Commercial Real Estate

The Power of Learning and Development

Attracting and retaining good employees is vital to the health of any successful business. Guiding the cycle of continual improvement through training and skill development is invaluable. With the ...

Rob Beale - W.M. Jordan Company | Jun 18, 2018
Financial

Unforeseen Challenges to Third-Party Sales

For many business owners, a sale to a third party is their assumed exit path. Some business owners even start their businesses with the goal of finding a larger, more deeply pocketed buyer, selling ...

Dallas Romanowski - Cornerstone Business Advisors | Jun 15, 2018
Education

The Ultimate Professional Development Cheat Sheet for Organizations

This Insights article was contributed by Laura Gail Lunsford, PhD, Director of the UNCW Swain Center   Investing in professional development can yield big dividends for the individual and the o ...

Robert Burrus - Cameron School of Business - UNC-Wilmington | Jun 15, 2018
Financial

Who’s Helping Whom?

Recently, one of my co-workers, Alyce Phillips, and I had the pleasure of volunteering and participating with the WILMA Network to help build a house for a deserving recipient with Habitat for Humanit ...

Susan Willett - Old North State Trust, LLC | Jun 15, 2018
Residential Real Estate

Hot Neighborhoods in Carolina Beach

So, you've finally made the choice to move to Carolina Beach. First off, congratulations on such a wonderful decision! But now you've got one more tough decision to make – in which ...

Neal Johnson - Network Real Estate | Jun 15, 2018
Education

UNCW to offer N.C.’s first Actuarial Science Certificate Program

This fall, UNCW will begin offering students the opportunity to earn an additional credential while working towards their undergraduate degree.   The Actuarial Science Certificate Program, the ...

Aswani Volety - UNCW College of Arts and Sciences | Jun 15, 2018
Residential Real Estate

Are You Ready To Buy Your First Home?

When you decide to buy your first house, it can be a really exciting time! Dreams of having your own space and decorating it as you wish compete with the thoughts of the financial obligation and time ...

Tyson Emery - KBT Realty | Jun 15, 2018
Residential Real Estate

Play it Safe When Planning Summer Celebrations

Summer is the season for outdoor celebration. Between backyard barbecues, pool parties, graduation shindigs and 4th of July festivities, your calendar may already be full of weekend and after-hours ...

Mike Stonestreet - CAMS (Community Association Management Services) | Jun 12, 2018
Education

Understanding the AI Ladder

This Insights article was contributed by Mike Orr, Director of IT Services & Operations at Modoc Research Services  “For all the talk of machine learning and AI’s potential in th ...

Diane Durance - UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship | Jun 8, 2018
Human Resources

What is a 360-Degree Assessment and Why Should You Be Interested?

You may already be able to answer the first part of that question about what a 360-degree assessment is – a questionnaire in which multiple raters provide an employee with feedback on the same s ...

Dave Hoff - EASI Consult | Jun 6, 2018
Financial

Saving for College with Zero Market Risk: The Private 529 Plan

Outstanding student loan debt is now over $1.5 trillion.  This is second only to mortgages when it comes to household debt. Nearly one quarter of these borrowers are already in default!  ...

Brett Tushingham - Tushingham Wealth Strategies | Jun 6, 2018
Financial

Time to Have 'The Talk'?

Few challenges are more emotionally wrenching than facing the reality that a relative – a parent, especially – needs help with the tasks of daily living, especially making financial decisi ...

Susan Willett - Old North State Trust, LLC | Jun 4, 2018
Marketing & Sales

Using the Science of Persuasion for Your Business

Everyone wants to become a master of persuasion. There are seemingly endless books and online forums devoted to the topic. About 60 years ago, psychologists began to study the art of persuasion, ...

Bill Hunter - Wilmington Design Company | Jun 4, 2018
Commercial Real Estate

Adding Value to Business Through Internships

As summer approaches, not only do we have warmer weather and longer days, we also have an influx of summer talent.  With recent graduations bringing former students back home to Wilmington or ...

Rob Beale - W.M. Jordan Company | Jun 4, 2018
Education

Nationally Recognized History Program Meets Career Needs of Educators

In 2014, UNCW's Department of History launched an innovative, online master’s degree program designed specifically for professional educators. Today, the program is nationally recognized ...

Aswani Volety - UNCW College of Arts and Sciences | Jun 4, 2018
Legal Issues

Intellectual Property Can Add Value to Your Hospitality Business

This Insights article was contributed by Todd M. Hess, partner with Barnwell Whaley Patterson & Helms Elon Musk, chief executive of Tesla, has recently taken on Warren Buffet, chief executive o ...

Chris Hinnant - Barnwell Whaley Patterson & Helms, PLLC | Jun 4, 2018
Financial

Building Business Value Through Exit Planning

Business owners seldom seek to exit their businesses without attaining financial security. They understand that one requirement of financial security is to grow business value, but many struggle to ...

Dallas Romanowski - Cornerstone Business Advisors | Jun 1, 2018
Education

Making an Experience Memorable

This Insights piece was contributed by Dr. Mark Pelletier, Assistant Professor of Marketing, Cameron School of Business.   In celebration of the newly-designated Travel and Tourism Week, North ...

Robert Burrus - Cameron School of Business - UNC-Wilmington | Jun 1, 2018
Residential Real Estate

Renovating Your Vacation Rental Condo or Home

As the owner of a vacation rental condo, ROI (return on investment) is the name of the game. I mean, it's the whole reason you bought the property in the first place, right? Okay, okay, we know ...

Neal Johnson - Network Real Estate | Jun 1, 2018
Legal Issues

What’s the Penalty Applied by Medicaid for Gifts or Transfers?

When seniors and their families are planning for long-term care, a common question that arises is, Why can’t we just start giving our money or assets to our loved ones or family members now?&nbs ...

Kara Gansmann - Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP | Jun 1, 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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Rob Beale

Vice President, Carolinas Division, W.M. Jordan Company
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Corey Lewis

Founder, Owner and President, Cape Fear Jobs
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Geoffrey Losee

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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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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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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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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Executive Director, UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
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Dallas Romanowski

Managing Partner, Cornerstone Business Advisors
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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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Business Coach, ActionCOACH
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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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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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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.

Jun 15, 2018

A Look at the Region’s Residential Real Estate Market

Signs of the greater Wilmington area’s real estate resurgence are everywhere, from a recent spike in luxury home sales to continued construction of lifestyle communities. The coastal climate, cultural scene and Southern charm – coupled with comparably low interest rates and prices – mean a strong and steady demand for homes. But that demand also brings some challenges, including a shortage of inventory. We asked local experts in the field to share their thoughts and advice ...

Jun 1, 2018

Modern Manufacturing Innovation, Issues and Impact

Manufacturing has remained a strong and resilient industry, even in the midst of economic downturn in recent past. Still, like any industry, manufacturing faces challenges, including keeping pace with technological trends and finding and retaining skilled workers. We asked four local experts to discuss manufacturing’s staying power and impact on the economy, as well as recent advances and obstacles within the field. For a full PDF version, click here.   What is the biggest benefi ...

May 21, 2018

Women's Health: Managing Stress

How does stress impact women’s health? Women are the caregivers in our society. When women have to deal with not only family and personal issues but also work-related issues, that puts additional stressors on them. Not that men don’t take care of families and kids, but the overwhelming burden is on women. Women also deal with stress differently than men. They take stress more personally. In a study by the American Psychological Association, women reported higher levels of st ...