1997 Hall of Fame

Phyllis Huff Arnold

Phyllis Huff Arnold was elected the Executive Vice President of One Valley Bancorp in 1994. Phyllis graduated with a BS. In Business Administration from West Virginia University in 1970 and received her MBA. from Marshall University in 1976. She graduated from Stonier Graduate School of Banking in 1982. Upon graduating from college, Phyllis was employed as a management trainee by Mellon Bank in Pittsburgh. In 1973 she was employed by Kanawha Valley Bank in Charleston. In 1979, Phyllis was appointed Commissioner of Banking by Governor Rockefeller. During her term of service, the branch banking and bank holding company legislation was enacted. Phyllis served as Commissioner of Banking until 1983, when she became Senior Vice President, Affiliate Bank Relations of One Valley Bancorp of West Virginia, Inc. In 1991, Phyllis became President and CEO of One Valley Bank and in 1993was elected to One Valley Bancorp’s Board of Directors. Phyllis is a member of the Board and Executive Committee of the Charleston Chamber of Commerce, the CAMCARE Board of Trustees, the West Virginia District Export Council (WVDEC), the West Virginia RoundTable, the BIDCO Board of Directors, the University System of West Virginia Board of Trustees, and Chair of the Rhodes Scholarship Selection Committee. She is a former member and chair of the Board of Trustees of the Charleston Area Medical Center, and also served as Assistant Treasurer, Treasurer and Chairman Elect of the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce from 1989 to 1992. In 1994, Phyllis was recognized by The State Journals, Women in Business. In 1995, she was selected for Ike State Journals “Who’s Who in West Virginia Business”. In 1996, she was among 10 women chosen by the West Virginia Women’s Commission to receive a 1996 “Celebrate Women” award. Phyllis was born and raised in Parkersburg, WV. She is married to James S. Arnold, who is a partner with the firm of Farmer, Cline and Arnold.

 

David Fox, Jr

David Fox, Jr. is President of Appalachian Production Company, a developer of gas properties in Kentucky, and co-owner of Charleston national Country Club, a gold course/real estate development in Charleston, South Carolina. Fox spend his career at BP&S, a family owned business started by his father in 1919. He was President of Branchland from 1965 to 1984. In 1984, when Appalachian Pipe was founded, he became Chairman of the Board and his two sons were officers. In 1989 Appalachian merged with McJunkin Corporation. Fox has since been Vice Chairman of the Board of McJunkin Appalachian Oil Field Supply Company. Fox has served on the Board of the Cammack Children’s Center, Huntington Galleries, and the Huntington Chamber of Commerce. He has been President of the Huntington Industrial Corporation, Junior Chamber of Commerce, as well as the Big Green Scholarship Foundation, Marshall Alumni Association, and the Marshall Foundation. Fox and his wife, Helga, are members of the John Marshall Society. Fox, has an endowed scholarship named in his honor and is currently on the Board of Bank One, KYOVA Corrugated Containers and the Marshall Foundation, in addition to being a member of the Alumni Association, the Big Green Scholarship Foundation and supporter of Marshall University Athletic Programs. Fox is a native of Huntington, West Virginia. He graduated from Greenbrier Military School and Attended Marshall College for two years. He served three years in the US. Air Force as a Bombardier Navigator with the rank of 1st Lt. on a B-25 Bomber m the European Theater during World War II, during which he received the Purple Heart. David and Helga have four children and seven grandchildren.

 

