Front Royal/Warren County EDA

The EDA is governed by an independent Board of seven Directors who are appointed by the Warren County Board of Supervisors.

Day to day operations are managed by Executive Director Doug Parsons and Administrative Assistant Gretchen Henderson.

The Board of Directors meets on the fourth Friday of each month at 8:00am in the EDA Conference Room: 400 D Kendrick Lane, Front Royal, Virginia.

Meetings are open to the public and all are welcome to attend.

Our Mission

The mission of the Front Royal Warren County EDA is to strengthen the industrial tax base of our community, to foster a friendly business environment, to bring our commuting workforce home to work, and to create living wage jobs for our residents.


EDA’s top priorities:

  • Supporting local businesses to help them prosper and expand
  • Attracting businesses interested in relocating that are a good fit for our area.

Thomas E. Patteson

Thomas E. Patteson, III, M.D., F.A.C.P. Dr. Patteson was appointed director in March 2018 and has served as treasurer and as a member of the Finance Committee. Dr. Patteson is a retired Gastroenterologist who practiced for 38 pus years and managed a medical practice, a beef cattle operation and manages a tree farm in another county.

Dr. Patteson served on the Warren Memorial Hospital Board for 21 years and several other hospital committees including finance. He held many leadership positions on the Medical Staff of Warren Memorial Hospital. He volunteered on many community organizations including St. Luke’s Community Clinic and Warren County Educational Endowment Foundation. He also served as Medical Examiner for over 25 years.

Jeff Browne, EDA Chairman

Mr. Browne is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law. He worked at the U.S. State Department and spent most of his career consulting with political and issue campaigns across the United States.

He’s a past president and current emeritus member of the Children of God Relief Fund, a non-profit dedicating to helping HIV+ children.

James W. Wolfe

James W. Wolfe is an educator, management executive, and attorney who has spent more than 40 years assisting entrepreneurs. Jim serves as the Entrepreneur in Residence and Associate Professor of Manaagement at the George Mason University School of Business, where he teaches courses in strategy, entrepreneurship, and management consulting.

He also serves as CEO of Founders Consulting, a Washington, DC firm specializing in strategic marketing. Jim is a director of the Northern Virginia 4-H Educational and Conference Center, FirstGuard Technologies Corporation, and is a past director of Millennium Bank.

Previously he was the chief financial officer of the Indiana University Foundation, and earlier served as Legislative Director for U.S. Senator Dan Quayle (R.-Ind.). He holds the J.D., M.B.A. and B.S. degrees, all from Indiana University.

Meet Greg Harold

Greg Harold is a 35+ year resident of Front Royal/Warren County.  Mr. Harold is a construction industry professional serving in a multitude of managerial roles with his most current being an Operations Project Manager in the Pre-Construction Department for a Madison, WI based healthcare design-build firm.

Mr. Harold served on the Front Royal Architectural Review Board for 8 years serving 6 years as its Chairman.  Mr. Harold holds a B.S Degree in Economics from James Madison University and an MBA from The George Washington University.