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Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Ronald D. Paul *
CHAIRMAN, PRESIDENT & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF EAGLE BANCORP, INC.; CHAIRMAN & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF EAGLEBANK; PRESIDENT OF RONALD D. PAUL COMPANIES
Mr. Paul is President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Company. He has served as Chairman since May 2008, and prior to that time was Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer since the organization of the Company. He also has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Bank since its organization. Since June 2006, he has served as Chief Executive Officer of the Bank, and he served as Interim President of the Bank from November 3, 2003 until January 26, 2004. Mr. Paul is President of Ronald D. Paul Companies, which is engaged in the business of real estate investment and management. He is active in private investments, including as Chairman of Bethesda Investments, Inc., a private venture capital fund. Mr. Paul was a director of Allegiance from 1990 until September 1997, and a director of Allegiance Banc Corporation from 1990 until its acquisition by F&M, including serving as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors from 1995. Mr. Paul is also active in various charitable organizations, including serving as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Kidney Foundation from 1996 to 1997, and the Chairman from 2002 to 2003. Mr. Paul’s qualifications for the Board include his entrepreneurial, management and real estate expertise developed through his operation of a significant real estate and property management company in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Mr. Paul also has significant experience in corporate governance issues from his prior board service with other public companies and major non-profit organizations. He has extensive knowledge of the Company due to his service in Board and management positions since the inception of the Company. In 2013, Mr. Paul was the recipient of the American Banker magazine “Community Banker of the Year” award and in 2014 Mr. Paul was named Community Banker of the Year – East Region by the Independent Community Bankers of America. Previous honors include: “Father of the Year”, “Entrepreneur of the Year” (2009), “Washingtonian of the Year” (2010) and being inducted into the Washington Business Hall of Fame (2012). Mr. Paul and his wife recently created the Ron & Joy Paul Kidney Center at George Washington University.
Leslie M. Alperstein, Ph.D. *
PRESIDENT & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF WASHINGTON ANALYSIS, LLC
Mr. Alperstein has been President of Washington Analysis LLC and its predecessor firm, Washington Analysis Corp., a leading governmental policy investment research group in Washington, DC, since its inception in 1973. He has served as Executive Managing Director and Director of Research of HSBC Securities, Inc., Director of Economic and Investment Research for NatWest Securities, Prudential Securities, Shields Model Roland, Inc. and Legg Mason & Co. His professional memberships include the National Association of Business Economists, the National Economists Club, and the CFA Society of Washington. Mr. Alperstein was appointed to the Board of Directors in September 2003, and has served as a director of the Bank since 2009. Mr. Alperstein’s knowledge and experience in the fields of economics and investment management make him uniquely qualified for the Board. His contributions are important in the areas of asset-liability management, investment policy and other strategic issues.
Thomas E. Burdette **
MANAGING PARTNER OF BURDETTE SMITH AND BISH LLC
Mr. Burdette is a managing partner of Burdette Smith and Bish LLC, Fairfax, VA and has been an active business leader in the Washington, DC metropolitan area marketplace, particularly with Northern Virginia-based businesses. He is a certified public accountant and a registered investment advisor with over 40 years of experience assisting individuals and businesses. He has also served as director of Virginia Commerce Bank, its holding company, Virginia Commerce Bancorp, Inc. and Potomac Bank of Virginia, and has worked with several other Virginia financial organizations. His financial industry experiences, combined with his professional expertise, will be especially valuable to our Northern Virginia banking team, and will provide additional strength for creating client and Bank success in Virginia. A founder and managing shareholder of The Burdette Smith Group PC (BSG) which, in 2012, merged with Bish & Haffey PC to become Burdette Smith & Bish LLC, his specialty is all aspects of tax. Additionally, his experience includes financial reporting services, estate management, and financial advisory services. Burdette has also given expert witness testimony in various states and counties over the years. Early in his career, Burdette was a player’s agent for the National Football League. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from Catawba College in Salisbury, N.C.
Joann Kay DiMeglio **
PRINCIPAL OF JKD MANAGEMENT LLC
Ms. DiMeglio has been active in residential, commercial, and multi-family real estate development for more than 35 years. Since 1984, she has been with Kay Brothers Management Company and has spent the last 31 years overseeing renovations, design, financing, and budgeting of commercial, residential, and multi-family properties in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Ms. DiMeglio holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from George Washington University.
