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A Little More Communication, A Lot More Cohesion

In a recent interview between novelist Brad Meltzer and talk show host Glenn Beck, the two longtime friends discussed their shared love of history and artifacts. The conversation then shifted to somet ...

Drew Smith - Copiers Plus | May 25, 2022
Other

You Can Run, But You Can’t Hide

Successful business owners are proud people—and with good reason. Their businesses are the heartbeat of the economy, and have immense effects on the lives of people inside and outside the busine ...

Dallas Romanowski - Cornerstone Business Advisors | May 24, 2022
Other

A Public Service Profile for Mental Health

Established in 1949, May is observed as Mental Health Awareness Month across the United States.   Here in New Hanover County, mental health continues to be a topic reverberating throughou ...

Chris Coudriet - New Hanover County Government | May 24, 2022
Other

The New Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Condo Questionnaire

Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac are two of the biggest players in the mortgage market, particularly the secondary mortgage market, where mortgages are bought and sold after they have been originated. Thi ...

Mike Stonestreet - CAMS (Community Association Management Services) | May 24, 2022
Health Care

Straight Talk on Tech: Implementing IT in Health Care

Dear Reader,  Atrómitos is honored to have sponsored the Insightful Discussion “Straight Talk on Tech: Implementing IT in Health Care." We are grateful to the panel that p ...

Michealle Gady - Atromitos | May 24, 2022
Other

How Small Businesses Can Support Employees Mental Health

Every year in May, the US recognizes Mental Health Awareness month. This year of all years, this feels like a critical moment of awareness.    In 2019 about 1 in 10 people report ...

Michealle Gady - Atromitos | May 18, 2022
Other

AARP Launches Online Resource Center to Help Protect Veterans Against Rising Fraud Free Resources Identify Top Scams Facing NC’s Military Community and Ways to Fight Back

North Carolina military veterans and active-duty service members are at risk of being targeted by scammers. In May, AARP launched the AARP Veterans Fraud Center, a new online education and resource ce ...

Rosalie Calarco - AARP | May 18, 2022
Human Resources

Your Communication Style is Your Strength

At The Forté Institute we always say, “It all starts with YOU.” Self-awareness must   come before situational awareness. The better you know yourself, the higher your ...

Hoop Morgan - The Forté Institute, LLC | May 17, 2022
Other

MegaCorp's First Annual MegaRun

A MegaCorp, we know how important it is to give back to our community. Our founder and CEO, Ryan Legg, is a very active member in several local charities here in Wilmington, and he has instilled the s ...

Jade Watts - MegaCorp Logistics | May 17, 2022
Residential Real Estate

Common Property Management Mistakes

Mistakes are a part of life. They also are a part of owning and growing a business. But mistakes in business can cost you money, and no one in business likes losing money. Thankfully, we have the c ...

Dave Sweyer - Sweyer Property Management | May 16, 2022
Residential Real Estate

The Changing Vacation Rental Industry- Part Two: Integrating Technology and Automation

Carolina Retreats is at the forefront of integrating automation and technology into the vacation rental industry.  Many changes have occurred in the last 20 years and operations have become ...

Mike Harrington - Carolina Retreats | May 13, 2022
Other

Understanding Your Community's Architectural Request Review Process

When you live in a community association, there are rules and regulations pertaining to the upkeep of the exterior of your property. But what if you'd like to make a change to your property, like ...

Mike Stonestreet - CAMS (Community Association Management Services) | May 9, 2022
Other

Why United Way?

As a student, as a soldier and as a businessperson I have traveled the world – first a teenager living in America and then an adult visiting areas under third world conditions.  The ra ...

Richard McNinch - United Way of the Cape Fear Area | May 9, 2022
Other

To All The Ladies: We’ve Got This!

  Every year, starting on Mother’s Day, the US recognizes women’s health and encourages women to take manageable steps to help improve their health and wellbeing. As a woman, I appre ...

Michealle Gady - Atromitos | May 6, 2022
Other

What to Consider When Establishing Scholarship Funds

Whether you want to honor a loved one, add to your legacy, give back to your community or improve access to education, funding a scholarship can help you reach your philanthropic goals and support fut ...

Donis Smith - UBS Decision Point Wealth Consulting | May 6, 2022
Business Growth

Ready or Not: Why Planning Now Beats Planning Procrastination

All successful business owners must eventually face a stark reality: One day, they will no longer run their business! If this idea makes you uneasy, you aren’t alone. Today, we’ll show you ...

Dallas Romanowski - Cornerstone Business Advisors | May 4, 2022
Other

Wilmington Beauty Studio is Blowing Up Near the Cargo District

Local Wilmington beauty studio is exploding with new business downtown, providing new jobs in the industry and premium beauty services. Inner Glow Studio started operations back in 2018, specializing ...

Mel Beasley - Wide Open Tech | May 4, 2022
Insightful Discussions

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 ...

Alesha Edison Westbrook - Cape Fear Literacy Council | May 4, 2022
Other

What Local Employers Should Take Away from NHC’s ‘Economic Mobility’ Report

New Hanover County shared a new report on April 18, produced by a locally-based firm Greenfield, about the current status, challenges, and potential of economic development in our region. It contains ...

Katherine Daniel - Montani Consulting | May 4, 2022
Education

The Real Culprit

It seems that The Great Resignation is the buzz phrase of the year. There have been many opinions (spearheaded by the media) as to what led to this mass exodus from the workforce, among the most commo ...

Hoop Morgan - The Forté Institute, LLC | May 3, 2022
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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Bill Kohaut

Project Manager , Highland Roofing Company
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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

Richard McNinch

Retiree and Member of the UWCFA Campaign Cabinet , United Way of the Cape Fear Area
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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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Hoop Morgan

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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Jeanette Omdalen

CEO, Highland Roofing Company
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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

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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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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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

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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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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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
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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.

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.    ...

Mar 17, 2022

The Literacy Journey of Kenny Denison: Self-Made Man

This article is contributed by Geneva Reid, Cape Fear Literacy Council Board of Directors Kenny Denison was a successful Wilmington-area businessman, well-loved husband, and father, loved and respected in the community -- and ashamed because, in his own words, “I can’t read.” That is the man I met in 2011 at the Literacy Council, where I was volunteering as a tutor.   Having been officially diagnosed as dyslexic, Kenny was basically ignored by his teachers in his ...