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Fall 2019 - 3rd Quarter

Cunningham joins Benchmark Board of Directors

Benchmark Bankshares, Inc., holding company for Benchmark Community Bank, is pleased to announce the addition of Halifax attorney Joel C. Cunningham, Jr. to its Board of Directors. 

A native of Halifax County and member of the Virginia Bar Association since 1998, Cunningham is the managing attorney and founder of the Cunningham Law Group, P.C., in Halifax, focusing exclusively on Social Security and Disability Law. He received his Juris Doctor in 1997 from North Carolina Central University School of Law following his 1988 graduation from Hampton University. He and his wife Elizabeth (DeCosta) are the parents of two children Joel Daniel and Evelyn Ann.

In making the announcement, Benchmark President/CEO Jay Stafford said, “Joel Cunningham is a wonderful addition to our Board of Directors. Professionally, he assists people with some of the most complicated situations people face as they age or become disabled. Personally, he demonstrates his commitment to the community through his work with organizations contributing to the quality of life in Halifax County.”

With the addition of Cunningham, the Benchmark Bankshares, Inc. Board of Directors numbers 12 members representing a broad range of the bank’s geographic service footprint.

Benchmark All Hands Day 2019

Every other year, Benchmark employees from all reaches of the bank's footprint come together for a day of fellowship, food, fun, and training on topics relevant to the next phase of institutional growth. All Hands Day was highlighted by the incorporation of high-tech Q&A, timely presentations from the Executive Management team, and a focus on the need for vigilance as the need for stronger security envelopes our cyberspace, as well as our physical presence. 

Allen and Martin complete VBA training

VP Earl (Jake) Allen (second from right) graduated from the Virginia Bankers Association (VBA) School of Bank Management in Charlottesville, VA. His graduation completes a three-year comprehensive program of study of all phases of bank administration. Allen serves Benchmark as Compliance/BSA/CRA/Fair Lending Officer.

VP/Operations Nicole Martin completed the Virginia Bankers Association’s Executive Leadership Institute (ELI) during 3rd quarter 2019. An intensive five-month course, ELI focuses on topics designed to "enhance the leadership, organizational and performance skills of the highly-motivated, high potential, and successful banker." A biennial course, ELI will be offered again in 2021.

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