EDA staff work to improve the economic well being and quality of life for the Amherst County community by working with current businesses and attracting new businesses to create and/or retain jobs that facilitate growth and provide a stable tax base.

Victoria Hanson
Executive Director
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Lori Saunders
Assistant Director
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Position: Chairman
District: District 2

Chad Eby is the President of Hermle North America located in the Zane Snead Industrial Park. He holds degrees from Northeastern University and Liberty University.  In 1988, Chad served in the United States Coast Guard Reserve for four years before working in several maritime positions before moving to Amherst in 2005.  He serves as an Amherst County Chamber of Commerce board member. Chad began serving on the EDA board in 2017.

District: District 3

Calvin Kennon is an Amherst County High School graduate (1990) and has spent 24 years working for Specialty Exterminating Company in various capacities from service to sales and currently serves as the general manager. He is an Associate Certified Entomologist though the Entomological Society of America. In 2012, Kennon served on the Business Task Force supporting local businesses and collaborated with Amherst County officials to create a more business friendly environment by reworking the sign and landscape ordinances. Kennon joined the Economic Development Authority of County of Amherst in 2014.

Position: Treasurer
District: District 5

Dan Sweeney has been a licensed practicing attorney since 1994 and has had a private legal practice in Amherst County for 10 years. He was also a trust officer for Crestar Bank, a corporate attorney for Colony Life, and an officer in the U.S. Army. Sweeney was raised in Amherst and Lynchburg and graduated from the Virginia Military Institute before receiving his law degree from Washington & Lee in 1983. He joined the Economic Development Authority of County of Amherst in 2018.


District: Member-at-Large

Michael Russell graduated from East Carolina University with a degree in Geology and spent 25 years as an Engineering Geologist for Law Engineering and Testing Company in Charlotte, N.C. and the A/E firm of Wiley and Wilson in Lynchburg, VA. 2009 was his last year as a Gubernatorial appointed member of the VA. Soil & Water Conservation Board and 15th elected to represent the County of Amherst. Russell served at the pleasure of three Governors on the initial Commonwealth of Virginia Board of Geology from 1982 to 1990. This is his 15th year as a Business Development Specialist / Transportation Group for the Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity, and Russell is a founding member of the Economic Development Authority of County of Amherst.

Position: District 1 Board Member
District: 1

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Andrew Proctor was born and raised on his family’s century farm along the James in Madison Heights.  He is the director of category management for McKesson, a large healthcare distributor headquartered in Richmond, VA. A graduate of Virginia Tech, Andrew spent about 15 years in Richmond before returning to Amherst.  He joined the board in August 2019 and is eager to identify new areas of growth for our county that contribute to improved prosperity for all our citizens.

Position: Member-at-Large
District: 1


Patrick moved to Amherst County in 1991 to assist in the start-up of First Brands, now known as Glad Manufacturing. Patrick worked there in various capacities before retiring, after 33 years of company service, as Plant Maintenance and Distribution Manager. He is currently employed by Abbott Nutrition as Maintenance Manager.

Patrick is a past president of the Amherst Chamber of Commerce and has a keen interest in growing the business base in our County.

Patrick and his wife Carol reside in northern Amherst County. They enjoy spending time with their family and friends. Patrick enjoys the outdoors, farming, cooking, reading, and writing.

District: District 4

Shelly Hunt is a lifetime resident of Amherst County. She is one of the original founders of Caterpillar Clubhouse and has 30 years of experience as a Director. Caterpillar Clubhouse currently has 4 locations with close to 114 employees. Shelly has a certificate in Child Development from the CDA National Credentialing Program. She joined the Economic Development Authority of County of Amherst in 2021.

Amherst County believes job creation and economic development are fundamental to the future prosperity of the County.

The mission of the Economic Development Authority (EDA) of Amherst County is to promote economic development policies and practices that help retain the county’s existing businesses and employment base; facilitate the growth of existing commercial and industrial enterprises; and attract new businesses and employment opportunities. Success in this mission will result in high-quality jobs and a stable and diverse tax base that increases the quality of life of Amherst County residents.