Technology

Help Employees Spot Spear Phishing with These Training and Testing Tips

Cyberthreats are becoming increasingly sophisticated and companies that aren’t effectively mitigating risks are sitting ducks for cybercriminals. In previous articles, we’ve shared tips on ...

Jaron Cayton - Team Logic IT | Sep 23, 2021
Business Growth

What’s the Point of Asset Protection?

As a successful business owner, you know how important asset protection is. However, many business owners look past an important question when protecting their assets: “Why am I doing this?&rdqu ...

Dallas Romanowski - Cornerstone Business Advisors | Sep 22, 2021
Education

Connecting Resources For Safer Schools And Community

Over the past few weeks, after a shooting occurred on the campus of New Hanover High School, I have taken a lot of time to sit down and talk with people in our community. There have been some eye-open ...

Chris Coudriet - New Hanover County Government | Sep 22, 2021
Financial

The Three Dimensions Of Selling Your Business

With our team of Certified Exit Planning Advisors and CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professionals, Chad Pearson, Donis Smith and Jillian Dempsey,  as well as access to the resources of UBS, ...

Chad Pearson - UBS Decision Point Wealth Consulting | Sep 22, 2021
Residential Real Estate

Heading Back To Class: The Importance Of Board Member Education

There’s no doubt that most community association board members are well-educated people who have spent years in various professions. And most likely, the education you received specifically prep ...

Mike Stonestreet - CAMS (Community Association Management Services) | Sep 21, 2021
Education

Moving Beyond “Likes”: Social Media’s Impact on Public Health Initiatives

This piece was contributed by Dr. Alexandra Krallman, Assistant Professor of Marketing, UNCW Cameron School of Business. Over the last two years, the CDC has highlighted the impact of health dispa ...

Robert Burrus - Cameron School of Business - UNC-Wilmington | Sep 16, 2021
Insightful Discussions

Did We Waste This Disaster?

On September 14, 2018, Hurricane Florence made landfall in the Cape Fear Region, bringing 15-30” of rain, 11 tornadoes, and 90 mph sustained winds and causing over $16 billion in damage in North ...

JC Lyle - Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministry | Sep 16, 2021
Health Care

Hospice Care Provides Added Benefits During COVID-19

Although getting vaccinated and limiting contact with others has helped many people reduce their potential exposure to COVID-19, for those needing heightened levels of medical care, social distancing ...

Kelly Erola - Lower Cape Fear LifeCare | Sep 15, 2021
Business Growth

How Your Employees’ Motivations Can Affect Your Business Planning

Business planning often revolves around the idea of “What’s in it for me?” Business owners usually want the kinds of planning that let them run, grow, and eventually leave their busi ...

Dallas Romanowski - Cornerstone Business Advisors | Sep 13, 2021
Residential Real Estate

How REALTORS® Can Help With Home Safety Issues

Home is where the heart is, as they say, and it is supposed to be a safe haven for those who live there.  But a variety of safety issues can be concealed within a home, and considering that Septe ...

Tom Gale - Cape Fear REALTORS® | Sep 13, 2021
Financial

Giving Strategically

This article was authored by Kayla Johnson, Financial Planning Associate. With the K-shaped recovery being a hallmark of the pandemic, and the effects of COVID having vastly different ramifications ...

Jason Wheeler - Pathfinder Wealth Consulting | Sep 10, 2021
Legal Issues

Checklist: Planning for Retirement and Beyond

Many seniors carefully watch their finances and consult trusted advisors for guidance in timing retirement. However, careful planning doesn’t end with retirement. Seniors should ensure they ar ...

Insightful Discussions - | Sep 10, 2021
Insightful Discussions

Building And Celebrating An Inclusive Entrepreneurial Culture

According to the Census, 12% of businesses in southeast North Carolina are minority-owned. Also according to the Census, 21% of the population is non-white and non-Hispanic. Similarly, 37% of business ...

Heather McWhorter - UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship | Sep 10, 2021
Health Care

Do You Need Disability Insurance?

Should I consider disability insurance?  What if I already have an employer-sponsored plan? Is my existing coverage sufficient? These are important questions and I hope to provide some answers he ...

Beck Smith - GriffinEstep Benefit Group | Sep 10, 2021
Residential Real Estate

RENTAL PROPERTIES: TO FURNISH OR NOT TO FURNISH?

Rental properties can be great investments and provide month-over-month profit for owners, while simultaneously accruing equity over the longer term. Some owners have a single rental property, whil ...

Dave Sweyer - Sweyer Property Management | Sep 9, 2021
Economic Development

MODERNIZE OUR DOWNTOWN LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

The Wilmington Chamber of Commerce supports New Hanover County’s efforts with Project Grace to redevelop a key block of downtown Wilmington. Although we are growing quickly today, long ...

