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March 26, 2015

Faces of Fauquier: Human capital her career focus

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“I wanted a serene, peaceful place,” Daphne Latimore says of her family’s decision to move here in 2003.
My philosophy is that a companies’ greatest asset are its people. Through workforce programs, people can enhance their organizations as a whole. I’m committed to the development of leaders on all levels. I happen to believe leaders are developed and they are developed early in the workplace.
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Her new job focuses on empowering and training Fauquier County leaders.

Daphne Latimore, a driven businesswoman, recently accepted the position as the first executive director of Leadership Fauquier, a non-profit organization that seeks to enhance civic participation.

She says the position fits well with her business, D.B. Latimore Professional Services Group that focuses on improving organizations’ productivity through human resources consulting and professional coaching.

“My philosophy is that a company’s greatest asset are its people,” Ms. Latimore said. “I’m committed to the development of leaders on all levels.”

With a 30-year background in human resources and leadership development, she “strives for a more connected community.”

Ms. Latimore hopes to follow Leadership Fauquier’s objective of engaging, equipping and connecting leaders in all areas of the county and encouraging civic participation and volunteerism.

The Bealeton resident enjoys “the beauty of the county, the community feel . . . . It’s a serene environment.”

In her free time, she loves to travel the world.

Ms. Latimore will host a one-day “Authenticity Professional Women’s Retreat” on Aug. 1 at the Stoneridge Events Center near Warrenton.

Leadership Fauquier will start its first 10-month experiential leadership program on Sept. 17.

• Age

• Home

• Work
Executive Director, Leadership Fauquier, part-time, for the past month.

Founder and chief executive of D.B. Latimore Professional Services Group LLC since 2012. The firm “specializes in human resource management consulting, professional coaching and workforce seminars,” according to her website.
She developed the Productivity Powered by P.E.O.P.L.E. framework, based on years of working with a variety of leaders to improve workforce productivity.

• Why do you do the job?
My philosophy is that a companies’ greatest asset are its people. Through workforce programs, people can enhance their organizations as a whole. I’m committed to the development of leaders on all levels. I happen to believe leaders are developed and they are developed early in the workplace.
I am a 30-year human resources veteran with a background in leadership development.

• Family
Husband, Ernest, married for 31 years. Two adult children, Ernest Jr., who is in the Navy reserves and Courtney. Three grandchildren.

• Education
Bachelor’s degree, psychology, Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, 1983. Master’s, public administration, Troy State University, 1993. Certified executive coach through the Center for Executive Coaching. Certified senior professional in human resources and human capital strategist.

• Civic and/or church involvement
Member of First Baptist Church in Manassas. Featured careers columnist for Onyx Magazine and the upcoming EM magazine, launching April 18 in Orlando, FL.

• How long have you lived in Fauquier?
Since 2003.

• Why do you live here?
I wanted a serene, peaceful place. I like the beauty of the county, the community feel. It’s away from the hustle and bustle of the city life, but we can also go and experience that.

• How do you describe this county?
It’s a serene environment. It’s very relaxing. I can sit on my porch and drink coffee.

• What would you change about Fauquier?
Strive for a more connected community through Leadership Fauquier. That’s really why I was interested in Leadership Fauquier. Bringing connectivity to the community. A lot of people live here, but don’t work here.

• What do you do for fun?
My hobby is traveling. I just got back from Iceland. My favorite place we have visited is Australia.

• What’s your favorite place in Fauquier?
I really like the small-town feel of Bealeton.

• What will Fauquier be like in 10 years?
I don’t think the structure of Fauquier will change. I envision more connectivity. Growing into a more connected community among the different regions. A maintained peace.

• Favorite TV show?
“Empire,” “Madam Secretary,” “State of Affairs,” “Suits,” “Scandal” and “The Voice.”

• Favorite movie?

• Favorite book?
My favorite author is Jennifer Weiner. I read all the time.

• Favorite vacation spot?
The beach. The ABC Islands in the Caribbean — Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao.

• Favorite food?

• What is the best advice you have ever received? From whom?
My father would always say, “Don’t forget to listen.”

• Who’s your hero and why?
Always my parents. I don’t know how they raised seven children. Our parents found time to nurture each one of us where we were in life and the way they kept us all together. I admire them.

• What would you do if you won $1 million in the lottery?
I would continue to serve as the executive director of Leadership Fauquier. It wouldn’t change me, because I don’t need anything. I would secure the future of my grandchildren. Establish an educational foundation that gave out scholarships. My next phase is to open a community center for adults that would provide community activities.

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Previous Faces of Fauquier:

• Horses extend Louise Summers’ work as teacher.

• As volunteer coach, Jeff Budd develops young wrestlers.

• Fraces Allshouse’s jobs focus on preservation.

• Jessica Smolinski’s book introduces children to Old Town Warrenton.

