We’re not sure if it counts as a conspiracy if it is so blatant and public. But anyways, it is time for everyone in the Richmond area to take a closer look at Vulture (Venture) Richmond, who is involved, and what they are pushing in this city. We are posting the entire list of their Board of Directors, taken from their website, below. We are also teasing out some of the obvious connections between these people are various icky things happening in Richmond and conflicts of interest. But please take a look at the list and see if you can pull out some connections of your own. We would love to hear em.

Basically though, Venture Richmond is closely connected to local media, City council members, the privatization of Monroe park, the Revitalize RVA plan, and attempts to get their own Tax exemptions. All the struggles are connected, and Venture Richmond just highlights the intensity of intersectionality in Richmond right now.

John W. Bates III of McGuireWoods is on the Venture Richmond Board AND is on the Monroe Park Conservancy as one of the 4 citizen representatives. Not that citizens in Richmond had any say regarding the creation of the Monroe Park Conservancy, the renovation plans, the idea of considering privatizing Monroe Park, or how many and what type of citizen might represent citizens on the board.

From local politicians, we have Mayor Dwight Jones, City Councilman and Council President Charles Samuels, and City Councilwoman and Council Vice President Ellen Robertson. So not only is the Mayor involved in this massive conflict of interest, but so are 2 out of the 9 City Council Members. It would seem only fair that they would be not allowed to participate in any votes regarding projects Venture Richmond is working on.

From local media we have Thomas Silvestri, the President and publisher of the Richmond Times-Dispatch, which seems like a potential conflict of interest in the news coverage of local issues by the paper. Sounds like the news coverage of Venture Richmond in the paper is about as fair and balanced as Fox news.

James E. Ukrop, the Principal, New Richmond Ventures, is on Venture Richmond’s board, and his relative is R. Scott Ukrop, who is also one of the 4 citizen members of the Monroe Park Conservancy.

If you have the time and inclination, check out the financials of Venture Richmond here:

From the Venture Richmond website:

