Business in brief
Paul Queally, co-president of Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe, will moderate a panel of Wall Street executives at “The Word from Wall Street” Nov. 29 at 6 p.m. at University of Richmond’s Queally Hall, Ukrop Auditorium. Queally received a bachelor of arts degree from Richmond in 1986 and an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School in 1990. He was a general partner at The Sprout Group, Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette’s private equity group prior to joining Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe in 1996. “The Word from Wall Street” is a featured event in the Robins Executive Speaker Series. The program is free and open to the public, but registration is required at http://tinyurl.com/d93jr5p .
nTelos Wireless has activated a new cell site near the intersection of Staples Mill Road and Hilliard Road, which will enhance coverage for areas that include the Dumbarton Business Center, Staples Mill Amtrak Station, Hermitage Court and Eldridge Grove. The new cell site was activated Sept. 26.
Virginia Home for Boys and Girls (VHBG) recently hired Stacey Williams as admissions coordinator and Deborah Cooper as program coordinator/assistant principal. Monica Manns was promoted to vice president of education. VHBG Teaching-Parents Erin Lawrence and Wakeena Corbin received Teaching-Family Association (TFA) Certification. TFA Certification indicates a high level of satisfaction with the quality of the Teaching-Parent’s services from their youth, community stakeholders and administration. Monika Mitchell received her second certification. Wakeena Corbin also has been given the Teaching-Family Distinguished Service Award from the TFA. The annual award honors Teaching-Parents who distinguish themselves by their commitment to helping youth and families reach their greatest potential.
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. has appointed Diane Lewis, a sales associate with its Short Pump office, to serve on the board of directors of EarthCraft Virginia, an organization whose mission is to advance sustainable, affordable, resource and energy efficient construction through education and technical support. She will serve on the board’s education committee.
Dreama Nuttycombe has joined Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. in their Short Pump office. She has been a real estate professional for eight years.
FeedMore’s board of directors has named Douglas “Doug” Pick as chief executive officer effective Nov. 26. Pick succeeds Fay Lohr, who is retiring after serving as president and CEO of FeedMore since 2008 and, prior to that, as president of the Central Virginia Food Bank from 1998 to 2008.
Nancy Bagranoff, dean of University of Richmond’s Robins School of Business, has been named to the American Institute of CPAs board of directors. AICPA is the national professional organization of more than 370,000 CPAs, setting generally accepted professional and technical standards and providing credentialing, technical support and other services to its members. From 2009-10, Bagranoff was president of the American Accounting Association. She holds a doctorate of business administration from George Washington University, a master’s of accounting from Syracuse University and undergraduate degrees from The Ohio State University and Briarcliff College.
Martin's Food Markets and Giant Food Stores recently donated a total of nearly $37,000 to four organizations in Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania that support breast cancer research, education and awareness. Locally, the stores donated $8,250 to VCU's Massey Cancer Center in Richmond. The donations were made in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, celebrated in October. During October, the stores sold pink reusable shopping bags to customers, who purchased 64,000 of them. Martin's and Giant donated a portion of those sales to the four organizations.
Agents with Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer recently handled the following lease negotiations: Southern Wine and Spirits of America, Inc. – leased 11,800 square feet in Windsor Business Park II at 8570 Magellan Pkwy.; Environmental Alliance, Inc. – leased 3,268 square feet in Staples Mill Business Center at 8201-8261 Hermitage Rd.; Insurance Doctor – leased 3,150 square feet at 7111 W. Broad St.; Dominion Sign – renewed its lease of 2,992 square feet in Gaskins Centre at 3801-3827 Gaskins Rd.; School of Rock Short Pump – leased 2,602 square feet in Short Pump Commons at 4300 Pouncey Tract Rd.; Cardinal Camera Video Center, Inc. – leased 2,330 square feet in The Shoppes at Westgate at 11709 W. Broad St.; Dragon’s Den, LLC – leased 1,776 square feet in the IceZone Retail Shops at Downtown Short Pump, 4350 Pouncey Tract Rd.; James Ringer Insurance – leased 1,713 square feet in Westerre Commons Office Condos at 3701-3781 Westerre Pkwy.; OptimumEd – leased 1,517 square feet in Interchange Corporate Center at 3850 Gaskins Rd.; Effex Management Solutions – leased 1,400 square feet in East Towne Plaza at 2925 Williamsburg Rd.; and The Hair Institute – leased 1,215 square feet at 8503 Patterson Ave.
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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