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DEI Policies Essential for Risk Avoidance

Most people recognize that it is critical for a business to have a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) policy in place, for the simple fact it’s the right thing to do.  If that were ...

Caroline King - Bright Star Diversity | Dec 1, 2022
Residential Real Estate

Exceeding Customers Expectations Is Our Goal

As a Custom Home Builder, reflecting over the past year, it has become even more apparent how important it is that we allow our customers to customize their home to meet their needs. Customers co ...

Crystal Fidler - America's Home Place | Nov 30, 2022
Human Resources

The Most Crucial Part of Your 2023 Planning: Your People

It’s that time of the year! Year-end tasks like budgeting, end-of-year reporting, and strategic planning for the upcoming year are in full swing! As you work through your to-do list, it is impor ...

Gabrielle Plumez - Leath HR Group | Nov 29, 2022
Other

A Public Service Profile on Capital Projects and County Facilities

Growth and progress are important for any community, and that is certainly the case here in New Hanover County. Our population has increased more than 88% in the past 30 years according to Census data ...

Chris Coudriet - New Hanover County Government | Nov 22, 2022
Other

Building Hope

For many in our community, homeownership is something that can seem unattainable right now. The current state of the housing market is maintaining elevated prices across the board despite rising int ...

Insights On - | Nov 18, 2022
Other

The Power of Effort

It all comes down to effort.   To make our mark in the fitness industry, we understood that we had to measure factors that are commonly overlooked in most programming.  We wante ...

Mike Barnhart - Axis Fitness | Nov 18, 2022
Financial

Giving Credit Where Credit is Due: Tax Provisions in the Inflation Reduction Act

This article was contributed by Ross Allen, Associate Wealth Advisor, CFP®, EA, ATFA. Politics aside, the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) introduces several new and expanded tax credits designed ...

John B Zachary - Pathfinder Wealth Consulting | Nov 17, 2022
Residential Real Estate

Your Trusted Home Builder since 1972

America’s Home Place is a Custom Home Builder that is new to the area but not new to Custom Home Building. We’ve been in business since 1972. That’s 50 years in the business of ...

Crystal Fidler - America's Home Place | Nov 17, 2022
Other

Wilmington Writers Launch Personal Development Book

Longtime Wilmington resident, and a former resident, have collaborated as authors and recently released a personal development book about how to live a life of purpose through 7 key principles. The co ...

Georgia Rowe - Wide Open Tech | Nov 17, 2022
Other

How to Plan When You’re Too Busy to Plan

Your daily responsibilities as a successful business owner can make planning for a successful future seem impossible. But with the right process, you may find that this planning is both achievable and ...

Dallas Romanowski - Cornerstone Business Advisors | Nov 16, 2022
Financial

Why HOA Board Member Education Matters

Community association (sometimes called a homeowner’s association or HOA) board members are responsible for making critical decisions that affect their community members' lives. In order t ...

Mike Stonestreet - CAMS (Community Association Management Services) | Nov 16, 2022
Residential Real Estate

5 Types of Difficult Tenants Landlords May Encounter – And How to Deal With Them

As a landlord, you will likely encounter difficult tenants at some point. And, as you might imagine, difficult tenants can be a huge hassle and cause a lot of stress. They can also cost you money if ...

Dave Sweyer - Sweyer Property Management | Nov 14, 2022
Financial

How to Invest with the Threat of a Recession

Is a recession on the horizon? Recessions are a natural and inevitable part of the business cycle, and one may certainly be on the horizon.  However, keep in mind that since 1920 there have ...

Edward D. Nowell - South Atlantic Capital Management Group, Inc. | Nov 9, 2022
Other

What to Do With Your HOA’s Budget Surplus

Community associations are usually incorporated as not-for-profit corporate entities; therefore, an association’s goal is to avoid making a profit or loss at the end of the year. Though it isn&r ...

Mike Stonestreet - CAMS (Community Association Management Services) | Nov 8, 2022
Financial

The Impact of Rising Interest Rates

As one of the leading agents here in Wilmington for the past 11 years, it’s not uncommon for me to run into my former clients when I’m out and about.  And, this may not be a surp ...

Jeff Lesley - Century 21 Vanguard | Nov 7, 2022
Other

You Will Die: Business Planning for Unexpected Death

Death is the one experience every business owner has in common. Few business owners like to talk about this fact, and even fewer like to plan for this inevitable outcome, especially if they don’ ...

Dallas Romanowski - Cornerstone Business Advisors | Nov 3, 2022
Residential Real Estate

The Secret to Building Your Rental Investment Portfolio? Working With a Property Manager

If you’re an investor looking to build a rental property portfolio, then it’s important to consider hiring a professional property manager. Property managers have a wealth of knowledge w ...

