Bank of the James was founded in 1999 as we watched many of our local banks being taken over by large corporate banks and institutions. We saw the level of service and quality of banking available to our community erode as decisions were being made in other states, and customer service was defined by an automated message at the other end of a toll-free number. When Bank of the James opened its doors, it brought together many of the area’s finest bankers. From a start-up team of 12 employees and 10 directors, the Bank has achieved the reputation as being one of the area’s leading financial institutions. Today our Company has more than 150 employees, 13 members serving on our Board of Directors and over 40 business men and women who serve on our regional advisory boards.