President of Payne Ross & Associates, advertising, marketing and public relations firm
and Charlottesville Business Person of the Year
as well as a
ubiquitous board member, including of the
Charlottesville Free Clinic,
Piedmont Virginia Community College,
Emily Couric Leadership Forum,
Virginia Tourism Corporation,
Charlottesville Area Community Foundation,
Virginia Discovery Museum,
and much more.
And for her role, shared with Lisa Ross, as a tastemaker and scene setter in Charlottesville for going on 30 years. Whether it’s imprinting Downtown loft apartments with a Manolo heel, managing the spin on a controversial subdivision right up until the moment when it became destined for parkland, or creating the sleek logo for a large, regional architecture firm, professionally and personally Susan Payne has brought wit and a lasting commitment to Charlottesville to her work and style.