HAMPTON, Va., Nov. 4, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Old Point Financial Corporation (NASDAQ: OPOF) is proud to announce that Rob Shuford, Jr., President & CEO of Old Point National Bank was named Virginia Association of Community Banks' (VACB), Community Banker of the Year for 2016.
Steve Yeakel, President & CEO of the VACB said, "Rob's life story is inspiring. He started in the mail room at the bank, returned to the bank after military service to become the bank's first information technology officer, and worked his way to leadership, where he now leads the bank very successfully in challenging times." According to Yeakel, nominees were evaluated based on their leadership and community involvement, as well as for their industry advocacy and contributions to the vitality of their bank.
Yeakel also had high praise for Shuford's advocacy efforts. "Community banks enable economic growth in our economy, especially for small businesses, but they are restrained by burdensome regulations and an un-level playing field. Rob goes well beyond understanding that. He engages policymakers and regulators on a regular basis to tell his bank's story, and to ask for their help in allowing them to play a greater role in job creation and building the local economy."
Shuford was presented with the award at the Chairman's Banquet during VACB's 39th annual convention in October. VACB Chairman Mike Ewing explained the origin of the awards. "VACB is committed to do more to identify and celebrate the people who make community banking what it is – an invaluable element of the fabric of the communities they serve. This year, we heard story after story of people going above and beyond the call, to help, to educate, to guide, to comfort their fellow citizens, to make life better, for a single customer or a whole community."
"We're pleased for Rob, his family and his team at Old Point National Bank, that his colleagues across the Commonwealth are able to express our appreciation for him in this way," said Ewing.
About Robert F. Shuford, Jr.
Rob, a native of Hampton Virginia, grew up immersed in the Old Point culture. Starting in the mailroom and working on special projects during his summer breaks from Duke University, Rob laid the groundwork for a career in banking that would begin more than decade later. After graduating from Duke University with a degree in Biomedical Engineering, Rob was commissioned into the US Navy in 1986 and in 1990 returned to a civilian career path with a focus on operations and efficiency. In 1998, with a growing family of five, the Shufords returned home to Hampton and Rob accepted a position with Old Point as Vice President of Technology. In 2003 he was promoted to Chief Operating Officer, directing the strategic plan for the organization and managing all retail, operations, and marketing functions within the bank.
Focused on continuing his education, Rob earned diplomas from the Virginia Bankers Association School of Bank Management, BAI Graduate School of Bank Operations and Technology, and the CIVIC Leadership Institute. He challenges both himself and his employees to increase their knowledge daily and to stay on the cutting edge of financial and marketplace trends.
Over the years, Rob has committed his talent and time to dozens of organizations, including serving as the Chair of the Board of Directors for the Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce. He also holds a position on the Board of Directors for the Civic Leadership Institute (Treasurer), the Board of Directors for the Hampton History Museum Association (Treasurer), the Board of Trustees for the Virginia Bankers Association School of Bank Management (Chair), as well as many others. Rob was also named to Inside Business' "Power List" in 2015 and 2016, which recognized his leadership and vision in our Hampton Roads business community.
Old Point National Bank is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Old Point Financial Corporation with branches throughout Hampton Roads. It is a full service bank offering a wide range of financial services, from solutions focused on individuals and small businesses to comprehensive commercial services. www.OldPoint.com
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