Economic Development

Social Workers Advocate, Support and Encourage

March is National Social Worker Month, and New Hanover County has an incredible team of social workers that serve our community every day. Their compassion, support and assistance make a difference ...

Chris Coudriet - New Hanover County Government | Mar 20, 2018

Arts Education: A Cultural and Economic Resource

Wilmington’s commitment to the arts and arts education enriches the quality of life for its residents. We are fortunate to live in a community that values art and supports artists, allowing u ...

Aswani Volety - UNCW College of Arts and Sciences | Mar 20, 2018

Filing Taxes After a Loved One's Death

As a professional in the accounting and tax field, I have many clients, especially this time of year, that may have lost a spouse or business partner due to death.   Like the old saying sometim ...

Karen Durda - Century Accounting and Tax Services, Inc. | Mar 20, 2018

Estate Planning: A Small Slice of a Bigger Pie

Business owners commonly associate exit planning with estate planning, and they aren’t too far off. Good exit plans and estate plans both aim to ensure that the owner’s family is provid ...

Dallas Romanowski - Cornerstone Business Advisors | Mar 15, 2018

Things to Think About When Filing 2017 Business Tax Returns

This Insights article was contributed by Dr. Victoria Hansen, Associate Professor of Accounting, Cameron School of Business While we are all excited for the new tax law changes coming in 2018, we f ...

Robert Burrus - Cameron School of Business - University of North Carolina Wilmington | Mar 15, 2018

Realism, Preparation and Teamwork: Olympic Lessons for Investors

Watching the Winter Olympics recently has inspired me to think about something fundamental in human nature – how competition, and the prospect of winning or losing, affects the way we approach o ...

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

Five Signs It's Time to Sell Your Home

Have you outgrown your home? Or has your home outgrown you and your household? Fewer and fewer families expect to stay in their first or second home for the long haul. Here are some factors to d ...

Neal Johnson - Network Real Estate | Mar 15, 2018
Legal Issues

Using a Supplemental Needs Trust for the Benefit of a Disabled Person

In elder law and special needs planning, attorneys work with clients to determine whether a Supplemental Needs Trust is a recommended planning tool.  A Supplemental Needs Trust, which is also ...

Kara Gansmann - Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP | Mar 15, 2018

Are You Lucky in Retaining IT Talent?

Everyone loves to feel lucky! You know the feeling when you interview for a new job, negotiated well, and not only get the job but also feel like you were offered some extra perks? It’s like fi ...

Marty Cayton - TeamLogic IT of Wilmington & Fayetteville | Mar 15, 2018
Residential Real Estate

The Compromise: Location, Location, Location

I once had a client tell me, “I want to look out my window and see the ocean and walk out my back door and shoot my shotgun.” If he had wanted to live in a remote area of coastal Onslow C ...

Kirk Pugh - KBT Realty | Mar 15, 2018
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Steve Adams

Owner & Director, School of Learning Arts

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 - University of North Carolina Wilmington

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

Sabrina Davis

President and Owner, Port City Signs & Graphics
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Steve DeBiasi

Chief Executive Officer, OrthoWilmington

John Devaney

Chief Executive Officer, Cape Fear Clinic

Mike Duncan

CEO and Creative Director, Sage Island

Diane Durance

Director, UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
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Karen Durda

President, Enrolled Agent, Century Accounting and Tax Services, Inc.

Cee Edwards

President/General Manager , Markraft Cabinets, Inc
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Jim Ellis

Vice President, Account Director, Signal
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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

Craig S. Galbraith

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

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.

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

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

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

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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Connie Majure-Rhett

Former President and CEO , Wilmington Chamber of Commerce

Joe Marston

President, Wilmington Winlectric

John Martin

Professional Liability and Medical Malpractice Defense Attorney, CSH Law

Vanessa Marttinen

Founder, American Marketeur
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Chris McAbee

Owner of Wilmington Performance Lab, Live Oak Bank Wellness Coordinator, Wilmington Performance Lab

David McGowan, III

Executive Director , N.C. Petroleum Council; American Petroleum Institute-NC
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Randy McIntyre

Partner, McIntyre, Paradis, Wood & Co.

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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W. Grayson Powell

Broker, Managing Partner, Coldwell Banker Commercial SunCoast
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Kirk Pugh

Broker and Realtor, KBT Realty

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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

Devon Scott

Founder, Solutions Engineer, Blue Fission Enterprise Technology

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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Business Coach, ActionCOACH
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Colin F. Smith

President, The Retirement Company

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

Yasmin Tomkinson

Executive Director, Cape Fear Literacy Council
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Benton Toups

Attorney, Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP

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

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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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

Chad Wouters

Partner, Earney & Company, LLP


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.

Feb 23, 2018

Managing and Growing Your Wealth

Continued economic growth and a mostly favorable economic forecast are good signs thus far in 2018. However, even in a stable market, it’s good practice to protect assets against any future volatility. We asked four financial professionals for their advice on solid investment strategies and long-term planning goals. For a full PDF version, click here.   What is your outlook for the stock market in 2018? SUSAN WILLETT: We are still cautiously optimistic. The market has reach ...

Jan 30, 2018

Managing Cyberssecurity for Your Business

Today, technology is not only a helpful tool for a business’s day-to-day operations, it is also crucial to that business’s overall success. But with the benefits of technological advancements come the increased threat of data breaches and other cyberattacks. We asked four local experts to share their advice on how to effectively utilize technology in business while minimizing its risks. For a full PDF version, click here. How can a small business keep pace with everchanging ...

Jan 24, 2018

Business Accounting Tips for 2018

What federal and state tax changes should business owners be aware of when filing their 2017 taxes? If tax reform is not passed, there will be very little change for businesses on 2017 taxes. The key element already in place for 2017 is business expensing rules for the immediate deduction for capital purchases to expire annually. The major reforms for 2018 are still pending as of this writing. How could the IRS’ focus in 2018 on tax gaps affect employment tax issues? The tax gap ...