On Tuesday, September 20, a host of friends, colleagues, admirers, and supporters met at the Goodstone Inn for a formal and joyous tribute to longtime President of Middleburg Bank and Chairman of the Board of Middleburg Financial Corporation, Joe Boling.
Bank President Gary Shook noted that, “Joe Boling has been a leader in Virginia banking over the majority of my career. I consider myself privileged to have had the opportunity to serve directly with him these past eleven years and look forward to drawing upon his wise counsel as Chairman Emeritus for many more years to come.”
A friend from Richmond said, “If I had to be in a foxhole, there’s no one I’d rather be with than Joe.”
“He is a true Virginia gentleman, one of the best of a disappearing breed,” said another.
Childs Burden, from Middleburg, pointed out that Joe was as brave as he is modest. “He is one of the few men on the planet who has called in fire from a battleship, and been close enough to the explosions to feel the shock. He did that in Vietnam and saved the patrol under his command.”
In announcing Boling’s retirement, John C. Lee IV, Joe’s successor as Chair, noted that under Boling’s leadership, Middleburg Bank had “grown from a community bank with a single location into a diversified financial services company that provides commercial banking, investment, trust, and mortgage services throughout Virginia.”
Indeed, while Boling served, outstanding shares of MFC stock increased from 448,000 in 1993 to over 7,000,000 by the end of 2015.
Total capital grew from $16.2MM to $123.6MM during the same period.
The single “home” location in Middleburg in 1993 grew to 12 locations serving communities throughout Virginia.
As formal recognition for his decades of professional service, Boling was named “Chairman Emeritus,” a title rarely if ever bestowed on even the most distinguished of leaders.
For those who knew and know him Boling was, is and will continue to be not only a leader, but an active and personal inspiration and friend to Middleburg, Loudoun County, and the people of the surrounding area.
While no doubt best known for his service as Chairman and President of Middleburg Bank, he began a lifetime of service as a soldier.
A highly decorated infantry officer he was awarded three bronze stars for valor in Vietnam.
He chaired the Virginia Bankers Association for a decade.
A Rotarian for a quarter century and counting, he has served on the Loudoun Hospital Board and the Loudoun Economic Development Council.
He chaired the NOVA Loudoun project to fund the re-opening of the INOVA Cornwall campus, the Windy Hill Foundation, and the county’s CEO Cabinet.
A recipient of the Good Scout Award and Chamber Service Award, he was awarded the Golden Helix by the Ladies Board of Inova Loudoun Hospital.
In 2014 he was awarded The Loudoun Laurels.

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