Charlie Watkins serves as President and CEO of Landmark Media Enterprises (LME) and Dominion Enterprises (DE) and is responsible for company-wide strategy and performance. He reports to Frank Batten Jr., Chairman. Charlie previously served as CEO of Expedient, an LME-owned cloud computing business, and as LME’s Vice President of Corporate Development and New Ventures. He co-founded Expedient in late 2000, leading an acquisition effort from 2003-2007 and then oversaw its growth prior to his current role. Prior to joining Landmark in 2000, Watkins served as President of a wholly-owned subsidiary of Duke Energy in Charlotte, N.C. He has over 35 years of experience in executive leadership, strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, start-ups, operations, marketing, and general management. Prior to entering business, Watkins served as a nuclear-trained U.S. naval officer. Watkins holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy and a Master’s of Business Administration from the College of William and Mary in Virginia.
David Mele joined Homes.com, a division of Dominion Enterprises, as the company’s president in September 2014. David oversees overall business strategy and day-to-day operations of Homes.com, ensuring the company continues to innovate in the dynamic online real estate market. With a continued focus on driving success for real estate professionals, Mele is expanding the Homes.com brand to deliver better data, higher quality leads, and best-in-class digital products and services to the real estate industry.
Prior to joining Homes.com, Mele served as publisher of The Virginian-Pilot and president of Pilot Media, a diversified media company based in Norfolk, Virginia. He also served as general manager of Pilot Interactive, where he was responsible for online and digital operations including PilotOnline.com, HamptonRoads.com, online vertical marketplaces for homes, jobs, and autos, and a digital services division that delivers search engine marketing, social media and web development solutions. Mele began his career with Accenture, a global management consulting and technology services company, where he worked with a variety of Fortune 100 companies on new product development and innovation.
He is active in community service and currently serves on the boards of the United Way of South Hampton Roads, ACCESS College Foundation, Norfolk Forum, and Greater Norfolk Corporation.
Mele holds a bachelor’s degree in commerce from the University of Virginia and an MBA from the Darden Graduate School of Business at the University of Virginia. He resides in Virginia Beach, Virginia, with his wife and two children.
Jeffrey T. Littlejohn
Jeff Littlejohn joined Dominion in 1998 as general manager of the St. Louis Employment Guide, where he was responsible for leading the launch and successful development of that operation. After launching six additional Employment Guide operations, he became the division’s second district manager in 1999. In 2000, Littlejohn was promoted to regional manager, and in 2002 he became regional vice president. In 2005, Littlejohn relocated to Norfolk as vice president and general manager of Employment Media Group and held this position until 2009.
Littlejohn earned a reputation for operational excellence, innovative growth strategies, sound financial discipline, and superior staff development. In February 2009, Littlejohn was promoted to president of Dominion Business Solutions where he has initiated and implemented multiple technology-oriented acquisitions and start-ups. His current responsibilities include Dominion Powersports Solutions and DX1.
Littlejohn has served on the United Way of South Hampton Road’s educational program funding committee and is involved in Rotary International’s local Reading is Fundamental program for elementary school children.
Littlejohn holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Illinois and an MBA from the E.J. Ourso College of Business at Louisiana State University.
In 2006, Michael was named the president of Landmark Interactive, a division made up of a series of acquisitions. Landmark Interactive now includes Travel Media Group, the leading digital marketing platform in the hospitality space along with a national network of travel guides. The Franchise Group includes the leading franchise recruitment sites FranchchiseSolutions.com, Franchise.com, FranchiseOpportunities.com, FranchiseForSale.com, FranchiseGator.com, and the leading business for sale marketplace BusinessBroker.net, with 30,000 active listings from the United States and Canada.
Michael has been actively involved in building digital marketing businesses since 1995 for Landmark Media Enterprises. In 2003, he was named vice president for corporate development and new ventures where he led the company to a series of acquisitions in lead generation and marketing services, including many of the leading websites in franchise recruitment, data services, and software for geo-targeting and online fraud prevention, and consumer marketing data.
In 1995 he was named general manager, Interactive Media for The Virginian-Pilot, Landmark’s flagship newspaper in Norfolk, Virginia where he led the development of numerous interactive media businesses. Beginning in 1991, he served as director of business development for Landmark Community Newspapers.
He joined Landmark’s Corporate New Ventures team in 1989 after eight years in the energy information business with Schlumberger in the Gulf of Mexico. Michael holds a B. S. in Electrical Engineering from Duke University and an M.B.A. from the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia.
