Month: August 2017

Much More than Mulch

Liberty Landscape Supply’s Mission to Beautify Bedford Home to the National D-Day Memorial, Avenel Plantation, the Elks National Home and several other historic buildings and landmarks, Bedford is a town with deep roots and rich traditions. Like many historic towns, some buildings of yore have fallen into disuse with the passage of time. Some of them, however, get a second chance to thrive; such is the case with the historic Bedford Coal and Ice building on Grove Street, which is now the home of Liberty Landscape Supply. Liberty Landscape Supply was founded by Bryan Schley and Scott Elliot in...

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Rejuvenate Your Career Confidence

How Non-Invasive Procedures Can Boost Your Self-Esteem without the knife Although a balanced diet and exercise are the main ways to boost your physical appearance, some businessmen and businesswomen are looking to non-invasive procedures as an option to take off a few years. “Unfortunately, as people age, they are perceived as less energetic and less effective,” said Kristen Kuk, physician at Aesthetics by Ridgeview Dermatology. According to a study from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, almost three quarters of women agree that a youthful appearance contributes to getting a job, being promoted, and keeping clients. “I have often...

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In The News August/September 2017

TRANSPORTATION New GLTC Facility Opens Following two years of planning and construction, Greater Lynchburg Transit Company is operating out of a new facility on Bradley Drive. The former building on Kemper Street is estimated to be nearly 100 years old and used to house the Lynchburg trolley cars dating back to the early 1900s. The Bradley Drive building is 50,000 square feet and has eight bus maintenance bays, a wash bay and fully secured parking for the entire fleet. The $23 million project was funded through a combination of state, federal and city funds. Alternative Transportation Grant Will Fund...

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An Honest Real Estate Man

In an industry sometimes known for self-promotion, exaggeration and puffing up, Lowell Milton is disarmingly modest and self-deprecating about what he has accomplished during his 60 years in real estate, but his body of work and those who have worked with him say different. He’s qualified as an expert witness in 46 Circuit Courts in Virginia and spent a good portion of his career sharing his expertise with judges and juries while testifying on the stand for condemnation and other real estate–related cases. In addition, Lowell holds both the SREA and MAI designations from the Appraisal Institute, has provided...

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Among the Generations Embracing the Differences

Organizations continue to experience an increasingly diverse workforce. While surface-level diversity (that which is visible) can and does play a part in the thoughts, the attitudes and resulting behavior of employees, that which stems from a deeper-level of diversity impacts the success of the workplace. One area of deep-level diversity stems from the differences between individuals from various generations, and these intergenerational differences cause some of the most trouble in the workplace today. Most prevalent are those differences between the newer members of the workforce (Generations Y & Z) and the baby boomer and Generation X employees. It is...

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The Benefits of a Local Internship

Through the Eyes of a Financial Services Intern When people hear the words “intern” or “internship,” especially in the context of the financial field, they often envision someone in their late teens or early twenties struggling to deliver a tray of coffee from across town to the office. The general thought people have about internships is that they are meant to serve the needs of the employer without much thought about the intern. Regardless of the characteristics portrayed in movies, internships have many benefits not only for the employer and intern, but also for the local community as a...

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End-of-Life Planning Not just for Seniors

In business, success is not a result of luck; it is the result of careful planning. This is true for all aspects of life—paying for college, buying a home, starting a family. Yet, when it comes to planning for critical medical incidents or the end of life, too many people put off even thinking about the topic. While most people trust their loved ones to make decisions on their behalf, they don’t realize what a burden this might be. Jamee Wetzel, a critical incident stress responder and grief facilitator with a master’s degree in family ministry, states that “Most...

