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Several members of the Norfolk Academy family, including alumni and trustees, were honored in this year's Inside Business Power List.

The annual list highlights those who contribute to the Hampton Roads community's strength. This year's list focused on people helping the region deal with coronavirus - Gov. Ralph Northam was the top choice. This edition also gave special attention to the leaders of local agencies that promote regionalism. 

The list includes the following alumni and current Trustees:

  • Scott Adams '84. He joined CBRE in 1988 as a financial analyst, and navigated an acquisition in 2018 by Colliers International to be named its Virginia president in 2019, Inside Business noted. His volunteer efforts include service as national board chairman of The Honor Foundation and chairman of Old Dominion University’s Veteran Support Services Committee.
  • Trustee Lawrence Bernert III '81. A principal and portfolio manager for Wilbanks Smith & Thomas Asset Management, he is active as a board member for the Employees’ Retirement System of the city of Norfolk, where he chairs its investment committee. He also serves as the board chair of the Children’s Health Foundation, which supports the Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters. 
  • C. Torrey Breeden '93. He joined The Breeden Co., a family firm in real estate development, in 1998, after graduating from the University of Virginia. Now an executive vice president, he is involved in land acquisition and development of new communities across the Southeast. He also serves on the executive management team, which is responsible for the vision of the company. 
  • Paul Hirschbiel '71. He is vice chairman of a company he originally invested in, The Memory Center in Virginia Beach. The magazine noted that he serves on multiple boards for startup businesses, children and disadvantaged families, and has received the Darden Award for Regional Leadership, recognition from the Virginia General Assembly, and membership in the Strome Entrepreneurial Hall of Fame, among other honors.
  • Chuck McPhillips '78. A member of Kaufman & Canoles, he is a business law attorney and the executive vice president of practice management. He also serves on boards in the arts, education, and economic development and business, and is currently president of the Greater Norfolk Corp.
  • Trustee Rony Thomas. President and CEO of LifeNet Health, which is a nonprofit global leader in regenerative medicine and the world’s largest provider of allograft bio-implants and organs for transplantation, Inside Business noted. The organization was recently recognized for its skilled biotechnology and biomedical workforce development programs as a Top 125 for 2020 by Training Magazine.

The list includes several other members of our community, including former trustees, parents of alumni and parents of current students. Among those is Kenneth Alexander, who recently won re-election as Mayor of Norfolk, and who delivered our Vespers Message to the Class of 2019.

Please read more from Inside Business, and see the full list and the Power List Emeritus, who includes more members from Norfolk Academy.



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