Prior to joining Dominion Dealer Solutions, he was the Executive Vice President at LCNI. Dan’s 30-plus year career at LME/DE has included positions at The Virginian-Pilot, Trader Publishing, Landmark Education Services, and LCNI. He received his undergraduate degree from Princeton and received his MBA from Harvard Business School. He also served as an officer in the U.S. Army.
Susan Blake joined Dominion in 2000 as an employee relations attorney. In 2006, she became the director of employee relations/attorney responsible for all employment law-related issues company-wide. In 2012, Blake was promoted to vice president of human resources for Dominion Enterprises and its parent, Landmark Media Enterprises LLC.
She has excelled through her strong intellect and broad understanding of human resources and employee relations. Prior to joining Dominion Enterprises, Blake worked for Jackson & Kelly in Charleston, WV and Littler Mendelson in Washington, DC.
Blake previously was chairman of the human resources committee for the local chapter of the American Red Cross of Southeastern Virginia and currently serves on the Campaign Cabinet of the United Way of South Hampton Roads. She is also very involved in Rotary International’s local Reading is Fundamental campaign, reading and delivering new books to local elementary school children in need.
Blake received a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from the University of Michigan and a Juris Doctor degree from the College of William & Mary.
Debra Bunn is senior vice president and chief accounting officer for Dominion Enterprises. In her role, she works with the business financial leaders to ensure both Landmark’s and Dominion’s financial statements are not only useful, timely and accurate but are also supported by a strong internal control infrastructure. Bunn’s responsibilities also include oversight of the annual strategic planning process, all external audits, and management of the corporate accounting staff including all shared services and both the financial and human resource information systems teams. In addition since joining the Company in 2009, Bunn has lead major cross-functional system implementations which automated and streamlined accounting processes to provide better reporting and to allow the company to become more financially efficient and effective.
Prior to joining Dominion Bunn was an independent consultant for small and large publicly-traded companies and held positions at Regent University as an assistant vice president for planning, Bay Shore Enterprises, and FamilyClick.com as CFO and vice president of finance, and International Family Entertainment(IFE) as vice president and controller. In those roles she was responsible for strategic long-term financial planning, business plan development, securing capital for investments, coordination of annual budgeting, mergers and acquisitions and financial reporting and analysis for the SEC (IFE), Board of Directors and senior management. She has a proven track record for building a strong team and streamlining and automation of processes. Bunn also served as controller for United States Media Corporation and as an auditor at Coopers & Lybrand.
Bunn received her bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in accounting from Old Dominion University and is a certified public accountant. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. She resides in Virginia Beach with her husband and son.
Colleen Pittman is Executive Vice President and Treasurer of Landmark Media Enterprises, LLC. Her areas of emphasis include tax compliance and planning, treasury, internal audit, and corporate development activities.
Colleen Pittman joined Landmark Communications, Inc., the predecessor of Landmark Media Enterprises, in 1987, as Assistant Controller of the Virginian-Pilot, the Norfolk newspaper. She moved to the corporate staff of Landmark in 1989, holding the positions of Corporate Accounting Manager, Corporate Controller, Corporate Tax Director and Vice President of Finance. Over the years, Colleen has utilized her experience and analytical skills to provide financial insights and support numerous business initiatives.
Colleen has been involved with many professional organizations including the AICPA, VSCPA, Tax Executive Institute and Financial Executives Institute. She participated in the Inaugural Class of Lead Virginia and served on their board of directors.
Colleen is a graduate of the College of William and Mary with a degree in Accounting and has been a Virginia CPA since 1978. She began her career with Ernst and Young and held various accounting positions with a variety of companies in the local area, Richmond and Washington, D.C.
Guy R. Friddell, III
Guy “Rusty” Friddell is executive vice president and general counsel of Landmark Media Enterprises LLC, a position he has held since 1999. He also serves as executive vice president of Dominion Enterprises. His primary area of responsibility is corporate development.
His career has focused on complex transactions and problem-solving. He has structured, negotiated and implemented numerous deals – acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, strategic partnerships, and more. Prior to assuming his current role, Friddell was a partner in the Norfolk, VA law firm of Willcox & Savage, P.C. where he headed the corporate department and practiced in the mergers and acquisitions area.
Friddell is currently on the board of trustees of Norfolk Academy and is chairman of the board of Sentara Norfolk General’s Hospital for Extended Recovery. He previously served as chairman of the Norfolk Board of Zoning Appeals, vice chairman of the Norfolk Convention and Visitors Bureau, a member of the board of visitors of the Eastern Virginia Medical School, and in various other civic capacities.
Friddell holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and political science from Princeton University magna cum laude, and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Virginia School of Law.