Financial

Where To Make Money In Private Company Investing: Potential. Growth. Predictability.

Wow…the public financial markets…what a circus! GameStop, Bitcoin, Robinhood, SPACs…more entertaining than anything you can find on Netflix. Heck, even the yield curve is at its s ...

Merrette Moore - Tidewater Investment Company | Feb 23, 2021
Education

A Parent's Guide to the FAFSA® — 6 Need-to-Knows

Despite your financial situation, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) is a must-do for any soon-to-be college student. While the process may seem overwhelming, the reward is wort ...

Jim Morton - Cape Fear Community College | Feb 22, 2021
Residential Real Estate

The Big Three: Occupancy, ADR, and RevPAR

The key to optimizing a vacation rental property's performance? It’s all about understanding the Big Three: Occupancy, Average Daily Rate, and Revenue Per Available Rental Night. Identify ...

Mike Harrington - Carolina Retreats | Feb 22, 2021
Financial

Poor Planning, Big Problems: The Tale Of Tom Poor

"All those years of work are thrown away. To ease your mind is that all you can say? But what about that grandson on your knee? Them railroad songs, Tom would sing to me." –Robert Plan ...

Dallas Romanowski - Cornerstone Business Advisors | Feb 18, 2021
Residential Real Estate

Board Member Boot Camp Part 2: Compliance, ARC, And Pitfalls To Avoid

In a previous article, we discussed some of the topics board members must be familiar with in order to serve successful terms on their community’s board of directors. This second part of “ ...

Mike Stonestreet - CAMS (Community Association Management Services) | Feb 18, 2021
Technology

How To Handle Insurance For Office Equipment

Anytime you have an investment that reaches thousands of dollars, there is usually cause for insurance. The idea behind insurance coverage is to make sure that in case of any unforeseen circumstance l ...

Drew Smith - Copiers Plus | Feb 18, 2021
Financial

Rational Behavior During Irrational Times

“A genius with poor emotional control can be a financial disaster. An ordinary person with a handful of behavioral traits can be wealthy.” – Anonymous As we look back on 2020, it ...

Connor Keller - Live Oak Private Wealth | Feb 18, 2021
Economic Development

Three Years Into The County’s Five-Year Strategic Plan

New Hanover County is now at the three-year mark of the 2018-2023 Strategic Plan. We're making progress on our goals, seeing areas where improvement is needed – especially in light of t ...

Chris Coudriet - New Hanover County Government | Feb 17, 2021
Education

Developing Global Competencies For Today’s Business Students

Contributed by Dr. Jessica Magnus, Professor of Management at the UNCW Cameron School of Business.   The COVID-19 pandemic has had widespread implications for all aspects of business world-wid ...

Robert Burrus - Cameron School of Business - UNC-Wilmington | Feb 15, 2021
Residential Real Estate

Found A Rental Ad That Sounds Too Good To Be True? It's Probably A Scam

With most rental home searches being conducted online, those intending to scam prospective renters can easily create duplicate ads by copying real ones and stealing their photos. Though fraudulent ads ...

Dave Sweyer - Sweyer Property Management | Feb 15, 2021
Education

One Year And 1 Million Cups Later

46 meetings. 53 entrepreneurs presented. 1,800+ community members attended.   Little did we know when we launched 1 Million Cups in Wilmington last February, that packing the CIE with seventy ...

Diane Durance - UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship | Feb 15, 2021
Education

Apprenticeships: A Win-Win For Cape Fear Community College Students And Local Employers

Cape Fear Community College's apprenticeship programs benefit both CFCC students and local industries. Apprenticeships are becoming more popular due to increasing demand for a skilled workfor ...

Jim Morton - Cape Fear Community College | Feb 15, 2021
Other

If Not Now, When?

Today, I pulled up to my home and stared across at the Port. What I saw was machinery and storage containers prominent along the horizon. I paused before I grabbed the chocolate, flowers, and card tuc ...

Tommy Taylor - United Way | Feb 15, 2021
Economic Development

The Business Case For Medicaid Expansion – 3 Reasons Business Leaders Should Support Medicaid Expansion

Medicaid Expansion has been a political football for the past decade. Despite the controversy and political partisanship, there’s one thing that we know for certain from this decade of experienc ...

