June 20, 2006

Christie Miller
(804) 545-5805
-Southside representative has served on the board for two years-

RICHMOND - The Board of Directors of the Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) today announced that it has selected Charles H. Majors to serve as the board’s chairman. Majors, President and CEO of American National Bank & Trust Company in Danville, succeeds J. Thomas Fowlkes who served as board chairman for two two-year terms. Majors was appointed to the board in January 2004 by former Governor Mark R. Warner.

“The Partnership’s mission to attract quality jobs and investment is vital to the economic success of the Commonwealth,” Majors said. “I’ve enjoyed contributing to that process as a board member and it will be an honor to serve as VEDP’s board chairman.”

Majors, a graduate of Auburn University and the University of Virginia School of Law, has been president of American National Bank & Trust Company in Danville since 1993. Prior to assuming his position with the bank, Majors was a senior partner with the Danville law firm of Clement & Wheatley. He also has served on a host of other boards and commissions.

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership, a marketing organization, was created by the Virginia General Assembly in 1995 to encourage, stimulate, and support the development and expansion of the economy of the Commonwealth. The Partnership is a state authority, which is governed by a 21-member Board of Directors appointed by the Governor and the Virginia General Assembly. To accomplish its objectives of promoting economic expansion within the Commonwealth, the Partnership focuses its efforts on business recruitment, expansion and international trade.


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