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Business in brief


Adam Jones, managing partner of the LongHorn Steakhouse in Glen Allen, recently attained Darden Restaurants’ Diamond Club status. Each year, managing partners throughout North America who demonstrate outstanding results by showing strong and inspiring leadership while also achieving top financial performance in the company’s previous fiscal year are recognized. This year, Jones joins a group of 20 managing partners selected from the more than 460 LongHorn Steakhouse restaurants in North America. The Glen Allen LongHorn Steakhouse is located at 11311 West Broad Street.

Business in brief


Henrico resident Angelia Shay, an agent with New York Life’s Richmond General Office, has been named president of Women in Insurance & Financial Services (WIFS). WIFS is the preeminent professional organization for women in the financial services industry. As president, she oversees the mission of this organization of 1,000 members and 24 local chapters. Shay joined New York Life in 1994 and in 2007 was named the Agent of the Year by New York Life’s Richmond General Office – the first woman in the Richmond General Office of New York Life to receive this sales achievement award.

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HCA Virginia will hold a job recruitment open house for Hanover Emergency Center, its newest freestanding emergency center that will open in spring 2014, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Randolph Macon College, Brock Commons, 304 Henry St. A campus of Henrico Doctors’ Hospital, the new facility is looking for ER RNs, medical technologists, medical laboratory technicians, CT technologists with ER radiology experience, ultrasound technologists with general obstetrics and vascular experience and mammographers. Hanover Emergency Center will be located at the intersection of Atlee and Chamberlayne Roads in Mechanicsville. For more information, visit http://www.hcavirginia.com

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Germany-based GRW High Precision Bearings, a producer of precision bearings, recently opened its new office at 530 Eastpark Court in Sandston to serve its East Coast operations and host all engineering services in the United States. The company said it chose the Richmond area for its central location on the East Coast. This new office location will enable the company to support growing client needs for high precision bearings. Alexander Strobl will serve as lead engineering design manager on the US team.

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Kiplinger’s Personal Finance has ranked University of Richmond No. 26 on its 2013–14 list of 100 best value private liberal arts colleges. Kiplinger’s annual lists rank 100 private universities and 100 private liberal arts colleges. Richmond was selected for its academic quality and generous financial aid and scholarship programs. It remains among a small group of colleges and universities offering need-blind admission — it does not consider an applicant’s ability to pay in the admission decision — while also meeting 100 percent of demonstrated financial need for all accepted students.

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The Children’s Museum of Richmond and Commonwealth Parenting announced their merger last month. CMoR changed its mission statement in 2009 to reflect its focus on parent engagement. A partner with CMoR for years, Commonwealth Parenting has been eager to expand its reach. Two members of Commonwealth Parenting's Board of Directors will move to the museum's Board of Trustees. In addition, a task force comprised of Commonwealth Parenting and CMoR volunteers will be formed to advise the merger process during the first year. The Community Foundation provided a $25,000 grant to assist with expenses related to the merger.

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During the month of October, Tuffy and Ms. Tuffy Auto Repair Center, along with over 60 other independent auto repair shops across the U.S., will offer free brakes as part of the “Brakes for Breasts” fundraiser. The brakes come with a lifetime guarantee. The customer pays for labor. Tuffy and Ms. Tuffy will donate a portion of each brake service to the Cleveland Clinic Breast Cancer Vaccine Research Fund. For more information, visit http://www.brakesforbreasts.org

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Free Agents Marketing has expanded its workforce by seven employees, a 15 percent increase in six months. New hires include: Michael Litos, senior strategist, interactive; Jenna Cocchiola, account coordinator, public relations; Cindi Houtz, media director, media; Carol Billingsley, senior account executive, public relations; Greg Mathe, senior account executive, public relations; Donna Wade, media coordinator, media; and Natalie Otsuka, account coordinator. The firm, a full-service marketing and public relations agency, moved its headquarters to Innsbrook in March to a larger office space to accommodate its growth.

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U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges 2014” guide has ranked University of Richmond No. 25 on its list of Best National Liberal Arts Colleges. Richmond tied with The College of the Holy Cross, Oberlin, Scripps and the Air Force Academy. Within the category, the annual guidebook ranks Richmond tied for No. 2 on its list of “Up and Comers” — schools that recently have made the “most promising and innovative changes in the areas of academics, faculty, student life, campus, or facilities.” Also, Richmond is No.14 among “Great Schools at Great Prices” — those offering the best balance of academic quality and need-based financial aid.

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