as president of the VBA. Among his survivors is his wife Linda Bramblett. We send our condolences to to Pete’s family.
ROBERT F. SHUFORD, SR. HONORED BY THE VPCC BRUCE WHITEHURST SPEAKS ON ENTREPRENEURSHIP;VISITS WITH VBA BANK DAY SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM WINNER Bruce Whitehurst, President and CEO of the VBA, spoke at the University of Virginia’s College at Wise on Nov. 19 as part of the Alfred and Shirley Wampler Caudill Lecture in Entrepreneurship Series. “Banking on Entrepreneurs” was the subject of the lecture, which was open to the public. Dr. Donald W. Caudill endowed the Alfred and Shirley Wampler Caudill Lecture in Entrepreneurship Series in memory and honor of his parents to promote entrepreneurship. One of the audience members was Victor Scott (pictured here with Bruce), a past VBA Bank Day Scholarship winner, who is now a junior at UVA Wise. He is doing well and was excited to hear Bruce speak on entrepreneurship!
BILLY BEALE TO BE HONORED BY GERMANNA Germanna Community College’s Educational Foundation will honor Billy and Linda Beale with the Foundation’s Distinguished Person of the Year Award for 2014 at an annual event scheduled for Feb. 7 at the Fredericksburg Country Club. The award, which started in 2009, recognizes long-term community service. Congrats to Billy and Linda on this honor!
VBA REMEMBERS PETE AUSTIN We were saddened to hear of the passing of retired banker James Rawley “Pete” Austin on Nov. 20. Pete was a former CEO of Peoples National Bank in Shelbyville, Tenn., joining the bank after a successful banking career in Virginia, where he served
The Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce (VPCC) has named Robert F. Shuford Sr., the 2013 Distinguished Citizen Award recipient. He was nominated and selected for his outstanding leadership qualities and contribution to improving the Peninsula region throughout his lifetime. Shuford was presented the VPCC’s Distinguished Citizen Award at the Chamber Annual Meeting on Dec. 9 at the Newport News Marriott at City Center. Congrats to Shuford on this award!
WE WILL MISS The VBA lost a dear friend and coworker in Eileen Scott (“Scotti”) Kalupa on Dec. 29, 2013. Scotti worked as the executive assistant for former VBA President & CEO Walter Ayers as well as for other members of the VBA team. Scotti worked at the VBA for eight years, retiring in July 2007. Scotti was a beloved mother devoted to her children, a sister, aunt, great-aunt and friend to many. She was a wonderful coworker, and we will miss her dearly.
Telling Your Story Continued from page 5 civic engagement, you as bankers have a lot of great stories to tell as we remind people what banking is really all about. This missionary/preacher’s kid learned a lot about story telling from his mom and dad. I am privileged to be in a role where a big part of my job is to 6 Virginia Banking | January/February 2014
tell the story of banking. Bankers often thank me for the work those of us on the VBA staff do on behalf of Virginia banking. I always appreciate this positive feedback – and it makes me want to do an even better job telling your story – but I also say that representing
bankers is actually a very easy thing for me to do. You see, telling stories about the great people in banking and all the great things they do is an awesome part of my job. Please keep telling your story. We’ll keep telling it too. www.vabankers.org