Marketing & Sales

The Rise of Conversational Marketing

We’ve undoubtedly seen a fundamental shift in our overall marketing efforts. Savvy business owners are primarily focused on activities that attract website visitors and, while this strategy i ...

Bill Hunter - Wilmington Design Company | Aug 17, 2018
Financial

Three Benefits of Written Exit Plans

Planning a business exit can seem like a lot of work at first. From building business value to developing capable successors to figuring out exactly what you want to do with your life after you lea ...

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

Rising Prices, Unit Sales and Housing Inventories

This Insights article was contributed by Edward Graham, Professor of Finance at UNCW's Cameron School Business.                ...

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

Divorced? You May Be Eligible for Boosted Retirement Benefits

Breaking up is hard to do but making sure you get all the Social Security benefits you’re entitled to after a divorce should be one of the simpler financial matters you have to deal with.   ...

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

Add Value to Your Home with a Fire Pit

It’s what’s inside that counts. Don’t judge a book by its cover. These oft-repeated quotes are important lessons and universal truths… unless we’re talking about r ...

Neal Johnson - Network Real Estate | Aug 15, 2018
Economic Development

Lessons Learned from a False Alarm

You may have heard about New Hanover County Government Center’s inadvertent emergency alert that happened on Aug. 1. The alert was treated as a real threat, employees evacuated the building, and ...

Chris Coudriet - New Hanover County Government | Aug 15, 2018
Commercial Real Estate

Building a Better Student Experience

This time of year, there’s a lot of talk about kids going back to school. While quality education may be on the forefront of many parents’ minds, there are a variety of factors that con ...

Rob Beale - W.M. Jordan Company | Aug 15, 2018
Education

New Interdisciplinary Studies Program Opens Doors for Former Seahawks

When the fall semester begins next week, the College of Arts and Sciences will offer a new degree designed for students who previously attended UNCW, but who stopped short of completing their degree p ...

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

Protect Yourself from Cyber Crime in Real Estate Transactions

In this modern age, many parts of real estate transactions are conducted online. You can search for properties and agents online, approve and sign documents with e-signatures, and use these conveni ...

Tyson Emery - KBT Realty | Aug 15, 2018
Economic Development

Airport Amenities to Enjoy, On the Fly

This Insights article was co-written with Erin McNally, Marketing Specialist for ILM Airports are diversifying their offerings of facility amenities, food, retail and services.   Next time ...

Julie Wilsey - Wilmington International Airport | Aug 13, 2018
Financial

College Corner: Is it a Bad Idea to Have Assets in my Child’s Name for College Planning?

We’re often asked how to optimize financial aid during our college planning discussions with clients. They have usually read somewhere or been told that it always makes sense to keep assets out ...

Brett Tushingham - Tushingham Wealth Strategies | Aug 10, 2018
Technology

Get to Know Infinity Payment Systems

Infinity Payment Systems is one of the fastest growing privately owned payment processing companies in the Carolinas, with over $1.72 billon.  We have built a reputation of excellence over the ...

Kyle Thorpe - Infinity Payment Systems | Aug 9, 2018
Financial

Peace of Mind

What does peace of mind really mean?   We believe it means knowing that you won’t outlive your money. Knowing your loved ones will be taken care of when you’re gone. Knowing a good ...

Susan Willett - Old North State Trust, LLC | Aug 3, 2018
Legal Issues

Essential Estate Planning Documents for Young Adults

With new college-bound co-eds soon departing for their first semester away from home, estate planning documents are not likely at the top of any list for dorm room necessities or school supplies.  ...

Kara Gansmann - Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP | Aug 3, 2018
Economic Development

Where are the Jobs? Where is the Talent?: Part 2

This is the second article in a two-part series. Read the first article here.   If you enjoyed Part 1 of this article on where the local talent is, Part 2 should not disappoint you.   W ...

Corey Lewis - Cape Fear Jobs | Aug 2, 2018
Human Resources

Avoiding HR Nightmares: Help is Here!

For every yin, there is a yang, and such is true in the world of Human Resources.  Sure, you have to “like people” to be in HR but you also have to provide honest consultation to e ...

Lisa Leath - Leath HR Group | Aug 2, 2018
Financial

What’s So Important About Planning?

When business owners start their businesses, they often create a written business plan to guide them toward success. However, many successful owners don’t mimic that process when they begin to a ...

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

Six Things Wilmington Professionals Should Know

The Swain Center for Executive Education shares their top six trending themes to help you and your organizations grow. #1: Nurses Are Leaders, Too! The Swain Center is working to provide high-qua ...

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

How to Leave Your Home When Traveling on Vacation

Your hotel is booked, bags are packed, car is gassed up, and you’re all set to hit the road for your annual vacation. Not so fast! There are still a few steps that need to be checked off y ...

Neal Johnson - Network Real Estate | Aug 1, 2018
Marketing & Sales

Ensure Optimal UX with User Testing

You’ve invested time and money in website UX optimization, conducting a site audit and creating a new information architecture and UI.   Don’t forget the final and most critical ste ...

Jim Ellis - Signal | Aug 1, 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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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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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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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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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.

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 ...

Jul 30, 2018

Succession Planning for a Successful Future

When small business owners open up shop, they don’t always start with the end goal in mind. Yet, planning ahead for retirement, death or disability can mean the difference between a smooth transition of ownership and leadership – to a trusted family member, employee or third party – and a major hit to the hard-earned value of a business. Since succession planning is key to a business’s overall success, we asked four local experts for their advice on how to get started a ...

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 ...