Business Briefs

Business Briefs

<b>Burke & Herbert To Celebrate 156th Birthday</b>

Anyone visiting Burke & Herbert Bank & Trust Company today, Aug. 14, is in for a real treat -- a piece of birthday cake.

On Aug. 14, 1852, John Woolfolk Burke, age 27, and his partner, Arthur Herbert, age 23, opened the bank's doors in Alexandria. To commemorate that event, 156 years ago, all 18 branches will be offering customers cake from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

"We are immensely proud of our history and appreciative of our customers who have so loyally honored us with their business, often for generations. Ours is an amazing history of endurance, commitment and outstanding management that has guided us and allowed us to serve this community for so long," said Charlie Collum, chairman and CEO.

During its long history, Burke & Herbert Bank & Trust Co. has prospered through the Civil War, two World Wars, the Great Depression, the growth of mega banks and the advance of astounding technologies. Through it all, the financial institution remains locally operated with a strong family connection as E. Hunt Burke, president and COO, and C.S. Taylor Burke, III, senior executive vice president, serve as fifth-generation leaders of what is now the oldest bank in the Commonwealth of Virginia and the longest operating bank in the Washington Metropolitan area.

In addition to their customers, bank officials welcome the public to visit any of their 18 branches to join in the celebrate and enjoy some cake. A complete list of Burke & Herbert locations can be found at

<b>Palmieri Named ABA Section Officer</b>

Andrew Palmieri, a partner in the Alexandria office of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP, has been elected an officer of the American Bar Association's Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law, a 30,000-member organization of the nation's leading real estate and estate planning lawyers.

Palmieri will serve as Vice Chair of the Section's Real Property Division, which focuses on legal aspects of property use, ownership, development transfer, regulation, financing, taxation and disposal. Named a 2008 Virginia Super Lawyer, Palmieri will be responsible for special projects, initiatives and overseeing the activities of the Real Property Division.

"It's an honor to serve the members of this section at a time when the nation faces a housing and mortgage lending crisis. This organization is best positioned to address the issues confronting real estate lawyers throughout the United States," Palmieri said.

Palmieri, a member of the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, currently serves as Chair of that organization's Government Relations Committee. He is also a former chair of the Alexandria Waterfront Committee, and pro bono legal counsel to the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria.