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Tourism Leading the Way at industry trade shows Board and hospitality across the US and around stakeholders from local the world. At hotels, restau“Lynchburg first in rants, attracthe recent 2011 Tourism Virginia to launch tions and more. he Lynchburg Outlook Berry's presena travel applicaRegional Luncheon, tation comtion for mobile Convention and ‘discover pared phones.” Visitors Bureau Lynchburg’ Lynchburg’s - Jack Berry, CEO (‘discoverLynchburg’) was lauded as tourism proRichmond Metropolitian markets Lynchburg as a a leader gram to some CVB destination for leisure trav- among of the largest, el, group tours, meetings tourism programs across most successful CVB’s in and conventions and sport- the State, as well as the Virginia. “When looking at ing events. nation. Jack Berry, CEO of return on tourism dollars ‘DiscoverLynchburg’ man- the Richmond and visitor expenditures… ages both national and Metropolitan CVB spoke to Williamsburg has 16,000 international programthe crowd of over 100, rooms while Lynchburg ming efforts which include including City barely has 2,000, if you marketing in printed publi- Councilmen, Lynchburg divide the return per cations, online advertising, Chamber Board members, room, Lynchburg is right television promotions, and the Lynchburg Tourism on their heels; you are doing extremely well”. Berry also looked at what percent of the CVB's budget is being spent on advertising; “The Lynchburg CVB is doing what Richmond or no other program in Virginia is doing…Lynchburg is spending one half of their budget on marketing. Lynchburg has TV commercials in target markets like Washington DC; Richmond can’t do that with our staff and budget”. Guest speaker Jack Berry with Beckie Nix and Denise Jackson see Tourism page 5 of 'discoverLynchburg'.

Lynchburg's Tourism Program Lauded as Leader in the State


Published for The Lynchburg Regional Chamber of Commerce by

Annual Meeting Features “Protecting Free Enterprise”

American Free Enterprise A project of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce


he Chamber's Annual Meeting held March 9 featured US William Walton Chamber board member Bill Walton who delivered an insightful message on “Free Enterprise in America: The Way Forward.” Walton, owner of Rappahannock Ventures, LLC, serves on the US Chamber Board and the American Enterprise Institute. In his passionate message, Walton stressed the importance of protecting the free enterprise system in our nation stating “we’ve seen a full frontal assault on this system, and with it many of the political freedoms we’ve come to take for granted in America.” Regulatory restraint and reform, expansion of American trade, rebuilding the nation’s economic foundation, and reducing runaway spending, deficits, and debt were several of the actions Walton recommended for getting the U.S. economy back on a high growth trajectory. And that the only way for this to happen is to have business leaders and the private sector get involved. Also featured were the Chamber’s top accomplishments of 2010 which included:  Continued marketing support for Amtrak’s Lynchburg to Boston passenger rail service resulting in shattering ridership and revenue projections.  Spearheaded major regional campaign to maintain Delta Airlines service at Lynchburg Regional Airport.  Gathered support from several local governments and business associations for a resolution to the US29 Charlottesville bypass issue.  Broadened campaign for passenger rail service to see Annual Meeting page 7

What’s Inside? 2011 Board of Directors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Legislative Briefs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Tourism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Connection Trade Show . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 Leadership Lynchburg . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9

Ribbon Cuttings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 Members News . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 New Members . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 Women of Worth Lucheon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 Small Business Awards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15

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ENTERPRISE TODAY Chamber Staff To contact Chamber staff dial (434) 845-5968 plus listed extension

Kenneth Garren Lynchburg College Cheryl Giggetts AECOM, CTA Practice

Rex Hammond, CCE, IOM, MBA President and CEO . . . . . . . . . . .18

Aubrey “Todd” H. Hall III First National Bank

Christine Kennedy, IOM, CPC Executive Vice President . . . . . .12

Rick Huff Huff, Stuart & Carlton

Laverne Brown, Dir. Communications . . . . . . . . .14

Larry Jackson Appalachian Power

Ann Knight, Office Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .0

Samuel Johnson Cherry, Bekaert & Holland, L.L.P., C.P.A.s & Consultants

Kaye Lewis, Dir. Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 Mike Lewis, Dir. of Sales . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 Denise Rowland, Dir. Finance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 Edie Swann Advocacy Project Mgr.. . . . . . . . . ..15 Tourism & Sports Development Beckie Nix, Dir. Tourism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19

Thomas Johnson James River Furnishings Ronald G. Kidd, Jr. Southern Air, Inc. Darlene Mack Successful Innovations, Inc. Pat McNamara MaxPlayFit, LLC Lewis H. Mundin IV Bankers Insurance, LLC

Courtney Hunter, Group Sales Manager . . . . . . . . .31

Greg Nichols, Banker Steel Company, L.L.C.

Denise Jackson, Sales Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13

Sharon Oglesby Oglesby Management Group, Inc.

Vivian Layne, Tourism Media Specialist . . . . . .17

L. Kimball Payne III City of Lynchburg

Alison Chadbourne, Visitor Center Mgr. . .(434) 847-1811 Travel Counselors Glenda Blanks . . . . . . .Jodie Gwinn Janet Cofer . . . .Sue Downs-Loyd Jessical Loyd . . . . . . .Bob Irslinger Eugene Wennemann

Patrick Proffitt Hurt & Proffitt, Inc. Reggie Pugh AREVA NP Inc. James R. Richards, Petty Livingston Dawson & Richards


Tracy E. Sendrick The Babcock & Wilcox Company

Tulane Patterson, Chairman Generation Solutions

Randy Smith WSET, Inc.

John Keith, Past Chairman J. Crew Tom Hickey, Treasurer American National Bank & Trust Co. Rex Hammond, CCE, Secretary Lynchburg Regional Chamber

Board of Directors Bill Bryant Counts Realty & Auction

Michael Syrek SunTrust Bank William H. Varner CENTRA William M. Walker John Stewart Walker, Inc.

News Articles/Information Members can submit news items. Articles must be 125 words or fewer in PC format. Include contact and phone number. Articles may be edited or omitted based on space availability. Email articles by June 2 to

Kenneth Burger The Summit Garth Calhoun Bank of the James David Capps Sr. Merrill Lynch

Advertising Information

Steven Cronemeyer Verizon

Kevin Foster Advertising Consultant The News and Advance Office: (434) 385-5468

Christian H. DePaul Ameriprise Financial Linda Edwards Interiors by Decorating Den

Enterprise Today formerly Commerce Report Official news publication of The Lynchburg Regional Chamber of Commerce 2015 Memorial Avenue  Lynchburg, VA 24501  (434) 845-5966 Managing Editor and Layout: Laverne Brown

CHAMBER CALENDAR OF EVENTS Register for any Chamber event at (434) 845-5966 unless otherwise indicated, or email Cost: Chamber Member (CM) General Admission (GA)

MARCH 21 China Trip Info. Session, 5:30 - 7 p.m. Chamber Conference Room, 2015 Memorial Avenue Come to this informational meeting and learn more about this exceptional trip scheduled for October 10-18, 2011. Seating is limited. RSVP required. MARCH 25 6th Annual Women of Worth Luncheon 11:30 a.m - 1:30 p.m. The Kirkley Hotel and Conference Center 2900 Candlers Mountain Road Celebrate the 6th Annual Women of Worth event, honoring the nominees of the ATHENA Award and announcing the recipient of the 2011 Award. Cost includes lunch and is $30 for CM; $40 GA. Corporate tables of 8 are available for $300. RSVP by Monday, March 21.

noon workshop. Registration options are lunch with keynote speaker $30 or lunch & afternoon workshop - $99. RSVP by Friday, April 22. MAY 3 Small Business Awards Reception 5:30 - 7 p.m. Hilton Garden Inn , 4025 Wards Road Keynote Speaker: Barry DuVall, President, Virginia Chamber of Commerce Our 2011 Small Business Awards winners will be announced. Cost includes hors d’oeuvres and beverages and is $15 CM and $25 GA. RSVP by April 29 MAY 11 Business at Breakfast 7:30 - 9 a.m. The Summit, 1400 Enterprise Drive (Wyndhurst) ) (building with columns at stoplight intersection) TOPIC: Small Business Roundtable Join us for breakfast, networking and discussions on the most prevalent small business issues and new member recognition. Cost includes breakfast and is $15 CM; $25 GA. RSVP by May 6.

MARCH 31 Pancakes and Politics (Legislative Wrap-up Breakfast), 7:30-9 a.m. Mountain View Room, Liberty University

MAY 24 Connection Trade Show, 12 noon - 7 p.m. Schilling Center, Liberty University (Main Campus)

Legislators give their thoughts on the General Assembly Session and any expected repercussions the region may face, followed by a time of Q&A. Cost is $18 CM; $28 GA. RSVP by March 4.

The region’s largest business-to-business trade show. Exhibit spaces are available. Contact Kaye Lewis at (434) 845-5968 x16

APRIL 1 Ribbon Cutting for Lynchburg True Value Hardware and Just Ask Rentals, 12 noon - 1 p.m. 2650 Lakeside Drive, Lynchburg APRIL 14 Business After Hours 5:30 - 7 p.m. Host Sponsor: Lynchburg True Value Hardware/Just Ask Rentals. Admission is free CM; $10 GA. APRIL 27 Administrative Professionals Luncheon 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.; Optional Workshop - 2 - 4 p.m. The Crown, 6120 Fort Avenue Observing Administrative Professionals Week with a luncheon and optional after-

JUNE 1 Spring Golf Tournament, 1 p.m. Shotgun Start London Downs, 1614 New London Road Golfers will enjoy range balls prior to the tournament, golf carts, beverages and snacks, prizes and an awards dinner. $400 per foursome. Contact Kaye Lewis at 8455968 x 16. JUNE 9 Business After Hours, 5:30 - 7 p.m. Host Sponsor: Legacy at Linden Park 1000 Misty Mountain Road (off Timberlake Road) Please join fellow business professionals for networking, hors d'oeuvres and beverages poolside. Admission is FREE CM; $10 GA and includes two drink tickets.



Meet the 2011 Chamber Board of Directors

Meet the 2011 CHAT Committee

T Tulane Patterson CHAIRMAN Generation Solutions Company

John Keith

Tom Hickey

Rex K. Hammond


TREASURE American National Bank and Trust Company

SECRETARY Lynchburg Regional Chamber

Bill Bryant

Kenneth Burger

Garth Calhoun

Counts Realty & Auction Co., Inc.

The Summit

Bank of the James

David Capps Sr. Merrill Lynch

Linda Edwards Kenneth Garren Cheryl Giggetts Aubrey “Todd” Interiors by Lynchburg College PMP. AECOM, CTA H. Hall III Decorating Den


First National Bank

Steven Cronemeyer Verizon

Rick Huff

Huff, Stuart & Carlton

Christian H. DePaul Ameriprise Financial

Larry Jackson Appalachian Power

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he Chamber’s CHAT Committee (Chamber Hosts and Ambassadors Team) is an integral part of our relationship with our members. The committee is selected from Chamber member companies and approved by our Board of Directors. Its function is to provide an additional point of contact between the Chamber’s staff and our member companies. This includes volunteer duties to assist at Chamber events, attend ribbon cuttings and maintain regular contact with a specified group of Chamber members, known as CHAT Circles, which are assigned to each CHAT member. The 2011 CHAT committee consists of:

Jack Bobbitt, Chair/PrototypeAdvertising Claussen Warren Vice-Chair/Liberty University Athletics Molly Cousins Past Chair/ Kelly Services Lisa Grishaw American National Bank & Trust Co. Melissa Collins First National Bank Robin Kahlich Weaver & Weaver Insurance Betty Noell-Wiley CBIZ Payroll Services Heather Massey Springhill Suites Michelle Andrews Dawson Ford Garbee & Co., Realtors Cindy Bondurant Mike Lewis Chamber Liaison/Lynchburg Regional Chamber

Business at Breakfast Small Business Roundtable Wednesday, May 11 7:30 - 9 a.m. The Summit, 1400 Enterprise Drive (Wyndhurst) (building with columns at stoplight intersection)

Samuel Johnson Thomas Johnson Cherry, Bekaert & Holland, L.L.P., C.P.A.s

James River Furnishings

Ronald G. Kidd Jr. Southern Air, Inc..

Darlene Mack Successful Innovations, Inc..

Pat McNamara Lewis Mundin IV MaxPlayFit, LLC

Bankers Insurance, LLC

Presenting Sponsor: The Summit Retirement Community Signature Sponsor: First National Bank New Member Sponsor: Member One FCU

Join us for breakfast, networking and discussions on the most prevalent small business issues. We’ll have some small business leaders on hand to share their perspectives and best practices. Table discussions on topics such as: Marketing & Social Media  Business & Financial  Health Referrals  Making new contacts and more.

Greg Nichols Banker Steel Company, L.L.C.

Sharon Oglesby Oglesby Management Group, Inc.

L. Kimball Payne III

Patrick C. Proffitt

City of Lynchburg

Hurt & Proffitt, Inc.


James Richards Petty Livington Dawson & Richards

Also includes new member recognition and Chamber updates. Cost includes breakfast and is $15 Chamber members; $25 general admission. RSVP to the Chamber at(434) 845-5966 by May 6.

The Lynchburg Regional Chamber Acknowledges and Thanks our Tracy E. Sendrick

Randy Smith

The Babcock & Wilcox Company

ABC13, Inc.

Michael A. Syrek SunTrust Bank

William H. Varner CENTRA

William M. Walker John Stewart Walker, Inc.

2011 Peak Investors



Small Business Seminar Analyzes Healthcare Regulations


he Impact of National Healthcare on Small Business Seminar was held on February 2 at the Craddock Terry Hotel & Event Center. Thirty-five area business owners and executives heard two different but compatible views of the new federal healthcare regulations. Brown Edwards & Co. accountant, Ryan McEntire and Liberty University Dean and Professor of Law, Mathew Staver discussed how this new healthcare law will increase insurance premiums and will require the filing of a 1099 tax form for each $600 purchase from all vendors. Dean Staver further explained that the pending lawsuits which call the law unconstitutional may be resolved by the U.S. Supreme Court as early as June 2012. This was the first in a series of Small Business seminars which will continue throughout the next year. Corporate sponsorships of these programs are still available. Contact Mike Lewis at (434) 845-5968 x20 for more information.

Congressman Hurt Addresses Lynchburg Business Leaders


t the Chamber’s Freshman Forum new members of Congress and building U. S. Rep. Robert Hurt, who took relationships between legislators and regional business leaders. This program office this past January, spoke to a gathering of almost 40 regional business leaders was a joint partnership with the US on February 24 in the Chamber Board Chamber and was sponsored by Hurt & room. The program covered the hot topProffitt. ics of current interest to include the federal deficit, labor unions and the NLRB, taxation, Onerous regulation, healthcare, financial industry, Libya and the possible energy crisis. The floor was opened to questions which focused primarily on taxes, healthcare and organized labor. Moore Hallmark, Southeast Regional Director of the US Chamber, flew in from Atlanta to Senator Hurt talks with Chamber Chair support the effort of LRCC in engaging Tulane Patterson

The Chamber’s Annual Legislative Wrap-up Breakfast Presented by

Legislators Speak With Chamber Members at Richmond Dinner


ur regional legislators gathered in Richmond at the Valentine Richmond History Center on February 10 to give an update of current legislation to constituents. Delegates Cline and Garrett Senator Newman, Delegate Cline and Delegate Garrett were all on-hand to chat and answer questions with business leaders from the Lynchburg and surrounding community. This is an annual event which is generally held just after crossover and is an important opportunity to interface with local legislators. We thank AEP, Verizon and Enterprise Rent-A-Car for their sponsorship.

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Attend to hear YOUR state legislators report on the 2011 General Assembly and how they are working for you  Interact with regional legislators  Learn the outcome of legislative bills and their impact on local business  Hear the outcome of the Chamber’s Legislative Priorities  Voice your ideas and concerns Supporting Sponsor

Thursday, March 31 7:30-9:00 a.m. Liberty School of Law North Campus, Mountain View Room 1 Mountain View Road

Cost includes breakfast: $18 Chamber members $28 General admission RSVP required by March 24 Call (434) 845-5966



Local Hospitality Workers Honored With Awards


n February 17, at the 2011 Tourism Outlook Luncheon, 5 local people were honored for providing first class customer service to visitors and presented ‘Hospitality Star of the Year’ awards. “We wanted an opportunity to recognize some very important people who never get that ‘pat on the back’ for the critical role they play in a visitors experience here in Lynchburg,” said Courtney Hunter, with DiscoverLynchburg. Dawn Fields (Old City Cemetery) won for the Attraction Hospitality Star, Drew Sherwood (Snowflex Lodge) for the Recreation Hospitality Star, Julie Inniss (Wingate by Wyndham) for

the Lodging Hospitality Star, Michele Dionisio (Great American Grill) for the Dining Hospitality Star and Dr. Peter Houck won the 2011 Tourism Ambassador of the Year Award. DiscoverLynchburg’s staff work to bring people

to Lynchburg" said Hunter, “but it’s these front-line workers who 'make or break’ their experience. That is so important because the quality of their experience determines whether they stay longer or ever plan to return”.

