A Richmond native, Jim Ukrop is a respected entrepreneur and business leader, an active William & Mary alumnus and a valued civic leader. Jim has served as CEO and Chairman of Ukrop’s Supermarkets and Chairman of First Market Bank, both of which were sold in 2010. Over the years, he has led many business, arts and public school initiatives, and still serves today as one of Richmond’s “visionary leaders.”
At NRV, Jim freely shares his personal time, creative ideas, and world-class contacts with Richmond’s talented entrepreneurs. Jim Ukrop has an intuitive sense about people. His new ideas and shared values are second-to-none and are highly valued and appreciated by everyone whose lives he touches. Jim is the role model for Richmond’s young leaders in servant leadership, legacy stewardship and inspired community service.
While most of Bob’s career has been invested in serving companies in his native Richmond, Bob has worked in New York City, Washington D.C. and Charlotte. He has extensive accounting, financial, information technology and real estate experience, including serving as a Partner at Coopers & Lybrand (now PWC) for over 20 years, CFO of a public company and at William & Mary’s Mason School of Business, CEO of an internet company and investor and board member of start up technology companies. Bob has also been actively involved in Richmond’s art community, especially the Richmond CenterStage Foundation.
At NRV, Bob provides entrepreneurs advice on accounting and financial reporting, capital funding, equity raising, project financing, business coaching, IT strategies and connections to Richmond’s arts and business communities. He also serves on boards of NRV companies, the Mason Business School Foundation and several community-related organizations.
Ted has extensive corporate leadership experience, having served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of LandAmerica Financial Group, Inc. and as Lead Director of Hilb, Rogal and Hobbs Co.; two Virginia based NYSE-listed financial services companies. In addition, he has over 25 years of experience serving on the boards of companies across a variety of sectors. Ted began his career as an attorney at Williams Mullen where he specialized in business, mergers and acquisitions, and securities law.
As a community leader, Ted currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Capital Region Collaborative (Co-founder), Partnership for Nonprofit Excellence (Chairman), Richmond Performing Arts Center, Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges and the VCU Massey Cancer Center (Chairman). Ted is past Chairman of the Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce, Maymont Foundation, Richmond Arts Foundation and the Association for Corporate Growth.
At NRV, Ted provides entrepreneurs and their companies with strategic guidance and advice based on his in-depth expertise in corporate law, governance matters, human resources, board structures and CEO mentoring. In addition, Ted provides NRV Relationship Companies with high impact introductions to leaders in Richmond’s business and not-for-profit communities.
Over 20 years ago, Andy co-founded Play, a Richmond-based creativity and innovation consultancy that globally changed the way business does business. At Play and its parent company, Prophet, he helps many leading companies find ways to inspire and equip their people to create sustainable innovation. Andy has worked closely with global market leaders such as GE, General Mills, Procter & Gamble, and the Coca-Cola Company on innovation initiatives. A nationally recognized innovation thought leader, Andy is the author of “Look at More,” an Inc. bestseller that was cited by Advertising Age as one of the "Ten Marketing Books You Should Have Read" in 2011.
For each of NRV’s Relationship Companies, Andy engages entrepreneurs in creative conversations to clearly articulate their vision, shared values, messaging, marketing strategies, social media plans, etc. Andy’s unique talents and approach always energize and engage his fellow NRV Principals, the entrepreneurs we serve, and Richmond’s business and creative communities.
Matt brings to NRV a unique combination of private company investing experience, strategic business development skills, and small to mid-size company operating experience. Prior to NRV, he was the Chief Operating and Financial Officer of PrecisionIR, a Richmond-based provider of digital media services focused on the investor relations sector.
He moved to Richmond from New York, where he was a Partner at SV Investment Partners, a private equity firm focused on growth equity and leveraged buyout investments in the middle-market technology, media, telecommunications, and business services sectors. At SV, Matt was a core member of a team that invested over $300 million of equity capital. He served on numerous portfolio company boards, and provided strategic and operational advice to the companies in which he invested.
Matt began his career at J.P. Morgan & Co., where he was an Investment Banking Analyst in the firm’s Global Energy Group, specializing in mergers and acquisitions.
Graham brings to NRV a diverse background with degrees in mechanical engineering and industrial design as well as experience in product development, Fortune 500 strategic consulting, and entrepreneurship. Graham leveraged his varied skill set founding Active Innovation Group in 2007, a company that created innovative accessories for runners - most notably PaceTat and PaceKeepr. After becoming an indispensable tool for both runners and brands in the running industry, PaceTat was acquired in 2010. As a strategic consultant, Graham has worked with companies including GE, Kraft, Toyota and Walmart to create products, services, and messaging consistent with deep consumer insights.
Moving back to the region from Chicago, Graham now considers it a privilege to contribute to innovation initiatives at William & Mary's Mason School of Business as a guest lecturer and workshop facilitator.
At NRV, Graham uses his entrepreneurial experience and systematic, customer-centric problem solving approach to help accelerate the growth of relationship companies.