Tidbits – September 2018

David Seeley, CPA, tax director with Beth Moore & Associates, CPAs, has been elected treasurer of the Rotary Club of Newport News and the Rotary Club of Newport News Foundation.

Stephen Abbitt has been named executive vice president of the Abbitt Group. Abbitt will serve under president, Charles Wornom, managing day-to-day operations and strategic initiatives. Abbitt will continue serving the community through his involvement in the Abbitt Family Foundation. The Abbitt Group is the parent company of the Abbitt Realty and Abbitt Management divisions. Abbitt is an independent, family-owned real estate firm specializing in residential home sales; property development; and the management of single-family, multifamily, residential associations and commercial properties.

Leonard C. Heath Jr.

Leonard C. Heath, Jr,, partner with Heath, Overbey, Verser & Old, PLC, has been sworn in as president of the Virginia State Bar for a one-year term, which began in June. Heath is the first lawyer from the Virginia Peninsula to hold the office in more than 50 years. Formed in 1938 as an arm of the Virginia Supreme Court, the Virginia State Bar regulates and licenses more than 50,000 attorneys statewide. In his law practice, Heath works with state and federal courts, specializing in civil litigation that includes personal injury cases, business disputes, real estate litigation and wills and trusts.

Robyn K. Robertson has joined Virginia Peninsula Foodbank as its chief development officer. Robertson was formerly chief strategist for Strategy Partners, Inc., a social marketing firm. Her experience in public relations, marketing, business development and strategic planning resulted in collaboration with high profile nonprofits, corporations and foundations, garnering awards for her initiatives.

Three Boys & Girls Clubs Youth from the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Virginia Peninsula each received a $2,500 college scholarship from the Dale Lucado Scholarship Committee. To honor Lucado, a member of the Boys Club who had a passion for sports, scholarships were presented to the following deserving Boys & Girls Club students who display the attributes Lucado shared with others of courage to overcome obstacles and a love for life: Jakala B., Marshall Courts Club; Travonna R., Crossroads Village Club; and Karagan W., Gloucester Club. Pictured, left to right, are Angel Nelson, COO; Gail Phelps, committee member; Travonna, scholarship recipient; Karagan, scholarship recipient; Jakala, scholarship recipient; and Hal Smith, president and CEO.

Harvey Lindsay Commercial Real Estate’s Town Center One Building at City Center at Oyster Point has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR® certification for superior energy performance. This is the second year that Town Center One has earned the ENERGY STAR, reflecting a legacy of continued energy savings. Pam Daley, property management vice president with Harvey Lindsay Commercial Real Estate and facilities manager at City Center at Oyster Point, credits this success to the City Center ownership group, Pointe Hope, LLC, its energy partners, Colonial Webb-Comfort System USA and its on-site property management team.

Criner Remodeling was feature on the cover of July’s Qualified Remodeling’s Customer Satisfaction Report. The report in this national professional journal profiles 35 award-winning remodelers who understand the importance of delivering exceptional customer service, earning exemplary customer satisfaction scores. With an all-time GuildQuality recommendation rate of 97.39 percent, Criner Remodeling shared its best practices and expressed how it uses client feedback to grow its business and excel at service quality. Robert Criner, GMR, CAPS is president of the company.

September events scheduled by the Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce include Coffee Connection, September 12 and Business Connection After Hours, September 27. To register, go to www.virginiapeninsulachamber.com/events/details/2018-coffee-connection-the-mariners-museum-and-park-091218-8139.

Corey Keeling has joined CENTURY 21 Nachman Realty and its team of real estate agents. Keeling graduated from Christopher Newport University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology. Keeling will specialize in the sale and purchase of residential single family houses, townhouses and condos.

Carla Stokes
Dee Karlsson
Donna Bösze
Jody Snider

Top July agents for CENTURY 21 Nachman Realty’s Peninsula Office were Carla Stokes, top listing agent; Dee Karlsson, top selling agent and top closing agent; Donna Bösze, top producing agent; and Jody Snider, top referring agent.

