Business in brief
Henrico Doctors’ Hospital recently named Lisa Licata, Esq. vice president of human resources. Licata will spearhead the initiatives relating to human resources and benefits for Henrico, Parham and Retreat Doctors’ Hospitals. Prior to joining Henrico Doctors’, Licata most recently served as the senior vice president of human resources and corporate secretary for Cadmus Communications Corporation. She has served as attorney at area companies including Troutman Sanders, LLP and Swedish Match North America, Inc.
Wyndham Virginia Crossings Hotel & Conference Center recently announced that General Manager Bob Nelson has been honored by Wyndham Hotels and Resorts® with the hotel chain’s prestigious General Manager of the Year Award. Since joining the hotel in 2010, Nelson, who is responsible for overseeing operations and management of the AAA Four Diamond property, was credited with demonstrating strong leadership and impressive business results in 2011. Under his direction, the hotel also completed a major renovation including all meeting rooms and banquet facilities, The Tavern Grill, pool and terrace area and major additions to its 20 acres of lushly manicured grounds.
Capitol Financial Solutions (CFS) recently welcomed Bart Davey to the firm. Davey has more than 34 years of experience in the financial services industry and is a graduate of Rollins College and St. Christopher’s School. He holds life/health insurance licenses, a long-term care insurance license and the FINRA Series 7, 24, 63 and 65 securities licenses. His office is located in Henrico and he can be reached at 665-1531.
University of Richmond President Edward Ayers will teach a week-long enrichment seminar for teachers, historical society staff and National Park Service interpreters on the history of the American South June 26 to July 3 at the university. Sponsored by The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the seminar will be the fifth Ayers has taught at Richmond. He previously taught and co-led Gilder Lehrman summer seminars for more than 10 years before joining the university. The seminar will cover the central role the South has played in American history. Major themes will include the development of the colonies and the new nation, emergence and spread of slavery, immigration and development of the West, the Civil War, emancipation, the creation of segregation and the civil rights struggle. For more information, visit http://www.gilderlehrman.org/teacherseminars .
Private equity real estate investment and development firms New Boston Fund, Inc. and RER Equities, Inc. have leased 83,414 square feet of Class-A office space to SunTrust Bank, Inc. for its mortgage group at WestMark Two in Glen Allen. The two firms manage WestMark Two in the joint-venture partnership RER/New Boston West Broad Street, LLC. WestMark Two is a five-story, 204,622-square-foot office building situated on a 40-acre business campus. SunTrust will occupy 41 percent of the building. The RER/New Boston joint venture purchased WestMark Two in August 2004.
Citizen Staff Reports 12/03/2013
The region's two premier youth soccer organizations – the Richmond Kickers and Richmond Strikers – have partnered to create Richmond United, a cost-free U.S. Soccer Development Academy program designed to serve the most talented players in the region. The arrangement marks the first time in U.S. Soccer Development Academy history that two member clubs have united their respective Academy programs.
Slated to begin play in the fall of 2014, Richmond United will field U13/14, U15/16 and U17/18 U.S. Soccer Development Academy teams. The teams will train and play home games at two of the top soccer specific complexes in the nation, Ukrop Park and Striker Park. > Read more.
Photo by Roger Walk for the Henrico Citizen 11/24/2013
Henricus Historical Park has a new, messy guest. Eleanor, a rare five-month-old Tamworth pig, was donated this month to the Chesterfield park by the Chesterfield County Farm Bureau as part of an effort to enhance the living history museum's partnership with the Virginia Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom. Eleanor and her livestock pig and goat neighbors at the park will be a special attraction for the schoolchildren and others who visit the Henricus Historical Park. Eventually, she will triple from her current 150-pound weight and grow to about two feet tall. > Read more.
Members of Triangle II, a community service club at Hermitage High School, braved the elements Nov. 16 to serve as a spirit team at the Richmond Marathon, providing half-marathoners with cheers, motivational signs and shouts of encouragement as they ran through Bryan Park. > Read more.
The new AMC television series “TURN” is currently being filmed in and around Richmond, and casting officials are seeking background actors to appear on screen.
“The background actors are profoundly important to the filmmaking process,” said Erica Arvold, casting director. “The show takes place during the Revolutionary War, and background actors contribute to the atmosphere of that era.” > Read more.
American Tap Room’s new Willow Lawn location offers breath-taking atmosphere, but average dishes
On a rare warm night in late November, the newly opened American Tap Room was, to my surprise, bright and packed with guests – many eating outside.
I didn’t have a clue what to expect from this unheard-of restaurant in an unexpected spot – right in the heart of Willow Lawn. I came to learn it’s not unheard of; it’s a restaurant chain out of Northern Virginia.
“It definitely improves the look of Willow Lawn,” said my friend, who ventured to the new spot with me on a Monday night for dinner one week after the restaurant opened. > Read more.
Free Birds offers some giggles, but more eye-rolling
Thanksgiving season is upon us – a time for friends, family, and recklessly indulgent overeating. As we settle into our annual turkey-induced food coma, there’s no better time to take in a festive holiday film. And Free Birds, for better or worse, has the distinguished honor of being one of the only Thanksgiving-themed movies currently on the market.
The film stars Owen Wilson and Woody Harrelson as Reggie and Jake, two turkeys who can’t stand the Thanksgiving tradition of watching their neighbors be plucked and served for dinner. > Read more.
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