FAIRFAX, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Freedom Bank of Virginia (OTCQX:FDVA), (the “Bank” or “Freedom Bank”) announced today that its Board of Directors has nominated Joseph M. English III, Kevin J. Kooman, and Maury Peiperl as directors and will be recommending their election at the company’s annual meeting on May 28, 2019.
“The nomination of these three talented professionals completes the restructuring of our board to a total of nine directors who have deep leadership experience, vast domain knowledge, and unique insight in our local markets,” said H. Jason Gold, Freedom Bank Chairman. “I would also be remiss if I did not recognize the efforts of the six dedicated Directors who have retired since the beginning of 2018, including Richard C. Litman, Craig S. Underhill, Alvin E. Nashman, Terry L. Collins, Robert Falese Jr., and G. Thomas Collins Jr.,” continued Gold.
Joseph M. English III (53) has over thirty years of experience as a Certified Public Accountant, registered investment advisor, and personal financial specialist. Joe began his accounting career in 1988 and became a partner at Burdette Smith and Bish LLC in 1998. Mr. English’s focus is on financial reporting, audits, reviews, compilations, tax planning, and compliance for individuals and businesses. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Wheeling Jesuit University in Wheeling, West Virginia.
Kevin J. Kooman (49) has over 20 years of investment banking and financial management experience. He is a partner in the private equity firm, Patriot Financial Partners, L.P. Prior to joining Patriot, Kevin served as a Vice President of Investment Banking at Janney Montgomery Scott LLC in the firm’s Financial Institutions Group. He has previously held the positions of Divisional Controller and Manager of Financial Operations at CIGNA Corp and at ACE Limited. He began his career as a CPA in the Philadelphia Office of Arthur Andersen LLP.
Maury Peiperl (57) is the Dean of the George Mason University School of Business. Prior to joining George Mason University, he was Director (Dean) of Cranfield School of Management, one of the UK’s leading business schools. Previously, he was Professor of Leadership at IMD in Switzerland, and a professor at the London Business School, where he co-founded the pioneering EMBA-Global. He holds several academic degrees including a BS in Engineering from Princeton University, a Masters of Business Administration, Master of Arts and a PhD from Harvard University.
“I am thrilled and honored to be working with these three incredibly talented leaders as a part of our revitalized and engaged Board of Directors to achieve the new vision for Freedom Bank,” said Joseph J. Thomas, Freedom Bank President and CEO. “Their skill sets and experience will assist the bank and our executives in forging lead relationships with businesses, real estate owners, and professionals across the Northern Virginia/Washington DC MSA, building new industry verticals to deliver unique sector-specific solutions to clients, and utilizing innovative technology to meet the banking needs of our customers in the way they wish to be served,” Thomas added.
About Freedom Bank
Freedom Bank is a community-oriented bank headquartered in Fairfax, Virginia with total assets of $478 million and total deposits of $395 million at March 31, 2019. The bank has locations in Fairfax, Vienna, Reston, and Chantilly and a mortgage division headquartered in Chantilly. The bank’s stock trades on the OTCQX market as FDVA. For information about Freedom Bank’s deposit and loan services, visit the Bank’s website at www.freedombankva.com.
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