Directors & Staff

Buddy Rizer
Executive Director

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 in 2018; one of North America’s Top 50 Economic Developers for 2017, and was honored as a Tech Titan in 2017 and 2018 by the Washington Business Journal. Rizer was the founding co-chair of the Northern Virginia Technology Council’s Data Center and Cloud Infrastructure Committee. He serves on the NVTC Board of Directors and is on the Washington Dulles Foreign Trade Zone Board of Directors. He is a Certified Economic Developer and is a graduate of the Local Government Management Graduate Certificate Program at Virginia Tech.

Mark Madigan
Chairman

Mr. Madigan is a 23-year Loudoun resident and the Founder, President and CEO of IT Cadre, with more than 30 years of systems engineering, software development and executive management experience. Previously, he served as an Army officer with Airborne and Ranger qualifications in the 4th Infantry Division, managed teams for IBM Federal Systems, and served as a director of technology at MCI. Mr. Madigan holds a bachelor’s of science degree in engineering with a concentration in computer science from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He has been involved with many Loudoun community-based organizations including as President of Board, Eastern Loudoun Lacrosse League (now Ashburn, Algonkian, and Dulles South Lacrosse) and Chair of the Board of Directors for Boys & Girls Club of Loudoun County.

Bernard Mustafa
Vice Chairman

Mr. Mustafa is the CEO of Pleasant Valley Business Solutions. Previously, he was president of Copia Enterprises, and before that, he was the COO at Standard Technology. Mr. Mustafa was appointed by Governor McAuliffe to the Center for Innovative Technology’s board, and he’s active in a number of service organizations. Mr. Mustafa served in the U.S. Army and has a B.S. in accounting from the University of Baltimore and an MBA from Morgan State. He is a CPA, a certified management accountant, and a chartered global management accountant. Mr. Mustafa and his wife live in Loudoun County.

Brian Chavis
Treasurer

Mr. Chavis has more than 20 years of experience in the Washington-area technology sector, most recently as managing partner at UBTICloud of Sterling. He is a current director and a past chairman of the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Economic Development Advisory Commission. He holds a bachelor’s of science in environmental design from Ball State University; a master’s degre in architecture, and an MBA from the University of Illinois.

Tony Howard
Director

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.

Chauvon McFadden
Director

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.

Chris Charron
Director

Mr. Charron is a life-long resident of Northern Virginia. He grew up in Springfield, attended R.E. Lee High School, and has a BS in Building Construction from Virginia Tech. He is currently a co-owner of 868 Estate Vineyards and Grandale Restaurant located near Hillsboro. Previously, Mr. Charron was the owner of Sterling-based Charron Construction Consulting, Inc., where for 20 years his firm managed the construction of major commercial, retail, institutional and government project across the United States. Mr. Charron is currently the immediate past chair of the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce, and is also a member of the Loudoun CEO Cabinet. Previously, Mr. Charron served as a trustee for the Westmoreland Davis Memorial Foundation (which operates Morven Park) and the Washington Architectural Foundation.

Casey Veatch
Director

Mr. Veatch is a native of Northern Virginia, growing up in Reston. He has spent his entire career in the commercial real estate industry working with the Irving Group and Trammell Crow Company before starting his own company, Veatch Commercial Real Estate. He has developed, owned and operated a car wash as well as invested in various companies. Mr. Veatch is a licensed broker in Virginia, Marylandand Washington, D.C., and is a graduate of University of Virginia. He serves as a director on the Loudoun Chamber board and is a member of the Loudoun CEO Cabinet.

Courtney R. Sydnor
Counsel

Ms. Sydnor is a Deputy County Attorney for Loudoun County. In addition to serving as counsel to the EDA, Courtney represents and advises various departmental clients including Finance and Procurement, Transportation and Capital Infrastructure, and Economic Development, among others. Her practice areas include real estate, contracts, public finance, public-private partnerships and litigation. 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.