“Winners of the 2011 Hospitality Star of the Year Awards.”

Marketing Lynchburg With the Latest Technology


o, what the heck is a QR code? Last fall DiscoverLynchburg was one of the first Destination Marketing Organizations in the nation to begin using “QR” codes in their advertising. “At first we were getting comments like ‘One of your photos didn’t print’ or 'there is some computer code showing in your ad’” said Denise Jackson of DiscoverLynchburg. “But we knew tech-savvy travelers would know what these codes were and how to use them” she added. The codes saturate all DiscoverLynchburg ads, from print and online, to

TV and mobile. “This is a technology wave we are proud to be leading” said Beckie Nix, Director of DiscoverLynchburg. "With the mobile market doing everything except washing your dishes, we certainly didn’t want to miss out. When it comes to effective marketing you have to be out there ‘where and how’ people are looking” Nix added. The strange looking code can be scanned using a scan application for smart phones. The code is programmed to provide whatever information the advertiser wants in the hands of the consumer. “We customize our codes to the target audience and the message we

want them to receive” said Nix. “An ad towards young couples looking for a weekend getaway will carry a QR code that takes them to the lodging packages page of the website. Another ad geared toward Lynchburg as a destination for sporting events will take the reader to the sports facilities page of the website” Nix explained. Other codes provide the reader with important messages regarding events or specials for certain travel times of the year. “It really is limited only by the advertiser’s creativity and marketing abilities” said Nix.

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DiscoverLynchburg Releases Viral Video Multiple Languages!


ith the continued growth in social media, DiscoverLynchburg has launched an innovative initiative for 2011, a series of viral videos. The videos of local and regional attractions and recreational sites are short and loaded with information and striking images. “This format is perfect for sites like YouTube and Facebook” said Beckie Nix, Director of the LRCVB. “The videos are fast-paced, easy to watch, and easy to share”. Each one to two minute video is being released in multiple foreign languages. “We are targeting

that International travel market' said Nix. “They typically stay longer and spend more money than domestic travelers, and Lynchburg is so accessible now from the DC area”. The first three videos in the series are already posted on DiscoverLynchburg’s website, YouTube channel and Facebook page, and can be viewed in English, French, Spanish and German. “One or two per month will be added throughout the year” Nix reported; “What a great way to promote Lynchburg to potential visitors around the globe!”

Tourism continued from cover Berry continued “Lynchburg does a phenomenal job of advertising, just look at Virginia Beach’s budget, 8 million dollars just for advertising, but Lynchburg is a competitive rival of Virginia Beach with the way you are leveraging and spending your marketing dollars!” Berry praised Lynchburg for leading the technology wave and being the first in Virginia to launch a travel applica-

tion for mobile phones, as well as one of the first in the nation to use QR codes in their marketing pieces. ‘discoverLynchburg’ staff reported the total reach of their marketing initiatives for 2010 equaled a staggering 34,824,737 impressions. Tourism is a critical economic driver for the city, with annual visitor expenditures totaling over $136 million dollars.



Reserve your Booth NOW for

Hospitality and Customer Service Training 2011

Connection 2011

Where you can Showcase and Sell Your “Apps”!

Thursday March 31st

Definition: Connection Apps \k -'nek- sh n 'aps\ (noun) Informal slang term used for products and services that you’ll promote and sell at Connection 2011 trade show.

James River Conference Center Two sessions to choose from: 9 - 11 a.m. OR 1-3 p.m.

May 24, 2011, Noon - 7 p.m. Schilling Center, Liberty University The Business Trade Show for Reaching Clients

Presented by

Signature Sponsors

Exhibit Spaces Are Available! Contact the Chamber TODAY!


he Chamber is mixing it up at its premier Trade Show! Premium spaces are available! Sign up now for one of the region’s largest business social networking events of the year! Meet prospects, market your products and services, see existing clients, check out the competition. Plus exhibitors can sell from their booths! For additional pricing contact Kaye Lewis at (434) 845-5968 x16.

10' x 8’ PRICE INCLUDES  Access to Exhibitors Lounge  Standard 10' x 8' exhibit space  8' pipe and drape background  3' high pipe and drape divider between spaces  One 20AMP 11OV electrical plug  7" x 44" exhibit space ID sign  Listing in show program  Advertising campaign to include newsprint, television and radio  Website listing and link

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Why Exhibit? “As Central Virginia’s only tutoring and supplemental education service that is fully accredited by SACS and CITA, Connection gives us a chance to not only exhibit the many services we offer for students from pre-K into college, but to be at an event where we are on a peer level with the area’s top businesses and educational institutions.” Bob Morgan, Center Director, Sylvan Learning Center “We stay connected to Central Virginia business and its leaders and gain contacts and information that is valuable.” Tulane Patterson, President, Generation Solutions “When I started with Sayre Promotional Products last January, Lynchburg and surrounding areas had really never heard of Sayre. I participated in Connection 2010 and I can honestly say that 90% of my business for 2010 came from Connection! I couldn't be more pleased with my first year with the Lynchburg Chamber.” Sheila DeLappe, Sayre Enterprise, Inc.

