Education

Full Speed Ahead: Before and After Hurricane Florence

This Insights article was contributed by Dr. Adam Jones, Associate Professor of Economics, Cameron School of Business, and Regional Economist for the Swain Center  The Southeastern North Carol ...

Robert Burrus - Cameron School of Business - UNC-Wilmington | Oct 19, 2018
Financial

Inheriting an IRA Comes with Complexities and Potential Dangers

An unintended benefit of Individual Retirement Accounts is that they often survive their owner and can provide continuing income to the owner’s heirs.   But if you should inherit an IRA f ...

Susan Willett - Old North State Trust, LLC | Oct 19, 2018
Economic Development

Resiliency is Key to Economic Recovery After Florence

New Hanover County experienced significant impacts from Hurricane Florence. The preliminary damage assessment across the county is more than $450 million in real and personal property losses. And t ...

Chris Coudriet - New Hanover County Government | Oct 19, 2018
Marketing & Sales

Doodle for Your Noodle

Doodling is thinking in disguise!   From a young age, I always seemed to find myself drawing or sketching on whatever paper was laying around the house.   At the time, doodling was just ...

Bill Hunter - Wilmington Design Company | Oct 19, 2018
Education

How Reading Works

Whether you are young or old, there are four components that you must integrate to be an effective reader.  At Cape Fear Literacy Council (CFLC), we teach these concepts, along with strategies ...

Yasmin Tomkinson - Cape Fear Literacy Council | Oct 19, 2018
Financial

Too Much Debt is Dangerous for the Stock Market

Previous Market Excesses A form of what you might call funny money is typically what drives the markets to excessively high levels.   In 1998-99, any internet related stock was driven to crazy ...

Eddie Nowell - South Atlantic Capital Management Group | Oct 19, 2018
Legal Issues

Your Auto Policy: Review, Don’t Just Renew

I represent clients after they have been involved in an automobile accident. At that point, the last thing I want to tell my clients is that they did not have the coverage they needed.  &nb ...

Deedee Gasch - Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP | Oct 18, 2018
Education

Offshore America: Outsourcing While Onshoring

This Insights article was contributed by Wayne Hippo, Managing Partner of PS Solutions. Hiring programmers a world away has long been a desperate option for those looking to fill their need for te ...

Diane Durance - UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship | Oct 17, 2018
Business Growth

A Macro Look at Managing Conflict

Most leaders have had some formal training on conflict management in the workplace. The discussions generally focus on techniques and strategies when working one-on-one with a difficult employee or co ...

Ron Hewett - Academy Leadership | Oct 17, 2018
Financial

Protecting Your Business

You work hard to build your business. Take the time to protect your investment.   When we have discovered – or uncovered – cases of fraud, embezzlement or inaccurate reporting, it i ...

Ryan Skuce - Earney & Company, LLP | Oct 17, 2018
Financial

Death Can Ruin Your Plans

Imagine building your business over several decades, beginning to plan your business exit, then dying unexpectedly before you can implement your plans. Business owners rarely think about how an une ...

Dallas Romanowski - Cornerstone Business Advisors | Oct 15, 2018
Residential Real Estate

What's the Role of the HOA?

The HOA, or Home Owners Association, is responsible for a variety of activities in the specific neighborhoods and developments it oversees. These activities include: Providing shared servi ...

Neal Johnson - Network Real Estate | Oct 15, 2018
Financial

Don’t Be Part of the Student Loan Problem

To say that student loans in the U.S. are an issue is an understatement.  Let’s look at a few statistics: Outstanding student loans are nearing 1.6 trillion, second only to mortgages ...

Brett Tushingham - Tushingham Wealth Strategies | Oct 15, 2018
Human Resources

People Who Changed the World

Were they learning agile and, if so, how? What, if anything, do three legendary inventors and three statesmen have in common? As part of this year’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI ...

Dave Hoff - EASI Consult | Oct 8, 2018
Financial

What Exit Planning Can Do for You

As a business owner, you likely have plenty on your plate. You have a business to run, perhaps a family to care for, and many other responsibilities that require your time. So, why should you consi ...

Dallas Romanowski - Cornerstone Business Advisors | Oct 5, 2018
Economic Development

The Benefits of Enrolling in the TSA Precheck Program

This Insights article was co-written with Erin McNally, Marketing Specialist for ILM. One of the most frequent questions from airline passengers is “How early do I need to arrive at the airpo ...

