Technology

Sound Off: Forever Chemicals, Forever Unethical

Our corporate office in Fayetteville sits about 15 miles from the Dupont and Chemours plant in Cumberland County. For years, we have learned of the increasingly damaging reports of how PFAS chemicals ...

Drew Smith - Copiers Plus | Oct 19, 2020
Other

Beware Of Tech Support Scams

They are back – those criminals posing as tech support calling older Americans to fix bogus computer or devise problems and costing us hundreds or thousands of dollars for unneeded technical sup ...

Suzanne Black - AARP | Oct 19, 2020
Economic Development

Creating An Age Friendly Community

Older adults are living longer, healthier and more productive lives. I’m glad, especially since my 50th birthday is right around the corner. My mom is 70, and she remains active and engaged in h ...

Chris Coudriet - New Hanover County Government | Oct 16, 2020
Residential Real Estate

Short-Term Rentals, Long Term Value

It’s been shown that when times are volatile, and investors feel uneasy about the current and near-term future stability of a market, they flock to safer investments. Gold, silver, cash, and Bit ...

Mike Harrington - Carolina Retreats | Oct 16, 2020
Financial

The Process Of Selling Your Business Has Already Begun

When you started your business, it was probably obvious that you needed a plan. It may be less obvious, though, that when you leave your business, no matter how you do it, you’ll also need a pla ...

Dallas Romanowski - Cornerstone Business Advisors | Oct 15, 2020
Education

UNCW Cameron School Of Business MBA Students Work In The Healthcare Industry Through COVID

Contributed by Lee Iapalucci Web & Social Media Director for Cameron School of Business Graduate Programs With the United States nearing 3.5 million cases of confirmed COVID-19 as of mid-July, ...

Robert Burrus - Cameron School of Business - UNC-Wilmington | Oct 15, 2020
Residential Real Estate

Comprehensive Tenant Screenings: How To Ensure Qualified Tenants Are Renting Your Investment Properties

Finding qualified tenants for your rental properties is one of the best ways you can protect your investment. By weeding out those who are less likely to pay rent on time and care for the property, la ...

Dave Sweyer - Sweyer Property Management | Oct 15, 2020
Residential Real Estate

Liens, Foreclosures, And Payment Plans, Oh My! How Community Associations Can Successfully Manage The Pandemic

Though filing claims of lien against property owners isn't something that associations ever want to have to face, the reality is that it will likely become a common occurrence in the coming months ...

Mike Stonestreet - CAMS (Community Association Management Services) | Oct 15, 2020
Education

In The (New) Beginning…Genesis Block

Our ever-growing community of entrepreneurs and the organizations that support them is richer by one. Only a few months old – and started during the Pandemic – Genesis Block is a welcome a ...

Diane Durance - UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship | Oct 15, 2020
Residential Real Estate

Democracy Is Not A Spectator Sport

At this point in an election cycle, we are all fatigued by the political ads that appear on TV and in our social media feeds. However, we cannot let the angst in our political system dissuade us from ...

Tony Harrington - Cape Fear REALTORS® | Oct 15, 2020
Financial

Five Money Myths To Ignore

When it comes to personal finance, what works for one person doesn’t necessarily work for another. That’s why money misconceptions can be so dangerous. Here are four common money myths you ...

Creighton Hayworth - Ameriprise Financial | Oct 15, 2020
Education

How The Cares Act Can Help You ‘CARE’ For Your Favorite Charitable Causes

While 2020 certainly has been a year that most would simply like to leave behind us, there have been a few silver linings that are worth enjoying before the year closes (and beyond). Cape Fear Literac ...

Michealle Gady - Cape Fear Literacy Council | Oct 14, 2020
Other

Hope Is Not Quarantined

Your local United Way has been here for Cape Fear since 1941. Our organization formed in response to Pearl Harbor, and has continued to fight for a healthy safe and prosperous community for all ever s ...

Tommy Taylor - United Way | Oct 13, 2020
Financial

Wills And Trusts: The Key Differences

Wills and trusts are two options to transfer your assets, but the key difference between these two documents is timing. A will goes into effect only after you die, whereas a trust becomes effective im ...

Daniel Hughes - Live Oak Private Wealth | Oct 12, 2020
Financial

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Update

We have received questions about when people should apply for PPP Forgiveness and whether forgiveness applications are being processed. As with everything in our world, that answer begins with “ ...

Caroline Montgomery - Adam Shay CPA, PLLC | Oct 9, 2020
Financial

Don’t Let Emotional Investing Cloud Your Judgement

It’s important to maintain a level head in times of market turbulence. But that is often easier said than done, especially in the heat of market volatility. Even with the best intentions, invest ...

