Leadership Team

Roberta Acosta

Robert Acosta-Lewis


Robert Acosta-Lewis has served as an advisor and counselor to the Wauford Group for more than 30 years. Initially, Mr. Acosta-Lewis represented the Group as an Associate and later as a Partner with the firm then-known as Hunton & Williams (now Hunton Andrews Kurth). Since his retirement, Mr. Acosta- Lewis has continued to serve as an outside advisor to the Group on business and corporate matters.

B.A. Philosophy, Randolph-Macon College
Juris Doctor, William & Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of Law

David Balducci

David Balducci


Mr. Balducci is currently the Business Controller for the Wauford Group. He has been with the company since 2001 and has over 30 years of experience in accounting and finance. Mr. Balducci began his career with a Big 4 public accounting firm, and prior to joining the Wauford Group, was a partner at a local accounting firm providing both audit and tax services to his clients. He and his wife have two children and are natives of the Richmond area.

B.S. Accounting, University of Richmond
Master of Tax, Virginia Commonwealth University
Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

Alan Ball

General Manager, Waubridge Specialty Fabrics, LLC

Mr. Ball has been with the Wauford Group since 2013, heading up the Performance fabrics business, Waubridge Specialty Fabrics. Originally from the UK, he has over 30 years’ International experience with U.S. & European companies in sales, marketing, finance and senior business leadership positions serving the chemical, nonwovens, and technical fabrics & fibers industries. He and his wife have two children and live in the Richmond area.

Bruce Boulton

Bruce Boulton

General Manager

Mr. Boulton is presently the General Manager for Pre Con, Inc., utilizing his over 35 years of experience in Manufacturing Management and Operations Leadership. Bruce began his career in manufacturing operations as a Process Engineer in the paper industry, and his experience in Operations Leadership includes the start-up of a state-of-the-art manufacturing and distribution center implementing Lean Manufacturing processes, Operations Management of a pharmaceutical and medical production distribution company, and Site Management and start-up of a Contract Manufacturing program at a Fortune 100 client. Bruce and his wife have three grown children and have been residents of Henrico County for 30 years.

B.S. Paper Science Engineering, Syracuse University

John M. Carter

John M. Carter

Director of Compliance and General Counsel

Mr. Carter is the Director of Compliance and General Counsel for the Wauford Group. After beginning his career in private practice, Mr. Carter joined the legal staff of Lawyers Title Insurance Corporation, where he rose to the position of Assistant Secretary and General Corporate Counsel for its Richmond based publicly traded parent company, Land America Financial Group, Inc. He later served as Executive Vice President of Law and Employee Relations for Land America, where his responsibilities included management of the Legal Department, as well as overall responsibility for Human Resources and Training initiatives in a Fortune 500 environment. Later, Mr. Carter assumed the position of Director of Human Resources in the Office of the Executive Secretary for the Supreme Court of Virginia. Mr. Carter is married with two children and lives in the Richmond area.

B.A. Economics, University of Virginia
Master of Business Administration, Virginia Commonwealth University
Juris Doctor, University of Richmond School of Law

Christine Chandler

Christine Chandler

President, AdvantaStaff

Ms. Chandler is currently the President of AdvantaStaff, a Wauford Group managed company formed in 2005, to bring the speed and flexibility of a contingent workforce to other Wauford Group companies and their customers. Chris has 25 years of experience in all aspects of the staffing industry, including sales, operations, customer service, and financial management. The focus of her career in staffing and recruitment has been the support of customers in the manufacturing and distribution services sectors. Chris is proud to be a Richmond native and lives in Hanover with her husband and their two children.

B.A. Political Science, Virginia Commonwealth University
Certified Staffing Professional (CSP), American Staffing Association

Daniel Durrbeck

Daniel Durrbeck

General Manager

Mr. Durrbeck joined Pre Con, Inc, in 2017 as the General Manager of the Shield facility in Petersburg, VA. Daniel has over 14 years of experience in a variety of manufacturing roles including Process Engineering, Business Development, Operations, Production, and Facilities Management. He has worked in a variety of industries centered arounding cutting edge materials technologies. His experience with Six Sigma, LEAN Manufactiring, and organizational leadership has played a critical role in several turnaround operations. Daniel is native to central Virginia and resides in Powhatan with his wife and three children.

B.S. Materials Science and Engineering, Virginia Tech
Master of Business Administration, Wilmington University

Emily Erwin

Emily Erwin

Director of Personnel Development

Ms. Erwin serves as the Director of Personnel Development for the Wauford Group. She began her career as a Legislative Assistant in the House of Representatives in Washington, DC, before turning her career towards education. She taught Spanish for four years in Chesterfield County public schools, where she also worked for the school division on curriculum development and testing design. She currently runs the training department for the Wauford Group umbrella, where she continues to improve the leadership development, new hire, and on-boarding programs. Emily lives in the Midlothian area with her husband and young son.