Dave Sweyer - Sweyer Property Management | Nov 3, 2022
Human Resources

Employee Handbooks 101: Part 2

Many times in my career, I’ve found myself asking leaders if they can produce proof that the business clearly communicated a policy to an employee. Too often, the answer is it wasn’t ...

Katherine Daniel - Montani Consulting | Nov 3, 2022
Other

DEI Policies a Powerful Recruitment/Retention Tool

The idea that businesses should have Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) initiatives in place is not exactly new.  It has been gaining prevalence since the summer of 2020, however, when th ...

Caroline King - Bright Star Diversity | Nov 3, 2022
Other

Nonstop to Orlando: Imagine The Possibilities

This summer, Avelo Airlines began nonstop service between Wilmington International Airport (ILM) and Orlando (MCO), New Haven-CT (HVN), as well as seasonal service to Baltimore-DC (BWI). They also rec ...

Jeffrey Bourk - Wilmington International Airport | Nov 1, 2022
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Jeffrey Bourk

A.A.E., Airport Director , Wilmington International Airport
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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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Mike Barnhart

Founder, Axis Fitness
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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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Cassidy Boone

Broker / REALTOR®, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Carolina Premier Properties
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Lannin Braddock

Broker & COO/Co-Founder, The Braddock Group, LLC
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Laura Bransfield

Owner, Summerfield Custom Wellness
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Katie Braskett

Director of Marketing, MegaCorp Logistics
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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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Katherine Daniel

Principal & Founder , Montani Consulting
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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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Karen Durda

President, Enrolled Agent, Century Accounting and Tax Services, Inc.
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Alesha Edison Westbrook

Director of Communications, Cape Fear Literacy Council
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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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Crystal Fidler

General Manager, America's Home Place
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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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Beth Gaglione

Wilmington Branch Director, Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina
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Craig S. Galbraith

Executive Director of the UNCW Research Foundation, UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
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Kara Gansmann

Attorney, Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP
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Anne Gardner

CEO, Cape Fear REALTORS®
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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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Allen J. Holmes

MD, Biosymmetry Wilmington
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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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Caroline King

Founder and CEO, Bright Star Diversity
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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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Jeff Lesley

Broker, Partner, Century 21 Vanguard
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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

Richard McNinch

Retiree and Member of the UWCFA Campaign Cabinet , United Way of the Cape Fear Area
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Heather McWhorter

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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Edward D. Nowell

President, South Atlantic Capital Management Group, Inc.
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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

COO, 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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Gabrielle Plumez

People and Culture Consultant, Leath HR Group
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Jessie Powell

CEO, 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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Georgia Rowe

Junior Account Manager, Wide Open Tech
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Ea Ruth

2022 President, Cape Fear REALTORS®
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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

Senior Vice President – Wealth Management, 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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Shelbourn Stevens

Senior VP and President, Novant Health New Hanover Regional Medical Center and Coastal Market
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Joey Stone

General Manager and Vice President , Teleco

Sarah Stone

Director of Retail Experience, Excite Credit Union
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Sarah Stone

Director of Retail Experience, Excite Credit Union
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Mike Stonestreet

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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Jade Watts

Digital Marketing Manager, MegaCorp Logistics
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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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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
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John B Zachary

Wealth Advisor, Pathfinder Wealth Consulting

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.

Aug 23, 2022

10 Steps To Prepare Your Facility For Heavy Storms

This article is authored by Rick Jones, Service Department Manager, Highland Roofing Company. It’s never too early to think about preparing your facility for heavy storms – especially now that our region is in the heart of hurricane season.  Following is a 10-step action plan to ensure that your facility is ready for heavy storms.   Be sure to check that your roof, gutters, and roof drains are clear of items that could damage the roof or block the flow of water ...

May 4, 2022

The Luncheon for Literacy: More than a Meal

On Thursday, May 19, 2022, the Cape Fear Literacy Council will celebrate the return of our signature event and fundraiser, the annual Luncheon for Literacy, after a two-year hiatus caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Like many aspects of post-pandemic living, a few things are different. This year we will gather outdoors at the Watermark Marina overlooking the Cape Fear River, with guests seated under a spacious tent. Attendees can expect an empowering atmosphere, breathtaking vi ...

Mar 30, 2022

Scams Are Soaring – Keep Up Your Guard

The numbers are in. The Federal Trade Commission released its annual compendium of fraud reports from last year, and the news is shocking. Over the past three years, reported losses to consumer fraud has tripled, coming in at a reported $5.9 billion in 2021.    Nearly six million US consumers reported a scam last year and the median loss was $500. But the FTC can only tell us about fraud that was reported – we know the losses and number of victims is far higher.    ...