TBA 2004 Board of Directors
G. Robert “Bob” Aston Jr.
Aston is chairman of the board and chief executive officer of TowneBank. Founded in 1999, TowneBank is currently the largest community bank in Hampton Roads, with assets of $750 million and more than 300 employees. He has been a community banker in this area for more than 30 years.
A TBA member since 1999, Aston has been active in the TBA Investment Committee. This will be his first term as a TBA director.
Aston has played an active role in improving the quality of health, education and youth athletics in this community. He is currently a director of Bon Secours Health System Inc., Portsmouth Partnership, Eastern Virginia Medical School Foundation, the Hampton Roads Partnership, the Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance and the Virginia Business Higher Education Council. He also is president of the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame and Museum; chairman of Commerce Bank Foundation and the TowneBank Foundation; and a trustee and past president of the Old Dominion University Intercollegiate Foundation.
Aston has five children and five grandchildren. He and his wife, Cindy, live in Portsmouth.
J. Gregory Dodd
Dodd is vice president of Horton & Dodd P.C. The firm was founded in 1985 to provide civil engineering and surveying services for builders, developers and municipal governments for residential, commercial and industrial projects.
A TBA member since 1985, Dodd is a past chairman of the Portsmouth Municipal Affairs Committee.
The Chesapeake resident earned his bachelor of science and master’s degrees in engineering from Old Dominion University.
Pete A. Kotarides
Kotarides’ company has been a TBA member since 1983. Kotarides first served as a TBA builder director in 1998. He was involved in Homearama in 1998 and 2002, as developer of Warrington Hall and builder of the Charity House in 1998. In 2003, Kotarides served as an NAHB alternate director.
In the coming year, Kotarides also will serve a fifth consecutive term as chair of the Chesapeake Municipal Affairs Committee.
The Virginia Beach resident is a graduate of the University of Virginia and serves on the board of the University of Virginia Club of Tidewater.
Pete O. Kotarides
Kotarides is a vice president of Kotarides Builders L.L.C., a home builder that concentrates on multifamily development and residential property management. The company has been a TBA member since 1983.
He was involved in Homearama in 1998 and 2002, as developer of Warrington Hall and builder of the Charity House in 1998. He also is serving as 2003 vice chair of the Young Designers’ Scholarship Competition Subcommittee.
Locally, Kotarides serves on the Bank of Hampton Roads - Pembroke Advisory Board. He also is a volunteer with the Greek Orthodox Church. The Virginia Beach resident enjoys golf and mountain biking.
Thomas C. Leffew
Leffew is a SouthTrust Bank group vice president and manager of Residential Construction Lending Group for the Hampton Roads market. Based in Birmingham, Ala., SouthTrust Bank is the 21st largest bank in the U.S., with total assets of $49.8 billion and operations in nine southeastern states.
Leffew has been a TBA member for more than 25 years. He served as chair and vice chair of the Membership Committee from 1997 through 2001; and a member of the Retention Committee for six years. He also has been an HBAV associate director from 200l through 2002.
On the community level, Leffew served on the Mt. Trashmore YMCA board of directors from 1987 through 1997, and as chair from 1995 through 1997.
The Virginia Beach resident earned his bachelor of science degree from the University of Richmond. He and his wife, Lori, have three daughters. In his spare time, Leffew enjoy playing golf and volleyball.
W. H. "Joe" McCutcheon Jr.
McCutcheon is president of McQ Builders and Developers Inc. and has been a TBA member for the past seven years, with 13 years of prior membership.
He is active on the Cape Henry Collegiate Advisory Board and is a coach with the Virginia Beach Soccer Club. McCutcheon, his wife, Rebecca, and two children live in Virginia Beach.
S.L. "Sam" Cohen
A TBA member since the 1980s, Cohen first was appointed as a builder director in 1999. In 2004, he also will continue to serve as Homearama Committee chair for the third consecutive year. He was Homearama Committee vice chair in 2000 and 2001.
Known for his interior trim work, Cohen entered the
custom home building business in 1984.
The Chesapeake resident serves on the board of Kempsville Church of Christ. He and his wife, Patty, have three children. He enjoys spending time with his family, working with his son’s stock car race team and collecting race memorabilia.
Branch P. Lawson
Lawson is president of the Hampton Roads Division of East West Partners, a developer of “lifestyle-oriented communities” in six states. Among them The Riverfront in Suffolk was the site of Homearama 2001.
Lawson joined TBA in 1999 and has been a member of the TBA board of directors since serving as an NAHB alternate director in 2000 and 2001. He has served as an elected builder director since 2002. In 2002, he also was an executive committee appointee.
In 2004, Lawson also will serve a second consecutive term as vice chair of the Suffolk, Franklin, Southampton County Municipal Affairs Subcommittee. In 2002, he served as the subcommittee’s chair. Lawson was president of the Peninsula Housing & Builders Association in 1997.