United Way of the Virginia Peninsula’s CEO breakfast in July initiated its 2019 campaign and recognized corporate companies who have supported its work within the community. More than 70 Peninsula agency and corporate CEOs reflected on United Way accomplishments in the community and plans for the upcoming campaign. The breakfast was hosted by Teresa L. Edwards, corporate vice president for Sentara Healthcare and United Way’s 2019 campaign cabinet chair. Shown here are (left to right) Jennifer Boykin, executive vice president and president, Huntington Ingalls Industries and Newport News Shipbuilding and 2019 campaign cabinet chair-elect; Edwards and Steven S. Kast, president and CEO, United Way of the Virginia Peninsula.

Cristiano Fanelli
Cristiano Fanelli
Mitchell Kerver
Richard Trotta

Four fellowships have been awarded by the Electron-Ion Collider Center at the Department of Energy’s Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (EIC Center at Jefferson Lab) to 2018 postdoctoral research fellows and graduate student fellows who will be pursuing research related to a proposed electron-ion collider over the next year. The postdoctoral research fellow recipients are Cristiano Fanelli, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who will explore the use of machine learning in designing particle detectors for the EIC, and Timothy Hobbs, Southern Methodist University, who will work on the framework for fast evaluation of the impact of proposed measurements at the EIC. The graduate student fellows are Mitchell Kerver, Old Dominion University, who will explore what information an EIC can provide on the three-dimensional structure of deuterons (the nuclei of heavy hydrogen atoms that are comprised of one proton and one neutron), and Richard Trotta, Catholic University of America, who will study how an EIC can help scientists better understand the structures of subatomic particles called pions and kaons. Fellows will spend at least half of their time during the fellowship duration at Jefferson Lab. Funding for the fellowship program was provided by the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Ferguson Enterprises is partnering with Peninsula Council For Workforce Development and its Workforce Development Board and local training providers to develop a shorter-term credential program for the plumbing industry. A pilot nine-week (72-hour) training class offers possible employment after the third week if the student continues in the training program, OSHA-10 Certificate, and NCCER CORE Curriculum Certification. The model being launched for the pilot will be taught at New Horizons Regional Education Center in Hampton. Training fees are covered for this pilot program and interested candidates should call 757-766-1101 for information.

SOLitude Lake Management appeared on the television show World’s Greatest!… in July. The 30-minute series highlights noteworthy companies, products, places and people. SOLitude’s exponential growth, premium service offerings, commitment to the environment, coupled with a dedicated focus on internal culture and charitable efforts, helped solidify the company’s selection as the best in the freshwater management industry. The filming took place at SOLitude’s Virginia Beach office and nearby managed properties. Kevin Tucker is CEO of SOLitude Lake Management.

Samuel J. Lunsford, CPA with Malvin, Riggins & Company, P.C., has been promoted to tax and accounting manager of the firm. He will support the firm’s partners, staff and clients in tax matters and work with a select group of other managers on the administration side of the practice, primarily getting the internal training program up and running.

The Warwick at City Center Club and the Virginia Peninsula Club Rotary Clubs have received a $10,000 district grant in partnership with Smart Beginnings to focus on improving pre-schools on the Virginia Peninsula. Receiving the grant are (left to right) Ned Spencer, Virginia Peninsula Rotary Club; Priscilla Bele, Warwick at City Center Rotary Club; John Murray, Warwick at City Center Club; Karanita Fuller, Virginia Peninsula Club; Julie Duregger, Smart Beginnings; Davetta Rinehart, Warwick at City Center president; and Susan Zachensky-Walthall, Rotary District 7800 district governor.

Sharon Martin, (left) club programs chair of the Warwick at City Center Club, received the 2017-2018 Rotarian of the Year award from John Padgett, past district governor, and Jennifer Daknis, past club president. Martin is vice president and private banker with Old Point National Bank.

Priscilla Bele, president-elect and Davetta Rinehart, club president of the Warwick at City Center Rotary Club, received certificates as Rotary International Foundation Benefactors by Carol Chamberlain, foundation chair. Benefactors commit to donate at least $1,000 to the Foundation’s Permanent Fund through their wills and estates. Pictured are (left to right) Bele, Rinehart and Chamberlain.

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