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The board of directors of A Grace Place Adult Care Center has named Karen Webb as the agency’s new chief executive officer. For more than three decades, Webb has served in executive leadership roles for nonprofit organizations at the national, regional, and local level. She served as CEO for Trident Food Service Equipment Corporation for the past nine months. Before that, she served as president and CEO for Make-A-Wish Greater Virginia for 19 years and held leadership positions with the University of Richmond, Traveler’s Aide of Virginia, and the American Red Cross. She succeeds Lynne Seward, who retired last month after 27 years as the agency’s CEO.


The Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants (VSCPA) has hired Jim Berryman as business development associate and named Jennifer Harris as marketing manager. Berryman completed a special membership project with VSCPA in fall 2013. He has 26 years of experience in industrial sales management, including business ownership. Prior to assuming the role of marketing manager, Harris served as the VSCPA’s business development associate. She is now responsible for leading the marketing efforts of more than 200 education and networking events, membership recruitment and renewal, and fundraising for the VSCPA Educational Foundation and VSCPA Political Action Committee (VSCPA PAC).


Agents with Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer recently completed the following lease transactions: Brown & Brown Insurance Agency of Virginia, Inc. – renewed its lease of 5,285 square feet in Windsor Business Park II at 8570 Magellan Pkwy.; and Agents Licensing, LLC – renewed its lease of 3,253 square feet in Commerce Plaza I at 2809 Emerywood Pkwy.


Gary Thomson has been elected chairman of the Virginia Chamber of Commerce by its board of directors. He will chair the over 15,000 member business advocacy organization as an established business leader in Virginia and advocate the Chamber’s Blueprint Virginia business plan to Virginia’s local communities, businesses, statewide elected officials and legislators. Thomson will serve for a term of one year and will promote Blueprint Virginia with Barry DuVal, president and CEO of the Chamber and its board of directors. He is the Virginia regional managing partner at Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP.


The National Association for Female Executives has named Bon Secours Virginia Health System as one of the best not-for-profit organizations in the country for supporting female employees and promoting gender diversity in its leadership positions. This is the tenth time the health system has been named to the annual Top Companies for Executive Women list. Bon Secours has a number of programs to support workforce development and that promotes a healthy work-life balance, including a talent acquisition diversity committee that focuses on ways to create a rich and diverse workforce; a leader pathway program that includes mentoring and one-on-one leadership coaching; flexible work schedules to accommodate professional and personal demands; tuition assistance; and various dependent care options such as on-site child care. Currently, women make up 44 percent of Bon Secours’ executives as well as 73 percent of senior managers. Also, 50 percent of Bon Secours’ board of directors are women.


In an effort to promote early detection of lung cancer, HCA Virginia is offering lower cost screenings for all individuals who may be at higher risk for the disease. In addition, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield is offering the screening to its members who meet the high-risk criteria set out by the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF). The screening process involves low-dose computed tomography scans or CT scans. Patients benefit from a consultation, a low-radiation-dose chest CT scan and follow up appointment with a lung specialist. HCA Virginia’s CT lung screening program is the longest running in Richmond and the state of Virginia. For more information, visit or call (804) HCA-CARE.


AAA Mid-Atlantic has honored Henrico’s Hilton Richmond Hotel/Spa Short Pump and The Westin Richmond with AAA Four Diamond status for 2014. These ratings are the travel authority’s highest designations for hotels and restaurants. Representing the upper echelon of the hospitality industry, AAA/CAA Four and Five Diamond establishments make up just 3.9 percent and 0.3 percent, respectively, of the total 59,000 AAA/CAA Approved and Diamond Rated hotels and restaurants throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.
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Challenger Day will get students with disabilities onto the field

Students from 22 Henrico County elementary schools will take to the baseball field Oct. 18 and learn how to field, hit and run the bases. The students will take part in Challenger Day, an annual event at the Tuckahoe Park Baseball Complex that introduces students with significant disabilities to the fundamentals of baseball. The students will also enjoy games, an art project, roaming mascots and a picnic lunch. > Read more.

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Eisenman & Associates, Inc. employee Tracie Grady recently was named the 2017 Virginia Business Meeting Planner of the Year. Grady was chosen by a committee of industry leaders among 19 nominees. The award is a partnership between Virginia Business magazine and the Virginia Society of Association Executives. Its goal is to recognize the unsung hero of the association, non-profit, and business world, the professional meeting planner. Grady works with clients in a number of areas, including membership management, publication design, membership directories and convention/tradeshow programs. She has worked in the association industry, primarily focused on meeting planning, for more than 20 years. She is a graduate of VCU. Eisenman & Associates, Inc. is an association management and meetings consulting company. > Read more.

Lakewood to break ground on $64M expansion

A senior community in Henrico's Far West End is planning a massive expansion project.

Lakewood, located on Lauderdale Drive, will break ground on the project Oct. 19 during a celebration that also will commemorate the community's 40th anniversary. > Read more.

Henrico to hold Oct. 19 workshop on Route 5 Corridor/Marion Hill Study

The Henrico County Planning Department will hold a workshop Thursday, Oct. 19 for residents and other members of the public to provide additional input for a study of the Route 5 corridor and Marion Hill areas.

The workshop will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at John Rolfe Middle School, 6901 Messer Road. The meeting will include an overview of community input received so far and an explanation of how it is reflected in the study’s draft goals and objectives. > Read more.

Nominations open for REB awards for principals

Nominations are open for the 2017-18 REB Awards for Distinguished Educational Leadership, The Community Foundation’s yearly awards that identify, recognize and support leadership excellence in the Richmond area.

Honorees receive an unrestricted $7,500 cash grant, and $7,500 to be used for school initiatives. Nominees can be principals from public schools in Henrico, Chesterfield and Hanover counties and the city of Richmond who have served in their current positions for at least three years. > Read more.

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Lakeside Avenue’s Fall Vintage Market will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Vendors will offer a variety of vintage and handmade treasures including one-of-a-kind furniture pieces, original art, antiques, clothing, jewelry, home décor, outdoor furnishings and more. For details, find “Lakeside Avenue” on Facebook. Full text

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