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Alliance To Welcome Five Distinguished Business Leaders into the Business Hall of Fame

LYNCHBURG, VA- The Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance is pleased to announce five new inductees into the 2021 Business Hall of Fame. Launched in 2018, the Business Hall of Fame recognizes individuals who have substantially impacted our community across the Lynchburg region through a lifetime of business excellence, service, and personal achievement. These business professionals are recognizable as industry leaders, remarkable local innovators, and trail blazers and were selected from a pool of excellent nominees for this year’s class.

The Alliance is pleased to announce the 2021 class of recipients are:
 • J. Everette “Ebo” Fauber, III, Dominion Seven Architects (retired)
 • Rodger W. Fauber, Chairman, Board of Directors, Centra Health (retired)
 • Stuart C. Fauber, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the University of Lynchburg, Captain, U.S. Naval Reserves (retired)
 • John A. Fees, Chairman, BWX Technologies
 • Adolphus Humbles (deceased, 1845-1926)

“The Alliance’s Hall of Fame laureates are part of a league of outstanding individuals who have made legendary contributions to our region through business,” said Megan Lucas, the Alliance’s CEO & Chief Economic Development Officer. “These laureates lead by example and provide inspiration for all generations in the region. They have experienced a lifetime of business success and have set powerful examples for others to follow.”

These inductees will be officially recognized at the Business Hall of Fame Gala presented by Liberty University, on Friday, December 3, 2021, from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at the historic Virginian Hotel in downtown Lynchburg. Admission is $100 per person, or you can reserve a corporate table of 8 for $1,000. We are close to selling out however there will be a waiting list. Attendees must RSVP by November 23, 2021. To RSVP for the Hall of Fame or for more information, please call (434) 845-5966, email info@LynchburgRegion.org, or visit us online at LynchburgRegion.org.

About This Year’s Inductees

J. Everette “Ebo” Fauber, III, is a graduate of Christchuch College Preparatory School and the University of Virginia where he studied Architecture. He is the founding principal of Fauber Architects, now known as Dominion Seven. During his career he received gubernatorial appointments from 4 different Virginia governors from 1989 to 2011 and served on the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) as well as the former Region 2000 Workforce Development Board and the Bedford County Board of Supervisors. Mr. Fauber is also the 1982 recipient of the Alliance’s F.M. “Dink” Cloyd Award for outstanding service. Mr. Fauber’s brothers, Rodger and Stuart, have also gone on to lead remarkable careers worthy of induction into the Business Hall of Fame.

Rodger Fauber is a graduate of E.C. Glass High School and attended Washington and Lee University and Columbia University as well as the Stonier Graduate School of Banking at Rutgers University and the Member American Institute of Banking. Rodger served at Central Fidelity Bank for 30 years, 15 of which as the President of the Western Region until he retired in 1996. He has served on many local boards including the United Way of Central Virginia, Sweet Briar College, Central Virginia Community College Foundation, Centra Health, and the Al Stroobants Foundation, just to name a few. He also served on the Governor’s Advisory Committee for the Regional Competitiveness Act and received the Excellence in Governance Award from the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association. Mr. Fauber is also a recipient of the Alliance’s F.M. “Dink” Cloyd Award as well as the 2001 recipient of the George Taylor Stewart III Award for service to the community.

Stuart Fauber also attended Washington and Lee University where he studied economics and then entered the Naval Officer Candidate School in Newport, RI upon graduation. He served three years active duty as Navigator and Communications Officer on board the USS Richard E. Kraus (DD 849). Mr. Fauber is also a graduate of Lynchburg College, now the University of Lynchburg, as well as the Stonier Graduate School of Banking at Rutgers University, the University of Oklahoma, Northwestern University, and the College of Financial Planning in Denver, CO. He began his banking career in 1974 with First & Merchants National Bank where he rose to the position of Assistant Vice President. In 1982, he joined United Virginia Bank as Vice President and by 1992 was promoted to Senior Vice President. After serving as the President of SunTrust Bank from 1998-2008, he retired and joined the Greater Lynchburg Community Trust (now known as the Greater Lynchburg Community Foundation) where he served as President & CEO until 2015. Mr. Fauber, like his brothers, is also the 2005 recipient of the Alliance’s F.M. “Dink” Cloyd Award.

John Fees is the chairman of BWX Technologies, Inc. (BWXT). He has served as chairman of the company since 2010, following its spin-off from McDermott International, Inc. He was CEO of McDermott from October 2008 until July 2010, at which time he retired from the company with 31 years of service. Mr. Fees held various leadership roles at McDermott during his career, including CEO of The Babcock & Wilcox Company (B&W) subsidiary; chief operating officer of BWXT; president & general manager of BWXT Services; and president and general manager of Diamond Power International. Mr. Fees holds a Bachelor of Science in industrial engineering and operations research from the University of Pittsburgh and a Master of Engineering Administration from the George Washington University. He has also served on the boards of the Nuclear Energy Institute, the United Way of Central Virginia, Lynchburg City Schools Education Foundation, the Academy Center of the Arts, and Centra Health to name a few.

Adolphus Humbles, who is being inducted into the Business Hall of Fame posthumously, was a successful merchant in Campbell County and operated the toll road between Lynchburg and Rustburg. He was an early supporter of the Virginia Theological Seminary, a precursor to the Virginia University of Lynchburg, where Humbles Hall is named for him, and he also was the Treasurer of the Virginia State Baptist Convention. Also active in politics, he served as Chairman of the Campbell County Executive Committee for the Republican Party for thirteen years. Mr. Humbles built what is known as the Humbles Building at 901 Fifth Street in what is now the Fifth Street Historic District. The Humbles Building is a large, three-story, mixed use facility that contained two storefronts on the first floor and an auditorium on the second floor. He also served on the board of the Grand United Order of True Reformers, an African-American fraternal organization that had many forms including a temperance movement, bank, newspaper, real estate, and at one point in time was the largest black fraternal society and black-owned business in the United States.

 Former Inductees

Current members of the Lynchburg Regional Business Hall of Fame include:
2019 Inductees

  • Bev Dalton                                                                 • Bert F. Dodson, Sr
  • William Curtis English                                              • Watt “Bobby” Foster Sr        
  • Edward Ralph English, Sr.                                        • Watt R. Foster, Jr.
  • Edward Ralph English, Jr.                                         • Amy Ray
  • George Dawson                                                         • T.D. Thornton II
  • Bert F. Dodson, Sr.                                 
2018 Inductees
  • Buzzy Coleman, Jr.                                                  • Marc Schewel
  • Hal Craddock                                                           • Abe Schewel
  • John Craddock                                                         • Ben Schewel
  • Jerry Falwell, Jr.                                                      • Shaun Spencer-Hester
  • Rev. Jerry Falwell, Sr.                                              • Anne Bethel Spencer
  • Dr. Charlie Pryor
About The Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance

The Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance is the region’s oldest and largest business and professional association. As a combined chamber of commerce and economic development organization, the Alliance serves as the united voice for the Lynchburg region’s business community. For nearly 750 businesses and organizations and their employees, our mission is to lead regional economic development through: Generating Jobs & Investment; Promoting the Region’s Brand and Image Globally; Cultivating Talent, and Enhancing the Business Climate.

To learn more about the chamber side of the Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance, please visit us at: LynchburgRegion.org.

To learn more about our economic development work, please visit: YesLynchburgRegion.org

Contact Information

Ryan Weaks
Director of Marketing & Communications
Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance
(919) 370-0876 │ rweaks@lynchburgregion.org