Economic Development

Hurricane Florence: Six Months Later

It has been six months already since Hurricane Florence made landfall in New Hanover County. This storm was unlike any other we have seen in recent history. It had been 19 years to the day (Hurrica ...

Chris Coudriet - New Hanover County Government | Mar 21, 2019
Education

Selling Your Story: The Elevator Speech

This Insights article was contributed by Keith White, MA, Certified Life Coach When I started my coaching practice, I took a step backwards and asked myself, What is coaching?   I decided t ...

Diane Durance - UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship | Mar 21, 2019
Marketing & Sales

Color Me Impressed: Putting Color to Work for Your Brand  

It’s well known that colors have a strong correlation to emotions. But did you know that the part of our brain that handles emotions is the same part of the brain that drives human behavior? Tha ...

Bill Hunter - Wilmington Design Company | Mar 21, 2019
Residential Real Estate

The Hurricane Changed Everything

In the past six months, I have heard dozens of people tell me they were planning something – a special home project, a long-awaited trip, a certain work goal – but Hurricane Florence chang ...

JC Lyle - Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministry | Mar 18, 2019
Legal Issues

How Can You Protect Your Brand Name When You Can’t Protect the Words?

A trademark is any device that is used by a person or business to identify and distinguish their goods from the goods offered by other people or businesses.  The most commonly registered trademar ...

Russell Nugent - The Humphries Law Firm | Mar 18, 2019
Financial

Working Backward: 3 Questions to Ask About Your Planning

Do you remember trying to solve a complex maze as a child? You’d start at the beginning, trace a line toward what you thought was the correct path to the end, only to run headlong into a wall ...

Dallas Romanowski - Cornerstone Business Advisors | Mar 15, 2019
Education

Information Systems and Technology Professionals Continue to Be in High Demand

This Insights article was contributed by UNCW Cameron School of Business’s Dr. Tom Janicki, Professor of Management Information Systems, and Dr. Jeffrey Cummings, Associate Professor of Manageme ...

Robert Burrus - Cameron School of Business - UNC-Wilmington | Mar 15, 2019
Financial

Women: Balancing the Challenges of Life and Investments

In the last year there, has been one dominant theme in the news – women. People are listening and noticing what women have to offer the working world, the family care they provide, and to lif ...

Alyce Phillips - Old North State Trust LLC | Mar 15, 2019
Education

The Benefits of Creating Business Relationships with Colleges

This Insghts article was contributed by Katie Farrell, Associate Dean of Adult & Professional Studies at NC Wesleyan College. It is becoming increasingly common for companies to partner wi ...

Dani Somers - North Carolina Wesleyan | Mar 15, 2019
Financial

Commitments and Contingencies

Financial statements provide a picture, a snapshot, of the state of your organization at one point in time – generally your fiscal year end – and how well you managed your funds over that ...

Ryan Skuce - Earney & Company, LLP | Mar 12, 2019
Legal Issues

Liability Waivers: Can You Contract Away Negligence? 

It seems that nearly every business wants you to sign a waiver before participating in activities. Gyms, trampoline parks, water parks and bounce houses all require you to sign a waiver before you exe ...

Deedee Gasch - Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP | Mar 11, 2019
Education

UNCW to Host NCAS Annual Meeting

UNCW is hosting the 116th North Carolina Academy of Science Annual Meeting from March 22-23. Founded in 1902, the NCAS promotes public appreciation of science, science education and research, and a ...

Aswani Volety - UNCW College of Arts and Sciences | Mar 7, 2019
Marketing & Sales

Breaking the Internet: 6 Ways Social Influence Can Grow Your Brand

Why are your dog’s photos more popular than yours?   How come a little British boy received over 860 million video views after he stated, “Charlie bit me.”?   How does ...

Bill Hunter - Wilmington Design Company | Mar 5, 2019
Financial

What We Think is Unique About Our Firm

Research-Focused South Atlantic Capital is an independent registered investment adviser registered with the State of North Carolina and the Commonwealth of Virginia.   We are a research-focus ...

