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Michael Dan, president, chairman and CEO of The Brink’s Company, will discuss leadership, decision-making and strategy at 8 a.m. in the second of five C-Suite Conversations at the University of Richmond’s Robins School of Business. The hour-long conversation with Richard Coughlan, senior associate dean of the Robins School, will be held in Ukrop Auditorium of Queally Hall and will be preceded by a networking breakfast at 7:30 a.m. The program and breakfast are free and open to the public, but registration is required. C-Suite Conversations are unscripted interviews with leading decision-makers in central Virginia. The series highlights the challenges and opportunities facing high-level executives. The series will continue in 2012 with Peter Bernard, CEO of Bon Secours Virginia, Charles S. Luck, IV, president and CEO of Luck Stone, and Gail Letts, president and CEO of the Central Virginia region for SunTrust Bank. For details, visit http://robins.richmond.edu/speaker-series/c-suite-conversations.html .
Cushman & Wakefield Thalhimer recently announced the sale of the 3600 Centre, located at 3600 W. Broad St. PMC Realty Group purchased the approximately 250,000 square foot office building from Penn Market Properties, LLC for $4.8 million. The building was originally constructed in 1958 as the corporate headquarters for Seaboard Air Line Railroad but had been operated as a multi-tenant office building for the past several decades. The property will be approximately 20% leased to office tenants by the end of the year. The new owner plans on retaining commercial office and retail tenants on the lower levels of the property while converting the upper six floors to apartments.
Cushman & Wakefield Thalhimer also announced three signed leases in Reynolds Crossing III, a new 63,000 square foot medical office building slated for completion in June 2012. The three-story building will be visible from I-64 and will have an address of 6900 Forest Ave. in Henrico. Reynolds Development is the developer for the project. Bon Secours Virginia Health System, Inc. will occupy 19,042 square feet on the first floor. Virginia Urology will take 21,732 square feet on the second floor and Virginia Physicians, Inc. will relocate their Parham Primary Care group into 14,958 square feet on the third floor.
Southern States Cooperative recently joined with local food banks to promote the first annual Southern States Holiday Food Drive. Through the end of the year, Southern States locations, including the store at 8718 W. Broad St. in Henrico, will serve as collection centers for customers who bring in canned goods and non-perishable items. Southern States will make regular deliveries of the donated items to local food banks. For more information, call 747-9315.
The National Science Foundation recently awarded an instrumentation grant of $646,168 to the University of Richmond to support the work of Craig Kinsley, professor of neuroscience, and his longtime collaborator, Kelly Lambert, professor and chair of psychology at Randolph-Macon College, the co-principal investigator on the grant. Faculty and students at several other institutions also will use the equipment. The grant is designated for research and training of student researchers and will fund a specialized inverted microscope that can perform laser micro-dissection of minute portions of individual neurons and cells, and then manage their transfer to a suite of related instruments to analyze gene expression patterns. The studies will add to the neuroscientists’ existing behavioral and regional analyses of maternal and paternal brains from a wide variety of species, including humans. Kinsley and Lambert are best known for their work on the effects of pregnancy on the maternal mind. Kinsley earned his Ph.D. from the University of Albany, spent four years as a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard Medical School, and has taught at Richmond since 1989.
Quarles Petroleum Incorporated recently purchased the fleet fueling business of Woodfin Heating, Inc., making Quarles the new operator of all U.S. Fleet and Watchcard fueling locations. For now, those locations will continue to operate as a separate system managed by Quarles. However, once the software and hardware of the two companies are fully integrated, this addition will give customers access to the largest unattended commercial fueling network on the East Coast and bring many other advantages to Watchcard, U.S. Fleet and Quarles customers. Quarles’ unattended fueling network has 125 sites throughout Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, West Virginia, North Carolina and Virginia. The transition and integration of the new sites is expected to be completed by early 2012.
Henrico-based Colortree Group, Inc., a manufacturer of full-color direct mail envelopes, and Graphics Innovations, an award-winning specialty printer of direct mail products, recently were acquired in a management buyout. J.E. 'Pat' Patterson, along with Boathouse Capital, are the new owners of Colortree Group, Inc. Dominion Partners negotiated the transaction that closed Sept. 30. Colortree Group’s board of directors includes Chairman Ken Jones, Pat Patterson, Chong Moua and Leonard Boegser.
Virginia Health Information (VHI) recently expanded its Long-Term Care Information to include four new sections on nursing facility quality, staffing, health inspections and fire safety inspections. The report, located at http://www.vhi.org lets ,consumers find and compare Virginia’s nursing facilities and long-term care units of acute care hospitals close to home or across Virginia. Until now, users were only able to search and compare facilities based on information such as location and price. The newly reported information adds value to VHI’s existing “Long-Term Care: A Consumer’s Guide,” which is available online or in a downloadable format. The LTC Guide has the information and tools consumers want when looking for high quality and affordable long-term care.
Agents with Cushman & Wakefield Thalhimer recently handled the following lease negotiations: Carrier Corporation – renewed its lease of 5,076 square feet in Parham Forest, 2800 E. Parham Rd.; and S.O.C.A. Enterprises, Inc. – leased 1,800 square feet in Aragon Air Center II, 5330-A Lewis Rd.
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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