Business in brief
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 Richmond West Breakfast Lions Club (based in western Henrico) recently donated 59 backpacks to the Westover Hills Elementary School on Jahnke Road.
Above, club members display some of the backpacks prior to their distribution. > Read more.
Thanks to a first-place win in The American Protege International Vocal Competition 2014, Glen Allen High School student Matija Tomas will travel to New York City to perform at Carnegie Hall in December.
At the first-place winners recital in Weill Hall, Matija will perform Giacomo Puccini’s opera aria, “Chi il bel sogna di doretta.” She will perform with other vocalists from around the world and have the opportunity to win other awards and scholarships.
Locally, Thomas has performed with Richmond’s renowned Glorious Christmas Nights, Christian Youth Theatre, and WEAG’s Urban Gospel Youth Choir. > Read more.
The John Rolfe YMCA and Gayton Baptist Church have partnered in an effort to bring greater health and wellness opportunities to the community.
Through this partnership, the John Rolfe Y will run Youth Winter Sports programs, including basketball and indoor soccer, in Gayton’s newly renovated $5.5 million outreach center that features a new gymnasium, youth and teen space, social space with café, meeting space and full service commercial kitchen. > Read more.
Urban Tavern’s big, bold themes impress
The Urban Tavern opened in August, replacing the former Shackelford’s space at 10498 Ridgefield Parkway in Short Pump. Because of local and longtime devotion to Shackleford’s, Urban Tavern has some big shoes to fill.
Without any background information, I headed to the restaurant for dinner on a Wednesday night, two months after its opening.
On a perfect fall evening, four out of eight outdoor tables were taken, giving the impression that the restaurant was busier than it was. On the inside, a couple tables were taken, and a few folks were seated at the bar. > Read more.
‘Alexander’ provides uncomplicated family fun
It’s not surprising in the least that Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day doesn’t much resemble the book it’s based upon.
Judith Viorst’s 1972 picture book isn’t exactly overflowing with movie-worthy material. Boy has bad day. Boy is informed that everyone has bad days sometimes. Then, the back cover.
In the film, the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad-ness is blown up to more extreme size. Alexander Cooper (Ed Oxenbould) has a bum day every day, while the rest of his family (Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner, Dylan Minnette, Kerris Dorsey) exist in a constant bubble of perfection and cheery optimism – to the point that the family is so wrapped up in their own success that Alexander’s being ignored.
So on the eve of his 12th birthday, Alexander makes a wish: just once, he’d like his family to see things from his perspective; to experience the crushing disappointment of one of those no good, very bad days. Once he has blown out the candle on his pre-birthday ice cream sundae, his family’s fate is sealed: one full day of crippling disasters for all of them. > Read more.
Tickets for Deep Run High School’s fall musical production – Aida – will go on sale Nov. 3. The Elton John-Tim Rice pop opera, inspired by Verdi’s classic opera, tells the story of enslaved Nubian princess Aida, who falls for captain of the guard Radames, who is betrothed to the Egyptian princess.
Performances will be held Nov. 13-15 at 7 p.m. each day. > Read more.
Performances will be held Nov. 13-15 at 7 p.m. each day. > Read more.
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