Dudley C. Dworken *
MANAGING PARTNER OF DWORKEN ASSOCIATES, LLC
Mr. Dworken is a private investor and real estate developer and the principal of Dworken Associates, LLC. Mr. Dworken was the owner of Curtis Chevrolet, an automobile dealership in Washington, DC. Mr. Dworken was a Director of F&M Bank – Allegiance and its predecessor Allegiance Bank, N.A. (collectively “Allegiance”) from 1987 until October 1997, and a director of Allegiance Banc Corporation from 1988 until its acquisition by F&M National Corporation, which was subsequently acquired by BB&T Corporation (“F&M”). Mr. Dworken is an active member of numerous community, business, charitable and educational institutions in the Washington, DC/Montgomery County area. Mr. Dworken has served as a director of the Company and Bank since 1999. In addition to his many years of service on the boards of banking institutions, Mr. Dworken brings entrepreneurial business knowledge and experience to the Board through his ownership and operation of one of the largest automobile dealerships in Washington, DC and his real estate development activities. He is Chairman of the Washington Area, the Philadelphia Area and the Eastern Pennsylvania Better Business Bureaus, and is a former Trustee of the Washington Area New Automobile Dealers Association. He has intimate knowledge of the Company through his experience as Chairman of the Company’s Audit Committee.
Steven L. Fanaroff **
MANAGING DIRECTOR OF FANAROFF & STEPPA, LLC & BEDROCK ASSET MANAGEMENT
Mr. Fanaroff has served as Managing Director of Fanaroff & Steppa, LLC a real estate holding company, since 2005. He also serves as Managing Director of Bedrock, LLC, an asset management company. Mr. Fanaroff served on the Board of Directors of Allegiance from 1990 until 1997. Mr. Fanaroff has served as a director of the Bank since its organization.
Harvey M. Goodman *
PRESIDENT OF GOODMAN-GABLE-GOULD/ADJUSTERS INTERNATIONAL
Mr. Goodman has been with The Goodman, Gable, Gould Company, the Maryland based public insurance adjusting firm where he serves as President, since 1977. He is a director and past president of the National Association of Public Insurance Adjusters, and is a principal, and formerly a director, of Adjusters International, a national public adjusting firm. Mr. Goodman has served as a director of the Company since 2007 and of the Bank since its organization. Mr. Goodman brings both entrepreneurial experience and a wealth of knowledge of the financial services industry, with a specialty in insurance. He possesses valuable expertise in the areas of risk management and compliance. He has expertise in corporate governance through his board service to organizations in the insurance industry.
Lynn Hackney **
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF URBAN PACE
Ms. Lynn Hackney is a well-known entrepreneur and innovator in the Washington, DC multifamily real estate industry. She currently serves as President of Urban Pace, the leading condominium sales and marketing firm in the National capital region, with additional offices in New York City and Philadelphia. Since Ms. Hackney founded Urban Pace in 2001, the company has orchestrated the disposition of more than $1.8 billion of real estate assets comprising more than 6,000 condominiums and townhomes. Ms. Hackney also is a Partner in Allyson Capital, a growing firm specializing in equity and debt for residential and commercial real estate transactions. Allyson Capital has offices in Washington, New York, and Miami. Ms. Hackney was unanimously elected 2016-18 President of the District of Columbia Building Industry Association (DCBIA), the first woman ever to serve in that capacity, and is a 2015 winner of Smart CEO’s Brava Awards, placing her among Washington’s most distinguished women business leaders. In addition, Ms. Hackney serves on the Boards of the Washington, DC Economic Development Partnership; she also is a founding member of the Washington ULI Women’s Leadership Initiative, and has served on the Board of Capital Bank. A longtime resident of Washington, DC, she holds a certificate from Harvard Business School, a master’s degree in business administration from Johns Hopkins University, and a bachelor’s degree in economics and finance from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Benson Klein **
PRINCIPAL OF WARD & KLEIN, CHARTERED
Mr. Klein has been an attorney practicing primarily in the Montgomery County and Washington DC area since 1970. He is a principal with Ward & Klein, Chartered, since 1978. Mr. Klein is also engaged in real estate investment activities in Montgomery County and Washington, DC. Mr. Klein has served as a director of Allegiance Bank from 1996 to 1997 and previously served as a director of Lincoln National Bank. Mr. Klein is currently, and has been, a Board member of a variety of community, business and charitable institutions in the Washington, DC, Montgomery County and on a National level. Mr. Klein has served as a director of EagleBank since its organization.
