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Hall to be new president of Urbanna Business Association

Above, seated from left, are Lewis Hall, incoming Urbanna Business Association (UBA) president, and Karen Lowe, outgoing president. UBA members, standing from left, are Michele Hutton, EVB Bank; Kate Oliver, Southside Sentinel; Steve Hollberg, Steven S. Hollberg, CPA; Betty Page Bristow, Cyndy’s Bynn; Elizabeth Faudree, Citizens and Farmers Bank; Captain Phil Loftis, Urbanna Cruises; Judith Dickerson, Atherston Hall Bed and Breakfast; George Throckmorton, member-at-large; Susan Ray, Lowe Tide; and Sarah Kimble, Something Different. The UBA meets the third Thursday of each month at a different location each month. (Photo by Larry Chowning)

by Larry Chowning

There will be a change of guard in the Urbanna Business Association (UBA) on July 1 when current president Karen W. Lowe, owner of Lowe Tide LLC in Urbanna, steps down as president, and Lewis Hall of Urbanna will become the new UBA president. 

“I felt it was a good time to step down, after finding what I and other board members felt was a good fit (Hall) to continue on with the progress that has been made over the years,” said Lowe.

Lowe plans on staying very active in the community and UBA. “I just felt it was time to get some new energy and ideas from others,” she said.

“I would like to thank the UBA for its strong support in membership and those who have taken so much time from their own businesses to volunteer in keeping Urbanna the tourist town it needs to be,” said Lowe.

Lowe said she has built a good, positive working relationship with Urbanna Town Administrator Holly Gailey, Mayor Steve Hollberg, and Middlesex County Director of Economic Development and Tourism Michelle Brown.  

“I believe it does take a village working together and respecting each other to accomplish all that we have created,” she said. 

“Most importantly, I want to thank my team at Lowe Tide for supporting my efforts, being loyal and trustworthy in allowing me time away from my business.”

Hall is an Urbanna native, CPA and co-owner of the Chesapeake Inn and The Works Bar & Grill on Virginia Street. He retired in 2014 after working 32 years for Keiter, a large Richmond certified public accounting firm. While at Keiter, he worked closely with businesses, mainly in the Richmond area, on accounting, tax and consulting matters. Hall served as managing partner of Keiter his last 15 years with the firm.

He also has been involved with a number of charitable organizations over the years and had over 28 years of service with the South Richmond Rotary Club, of which he was a president.

Since his retirement from Keiter, Hall has worked with Transact Capital, a Richmond-based investment banking and business brokerage firm, in addition to various other ventures.

He is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Merger and Acquisition Advisor. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the American Merger and Acquisition Alliance.

Hall graduated from Christchurch School, attended the University of Richmond and graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Hall said he hopes to build on the “great work” done by Lowe over the past three years. “One of the keys to make that happen will be to increase participation in the UBA and get input from business owners,” he said.

“I have already had a number of conversations with business owners and there are a lot of great ideas to build on previous successes,” he said.

Hall and his wife Cerise have two daughters and three grandchildren, and they live in Urbanna.

posted 06.22.2016

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