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Editor’s Letter August/September 2017

A glimpse behind-the-scenes: As we worked to create guidelines for our 2017 Millennials on the Move campaign, I sat in front of my computer one day to determine the appropriate age cutoff for this generation (which became the largest generation in the workforce in 2015). It wasn’t a simple Google search. Here are just a few dates I found: Pew Research Center – born after 1980 The Center for Generational Kinetics – born between 1977-1995 Iconoclast (consumer research firm) – born after 1978 Surprised that someone as old as 40 could technically be considered a part of the millennial generation? I was too. That goes against the typical “mental picture” or stereotype of a millennial (an entitled 20-something, standing in line at Starbucks, sending a selfie on Snapchat). Another interesting piece of information that goes against what you may have assumed about millennials is, according to The Center for Generational Kinetics, their biggest strength is passion. Meaning, they don’t want to just clock in and out—they want to make a difference. You’ll find just a hint of that passion starting on page 31 when you read about our 2017 Millennials on the Move. Due to the differing dates you saw above, we decided anyone under 40 could be nominated for this honor. Then, a panel of judges helped choose this year’s exceptional group of 25 young professionals. You won’t...

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PAs and the Changing Landscape of Healthcare

Over the last decade, the number of people who need healthcare and the number of healthcare professionals needed in the industry have dramatically changed. No longer does Marcus Welby come to your door. Our population is aging. Medicine is more complex and its delivery and the professionals who are delivering it have changed. Your doctor’s office used to be on the corner. If it is down the street now, chances are the local hospital has bought it, or you might even receive your healthcare at a hospital clinic. Consistently discussed are the concepts surrounding both access and affordability of...

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LEADER OF THE MONTH: Rex Geveden AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2017

Title: President and Chief Executive Officer of BWX Technologies, Inc. Before we get to your current role at BWXT, tell me about your career path before coming to Lynchburg. I had good long run with NASA, 17 years. At the end, I briefly held the position of Chief Engineer, the agency’s top technical position. Shortly thereafter I was promoted to Associate Administrator, the top non-politically appointed position at NASA. I was overseeing the launch center at Cape Canaveral, the Mission Control Center in Houston and so on. I also oversaw all of the mission areas such as Mars robotics...

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BIKES UNLIMITED

50 years and still pedaling strong Even as it climbs past its 50th anniversary, Bikes Unlimited is not downshifting. The shop is thriving—bucking a stagnant trend nationwide—as it basks in the ever-brightening glow of Lynchburg’s downtown revitalization. “The cycling industry always does pretty well, but it has definitely been flat for a while,” explained John Seinar, owner of Bikes Unlimited. “We have experienced great growth, and the cycling community in Lynchburg is really growing, which is an awesome thing to watch.” It certainly doesn’t hurt to be spinning in the hub of downtown Lynchburg (where the shop moved from...

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MOVERS & SHAKERS AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2017

Phillip Brown—Promoted to Vice President and Collections Manager at Bank of the James. Brown began his career with the bank in 2001. Prior to that, he worked with Central Fidelity Bank for 24 years. Brown received both bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Eastern Theological Seminary Jim Dotter—Named “The Difference Makers” by ENX Magazine. As president of Virginia Business Systems, Dotter has overseen significant growth with the successful acquisition and implementation of five dealerships. Graham Evans—Promoted to Vice President and Portfolio Manager I at Bank of the James. Evans began his BOTJ career in 2012. Since 2015, he has held the title of Assistant Vice President and Portfolio Manager. Evans earned a B.S. in business from Radford University. Kevin M. Gill—Promoted to Senior Vice President and Lynchburg Commercial Team Leader at Bank of the James. Gill is a 28-year commercial banking veteran. He holds an MBA from the College of William and Mary and a B.S. in political science from James Madison University. Rick Lingon—Named “The Difference Makers” by ENX Magazine. As VP of Sales and Marketing of Virginia Business Systems, the magazine credits Lingon with helping grow VBS from a small company to a statewide organization. Erick J. Petersen—New Principal/Co-Founder at Rockit Creative Solutions. Petersen previously worked as the marketing and sales manager at Banker Steel Company where contributed to the growth of that company from eight to nine...

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Fire and Hops Taphouse

What to Expect Elevated pub fare in a bright and airy neighborhood restaurant The Experience Fire and Hops Taphouse opened its doors in April, adding another dining spot to the Wyndhurst community. This area boasts a unique downtown-like vibe; street parking is available within walking distance of the restaurant’s front doors, and you’ll see people strolling by on the spacious sidewalks. Inside, the exposed ductwork and modern furniture and decor choices set a classy, but comfortable, tone for your visit. There are lots of windows letting in natural light, which is refreshing for your lunch hour. “We’re kind of...

