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Bank of the James announces promotion of Thomas D. Rea to Executive Vice President and Regional Commercial Executive

Harrisonburg, VA, January 5, 2022--Thomas D. Rea has been named Executive Vice President and Regional Commercial Executive.  With this promotion, Mr. Rea will lead Market Presidents in the Bank’s newer markets as we continue to grow throughout Virginia. His expanded responsibilities will run concurrently with those presently associated with his role as President of the Harrisonburg / Shenandoah Valley market.
Mike Syrek, President of Bank of the James, comments, “Thomas has been instrumental in the growth of Bank of The James since he was hired almost 7 years ago.   Through his leadership, Thomas not only opened BOTJ’s first full-service branch outside the Lynchburg region, but the Harrisonburg market he oversees has flourished during this time.  We are very excited to have Thomas take on a larger role to help achieve many of the strategic initiatives we have at Bank of The James.”
Thomas joined the bank in 2015 to open the Harrisonburg office and has successfully grown the market and the team.  In 2020, Thomas and his team were instrumental in rolling out the Bank’s Paycheck Protection Program and assisting all markets in their effort to provide much needed help during very uncertain times. 
Prior to joining Bank of the James, Thomas held various roles at SunTrust, Rockingham Heritage Bank (later named United Bank) and First Bank and Trust.  Thomas holds a B.S. in Finance with Management as a double major from Virginia Tech as well as an MBA from James Madison University.  He continues to be involved with various non-profits and efforts in and throughout the Valley. 
About the Company
Bank of the James, a wholly owned subsidiary of Bank of the James Financial Group, Inc. opened for business in July 1999 and is headquartered in Lynchburg, Virginia. The bank serves customers in Virginia from offices located in Altavista, Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford, Blacksburg, Charlottesville, Forest, Harrisonburg, Lexington, Lynchburg, Madison Heights, Roanoke, and Rustburg. The bank offers full investment and insurance services through its BOTJ Investment Services division and BOTJ Insurance, Inc. subsidiary. The bank provides mortgage loan origination through Bank of the James Mortgage, a division of Bank of the James. Bank of the James Financial Group, Inc. common stock is listed under the symbol “BOTJ” on the NASDAQ Stock Market, LLC.
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