Health Care

Hospice Care at Home – What You Should Expect

More than 90 percent of hospice patients are served where they live and are most comfortable – at home, making hospice care at home very popular. However, some people and families may be hesitan ...

Kelly Erola - Lower Cape Fear LifeCare | Dec 3, 2021
Business Growth

The GIN at Castle Innovation Corridor

The GIN at Castle represents a bold vision to transform 1110 Castle Street into a hub for inclusive entrepreneurship, arts and entertainment, community spaces, dining and flexible housing options for ...

Girard Newkirk - Genesis Block | Dec 2, 2021
Residential Real Estate

Protect Your Interest By Choosing A REALTOR®

Understanding the differences between a real estate agent and a REALTOR® is essential for buyers and sellers who want to ensure their interests will be protected throughout the transaction. The di ...

Tom Gale - Cape Fear REALTORS® | Dec 1, 2021
Technology

3 Unbreakable Rules Of Business Technology

Like it or not, technology in business has become one of the driving factors behind so many companies.   It’s no longer a game of who you know, what you sell or your unique selling point. ...

Jeremy Tomlinson - Enfuse Technology Solutions | Dec 1, 2021
Financial

When Holiday Shopping With Credit Cards - Pick the Right Plastic

If you heed only one tip this holiday shopping season, make it this one: pick the right plastic. A recent AARP survey found that nearly 70% of people shopping online this holiday season plan to pay wi ...

Rosalie Calarco - AARP | Dec 1, 2021
Residential Real Estate

How Do I Determine Market Rent?

What to charge? It's an age-old question for anyone who has something to sell or, in the case of investment properties, something to rent. The logic of capitalism tells us that the free market, ...

Dave Sweyer - Sweyer Property Management | Nov 30, 2021
Residential Real Estate

Tips For Preparing Your HVAC For Winter

The fact that the winter here in the South is relatively mild is a big draw for many people, especially those who are new to our area.  We are not immune from cold nights and freezing temperature ...

Brooke Skipper - Salt Air | Nov 30, 2021
Insightful Discussions

The Great Reflection

I prepared my latest job posting with a knot in my stomach. The media told many stories and provided endless statistics about the challenges of hiring and retaining talented people during the pandemic ...

JC Lyle - Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministry | Nov 23, 2021
Residential Real Estate

Going Virtual for Your HOA’s Annual Meeting? Read This First

As you’ve likely realized by now, virtual meetings are here to stay. And, though you may have mastered platforms like Zoom over the past two years, laws and best practices surrounding virtual me ...

Mike Stonestreet - CAMS (Community Association Management Services) | Nov 22, 2021
Insightful Discussions

Don’t Let Scammers Add A Bah Humbug To Your Holidays

From supply chain shortages to investment scams, the holidays present criminals with a lot of ways to try to steal your hard-earned money and savings. That is why state and national fraud fighters inc ...

Rosalie Calarco - AARP | Nov 22, 2021
Technology

Should You Upgrade to Windows 11?

There are two things you should expect today, taxes and software updates. With taxes, you have no choice but to comply without threatening yourself with prison time. Software updates are a different s ...

Drew Smith - Copiers Plus | Nov 19, 2021
Financial

GivingTuesday - A Community Wide Celebration of Generosity!

Kindness and generosity come in many forms.  It can be as simple as words of encouragement and as complex as programs that bring families from crisis to stability. It is not important where your ...

Tommy Taylor - United Way | Nov 19, 2021
Economic Development

County Takes Innovative, Forward-Thinking Approach For Pandemic Operations

The past 20 months have been grueling for many of us. Among those most impacted in their workload and care for the community has been our Health and Human Services (HHS) team who has run the county&rs ...

Chris Coudriet - New Hanover County Government | Nov 18, 2021
Residential Real Estate

THE DOs AND DON’Ts OF EVICTION

No one ever likes to consider that the day may arrive when they have to evict a tenant from their rental property. It’s a stressful event for everyone involved – the property owner who is ...

Dave Sweyer - Sweyer Property Management | Nov 18, 2021
Business Growth

Planning Is a Team Sport: Which Teammates Do You Need?

Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships. –Michael Jordan You are a talented business owner. It’s why you win in your market. But when it comes to long-term pl ...

