Charlottesville Chapter


CAV Angels’ Charlottesville chapter serves as a centerpoint for the club, prioritizing strong relationships with the University and beyond. With an ever-growing population of UVA alumni in the entrepreneurial and investing spheres of the surrounding area to connect with, the Charlottesville chapter consciously fosters the entrepreneurial ecosystem among all members of the UVA family in the Virginia northwest. The Charlottesville chapter is prominently supported by McGuireWoods and Blue Ridge Bank, two of CAV Angels’ generous sponsors, in its educational and networking endeavors. Please see below for more information on the CAV Angels Charlottesville chapter.


Brian Plum
Chapter Co-President

Brian K. Plum is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Blue Ridge Bankshares, Inc. (Ticker: BRBS) and its wholly-owned bank subsidiary Blue Ridge Bank, National Association. He has been with the company since August 2006.

Prior to joining the company he was in public accounting, and has been named a Super CPA three times by Virginia Business and the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants. He is currently Chair-Elect of the Virginia Association of Community Banks, and involved with various civic and charitable groups as a board member and volunteer. He holds a B.S. in Economics and Accounting from Eastern Mennonite University, an MS in Accounting from James Madison University, and an MBA from the Darden Business School at the University of Virginia. He is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
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Richard Crawford
Chapter Co-President

Richard Crawford is the Chairman of the Crawford Group, Inc., a private multi-unit investment business with activities in agriculture, real estate, and advanced technology.

He is an experienced entrepreneur having started three companies and an experienced angel investor having made several personal angel investments and co-managed the Virginia Active Angel Network in Charlottesville, Virginia from 2005 to 2012. Dick was adjunct faculty at the Darden School from 1988 to 2008, adjunct faculty at UVA Law School from 2008 to 2017 and adjunct faculty at UVA Engineering School in 2008-2009. At all three schools, he developed and taught courses relating to small business finance and investment and healthcare economics. He holds B.A., MBA, and JD degrees from the University of Virginia and is the author/co-author of five books.
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Jim Cheng
Chapter Co-President

Jim Cheng, JD/MBA, is a successful entrepreneur and venture capitalist. He founded, led, and successfully exited an IT services firm that he grew from 5 people to 550 people in 9 years, and has started and led additional ventures since.

He served as the Secretary of Commerce and Trade for the Commonwealth of Virginia for 4 years, contributing significantly to economic development, job creation, tourism, film, industry regulation and safety, housing, and a number of other commerce-related fields. He is currently of counsel at the law firm of Lee and Hayes and is working with several private equity and angel investment firms. He also teaches at the University of Virginia School of Engineering.
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If you are interested in learning more about the Charlottesville chapter of CAV Angels, please contact Dick Crawford at or Jim Cheng at General inquries about membership can also be directed towards our team via the Contact Us page.


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