Director of Marketing
Professional Biography: Prior to co-founding Porchlight Hospitality, Wade co-founded StrongPoint Holdings in 2009, which today is one of Virginia’s premier independent merchant services firms. With StrongPoint, Wade learned to lead a sensitive logistics network into every corner of Virginia, no matter how remote. Read More
First Job After College: Infantry Officer in the U.S. Marine Corps.
Interesting Fact: Wade had his first short-term rental (STR) experience while attending a wedding in North Carolina in 2012, when his extended family booked a large house through V.R.B.O. The whole family enjoyed each other under one roof in an idyllic setting. Wade was so impressed with the experience that now he avoids hotels and stays at STRs whenever he travels for leisure.
Director of Business Development
Professional Biography: Claire is usually the first person at Porchlight whom our customers meet. Claire is responsible for meeting with new customers to listen to their needs, and for walking them through the onboarding process. Prior to joining Porchlight, Claire worked as a technical recruiter at Insight Global, in Vienna, Virginia. Read More
First Job After College: Recruiter for Insight Global In Vienna, Virginia.
Interesting Fact: Claire’s extended family is well known in the Shenandoah Valley as one of the largest, most colorful and close-knit families around. Claire has 40 first cousins and over 60 second cousins. Every other Sunday night, around 150 family members gather at the French Family Cabin near Woodstock to share dinner, a family tradition that has been going since the 1960s.
Director of Operations
Professional Biography: Justin is an operations wizard, and can manage, operate or fix just about anything short of a space shuttle. Prior to co-founding Porchlight, Justin was Operations Manager for StrongPoint Holdings, where he ran day-to-day merchant services operations for six years. Read More
First Job After College: Quality control for Pilgrims Pride Corporation in the Shenandoah Valley.
Interesting Fact: Justin (also known as ‘Big County’) works hard to carry on his family’s cherished farming traditions. On several Saturdays every winter, Justin can be found on his family farm (with two dozen helpers) butchering hogs the old-fashioned way, and making hand-made sausage, scrapple, and pork chops for his family and friends.
Director of Host & Guest Services
Professional Biography: Prior to joining Porchlight, Mary spent two years as the conference manager for Young Life‘s quadrennial all-staff conference, where she was responsible for managing the transportation, housing and entertainment for nearly 5,000 employees from across the globe. Read More
First Job After College: Youth outreach for Young Life in Roanoke, Virginia.
Interesting Fact: When Mary was in her twenties, she had a self-described “early-life crisis” and rode her bicycle (with saddle bags) across the country by herself on a budget of $7.00 per day, pitching a tent by night. She finished her journey from Yorktown, Virginia to Spokane, Washington in 92 days.