Dan R. Moore

Dan R. Moore is Chairman of the Board and President of Matewan Bancshares in Williamson, West Virginia. Moore acquired leadership skills when he was a young man as he served as president of his senior class and president of the National Honor Society at Magnolia High School in Matewan. He continued his education and practiced his leadership abilities when he became president of his fraternity (Phi Delta Pi) and president of the student body at Concord College in 1960. Moore taught one year at Matewan High School before beginning his career with the Matewan Bank, where he started at the bottom and worked his way to president and CEO. In 1967, Moore was elected mayor of Matewan, West Virginia. He was the youngest mayor in the state at that time. With offices serving communities in West Virginia, Kentucky and Virginia, under Moore’s leadership, the bank evolved from a bank with assets of $35 million into a multi-bank holding company with assets of nearly $650 million. He recently became the chairman-elect of the West Virginia Bankers Association. Moore serves on the Board of Directors of the West Virginia RoundTable and the West Virginia University Foundation. He is Chairman of the Board of the Mingo County Redevelopment Authority and Past-Chairman and member of Marshall University’s Institutional Board of Advisors. He retired from the Board of Directors of Bell Atlantic of West Virginia in 1995. Moore is member of the Marshall University Foundation and Governor’s Jobs Through Education Panel. Moore was the 1991 West Virginia Entrepreneur of the Year and received the Rotary International Paul Harris Fellowship Award, which is the highest honor bestowed upon a member of Rotary International. Moore married his high School sweetheart, Betty Jo. Together they are owners of Moore Auto Group in Williamson, West Virginia. They have two children, Angela and Daniel; and one grandchild, Morgan.

 

Matt Reese

Matt Reese was born and raised in Huntington, West Virginia. In1950, he graduated from Marshall College with a degree in Political Science. He has been called the man who “changed politics forever” and the “godfather of political consulting.” Reese began his political career at the age of 26 as a staff assistant to his former Political Science instructor who decided to run for Congress. He attracted national attention in 1960 when he coordinated the massive volunteer campaign that gave John F. Kennedy a victory in the presidential primary in West Virginia. Reese then joined the Democratic National Committee as Director of Operations, supervising President Lyndon B. Johnson’s 1964 national voter registration and get-out-the-vote drives. In 1966, Reese founded Reese Communications Companies (RCC), putting his innovative techniques to work in more than 450 political campaigns in the United States and abroad. In 1983, he decided to step off the political merry-go-round and take his techniques to the corporate world. Reese’s firm worked for many large corporations such as: AT&T Communications, Philip Morris, Citicorp, and United Airlines. In 1988, Reese retired as Chairman and President of Reese Communication Companies. He is currently writing a book which details his political experiences. Reese is the recipient of the Outstanding Citizenship Award from the American Heritage Foundation and was recognized in Who’s Who in America in 1991. He is past-president of the American Association of Political Consultants. He has served on boards of numerous national organizations. In 1988, he was a Resident Fellow at the Institute of Politics, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. In 1993 he was installed in the Hall of Fame of the American Association of Political Consultants. In 1995 Reese was Selected for the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Marshall University, Currently, Reese is on the faculty of The Graduate School of Political Management at George Washington University. He resides in McLean, Virginia with his wife, Martha. They have three children and Six grandchildren.

 

Art and Joan Weisberg

Art and Joan Weisberg have shown that some business partnerships can thrive, even if the principles are marriage partners, The Weisberg’s founded State Electric Supply Co” which is retail/wholesale distributor of electrical and electronic supplies with showrooms and warehouse facilities. State Electric Supply Company has steadily expanded with increasing market coverage; now to service coal, utility and institutional businesses. Art was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He graduated in 1950from City College of New York with a degree in electrical engineering. He began his career in West Virginia, traveling throughout the Kanawha and Ohio Valleys, selling light bulbs from the back of a pickup truck. His wife, Joan, was born in Charleston, West Virginia. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Ohio State University. Joan is the president of Twelve-O-Six Virginia Inc., which is a real estate and property management company. State Electric Supply Company has ranked in the top 25 (out of 4000) electrical distributors for each of the last 15 years. In 1994, Art received the Charles D. Scott Distinguished Career Award in recognition of his service to the American wire industry. Also, in 1994, The Herald Dispatch named him as one of the two “Citizens of the Year.” Art and Joan Weisberg have five children, three of which work for the corporation, and six grandchildren. The Weisberg’s are major supporters of Marshall University and have endowed the Weisberg Chair in Software Engineering. Art strongly influenced the founding, and served on the board of United Huntington Industries, a capital company that provides support to businesses through their start-up stage. He serves on the board of directors of the Twentieth Street Bank and is a former member of the board of the United Way.