Marketing & Sales

Data is More Useful with Visualization

Many people will admit to losing focus as they skim through lengthy text in books, articles and emails, then needing to read it several more times again to fully comprehend what is being said.   ...

Bill Hunter - Wilmington Design Company | Dec 7, 2018
Business Growth

Fight, Flee or Lead!

The impulse to flee or fight has been with us since the Stone Age, but are those two instincts suited for our modern challenges?    Psychologists are starting to reevaluate this binary cho ...

Ron Hewett - Academy Leadership | Dec 6, 2018
Technology

What is EMV and Am I Liable?

EMV chip technology has been rolling out to consumers and merchants all over the United States.  As of Oct. 1, 2015, if you have not adopted chip technology, you may be liable for the full amo ...

Kyle Thorpe - Infinity Payment Systems | Dec 5, 2018
Marketing & Sales

Struggle Bus: In-House Marketing

All aboard the struggle bus. When it comes to the core business practice that is marketing, most small businesses will admit they face a serious uphill battle. Unsure where to start, what needs ...

Bill Hunter - Wilmington Design Company | Dec 4, 2018
Legal Issues

Preventing Alcohol Liability for Your Social Gathering

The holidays are in full swing. We have stuffed ourselves silly with turkey, decorated the tree, and hung the stockings.  With this festive time typically comes holiday parties and social ...

Deedee Gasch - Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP | Dec 4, 2018
Financial

Why You'll Need an Advisor Team

Exit planning can be complex. Between setting your exit goals and transferring your business, you’ll attempt to build business value, find an appropriate successor or buyer, navigate perplexi ...

Dallas Romanowski - Cornerstone Business Advisors | Nov 30, 2018
Financial

Don’t Get Conned: How to Spot Crowdsourcing Campaign Scams

Wise money management goes well beyond estate planning. All of us also need to be smart about how we decide which causes to support.   Nowadays, in addition to those established charitable orga ...

Susan Willett - Old North State Trust, LLC | Nov 30, 2018
Financial

Are You Ready to Get 20% of Your Business Income Tax-Free?

The new tax law contains one of the most exciting provisions we have seen in recent years. There is a new Qualifying Business Income (QBI) deduction that could allow you to receive up to 20 percent ...

Adam Shay - Adam Shay CPA, PLLC | Nov 30, 2018
Health Care

Cape Fear Clinic Pharmacy

We at the Cape Fear Clinic are proud of what we do – serving folks in our community who have Medicaid, as well as those who do not qualify for insurance coverage because they make too little mon ...

John Devaney - Cape Fear Clinic | Nov 30, 2018
Residential Real Estate

Don’t Waste This Disaster

Ideally, Long Term Recovery Groups become permanent because communities are always in one stage of disaster management: Hazard Mitigation, Preparation, Response, or Recovery. (NHCR3 uses the term Re ...

JC Lyle - Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministry | Nov 30, 2018
Financial

End-of-Year Planning Strategies to Consider

December is almost here, and my children are already preparing their Christmas lists.  These lists seem to get larger every year.  Anyway, let’s get right to it and take a look at s ...

Brett Tushingham - Tushingham Wealth Strategies | Nov 30, 2018
Financial

Public Adjusters are Your Advocates After the Storm

It has been two months since Hurricane Florence hit the shores of North Carolina, Georgia and South Carolina. The strong winds and turbulent rain over a period of three days caused major issues to our ...

Jeffrey Feldstein - Metro Public Adjustment | Nov 30, 2018
Financial

Itemized Deduction Changes Everyone Should Be Familiar With

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 was the most significant piece of tax legislation in the United States in years, which came with many changes, itemized deductions being no exception.   Throug ...

Ryan Skuce - Earney & Company, LLP | Nov 21, 2018
Education

Information Systems, “Mad Money” and NASA: How Are They Connected?

This Insights article was contributed by Dr. Rebecca Guidice, Associate Professor of Management and Leadership and Director of the Professional MBA  UNCW’s Professional MBA (PMBA) program, ...

Robert Burrus - Cameron School of Business - UNC-Wilmington | Nov 20, 2018
Residential Real Estate

When Good Goes Rogue

Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity’s Lynne Wooten, Wilmington City Councilman Charlie Rivenbark, and WARM’s JC Lyle greet volunteers unloading 18 palates of donations. Why do nonprofits ...

JC Lyle - Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministry | Nov 20, 2018
Financial

Reducing Risk Can Build Value

Building a successful business and minimizing risk may seem like opposite strategies but, typically, they go hand in hand. Once a business matures past the early, sometimes-chaotic stages of develo ...

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

Think Ahead to Weigh Long-Term Care Insurance and Alternatives

As lifespans steadily increase but debilitating conditions like Alzheimer’s Disease become more prevalent, many older adults are facing the question of how to pay for long-term care.   Th ...

Susan Willett - Old North State Trust, LLC | Nov 16, 2018
Economic Development

For These Things and More, I Am Thankful

Thankful. It’s a word most of us use around this time of year but it feels incredibly fitting for me to use it now as I reflect on the past two months. I am thankful for our New Hanover Count ...

Chris Coudriet - New Hanover County Government | Nov 16, 2018
Education

New Geospatial Intelligence Certificate Program Broadens Career Prospects

This semester, UNCW received accreditation from the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) and began offering undergraduate and graduate certificates in geospatial intelligence (GEOI ...

Aswani Volety - UNCW College of Arts and Sciences | Nov 16, 2018
Residential Real Estate

Building Insights: Heath Clark

Each month, Majestic Kitchen & Bath Creations will feature a profile on an area leader in the residential building industry. This article highlights Heath Clark, Owner/Partner of Bill Clark Homes ...

Scott Byers - Majestic Kitchen & Bath Creations | Nov 16, 2018
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Steve Adams

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

Nov 16, 2018

HR Tactics for a Successful Business

The foundation for a lasting and thriving organization is most often built on the creation of a clear company culture that is embraced and practice by a dedicated team of employees. But sustaining staff buy-in and ensuring longevity as a company grows and evolves is a bit more complex. Balancing a high local cost of living with pay rates that are lower than in comparable areas and offering the right incentives to retain the right employees – all while juggling policy, procedure and ...

Nov 2, 2018

Managing Your Health and Wellness

Navigating the ever-changing landscape of health care can be challenging and, sometimes, a bit intimidating. Yet, understanding the various components of not just health, but also overall wellness, can empower patients to advocate for their own health – something providers certainly appreciate and recommend. Starting with understanding that distinction between health and wellness – and utilizing new medical technologies and clinical research trials – patients can, now more t ...

Oct 24, 2018

Commercial Real Estate’s Steady Rise

Signs that business is booming in the Cape Fear region are everywhere you look these days – from the surge of hotels in downtown Wilmington’s burgeoning Convention District and storefronts popping up in midtown Wilmington to the continued growth of northern Pender and Brunswick counties and grocery stores, medical offices and eateries cropping up at all points in between. With a growing population comes an increasing demand for more commercial real estate but the lack of avail ...