Legal Issues

Got Flood Insurance? Get That Proof of Loss Form in Quickly!

Southeastern North Carolina recently suffered extensive flood damage from Hurricane Florence. If you have flood insurance, great! But don’t lose it! It’s easy to happen if you don&rsq ...

Geoffrey Losee - Rountree Losee LLP | Sep 21, 2018
Commercial Real Estate

The Key to Project Success

When it comes to business, communication is the lifeline for smooth operation and efficiency. Like many other industries, the construction industry hinges on how well you communicate and coordinate ...

Rob Beale - W.M. Jordan Company | Sep 7, 2018
Education

'I Hate...'

As the new school year begins for us at SOLA, there is one question we always like to ask our team of teachers: “What’s the one thing we wish to teach our children this year?”  ...

Steve Adams - School of Learning Arts | Sep 7, 2018
Education

Are You Blockchain Bound?

This Insights article was contributed by Dr. Brian R. Kinard, Professor of Marketing, Cameron School of Business Blockchain – the distributed cryptographic ledger technology that has given ri ...

Robert Burrus - Cameron School of Business - UNC-Wilmington | Sep 4, 2018
Financial

Beneficiary Designations: Are You Up to Date?

One of the easiest mistakes to make in estate planning, and one that can have the most serious negative consequences, is to get your beneficiary designations wrong.   You can have the most care ...

Susan Willett - Old North State Trust, LLC | Sep 4, 2018
Health Care

What’s the Real Cost of Healthcare? Many Providers Don’t Know

I recently read an article in The Wall Street Journal titled, “What Does Knee Surgery Cost? Few Know, and That’s a Problem.” The article focused its attention on a Gundersen Healt ...

Jeff James - Wilmington Health | Sep 4, 2018
Economic Development

The Toughest Job There Is

Throughout my career it has been my job and purpose to help businesses find quality talent and help job seekers find the job of their dreams.   It has been a challenging and rewarding career th ...

Corey Lewis - Cape Fear Jobs | Sep 4, 2018
Residential Real Estate

Building Insights: Craig Stevens

Each month, Majestic Kitchen & Bath Creations will feature a profile on an area leader in the residential building industry. This article highlights Craig Stevens, Owner and President of Stevens F ...

Scott Byers - Majestic Kitchen & Bath Creations | Sep 4, 2018
Financial

Getting the Results You Want

As you consider your business exit, you may find that approaching it alone is prohibitively challenging. You may also find that some of the advisors with whom you’ve worked don’t have all ...

Dallas Romanowski - Cornerstone Business Advisors | Aug 31, 2018
Marketing & Sales

User-Centered Design Playbook: A Case Study

Signal, my digital agency, has had the opportunity to work with some of the world’s largest brands, as well as many businesses based right here in Wilmington.   No matter how large or sma ...

Jim Ellis - Signal | Aug 31, 2018
Marketing & Sales

Our Common-Sense Approach to Web Design

Over the years, we’ve had the pleasure of building hundreds of websites that blend art and technology, giving us the opportunity to refine and simplify our web design process.   Since we ...

Bill Hunter - Wilmington Design Company | Aug 31, 2018
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
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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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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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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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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.

Sep 7, 2018

The Benefits and Challenges of Tech-Powered Business

Technology continues to have a major impact on nearly every part of our daily lives and our interactions with others, including how we do business. Tech-savvy business leaders have adapted the way they present products and services and embraced trends that increase productivity and streamline operations. We asked four such leaders to discuss the role technology plays in their organization. How does technology continue to impact your business and/or industry? DREW SMITH: Over the past few ye ...

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 ...