King Neptune's Tritons Announced for 44th Annual Neptune Festival

King Neptune's Tritons Announced for 44th Annual Neptune Festival

Virginia Beach, VA: The 44th Annual Virginia Beach Neptune Festival is pleased to announce King Neptune’s Tritons for the 2017 festival. As part of the Neptune Festival Royal Court, the Tritons are nominated from among the business community and serve as aides to King Neptune and ambassadors of goodwill for the Neptune Festival and Virginia Beach during festival events throughout the year. The following eight Tritons have been selected for 2017.

Jason Deans
Assurance Partner, CPA, CVA BDO USA
Jason Deans began his public accounting career in 1998, focusing on assurance, business valuation and litigation support. He has experience in numerous industries, including, auto dealers, sports franchises, real estate, construction contracting, technology, maritime enterprises, and non-profits. As a Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA), Deans has prepared valuations for a variety of purposes, including estate and gift taxes, divorces, mergers and acquisitions, and employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs). Jason’s overall experience includes: all aspects of assurance, accounting and business advisory services; due diligence services related to mergers, acquisitions and spin-offs; consulting with clients on projections, budget and variance analyses, internal control reviews, operational reviews and various other technical projects; business valuations; and litigation support services.

Taylor Franklin
Co-Founder and COO, The Franklin Johnson Group
W. Taylor Franklin is co-founder and Chief Operating Officer with The Franklin Johnston Group. His primary responsibilities include, new business development, multifamily management (est.: 12,000 apartment homes), the supervision of new construction and the location of new development opportunities. Mr. Franklin works alongside the company’s development team designing, planning, financing, and stabilizing new apartment communities. Mr. Franklin has been responsible for the development of 15 communities over the past 12 years with a total value of $500 million. Mr. Franklin serves on the board of the Chesapeake Bay Wine Classic, Access College Foundation Board, The VA Gentlemen, and is the chairman of the board at Norfolk Collegiate School.

T. Ricky Frantz
Vice President, Union Bank and Trust
Frantz is vice president of Commercial Lending at Union Bank. Born and raised in Virginia Beach, Frantz received his bachelor of business administration with minors in business law and marketing management from Stetson University, and his master’s in business administration from the Mason School of Business at the College of William & Mary. After work-related stops in Washington, D.C. and Miami, Florida, he returned to Virginia Beach. Frantz’s other philanthropic and business affiliations include Aquarium Connection, Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), CBDX, HRACRE and the Hampton Roads Community Foundation.

Jeffrey A. Hunn
Attorney, Pender & Coward, PC
Hunn is a firm shareholder at Pender & Coward focusing his practice in the areas of litigation, community association law, insurance defense, business legal services, and government law. In his practice, he represents clients frequently in federal and state courts throughout Hampton Roads, as well as arbitration proceedings, mediations and administrative hearings. His clients include individuals, small and large companies and municipalities and government entities. He has defended numerous cases for insurance companies, businesses and municipalities in all manners of casualty claims, from property damage to catastrophic injuries. Hunn has extensive experience representing community associations, developers, businesses and individual property owners in the interpretation, negotiation and formation of contracts, management agreements, leases, title and boundary disputes and zoning issues.

Jay Kenslow
Senior Vice President, PNC Bank
Jay Kenslow is the senior vice president of Commercial Lending for PNC Bank. A native of Virginia Beach, he has been with PNC since 2012. Previously he was senior vice president at TowneBank. He has worked the majority of his career in the Hampton Roads region and is involved in the community through leadership roles with the Virginia Aquarium. Kenslow received his BA from Radford University.

J.T. McDonald
Senior Vice President, TowneBank
A graduate of James Madison University’s College of Business, McDonald has been with TowneBank since 1999. For the past 12 years has worked in the bank’s commercial and corporate lending department. Actively involved in the community, he serves on the boards of the Virginia Aquarium and Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters and is active with many events and organizations throughout the city and region.

Ramsay Smith
President and President and Principal Broker, Pembroke Commercial Realty
Smith joined Pembroke Commercial Realty, voted as one of the best places to work in Virginia for 2016, in 2003 and has more than 25 years of experience in the real estate and financing industry. Smith was previously employed with Jones Lang LaSalle as Senior Vice President of Development. He holds a bachelor's degree in building construction. He is actively involved in the community and currently serves as Board Chairman for the Virginia Beach Forum.

About the Neptune Festival
The Virginia Beach Neptune Festival is a private, non-profit 501-C3 organization, producing over 40 events per year. The Festival has an annual operating budget of $2.1 million, which is derived through corporate sponsorships, admission tickets, merchandise sales, and site revenues. The high quantity and wide range of sponsors and non-profit partnerships contribute to the charitable, educational, cultural, recreational, and economic development of the Hampton Roads region. Events annually generate approximately $18 million in economic impact, approximately $700,000 of direct municipal taxes, and shares over $100,000 with partnering charitable organizations such as EQUI-KIDS, The Governor's School for the Arts, Toby's Dream Foundation, Achievable Dream Foundation, Virginia Beach Rotary, Town Center Kiwanis Club, Virginia Beach Police Foundation, Virginia Beach Jaycees, and Virginia Musical Theater, among others. The Festival has vast geographic coverage and is well respected in the special events industry as demonstrated by the consistent recognition of its flagship event Neptune Festival Boardwalk Weekend, as one of the Top 100 Events in North America by the ABA and among the Top 20 Events in the Southeastern US by the Southeast Tourism Society. Neptune Festival Boardwalk Weekend begins on the last Friday of September and is among the largest annual special events in Virginia. The weekend’s signature event, Neptune’s International Sandsculpting Championship is considered one of the largest and best competitions of its kind in the country. For more information on the 44th Annual Neptune Festival, please call the Festival office at 757-498-0215 or 1-866-NEP-FEST or visit