Author: LynchburgBusiness

LEADER PROFILE: ANDREW LA GALA, A.A.E. JUL/AUG 2020

Airport Director, Lynchburg Regional Airport Lynchburg Business Editor Shelley Basinger: When did you develop a passion for flying? Andrew La Gala: Aviation is something I have always loved—I have always loved airplanes and being around airports. I earned my student pilot’s license while in high school when I was 17. SB: Did you ever consider being a pilot? AL: I have always been a life planner. When I started out, I knew what I didn’t want to do, and that was to be a professional pilot and be away from home. I have two older children, a 27-year-old son...

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UPFRONT JULY/AUGUST2020

“Now is the best time to be a tourist in your own backyard.” – Lisa Meriwether, Tourism Sales Manager for the City of Lynchburg. From dining to lodging, we are taking a closer look at what it will take to rebuild the local tourism industry starting on page 29. “I always try to lead by example. One of those being, the airport director does push snow. I will have them digging and I have a shovel too.” – Andrew La Gala, Airport Director at Lynchburg Regional Airport. Get to know La Gala in our Leader Profile section on pages 12 and 13. “I appreciate that when I come to work I don’t have to put a fake face on. Everyone is encouraging.” – Kelsey Sowers, employee at The Virginian Hotel who nominated her business for our annual “Best Places to Work” awards. Starting on page 19, see who made the 2020 list and learn what these businesses are doing to empower employees. “So far in my career, I am most proud of a ton of small moments. Those moments range from working with students throughout their high school careers and helping them reach their goals to bumping into students years after working with them and seeing that they are in college and are thriving in life.” – Philmika Reid, Community Connections Coordinator at Central Virginia Community College. Reid is...

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MADE IN CENTRAL VA JULY-AUGUST 2020

1922 Commercial Furniture Co. Quality by Design 1922 Commercial Furniture Co. was created as a sub-group of the Amherst County–based clock manufacturing company, Hermle North America. Since its launch in late 2016, the company has become known for its superior manufacturing quality throughout the hospitality and commercial furnishings industry with significant growth to the factory through the addition of many new employees, upgrades to manufacturing equipment and facilities, and a renewed focus on environmental and social sustainability. Recently, 1922 Commercial received a grant from Virginia Career Works and the Central Virginia Workforce Development Board (CVWDB) to provide additional training...

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Don’t Panic, Pivot!

Three Tips for Branding Yourself During a Crisis So here you are (or… there you were, all depending on when you read this in 2020 and whether the business world has started to return to its “new normal.”) You’re inside your home eating curbside takeout while watching an excessive amount of news and Netflix. Your social distancing skills are leveling up as well as your face wear. You’ve even played around on social media a little bit and found out what “Game of Thrones” personality you are. Yet with all of these adjustments, what about your small business? If...

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A New Normal

William & Mary Professor Discusses the Effects of COVID-19 on the Economy and Consumer Confidence When it comes to the long-term financial effects of COVID-19, economist Peter Atwater believes that confidence will be key. People act how they feel, he says, and even though we may be in a pandemic panic, historic precedents prove it isn’t likely to prevail. Atwater, a professor in the economics department at William & Mary, teaches confidence-driven decision-making and has been providing perspective on financial markets and the economy through his company, Financial Insyghts, for more than a decade. He has offered expert advice...

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