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Meet the 2014 Virginia Small Business Award winners

Devon M. Henry embodies a “Heart of a Champion.” The CEO of Team Henry Enterprises, LLC in Newport News leads the list of Virginia’s 2014 Small Business award winners. Nineteen total winners from across the state will be recognized at this year’s “Heart of a Champion” awards luncheon. Winners will be recognized during a luncheon June 13 at the Richmond Omni. Details about the event can be found at


The list for this year’s winners:

  • Small Business Person of the Year: Devon M. Henry, CEO of Team Henry Enterprises, LLC in Newport News
  • Community of the Year: The City of Chesapeake, Mayor Alan P. Krasnoff
  • Contractor of the Year: Marcos Silva, President of M&F Concrete Inc. in Manassas
  • Sub-contractor of the Year: Roberto Ortiz, President and CEO of AVMAC LLC in Chesapeake
  • Exporter of the Year: Sara McCaleb Baldwin, CEO of New Ravenna Mosaics in Exmore
  • Minority Business Champion of the Year: Oliver Singleton, President of the Metropolitan Business League in Richmond
  • Women in Business Champion of the Year: Angela Barber, Small Business Development Coordinator for the City Of Chesapeake Economic Development
  • Veterans Business Champion of the Year: Fred Wellman, CEO of ScoutComms, Inc. in Stafford
  • Financial Services (Credit Union) Champion of the Year: Natasha Merz, Vice-President of Business Lending for Langley Federal Credit Union in Newport News
  • Financial Services (Bank) Champion of the Year: Marie Taylor Leibson, Senior Vice President, Sonabank in Warrenton
  • SCORE Chapter of the Year: Martinsville SCORE Chapter #540 in Martinsville, Bob Brown, Chairman
  • Small Business Development Center Excellence and Innovation Center Award: Small Business Development Center of Hampton Roads, Inc. in Norfolk, Jim Carroll, Executive Director


Virginia’s top small business SBA lenders will also be recognized during the awards luncheon:

  • Top Certified Development Company: Tidewater Business Financing Corp, R. Patrick Gomez, President
  • Top 504 First Trust Lender: BB&T, Doug Roth, Senior Vice President
  • Top Credit Union: Langley Federal Credit Union, Natasha Merz, Senior Vice President
  • Top Community Bank:
    • Live Oak Banking Company Neil L. Underwood, President
    • Celtic Bank, Frederick W. Crispen, Senior Vice President
  • Top Intermediate Bank: Sonabank, Marie Taylor Leibson, Senior Vice President
  • Top Overall Lender: BB&T, Doug Roth, Senior Vice President