Exhibitors Can Sell From Their Booths! Nearly 1,000 people attend Connection! Call (434) 845-5968 x16


earn critical information on what it takes for Lynchburg to be a successful “destination of choice”, and how we can work together to make it happen. Guest speaker and hospitality trainer Donna Tyson will present effective principals of great customer service which will enhance your productivity, provide guests with a quality experience and keep those visitors coming back for more. And isn’t that what we all want….return customers! Donna is a nationally acclaimed motivational speaker known for her ability to touch hearts and inspire people to reach their highest potential. Her unique style has been described as a “cross between a preacher, a politician and a comedian”. Donna leaves her audiences spell bound as she weaves her stories of empowerment. She draws on her experiences as a former television and radio talk show host, successful business owner, community leader and mother of three grown children for her lessons. You will remember this training for years to of all it’s FREE. Light refreshments included. Please rsvp to or call (434) 845-5966 for more information.

Business After Hours 5:30 - 7 p.m. April 14, 2011 Host Sponsor: Lynchburg True Value Hardware/ Just Ask Rentals 2650 Lakeside Drive, Lynchburg


isit the newly remodeled and expanded Lynchburg True Value Hardware and Just Ask Rentals. Admission is FREE for Chamber members; $10 general admission and includes two drink tickets. Look for the flyer in the Chamber's March MVP Mailer for a special discount coupon. Each Chamber member that brings this coupon with them will receive a FREE five gallon bucket and a 20% discount off regular retail prices, on anything that will fit inside the bucket (excludes power tools)!



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Now Accepting Nominations! We are looking for candidates who want to expand their influence, develop their skills and lead in their personal and professional lives. Leadership Lynchburg provides in class instruction, community tours and team projects. Alumni role models and coaches support that journey. The ideal candidate is open to learning about how they present themselves, discovering new insights about the components of their leadership style, and developing their skills with other like-minded individuals. Email nomination(s) to or, fax to (434) 522-9592 Note: You may self - nominate. Name:_____________________________________________________________ Company:__________________________________________________________ Address or Location: ___________________________________________________ E-mail (if known): ______________________________________________________ Phone No.: ____________________________________________________________ Nomination submitted by: _______________________________________________ Company: _____________________________________________________________ Date of Nomination: ____________________________________________________

Why Leadership Lynchburg? Here’s what Alumni say!


of LL graduates have improved their understanding of their personal leadership style.


have taken on new leadership roles in their organization.


of graduates are engaged in community leadership roles.


of LL respondents are better equipped to participate in collaborative projects and teams.

93% 85%

say they are building relationships across professional disciplines. have a broader perspective on issues facing the region and world.

Roanoke, Bristol and Tennessee.  Launched the ‘discoverLynchburg’ travel application for smart phones promoting Lynchburg and the region.  Conducted debates for both Lynchburg City Council and the Fifth District Congressional candidates.  Hosted Town Hall Meeting with Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli on Virginia's lawsuit opposing mandating national health care.  Honored with two Virginia Tourism Summit awards for achievements in “Interactive Advertising and Promotions” and “Regional Marketing Initiatives”  Organized an economic and cultural awareness trip to China with 83 area participants.  Added 124 new members, the largest growth on record for a year without a membership campaign.  Launched discount prescription drug program. The Chamber's major goals for 2011 were outlined in their program of work and are categorized into five major areas:  Advocating Pro-business Public Policies  Delivering Valuable Programs & Services  Educating, Strengthening & Supporting the Small Business  Marketing Lynchburg to the Leisure, Group Tour, Meetings/ Convention and Sports Markets  Running the Chamber Effectively Darrel W. Staat, former President of CVCC received the F. M. “Dink” Cloyd Award for Chamber service. Darrel Staat George W. Dawson, President of Centra, received the George Taylor Stewart III Award for community service. The final hightlight of the event was the unveiling of the 30th Anniversary Edition of Lynchburg Life magazine. Attendees each received a copy. Copies George Dawson of the publication are available at the Chamber. Recognition was given to: Creditors Service Agency, Inc. pictured at the left for its 50th year of Chamber membership. The Chamber graciously thanks Signature Sponsors: J. Crew, Lynchburg College, The News & Advance and Supporting Sponsor: First National Bank



Advanced Hearing Centers

Located at 1315 Enterprise Drive, Lynchburg, VA 24502. Telephone (434) 237-2226. Thanks to Doyle's Florist & Gifts for the ribbon.

First Bank & Trust

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Located at 4925 Boonsboro Road, Boonsboro Shopping Center, Lynchburg, VA 24503. Telephone (434) 384-2722. Thanks to Kathryn’s Flower & Gifts Shop for the ribbon.

The Scrub Shoppe

Located at 2201 Langhorne Road, Lynchburg, VA 24501 Telephone (434) 485-7037. Thanks to Doyle’s Florist & Gifts for the ribbon.

Home Recovery Home Aid

Administrative Professionals Celebrated at Luncheon Wednesday, April 27 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Optional Workshop 2 - 4 p.m. Located at17011 Forest Road, Forest, VA 24551 Telephone (434) 455-0888. Thanks to Doyle’s Florist & Gifts for the ribbon.

Phase 2 Dining & Entertainment

The Crown, 6120 Fort Avenue Signature Sponsor: Located at 5050 Fort Avenue, Lynchburg, VA 24502 Telephone (434) 845-4333. Thanks to Kathryn’s Flower & Gifts Shop for the ribbon.

Virginia Bank & Trust

Located at 4009 Murray Place, Lynchburg, VA 24502. Telephone (434) 846-3206. Thanks to Doyle’s Florist & Gifts for the ribbon.

