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Oliver Singleton

Singleton, Oliver

Metropolitan Business League

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Oliver R. Singleton is a former stockbroker who also has served as deputy director for the state’s minority business development agency, chaired the City’s housing authority and served briefly on City Council.  Before joining the Metropolitan Business League, Singleton, first under Governo James S. Gilmore III and then Governor Mark R. Warner, served as deputy of the state Department of Minority Business Enterprise.

A Norfolk native and a graduate of the University of Virginia, Mr. Singleton has spent much of his career in securities and investments. He is a former Vice President for Smith Barney and for Prudential Securities. He also held executive posts with Wall Street Investment Corp. and Pryor, McC1endon, Counts & Co. Since 1996, he has operated his own consulting firm, Navy Hill Business Associates.

Mr. Singleton first came to public attention in 1992 when he won a four- month court appointment to fill the 7th District seat on City Council that became vacant after the previous councilman, Henry L. Marsh III, won his first term in the state Senate.

From 1994 to 1999, Mr. Singleton chaired the Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority where he won credit for raising the level of business the agency did with minority and African-American firms. During his tenure as chairman, RRHA also launched the HOPE VI redevelopment of Blackwell and teamed up with the city on other housing and commercial projects, including the Crestar, now SunTrust, building developments on South Side.

His wife, Rose, is an employee of the city of Richmond’s Health Department. The couple lives in Church Hill. They are the parents of three children.

Metropolitan Business League
115 E. Marshall Street
Richmond, Virginia 23261
(804) 649-7473

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