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December 30, 2021

Biz Buzz: Chamber presents its top awards for 2021

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Fauquier Chamber 2021 Business Person of the Year Carmen Rivera (center) with Chairwoman Marianne Clyde and Chairwoman-elect Michelle Coe.
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Allen Wayne Ltd.’s gold “Davey Awards” from Academy of Interactive & Visual Arts.
The Fauquier Chamber of Commerce recently announced its top award recipients for 2021.

Presented during a luncheon at Fauquier Springs Country Club, the four awards went to:

• Businessperson of the Year – Carmen Rivera of State Farm Insurance
Ms. Rivera has worked with State Farm Insurance since 2000, and has operated her own agency for five years. Active in the community, she founded the Real Men Wear Pink Campaign of Fauquier and participates in numerous fundraisers for military veterans, first responders and the local schools. Ms. Rivera also serves on the chamber board and the Be The Change Foundation Advisory Board.

• Small Business of the Year – Bedrosian Cleaning Services
Austin Bedrosian and his wife Sarah opened their business in 2018 when they discovered they were expecting their first child, Charli. “Since then, they have gone above and beyond the expectations of their corporate clients, leading with both dependability and quality of work,” chamber Executive Director Alec Burnett said.

• Large Business of the Year – Claire's at the Depot
“Claire’s at the Depot is an iconic restaurant in Warrenton, being recognized as one of the Top 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in the Country by OpenTable and WTOP,” Mr. Burnett said. Claire Lamborne opened the restaurant in February 2005.

• Nonprofit of the Year – Fauquier SPCA
“The Fauquier SPCA has rehomed and placed thousands of animals, from cats, dogs, pigs, goats, sheep and more to their forever homes,” Mr. Burnett said. “Throughout the pandemic, they’ve continued to conduct a highly professional organization, while working closely with community collaborators to raise awareness on animal welfare in Fauquier.”

Allen Wayne Ltd. wins branding gold

Vint Hill-based Allen Wayne Ltd. has received two gold “Davey Awards” from the Academy of Interactive & Visual Arts in New York for design and branding work.

The Davey Awards honor the “Davids” of creativity — small agencies and firms worldwide.

Allen Wayne Gold awards for its branding and design for Beltway Brewing Co. and Veterans Outdoor Fund. Robert Pace, the local firm’s creative director, and web designer Emily Robillard produced the award-winning work.

“After designing several amazing labels for Beltway, we were excited to partner with Allen Wayne to develop our refreshed retail brand,” said brewing company owner Sten Sellier. “They did an incredible job aligning with our mission and bringing our vision to life. Their branding work has helped us better connect with our local community and creatively communicate the Beltway experience.”

VOF board member Ashley Leigh said: “Allen Wayne was a perfect fit. They assisted with identifying our core objectives and provided us a simple pathway to get results. They were with us the from start to finish and were especially attentive to the details. Their creativity and ability to capture our thoughts was nothing short of amazing.”

Mr. Pace said, “We are extremely honored to receive such an important award for our branding efforts and am grateful our hard work has been recognized, as I am certain our fellow competitors are very capable, creative individuals . . . .

“I sincerely thank the Davey judges for these awards, and our friends at Beltway and VOF for trusting us with their brands.”

Oak View Bankshares established

Warrenton-based Oak View National Bank has completed the creation of a holding company.

Oak View Bankshares Inc. has become the bank’s parent company, a reorganization that stockholders approved in August.

In the reorganization, stockholders exchanged each outstanding share of the bank's common stock for one share of the new company's common stock.

The change will give the company more flexibility in conducting business, according to CEO and Chairman Michael Ewing.

“The reorganization was undertaken due to the phenomenal growth we have experienced over the last 18 months,” Mr. Ewing said. “It will provide a vehicle for access to new capital to support an increased capacity to allow continued growth of the bank.

“We are excited about the opportunities this reorganization will bring to our Company and the impact it will have on our strategic direction which is in the best interests of our customers, our employees, our community and our shareholders.”

The company’s common stock continues to trade over the counter under the same ticker symbol, OAKV, that the bank used.

Shareholders who hold stock certificates will not be required to exchange bank certificates for company certificates but will have the option to do so by contacting the transfer agent, Computershare Inc., P.O. Box 505000, Louisville, Ky. 40233-5000, or by telephone at 800-368-5948.

Founded in 2009, Oak View National Bank has branches in Warrenton, Marshall and Culpeper and a loan production office in Washington, Va.

Oak View’s total assets stood at $327.72 million Sept. 30, and deposits totaled $283.73 million.

Walker Jones earns accolades

Founded 43 years ago in Warrenton, Walker Jones PC has been recognized nationally as a “Best Law Firm 2022” by U.S. News & World Report.

Amy Totten, a partner who focuses on family law, was recognized as a “Best Lawyer 2022” by U.S. News & World Report.

With a branch office in Washington, Va., Walker Jones also received regional recognition from Northern Virginia Magazine. Partners Susan Pierce, focusing in personal Injury, Michael Brown, with a general civil practice (real estate, estate planning, and zoning and land use), and Ms. Totten, were chosen as “Top Lawyers 2021” by their Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C., peers. They were featured in the December issue of Northern Virginia Magazine.
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