Business in brief
Marc Highfill, of EXIT First Realty in Glen Allen, recently was named to EXIT Realty Corp. International’s list of Top 100 real estate professionals for both closed transaction sides and gross closed commissions earned for 2011. The list is compiled from thousands of professionals across North America and represents the “best of the best.”
The Mid-Atlantic Region of the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) recently awarded its Design-Build Merit Award for Transportation to the Richmond Airport Connector Road, a turnkey design-build project. Dewberry, as engineer-of-record, teamed with the contractor, American Infrastructure-VA, Inc., on the design of the roadway leading directly into Richmond International Airport and reducing travel time to the airport by about 10 minutes. Prior to the construction of the connector road, access to the airport from the south was limited to small country and urban roads. This project was designed to improve traffic flow between Virginia State Route 895, known as Pocahontas 895, and the airport. The 1.6-mile four-lane divided toll road, which includes a trumpet-style interchange, provides motorists with direct access to Richmond International Airport from Pocahontas 895.
Charles S. Luck IV, president and chief executive officer of Luck Companies, will be the guest at a C-Suite Conversation March 22 at University of Richmond’s Robins School of Business. C-Suite Conversations are unscripted interviews with business decision makers in central Virginia. The series highlights challenges and opportunities of high-level executives and provides insight about balancing leadership obligations with the needs of stakeholders. Richard Coughlan, Robins School senior associate dean, will interview Luck, who is the third generation family member to lead the 88 year-old privately held and family-owned organization. The hour-long program will be held at Queally Hall, Ukrop Auditorium, at 8 a.m., following a networking breakfast at 7:30 a.m. The event is free and open to the public, but online registration is required at http://robins.richmond.edu/speaker-series/c-suite-conversations.html .
Cushman & Wakefield Thalhimer recently handled the following lease negotiations: Love of Jesus-East, Inc. – renewed its lease of 16,929 square feet in Fairfield Shoppers World at 5176-5206 Nine Mile Rd.; Cuts & Styles Hair Studio, LLC – renewed its lease of 1,250 square feet in Brook Road Retail Shops at 6000 Brook Rd.; Zorba’s Pizza – renewed its lease of 1,125 square feet at 4206 MacArthur Ave.; The Sherwin-Williams Company – renewed its lease of 6,000 square feet at 4918 W. Broad St.; Uptime Solutions PSG – renewed its lease of 5,002 square feet in Gaskins Centre Building 1 at 3801-3827 Gaskins Rd.; Friendly Advanced Software Technology – leased 4,212 square feet in Highwoods VIII at 4470 Cox Rd.; Central Virginia Waste Management Authority – renewed its lease of 3,826 square feet in Interstate Center at 2100 W. Laburnum Ave.; Gurkin Plumbing, Heating and A/C Co. – leased 2,796 square feet in Hermitage Industrial Park at 8447 Glazebrook Dr.; Appendix R Solutions – leased 1,874 square feet in North Park at 4701 Cox Rd.; and Spanish Soul Restaurant LLC – leased 1,575 square feet at 1412 Starling Dr.
WellAWARE Systems, the developer of breakthrough technology that enables proactive and preventive senior care, recently announced a new partnership with premiere technology services provider, Zigmo. Zigmo, headquartered in Glen Allen, will provide installation, on-site support and installation training services for WellAWARE customers across the U.S. WellAWARE’s advanced “smart sensor” solution supports caregivers by providing insightful, actionable data about resident wellness and overall health. By proactively responding to data trends that may indicate emerging health conditions, caregivers can significantly improve health related outcomes. WellAWARE also helps providers drive operational efficiencies by reducing emergency room visits and preventable hospital readmissions, stabilizing occupancy and creating a tangible marketing differentiator.
The Central Virginia chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) hosted its annual Walk Like MADD fundraiser April 12 at Dorey Park in Varina. More than 20 teams of walkers raised money from individual donors by participating in the walk, and in total the event generated more than $26,000 in donations for the organization. > Read more.
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.
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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