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William W. Hamner, Jr. President & COO

wh-jrA native of Hampton Roads, Virginia, and "Bill, Jr." attended St. Andrew's Episcopal Church and Day School and then Hampton Roads Academy in Newport News. He received a BA degree from the University of the South, having majored in Classical Languages and Music and then earned the Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music and Case-Western Reserve University, respectively.

Having worked in the maintenance department at Hamner Development Company throughout his teen years, Bill, Jr. departed from Hampton Roads, following graduation, to work in other markets and in other fields. Immediately following the completion of the advanced degrees, he taught music at the University level and served as an organist/choirmaster for a corporate-sized Episcopal Parish. Eventually becoming involved full-time with the pipe organ building industry, he ultimately rose to the position of Tonal Director for the Wicks Pipe Organ Company of Highland, Illinois, a position he held until 2005. In that capacity, he was charged with the design, marketing, tonal development, and, finishing of custom-made instruments, built for institutions around the globe. He also spear-headed a large-scale initiative for Wicks to develop a premier line of standardized, all-digital instruments, in conjunction with Viscount International of Mondaino, Italy. Bill, Jr. continues to consult independently, on a selective basis, assisting institutions with the process of selecting and purchasing instruments.

Bill, Jr. returned to Hamner Development Company in 2006, where he is primarily involved with the marketing, sales, and, leasing of the firm's industrial portfolio.

As his career evolved, he has continually built his commercial real estate portfolio, as evidenced by the following:

  • Peninsula Prestige Properties (75% ownership interest) which owns 6.66% interest in Thimble Shores Ventures, L.L.C. Thimble Shores Ventures is an office park in Oyster Point of Newport News, one of Hampton Roads, Virginia's premier business districts.
  • Diversified Commercial Investors, L.L.C. (25% interest)
    Investment Properties
    • Kinder Care Learning Center, Hampton, Virginia
    • Resort Condo - Kingsmill, Williamsburg, Virginia
    • Office Condo - Busch Corporate Center, Williamsburg, Virginia
  • Commonwealth Office Properties
    Investment Properties
    • Office Condo - Oyster Point of Newport News
    • Medical Office Condo - Oyster Point of Newport News
  • Diversified Peninsula Investment Group
    Investment Property
    • Retail Building - 3010 West Mercury Boulevard, Hampton, Virginia