Month: June 2016

In the News June/July 2016

CITY LEADERSHIP Lynchburg City Council Appoints New City Manager For the first time in Lynchburg’s history, a woman will be the city’s top leader. On May 11, city council voted unanimously to appoint current Deputy City Manager Bonnie Svrcek to succeed current City Manager Kimball Payne, who announced his retirement in December. Svrcek’s appointment came after a nationwide search that included over 30 candidates, according to Mayor Mike Gillette. “After several processes to narrow the field, we became absolutely convinced that Bonnie Svrcek was the ideal person to serve as Lynchburg’s City Manager, and we believe she will do...

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Mind the Gap: Dodging the Leadership Crisis?

Modern Leadership Defined When thinking about leadership, thoughts of leading groups of people, organizations and even nations emerge. Strong leadership is associated with success and survival. The media is preoccupied with defining and dissecting leadership in terms of strength, inspirational vision, shaping policy, direction and risk. Western corporations and small businesses consider it to be a forceful yet diplomatic influence exerted by an individual who possesses the power to identify and effect change while ensuring buy-in, collaboration, and unity among those who are more comfortable with the status quo. A truly effective leader is dependable and will consistently apply...

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Leader of the Month: Roger Jones, EdD June/July 2016

Occupation: Dean, School of Education, Leadership Studies, and Counseling at Lynchburg College Hometown: Piedmont, SC What does your day-to-day look like? In my current role as Dean, my day is focused around working with a great group of faculty members who are interested in both their disciplines and our students. Some of the work is managerial—schedules, forms, meetings, paperwork, accreditation issues, state and federal reports, etc. While those are important to the structure of the program, it is important to keep in mind that you manage things so that you can lead. Management is not leadership. So, I like...

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Storing Up Wealth: Self-Storage Packs High Value

Self-storage was long thought to be the ideal interim use for commercial land that was not quite ready for more intensive commercial or retail uses. The thinking was that you could throw up some cheap, metal, self-storage units on a secondary site and make good passive income until the area surrounding it had grown up enough where you could sell the property as a prime commercial site for big dollars. Instead, self-storage has now blossomed into a sought-after asset category in its own right, evidenced by the several publicly traded real estate investment trusts (REITs) that deal exclusively in...

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Leading Lady: Karen S. Simonton June/July 2016

Occupation: Chief Administrative Officer, OrthoVirginia-Lynchburg Hometown: Lynchburg, Va. What does your day-to-day look like? Lots of communications—written (hundreds of emails plus letters, memos, etc.) and a fair number of planned and unplanned meetings both on the phone and in person. Between all that, a reasonable amount of financial analysis and accounting department interaction. No two days are the same, and the plan the night before for the next day is often revised a number of times or completely rewritten as the day moves on. Days can begin as early as 6 a.m. and end as late as 10 p.m....

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Plugged In June/July 2016

June 2-4 LYNCHBURG INNOVATION WEEK PRESENTED BY OFFICE OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT Riverviews Artspace 901 Jefferson St., Lynchburg A three-day series of events featuring a variety of activities to learn, network and celebrate the development in the city. Full schedule at June 7 LUNCH & LEARN: “ESPECIALLY FOR WOMEN: EXAMINE YOUR MESSAGE” PRESENTED BY BEDFORD AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Bedford Welcome Center 816 Burks Hill Road, Bedford 12-1:30 p.m. Bring a bag lunch. $10 for members; $15 general admission. June 8 T4TACTICS, LLC RIBBON CUTTING 147 Mill Ridge Road, Suite 207, Lynchburg 5:30 – 7 p.m. Meet Marko Galbreath and learn about individual and group instruction for firearm safety or active shooter response planning. Call (434) 845-5966 for information. June 14 NETWORKING BEFORE NINE WITH BEDFORD AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Bedford Baptist Church 1516 Oakwood St., Bedford 8-9 a.m. BUSINESS EXPRESS LUNCH & LEARN WORKSHOP WITH LYNCHBURG RETAIL MERCHANTS ASSOCIATION The White Hart 1208 Main St., Lynchburg 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. June 18 LYNCHBURG BATTEAU FESTIVAL ORGANIZED BY LYNCH’S LANDING Percival’s Island 1600 Concord Turnpike, Lynchburg 9-1 p.m. Watch the launch of the replica bateaux as they begin their eight-day journey down the James River. More information at REMEMBERING HISTORY: HUNTER’S RAID JUNE 1864 Peaks of Otter Lodge 85554 Blue Ridge Pkwy, Bedford 10-4 p.m. Admission is free. June 22-25 2016 VIRGINIA HARLEY OWNERS GROUP RALLY Downtown...

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Jimmy’s on the James

June/July 2016 Let’s Do Lunch: Jimmy’s on the James What to Expect: A welcoming bistro atmosphere featuring fresh Southern cuisine What to Try: “Food goes hand in hand with entertainment,” owner Bob Rygielski explains. “But food comes first. I want to see eyebrows go up with someone’s first bite.” And in the interest of full disclosure, that’s exactly what happened when our photographer first bit into the Six-Ten Sirloin Burger, a 100% ground New York Strip burger. His expression said it all. Paired with hand-cut garlic truffle fries and coming in at only $9, this plate is hard to...

