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Zachary Brenner has joined Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer’s Commercial Property Services team as a portfolio manager. Brenner received his bachelor of science degree from Vanderbilt University and is currently pursuing a graduate certificate in Real Estate and Urban Land Development at VCU. He is an active member of Rho Epsilon, the professional real estate fraternity. Prior to joining Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer, Brenner worked in the healthcare industry.
Human resources expert Jan Bazow recently formed the Fortis Group, an organizational development and leadership training firm located in Innsbrook. Bazow has 27 years of corporate organizational development and human resources experience, having held leadership positions at The Medical Society of Virginia, Titan Group, The American Heart Association, Anthem BCBS and A&W Root Beer. In addition, Bazow has worked with numerous individuals and companies on a consulting basis, including The American Heart Association, JS Technologies, Hamilton Beach Brands, Inc. and Virginia Baptist Homes, Inc.
M&T Bank has announced the appointment of five new members to its Directory Advisory Council for Central Virginia. The council meets regularly throughout the year to provide M&T Bank with valuable insight on a wide range of business, client and community issues. The new members are: Toni Ardabell – CEO, Bon Secours Saint Mary’s Hospital; Jon Loftis – President, Industrial TurnAround Corporation (ITAC); Robert “Bud” Ohly, Jr. – President, Eagle Construction of Virginia; Brian Pitney – Attorney and Chair of Business Group, Sands Anderson PC; and Dr. Debbie Sydow – President, Richard Bland College
The Virginia Home for Boys and Girls has named Brent Winn as its senior vice president and chief financial officer. In this role he will be responsible for finance, accounting and human resources functions. Winn was previously the CFO of Marz Industries. He has an MBA from the College of William and Mary, an accounting degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and a BA from the University of Virginia.
Chuy’s (pronounced choo-eez), an iconic Austin-based restaurant, will open a location in West Broad Village this spring. Chuy’s tex-mex menu includes a mix of made-to-order enchiladas, chile rellenos, fajitas and burritos, as well as warm tortillas, creamy jalapeno sauce and margaritas. The 8,000 square foot restaurant is currently under construction and will employ 175 people. Chuy’s will host several events before its opening to welcome Richmonders to the restaurant; for more information, visit http://www.facebook.com/chuysrva .
Agents with Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer recently handled the following lease negotiations: Lumber Liquidators – leased 6,482 square feet at 8818 W. Broad St.; RE/MAX Commonwealth Group – renewed its lease of 3,976 square feet in Westgate II at 200 Westgate Pkwy.; Treasure Chest – leased 3,600 square feet in the Hub Shopping Center at 6913-6945 Lakeside Ave.; and Virginia Oral Health Coalition – leased 1,000 square feet at 4200 Innslake Dr.
The Sandston Rotary Club recently donated $1,000 to the Sandston YMCA for its Bright Beginnings program, which helps provide children in need with school supplies for the new school year. > Read more.
To help celebrate twenty years of service to advocating for abused and neglected children in Henrico County, Henrico Court Appointed Special Advocates, Inc. (CASA) will host an evening with bestselling author K.L. Randis on Tuesday, Aug. 26, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Belmont Recreation Center in Lakeside.
Randis is best known for her bestselling novel, Spilled Milk, which tells her painful – but ultimately triumphant – personal story of abuse and of child abuse prevention. The book is her first novel.
The Ambassador of the Philippines to the United States Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. attended the Ninth Annual Filipino Festival at Our Lady of Lourdes Church earlier this month. Cuisia (pictured above with festival performers) was welcomed by County Manager John Vithoulkas and Brookland District Supervisor Dick Glover (below) at the church, which is located in Lakeside.
While enjoying some of the cultural performances at the festival, the ambassador and his wife had a private lunch with Vithoulkas, Glover, Eldon Burton (an outreach representative from U.S. Senator Mark R. Warner’s Office) and Father James Begley, the pastor of OLL. > Read more.
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Short Pump brewery offers more than just beer
I am still (happily) thinking about my entire experience at Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery last week. Knowing nothing about this new brewery out of Denver, I was leery of brew-pub in the heart of Short Pump Town Center – this is not what I’d usually think of as a perfect fit, and yet, it was.
The restaurant and craft brewery opened in early June and features 10 beers made by female brewmaster Becky Hammond (pictured). This is the restaurant’s second location in Virginia; the first is in Arlington. Behind glass walls, customers watched the beer brewing in massive steel barrels. For our up-and-coming beer region, it makes sense that Short Pump would jump on board.
As I walked up to the back of the mall near the comedy club, I was taken aback by what I saw: at the top of the stairs was an overflowing restaurant with outdoor seating, large umbrellas and dangling outdoor lights. > Read more.
The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen is now registering participants for its fall 2014 schedule of classes.
The center will offer more than 100 classes for children and adults, covering topicssuch as culinary arts, fiber arts, visual and performance arts and more. Instruction is structured to appeal to a wide range of abilities, from beginners to experts of all ages. Class sizes are kept small to ensure maximum benefit for participants with generally no more than 15 students. > Read more.
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