Norfolk, VA — Wilbanks Smith & Thomas is pleased to announce that Principal and Portfolio Manager, Lawrence Bernert, III — a distinguished alumnus of the University of Virginia Darden School of Business — has been honored with a coveted spot on the prestigious Virginia 500 Power List for the second consecutive year.

The Virginia 500 Power List, now in its fourth edition, is a comprehensive recognition of the individuals who hold significant positions of power and influence in the state. It is an invaluable resource for those interested in understanding the dynamics of leadership in Virginia. Unlike traditional rankings based solely on revenue, this list takes a more nuanced approach, considering factors such as career achievements, company revenue, the number of employees overseen, and the leaders' involvement in their respective industries and communities.

Lawrence Bernert's inclusion in the Virginia 500 Power List is a well-deserved recognition of his exceptional contributions to the financial sector and his steadfast commitment to community betterment.

In reflection of his illustrious career, Lawrence Bernert adheres to a simple yet profound personal motto: "Trust your gut!" 

The Virginia 500 Power List serves as an aspirational resource for individuals seeking insight into the paths taken by those who have achieved remarkable success in their respective fields. This recognition is a reflection of Lawrence Bernert's outstanding accomplishments and his enduring commitment to excellence.


About Lawrence Bernert

Lawrence Bernert is a distinguished chartered financial analyst and a graduate of the University of Virginia Darden School of Business MBA program. He currently serves as the principal and portfolio manager at Wilbanks, Smith & Thomas Asset Management (WST). Bernert is actively engaged in his community, serving as a board member for the Norfolk Employees' Retirement System and as the Chair of the Children's Health Foundation, which supports the Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters.


About the Virginia 500 Power List

The Virginia 500 Power List is an annual compilation of Virginia's most powerful and influential leaders across various sectors, including business, government, politics, and education. This list offers a comprehensive view of leadership dynamics in the state, highlighting individuals who have made significant contributions to their fields and communities. Compiled through meticulous staff research, the Virginia 500 Power List is a valuable resource for understanding the evolving landscape of leadership in Virginia.



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