Our Directors bring a wealth of successful business and banking experience to our Board.
L. Burwell Gunn
Burwell is the current Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors and also served as President and Chief Operations Officer from 2008 through 2013. Prior to joining the Bank, he was Senior Vice President, Senior Lender and Not for Profit Division Head, Commerce Bank, 2005-2008; and Managing Director for Provident Bank for Metro Washington and Richmond from 2002-2005. Mr. Gunn founded Cardinal Financial Corporation, a publicly traded community banking entity located in Fairfax, Virginia and held various senior commercial lending positions prior to that. Mr. Gunn has over 41 years of banking experience.
Scott is an entrepreneur and venture investor who has participated in several notable emerging technology company successes, including LinkExchange, Zappos.com, Xythos Software and TellMe Networks. His career includes time as an executive with International Data Group and Microsoft, a Partner at IDG Ventures, the Director of the University of Maryland’s VentureAccelerator program. Currently, Mr. Laughlin serves on the board of Gaithersburg-based Lurn, Inc., an Inc. 500-ranked on-line learning company, and Arlington-based LMO Advertising, the largest independent advertising agency in the Washington, DC metro area. In November 2007, Mr. Laughlin assumed the position of CEO and Director of Zymetis, Inc., an investor-backed biotechnology company developing processes for the biofuels industry. Zymetis was acquired by AE Biofuels (AEBF) in July 2011. In addition to business activities, Mr. Laughlin is engaged in a range of philanthropic activities. Among other activities, he co-founded For All Our Good, a 501(c)(3) foundation that invests in novel strategies for children’s welfare. Mr. Laughlin is a graduate of Princeton University.
Tom L. Patterson
Tom is an investor and retired attorney residing in Chevy Chase, Maryland. Mr. Patterson had practiced commercial and real estate law and general business law in Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia for over 30 years. He graduated magna cum laude from Bucknell University, and is a graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center. Mr. Patterson was an Organizing Director, Board Member and Member of the Audit Committee of James Monroe Bank from 1998 until its sale to Mercantile Bankshares Corporation in 2006. Mr. Patterson is the Vice President of Friendship Place, a nonprofit organization providing a continuum of homeless services within the District of Columbia.
David W. Pijor
David has served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Bank since its organization. David assumed the role of President upon Burwell Gunn's retirement. Mr. Pijor was the founding Chairman of the Board of Directors of James Monroe Bank and was instrumental in guiding James Monroe Bank through all stages of its successful history from its initial organization through its sale to Mercantile Bankshares Corporation. Prior to becoming Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Pijor was an attorney practicing corporate and tax law in Fairfax, Virginia for over 29 years. Mr. Pijor graduated from the University of Michigan, with honors in economics with high distinction and is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center.
Devin was the founder, and until its sale to IMS Health Incorporated in 2005, the President and Chief Executive Officer, of Synchronous Knowledge, Inc., a health service research company analyzing electronic medical records for, among other clients, the U.S. Air Force. He retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1999 as Chief, Managed Health Care Programs for the Surgeon General’s Office, where he led the effort to improve the business and medical practices in 15 medical treatment facilities. Among Mr. Satz’s academic achievements are degrees in biology and electrical engineering from Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland State University and a master’s degree in biomedical engineering from Duke University.
Lawrence W. Schwartz
Larry is a certified public accountant and is a partner with PBMares, LLP, a regional accounting and business advisory firm. Mr. Schwartz has served as an adjunct professor of accountancy at The George Washington University since 1997. Mr. Schwartz was a founder and served on the Board of BankAnnapolis in Annapolis, Maryland from its inception in 1988 until its sale in April of 2013.
Sidney G. Simmonds
Mr. Simmonds is a Certified Public Accountant and President of Simmonds & Klima, Ltd. in Arlington, Virginia. He specializes in tax and accounting services to individuals, estates and trusts. He holds an M.S. and B.S. Accounting from the University of Virginia. Mr. Simmonds currently serves as the Vice Chairman of the Virginia Hospital Center Health Care System, chairs its Compliance Committee and serves on its Finance Committee. He was Chairman of 1st Commonwealth Bank of Virginia when FVCbank acquired it in October 2012. He was a Director and Secretary of 1st Service Bank, where he served on the Bank’s Executive and Compensation Committees and chaired the Audit, Budget and Strategic Planning Committees. He was also a Director of the Bank of Northern Virginia and member of its Loan Committee.
Daniel M. Testa
Daniel the owner, President and Chief Executive Officer of TCI, a leading full service voice and data systems integration company, serving the greater Washington, D.C. metropolitan area since 1980. TCI integrates business communications systems with data networks. Mr. Testa has an extensive background in business planning, market research, personnel and production management, purchasing, operations and finance. Mr. Testa graduated from Quinnipiac University with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing. Mr. Testa participates in many professional and business organizations as well as charitable activities, with his main focus on the American Heart Association.
Philip R. Wills III (“Trey”)
Trey is the third generation of the Wills family to be involved in real estate development in the metro Washington area. With his brother Timothy Wills, he manages the assets of the Wills family corporation, which include Potomac Land Management, Potomac Property Management and Real Estate Consulting Services. Focusing on identifying and acquiring high quality rental projects for conversions to condominiums, Potomac Land Management has become one of the largest condominium developers in Fairfax County. Their other activities include the development of a 400-lot golf course community and the construction of self-storage facilities. Also, Mr. Wills and his brother co-founded Church Investments and Consolidated Green Services, which provides customers with environmentally sensitive waste solutions. Mr. Wills is a graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan College.