Here’s a list of real estate and hotel ties of Virginia Beach City Council members

Virginia Beach City Hall (Staff/Southside Daily)

VIRGINIA BEACH — With Mayor Louis Jones now sworn in, and mayoral and City Council elections approaching in November, we invite you to observe the many interconnections between the leaders of this city and its real estate development, hotel and financial industries.

Unless otherwise noted, these associations are based on the respective economic interest declarations required by the Virginia Conflict of Interests and Ethics Advisory Council.

Each officials’ financial declaration can be accessed by clicking their names.

City leadership

Louis Jones  — Mayor

  • Owner of Lu-El Realty, Inc.

Jim Wood — Vice Mayor

  • Owner of Wood Family Partnerships, a real estate company.
  • Owner of Ocean Bay Contracting, a building company.
  • Owner of commercial and residential rental properties in Virginia Beach.
  • City Council liaison to the Town Center project.
  • Son of Dorothy Wood, who is the chairwoman of the Virginia Beach Development Authority. The VBDA is a quasi-government entity that is completely funded by the taxpayers of the city and whose board of directors is appointed by City Council.

David Hansen — City Manager

  • No known declarations of financial ties to real estate or tourism industries.

City Council

Jessica Abbott — Kempsville District

  • Manages family’s State Farm insurance business.
  • No known declarations of financial ties to real estate or tourism industries.

Ben Davenport — At large

  • A partner and real estate broker at Davenport Management Company, representing building companies such as Napolitano Homes, McQ Builders and Developers and Towne Development, according to Davenport’s website.
  • Owner of Davenport Land Company and Viridian Reserve Investors LP.
  • Wife owns Regional Property Solutions, a real estate company in Virginia Beach.
  • Sat on the Monarch Bank Hampton Roads Leadership Board of Directors from 2010-2014, according to Davenport’s website.

Bobby Dyer — Centerville District

  • No known declarations of financial ties to real estate or tourism industries.

Barbara Henley — Princess Anne District

  • A partner in Henley Farms in Virginia Beach.
  • Owns residential rental properties in Virginia Beach.
  • Participant in Agricultural Reserve Program, which pays farmers in southern Virginia Beach not to sell their land to developers. Henley helped create the program in 1995.

Shannon Kane — Rose Hall District

  • Husband, Patrick Kane, works for Portfolio Recovery Associates Group, a debt-collection company based in Norfolk.

John Moss — At large

  • No known declarations of financial ties to real estate or tourism industries.

John Uhrin — Oceanfront District

  • Director of Operations at Burlage Management, which oversees the operation of multiple hotels at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront. Also director of operations for Seashore Management.
  • Represents the Oceanfront district where he operates hotels and is the City Council liaison to the resort advisory commission.
  • In September and October 2015, Commonwealth’s Attorney Colin Stolle investigated Uhrin for conflicts of interest after he voted in favor of giving $18 million in taxpayer money to the restoration of the Cavalier hotel while his wife, Catherine Sassone Uhrin of East Beach Realty, was working on the project. Uhrin was never charged with a crime because of lack of evidence, Stolle said.

Rosemary Wilson — At large

  • A Realtor with Berkshire Hathaway Towne Realty.
  • City Council liaison to Virginia Beach Development Authority.

These relationships and ties to local real estate, tourism, and financial sectors are not comprehensive and are based on their declarative financial interests. If you have credible evidence to other associations, contact Joshua Weinstein at

Updated at 3:15 p.m. on May 10, 2018 to include Mayor Louis Jones’ ownership of Lu-El Realty Corp., which was previously not listed.

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