The Smithfield resident earned a bachelor of science degree in commerce from the University of Virginia. He is involved in Smithfield Baptist Church activities, particularly those involving youth. Lawson and his wife, Bonnie, have a son and daughter. He enjoys college football weekends, family activities, occasional golf and tennis, and walks with his wife.
Edward R. Sadler
Sadler, a custom home builder for more than 17 years, has been a TBA member for 12 years. He served on the TBA board of directors in 2002 and was elected to begin a two-year term as a builder director in 2004. In 2002 and 2003, Sadler served as an NAHB alternate director.
In 2004, Sadler also will serve a second term as vice chair of the Virginia Beach Municipal Affairs Committee. In 2002 he was vice chair of the Chesapeake Municipal Affairs Subcommittee.
The Virginia Beach resident is a graduate of the University of North Carolina. He and his wife, Kim, have three daughters. Sadler enjoys snow skiing and racquetball.
Scott M. Gandy
Gandy is president of Kempsville Building Materials.
A TBA member since 1974, Gandy first served as an associate director in 1997. He was TBA’s associate vice president in 1998 and 1999.
In 2004, Gandy also will serve as vice chair of the Apprenticeship and Training Committee.
Pamla H. Pekrun
Pekrun is a trade relations specialist for Dominion Virginia Power.
She has been a TBA member, representing Dominion Virginia Power, a longtime member, since 2000. She is also an active member of the Outer Banks Home Builders Association and Northeastern North Carolina Home Builders Association. Pekrun has been a member of the TBA Remodelers Council and Tidewater Multifamily Housing Council. She also is an active member on the Homearama Committee, The Cornerstone Foundation and the TBA 50-Year Anniversary Task Force.
In 2004, Pekrun also will serve a third year as a TBA board member and a second term as a state director. In addition, she will chair the TBA Picnic Committee for a second consecutive year. In 2002, she was co-chair of the PAC Golf Outing.
On the community level, Pekrun is involved in the Relay for Life, March of Dimes, College of the Albemarle Building Construction Technology and Albemarle Secretarial Science advisory boards, Outer Banks Community Development Corp. core committee and Special Olympics.
Pekrun has a degree in business administration, which she followed up with several career-related post-graduate classes. She lives with her husband, Kenneth, and daughter, Melissa, in Manteo, N.C. She enjoys hunting, fishing, church leadership activities and yard work.
Richard B. "Dick" Thurmond
Thurmond is president of William E. Wood & Associates, a real estate agency with more than 550 agents and 20 offices in Hampton Roads, and Elizabeth City and Moyock, N.C. Thurmond joined the agency in 1980 as an agent, and has been its president and part owner since 1990.
This will be his third year as a TBA board member. He also will serve as chair of the Homearama Awards Subcommittee for the third consecutive year.
Thurmond earned a bachelor of science degree from Old Dominion University. He continues to be actively involved with ODU, as well as Chesapeake Bay Academy. The Virginia Beach resident has one son, and enjoys fishing and exercise.
H. Mac Weaver III
Weaver is senior vice president of SunTrust’s Real Estate Finance Group.
A TBA member for 14 years, Weaver has served as an elected associate director since 1998. He served as co-chair of The Cornerstone Club in 1998 and recruiting vice chair of The Cornerstone Foundation since 2001.
The Virginia Beach resident is a member of the board for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeast Virginia, a past chairman of the United Way builder/developer campaign in Virginia Beach and a former United Way loaned executive.
Weaver is a graduate of The College of William and Mary, where he earned his bachelor’s in management and master’s in business administration in finance. He and his wife, Anita, have three children. In his spare time, Weaver enjoys tennis, basketball and boating.
Jose M. Simon of Virginia Natural Gas has filled the unexpired term of Clarence Sutton, an elected associate director on the Tidewater Builders Association board of directors. The term expires December 2004.
Simon is VNG’s director of public affairs. Since joining the gas company as a systems analyst in 1982, Simon has steadily advanced up the corporate ladder as budgeting supervisor (1984-1986), financial planning and budgeting manager (1986-1990), assistant corporate secretary and controller (1990-1992), and controller and general manager of division operations (1996-1999). He went on to become a field service manager (1999-2002) and region manager (2002-2003).
Simon also worked as a financial analyst for Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co. and cost/property accountant for Stihl Inc.
Simon is a licensed certified public accountant, and a member of the American Institute of Public Accountants and Virginia Society of CPAs. This year, he also is serving as a member of the Norfolk Division of the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce board of directors. He is a member of the finance and legislative committees of the Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce.
A native of Santiago, Cuba, Simon graduated magna cum laude from Old Dominion University. A resident of Hampton Roads since 1969, Simon and his wife, Sharon, now live in Poquoson. They have two children. Simon enjoys college/Virginia Tech football, surfing, snow skiing, auto racing and mechanics, motorcycles and photography.
NAHB Past Presidents
NAHB Life Director
HBAV Past Presidents
Council, Foundation and Committee leaders
Michael D. Newsome
Frederick J. Napolitano Sr.
S. L. Cohen
Grigsy C. Scifres
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