Natalie English - Wilmington Chamber of Commerce | Sep 8, 2021
Education

Cybersecurity In Focus At UNCW

Contributed by Dr. Ulku Y. Clark, Professor of Management Information Systems, and Dr. Geoff Stoker, Assistant Professor of Management Information Systems, Congdon School of SC, BA, IS As the digi ...

Robert Burrus - Cameron School of Business - UNC-Wilmington | Sep 7, 2021
Residential Real Estate

7 Mistakes HOA Boards Should Avoid Making

Serving on your community association’s board is a tough job, regardless of whether you’ve done it before or not. And, unfortunately, there are some mistakes that board members can inadver ...

Mike Stonestreet - CAMS (Community Association Management Services) | Sep 7, 2021
Business Growth

25 Years Of Service Summed Up In 3 Big Lessons

In September 1996, Hurricane Fran battered the Cape Fear Region with sustained winds of up to 120 mph, torrential rain, and a 12-foot storm surge. In the days and weeks that followed, dozens of reli ...

JC Lyle - Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministry | Sep 7, 2021
Health Care

Recognizing The Critical Role Of Literacy

September 8th is International Literacy Day. Since 1967, communities across the globe have come together to recognize this important day “…to remind the international community of the imp ...

Michealle Gady - Atromitos | Sep 3, 2021
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Cape Fear Collective

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Senior Vice President - Wealth Management Financial Advisor, UBS Decision Point Wealth Consulting
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Owner & Director, School of Learning Arts
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President and CEO, New Hanover Regional Medical Center
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Andy Basinger

Managing Director, Live Oak Private Wealth
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Rob Beale

Vice President, Carolinas Division, W.M. Jordan Company
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Mel Beasley

Creative Director, Wide Open Tech
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AARP NC Coastal Associate State Director, AARP
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Interim President, Wilmington Chamber of Commerce
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Owner, Summerfield Custom Wellness
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Owner, KBT Realty
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Will Brown

Owner, Will Brown Insurance Agency LLC
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Chief Executive Officer, Human Capital Solutions, Inc.
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Robert Burrus

Dean , Cameron School of Business - UNC-Wilmington
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President & CEO, Majestic Kitchen & Bath Creations
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Jaron Cayton

President, Team Logic IT
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President & Owner, TeamLogic IT of Wilmington & Fayetteville
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Michelle Clark

Realtor/Broker, Intracoastal Realty
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Derek Cohen

Senior Vice President of Commercial Banking , Bank of America Merrill Lynch
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Bill Coleman

Managing Director and Co-Chief Investment Officer, Live Oak Private Wealth
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Chris Coudriet

County Manager, New Hanover County Government
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Thom Cross

General Manager, MarineMax Wrightsville Beach
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Director of Operations and Member Experience, Corning Credit Union (CCU)
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Sabrina Davis

President and Owner, Port City Signs & Graphics
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Steve DeBiasi

Chief Executive Officer, OrthoWilmington
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John Devaney

Chief Executive Officer, Cape Fear Clinic
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Director of Technology Risk Advisory Services , Earney & Company
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Mike Duncan

CEO and Creative Director, Sage Island
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President, Enrolled Agent, Century Accounting and Tax Services, Inc.
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President/General Manager , Markraft Cabinets, Inc
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Jim Ellis

Vice President, Account Director, Signal
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Tyson Emery

Owner, KBT Realty
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Natalie English

President & CEO, Wilmington Chamber of Commerce
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Kelly Erola

Chief Medical Officer, Lower Cape Fear LifeCare
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Regional Manager and Claims Representative, Metro Public Adjustment
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Registered Dietitian and Owner, Lindy Ford Nutrition & Wellness, LLC
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Board of Directors Member & Chairwoman, Fund Development Committee, Cape Fear Literacy Council
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Michealle Gady

Founder and President , Atromitos
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Craig S. Galbraith

Executive Director of the UNCW Research Foundation, UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
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Tom Gale

2021 President, Cape Fear REALTORS®
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Attorney, Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP
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Robbie Garner

President and CEO, Atlantic Computer Services
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Deedee Gasch

Attorney, Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP
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Chris George

Senior Vice President , PNC Bank
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Kelly Goss Sechrist

Chairwoman of the Fund Development Committee, Cape Fear Literacy Council
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David Grandey

Sales And Marketing Manager, Highland Roofing Company
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David Grange

President and CEO , Osprey Global Solutions
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Gary Greene

President, Greene Resources, Inc.
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June Gunter

Co-Founder and CEO, TeachingHorse
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Catherine Hanley

