Residential Real Estate

Ditch the Jargon: Simple Tips for Effective Management

As we at CAMS know all too well, at times it can seem as if community management professionals are speaking their own language. HOA, POA, CAI, AMS, CMCA… all that acronym-speak can be harder ...

Mike Stonestreet - CAMS (Community Association Management Services) | May 17, 2019
Human Resources

How to Fire Someone Effectively

Let’s face it, when unemployment hovers around 4%, most organizations are hesitant to let any teammate go. However, even when it’s hard to find good help, employees still underperform ...

Lisa Leath - Leath HR Group | May 17, 2019
Education

Welcome Richard J. Walsh

Our region’s industry-university connections just got a boost from an exciting new addition to the leadership team at the UNCW Cameron School of Business.   As you may have heard, af ...

Robert Burrus - Cameron School of Business - UNC-Wilmington | May 16, 2019
Business Growth

Whether You Sell Your Business or Not, the Planning Is the Same

There are many things for you to consider as you think about the future of your business ownership: When is the right time to move on? How much money will I need? How do I even sell this business? The ...

Dallas Romanowski - Cornerstone Business Advisors | May 15, 2019
Economic Development

Thank You, New Hanover County Employees

Recently, we held our fifth-annual “Reach for the Stars” Banquet, where the county recognized 232 people who received a Stellar Award over the past year and honored 14 employees for earnin ...

Chris Coudriet - New Hanover County Government | May 15, 2019
Residential Real Estate

Guidelines for Creating Community-Friendly Association Rules

Let’s face it, we all need rules. Knowing what’s acceptable and – perhaps more importantly, what isn’t – helps set standards and define expectations and consequences. ...

Mike Stonestreet - CAMS (Community Association Management Services) | May 15, 2019
Education

Grab Wilmington’s Best-Kept Talent Secret Before They Head Off to Bigger Dreams

This Insights article was contributed by Reid Wilson, Founder of Language Corpus, Inc. and (formerly) Quintify, Inc. When I was in high school (way back when), I worked at the local Harris Teeter w ...

Diane Durance - UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship | May 15, 2019
Marketing & Sales

What the Heck is Google RankBrain?

Google is easily the most trusted source for online information in the world. We rely on the search engine for just about everything from restaurant recommendations and weather forecasts to song lyric ...

Bill Hunter - Wilmington Design Company | May 15, 2019
Residential Real Estate

Why is Medicaid Paying for Home Repairs?

It’s true! Medicaid will soon be paying for home repairs and other non-clinical services including nutrition counseling, support for victims of domestic violence, and transportation. This is ...

JC Lyle - Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministry | May 15, 2019
Education

Online Degree Programs Increase Accessibility

U.S. News & World Report recently recognized UNCW for excellence at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The university is ranked 8th in the nation on the publication&rs ...

Aswani Volety - UNCW College of Arts and Sciences | May 15, 2019
Legal Issues

Ten Questions with Laurie King, Vice President, Director of Corporate Relations at MCO Transport, Inc.

In honor of Transportation Week, Attorney Deedee Gasch sits down with Laurie King to discuss the trucking industry in Part II of her series for the Greater Wilmington Business Journal.     ...

Deedee Gasch - Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP | May 15, 2019
Financial

Functional Expense

The IRS and the FASB (Financial Accounting Standards Board) require non-profit corporations to present an analysis of their expenses – by function. That is, how is your organization using its re ...

Ryan Skuce - Earney & Company, LLP | May 15, 2019
Education

The Importance of Establishing a Support System for your Educational Journey

With the demands of everyday challenges being stressful, extra help is essential in being successful as an adult learner. Internal support offered through the institution is extremely beneficial, but ...

Dani Somers - North Carolina Wesleyan | May 15, 2019
Residential Real Estate

5 Ways to Ensure Long-Lasting, Quality Window Treatments

At Strickland’s Blinds, Shades & Shutters, we pride ourselves on selling high quality window treatments that will last for decades to come. In fact, some of our clie ...

