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Executive Officers

John R. Maxwell

John Maxwell is Executive Chairman of the Board. He has over 36 years of experience in the banking industry. Before joining John Marshall Bank, John served as President and CEO of James Monroe Bank from April 1997 until its sale to Mercantile Bank in July 2006, and continued with Mercantile until November 2006. From 1988 to 1996, he was Senior Vice President of Lending at The Bank of Northern Virginia, and from 1996 to 1997, Executive Vice President and Chief Lending Officer. John is a graduate of the University of Colorado, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics.

 Christopher W. Bergstrom

Chris Bergstrom is President and CEO. He has over 36 years of experience in the banking industry. Before joining John Marshall Bank, Chris served in a variety of executive positions during 19 years with Cardinal Financial and Cardinal Bank, most recently serving as Chief Executive Officer and President before United Bank’s acquisition of Cardinal Bank in April 2017.  Chris received his Master of Science in Finance from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Bachelors of Business Administration degree from James Madison University.

Bill Ridenour

Bill Ridenour is Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Banking Officer. Before joining John Marshall Bank, he was Executive Vice President and Chief Lending Officer of James Monroe Bank. His background includes over 44 years’ experience in the banking industry, having held numerous positions, including President and CEO with two other local community banks. His community involvement includes serving on the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors of the George Mason University Foundation, the Board of the College of Visual and Performing Arts at George Mason and a past member the Board of Directors of the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce.  He also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Industrial Revenue Board Authority for the Town of Clifton, Virginia, and is a member and Past Chairman of the Community Relations Committee for the Northern Virginia Chapter of the FBI Citizens Academy Alumni Association. Bill is a member of the National Financial Management Honor Society, a past president of the Country Club of Fairfax, former instructor at the Commercial Lending School of the American Institute of Banking, and a graduate of the Commercial Lending Training Program of Chase Manhattan Bank. Bill holds a Master of Science Degree in Finance from The American University, Washington, D.C., and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Thiel College, Greenville, Pennsylvania.

Carl E. Dodson

Carl Dodson is Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer and Chief Risk Officer. He has over 35 years of community banking experience in the Washington metropolitan area. Carl was one of the original officers of Palmer National Bank in Washington, D.C., serving as Executive Vice President and Senior Commercial Lender from 1983 to 1996. Following the sale of Palmer to George Mason Bankshares in 1996, he served as a Senior Vice President of George Mason Bank until 1998, at which time he joined Cardinal Bank as Chief Credit Officer. In 2001, he was named Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Cardinal Bank’s parent company, Cardinal Financial Corporation. In May 2005, he joined the organizing group of Security One Bank, the predecessor to John Marshall Bank. Carl graduated from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. He continued at the University of Virginia and earned his MBA from the Darden School of Business.

Paul W. Bice

Mr. Bice is the Regional President for John Marshall Bank’s Loudoun County Region.  He has over 34 years of banking experience and joined JMB in 2008. Previously, Mr. Bice was a founding officer and served as a Senior Vice President/Regional Executive of James Monroe Bank from 1998 to 2007.  In 2006, James Monroe Bank was sold to Mercantile Bank, then to PNC Bank. Paul is active in the community, serving as the founder of the Loudoun Community Breakfast (a quarterly breakfast event in the community). He also serves in the Leesburg Daybreak Rotary club, where he is the incoming President. Paul has been serving as the Chairman of Board of Trustees for the StoneSprings Hospital Center since 2015. Additionally, Paul is the past Chairman of the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce, the past Vice Chair of the Loudoun County Economic Development Authority, a member of the Board of Trustees for Reston Hospital, past member of the Board for the Salvation Army and Past President of the Thomas Balch Library. A graduate of Virginia Tech, Paul earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Finance.  He also attended University of Wisconsin and the Virginia Banker’s Association Graduate School of Bank Management at UVA.

Edward Harrington

Ed Harrington

Ed Harrington is the Regional President for Maryland and Washington, D.C. He has over 30 years of banking experience in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, with a focus on residential and commercial real estate lending. Formerly, he served James Monroe Bank as  Senior Vice President/Regional Executive for Maryland and Washington, D.C. In 2006, James Monroe Bank was sold to Mercantile Bank. Ed’s earlier experience includes serving with Sequoia Bank, where he worked for over 11 years, as Real Estate Lending Department Manager. Sequoia Bank was sold to United Bank of Virginia in 2003. Ed serves on the Board of the Rockville Chamber of Commerce and also on Montgomery County’s Board of Registration for Building Contractors.  For the past three years, he participated on the Business Advisory Panel wherein community business leaders offer input on the local economy to the County Council and County Executive. Ed graduated with honors from the Maryland Bankers Association Banker School in 2001.

Sonia Nga Johnston

Sonia Johnston is the Regional President for Arlington County. She has over 36 years of banking experience, 30 years of which have been in Arlington County. Previously, Sonia served as Senior Vice President/Regional Executive at James Monroe Bank from 1999 to 2006, at which time James Monroe Bank was sold to Mercantile Bank. Before joining James Monroe Bank, she was one of the original officers of Virginia Commerce Bank, where she served as Vice President of Business Development from 1988 to 1999. Sonia is actively involved in and devoted to the Arlington community. She currently serves as a board member of the Arlington Chamber of Commerce, Arlington Community Foundation, Arlington Street People’s Assistant Network (A-SPAN), and the Warren G. Stambaugh Memorial Foundation. She is a member of the Arlington Kiwanis and a Lifetime Member of Leadership Arlington (Class of 2002). She has served as a member of the board for the Arlington Red Cross, the Arlington Community Residence, and Clarendon Alliance. Sonia attended Cantho University Law School in South Vietnam, 1975.

Todd W. Hewitt

Todd Hewitt is Executive Vice President and Regional Executive for Prince William County. Hewitt’s 43 year career has spanned relationship management and senior commercial lending positions at several local banks.  Most recently Todd served as Market President for Prince William with United Bank following its acquisition of Cardinal Bank in 2017, where he was a founding officer when the bank opened in 1998. Hewitt’s experience makes him particularly aware of the area’s unique characteristics, particularly in the Prince William County marketplace. Hewitt is a graduate of Stonier Graduate School of Banking and the Virginia Banker’s Association Executive Leadership Program. He is active in numerous Prince William County organizations, including past chairman of the Prince William Chamber of Commerce; one of two citizen members of the Prince William County Investment Oversight Committee; vice chair of the Prince William County Police and Career Fire Supplemental Retirement Plan; and assistant administrator to the Prince William County Volunteer Fire and Rescue LOSAP Retirement Plan.  He is a Life member of the Occoquan-Woodbridge-Lorton (O.W.L.) Volunteer Fire Department in Woodbridge with more than 35 years of service.  He is a longtime member and past President of the Rotary Club of Lake Ridge.

Andrew J. Peden

Andy Peden is Executive Vice President / Chief Lending Officer. Peden has over 18 years of banking experience, all but one year with Cardinal Bank. Peden received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Richmond  – Robins School of Business. He is very involved in the community, having served for 15 years on the steering committee of a fundraising event for the Inova Kellar Center. Peden also is engaged with the the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.