B.A. Political Science, Romance Languages and Literatures, University of Notre Dame
Master of Teaching, University of Virginia

Veronica Harless

Veronica Harless

Human Resource Generalist

Ms. Harless serves as the Human Resource Generalist for the Wauford Group. She began her career as an Associate Financial Representative at Northwestern Mutual in Richmond, Virginia. She then served as the Branch Licensing Coordinator for AXA Advisors working primarily with on-boarding procedures. Her concentration within the Wauford Group of companies includes the administration of the benefit plans. Veronica lives in the Richmond area with her husband and young daughter.

B.A. Business Administration, Old Dominion University
SHRM Certified Professional

Kevin Metheny

Financial and Information Technology Manager

Mr. Metheny is currently the Financial and Information Technology Manager for the Wauford Group. He has been with the company since 1997 and has 20 years’ experience in accounting and finance. Mr. Metheny has overseen the growth of information technology and accounting systems utilized by all Wauford Group Companies. He and his wife, who are natives of the Richmond area, have two children and live in Hanover.

B.S. Accounting, Virginia Commonwealth University

John Piehl

Process Engineering Manager

Mr. Piehl has worked at Diversified Converters, Inc., since 1997 in Engineering and Operations Management. He has over 40 years of experience in process control and engineering development for industries involved in automotive glass, assembly operations, steel components manufacturing, and bonding, printing and converting of polymer-based materials. He and his wife have three grown children and live in the Midlothian area.

B.S. Industrial Engineering, Lehigh University

Jeff Siffert

General Manager

Since joining the Wauford Group in 1999, Mr. Siffert has had several different roles, including his current role as General Manager of Diversified Converters, Inc. He has served as General Manager for multiple operations, and worked in New Business Development, utilizing his over 30 years of experience in operations, human resources, facilities management and marketing positions serving the textile industry. Mr. Siffert is a native of southern Virginia and currently resides in Chesterfield with his wife and their two daughters.

B.S. Economics, Elon University
Master of Business Administration, Elon University

Stipe Skunca

Environmental Health and Safety Manager

Stipe has been with Diversified Converters, Inc., since 2012, where he has conveyed his 27 years of experience to help our corporate team as we continue to grow our world-class safety programs. His areas of expertise are in Environmental and Safety Compliance; Behavioral Safety; Safety Cultural Needs; Environmental Excellence; Incident Investigation and Risk Assessment; Ergonomics; Cost Control; Workers Compensation. He has two children and one grandchild and lives in the Richmond area.

Bill Sydnor

Director of Contract Operations

Mr. Sydnor serves as the Director of Contract Operations for the Wauford Group, drawing on over 40 years of experience in manufacturing operations, planning, procurement, and systems management to drive process improvements and consistent business unit performance. Prior to his current role, he spent nearly ten years as a General Manager for multiple Wauford Group companies. Long time Richmond area residents with two grown children, Mr. Sydnor and his wife live in Powhatan.

B.A. Managerial Economics, Hampden-Sydney College
Master of Business Administration, University of Virginia

Lisa Tharp

Lisa Tharp

Chief Financial Officer

Ms. Tharp is currently CFO and Treasurer for the Wauford Group. Ms. Tharp began her career with a Big 4 accounting firm with a concentration in corporate audit. Her experience in corporate finance grew through her auditing experience working for the Internal Revenue Service. In 1991, she translated that discipline to her family’s business and has built a team of finance professionals to serve the accounting, tax, and financial analysis needs of all Wauford Group managed businesses. Lisa and her husband have three grown children. They reside in Goochland County.

B.S. Accounting, James Madison University
Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

JT Wauford

J.T. Wauford

Client Services Manager, AdvantaStaff

Upon graduation from The George Washington University in 2013, J.T. joined AdvantaStaff as an Onsite Manager. After holding this role with a few different clients, Mr. Wauford decided to get some outside experience. J.T. worked in IT Staffing at TEKsystems and then in Human Resources for Fanatics, Inc., while living in Jacksonville, Florida. He returned to AdvantaStaff in 2018, taking on the role of Client Services Manager, where he specializes in catering to current clients and bringing new clients under the AdvantaStaff wing.

B.A. Geography, The George Washington University
Certified Staffing Professional (CSP), American Staffing Association

Mark L Wauford

Mark L. Wauford


Mr. Wauford is the President of the Wauford Group; a family-owned and operated enterprise that provides proprietary manufacturing services for some of our country’s largest industrial companies. The Wauford Group is a diverse family of businesses that also participates in the real-estate development, venture capital, and industrial textile sectors. Mr. Wauford’s career began over thirty years ago in operations management with Allied (now Honeywell). His experience with the Wauford Group for the last three decades has enabled him to build a team of management professionals who work together to provide flexible and world-class manufacturing solutions to companies of all sizes. Mr. Wauford and his wife Lillie have three grown children and one grandson. They reside in Midlothian.

Bachelor of Business Administration, James Madison University