Fred Kumpel - Strickland's Home | May 15, 2019
Financial

ABLE Act Creates Tax-Sheltered Option to Provide for Disabled Family Member

Financial planning for the families of people with disabilities often involves making special arrangements for the future. One of those options is a special needs trust, which I discussed in an articl ...

Alyce Phillips - Old North State Trust LLC | May 2, 2019
Education

Business Analytics: Adding Value and Insight

Kevin Kelley, Head Coach of the Pulaski Academy (Little Rock, Arkansas) football team has turned conventional thinking in high school football on its head. How? His team never punts on fourth down. Wh ...

Robert Burrus - Cameron School of Business - UNC-Wilmington | May 1, 2019
Legal Issues

Celebrating National Transportation Week

In 1946, then President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed into law the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1956 creating our nation’s system of interstate highways.  In recognition of the men and women wh ...

Deedee Gasch - Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP | May 1, 2019
Education

The 3 C’s in Preparing Financially for College: Connect, Commit, and Communicate

This Insights article was contributed by Leah HIll,  Vice President of the Staff Council at North Carolina Wesleyan College. It’s a new season, and with each season comes preparations. A ...

Dani Somers - North Carolina Wesleyan | May 1, 2019
Commercial Real Estate

6 Ways to Organize Your Commercial Office Space

With rapid growth across the Wilmington area, we’re seeing an uptick in the need for commercial office organization. Whether you’re expanding your law office, opening your medical office, ...

Fred Kumpel - Strickland's Home | May 1, 2019
Business Growth

3 Things That Can Build Future Business Value

Building business value is a core reason you wake up and run your business every day. As your business grows in value, it can position you to find new clients; keep current clients happy; support your ...

Dallas Romanowski - Cornerstone Business Advisors | Apr 30, 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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Becky Brown

Owner, KBT Realty
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Will Brown

Owner, Will Brown Insurance Agency LLC
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Chief Executive Officer, Human Capital Solutions, Inc.
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Robert Burrus

Dean , Cameron School of Business - UNC-Wilmington
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President & CEO, Majestic Kitchen & Bath Creations
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Marty Cayton

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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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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Craig S. Galbraith

Executive Director of the UNCW Research Foundation, UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
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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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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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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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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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Chairman, Cape Fear Economic Development Council (CFEDC)
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Family Service Manager, Dignity Memorial
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Vice President, Logan Homes

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Owner, Strickland's Home
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Owner, Strickland's Home
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SHRM-SCP, President, Leath HR Group
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Founder, Owner and President, Cape Fear Jobs
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Partner, Rountree Losee LLP
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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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President, Wilmington Winlectric
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John Martin

Professional Liability and Medical Malpractice Defense Attorney, CSH Law
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Founder, American Marketeur
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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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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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President, South Atlantic Capital Management Group
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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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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.

May 21, 2019

Business Growth Is it as easy as it sounds?

One of the most difficult, stressful, and yet rewarding experiences in life is starting a business. Keeping it going is tough; one out of three don’t make it through the first two years. Those that survive and thrive at some point will face a new challenge - whether or not to grow. We asked a handful of Wilmington business professionals who’ve either experienced growth or advised clients on the subject for their take on various aspects of this important make-or-break issue. For ...

Apr 5, 2019

Legal Advice to Small Business Owners

For entrepreneurs, legal advice may not seem like a priority… until it becomes a necessity. Below, four local law experts discuss why ongoing counsel can not only protect a budding business but also help it survive and thrive amidst competition and unanticipated hurdles that may arise.    For a full PDF version, click here.    What can a client do to prepare for an initial meeting with an attorney?     JEREMY WILSON: First, think through all t ...

Mar 29, 2019

A Look at the Area's Homebuilding Industry

All in all, 2018 was not the easiest year for homebuilders in the Cape Fear region. Between torrential summer rains, Hurricane Florence in September, ongoing labor shortages, and a sudden spike in interest rates toward the end of the year, keeping up with the steady demand for housing in the area was a challenge. Despite those challenges, Scott Byers, President and CEO of Majestic Kitchens and Bath Creations, believes there is no more exciting industry to be in – and, perhaps, non ...