiced law in the State of Maryland since 1967, with a primary focus in real estate law. He previously served as a director of Prince George's Federal Savings Bank commencing in 1967 and was elected President and Chief Executive Officer in 1968. Mr. Clagett served as President of Prince George’s Federal Savings Bank from 1968 to 2005, and served as Chief Executive Officer from 1968 to 2014. The Company believes Mr. Clagett’s qualifications to sit on the Board of Directors include his extensive banking experience and legal expertise.
F. L. Garrett III
F. L. Garrett, III serves as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors and previously served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of a predecessor of the Bank. Mr. Garrett has served as a director of the Bank and a predecessor of the Bank since 1982. Mr. Garrett owns Harborside Storage, a boat storage company and is an active realtor with Long & Foster Real Estate in Essex County, Virginia and neighboring areas. As a local business owner and a successful realtor, Mr. Garrett contributes to the Board of Directors a strong sense of changing economic and market conditions in the Company’s market areas. Mr. Garrett has also developed extensive knowledge of our business during his extended service to the Company, the Bank and one of the Bank’s predecessors.
W. Bruce Jennings
W. Bruce Jennings has served as a director of the Company and the Bank since November 2011. Mr. Jennings is the owner of Fairfax City Self Storage, the President and owner of S.O. Jennings Construction Corporation and a general partner of Gateway Partnerships, which owns and operates various hotel properties. Mr. Jennings has more than 35 years’ experience as a real estate investor and developer of various residential and commercial properties. Mr. Jennings has been an active member of Sonabank’s Advisory Board since 2006, and was active on the Advisory Board of Southern Financial Bank from 1999 until 2004. Mr. Jennings previously served on the Board of Directors of Horizon Bank of Virginia from 1993 until 1999, where he served on that board’s Audit, Budget and Compensation Committees and as Chairman of the Building and Lease Committee. Mr. Jennings has been a member of the Central Fairfax Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors since 1993, and served as Chairman in 2003. He is also a member of the Fairfax Rotary Club and served as President from 2008 to 2009. He is currently the President of the Virginia Self Storage Association and Vice President of the Washington Area Self Storage Association and is a member of the Board of Visitors of Christopher Newport University. Mr. Jennings is also involved in other business and civic organizations in Northern Virginia, where he has been a lifelong resident. The Company believes Mr. Jennings’ qualifications to sit on the Board of Directors include his extensive experience as a real estate investor and developer.
Eric A. Johnson
Eric A. Johnson has served as a real estate broker with Mason Realty in Middlesex, Virginia since 1976 and as a director of the Bank and a predecessor of the Bank since 1988. In addition, Mr. Johnson previously owned Urbanna Market and Urbanna Builders Supply, both of which generated multimillion dollar annual sales. Mr. Johnson brings experience in local real estate markets to the Board of Directors, as well as entrepreneurial spirit, business judgment and knowledge of local business markets that he has developed through his business ventures.
Charles A. Kabbash
Charles A. Kabbash has served as a director of the Company and the Bank since April 2005. Mr. Kabbash is the owner of 414 Associates, a real estate investment and holding company, operating primarily in the Charlottesville, Virginia area since 1984. Mr. Kabbash is also a partner in Kabbash, Fox & Gentry Commercial Real Estate and the owner of Kabbash Business Brokerage, which negotiates the purchase or sale of businesses. Both of these firms also operate primarily in the Charlottesville area. In addition, Mr. Kabbash is the co-owner, along with his wife, Rebecca Gentry, of CandR LLC, a company investing in emerging businesses. Mr. Kabbash was a realtor at Summit Realty from 2002 to 2009. Mr. Kabbash is heavily involved in the business, political and civic community in Charlottesville, Virginia. The Company believes Mr. Kabbash’s qualifications to sit on the Board of Directors include his management and operational expertise from years spent as a professional realtor, investor and consultant.
Dennis J. Zember Jr.