Ridgeway retires

Published 5:00 pm Saturday, January 22, 2022

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The Bank of Charlotte County announced the retirement of Jennifer L. Ridgeway effective Dec. 31. Ridgeway joined the Bank June 30,1973 and had risen through the ranks to become executive vice president of the Bank and Holding Company. Ridgeway was named to the Bank and Holding Company Board of Directors January 1, 2021 and will continue to serve in that capacity following her retirement. President and CEO Dexter Gilliam commented “There is not one customer or employee that has not been favorably influenced by Jenny. She is highly respected for her knowledge, fairness and professionalism by her peers and her daily presence will be sorely missed. We are grateful that she will continue to serve on our Board of Directors.”

Lauren T.A. Willis was promoted to vice president and senior administrative and compliance officer. “Lauren has worked diligently since joining the company to enhance and expand her knowledge of the banking industry. She is well prepared and qualified to take on her expanded management responsibilities.” stated Gilliam.

Willis is a native of Charlotte County and currently resides with her family in the Randolph community. She joined BCC November 1, 2016 as the bank secrecy act officer. Willis is active in the industry and community serving on the Virginia Bankers Association Compliance Committee and the Region 3, GO Virginia Executive Committee. Willis graduated from the University of Virginia with a B. A. in Government-American Politics and a B.A. in English in 2008. She completed her J. D. from William & Mary School of Law in 2011 and was admitted to the Bar in Virginia later that year.

Christopher M. Metts has been promoted to vice president – senior lending officer. “Chris has a broad and successful background in banking and has taken on additional responsibilities since joining BCC in 2002. In addition to serving as the branch manager of our Charlotte Court House office Chris led the effort to open and manage a highly successful loan production office in Farmville. In his new role, Chris will manage the business development efforts across the company.” stated Gilliam.

Metts is a native of Cumberland County and currently resides with his family in the Eureka community. Metts is active in the community and is well known throughout the Commonwealth as a championship level skeet title holder. He was named an Eagle Scout in 1995.He graduated from George Mason University with a B.S. in Biology in 2002 and a M.B.A. from James Madison University in 2011.

G. Scott Carter has been promoted to vice president – senior credit officer. “Scott has over twenty-years’ experience as a lender and banker in Central Virginia. This experience and background position him well to oversee and lead credit administration for our company.”

Carter is a native of Bedford and continues to reside there with his family. He joined BCC September 25, 2017 when he opened a Loan Production Office in Lynchburg. He will continue to oversee the management and growth of the Lynchburg LPO in addition to his senior credit officer position. Carter graduated from Radford University with a B. S. in Business Administration in 1998 and from the Virginia Bankers Association School Bank Management at the University of Virginia in 2015. He also completed the Commercial Lending School sponsored by Risk Management Association at East Carolina University.

Hope C. Brown has been promoted to vice president – senior financial officer. “Hope is an outstanding banker who has risen through the ranks at BCC to assume this senior management position. Hope understands the culture and knows the operational aspects of our Company probably better than anyone else. Her experience and calm demeanor make her an invaluable member of our management team.” stated Gilliam.

Brown is a native of Charlotte County and resides with her husband in Charlotte Court House. She joined BCC February 1988. Brown graduated from the Virginia Bankers School of Bank Management at the University of Virginia in 2004. She also completed a Data Processing Certificate Program and numerous accounting courses at Southside Virginia Community College.

Dana M. Clark has been promoted to executive secretary and benefits manager. “Dana is well qualified for the new responsibilities she is taking on and all of us on the management team look forward to working with her in her new role.” stated Gilliam.

Clark is a native of Charlotte County and currently resides with her family in the Old Well community. She joined BCC July 3, 2000 as a part-time teller and has served in numerous roles over the years to include teller, BSA officer, benefits manager, and numerous other operational roles. She also serves as the Bank’s representative on the 21st Century Committee, Central Middle School providing financial education to students and parents. Clark graduated from the Virginia Bankers School of Bank Management at the University of Virginia in 2011.