Bruce H. Lee **
PRESIDENT & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF LEE DEVELOPMENT GROUP
Mr. Lee is President & CEO of Lee Development Group, a closely held, family real estate business founded in 1920 and based in downtown Silver Spring. He is principal broker of record for Montgomery Land Company, LLC, which specializes in commercial sales, leasing, and property management and the general partner of Montgomery 1936 Land Company LLC and General Manager of Acorn Self Storage. Mr. Lee was the charter president of the Greater Silver Spring Chamber in 1993. Mr. Lee is currently serving as the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) Washington DC/Maryland/N. Virginia State Alliance Private Sector Co-Chair and is on the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, serving as the Chair of the Economic Development Committee. In addition, Mr. Lee serves as the Chair of Driven to Cure, INC, a 501(c)(3) non-profit whose mission is to bring awareness and funding for rare kidney cancers and also serves as a Director on the board of the American Film Institute (AFI) Silver Theater in Downtown Silver Spring. Mr. Lee was an elected Council member and Chairman of the Township of Chevy Chase View, Maryland. Mr. Lee has served as a director of the Bank since 2000.
Leslie Ludwig **
PARTNER OF THE JBG COMPANIES
Ms. Leslie Ludwig is a Partner and Chairperson of the Management Committee at The JBG Companies, and has over 30 years of experience in real estate finance and capital markets. She oversees the management of Finance, Accounting, Human Resources, Insurance and Marketing, and provides leadership on JBG's diversity initiatives. Prior to joining The JBG Companies in 2002, she was Senior Vice President at Wachovia Bank. Ms. Ludwig is on the Investment Advisory Committee for the National Multifamily Housing Council; on the Virginia Tech Real Estate Industry Advisory Board; formerly on the Advisory Board of CREW; and a member of ULI (Urban Land Institute) and CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women). She holds a B.A. from Frostburg State University.
Norman R. Pozez *
CHAIRMAN & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF UNIWEST COMPANIES
Mr. Pozez is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Uniwest Companies, Uniwest Construction, Inc., and Uniwest Commercial Realty, Inc., and of Ridemakerz, LLC. Mr. Pozez has been in the real estate development field for over thirty years. Previously, Mr. Pozez was Chief Operating Officer of The Hair Cuttery of Falls Church, Virginia. Mr. Pozez has also served as a Regional Director of Real Estate and Construction for Payless ShoeSource. During his tenure at Payless and for some years thereafter, Mr. Pozez served on the Board of Directors of Bookstop, Inc., which was sold to Barnes and Noble in 1989. Mr. Pozez is a licensed Real Estate Broker in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia. Since 1979, Mr. Pozez has been an active member of the International Council of Shopping Centers and is a Board member of a number of non- profit organizations serving community needs in and around the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Mr. Pozez served as Chairman of the Board of Fidelity from April 2004 until February 2005, and as a director of Fidelity from September 2007 until August 2008, at which time Fidelity was acquired by the Company and Mr. Pozez became a director of the Company and Bank. Mr. Pozez’s qualifications for Board service include over 30 years of management experience at both regional and national companies such as the Hair Cuttery and Payless ShoeSource. His experience in company operations and real estate are very beneficial in light of the Company’s business objectives. He has experience in corporate governance through his prior board service with other companies and non-profit organizations.
Kathy A. Raffa **
VICE PRESIDENT & PARTNER OF RAFFA, P.C.