Located at 1729 Calohan Road, Rustburg, VA 24588. Telephone (434)821-3216. Thanks to Kathryn’s Flower & Gifts for the ribbon.

J. Crew


dministrative Professionals Week has become one of the largest workplace observances. What better way to show your administrative professionals your appreciation than to offer them an opportunity to attend a luncheon and optional afternoon workshop hosted by the Chamber at The Crown. RSVP required to the Chamber at (434) 845-5966 by April 22.


ADVANCED LOGIC INDUSTRIES has been named to the inaugural CRN Tech Elite 250. The Tech Elite 250 serves as the industry's definitive list of Value Added Resellers with both deep technical expertise and premier certifications. AMERICAN NATIONAL BANK AND TRUST COMPANY Investment Services Division David Rihtarchik has named David L. Rihtarchik as Vice President and Senior Trust Officer at main office in Danville. American National Bank & Trust Company announced the promotion of

William Via

William S. Via to Senior Vice President and Dan Pleasant Senior Credit Officer for Virginia. Dan M. Pleasant has been elected to the board. Joseph W. Joseph Beury Beury, Senior Vice President, will manage the trust, brokerage and insurance diviWilliam Clingempeel sions. William W. Clingempeel joins American National as Vice President and Senior Investment Officer. AREVA has chosen Dr. Mike Pop, an advisory engi-

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS neer in Lynchburg with AREVA’s Reactors & Services Business Group Chemistry & Maintenance Services as one of 2011 Engineers of the Year. BOXLEY has purchased the assets of Marvin V. Templeton & Sons, Inc., Marvin V. Templeton & Sons executive, Jeb Burton, will remain as president of the company for Boxley. The deal includes the purchase of their subsidiary May Bros. General Contractors. CENTRA open heart surgery program among nation’s best and has once again been awarded with its highest rating of three stars for its open heart surgery by The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS). Centra announced that Dr. Matthew Foster named associate medical director of the Alan B. Pearson Regional Cancer Center Centra Lynchburg General Hospital has been named one of the nation's 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals by Thomson Reuters. This is the sixth time Centra has been rated as one of the nation's top cardiovascular hospitals. Centra President and CEO George Dawson received the 2010 Distinguished Service George Dawson Award from the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association. He will retire from Centra at the end of the year. CENTRAL VIRGINIA SOIL CONSULTING, INC. President, David B. Beahm, has been appointed by Gov. Bob

McDonnell to serve on the Virginia Department of Health Sewage Handling and Disposal Appeal David Beahm Review Board. ELECTRONIC SYSTEMS, INC. announced the promotions of Jeff Jenney and Anthony Mia. Jeff Jenney Jeff has been promoted to Director of Sales for the Hampton Roads market, and Anthony has been promoted to Anthony Mia Director of Sales for the Richmond market. Jarek Mlodzinski is the company's Vice President of Sales for the Print Technology Group. Jack Mlodzinski The GENWORTH Foundation -the philanthropic arm of Henrico County-based insurance giant Genworth Financial Inc. -- donated about $800,000 to allow Virginia high schools to offer the computer training as part of a broader effort to bolster the financial-literacy curriculum in public schools. GOODMAN & COMPANY, LLP, has hired Eric Godfrey as an Associate in the Danville office. Goodman & Company and Eric Godfrey Dixon Hughes Merge to Form Foremost

CPA Powerhouse in Southern U.S., 13th Largest in Nation. JAMES RIVER DAY SCHOOL is pleased to announce Louise Leslie Dawson as its Director of Development. KIDD'S RESTORATION SERVICE was ranked #199 in the Qualified Remodeler Top 500 Remodelers List for 2010. Kidd’s also launches new Estimating Division to complete on site estimates. Twenty-seven lawyers at SANDS ANDERSON LAW Firm named to Annual Virginia Business Legal Elite list. These are: Andrew Biondi, Young Lawyer (Under 40); L. Lee Byrd, Civil Litigation; Stefan M. Calos, Business Law; John B. Catlett, Jr.,Taxes/ Estates/ Trusts/Elder Law; James E. Cornwell, Jr., Real Estate/ Land Use; Ann Neil Cosby, Legislative/Regulatory/Ad ministrative; C. Michael DeCamps, Labor/ Employment: Robert B. (Chip) Delano. Jr.; Civil Litigation; C. Thomas Ebel, Bankruptcy; Karen S. Elliott, Labor/ Employment; Benjamin W. Emerson, Real Estate/Land Use; Jeffrey H. Geiger, Intellectual Property; Terrence L. Graves, Civil Litigation; William A. Gray, Bankruptcy; Margaret F. Hardy, Legal Services/Pro Bono; Phyllis C. Katz, Labor/Employment; Benjamin R. Lacy, IV, Legislative/Regulatory/Ad ministrative; Paige A. Levy, Labor/Employment; Joel M. McCray, Health Law; Bruce L. Mertens, Taxes/Estates/Trusts/Elder Law; Jayne A. Pemberton, Young Lawyer (under 40);

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Brian R. Pitney, Business Law; M. Pierce Rucker, Health Law; J. Jonathan Schraub, Civil Litigation; Henry C. Spalding, III, Construction Law; William N. Watkins, Construction Law; and Carlyle R. (Randy) Wimbish, III, Health Law. Sands Anderson PC law firm in McLean announced that J. Jonathan Schraub, managing shareholder of the D. C. Regional Officehas been recognized by Best Lawyers in America as “Washington, DC Best Lawyers Legal Malpractice Lawyer of the Year” for 2011. Also, Steve Baril, a long-time trial lawyer in Virginia, has joined the Steve Baril Business and Professional Litigation team. Gladys L. Yates, a lawyer in the Local Government practice of the Sands Anderson PC law firm, has been made Gladys Yates counsel, practice group. L. Lee Byrd has been elected to a second term on the Board of Lee Byrd Directors. Rucker has been elected President for a third term by the members of the Board. The third firm member serving on the Board is Benjamin W. Emerson. SCOTT INSURANCE was recently named one of the 2011 Best Places to Work in See Member News page 15



