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Potomac Business Notes 7/18/12

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Virginia Commerce Bank welcomes Steve Witt back to the bank as senior vice president and product development manager. Witt was previously with the bank for five years as an officer on its Treasury Management and Business Development teams, and has been in the banking industry for 10 years.

Doug Culver has been named vice president of news for WJLA-TV effective July 9. Culver will be coming to Washington, D.C. from Tampa, where he was the news director for WFTS-TV.

In 2008, Culver worked at WJLA-TV as a freelance executive producer before his news director appointment in Tampa. Prior to his time at WJLA-TV he was assistant news director and managing editor at KIRO-TV in Seattle and executive producer at KNBC in Los Angeles.

At WFTS, Culver’s team won five regional Murrow Awards, several National Headliner Awards and a number of Emmy Awards. The Florida Associated Press awarded WFTS its Overall Excellence award four years in a row.

Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington is offering the new minimally invasive Convergent Maze Procedure for patients with advanced Afib symptoms who have not responded to standard treatments. This new procedure has been added to the hospital’s state-of-the-art Cardiac Surgery Program and Electrophysiology Service thanks to the medical expertise of Dr. John R. Garrett, chief of cardiac, vascular and thoracic surgery, and Dr. Haroon Rashid, director of electrophysiology services. The Convergent Maze Procedure combines the cardiac surgery and electrophysiology to help restore normal heart rhythm for Afib sufferers with no incisions or ports in the patient’s chest, minimal pain, and shorter hospital stays and recovery time.

Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington has been accredited as a Level 1 facility by the Bariatric Surgery Center Network Accreditation Program of the American College of Surgeons. Through the accreditation, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid service recognizes Virginia Hospital Center and allows expanded Medicare coverage of bariatric surgery for beneficiaries of all ages who have been diagnosed with other health problems associated with obesity.

Virginia Commerce Bank has created The Virginia Commerce Bank Foundation. The donor advised fund is managed by the Arlington Community Foundation, where R.B. “Randy” Anderson, Jr., the bank’s executive vice president and chief lending officer, serves on the board of trustees as its treasurer. After many years of involvement and support with the Arlington Community Foundation, Virginia Commerce Bank welcomed the partnership as an opportunity to formalize its charitable giving program and continue its support of non-profit organizations throughout Northern Virginia and Fredericksburg.

Chapman Cubine Adams + Hussey (CCAH), a full-service direct marketing firm in Arlington serving global nonprofit organizations, has hired Mary Meredith as vice president of client services and Jamie Noblin as deputy director of list services.

Joseph R. Loring of Arlington is the 2012 recipient of Virginia Tech's College of Engineering Distinguished Alumnus Award, as well the university's 2012 Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award. Loring is the founder of Loring, with offices in Washington, D.C., New York City, and Princeton, N.J. He started his private practice, Joseph R. Loring & Associates Inc., in 1956. After six years in business, Loring was selected as the engineer to design the electrical systems for the twin 110-story towers comprising the World Trade Center in New York — then the world's tallest buildings.

Bean, Kinney & Korman, P.C. of Arlington announced that Shareholder Jonathan Kinney has been recognized by Northern Virginia Magazine as a Northern Virginian of the Year for his work on affordable housing.

Tully Rinckey PLLC is a nationally recognized federal employment law firm, but it is now much more than that in Virginia. At its Arlington law office, the firm has launched three new practice areas outside of the federal sector sphere. The multi-state law firm has hired attorneys who will practice in family and matrimonial law, criminal defense and bankruptcy law, building on its standard menu of legal services in the areas of federal sector employment and labor law, military law and security clearance representation. In an effort to build a trusting relationship first, Tully Rinckey PLLC over the next month will offer free one-hour initial consultations to anyone with a family & matrimonial, criminal or bankruptcy matter. The Virginia office is at 1300 Wilson Blvd., Suite 320. Contact Randy Simons at 703-525-4700 or rsimons@fedattorney.com.

First Virginia Community Bank and 1st Commonwealth Bank of Virginia announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement pursuant to which 1st Commonwealth will be merged with and into FVCbank, with FVCbank being the surviving bank, and all of the outstanding shares of 1st Commonwealth common stock will be converted into shares of FVCbank common stock.

Kevin V. Shaner joins VCB as Senior Vice President, Commercial Banking Head, responsible for developing and managing commercial relationships in the Bank's Alexandria and Arlington markets. Shaner joins the Bank with more than 17 years of experience in the financial services industry. Most recently he held the position of Senior Vice President and Community Executive for Middleburg Bank, where he played a key role in managing their small business lending initiatives. Shaner currently serves on the Board of Directors for Life Circle Alliances in Fairfax and looks forward to increasing his involvement in the Alexandria and Arlington communities. His office is located at the Bank’s Cameron Station office in Alexandria.

On June 29, The Limited will reopen its doors to a newly remodeled store at The Fashion Centre at Pentagon City. This store will be one of few to carry the brand’s eloquii line, designed specifically for today’s modern, full-figured woman. After remodeling six stores in 2011, the iconic fashion retailer will unveil the remodeled store with more than 5,600 square feet of space providing a unique interactive, multi-channel shopping experience (details below).

During the grand opening weekend, customers can receive a free tote with purchase (while supplies last) and enter for a chance to win a $500 gift card each day.

On July 9, six attorneys from the law firm Bean, Kinney & Korman-James W. Korman (Family Law), Jonathan C. Kinney (Land Use/Zoning), James R. Schroll (Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights), Timothy R. Hughes (Construction Litigation), Carol Schrier-Polak (Family Law) and Tracy A. Meyer (Family Law)-were selected as 2012 Virginia Super Lawyers. Super Lawyers is a rating service of lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.