Close to 350 bankers from all over Virginia made their presence known at the General Assembly last week at the VBA’s annual Banker Day event. Bank of Botetourt was represented by 6 employees: Watts Steger, Jennifer Theimer, Andy Shotwell, Paul Murphy, Cari Humphries and Tina Simpson. This year’s record attendance number clearly demonstrates that Virginia bankers are engaged and understand the importance of a strong grassroots effort as the 2011 General Assembly session begins. Led by VBA Chairman Charley Majors and VBA Government Relations Committee Chairman Chris Bergstrom, the day started with a greeting by House Speaker William J. Howell and a briefing by VBA staff. Bankers then met with their state legislators throughout the morning. Bank of Botetourt staffers met with Bill Cleaveland, Ralph Smith and Lacey Putney. The luncheon featured a discussion with Governor McDonnell, who provided a timely and insightful update on key issues before the General Assembly. Both legislators and lobbyists from other industries took note of the significant banker turnout at this key event.
submitted by Cari Humphries