Ms. Raffa has served as an owner-partner and Vice President at Raffa, PC, one of the top 100 accounting firms in the nation and the 4th largest regional firm in the Washington, DC capital region based on revenue. She oversees the client services for a wide range of non-profit entities. She is also involved in a variety of aspects of the firm’s internal operations, including leading business development efforts, directing certain human resource functions, and monitoring financial operations. Prior to joining Raffa, PC, she spent the first 10 years of her career at Coopers & Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers). She has a CPA certificate from Maryland and is a member of American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Donald R. Rogers *
PRINCIPAL OF SHULMAN ROGERS
Mr. Rogers has been engaged in the private practice of law since 1972 with the Rockville, Maryland-based firm Shulman, Rogers, Gandal, Pordy & Ecker, P.A., of which he is a principal. Mr. Rogers was a director of Allegiance from 1987 until October 1997. Mr. Rogers has served as a director of the Company since 2007 and of the Bank since its organization. Mr. Rogers has vast business knowledge and experience gained through his position as a senior partner and chair of the commercial business practice for the largest law firm in Montgomery County, Maryland. He has served as adviser to hundreds of privately owned businesses. He has extensive knowledge of the Company through his service on the Company’s and Bank’s Boards. For the past six years he has been Chairman of the EagleBank Foundation, which has raised more than $2.5 million for the fight against breast cancer. In addition Mr. Rogers continues to serve as a member of the Board of Directors of a number of privately held companies.
James A. Soltesz, P.E. **
PRESIDENT & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF SOLTESZ, INC.
Mr. Soltesz has served as Chief Executive Officer of Soltesz, Inc., a land development engineering and consulting firm, since 1997. Mr. Soltesz serves on the Board of Trustees of Georgetown Preparatory School, Mater Dei School, as a Life Director of the Maryland-National Capital Area Building Industry Association, and Catholic Charities Foundation. His firm includes 280 people located in six offices throughout the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Mr. Soltesz is currently serving as a Co-Chair for Governor Larry Hogan’s Regulatory Reform Commission and as a member of the Governor’s One Maryland Blue Ribbon Commission. Mr. Soltesz has served as a director of the Bank since 2007.
Benjamin M. Soto, Esquire **
PRESIDENT & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF PREMIUM TITLE & ESCROW, LLC
Mr. Soto is an attorney practicing in the areas of real estate transactions and bankruptcy. He is the principal of Premium Title and Escrow, LLC, a Washington, DC-based full service title company. In addition he is the owner of Paramount Development, LLC, which is focused on the acquisition and ground up development of commercial buildings and hotels in Washington, DC. He frequently lectures to members of the DC Bar, is a former board member of the National Bar Association, and of the DC Sports and Entertainment Commission, and a former Vice-Chair of the DC Board of Real Property Assessment and Appeals. Mr. Soto is a member of the DC Builders Industry Association, the Maryland Land Title Association, and a member of the Board of Directors of the DC Chamber of Commerce. He is also a Director of the DC Land Title Association and the DC Public Education Fund. Mr. Soto has served as a director of the Bank since 2006.
Leland M. Weinstein *
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF NEWBRIDGE-TURING, LLC
Mr. Weinstein is currently the CEO of Newbridge-Turing LLC., a technology sales and partnership consulting firm. Previously he was a partner and served as President of Syscom Services, Inc., a technology consulting and integration company, from 1997 to 2014. In December of 2014 Syscom Services, Inc.’s web technologies division was sold to a group of investors and rebranded as Brightfind. Prior to Syscom Services he spent thirteen years with Automated Digital Systems, an integrator of duplication and facsimile technologies, where he rose to president and owner of the company, which he sold to Alco Standard Corporation, which became Ikon Office Solutions. Mr. Weinstein has been appointed to advisory councils for Xerox, Intel/Dialogic, Sharp Electronics, Ektron, Opentext/Rightfax, Autonomy/Cardiff, Murata Business Systems, Brooktrout Technologies, Panasonic Electronics, and was Chairman of the technology council of the American Society of Association Executives (“ASAE”) and is currently the Chair of ASAE’s Industry Partner Alliance (IPA). Mr. Weinstein also currently sits on the board of the Suburban Hospital Foundation a member of Johns Hopkins Medicine. He was formerly a member of the Board of Governors of the University of Maryland Alumni Association, where he chaired the Admissions Committee. Mr. Weinstein was a member of the Eagle Bancorp founder’s advisory board and has served as a director of the Company since 2005 and of the Bank since 1998. Mr. Weinstein has vast business knowledge and experience gained through his position as CEO of successful technology-based enterprises. His expertise in regard to technology issues is valuable as it relates to the Company’s business development and operating strategies. He has extensive knowledge of the Company through his service at the Board and committee levels.
* Director of EagleBank and Eagle Bancorp, Inc.
** Director of EagleBank only