Economic Development Authority

Directors and Staff

Angela Wilson

Dr. Angela Wilson is the President and CEO of SeKON Enterprises, Inc. Established in 1996, SeKON is a CMMI Level 3 and ISO-9001-2015 certified woman-owned mid-tier business, providing Federal health IT systems professional services advisory. Dr. Wilson has a PhD in education from Virginia Tech, supports various local non-profits and organizations focusing on athletics and education, and joined the EDA in 2020.

Chauvon McFadden
Vice Chair

Mr. McFadden is the Principal of Crimson Wealth Strategies. He began his career as a financial services professional with New York Life right out of college in 2002. He specializes in managing and protecting the assets, lifestyles, and legacies of business owners, industry leaders, and professional athletes. Mr. McFadden is also an active community leader. He is the Chairman of the Loudoun County CEO Cabinet. He also serves on the boards for the National Capital Area Council for the Boy Scouts of America, the Loudoun County Economic Development Advisory Commission, and the Loudoun County Rural Economic Development Council. Mr. McFadden has been recognized by the Washington Business Journal as one of the top 40 business leaders under 40 in the metropolitan area. He was also recognized by National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors as one of the top four advisors under 40 in the nation. Mr. McFadden has a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Alabama and lives in Leesburg with his wife Alicia and son Austin.

Alice Frazier

Ms. Frazier has been a resident of Leesburg, Virginia for over 15 years. She is President and CEO of Potomac Bancshares, Inc. (OTC: PTBS) and BCT-Bank of Charles Town, also known as The Community’s Bank. Ms. Frazier has over 28 years of banking experience, including service with Cardinal Financial Corporation as Executive Vice President and COO, BB&T as SVP/Area Executive in Loudoun County, and Middleburg Financial Corporation as CFO and COO, which is where Frazier began her banking career. Prior to that, she worked four years in public accounting with national and regional firms. Ms. Frazier currently serves as Secretary of the Independent Community Bankers Association (ICBA) and is a member of the Executive Committee, Board of Directors, and Federal Delegate Board. She is also a past President of the Virginia Association of Community Banks. Active in the community, Ms. Frazier serves on the Board of Directors at WVU Berkeley Hospital Foundation, the Loudoun CEO Cabinet, is an Honorary Trustee of Loudoun Education Foundation, and is a member of Women Investing in Shepherd University. Ms. Frazier is a graduate of the Stonier Graduate School of Banking and Radford University.

Tony Howard

Mr. Howard is the president and CEO of the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce, a 1,300 member business organization that is Northern Virginia’s largest chamber of commerce. Howard began his tenure at the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce in 2006, after seven years at the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce. Before joining the Fairfax Chamber, Mr. Howard served as the chief spokesman for Congressman Michael P. Forbes. A graduate of the State University of New York, Mr. Howard was an award-winning journalist working for newspapers in New York’s Hudson Valley and Long Island. A resident of Leesburg, Mr. Howard and his wife Alison have one son, Jake.

Casey Veatch

Mr. Veatch is a native of Northern Virginia, growing up in Reston and attending South Lakes High School. He has spent his entire career in the commercial real estate industry, working with the Irving Group and Trammel Crow Company before starting his own company, Veatch Commercial Real Estate. He has developed, owned and operated a car wash and invested in various companies. Mr. Veatch is a licensed broker in Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C., and is a graduate of the University of Virginia. He has served on numerous boards including the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce, Cornerstones Housing Corporation, Northern Virgnia Family Service, Reston Hospital Center and the High Tech Prayer Breakfast and is a volunteer Assistant Coach with Stone Bridge High School girls varsity basketball.

Scott Hamberger

Mr. Hamberger is the Vice Chairman of Zwiesel Fortessa Group and President Emeritus of Fortessa Tableware Solutions, LLC. As a co-founder of Fortessa, he oversaw the growth of this enterprise from a garage startup to international leader, as well as its expansion to several business units. Mr. Hamberger currently serves on the Boards of Directors of Eagle Financial Services, Inc. (the Bank of Clarke), the Virginia Chamber of Commerce, and the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce. He also serves on the Advisory Board for the Bolte School of Business at Mount St. Mary’s University. Mr. Hamberger is past Chairman of the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce, Inova Loudoun Hospital, and the Loudoun County CEO Cabinet. He has served as a Trustee of Marymount University and on advisory boards for the George Washington University Virginia Science and Technology Campus and St. Veronica Catholic Church.

Carmen Ortiz-McGhee

Ms. Ortiz-McGhee is the Chief Operating Officer of the National Association of Investment Companies (NAIC), the trade association and largest network of diverse-owned alternative investment firms. NAIC has 190+ members that represent more than $406 billion in aggregate assets under management. Prior to NAIC, Ms. Ortiz-McGhee served as Senior Vice President at Aon plc. In this role, she was responsible for driving growth across all risk and health product lines in the Mid-Atlantic and was recognized as one of Business Insurance magazine’s Top 25 Women to Watch. A Northern Virginia native, Ms. Ortiz-McGhee grew up in Fairfax, and is a proud graduate of the University of Virginia. She serves on the UVA Alumni Association Board of Managers, as Chair of the Governance & Nominating Committee for Communities In Schools’ national board of directors, is a member of the MBA Fund I Investment Committee as well as a member of the Hispanics in Philanthropy Inicio Ventures Advisory Cabinet.

Buddy Rizer
Executive Director, Secretary

Mr. Rizer is the executive director for both the Loudoun Economic Development Authority and Department of Economic Development. In both roles, he encourages growth and developing relationships with the county’s business community in both the commercial and agricultural-based business sectors in Loudoun. He has been named one of the “50 Most Influential Virginians” by Virginia Business Magazine, one of North America’s “Top 50 Economic Developers,” and was honored as a “Tech Titan” multiple times by the Washington Business Journal. Rizer is the Past-Chair of the Northern Virginia Economic Development Alliance (NOVA EDA), is a member of the Board of Trustees for Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA), Past-Chair of the Northern Virginia Community College Foundation Board, Secretary of the Go Virginia Region 7 Council.  He is on the Board of Directors for the Northern Virginia Technology Council, the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce, and the Washington Airports Task Force (WATF).  He is also the Chair of the Rivana at Innovation Station Community Development Authority.

Courtney R. Sydnor

Ms. Sydnor is a Deputy County Attorney for Loudoun County. In addition to serving as counsel to the EDA, Ms. Sydnor leads the Community Development Section in the County Attorney’s Office (i.e., land use and development) and serves as counsel to the Planning Commission. Ms. Sydnor has also represented the County in real estate transactions, public finance transactions, and public-private partnerships, including the ground lease for the Loudoun United soccer stadium, Segra Field. Ms. Sydnor is a graduate of University of Richmond School of Law and University of Virginia, and she is a former law clerk to the late Honorable Leroy R. Hassell of the Supreme Court of Virginia.