Sandy Speck—Branch Manager and Senior Mortgage Banker at Atlantic Bay Mortgage. Speck brings more than 30 years of mortgage services experience specializing in Construction to perm financing. She plans to grow the Lynchburg office by meeting the refinancing, purchasing and building needs of the community.

Autumn R. Visser—Named a Principal in Woods Rogers PLC firm. Visser is a member of the Business and Corporate Law group, where she concentrates on contract drafting and negotiation, general corporate governance, and mergers and acquisitions. Visser also works on anti-trust concerns, credit union compliance matters, employment benefits, government contracts, intellectual property, licensing and real estate.

Deborah Grishaw—Promoted to Vice President and Mortgage Loan Originator at Bank of the James. Grishaw joined Bank of the James Mortgage in April 2015. Her prior career was in the mortgage and real estate industry where she served as Vice President of Mortgage Atlantic, Inc. from 1996 to 2013 and was named President of the company in 2014. Grishaw is a 1989 graduate of Heritage High School and attended Central Virginia Community College.

Renae Adrian—Chief Executive Officer and Lead Business Consultant of FASTSIGNS® Lynchburg. The former Artistic Administrator for the Virginia Arts Festival, Adrian brings 20 years of diverse nonprofit arts management and special event experience to Lynchburg in launching this comprehensive visual communications business. Adrian focuses her business on providing creative branding, excellent project management and high caliber customer service.

Ashley Carter—Co-Founder of Community Mission Financial (CMF), a Central Virginia relationship-management firm that specializes in connecting clients with a spectrum of financial solutions and helping them to maintain and adapt those solutions over time. Carter honed her consultative approach to financial services in traditional banking, with focus areas in electronic payments, payroll and efficiency consulting. She helped develop CMF’s model due to her belief in the power of relationships as a value-added service.

Kim Keyes—Ranked as one of the top 10 new agents for AAA Mid-Atlantic in 2015. Keyes has been in the insurance industry for 13 years and specializes in protecting clients’ personal lines of business such as personal auto, home, bike and life insurance needs.

Chad Bryan—New agent for the Virginia Farm Bureau Insurance Company. After a 12 year career in secondary education and coaching, Bryan’s passionate drive to help people has transferred into a career where he strives to provide excellent customer service while protecting his customers’ daily risk. His product line includes farm, auto, home, business and life insurance.

Abe Loper—Owner of The White Hart Cafe, accepted an offer from Northwestern Mutual Financial Network, joining their Downtown Lynchburg office. Loper’s area of focus is long-term financial security.

Lauren A. Cox—Owner of One Way Out, LLC, a real life escape room business launching in April. Participants will discover clues, solve puzzles and work as a team to escape a themed room in under 60 minutes.