Tidbits – November 2021

November events scheduled by the Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce include November 9, 2021 Military Recognition Breakfast; November 10, Coffee Connection at Virginia Peninsula Foodbank; November 18: 2021 Peninsula Executive Leadership Forum featuring Mike Vest, chairman and co-founder of Lionsbridge Football Club; and November 18, Pink Bag Lunch featuring Dr. Kathyleen G. Wyatt, Ed.D., MPA, Leading Organizational Change Consulting. For registration and additional information, go to http://www.virginiapeninsulachamber.com/events/calendar.

Patrick Watson, DMD, has joined his father’s dental practice of Benjamin T. Watson DDS, PLC. Patrick did his undergraduate work at University of Virginia. He received a Master’s degree in biomedical science from Midwestern University in Arizona and his dental DMD degree from Midwestern University School of Dental Medicine in Downers Grove Illinois. He will be practicing general dentistry.

Old Point National Bank has been recognized by Virginia Media’s Inside Business as one of its 2021 Top Workplaces in Hampton Roads. This is the eighth year that Old Point has received this recognition. Old Point was one of only eight midsize companies and 34 overall companies recognized in the area. The list was determined through the evaluation of a questionnaire and a survey of employees. Robert Shuford, Jr. is Old Point’s chairman, president and CEO.

Chaz Fiscella
Lisa Seay

Top September agents for CENTURY 21 Nachman Realty’s Peninsula office were Chaz Fiscella, top listing and producing agent and Lisa Seay, top selling and closing agent.

The Bernardine Franciscan Sisters Foundation board of directors gathered in September to celebrate Che Henderson’s, Elizabeth Wash’s and Linda Curtis’ nine years of service as foundation directors. Each contributed time, creative spirit and unique talents in leading the foundation in accomplishing its mission through the financial support of nonprofits providing healthcare, educational and human services to meet the needs of the Virginia Peninsula. Shown here (from left to right) are Sheriff Gabe Morgan, foundation chair; Sister David Ann Niski, foundation executive director; Wash; and Henderson.

Elizabeth Schley
David Burley

The Bernardine Franciscan Sisters Foundation welcomed Elizabeth Schley and David Burley to its board of directors. Schley teaches full-day English in a “newcomers” classroom where she teaches to first through third graders from all over the world. Burley is a corporate and estate planning attorney who has served on various committee of the Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce. He participates in Meals-on-Wheels.

Sandra Hood
Orrin Banner
Aaron Randolph

Top August agents for Coldwell Banker Tradition’s Peninsula office were Sandra Hood, top listing agent, and Orrin Banner, top sales agent. Aaron Randolph has joined the firm as a Realtor®. Originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan, Randolph has been a residential realtor for six years.

VersAbility Resources was awarded the Military Sealift Command Administrative and Human Resources Support Services Contract in May. This contract marks VersAbility’s 19th government contract and its 5th nationwide contract. VersAbility Resources is a leader in federal contracting for people with disabilities. It holds the contract for loading food on ships for the U.S. Navy at seven locations around the globe. VersAbility employees also provide around the clock global call center support for the U.S. Air Force; manufacture eyeglasses for the Department of Defense; provide food and custodial services for our nation’s military; and much more. The Military Sealift Command (MSC) contract is a new line of business that will provide an additional 65 to 70 jobs for people with disabilities and veterans. Jobs include administrative roles, medical records clerks, medical records technicians, supply clerks and personnel assistants. Kasia Grzelkowski is VersAbility’s president and CEO.

Brown Edwards has been included among the 310 Virginia companies ranked on Inc. Magazine’s 5000 list of the nation’s fastest-growing privately held companies. This is a first for the accounting firm in its 55-year history. Inc. Magazine has been producing a list every year since 1982 and, in 2007, expanded the Inc. 500 to the Inc. 5000. The list recognizes the fast-growing privately held businesses in the United States and ranks companies by their overall revenue growth over a three-year period. Hugh Barlow is the firm’s partner in the Oyster Point offices.

For the past decade the Warwick at City Center Rotary Club has supported local schools in the 757 by combining resources to fill more than 100 bags with school supplies, to include hand sanitizer this year. The supplies are given to an elementary school to provide supplies so that no child goes without essential items for learning. Embracing one of Rotary’s mottos “Service Above Self,” Baljit Gill coordinates this effort and club members bring the supplies and assemble the bags. The club provided these bags this year to Horace H. Epps Elementary School in Newport News in addition to extra supplies left over for teachers to use throughout the year. Shown above left are club members assembling the kits. Above right, Baljit Gill (left) and Jim Probsdorfer (right) collect kits for distribution.

Tiffany Boyle, Newport News commissioner of revenue and graduate of Virginia Wesleyan University (VWU), was among 2021 Alumni Awards recipients during the Founders Day celebration. Others pictured (from left) are Scott D. Miller, VWU president; William Shelhorse ’70 (Distinguished Alumnus Award); Vanessa Thaxton-Ward ’83, Ph.D. (Service Award); Boyle ’14 (Graduate of the Last Decade Award); and John Malbon, VWU board chair.

Mariners’ Museum has scheduled the following November programs with the disclaimer that events are subject
to change: November 1, Maritime Mondays (virtual); November 5, Beyond the Frame with Kyra Duffley, Mariners’ Museum digital content assistant; November 5, Civil War Lecture, (virtual) with John Quarstein discussing Admiral Louis M. Goldsborough; November 8, Maritime Mondays (virtual); November 12, Hampton Roads History Lecture, featuring History of Newport News’ Victory Arch; November 14, Friendly Hours; November 15, Maritime Mondays (virtual); November 19, Civil War Lecture, (virtual) with John Quarstein discussing Naval Intelligence in Hampton Roads: 1861–1862; November 22, Maritime Mondays (virtual); and November 29, Maritime Mondays
(virtual). For times, registration and fees, visit www.MarinersMuseum.org or the Live Programming webpage.


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