Business in brief
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 Varina Ruritan Club hosted the winners of its 2014 Environmental Essay contest at its monthly meeting March 11 in Varina.
The contest, in its eighth year, was for the first time open to students in grades 3-5 at Varina Elementary School. (It previously was open to Sandston Elementary School students.)
The meeting included the winners, parents of the winners, Varina Elementary principal Mark Tyler and several teachers who were in charge of the contest at the school. > Read more.
For the fifth consecutive year, St. Christopher’s and Benedictine will play a varsity baseball game at Glen Allen's RF&P Park as part of a fundraising effort for the River City Buddy Ball program.
The game will take place Saturday, April 12, at 7 p.m., and the teams hope to raise $3,000 through donations, raffles and other efforts. Admission to the game is free, but fans who attend are asked to donate funds for the Glen Allen Youth Athletic Association's Buddy Ball program, which enables disabled children and teens to play baseball. > Read more.
The Henrico Division of Recreation and Parks will dedicate the Highland Springs Little League Majors Field in memory and honor of Rev. Robert “Bob” L. Spears, Jr., on April 12 with a ceremony at the field at 8 a.m.
Spears served the league as a coach and volunteer for 30 years and was praised as a pioneer for equality. His “Finish strong” motto embodied ethical perseverance on the field and in life. > Read more.
Do the Bunny Hop over to Meadow Farm on Saturday for an introduction to all the farm animals there! An introduction to “Global Sounds” – featuring Japanese, Indonesian, West African, Indian, and Brazilian music and dance performances – can be found at the University of Richmond. The University of Richmond will also host the annual Spider spring game, as well as the inaugural Spiders Easter Egg Hunt. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.
‘Muppets Most Wanted’ worthy of its franchise
Do Muppets sleep? It’s hard to say.
They don’t really eat (or breathe, as far as anyone can tell). And only occasionally do they have visible, functioning legs.
As far as anyone knows, sleeping might be off the table. And that makes it very hard to accuse the Muppets of sleepwalking through their latest feature, Muppets Most Wanted – even if that’s exactly what’s going on.
Jim Henson’s beloved creations were back in a big way after 2011’s The Muppets, with fame and fortune and even an Oscar, a first for the group (“Rainbow Connection” was nominated, yet somehow failed to collect at the ’79 ceremony). > Read more.
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