Gov. Bob McDonnell has appointed Richmond prosecutor Bryan Rhode, 37, to the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Board.
Rhode joins J. Neal Insley, chairman of the board, and Sandra C. Canada as the latest appointee to the three-member board. He succeeds Wayne Ozmore who resigned from the ABC Board in May 2011.
Most recently an assistant commonwealth's attorney in Richmond, Rhode has prosecuted thousands of misdemeanor and felony cases ranging from drug distribution to murder. He has significant experience working with various local, state and federal agencies to investigate and prosecute crime.
“I’m tremendously excited about joining such a complex and dynamic agency,” Rhode said. “There are many strategic plans underway here, and I’m humbled to serve as a part of the team that will move the agency forward.”
Rhode previously was a Marine Corps infantry officer and served as a platoon and company commander. He earned his J.D from the University of Virginia School of Law, a MSc in public policy and administration from the London School of Economics, and a B.A. in international politics with minors in history and military studies from Pennsylvania State University.
The Virginia native was named a Top 40 Under 40 by Style Weekly Magazine in 2007 for his contributions to the Richmond metro area. In his personal time he enjoys participating in triathlons, horseback riding, snow skiing and scuba diving. Rhode lives in Goochland County with his wife Lynne and their two sons, two dogs, two horses and five cats.
Rhode Appointed To ABC Board