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PLUGGED IN AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2017

August 1 Business Express: Marketing 101 White Hart Cafe 1208 Main Street, Lynchburg 11:30 a.m. –1 p.m. Organized by Retail Merchants Association. August 4 A.M. Alliance Networking LRBA Conference Room 2015 Memorial Ave., Lynchburg 7:30 – 9 a.m. Complimentary admission for Alliance members. August 8 Networking Before Nine with Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce Lynchburg Specialty Engraving 3018 Memorial Ave., Lynchburg 8 – 9 a.m. August 9 Business at Breakfast The Summit, Wyndhurst 7:30 – 9 a.m. Cost to attend is $20 for Alliance members; $30 for general admission Summer Membership Open House Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce SML Office 1100 Celebration Ave., Suite 212, Moneta 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. August 10 Lynchburg Area Women in Technology (LAWIT) Luncheon Location: TBD 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Cost to attend is $25 for Alliance members; $35 general admission Summer Membership Open House Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce Forest Office 14805 Forest Rd., Forest 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. August 11 Summer Membership Open House Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce Main Office 305 E Main St., Bedford 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. August 17 Communications Academy Part One– Communicating from the Inside-Out Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance 300 Lucado Pl., Lynchburg 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. Cost: $99 per person for the series August 24 Business After Hours with Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce Century 21 All Service – Bedford 1525...

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Don’t Write Off Research

In 2015, I was kicking off a project with a brand-new client. The first meeting started with a series of questions about one topic—the target customer. As the client described their target customer, something seemed off. They had been running a retail business for over 20 years and emphatically described a male buyer as their core customer. “This is who buys,” he said. “And this is who I want to attract.” Having encountered this situation before, our team knew that conducting research would make any future project, such as a website redesign, more valuable to the client’s business. So,...

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Connecting the Dots

Study Links Transportation, Broadband Access to Economic Development About a year ago, regional stakeholders in the areas of transportation and economic development commissioned a study to look at the role connectivity in transportation and broadband development plays in the regional economy. The study also identified how improving connectivity could positively impact economic development. The Lynchburg Regional Connectivity Study was initiated by Shannon Valentine, Lynchburg-district representative for the Commonwealth Transportation Board. Valentine saw research and forecasting being done on the state level, regarding trends in transportation, demographics, economics, technology and other areas, and she wondered if something similar could be...

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It Ain’t What They Call You, It’s What You Answer To…

Observations on millennial home buyers and sellers W.C. Fields knew what he was talking about, even 100 years ago. You can define a person (or a generation) however you choose. But each individual person accepts or declines that definition by their actions and attitudes. This is not a new truth. It should come as no surprise, then, that many who technically fall into the millennial category do not find the moniker personally applicable. This was true of prior generations—Gen X, Gen Y, Baby Boomers. Even those referred to as “The Greatest Generation” often decline to be labeled as such....

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MADE IN LYNCHBURG AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2017

Highlighting local products and manufacturing throughout the Region 2000 Partnership Meanwhile Back on the Farm Totes & Leather Goods Heather and Bobby Harris launched Meanwhile Back on the Farm in 2016, born of their desire to create handmade products together that represent the wholesome lifestyle of their upbringing. Heather stumbled upon her innate love of the handmade early in her life while sewing duffle bags to sell at the farmer’s market. Bobby grew up spending weekends in his father’s furniture factory, cultivating a deep passion for the process of creating and building. Hand sewn from the finest organic materials—vegetable...

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Lynchburg Business Millennials on the Move 2017

These young professionals represent some of the best and brightest that our region has to offer in young, innovative and creative talent. Their hardworking mentalities and ambitious attitudes are tenaciously taking them to the top of their chosen fields. Months ago during an online nomination period, colleagues and coworkers nominated their peers. Then, a panel of judges made up of local business leaders chose this group of 25, with focus put on identifying individuals who exemplify success in their professions while also working within the community to advance the region as a whole. On Tuesday, August 1, at Southern...

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