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Asset Protection and Pre-Bankruptcy Planning

Prospective bankruptcy clients who I meet with are often surprised at how little asset protection planning may be completed in the days, weeks and months prior to an expected bankruptcy filing. The truth is, successful asset planning should be considered long before a financial crisis develops. Although it is often the last thing on a person’s mind during prosperous financial times, asset planning is much more likely to be effective when considered during those good times than after the creditors are beating down the doors. Bankruptcy Depends on the Good Faith of the Parties A fundamental concept of bankruptcy...

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Help for Caregivers

More than 65 million spouses, partners, family members, friends and neighbors are providing care to others who are ill, disabled or aged across the United States every day. Primarily between the ages of 18 and 49, America’s caregivers are usually juggling full or part-time work and often find themselves sandwiched between the care of an elderly person and children of their own. It’s not a surprise that the majority of caregivers who are employed suffer work-related difficulties and have to rearrange their schedules, cut their hours or take unpaid leaves of absence to meet their caregiving responsibilities. Studies show...

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Land Tech Group

Where others might see only a slab of mud and grass, Wayne Melancon and his team at Land Tech Group see a canvas on which a work of art can be constructed. Like many of its outdoor living area designs, the company was formed by hard work and a dedication to doing things the right way, rather than the easy way. Melancon, Land Tech’s founder and owner, started the business in 1994 with a few other guys. He had gained experience in landscaping and pool construction back in his hometown of Buffalo, New York, and had put those skills...

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Editor’s Letter June/July 2016

2016 marks 10 years since I accepted a job offer in Virginia. A decision that pulled me from my Tar Heel roots. A decision I thought was only one stop along a path that would lead me back to my family in Charlotte, North Carolina. During an early conversation with my new, first boss, he said something that stuck with me. “You’ll either fall in love with this area, or you’ll fall in love. That’s what will keep you here.” Fast forward to now, on this Sunday morning, as I write my first Editor’s Letter for Lynchburg Business; my husband is reading the paper, my stepdaughters are playing in their room and our future family member is wiggling around inside my stomach. I know now he was right… on both fronts. Falling in love happened quickly; when I met “the one,” I just knew. Falling in love with the area happened over time and was a product of my career as a local journalist. The life of a TV news reporter brings you closer to the community than any other job. You get to know the good, the bad and the ugly of the area you are assigned to monitor. In between court cases and layoffs, I was privileged to tell the good stories, stories about selfless individuals in the Lynchburg region and a community with a true heart...

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Hill City Pharmacy

With a focus on customer relationships and quality service, Hill City Pharmacy is open for business as of this March. The new independent pharmacy hopes to provide the Greater Lynchburg area with a local pharmacy that offers low prices and personalized care. Although Hill City Pharmacy is new to the area, the inner-workings of a hometown pharmacy is hardly new to Bryan Moody, president and owner. “I grew up in my dad’s independent pharmacy in Durham [North Carolina],” Moody said. “We’ve been in the pharmacy industry our whole lives.” Common myths—such as national chain stores outnumbering local fronts—are inaccurate....

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Why Do Customers Purchase the Way that They Do?

(Part 1) Intro Note from the Editor: Sure, cost matters. But a consumer’s decision to choose your company’s products or services is based on a slew of other factors, some you might not even have on your radar. In a multiple-part series, Dr. Kendrick Brunson will answer the question: why do customers purchase the way that they do? The answer could help you respond in a way that increases the likelihood of a sale. Understanding the Marketplace In this series, we will analyze individual attributes of consumers, social influences and situational influences at the time of purchase. Each of...

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Movers and Shakers June/July 2016

Sarah M. Bell—New mortgage loan originator at First National Bank. Bell joins the bank’s mortgage team after serving in its retail division for five years. She has completed coursework at Central Virginia Community College and is a graduate of the inaugural class of First National’s Future Bank Leader program. C. Lynette Callands—Promoted to vice president and branch manager of Bank of the James’ Main Street and Church Street locations. Callands joined the bank in 1999 and has climbed the ranks from teller to branch manager. LaDonna S. Davis—Promoted to retail business development officer at First National Bank’s Vista Branch. Davis began her banking career at First National in 2008 as a teller supervisor. She is a graduate of the inaugural class of First National’s Future Bank Leader program. Shelly Engel—Vice president and drone pilot for Central Virginia Aerial Solutions. Engel is a commercially-rated pilot who brings 10 years of aviation experience to the newly-formed drone company. She earned a B.S. in aeronautics and a minor in business from Liberty University. Kevin M. Gill—Promoted to senior vice president and loan administrator at Bank of the James. Gill has over 25 years of commercial banking experience, including 14 with Bank of the James. He holds an MBA from the Graduate School of Business Administration at The College of William and Mary and a B.S. in political science from James Madison University....

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Smart Ways to be Generous

Five tips to help make the most of your giving As a financial planner, it’s common that people come to me for ideas on how to be more effective with their spending, savings and investments. What’s less commonly asked—and is a topic I like to discuss— is how to be more effective with charitable gifts. Giving to our favorite charitable causes and houses of worship is an important aspect of the American family’s finances. Why not, then, try to get the most bang for your buck? Giving to Individuals Each year, you can give $14,000 to other individuals without...

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