Economic Development

Increasing Recycling, Reuse and Waste Reduction

If you want to see innovation at work, take a tour around the New Hanover County landfill.   You won’t just see a pile of trash; you’ll see one of the state’s most advanced in ...

Chris Coudriet - New Hanover County Government | Jul 17, 2018
Legal Issues

Protect Yourself and Your Business from Cybersecurity Threats

Question: Why is a general practice attorney writing an article about cyber security?   Answer: Because we all face these threats every day.   Here at Rountree Losee, we counsel our clie ...

Geoffrey Losee - Rountree Losee LLP | Jul 17, 2018
Marketing & Sales

Create a Better User Experience with Card Sorting

The structural design of your website, aka informational architecture, is critical to UX optimization.   Visitors who can’t find what they need while navigating will become frustrated &nd ...

Jim Ellis - Signal | Jul 17, 2018
Financial

Balancing Goals in Family Transfers

If you’re considering transferring your business ownership to family, you might be tempted to put your family’s wants over your own goals. While this altruism may be admirable, it can a ...

Dallas Romanowski - Cornerstone Business Advisors | Jul 16, 2018
Financial

Changes Coming to Sales Tax on Internet Sales

It appears 2018 will be the year of tax law changes on many fronts. In December 2017, the new Tax Cut and Jobs Act was placed into effect for 2018 and now, there is a possibility of major changes r ...

Chad Wouters - Earney & Company, LLP | Jul 16, 2018
Marketing & Sales

The 80/20 Rule for Smart Business Growth

Things are changing so fast these days, and most of us could agree that technological improvements and the ever-changing demands of consumers within the past decade have made a drastic impact in the w ...

Bill Hunter - Wilmington Design Company | Jul 16, 2018
Residential Real Estate

Why Move to Wilmington?

As real estate agents, we are often asked, “Why should I move to Wilmington?” Many people move here to be closer to family or retire near the beach. But, if you stop to think about all th ...

Tyson Emery - KBT Realty | Jul 16, 2018
Economic Development

Local Memberships Offer Reciprocal Admission Nationwide

New Hanover County has numerous amenities and attractions, which include our local museums and aquariums.  Did you know that being a member of local attractions, such as the Cape Fear Museum a ...

Julie Wilsey - Wilmington International Airport | Jul 6, 2018
Financial

How a Divorce Can Impact Your College Planning

A divorce or separation can have a dramatic impact on your child’s eligibility for financial aid, and here’s why – some colleges will only consider the income and assets of the custo ...

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

The Dangers of Transferring to Children Without Planning

After building a successful business, many business owners decide they want to transfer their ownership to their children. Too often, those owners assume that a transfer to children will go smoothl ...

Dallas Romanowski - Cornerstone Business Advisors | Jul 2, 2018
Human Resources

Does Learning Agility Decline with Age?

You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.  I don’t have the energy level at 65 years old that I had at 25.  Are these cliches actually true? And, even if they are, what do t ...

Dave Hoff - EASI Consult | Jul 2, 2018
Education

Cameron M.B.A. Alumna Keeps Wilmington WARM

When JC Lyle thinks of housing, she thinks of more than a roof and four walls. She sees every house as a home, a refuge from the world, and somewhere that should be welcoming, comfortable and safe. ...

Robert Burrus - Cameron School of Business - UNC-Wilmington | Jul 2, 2018
Financial

Reverse Mortgage Can Be Helpful but Beware of Pitfalls

Most homeowners of retirement age have seen the pitches – often colorful brochures that arrive in the mail – promising to solve their cash-flow problems by tapping the equity in their home ...

Susan Willett - Old North State Trust, LLC | Jul 2, 2018
Residential Real Estate

Should I Replace My Roof Before I Sell?

There are many things to consider when thinking about whether to replace the roof on your house before you sell it. It could be the difference between someone buying your house or skipping to the next ...

Neal Johnson - Network Real Estate | Jul 2, 2018
Health Care

Please Don’t Put Off Healthcare Because of Cost

I had an interesting opportunity recently to engage with young adults about their healthcare concerns, needs and wants. Throughout the conversations, those in attendance discussed their particular ...

Jeff James - Wilmington Health | Jul 2, 2018
Legal Issues

Top Estate Planning Tips for Loved Ones with Special Needs

There are unique planning requirements for family members who have special needs.    Here are some tips to consider when planning for a loved one’s special needs. Avoid disinherit ...

Kara Gansmann - Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP | Jul 2, 2018
Marketing & Sales

Reconsider A/B Testing

A/B testing isn’t making marketers very happy.   Once a promising solution to website optimization, A/B testing is now seen as faulty, time-consuming and difficult. While setting up A/B t ...

Jim Ellis - Signal | Jul 2, 2018
Commercial Real Estate

Company Longevity: Reflecting on 60 Years

Each year, millions of people all over the United States get together on the Fourth of July to celebrate our country’s independence. It is a time of great joy and satisfaction and a time where t ...

Rob Beale - W.M. Jordan Company | Jul 2, 2018
Financial

What Will the Postcard Tax Form Mean for 2018 Filings?

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin released his statement that the “new” individual tax return for 2018 will be released in its draft form this summer.   Touted as the postcard tax f ...

Karen Durda - Century Accounting and Tax Services, Inc. | Jul 2, 2018
Residential Real Estate

Market Update

As real estate agents, we want to be as accurate in our market assessments as possible. Many clients know that the market fluctuates but studying trends and predicting future growth can be confusin ...

Tyson Emery - KBT Realty | Jul 2, 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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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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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
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

Jul 13, 2018

Pre-Planning for Peace of Mind

Death is an inevitability we all face, but the end of life can often be so overwhelming – or feel so far in the future – that people put off thinking of all the details, issues and decisions that could be left behind for loved ones to handle. Since pre-planning involves not only end-of-life choices, such as burial and memorial services, but also key financial arrangements, health care preferences and long-term care, we asked four local experts to share their advice on the right w ...

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 advic ...

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 ...