• Margaret Rice’s job all about fitness and fun in Warrenton.

• Robert Sturgeon has built his 70-employee businesses in Bealeton from scratch.

• 4-H leader Zach Woodward relishes the lessons of farming.

• Hospital auxiliary volunteer Alison Lee also earned fame in drag racing circles.

• Highland School veteran staff member Lise Hicklin always wanted to teach.

• As 9-1-1 dispatcher, Kateland Rich works to maintain calm during crisis.

• Chaplain Liz Danielsen finds a giving community.

• 9-1-1 response in Rodney Woodward’s bloodline.

• Fast talk a tool of the trade for auctioneer Kathy Shumate.

• Sam Poles takes care of varmits.

• Diane King mentors student performers at Fresta Valley Christian School.

• Lewis F. Lee Jr. followed his father into taxidermy business.

• Edward Payne returns to Orlean and to photography with passion.

• Janet Metzger’s Old Town Warrenton shop a hub of creativity.

• Pablo Teodoro bakes to build community.

• Community trails have become passion for retired VDOT engineer Bob Moore.

• Teresa Reynolds makes transition from butcher to museum director.

• After working in New York and Italy, Christine Fox moved home to open fashion boutique 25 years ago.

• Steve Lewis develops hunting reality show on Dish Network.

• Julia Trumbo grew up in the family grocery business.

• Tax preparer Renée Turner enjoys owning a business in Old Town Warrenton.

• ICU staff Carol Jones values patients’ trust.

• Wilson Sanabria grew up working in his family’s Warrenton restaurant and learning to box.

• One-man band Peter Fakoury quit 9-to-5 to learn from children.

• Liberty graduate Brittany Aubrey works in the smile business.

• Walmart cashier Lulu Baer loves to play violin and several community roles.

• In Sandra Alm, SPCA dogs have a loyal companion.

• St. James’ Episcopal new Rector Ben Maas appreciates community’s embrace

• Bicycles dominate work and play for Brian Larson.

• Teaching music therapy combines Abigail Newman’s passions.

• Brenda Rich leads volunteers who organize and run the Fauquier County Fair.

• 1st Sgt. Greg Harris stresses empathy in his job as a supervisor at the county detention center.

• Chuck Tippett challenges the “rich guy” stereotype about pilots.

• County government employee Surja Tamang previously worked as a Mt. Everest sherpa.

• Woody Isaac found his calling as a chef at age 16.

• Horses take Tommy Lee Jones all over the county.

• Retired nurse Angela Neal continues to volunteer in hospital ER.

• Gilmer Lee really knows high school sports in Fauquier.

• Stage remains central to Tim Bambara’s life journey.

• Bus driver Melissa Strain’s weekend job all about “fun.”

• Bartender Taylor Edgar has a pretty good standup routine.

• A nomad childhood led Paul Schmeling to start a moving company.

• Adam Lynch’s family owns café with local food focus and a special name.

• Patricia McMahon Rice turns passion for art into her livelihood.

• Cindy D’Ambro works as “director of first impressions” at LFCC.

• Ginger Hilleary leads local literacy organization.

• Farmers with groundhog problems call Rod Kirkpatrick.

• Horses “retire” to work with Jeanne Blackwell.

• Remington cattle farmer Doug Linton loves his home and work.

• Sports central to Robert Glascock’s life’s work.

• For Richard Mast, company ownership started with his summer work as a teenager.

• Bernice Simpson knows northern Fauquier back roads and the people who live along them.

• Eddie Payne has logged 38 years as a volunteer firefighter in Marshall.

• Stephanie Layton turns her lifelong passion for dance into her livelihood.

• Shawn LaRue matches children and adoptive families.

• Biker and psychology major Clif Stroud makes music in a big way.

• Becky Crouch greets lots of visitors.

• She helped blaze trail to equality for black teachers.

• Family and food come first for Marshall pizzeria employee.

• Rural “closeness” of Fauquier appeals to Kansas native

• A “spoke” in the wheel of preservation.

• His job dovetails with passion for hunting

• Veteran educator sees the potential in every child.

• His passions: Fixing cars and helping people

• Habitat ReStore volunteer appreciates Fauquier’s diversity.

• Dad’s example led to new career at Fauquier Hospital.

• He lives and works in a beautiful place.

• The Goldvein firehouse ranks as his favorite place.

• Pretty things everywhere she looks.

• Through scouting, he encourages girls to explore.

• One day, he might run the company.

• FISH volunteer likes to help others.

• She sees the community’s generosity.

• Cop patrols while most people sleep.

• Pastor a constant in Calverton.

• She keeps the courthouse spotless.

• He loves working working outdoors at the park.

• She sees “everyone” at Carousel

• Library assistant works in a “fun place"

• Hat lady sets up shop in Old Town Warrenton

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