ABC Destinations 300 Broad Acres Dr. Ste 400 Bloomfield, NJ 07003 Phone: (973) 233-6061 URL: Category: Travel Agencies Advanced Hearing Centers, Inc. 1315 Enterprise Dr. Lynchburg, VA 24502 Phone: (434) 237-2226 URL: Category: Hearing Aid Stores AdzZoo - Jay Martin Lynchburg Virginia Phone: (434) 610-2277 URL: Category: Internet Presence Advisors Amedisys Home Health 2015 Tate Springs Rd., Ste. B Lynchburg Virginia 24501 Phone: (434) 845-7555 URL: Category: Home Health Services American Security Enforcement 22174 Timberlake Rd. Ste. F Lynchburg Virginia 24502 Phone: (434) 455-2345 URL: Category: Security Officers Boudoir 4925 Boonsboro Road Lynchburg Virginia 24503 Phone: (434) 384-2722 URL: Category: Women's Apparel CBIZ Payroll 310 First Street, Suite 600 Roanoke Virginia 24011 Phone: (540) 853-8090 Category: Payroll Processing, Major Employers Century 21 ALL-SERVICE Forest 14805 Forest Road #229 Forest Virginia 24551 Mailing: 20886 Timberlake Road

Lynchburg VA 24502 Phone: (434) 525-1212 URL: Category: Real Estate Agencies CleanSmart, LLC 11771 Old Franklin Turnpike Union Hall Virginia 24176 Phone: (540) 576-4277 URL: Category: Janitorial Services CrossRoads Camp & Conference Center 2247 Little Piney Road Lowesville Virginia 22967 Phone: (434) 277-8465 URL: Category: Convention and Conference Center The Crown 6120 Fort Avenue Lynchburg Virginia 24502 Phone: (434) 239-7744 Category: Restaurants Delta Star, Inc. 3550 Mayflower Drive Lynchburg Virginia 24501 Phone: (434) 845-0921 URL: Category: Manufacturers Transformers, Major Employers Eco-Health Galore Marketing Madison Heights Virginia Phone: (434) 444-5190 bjamison Category: Health and Wellness Embrace Home Loans Bedford 311 W. Main Street Bedford Virginia 24523 Phone: (434) 258-4894 URL: Category: Mortgage Companies Equip FM 742 Leesville Road Lynchburg Virginia 24502 Phone: (434) 455-0306 Category: Radio Stations Family Alliance 150 Linden Avenue Lynchburg Virginia 24503 Phone: (434) 384-3131 URL: Category: Family Services & Credit Counseling Generatebd Forest Virginia Phone: (757) 478-0191 URL: Category: Consultants Business Development Goodman & Company, LLP 110 Exchange Street Suite G Danville Virginia 24541 Phone: (434) 792-5334 URL: Category: Accountants Certified Public Henry & Horne, LLP Lynchburg Virginia Phone: (480) 483-1170 URL: Category: Accountants Certified Public Holiday Lake 4-H Educational Center, Inc. 1267 4-H Camp Road Appomattox Virginia 24522 Phone: (434) 248-5444 URL: Category: Camps Educational Jory Fisher & Associates, Inc. Lynchburg Virginia Mailing:P.O. Box 3386 Lynchburg VA 24503 Phone: (434) 258-6793 URL: Category: Consultants Coaching Key Fundraising P. O. Box 1015 Lynchburg Virginia 24505 Phone: (434) 610-3407 URL: Category: Fundraising

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Leonard Buildings & Truck Accessories 12236 Wards Road Rustburg Virginia 24588 Phone: (434) 237-5301 URL: Category: Buildings (portable) Lynchburg Eye Physicians 2108 Langhorne Road Lynchburg Virginia 24501 Phone: (434) 845-2020 URL: Category: Physicians Ophthalmology Lynchburg Sheltered Industries, Inc. 3120 Odd Fellows Road Lynchburg Virginia 24501 Mailing:P.O. Box 10905 Lynchburg VA 24506 Phone: (434) 847-4488 Category: Manufacturers Packaging The Lynchburg Times Lynchburg Virginia Phone: (540) 305-3000 URL: Category: Newspaper Publishers Mahle Enterprises, LLC Lynchburg Virginia Phone: (434) 485-2135 URL: Category: Holiday Decorating Mass Mutual Financial Group 115 Tradewynd Drive Lynchburg Virginia 24502 Phone: (434) 455-7197 Category: Financial Advisory Services Medical Care Center 2200 Landover Place Lynchburg Virginia 24501 Phone: (434) 846-4626 URL: Category: Nursing Homes, Rehabilitation Centers, Major Employers