Vice President & Head of Marketing, Alcami
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Charles Hardy

Founding Dean and Professor, UNCW College of Health and Human Services
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Mike Harrington

CEO & Owner, Carolina Retreats
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Tony Harrington

2020 President, Cape Fear REALTORS®
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Associate Financial Advisor, Ameriprise Financial
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Ron Hewett

Facilitator , Academy Leadership
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Michael Higgins

Family Service Manager, Dignity Memorial
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Dave Hoff

Chief Operating Officer and Executive VP of Leadership Development, EASI Consult
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Denver Hollingsworth

Director of Marketing, Epproach Communications
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Daniel Hughes

Senior Fiduciary Advisor and Co-Director of Operations, Live Oak Private Wealth
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Bill Hunter

President & Creative Director, Wilmington Design Company
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Jeff James

Chief Executive Officer, Wilmington Health
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Neal Johnson

Licensed Real Estate Broker , Network Real Estate
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Scott Johnson

Chairman, Cape Fear Economic Development Council (CFEDC)
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Frank Jolley

Managing Director and Co-Chief Investment Officer, Live Oak Private Wealth
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Chris Jones

Managing Partner, Green Dot Heating & Air
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Rob Kaiser

Publisher, Greater Wilmington Business Journal
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Connor Keller

Managing Director, Live Oak Private Wealth
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Family Service Manager, Dignity Memorial
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PJ Kelly

Vice President, Logan Homes
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Fred Kumpel

Owner, Strickland's Home
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Lisa Leath

SHRM-SCP, President, Leath HR Group
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Corey Lewis

Founder, Owner and President, Cape Fear Jobs
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Geoffrey Losee

Partner, Rountree Losee LLP
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Executive Director, Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministry
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Agency Owner, Cavik Insurance
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Connie Majure-Rhett

Former President and CEO , Wilmington Chamber of Commerce
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Joe Marston

President, Wilmington Winlectric
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John Martin

Professional Liability and Medical Malpractice Defense Attorney, CSH Law
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Vanessa Marttinen

Founder, American Marketeur
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Chris McAbee

Owner of Wilmington Performance Lab, Live Oak Bank Wellness Coordinator, Wilmington Performance Lab
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David McGowan, III

Executive Director , N.C. Petroleum Council; American Petroleum Institute-NC
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Randy McIntyre

Partner, McIntyre, Paradis, Wood & Co.
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Kevin McKoy

Broker, Network Real Estate
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Heather McWhorter

Interim Director, UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
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Patrick Mincey

Criminal Defense Attorney, Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP
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Caroline Montgomery

Tax Manager, Partner, Adam Shay CPA, PLLC
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Merrette Moore

Managing Partner, Tidewater Investment Company
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Founder and Chairman, The Forté Institute, LLC
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Jim Morton

President, Cape Fear Community College
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Chris Nelson

President, United Way of the Cape Fear Area
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Girard Newkirk

Co-founder & CEO , Genesis Block
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Eddie Nowell

President, South Atlantic Capital Management Group
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Russell Nugent

Attorney, The Humphries Law Firm
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Michael Olender

State Director, AARP North Carolina
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Andrew Olsen

Elder Law Attorney, CSH Law
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Shaun Olsen

Founder, CloudWyze
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Robert Parker

Senior Project Manager & Commercial Project Developer, Cape Fear Solar Systems
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Lee Patterson

Director of communications, Wells Fargo Championship
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Paul Patterson

Senior Vice President–Wealth Management Financial Advisor, UBS Decision Point Wealth Consulting
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Erin Payne

Director of Fund Development , Cape Fear Literacy Council
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Alan Perry

President, Perry’s Emporium
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Alan Perry

President, The Wedding Dress Shoppe
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Alyce Phillips

Marketing Director, Old North State Trust LLC
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Jessie Powell

Head of Operations, Wide Open Tech
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W. Grayson Powell

Broker, Managing Partner, Coldwell Banker Commercial SunCoast
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Sherri Pridgen

2019 President, Cape Fear REALTORS®
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Kirk Pugh

Broker and Realtor, KBT Realty
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Julie Rehder

Marketing and Public Relations Administrator, The Davis Community
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Robert Rickert

Founder/President, Robert J. Rickert, CPA, PC
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Jim Roberts

Executive Director, UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
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Lauren Rogers

ESL Program Director, Cape Fear Literacy Council
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Dallas Romanowski

Managing Partner, Cornerstone Business Advisors
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Kandra Romeo

Director of Community Relations , Excite Credit Union
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Jon Rosborough

Airport Director, ILM
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Danielle Saintard Valiente

Board Member, Cape Fear Literacy Council
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General Counsel , GriffinEstep Benefit Group
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Devon Scott