Michealle Gady - Atromitos | Feb 15, 2021
Residential Real Estate

Are You Worth My Investment?

Questions Every Vacation Rental Property Owner Must Ask a Potential Property Manager   If you own a vacation home, then you know that you can’t trust just anyone to manage it for you. Vac ...

Mike Harrington - Carolina Retreats | Feb 9, 2021
Financial

What’s The Allure Of Private Company Investing? It Can Be An Interesting Story.

Perhaps this seems quaint in the current era of COVID, but I’m guessing there have been multiple times in the not so distant past when you were at dinner with friends, or a cocktail party, or ou ...

Merrette Moore - Tidewater Investment Company | Feb 9, 2021
Technology

How A Burger Joint Cooked Up The Need For Business Automation

I was recently working out of town and visited a local burger spot for lunch. Upon arriving there were sheets of paper and pencils for filling out your order lined on a table by the front door. On the ...

Drew Smith - Copiers Plus | Feb 4, 2021
Financial

Change Is OK: How Planning Makes You Focused And Flexible

As a business owner, you manage all sorts of complexity in your work. Goals, expectations, and the people who help you meet them may change. But even though things constantly change, you can still ada ...

Dallas Romanowski - Cornerstone Business Advisors | Feb 3, 2021
Other

Free Virtual Black History Month Events For North Carolinians

Black is joyful and brilliant. Black joy is the tenacity, resiliency, and ability to thrive despite everything. Join AARP NC throughout the month of February to discover the ways that Black Americans ...

Suzanne Black - AARP | Feb 3, 2021
Health Care

North Carolina Medicaid Transformation: Big Changes Coming July 1

In 2015, the North Carolina General Assembly enacted legislation that would fundamentally change the Medicaid program in North Carolina. Since then, the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services ha ...

Michealle Gady - Atromitos | Feb 3, 2021
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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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Suzanne Black

AARP NC Coastal Associate State Director, 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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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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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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Mike Duncan

CEO and Creative Director, Sage Island
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Diane Durance

Director, UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
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Karen Durda

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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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 Grange

President and CEO , Osprey Global Solutions
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Gary Greene

President, Greene Resources, Inc.
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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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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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Andrew Olsen

Elder Law Attorney, CSH Law
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Shaun Olsen

Founder, CloudWyze
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Lee Patterson

Director of communications, Wells Fargo Championship
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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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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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Jon Rosborough

Airport Director, ILM
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Danielle Saintard Valiente

Board Member, Cape Fear Literacy Council
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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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Ryan Skuce

Partner, Earney & Company, LLP
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Colin F. Smith

President, The Retirement Company
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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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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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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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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 20, 2020

North Carolina’s Medicaid Transformation

Atromitos is honored to have sponsored the "Insightful Discussion on Medicaid Transformation." We are grateful to Dave Richard, NC DHHS Deputy Secretary, and Kelly Crosbie, Director of Quality and Population Health, NC Medicaid for participating in this panel and to the supporting sponsors who helped bring this discussion to our community.   Despite a few delays, Medicaid Transformation is coming to North Carolina. This represents a notable change for providers, patients and ...

Nov 6, 2020

Salt Air Heating And Cooling – Improving Comfort And Indoor Air Quality

How do I decide when to replace my home HVAC system rather than repair it? The age of equipment, efficiency, and repair costs are all factors in this decision. The average life of a traditional split system is 10-13 years. As a system gets older it may not be worth the cost of larger repairs. For example, a new compressor or large coil leak can be costly. This is especially true if it is out of warranty. That is when we suggest getting a quote for a new system and weighing your options. W ...

Oct 16, 2020

Dosher Memorial Hospital Continues To Meet The Needs Of Their Community

How has Dosher Memorial Hospital’s sound financial strategy pre-pandemic impacted their ability to navigate the economic impact of COVID-19? Our focus at Dosher prior to the impact of the pandemic was, and continues to be: To provide exceptional patient care, to make sure employees have a great place to work, and to increase revenue so that Dosher can remain financially stable and viable. Initiatives taken to increase the efficiency of our operating rooms and our revenue cycle have ...