The Rest: 2012 Power List No. 11 through 50 

11. Peter J. Bernard (=)

Title: Chief Executive Officer, Bon Secours Virginia

Influence: With more than 7,000 employees, Bon Secours is the second-largest hospital chain in Richmond. Bernard has led the chain's push to better serve inner-city residents.


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12. James J. L. Stegmaier (+)

Title: Chesterfield County Administrator

Influence: With Virgil Hazelett (No. 30) retiring, Stegmaier becomes the gatekeeper of suburban influence in the debate over regionalism.


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13. David Hicks (+)

Title: Senior Policy Adviser to Mayor Dwight Jones

Influence: A savvy, no-B.S. politician, Hicks is heir apparent to Mayor Jones (No. 2), and likely will drive the agenda at City Hall during the next four years.


14. Katherine E. Busser (+)

Title: Executive Vice President, Capital One Financial Corp.

Influence: Despite being pounded with a hefty fine last month for misleading its customers, Capital One — where Busser is the highest-ranking Richmond executive — remains one of the nation's largest banks and the region's biggest private employer.


15. The Markel Family and Alan I. Kirshner (+)

Titles: Kirshner is chairman and chief executive officer of Markel Corp.; Steven and Anthony Markel are vice chairmen.

Influence: Markel, the specialty insurer, is one of the city's most successful companies, and the Markels are big philanthropists, giving millions of dollars to the arts and cancer research.


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16. Edward L. Ayers (-)

Title: President, University of Richmond

Influence: A scholar of Civil War history, Ayers has been Richmond's academic force since former VCU President Eugene Trani retired in 2009.


17. Jeffrey M. Lacker (=)

Title: President, Richmond Federal Reserve Bank

Influence: The Federal Reserve sets interest rates and currency policy, and Lacker has been at the helm in Richmond for eight years. Of course, the economy still sucks.


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18. Byron C. Marshall (-)

Title: Chief Administrative Officer, City of Richmond

Influence: The business community still likes him, but is it because he's an adept manager or a pushover? If the missteps at City Hall continue, he could be in trouble.


19. John B. Adams Jr. and Michael Hughes (+)

Titles: Adams is chairman and chief executive officer of the Martin Agency; Hughes is president. Both are managing partners.

Influence: The agency has gone through a bit of a shakeup after the abrupt exit of former Chief Creative Officer John Norman. But Martin remains Richmond's top creative shop.


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20. Marcus M. and Carole M. Weinstein, Allison P. Weinstein and Family (=)

Titles: Owners of Weinstein Properties; Philanthropists

Influence: Carole and daughter, Allison, are major players at the University of Richmond. Marcus, chairman of the Virginia Holocaust Museum's board, has taken a PR hit after the ouster of museum co-founder and director Jay Ipson.


21. Thomas J. Folliard (-)

Title: President and Chief Executive, CarMax

Influence: With plans to add 10 new stores this year and annual revenue topping $10 billion, Folliard has turned the used-car retailer into the region's morale booster.


22. Jim and Bobby Ukrop (+)

Titles: Former Grocers; Philanthropists

Influence: Bobby runs Ukrop's Homestyle Foods and sits on several boards. Jim has loaned money and muscle to help local start-ups such as bioRide succeed.


23. Stanley and Dorothy Pauley (+)

Title: Stanley is Chairman and Chief Executive of the Carpenter Co.

Influence: Stanley runs Carpenter, which makes foam cushions, and he and Dorothy make substantial donations to local arts organizations, particularly the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.


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24. State Sen. John C. Watkins (+)

Influence: He may be the last of the old-guard, fiscal conservatives in the statehouse. When the GOP's young bucks were running wild and pushing invasive ultrasounds, he led a small coalition of Republicans who stopped the madness.


25. E. Claiborne Robins Jr. and the Robins Family (=)

Influence: It seems like most everything at the University of Richmond is named after the Robins family, which is part of the city's philanthropic elite.


26. Bill Royall (*)

Title: Founder and Chairman, Royall & Co.

Influence: Higher-ed recruitment expert Bill Royall and his wife, Pam, are major players in the local arts scene, most recently giving $5 million to Virginia Commonwealth University's new art institute. Are they the next Sydney and Frances Lewis?


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27. Bruce Tyler (+)

Title: City Councilman; Architect

Influence: He's the biggest affront to Mayor Dwight Jones and a likely mayoral contender in 2016. To win, he'll have to pretend he's not a Republican.


28. The Gottwald Family (+)

Influence: One of Richmond's great, monied families, the Gottwalds hold large chunks of stocks in local stalwarts Tredegar Corp. and New Market Corp. They're on the Power List because we're afraid of them, OK?


29. Richard Cullen (+)

Title: Chairman, McGuireWoods

Influence: A former state attorney general, albeit briefly, Cullen is chairman of the one of the largest law firms in the state. He has close ties to Tom Farrell (No. 1), who is married to his wife's sister. He's also active on the Management Roundtable.


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30. Raymond H. Boone (+)

Title: Publisher and Editor, Richmond Free Press

Influence: If you want to be mayor in Richmond, you must have Ray Boone's blessing. Seriously, just ask Mayor Dwight Jones (No. 2).


31. Virgil R. Hazelett (-)

Title: Henrico County Manager

Influence: Hazelett, the most powerful administrator in the region, will retire in January after 20 years. He threw a lot of cold water on regional projects, but he kept the county's financial house in order.