Creighton Hayworth - Ameriprise Financial | Oct 6, 2020
Technology

How Innovative Technology Can Bring Clarity To Your Workplace

For years, I have looked into the possibility of having LASIK surgery. I have struggled with my eyesight since kindergarten and felt like I never could achieve optimal clarity with my contacts or glas ...

Drew Smith - Copiers Plus | Oct 5, 2020
Other

Loud HVAC Noises Often Point To Hidden Issues

The drone of a continuously operating HVAC system or one that is constantly cycling on and off can be an annoying distraction, especially for those of us who work from home or like to watch TV without ...

Chris Jones - Green Dot Heating & Air | Oct 5, 2020
Other

Loud HVAC Noises Often Point To Hidden Issues

The drone of a continuously operating HVAC system or one that is constantly cycling on and off can be an annoying distraction, especially for those of us who work from home or like to watch TV without ...

Chris Jones - Green Dot Heating & Air | Oct 5, 2020
Other

October Scam Alerts

October is less than one week old and it already been full of surprises. Let’s make sure that being a victim to a fraud or scam is not one of them. This month is Cybercrime Awareness Month and w ...

Suzanne Black - AARP | Oct 5, 2020
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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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Suzanne Black

AARP NC Coastal Associate State Director, AARP
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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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Robin Davis

Director of Operations and Member Experience, Corning Credit Union (CCU)
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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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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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Michealle Gady

Board of Directors Member & Chairwoman, Fund Development Committee, Cape Fear Literacy Council
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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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Catherine Hanley

Vice President & Head of Marketing, Alcami
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Charles Hardy

Founding Dean and Professor, UNCW College of Health and Human Services
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Mike Harrington

CEO & Owner, Carolina Retreats
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Tony Harrington

2020 President, Cape Fear REALTORS®
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Creighton Hayworth

Associate Financial Advisor, Ameriprise Financial
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Ron Hewett

Facilitator , Academy Leadership
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Michael Higgins

Family Service Manager, Dignity Memorial
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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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Daniel Hughes

Senior Fiduciary Advisor and Co-Director of Operations, Live Oak Private Wealth
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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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Frank Jolley

Managing Director and Co-Chief Investment Officer, Live Oak Private Wealth
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Chris Jones

Managing Partner, Green Dot Heating & Air
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Rob Kaiser

Publisher, Greater Wilmington Business Journal
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Family Service Manager, Dignity Memorial
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PJ Kelly

Vice President, Logan Homes

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Owner, Strickland's Home
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Fred Kumpel

Owner, Strickland's Home
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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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Executive Director, Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministry
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Agency Owner, Cavik Insurance
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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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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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Caroline Montgomery

Tax Manager, Partner, Adam Shay CPA, PLLC
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Founder and Chairman, The Forté Institute, LLC
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Jim Morton

President, Cape Fear Community College
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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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Erin Payne

Director of Fund Development , Cape Fear Literacy Council
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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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Alyce Phillips

Marketing Director, Old North State Trust LLC
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W. Grayson Powell

Broker, Managing Partner, Coldwell Banker Commercial SunCoast
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Sherri Pridgen

2019 President, Cape Fear REALTORS®
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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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Drew Smith

Director of Communications, Copiers Plus
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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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Tommy Taylor

CEO, United Way
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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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Richard Walsh

Director, Swain Center for Executive Education & Economic Development
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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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Christy West

Co-Owner, Roof Rescue of Wilmington LLC/Roof Maxx
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Jason Wheeler

CEO, Pathfinder Wealth Consulting
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Lynn Whitesell

Managing Partner, Harris Whitesell 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.

Oct 2, 2020

Business Adaptability During COVID-19

COVID-19 has brought stressors on businesses that were unheard of just a year ago. What should business owners be thinking about strategically at this moment in time? Hank Harris: I think the one thing that all business owners need to consider is how their business will transition to the next leader or generation of leadership. In the big picture, all businesses have only two fates – they are either sold or they are liquidated. An internal transition is just a form of sale. It may b ...

Oct 2, 2020

Design And Build Or Renovate – Which Is Best For My Business?

What should I consider when making the choice to build a new building or renovate an existing commercial space?   The decision to build or renovate can be complicated. When it comes to making real estate decisions, it always boils down to location. That is followed by cost. We do a lot of work with physician groups, dentists, and veterinarians. In the medical field, an existing practice may not want to take the risk of moving to a new location even if their office is outdated. Simila ...

Sep 18, 2020

The Economy, The Pandemic, The Elections...Now What?

How has the economy changed over the last year and how do we proceed with investing?   Our economy and more importantly, the global economy is going through a rapid transformation to a “digital economy”. This is huge and can be equated to moving to the internet or from land phone lines to cell phones. Several economists and portfolio managers believe this transformation is also playing out in the stock markets around the globe and especially here in the USA. We now see two ...