Next to visiting us, the best way to get a good picture of why everyone loves it here is to meet a few of our residents:

Don Driscoll

With 250 employees and $40-50 million in annual sales, the Buena Vista branch of Munters is impressive in its own right. But according to operations manager Don Discroll, what truly makes his operation special is the highly-skilled and motivated workforce from the BV community that defines their impressive output to some of the biggest companies in the world.

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Shep and Jane Rouse

A W&L alumnus and his spouse share why they came back to the region in 1988 to start Rockbridge Vineyards and what’s behind their remarkable success. Rockbridge Vineyards’ well-crafted, affordable wines have won numerous medals including Best in Show in the Atlantic Seaboard Wine Competition, Best in Show in Town Point Competition and twice winner of the coveted Virginia Governor’s Cup. Today, Rockbridge Vineyards ships wines around the world. The Rouse’s secret? Great grapes, great place, and great people.

Tom Lovell

A W&L alumnus who retuned to the area to work for W&L’s Alumni Affairs Office discovered just how far a hobby could go when his passion turned into a Lexington-based craft beer brewing business, Blue Lab Brewing Company.

Wade Branner

As the “voice of the Keydets” on VMI’s athletic radio broadcasts, Wade Branner has the opportunity to travel all around the country. No matter where he ends up though, it doesn’t take long for fellow alums to ask him about the Rockbridge community.

Bobby Berkstresser

The unassuming CEO of White’s Travel Center shares his story on why White’s is becoming the largest travel center in America. His formula – a great location where two major highways intersect and an exceptional local workforce. White’s employs over 400 people, 90% who live in Rockbridge – the City of Lexington, the City of Buena Vista, and Rockbridge County.

Spencer McElroy

A W&L alumnus who returned to the region shares his story how he rallied the community to resurrect the Lime Kiln Theater, the region’s outdoor performing arts venue.

Sarah Dyer

A Buena Vista-based entrepreneur shares how she launched Ace’s Attic and Antiques, an eclectic antique shop in Buena Vista, and in the process learned first hand just how helpful a pro-business, local government can be for start-ups.

Rosalie Potter

A small business owner cuts right to the real reason her business, Donald’s Meat Processing, is leading the local food movement in the Rockbridge region – every customer becomes a supporter and friend.

Jamie Goodin and Morgan Harris

Two young W&L alumni who came back to the region with communication industry experience share their perspectives on how much they are welcomed and valued by the local community and what kind of the difference they feel they are making.

Chuck Barger

The President of Charles W. Barger & Son, an 85-year-old concrete and construction company, shares why Rockbridge offers a solid foundation for companies to stand the test of time – a consistent pro-business climate.

Steve Grist

A W&L Law alumnus who now helms Cornerstone Community Bank shares his perspective on how the community comes out to support start-up businesses.