Papa John's (WFL of Roanoke, Inc.) 7703 Timberlake Road Lynchburg Virginia 24502 Phone: (434) 239-8000 Additional Location 2810 Old Forest Road Lynchburg Virginia 24501 Phone: (434) 384-3800 Additional Location 113 Seminole Plaza Madison Heights Virginia 24572 Phone: (434) 528-1122 URL: Category: Restaurants - Pizza Poplar Grove Golf Club 129 Tavern Lane Amherst Virginia 24521 Mailing: P. O. Box 1380 Amherst VA 24521 Phone: (434) 946-9933 Category: Golf Courses Roly Poly 2225 Lakeside Drive, Unit A1 Lynchburg Virginia 24501 Phone: (434) 316-0203 URL: Category: Caterers SBOA, LLC Lynchburg Virginia Phone: (540) 537-2612 URL: Category: Marketing The Scrub Shoppe - A Div. of GS Medical Supply 2201 Langhorne Rd. Ste. D Lynchburg Virginia 24501 Phone: (434) 485-7037 Category: Medical Uniforms SendOutCards™ Lynchburg Virginia Mailing: P.O. Box 3386 Lynchburg VA 24503 Phone: (434) 258-6793 URL: /joryfisher Category: Home Based Business

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New Members continued from page 13 Senior Advocate Virginia Beach Virginia Mailing: P.O. Box 1046 Williamsburg VA 23187 Phone: (434) 817-3554 URL: Category: Senior Adult Services

Monroe Virginia 24574 Phone: (434) 384-3102 URL: Category: Bed and Breakfasts Inns, Hotels and Motels

Shaklee Corporation Lynchburg Virginia Mailing:P.O. Box 3386 Lynchburg VA 24503 Phone: (434) 258-6793 URL: Category: Health and Wellness, Home Based Business

St. Clair Eye Care 20347-B Timberlake Road Lynchburg Virginia 24502 Phone: (434) 239-2800 Additional Location 2514 Langhorne Road Lynchburg Virginia 24501 Phone: (434) 845-6086 Additional Location 7803 Richmond Highway Appomattox Virginia 24522 Phone: (434) 352-5908 URL: Category: Optometry

SingleTree Media, LLC P.O. Box 4743 Lynchburg Virginia 24502 Phone: (434) 534-1584 URL: Category: Social Media Marketing

State Farm Insurance Francisco Mayo 3813 Wards Road Suite F Lynchburg Virginia 24502 Phone: (434) 847-1249 URL: Category: Insurance Agencies

The Sitzler Company 18805-A Forest Road Lynchburg Virginia 24502 Phone: (434) 316-0036 URL: Category: Insurance Agencies

Steamway of Central VA 304 Oakley Avenue Lynchburg Virginia 24501 Phone: (434) 845-2636 URL: Category: Carpet and Upholstery Cleaners

Sound Business Consulting Inc. Lynchburg Virginia Phone: (434) 845-3646 URL: Category: Consultants Business Finances Speed the Plough Bed & Breakfast 389 Fairlea Lane

Terrace on the James 828 Main Street 8th Floor Lynchburg Virginia 24504 Phone: (434) 455-4999 URL: Category: Restaurants

Two Guys and a Truck 1415 Kemper Street Lynchburg Virginia 24501 Mailing:P.O. Box 4058 Lynchburg VA 24502 Phone: (434) 847-1154 URL: /va-lynchburg-movers.htm Category: Moving & Storage Services Virginia Bank & Trust 1729 Calohan Road Rustburg Virginia 24588 Mailing: P.O. Box 3447 Danville VA 24543 Phone: (434) 821-3216 URL: Category: Banking Commercial Warner Engineering, Inc. 1509 B Enterprise Drive Lynchburg Virginia 24502 Phone: (434) 582-5007 URL: Category: Engineers Weaver & Weaver Insurance Agency, Inc. 5909-A Raiford Circle Lynchburg Virginia 24503 Mailing:P. O. Box 3142 Lynchburg VA 24503 Phone: (434) 384-9391 URL: Category: Insurance Agencies Whitehead Media Ventures Lynchburg Virginia Mailing:P.O. Box 41 Lynchburg VA 24505 Phone: (434) 528-9828 Category: Media Productions

Member News continued from page 12 Virginia by Virginia Business magazine and Best Companies Group, in partnership with the VA Chamber of Commerce and VA-SHRM. SUNTRUST BANK announced that Dexter C.

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Glass, Jr. was named the branch manager of the Main & 10th branch within its Retail Dexter Glass, Jr. Division

US Airways has introduce regional jet service at LYNCHBURG REGIONAL AIRPORT (LYH) now has regional jet service through U.S. Airway and Express and will offer two daily roundtrip flights on the

6th Annual Women of Worth Luncheon March 25, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Presenting Sponsor: Centra Foundation Supporting Sponsor: J. Crew The Kirkley Hotel and Conference Center, 2900 Candlers Mountain Road

MISSION POSSIBLE: Living a healthy, balanced and successful life! Join the Chamber and Centra Foundation as we recognize professionals from all across the region and celebrate the 6th Annual Women of Worth event, honor the nominees of the prestigious ATHENA Award and announce the recipient of the 2011 Award.

Why attend?  Inspiration and valuable advice from seasoned female leaders in our region  Networking with over 200 professional females  Fabulous door prizes Cost includes lunch and is $30 for Chamber members; $40 general admission. Corporate tables of 8 are available for $300. RSVP by calling (434) 845-5966 by March 21.

Small Business Awards Reception May 3, 5:30 - 7 p.m. Hilton Garden Inn, 4025 Wards Road Supporting Sponsors: The News & Advance Keynote Speaker: Barry DuVall, President, Virginia Chamber of Commerce Our 2011 Small Business Awards winners will be announced. Cost is $18 for Chamber members and $28 for general admission and includes hors d’oeuvres and beverages. RSVP to the Chamber at (434) 845-5966 by April 29. Canadair Regional Jet (CRJ). The WINGATE BY WYNDHAM Lynchburg

Brian Knopp

Airport hotel announced that Director of Sales Brian Knopp has been named Sales Leader of the Year by the Wingate by Wyndham® hotel chain.

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