Board of directors


Chairman and CEO

Jacqueline McClenney-Wallace*
President, McClenney Wallace, PC

Vice chairman and chairman of executive committee

Mary Doswell
Senior vice president, Alternative Energy Solutions, Dominion


Dwight C. Jones**
Mayor, City of Richmond

Immediate past chairman and CEO

Robert W. Woltz Jr.*


Mark R. Merhige*
President, The Shockoe Company


Thomas Brown*
Vice chairman, Rutherford

General Counsel

John W. Bates III, Esq.***
Partner, McGuire Woods LLP

Assistant Secretary

Jacquelyn E. Stone
Partner, McGuire Woods LLP

Board members

  • Farhad Aghdami*
    Partner, Williams Mullen
  • Ken Ampy*
    CEO, Astyra Corporation
  • Robert Angle
    Partner, Troutman Sanders
  • Ed Ayers*
    President, University of Richmond
  • Stephen E. Baril
    Attorney, Sands Anderson
  • William Beale*
    CEO, Union First Market Bank
  • Peter Bernard*
    CEO, Bon Secours Richmond Health System
  • Jean Boone
    Advertising director, Richmond Free Press
  • Margaret Bowen*
    Vice president, Human Resources, Mergers and Acquisitions, Reynolds Packaging Group
  • Yvonne Brandon**
    Richmond Public Schools, Superintendant
  • Aisha Bullard
    Central Virginia Family Services
  • Stacy Burrs*
    Owner/president, Capacity Development, LLC
  • Tim Butturini*
    Regional president, Wells Fargo Bank
  • James Carleton**
    Chairman, RRHA Board of Commissioners
  • Peter Chapman**
    Deputy CAO, City of Richmond
  • Jonathan Coleman
    The New Y-Capp, Inc.
  • Sharon Dabney-Wooldridge*
    President and CEO
    The Klean Kare Team
  • Tim Davey*
    Vice president, business development, Timmons Group
  • Patrick Farrell*
    CEO, Henrico Doctors’ Hospital
  • Candace Formacek*
    Vice president and treasurer, Universal Corporation
  • Moses Foster*
    President and CEO, West Cary Group
  • Jerry Fox
    Partner-In-Charge, Cherry, Bekaert and Holland
  • B. Keith Fulton*
    Vice president, Mid-Atlantic Region and State Government Affairs, Verizon
  • Stephen Gannon*
    EVP and Deputy General Counsel, Capital One
  • Gary Gore*
    Managing Director of U.S. Trust/BofA Private Wealth Management/Richmond Market President, Bank of America
  • Thomas E. Gottwald*
    President and CEO, NewMarket Corporation
  • Robert J. Grey, Jr., Esq.
    Partner, Hunton and Williams
  • Brenton S. Halsey
    Chairman emeritus, James River Corporation
  • Adam Harrell*
    Co-managing partner, Harrell and Chambliss
  • Monroe E. Harris, Jr., DMD
    Principal, Virginia Oral and Facial Surgery
  • Bruce R. Hazelgrove, III*
    Vice president, Corporate Resources, NewMarket Corporation
  • Devon Henry*
    CEO and President, Team Henry Enterprises
  • C.T. Hill**
  • Brian K. Jackson*
    Partner, Hirschler Fleischer
  • Darius Johnson*
    President, Premier Bank, Consolidated Division
  • Kenneth S. Johnson*
    President, Johnson, Inc.
  • Kenneth Jones
    President and CEO, Prestige Construction
  • Rev. Michael J. Jones
    Senior pastor, Village of Faith Ministries
  • Bruce Kay
    Vice president, Markel Corporation
  • C. Burke King*
    President, Virginia market, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Jon King
    CEO, Exclusive Staffing
  • Justin Knight
    President, Apple REIT
  • Otto Konrad
    Partner, Kaufman and Canoles
  • Jeffrey M. Lacker*
    President, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond
  • Richard Lambert
    Vice president/general manager, Scott’s Funeral Home
  • Michael Laming*
    Director, Human Resources, Genworth Financial
  • Nico de Leon*
    President, NXL
  • Charles Macfarlane*
    Managing member, MacFarlane Partners
  • Sal Mancuso*
    Vice president and treasurer, Altria Group, Inc.
  • David Mills
    SVP and corporate secretary, K-Line America, Inc.
  • Rumy Mohta
    CEO, Atlas Branding and Communications
  • John Molster *
    Managing director, Scott and Stringfellow
  • Jay Moore*
    Partner, Hunton and Williams
  • Thomas Osgood
    EVP, CFO and CAO, Xenith Bank
  • Harold Parker, Jr.*
    Owner, Old Dominion Electrical Supply
  • Angela Patton
    Founder, Camp Diva
  • Claude Perkins*
    President, Virginia Union University
  • Burt Pinnock
    Principal, BAM Architects
  • Michael Rao*
    President, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Gary L. Rhodes*
    President, J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College
  • John Rivers
    Manager, Regional Sales, Cisco Systems
  • Ellen Robertson**
    Vice president, Richmond City Council
  • Dr. Pamela Royal*
    CEO, Royal Dermatology and Aesthetic
  • Charles Samuels**
    President, Richmond City Council
  • Lisa Schaffner*
    Director of Public Relations and Marketing, United Network for Organ Sharing
  • Linda Schreiner*
    SVP, Human Resources and Communications, MeadWestvaco
  • Thomas Silvestri*
    President and publisher, Richmond Times-Dispatch
  • Oliver Singleton*
    President/CEO, The Metropolitan Business League
  • Dwight Snead
    President, Dwight Snead Construction
  • Ronald Stallings
    CEO, Walker Row Partnership
  • James Theobald*
    Chairman, Hirschler Fleischer
  • Andrew Thornton*
    President, LaDifference
  • Dr. Eugene P. Trani**
    President emeritus, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Albert W. Thweatt, Sr.
    CEO, Alrod Enterprises
  • James E. Ukrop*
    Principal, New Richmond Ventures
  • Mark Van Sumeren*
    Executive vice president, Business Development, Owens and Minor
  • Leonard Venter
    Managing partner, LAV and Associates
  • Jason Vickers-Smith
    Principal, WVS Companies
  • Marilyn West*
    President and CEO, M. H. West and Co.
  • Brian White
    Principal, SWA Construction
  • Matt Williams*
    CEO, The Martin Agency
  • Michael Zajur*
    Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

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