Founder, Solutions Engineer, Blue Fission Enterprise Technology
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Al Sharp

Project Director, FOCUS
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R. Todd Shaver

Doctor of Chiropractic , Shaver Chiropractic & Natural Medicine
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Adam Shay

Managing Partner, Adam Shay CPA, PLLC
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Earl Sheridan

Councilman, City of Wilmington
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Reggie Shropshire

Business Coach, ActionCOACH
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Brooke Skipper

Co-Owner, Salt Air
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Ryan Skuce

Partner, Earney & Company, LLP
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Beck Smith

Consultant, GriffinEstep Benefit Group
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Colin F. Smith

President, The Retirement Company
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Donis Smith

First Vice President–Wealth Management Financial Advisor, UBS Decision Point Wealth Consulting
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Drew Smith

Director of Communications, Copiers Plus
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Dani Somers

Assistant Director of Admissions, North Carolina Wesleyan
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Steve Spain

Executive Director, Cape Fear Habitat For Humanity
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Cindy Stancil

President , Liberty Senior Living Management Services, LLC
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Joey Stone

General Manager and Vice President , Teleco
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Mike Stonestreet

Co-Owner/President, CAMS (Community Association Management Services)
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Patrick Stoy

Mortgage Consultant/Owner, Market Consulting Mortgage
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Dave Sweyer

Owner and Broker, Sweyer Property Management
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Tommy Taylor

CEO, United Way
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Kyle Thorpe

Vice President of Operations, Infinity Payment Systems
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Yasmin Tomkinson

Executive Director, Cape Fear Literacy Council
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Jeremy Tomlinson

Owner, Enfuse Technology Solutions
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Benton Toups

Attorney, Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP
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CFP®, CCFS®, Managing Member & CCO, Tushingham Wealth Strategies
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Neil Underwood

Partner, Canapi Ventures
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Ron Vetter

Associate Provost of Research, Dean of the Graduate School, University of North Carolina Wilmington
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Aswani Volety

Dean, UNCW College of Arts and Sciences
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Richard Walsh

Director, Swain Center for Executive Education & Economic Development
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Jonathan Weiss

Managing Partner, City Club of Wilmington, LLC
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Margaret Weller-Stargell

President and CEO , Coastal Horizons Center, Inc
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Christy West

Co-Owner, Roof Rescue of Wilmington LLC/Roof Maxx
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Jason Wheeler

CEO, Pathfinder Wealth Consulting
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Lynn Whitesell

Managing Partner, Harris Whitesell Consulting
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Chuck Whitlock

Interim Executive Director, UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
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Susan Willett

Director of Trust Services, Old North State Trust, LLC
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Chase Williamson

Project Manager , Highland Roofing Company
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Julie Wilsey

Director, Wilmington International Airport
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Nancy Woolley

Adult Literacy Director , Cape Fear Literacy Council
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Chad Wouters

Partner, Earney & Company, LLP

Business Journal INSIGHTFUL DISCUSSIONS

INSIGHTFUL DISCUSSIONS allows executives to share their perspective and position their organizations as industry leaders to the Business Journal audience. Participants have the opportunity to respond to industry-specific questions and are featured in a special, sponsored content section of the Business Journal.

Sep 16, 2021

Did We Waste This Disaster?

On September 14, 2018, Hurricane Florence made landfall in the Cape Fear Region, bringing 15-30” of rain, 11 tornadoes, and 90 mph sustained winds and causing over $16 billion in damage in North Carolina. Immediately after the storm, leaders of businesses, nonprofits, churches, and government came together to develop response and recovery plans. A few months later, I wrote about the formation of Long Term Disaster Recovery Groups (LTRGs) in each county to coordinate efforts to restore o ...

Sep 10, 2021

Building And Celebrating An Inclusive Entrepreneurial Culture

According to the Census, 12% of businesses in southeast North Carolina are minority-owned. Also according to the Census, 21% of the population is non-white and non-Hispanic. Similarly, 37% of businesses are woman-owned and 52% of the population are women. These statistics show a disconnect. How can we move the statistics in our region so there is a 1:1 correlation of business ownership to population? How might we level out the playing field to ensure that equal opportunities for success are a ...

Aug 30, 2021

September 2021 State Scam Alerts

The summer may be winding down, but when it comes to fraud and scams, things are still red hot. Here are some tips from the AARP Fraud Watch Network can help you steer clear of fraud.   ALWAYS WATCH OUT FOR IMPOSTERS One of the most effective things that criminals can do to gain your confidence is impersonate an organization that you do business with and trust. Sadly, no one is immune from this. Not even AARP. Recently, the AARP Fraud Watch Network Helpline has been receiving calls a ...