Tidbits – February 2023

PBMares, LLP, accounting and consulting firm, has expanded its footprint in North Carolina with the acquisition of the Wilmington, N.C., office of RSM US LLP (RSM). PBMares CPAs and Consultants is headquartered in Newport News, with offices across Virginia, Maryland and North Carolina. The addition continues PBMares’ expansion into North Carolina, which began in 2020 with the acquisition of RSM offices in Morehead City and New Bern. Harvey L. Johnson is partner and CEO of PBMares, LLP. 

Raymond H. Suttle has joined the law firm of Kaufman & Canoles, P.C. in its Newport News office. Previously, Suttle was a partner at Jones, Blechman, Woltz & Kelly. He is well known in the business community and served on many boards, including the Newport News Bar Association, Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, Oyster Point Rotary Club, Newport News Green Foundation, Peninsula Fine Arts Center and as a trustee for Hampton Roads Academy. Suttle received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Virginia and his Juris Doctor degree from the College of William & Mary Law School.

The Boys & Girls Club of the Virginia Peninsula launched technology-filled Innovation Labs at its Greater Hampton Roads Unit in Newport News and its Gloucester club. The labs were made possible by two $20,000 grants from Cox Communications. These labs are the cornerstone of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America Club Tech program, providing students with access to curriculum to advance their computer literacy skills. The Innovation Labs also help bridge the digital divide for children without access to a computer or internet connection at home. Hal Smith is president and CEO of the Boys & Girls Club of the Virginia Peninsula.

Top selling agent of Coldwell Banker Traditions for November was Orrin Banner.

Mwazomela Mbewe has joined Berkshire Hathaway Home-Services office in Newport News.
Born in Zambia, Mbewe attended Mary Baldwin University (formerly Mary Baldwin College) in Staunton, Virginia, at the age of 16, graduating in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science degree
in applied mathematics with a specialization in civil and environmental engineering in 3.5 years. Mbewe specializes in residential sales.

Mariners’ Museum has scheduled its February programs with the disclaimer that events are subject to change. February 2, Evening Lecture (part of Black History Month) featuring Diving with a Purpose: Connecting Ancestral Memory through the History and Archaeology of Slave Shipwrecks with Kamau Sadiki, DWP board member and lead instructor; February 3, Beyond the Frame, a behind-the-scenes look of the Museum’s world-class art collection with Kyra Duffley, digital content specialist; February 10, Civil War Lecture, featuring US Slave Revolts at Sea, with John V. Quarstein, director emeritus of the USS Monitor Center (in-person and livestreamed); February 12, Friendly Hours (in-person program); February 13, Blood Drive, hosted by The Mariners’ Museum and Park in partnership with American Red Cross; and February 24, Hampton Roads History Lecture, featuring Four Freedom Fighters from Southampton County, Virginia, with John V. Quarstein. For times, registration and fees, visit www.MarinersMuseum.org or the live programming webpage.

Dee Karlsson
Lisa Seay

Top December agents for CENTURY 21 Nachman Realty’s Peninsula office were Dee Karlsson, top listing, closing and producing agent and Lisa Seay, top selling agent.