The legend of Neptune says that this Roman god was King of the Sea. Carrying his trident, a three-pronged spear, Neptune would drive in his dolphin-pulled chariot over the waters, calming the waters wherever he went. Since the beginning of the Neptune Festival, people from the Virginia Beach community have been chosen to play the part of King Neptune and his Royal Court.
The King is chosen by the Neptune Festival committee from nominations solicited from the general public. The selection process weighs criteria such as demonstrated involvement and contribution to the quality of life in Virginia Beach and active participation in the activities of community life. Once chosen, the King and his Court become ambassadors for the City throughout the year.
2017 Neptune Festival King Neptune
Mr. Cummings is a partner and Vice-President/CFO for Priority Auto Group, which he help found in 1998. While starting with two automobile dealerships in Chesapeake, Virginia, Priority now consists of sixteen dealerships located throughout Virginia and North Carolina and is one of the thirty largest privately owned automobile dealerships groups in the country with over 2,500 employees. He is an active member of several local boards including the Old Dominion Athletic Foundation, Hampton Roads Transportation Accountability Commission and Recovery for Life. He is a Past President and Chairman of the Hampton Roads Automobile Association and spent many years on the board of the Judeo-Christian Outreach Center. As a director of the Priority Charity Bowl, a celebrity football game held in conjunction with the Old Dominion Spring football game, Mr. Cummings helped raise over $400,000 last year to help support children’s charities in Hampton Roads. He also is an evaluator of Senior Projects for the Legal Studies Academy at First Colonial High School. Several years ago, Mr. Cummings took a yearlong sabbatical from the automotive industry to teach high school math. While enjoying the experience, he was more than happy to get back to the business world.
Mr. Cummings received his BS degree from the University of Maryland and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He has completed all of the required course work for a Masters degree from American University. A resident of Virginia Beach, Mr. Cummings and his wife Aimée have twin boys Nicholas and Calvin who attend First Colonial and Ocean Lakes High schools respectively. Mr. Cummings also has three grown children Wesley, Jessica and Ryan and four grandchildren. When not working or volunteering, he enjoys tennis, snow skiing and boating with his family.
2017 Neptune Festival Tritons
Joining King Neptune are Tritons, men of the community, who are also selected by nomination and an understanding of the spirit of the Neptune Festival.
Jason Deans | BDO USA, LLP
Taylor Franklin | The Franklin Johnston Group
Ricky Frantz | Union Bank and Trust
Jeff Hunn | Pender & Coward, PC
Jay Kenslow | PNC Bank
J.T. McDonald | TowneBank
Ramsay Smith | Pembroke Commercial Realty
2017 Neptune Festival Princesses
The Neptune Princesses are chosen in an open competition November of their junior year of high school.
2017 Court Attendants and King's Pages
Anna Lee Barton | Reagan Carson | Carson Gaddy | Piper Richardson | Marissa Williams
Reed Barton | Tucker Gaddy