LifeSpire of Virginia welcomes Corporate Director of Construction Management

LifeSpire of Virginia recently named Derek Meyer as Corporate Director of Construction Management. Meyer is replacing Stan Patterson who is retiring. In this role, Meyer is responsible for oversight and direction of construction, expansion and renovation of all LifeSpire of Virginia communities.   

“We are pleased to welcome Derek to the LifeSpire of Virginia family. His progressive experience in engineering and project management has positioned him well to lead our efforts in expanding and renovating our communities for our current and future residents,” said Jonathan Cook, LifeSpire of Virginia’s president and CEO.

Meyer has more than 10 years’ experience in progressive leadership roles with the Whiting-Turner Contracting Company and Urban Core Construction. He holds a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, and he is pursuing a master of business administration from the Raymond A. Mason School of Business at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg. 

Derek and his wife, Kimberly, have one daughter, Brooke, and a great dane named Memphis Belle. The family lives in Richmond’s West End.

LifeSpire of Virginia welcomes VP of Information Technology

RICHMOND, Virginia—LifeSpire of Virginia recently named Robert Wilbanks to the newly created position of Vice President of Information Technology. In this role reporting to the Chief Financial Officer, Wilbanks leads LifeSpire of Virginia’s information technology efforts and is responsible for all aspects of information technology, project management, systems analysis, cyber-security and business management pertaining to LifeSpire of Virginia and its affiliates. 

“We are pleased to welcome Robert to this position. We appreciate the depth of technical experience and IT vision he brings to the organization,” said Chris Markwith, LifeSpire of Virginia’s Chief Financial Officer.

Wilbanks has more than 18 years of extensive working experience and is well versed in implementing innovative solutions to complex technical issues, Markwith said. His technical skills include business continuity, networking, and infrastructure design among others.

He holds certifications in CCNA +Security, CISSP, and MCSE Microsoft. Most recently, Wilbanks served as Information Technology Infrastructure Manager with Langley Federal Credit Union. He has also served in progressive leadership roles with Chesapeake Financial Shares in Virginia and Rancho Physical Therapy in California. 

Wilbanks lives in a 105-year-old general store that he restored with his wife, Heidi. Chickens, goats, alpaca and bees keep them busy.