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Gil Bland

Gilbert T. Bland
Virginia Beach, VA
Appointed:
July 1, 2007
Re-appointed:
July 1, 2008
Re-appointed:
July 1, 2012
Current Term Expires:
June 30, 2016

Gilbert T. Bland

Gilbert T. Bland is Chairman of The GilJoy Group. Mr. Bland has been a franchisee of Burger King and Pizza Hut for the past 25 years. In this capacity, he has owned and operated over 70 restaurants in Virginia, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania. Mr. Bland currently serves on the Board of Directors of the National Franchise Association and as the elected President of the Burger King Minority Franchise Association. Additionally, Mr. Bland was appointed to three 2-year terms for the national Burger King Marketing Advisory Council. Mr. Bland began his career as a commercial lending officer for the Continental Bank of Chicago and served as Vice-President of the Independence Bank of Chicago.

Mr. Bland has received numerous awards for his local community service including, in 2008, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Service Award in recognition of his lifetime community achievements. Mr. Bland currently serves statewide on the Boards for LEAD Virginia and the Chamber of Commerce. Locally, Mr. Bland serves on the Board of Directors of the Hampton Roads Community Foundation, Greater Norfolk Corp., Smart Beginnings of South Hampton Roads, and Chairman-NCP Community Development Credit Union. Past leadership includes statewide service on the Board of Visitors at Old Dominion University, the Board of Trustees for the James Madison University Foundation, and the Board of the Virginia Small Business Financing Authority. Locally, he has served on the boards of Sentara Hospitals, the South Hampton Roads YMCA, Virginia Aquarium, and the Food Bank of Southeastern Virginia. Mr. Bland received a B.A. in accounting and economics from James Madison University and an MBA from Atlanta University. He resides in Virginia Beach.