Community banks often crow when they land a veteran loan officer, but John Marshall Bank in Reston, Va., had a hiring coup to celebrate this week.

The young bank has appointed Charles K. Collum, a former chairman of Virginia's oldest bank, Burke & Herbert Bank, to head a new loan office in Alexandria.

Collum is well-known in Northern Virginia. He climbed the ladder at Burke & Herbert in Alexandria for 39 years before stepping down as chairman in 2010. The 160-year-old Burke & Herbert was the second-largest deposit holder in Alexandria last year and had assets of $2.5 billion at June 30.

"To say I am delighted to have Charlie join our bank team in Alexandria is an understatement," John Marshall's chairman and chief executive, John Maxwell, said in a news release this week. "Charlie's 50-plus years serving the Alexandria community as a banker, his reputation as a man of integrity and his popularity throughout Alexandria makes this a perfect partnership."

Collum, who was named an executive officer at the six-year-old bank, joins some familiar faces. "I am delighted to be reuniting with my former Burke & Herbert colleagues Eric Dorn and Pam DeCandio at John Marshall Bank," Collum said in the release. "I am excited about the role I can play assisting this great bank in establishing a larger presence in Alexandria."

The $485-million-asset John Marshall has five branches in Northern Virginia and a second loan production office in the District of Columbia.

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