Wood named 2016 Henrico Community Leader of the Year

Seeking to help professionals looking for new jobs or careers and those caught off-guard by unexpected layoffs, Charlie Wood founded a networking and personal and professional development group called Career Prospectors in 2002. The organization hosts free weekly meetings in Henrico County that feature networking opportunities, guest speakers, mock interviews and group discussions, among other components. The group became particularly important after the 2008 recession and it continues today.

For his efforts, Wood has been named the 2016 Henrico Community Leader of the Year by the Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce's Henrico Business Council. He will be honored at a breakfast banquet May 4, from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., at the Westwood Club, 6200 West Club Lane.

The award honors an unsung Henrico County hero who has made a positive difference in the community and who demonstrates unwavering support, dedication and enthusiasm for the betterment and growth of Henrico County. Wood, like past recipients of this award, is the definition of an unsung hero.

Wood has spent more than 30 years in the private sector. He is the owner of Henrico-based Attributes for Success, which provides services to improve performance, productivity and job satisfaction of people as employees, individuals and members of society.

In 2012, Career Prospectors partnered with the Richmond Chapter of the Virginia Tech Alumni Association to host the bi-annual RVA Career Expo. Last year the job fair attracted more than 100 employers and 1,000 candidates. In addition to in-person meetings and events, Career Prospectors actively uses social media to share information and connect people; there are more than 4,000 members of the organization's LinkedIn group and 1,200 followers of the RVA Career Expo Twitter account.

Wood works closely not only with the Richmond Hokies but also other local job training organizations, such as the Job Assistance Ministry of St. Michael Catholic Church in Glen Allen and Needles Eye Ministry. To date, Wood and his team of volunteers have helped more than 1,000 people get new jobs, and thousands more gain connections, skills and confidence, ultimately empowering both employees and businesses. It's not uncommon for candidates who get hired to regularly return to volunteer and give back their time to Career Prospectors.

To register for the breakfast banquet, visit https://grcc.chambermaster.com/eventregistration/register/4969.
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Crime Stoppers’ Crime of the Week: Oct. 16, 2017


This week, Metro Richmond Crime Stoppers is asking for the public to assist the Richmond Police Department in the identification of wayward artists that were using buildings as their canvas.

In the early morning hours of Sept. 14, four people were recorded on security cameras vandalizing multiple properties in the area of the 2500 blocks of West Main Street and Floyd Avenue. The suspects (pictured) were walking north on Robinson Street and spray painting the properties as they meandered along. > Read more.

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Hermitage quarterback Jay Carney escapes defenders during the Panthers' 33-0 win against Godwin Friday night. Hermitage is 8-0 and has won its past four games by a combined score of 172-28. > Read more.

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.

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