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Norman "Butch" Smiley III
Jerry Funkhouser
Gaylin Sommers
Amy Loudin

First National Corp., the parent company of First Bank has announced that Norman C. (Butch) Smiley III has joined the bank as regional president of the newly formed South Region following the bank’s acquisition of six branches from Bank of America in Staunton, Dillwyn, Elkton, Farmville, Waynesboro and Woodstock.

Smiley most recently served as president and CEO of Community Bank in Staunton, prior to being acquired in 2013. He began his banking career in 1982 and has served in numerous officer roles, including chief lending officer. He resides in Staunton, where he is actively engaged in numerous community and non-profit associations.

He will be working at the company’s newly-established Staunton regional headquarters, which will be undergoing renovations over the next several months.

First National Corp. has also recruited Paul K. Martin as senior vice president/market executive. Prior to joining First Bank, Martin served in various leadership and business development roles, most recently as senior vice president and senior relationship manager at a local community bank in Staunton.

Martin will be primarily responsible for developing the Staunton, Waynesboro and Augusta County markets. He will also be working at the Staunton regional headquarters.

First Bank has announced the promotion of Jeffrey R. (Jeff) Smith to senior vice president/market executive. Smith joined the company in September 2014. A Dayton native, Smith brings over 23 years of local market experience in both commercial and mortgage lending. He will be primarily responsible for developing the Harrisonburg and Rockingham County markets and will continue to work in the Harrisonburg Loan Production office.
Virginia Farm Bureau Insurance has recognized Jerry Funkhouser as the Ralph Stokes Award honoree during its annual sales conference at the Hilton Richmond Hotel & Spa.

The Ralph Stokes Award is the highest honor a Virginia Farm Bureau insurance agent can achieve.
Eric Schaff and Bill Copp have opened Triton Firearms & Safety Training LLC, a firearms/personal safety training company in Winchester. They specialize in NRA firearms and concealed carry classes, private shooting lessons, pepper spray training and NRA Refuse To Be A Victim seminars. For more information, call 540-974-0608, 540-539-2935 or
Bryon Biggs and Greg Demski have been named to take over the Edward Jones office located at 115 N. Royal Ave. in Front Royal.

Biggs and Demski will be working with Dick Mason and Bret Hrbek to serve investors throughout the Front Royal and Warren County area.
Gaylin A. Sommers, of Broadway, a representative for Modern Woodmen of America, is one of a small percentage of life insurance agents worldwide to achieve membership in the prestigious Million Dollar Round Table this year.
MDRT membership is recognized internationally as the standard of excellence in the life insurance and financial services business.

The local Modern Woodmen office is located at 107-A S. Timber Way, Broadway, 540-896-7571.
Due to an extended period of weak market conditions, Smith Industries Inc. has decided to temporarily close its scrap metal collection facility, Shenandoah Scrap Metal, Inc. at 179 Landfill Road, Edinburg.

The two other scrap metal recycling centers will remain open: Rockingham Scrap Metal, 893 N. Liberty St., Harrisonburg, 540-434-3403, and Winchester Scrap Metal, 1302 Martinsburg Pike, Winchester, 540-667-8440.
Amy Loudin has joined New Leaf Music Therapy, based in Stephens City, a practice based in Stephens City that serves a variety of client populations, including those who need childhood development and IEP support services, mental health and stress management, rehabilitative therapy including pain management, and health and wellness services.

Loudin, a native of King George, is a board-certified music therapist recognized by the American Music Therapy Association. She pursued her graduate music therapy training at Shenandoah University and completed her internship at Shenandoah Valley Westminster-Canterbury, a continuing care retirement community in Winchester. During her internship, Loudin gained experience in Alzheimer’s and dementia care, wellness for older adults, end-of-life care and treatment for mental health issues such as grief and depression. Through music therapy fieldwork placements, she also has experience working with individuals with developmental disabilities, mental disorders and dual diagnoses.

Loudin attended George Mason University, where she graduated summa cum laude with bachelor degrees in music and sociology.

She lives in Warrenton, where she performs in several local groups including the Silver Tones Swing Band and the Piedmont Symphony Orchestra, where she is principal trombonist.

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