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32. Michael N. Herring (+)

Title: Richmond Commonwealth's Attorney

Influence: What will Herring do next? A young, likeable prosecutor who has a bright future in city politics (if he so chooses) would be a formidable mayoral candidate.


33. Delegate Joe Morrissey (+)

Influence: He supports Mayor Dwight Jones, but files a lawsuit on behalf of a mayoral candidate who was disqualified from the ballot. He keeps Richmond on its toes, in both the House of Delegates and at City Hall.


34. Thomas A. Silvestri (-)

Titles: Publisher, Richmond Times-Dispatch

Influence: Warren Buffett bought the Times-Dispatch and 62 other Media General papers in late June. Apparently, Buffett's team isn't making significant changes to the leadership at the T-D, which bodes well for Silvestri. But we aren't so sure about Richmond.


35. Daniel A. Gecker (*)

Title: Chairman, Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors

Influence: Gecker has been in control of the Chesterfield board for a while, and he liked to bump heads with Henrico's Virgil Hazelett (No. 31). Hazelett's retirement means the title of top regional obstructionist is up for grabs. Is Gecker up to the task?

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36. Delegate Jennifer McClellan (*)

Influence: She's a breath of fresh air in the testosterone-filled House of Delegates, and she's a leader in the city's Democratic structure (not to mention she's married to the executive director of the Democratic Party of Virginia). She's quietly built a network of powerful connections and has the makings of a political star.


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37. Shaka Smart (+)

Title: Coach, VCU Men's Basketball Team

Influence: He turned down a better-paying job at Illinois, and after VCU's former athletic director Norwood Teague left for Minnesota, Smart officially became the biggest man on campus and bought a house in the Fan. But will his statue be bigger than Trani's?


38. Suzette Denslow (*)

Title: Chief of Staff to Mayor Dwight Jones

Influence: She's long been the mayor's link to the business community, and she'll be even more important during the next four years — especially to David Hicks (No. 13).


39. Ivor Massey Jr. and Family (+)

Titles: Philanthropists

Influence: Massey Energy is now gone from the corporate landscape, but the namesake family foundation, led by Ivor Jr. and his wife, Maureen, still controls nearly $50 million.


40. Thurston R. Moore (-)

Title: Chairman Emeritus, Hunton & Williams

Influence: Thurston Moore no longer is managing partner at the firm (that title belongs to Washington-based Wally Martinez), but he's still the go-to Richmond lawyer at Hunton & Williams and serves as president of the board of trustees at VMFA.


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41. King Salim Khalfani (*)

Title: Director, State Chapter of the NAACP

Influence: Straighten up, or the King will kick your ass — if he hasn't already. From the city jail mess, to closing the juvenile detention center, to his relentless emails promising to topple the Tower of Babel (aka Richmond), Khalfani is putting the city on notice.


42. David and Brian White (*)

Titles: Developers

Influence: All those hip young people living in Shockoe Bottom? Thank David and Brian White, who have developed hundreds, if not thousands of apartments and condos in the valley.


43. Gail L. Letts (*)

Title: President and Chief Executive, SunTrust Banks Central Virginia

Influence: Richmond may have lost most of its banking big shots, but we still have Gail Letts, who oversees 52 branches and 3,800 employees. Letts also serves on the board of the Greater Richmond Partnership and the CenterStage Foundation.


44. Terone B. Green (*)

Title: Chairman, Richmond Ambulance Authority

Influence: He has lots of titles, but none captures Green's real job. When Ray Boone (No. 30) was giving it to the mayor (No. 2) on the pages of the Free Press, it was Green who helped broker peace. And every politician in town asks him for advice.


45. Michael D. Fraizer (-)

Title: Principal, Commonwealth Horizons

Influence: After losing his job as chief executive of Genworth Financial, he refused to give up his power-club membership. The governor (No. 8) appointed him to the VCU Board of Visitors and the mayor (No. 2) tapped him to chair his Redskins committee.


46. Tonya Mallory (*)

Title: President and Chief Executive, Health Diagnostic Laboratory

Influence: Mallory's medical-testing company roared to life three years ago and now is a hugely profitable, rapidly growing business. Mallory's philanthropy matches her ambition, with a record-setting $2.2 million gift to the Science Museum of Virginia last year.


47. Thomas W. Papa (*)

Title: Chief Operating Officer, Fountainhead Properties

Influence: The residential renaissance in Manchester is largely Papa's doing; he's also helping revitalize the canal. And hey, you want some Hollywood connections? His daughter is model Rozlyn Papa, made famous on the "The Bachelor."


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48. Timothy Kaine (-)

Title: Former Governor and Mayor; U.S. Senate Candidate

Influence: Kaine was Obama's top man in Virginia in 2008. If he beats Republican George Allen — a fellow former governor — in the Senate race this fall, he'll regain his title as Richmond's most influential Democrat.


49. State Sen. Henry Marsh (-)

Influence: He's getting old, really old, but at 78, the civil-rights lion still holds sway in the statehouse and will re-emerge just when you least expect it. Ask former governor and mayor L. Douglas Wilder.


50. Kathy Graziano (-)

Title: President, Richmond City Council

Influence: The Graz lost her luster after her former liaison, David Hathcock, got caught in that whole sexual-harassment mess at City Hall. But she can still be pretty intimidating in council chambers.


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