Julie Wilsey - Wilmington International Airport | Oct 5, 2018
Residential Real Estate

Flood Insurance, Even for Non-Flood Zones

As everyone slowly recovers from Hurricane Florence, it is wonderful to see the city pulling together to help each other. Many people made it safely through the hurricane itself only to be devastat ...

Becky Brown - KBT Realty | Oct 4, 2018
Other

Southern Hospitality Gives Rise to Convention District

Click here for the full 2018 Event Planning Guide. The Wilmington Convention Center is more than just a building – it’s a destination. That’s how Connie Nelson of the Wilmi ...

Event Planning Guide - | Oct 4, 2018
Financial

Lessons Learned from Hurricane Florence

Be Prepared Yes, you’ve heard me say this a thousand times.  Well, guess what – you’ll hear me say it a thousand more. It’s the Boy Scout motto for a reason.  O ...

Susan Willett - Old North State Trust, LLC | Oct 3, 2018
Business Growth

Always Leading

A few years back, I was having breakfast with 3-star Army general Mike Jones, who had just retired from active duty.    Mike had been a high-ranking operative in U.S. special forces comman ...

Ron Hewett - Academy Leadership | Oct 3, 2018
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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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Vice President, Carolinas Division, W.M. Jordan Company
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Interim President, Wilmington Chamber of Commerce
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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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General Manager, MarineMax Wrightsville Beach
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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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Director, UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
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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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Lindy Ford

Registered Dietitian and Owner, Lindy Ford Nutrition & Wellness, LLC
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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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Robbie Garner

President and CEO, Atlantic Computer Services

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Attorney, Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP
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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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David Grange

President and CEO , Osprey Global Solutions
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Gary Greene

President, Greene Resources, Inc.
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Ron Hewett

Facilitator , Academy Leadership
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Chris Hinnant

Member Attorney, Barnwell Whaley Patterson & Helms, PLLC
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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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Honnalora Hubbard

Family Service Manager, Dignity Memorial
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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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Patrick Kelly

Family Service Manager, Dignity Memorial
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PJ Kelly

Vice President, Logan Homes
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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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Partner, Rountree Losee LLP
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Executive Director, Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministry
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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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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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Founder and Chairman, The Forté Institute, LLC
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Chris Nelson

President, United Way of the Cape Fear Area
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Eddie Nowell

President, South Atlantic Capital Management Group
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Andrew Olsen

Elder Law Attorney, CSH Law
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Shaun Olsen

Founder, CloudWyze
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Director of communications, Wells Fargo Championship
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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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Broker, Managing Partner, Coldwell Banker Commercial SunCoast
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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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Dallas Romanowski

Managing Partner, Cornerstone Business Advisors
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Jon Rosborough

Airport Director, ILM
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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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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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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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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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Margaret Weller-Stargell

President and CEO , Coastal Horizons Center, Inc
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Jason Wheeler

CEO, Pathfinder Wealth 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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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.

Oct 1, 2018

Land, Lots and Location: Our Region’s Homebuilding Industry

The Cape Fear region has seen an explosion of growth in recent past, and it’s a vibrant community in which Scott Byers, President and CEO of Majestic Kitchen and Bath Creations, wants to be an integrative part. For a quarter century, Majestic has offered a wide selection of products for homebuilders from counter tops, shower enclosures, shelving, door hardware and accessories for kitchens and bathrooms in North and South Carolina. Acquisitions just within the last year of many w ...

Sep 7, 2018

The Benefits and Challenges of Tech-Powered Business

Technology continues to have a major impact on nearly every part of our daily lives and our interactions with others, including how we do business. Tech-savvy business leaders have adapted the way they present products and services and embraced trends that increase productivity and streamline operations. We asked four such leaders to discuss the role technology plays in their organization. For the full PDF version, click here. How does technology continue to impact your business and/or ind ...

Aug 13, 2018

Achievements and Challenges for Women in Business

Women continue to make great strides – and achieve stand-out success – in the business world. But even with all the advancements, women still face hurdles. Female leaders and entrepreneurs are often juggling not just career obligations but also responsibilities at home. And women still struggle to earn as much as their male counterparts. We asked four local female business leaders to share their thoughts on such issues, as well as their advice on reaching professional aspirations w ...