Dallas Romanowski - Cornerstone Business Advisors | Nov 17, 2021
Insightful Discussions

What it takes: Lessons from an Entrepreneur

Over the last few years, I’ve had quite a few people ask me “How did you decide to start your own business?” or “What are the critical skills for someone to start their own bus ...

Michealle Gady - Atromitos | Nov 9, 2021
Education

Is Humor In Your Leadership Toolbox?

This piece was contributed by Dr. Rebecca Guidice, Professor of Management & Director of the Executive & Professional MBA Programs, UNCW Cameron School of Business.   Try this line the ...

Robert Burrus - Cameron School of Business - UNC-Wilmington | Nov 8, 2021
Human Resources

Vacation Time Is An Important Employee Benefit

The United States has a bad reputation related to vacation time. Dubbed the “No Vacation Nation” by The Center for Economic and Policy Research, the average U.S. paid time off (PTO) policy ...

Dane Scalise - GriffinEstep Benefit Group | Nov 8, 2021
Financial

The Three Dimensions of Selling Your Business

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

Insights On - | Nov 5, 2021
Financial

Financial Literacy Doesn't Have To Be Rocket Science

In past generations, financial literacy was simple. If you did not have the money in your pocket, you didn’t buy it. Credit, loans, and other financial products have all come about as consumer ...

Insights On - | Nov 5, 2021
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Cape Fear Collective

, Cape Fear Collective
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Chad Pearson

Senior Vice President - Wealth Management Financial Advisor, UBS Decision Point Wealth Consulting
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Steve Adams

Owner & Director, School of Learning Arts
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Jack Barto

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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Suzanne Black

NC Coastal Associate State Director for Advocacy and Community Outreach, AARP
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Dick Blouse

Interim President, Wilmington Chamber of Commerce
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Laura Bransfield

Owner, Summerfield Custom Wellness
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Becky Brown

Owner, KBT Realty
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Will Brown

Owner, Will Brown Insurance Agency LLC
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Bo Burch

Chief Executive Officer, Human Capital Solutions, Inc.
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Robert Burrus

Dean , Cameron School of Business - UNC-Wilmington
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Scott Byers

President & CEO, Majestic Kitchen & Bath Creations
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Rosalie Calarco

Associate State Director, Coastal Region, AARP
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Jaron Cayton

President, Team Logic IT
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Marty Cayton

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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Robin Davis

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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Rob Duggan

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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Cee Edwards

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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Jeffrey Feldstein

Regional Manager and Claims Representative, Metro Public Adjustment
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Lindy Ford

Registered Dietitian and Owner, Lindy Ford Nutrition & Wellness, LLC
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Michealle Gady

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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Kara Gansmann

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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Creighton Hayworth

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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Patrick Kelly

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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JC Lyle

Executive Director, Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministry
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Alexandra Lysik

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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Dane Scalise

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/Founder, 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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Brett Tushingham

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.

Nov 23, 2021

The Great Reflection

I prepared my latest job posting with a knot in my stomach. The media told many stories and provided endless statistics about the challenges of hiring and retaining talented people during the pandemic. I expected a long, frustrating search for WARM’s next rock star. Instead, it was the most competitive round of hiring I’ve ever conducted! So many highly qualified candidates applied that I couldn’t even call everyone that caught my attention. I noticed a common thread: they ...

Nov 22, 2021

Don’t Let Scammers Add A Bah Humbug To Your Holidays

From supply chain shortages to investment scams, the holidays present criminals with a lot of ways to try to steal your hard-earned money and savings. That is why state and national fraud fighters including the NC Secretary of State, the US Securities Exchange Commission, the Federal Trade Commission, the Better Business Bureau and AARP have a special presentation to help you spot and prevent holiday and investment scams. You can watch the program here.   Investment Scams – Be on th ...

Nov 9, 2021

What it takes: Lessons from an Entrepreneur

Over the last few years, I’ve had quite a few people ask me “How did you decide to start your own business?” or “What are the critical skills for someone to start their own business?”  Something I have learned over the last five years with Atrómitos, and as an entrepreneur, is that there are many paths to any destination, there is no one “way.” With that said, there are some indispensable attributes for anyone looking to embark on the wild an ...