Management Team

CornerStone Bank’s Executive Management team has the expertise and knowledge to provide a level of responsive and personalized service that is unique in this market. These talented professionals deliver on our pledge that CornerStone Cares.

J. Steven Grist, President

J. Steven Grist, President

Direct line: 540-462-6720

Steven Grist J. Steven Grist became the President of CornerStone Bank in 2014, succeeding his brother, T. David Grist, the founding CEO and President. Steve has served on the Board of Directors of CornerStone Bank since its inception in 2009. Before his role as President, he served as Vice Chairman of the Board, chair of the Asset/Liability Committee and was a member of the Executive Committee. Prior to joining CornerStone Bank, Steve had a private law practice in Lexington for many years that concentrated in trusts and estates, commercial and corporate law, and real estate. He served as Commissioner of Accounts for the Circuit Court of Lexington and Rockbridge County. A lifelong resident of Lexington, Grist graduated from Lexington High School, earned a B.A. with a double major in Economics and English from the University of Virginia and a J.D. from Washington and Lee University School of Law. He is a Past President of the Rockbridge-Buena Vista Bar Association, and past chair of the Virginia Conference of Commissioners of Accounts. Over the years, Steve has served in numerous local leadership roles including director of the Lexington Rotary Club; president of the Rockbridge Area Free Clinic (now the Rockbridge Area Health Center); president of the United Way of Lexington/Rockbridge County; president of the Lexington/Rockbridge County Chamber of Commerce; president of the Lexington/Rockbridge Jaycees; and president of the American Heart Association, Rockbridge Unit. He and his family attend R.E. Lee Memorial Church (Episcopal), where Steve has been a Sunday school teacher, served on the Vestry and is currently a Trustee.

Robert Dahl, Executive Vice President, Operations and Finance

Robert Dahl
Executive Vice-President, Operations and Finance

Direct line: 540-319-4274

Robert Dahl Robert Dahl, a native of Cleveland, OH, graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance.  Upon graduation, Robert played in the National Football League for eight years. Prior to joining CornerStone Bank, Robert was a Real Estate agent with Mead and Associates. He is a graduate of the Virginia Bankers School of Bank Management at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. As Executive Vice President, Chief Operations Officer and Chief Financial Officer, Robert is responsible for managing CornerStone Bank’s financial reporting, performance analysis, shareholder relations and accounting areas, as well as risk management and human resources.

In the community, Robert is active with the Community Table. He and his wife Lynne have three children and attend Rockbridge Church. Robert is a founding member of the Board of Directors.

Greg Frederick, Senior Vice-President and Chief Lending Officer

Greg Frederick
Senior Vice-President and Chief Lending Officer

Direct line: 540.462.6723

Mary Buzzard Greg Frederick is a native of Rocky Mount, North Carolina. He received his undergraduate degree in Business Management from North Carolina State University and earned his Master of Business Administration degree from Georgia College and State University. Frederick is also a graduate of the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University, the Advanced School of Banking at the University of North Carolina/Chapel Hill and the Commercial Lending School at East Carolina University.

In his role as Senior Vice President, Chief Lending Officer. Greg is responsible for managing all aspects of the bank’s commercial loan portfolio, including oversight of loan administration and operations, credit review and adherence to applicable laws and regulatory policies and procedures.

A twenty-five-year banking veteran, Frederick has held commercial lending management positions with regional and national banks. Frederick was recently appointed Treasurer of the 2017 Rockbridge Regional Fair and Expo and is a member of the George C. Marshall Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America. In Charlottesville, Frederick was active with the Blue Ridge Mountains Rotary Club and the National Eagle Scout Association. He retired as a Lt. Colonel from the U.S. Air Force Reserves..

Frederick and his wife, Alison have two grown children and reside in Lexington, VA.

Mary Buzzard, Vice President, Senior Retail Credit Officer and Mortgage Manager

Mary Buzzard
Vice President, Senior Retail Credit Officer and Mortgage Manager

Direct line: 540-462-6722
Cell: 540-784-0222

Mary Buzzard Mary graduated from Parry McCluer High School. She received a Bachelor of Science degree from Longwood College in Elementary Education and is a 2000 graduate of the University of Virginia’s School of Bank Management.

Mary has over seventeen years in the banking and mortgage business and has extensive experience in retail bank management for both large and small financial institutions. She recently earned the mortgage loan originator (MLO) licensure. Before joining CornerStone Bank in 2008, Mary owned her own mortgage company specializing in residential lending.

A native of Buena Vista and an active civic and sports volunteer, Mary still coaches softball at Parry McCluer High School. She also organized, manages and coaches in a softball organization called “Blaze Softball” that contains three summer travel softball teams, a 10 and under, a twelve and under and a 14 and under team. Along with softball she has been a volunteer basketball coach for Buena Vista Little League.

Mary is responsible for managing all aspects of CornerStone Bank’s retail operations, including personal and business checking and savings accounts, personal and mortgage loans, and new branch development. Mary also manages the secondary mortgage department of CornerStone Bank. She and her husband Greg have four children, Caleb, Lexy, Logan and Kenton.

Specialist License #MLO – 4479VA
NMLS 190167

Frank W. Friedman, Vice-President, Financial Advisor

Frank W. Friedman
Vice-President, Financial Advisor

Direct line: 540-462-6736
Cell: 540-570-3485

Frank Friedman Frank is a native of Radford, Virginia. He was raised in Lexington, Virginia beginning in second grade and graduated from Lexington High School in 1984. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Managerial Economics from Hampden-Sydney College. After graduating, Frank began his banking career in 1988 and held positions in Retail, Credit, Private Banking, and Investment management with major financial institutions in Jacksonville, Florida and Richmond, Virginia before returning to Lexington in 1997 as a financial advisor.

He holds a Series 7 license along with 6, 65, 24, life and annuities licenses. He has completed training in ethics, information security, and regulatory supervision. In addition to his professional experience, Frank has served as a member of the Lexington City Council, Lexington City School Board, the United Way, and Rockbridge Regional Tourism Board.

He is currently a board member of Kendal at Lexington, Stonewall Jackson Hospital Foundation, The YMCA of Rockbridge, and attends Lexington Presbyterian Church. With 24 years of experience in the financial service business, Frank is prepared to work with you towards your financial goals.