The Montpelier Foundation's Board of Directors Welcomes Frank Qiu and Robert A. Leath
On November 1, The Montpelier Foundation announced the appointment of two new trustees to its Board of Directors: Frank Qiu of Richmond, Virginia and Robert A. Leath of Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Frank Qiu is the CEO and co-owner of Evergreen Enterprises, which was founded in 1993 by his wife Ting Xu and is the parent company of Plow & Hearth. In 2000, Qiu was named Ernst and Young ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ for Virginia. A native of Shanghai, Qiu holds a B.A.A. in Business and Management from Fudan University and a Master's Degree in Economics from Old Dominion University. He currently serves on the Board of Fudan University's MBA Mentorship Program. Residents of Virginia since 1986, Mr. Qiu and Ms. Xu reside in Goochland and are active in a number of civic causes.
“Frank Qiu's extensive international experience and perspective is a great asset to us as we further our efforts to promote our programs worldwide. His successful retail career and business acumen will be most helpful in guiding our enterprise,” remarked Kat Imhoff, Executive President and CEO at Montpelier.
As Chief Curator and Vice-President of Collections and Research at Old Salem Museums and Gardens, Robert A. Leath oversees the collections, library and research center at the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts as well as collections of historic sites throughout Old Salem. He has also served in top curatorial positions at Colonial Williamsburg, George Washington’s Fredericksburg Foundation, and the Historic Charleston Foundation. Leath studied political science at Guilford College and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has been an advisor on historic furnishings at James Madison’s Montpelier and Stratford Hall Plantation, and serves on advisory boards for Charleston Art and Antiques Forum and the New Orleans Antiques Forum.
“Robert Leath has been an active member of Montpelier’s Museum and Interpretation Advisory Committee for a number of years, and in this role, he has helped guide our efforts to restore and refurnish James and Dolley Madison’s home with extreme precision and accuracy. His increased involvement as a board director will add further momentum to our efforts,” commented Meg Kennedy, Montpelier’s Director of Museum Services.