With his surprise first-ballot victory, Richmond-mayor elect Levar Stoney reflects the forces that, in the second decade of the 21st century, are redefining the city. He is the 2016 RTD Person of the Year.
The mark that Grace Harris left on Virginia Commonwealth University runs far deeper than the campus building and the leadership institute that bear her name.
Neil November would seem to have few equals in the scope of his personal impact on the Richmond area. From the airport to museums, from theaters to gardens, November has established an extraordinary legacy.
In a financial world that has seen so much change, Buford Scott has remained a steady force – for the family brokerage, for his business and personal philosophy, and for his commitment to the Richmond community.
In a 37-year career in Chesterfield County government – the final nine as county administrator – Jay Stegmaier steered a course of growth, stability and commitment.
As founding artistic director of the Richmond Ballet, Stoner Winslett has committed decades to building a renowned institution and enriching the cultural landscape in Richmond and beyond.
As the Democratic vice presidential nominee, Tim Kaine cast a bright spotlight on Richmond during his national campaign.
As head of the Richmond Police Department's community care unit, Carol Adams is the face of the force - with a personal story that underpins her commitment.
Neil Amin continues to open doors in Richmond – sometimes by the dozens or hundreds – and he's making a big mark downtown.
As the area's cheerleader-in-chief, Jack Berry has been the longtime top promoter of Richmond, a region now known around the world.
A former Richmond police officer, Glen Burley was moved to tears when he saw the condition of a memorial to fallen comrades. So he moved into action.
In almost no time, the graduate of the Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School has gone from playing local clubs to landing a major record deal – and gaining major acclaim.
It began with just 65 coats, but Gary Glover and his company will soon have collected and cleaned half a million as part of their longtime Coats for Kids campaign.
A longtime leader in Richmond's nonprofit world, Reggie Gordon is taking on a major new challenge: leading the city's anti-poverty efforts.
Goochland may be a rich county by some measures, but Sally Graham and her team are expanding a safety net to help its medically underserved residents.
Roger Gregory is making history again: He's now leading the federal appeals court that is, for all intents and purposes, the court of last resort for Virginia and four other states.
Townley Haas captured a gold medal and the world's attention at the Summer Olympics in Rio. He also cast a nice spotlight on his hometown.
The nightclub tragedy in Orlando, Fla., reminded the world of the ongoing struggle for equality and respect. Locally, Bill Harrison has been pivotal in shaping a more inclusive landscape.
When he arrived in 1997, Jon Hatfield was the first and only employee at the memorial, which was virtually in ruins. Over nearly two decades, he restored it to a fitting glory.
In 2001, Aline Reitzer started Restaurant Week with nine local eateries. Marking 15 years in 2016, the twice-yearly campaign spotlights Richmond's burgeoning scene while funding half a million healthy meals for FeedMore.
John Shinholser has walked his own path to recovery from substance abuse. As a passionate advocate for peer-based treatment, he continues to spread his message – and McShin's footprint.
Fatima Smith turned traumatic life experiences into a commitment to help others heal from the emotional wounds caused by domestic violence and sexual assault.
The Richmond SPCA marks 125 years in 2016 and welcomes a new veterinary hospital. For longtime CEO Robin Robertson Starr, her story begins with Snap, Crackle and Pop.
Nancy Thomas took over as leader of Retail Merchants in a tough climate in 2009, and under her leadership, the organization has crafted and refined messages that urge consumers to support local retailers.
The crazy image that popped into Erin Thomas-Foley's head turned into a remarkable statement about art and compassion. SPARC Live Art soon marks five years of having to be seen to be believed.
You think pedaling the 52-mile Virginia Capital Trail between Richmond and Jamestown is tough? Beth Weisbrod spent the better part of the past decade building it - and it's made quite an impression in its first full year.