Eddie Nowell - South Atlantic Capital Management Group | Mar 4, 2019
Legal Issues

Why Should I Bother Getting a Patent?

Entrepreneurs are often dissuaded from trying to get a patent on their invention for a number of different reasons. Foremost is the concern that a large company can steal the invention forcing the ...

Russell Nugent - The Humphries Law Firm | Mar 4, 2019
Financial

Incentivizing Your Best Employees to Stay

When thinking about business planning, one aspect you may be tempted to overlook is the contributions of your key employees. Key employees are the lifeblood of well-run businesses, and they play an ...

Dallas Romanowski - Cornerstone Business Advisors | Mar 1, 2019
Education

UNCW’s MSA Program: Not Just for Traditional Students

This Insights blog post was contributed by Dr. Lorraine Lee, CPA, MSA Director and DHG Faculty Fellow for Cameron School of Business.   The UNCW Master of Science in Accountancy (MSA) degree is ...

Robert Burrus - Cameron School of Business - UNC-Wilmington | Mar 1, 2019
Education

Facing Your Fears: Adults Returning to College

Going back to college can be an intimidating decision, especially for an adult learner. The pathway for an adult learner is often filled with fear of the unknown – Will I be able to afford th ...

Dani Somers - North Carolina Wesleyan | Mar 1, 2019
Financial

Review vs. Audit: What’s the Difference?

There are different levels of assurance engagements that CPAs can perform. A review has a lower level of assurance with less testing performed on the financials, while an audit provides a higher level ...

Ryan Skuce - Earney & Company, LLP | Feb 28, 2019
Financial

Manage a Dynasty’s Fortunes Across Generations

In our business, we’re accustomed to suggesting trust solutions for clients with built-in requirements about how assets must be distributed and when, often stating a distribution deadline. &nbs ...

Alyce Phillips - Old North State Trust LLC | Feb 25, 2019
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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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Vice President, Carolinas Division, W.M. Jordan Company
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Interim President, Wilmington Chamber of Commerce
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Owner, Summerfield Custom Wellness
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Owner, KBT Realty
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Owner, Will Brown Insurance Agency LLC
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Chief Executive Officer, Human Capital Solutions, Inc.
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Dean , Cameron School of Business - UNC-Wilmington
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President & CEO, Majestic Kitchen & Bath Creations
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President & Owner, TeamLogic IT of Wilmington & Fayetteville
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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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CEO and Creative Director, Sage Island
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Director, UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
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President, Enrolled Agent, Century Accounting and Tax Services, Inc.
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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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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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Attorney, Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP
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Chris George

Senior Vice President , PNC Bank
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President and CEO , Osprey Global Solutions
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Gary Greene

President, Greene Resources, Inc.
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Facilitator , Academy Leadership
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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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Family Service Manager, Dignity Memorial
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PJ Kelly

Vice President, Logan Homes
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SHRM-SCP, President, Leath HR Group
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Corey Lewis

Founder, Owner and President, Cape Fear Jobs
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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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Elder Law Attorney, CSH Law
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Founder, CloudWyze
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Director of communications, Wells Fargo Championship
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President, Perry’s Emporium
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President, The Wedding Dress Shoppe
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Alyce Phillips

Marketing Director, Old North State Trust LLC
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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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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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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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Dani Somers

Assistant Director of Admissions, North Carolina Wesleyan
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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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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
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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.

Feb 21, 2019

Advice for Long-Term Wealth Management

Market fluctuations, changes to tax laws and political uncertainty can weigh heavily on day-today investment decisions. But considering a certain amount of ambiguity will always be a given, the best approach to wealth management is planning for the long-term – in particular, paying for a child’s college tuition, exiting your business, retiring, ensuring long-term elder care is in place, and leaving assets to your family. We asked four local professionals to share financial plann ...

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 ...