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Member News December

The Academy of Fine Arts campaign to restore the historic Academy of Music Theatre recently received an influx of funds. The donations, announced this week, came in over the course of 10 days and totaled $400,000: a $100,000 private donation, a $100,000 challenge grant from the Richmond-based Mary Morton Parsons Foundation and a $200,000 challenge grant from the Cabell Foundation, also based in Richmond.

First National Bank announced the recent hire of Ann King as Manager of the Timberlake Branch. Ann brings over 38 years of banking experience to her new role. The bank also hired Tammie Griffin as the new Retail Banking Development Officer at the Main Office in Altavista.

AREVA TN, a division of AREVA Inc., has been awarded a long-term, multimillion-dollar contract with FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Company (FENOC) to provide dry fuel storage equipment and related services. AREVA TN will supply NUHOMS® dry fuel storage systems to the Davis Besse and Beaver Valley nuclear power plants. This includes the first order of AREVA TN's next-generation NUHOMS® Extended Optimized Storage (EOS) canisters and horizontal storage modules, which offer customers higher capacity and enhanced performance.
AREVA TN will manage the fuel loading campaigns for both plants as part of the contract. The used fuel loading is scheduled to begin in 2017 with additional services planned for 2019. The NUHOMS® canisters will be manufactured near Pittsburgh as part of AREVA TN's continued effort to support nuclear industry jobs in the United States.

The Centra Gretna Medical Center will open for business on December 15th The new 50,000 square-foot medical facility will include primary care physicians, emergency services, a laboratory, state-of-the-art imaging services, wellness programs, physical therapy, telemedicine capabilities, a helipad and an on-site ambulance.

Quarterdeck has been hired by the Town of Appomattox for marketing and communications; and operations, logistics, project management as the three main ways to assist the town.

Wiley|Wilson Burns & McDonnell Joint Venture announce that the U.S. Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Washington has awarded it a 5-year, $75 million indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract for architectural and engineering services.
Under the direction of NAVFAC Washington, the joint venture companies will provide design services for general and administrative facilities in the Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC, area. The types of facilities may include child development care facilities, general administrative spaces, dining facilities, commissary and exchange type facilities, educational facilities, sports and fitness facilities, museums and memorials facilities, training and instructional facilities, wet labs, electronic laboratories, and SCIF buildings.This is the second IDIQ contract awarded to the Wiley|Wilson Burns & McDonnell joint venture this year.

Scott Insurance was named one of the 2015 Best Places to Work in Virginia by Virginia Business and Best Companies Group.


Member News November

The Alzheimer's Association of Central and Western Virginia announced the addition of Leon A. Hill of Lynchburg to its Board of Directors. Mr. Hill is Director of Process Excellence for The Mid State Group.

The Alzheimer's Association Central and Western Virginia also announced that Sharon Celsor-Hughes, Creative Arts Director/Arts Fusion received certification as a facilitator for TimeSlips™. TimeSlips is a storytelling program that was developed to engage persons with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias by "replacing the pressure to remember with the freedom to imagine".

American National Bank and Trust Company (American National) has opened a new location in Mebane, N.C., at 1008 Mebane Oaks Road, and has taken the opportunity to enhance how customers will experience and interact with the bank while there.

Areva Inc. and Caterpillar Inc. have signed a cooperative agreement to provide backup diesel generator sets and comprehensive engineering services. This initiative is part of Areva's Safety Alliance program, which offers nuclear operators products and services to ensure the safety of their plants.

Areva Inc. donated more than $250,000 to local charitable organizations in the Lynchburg area during its annual Directed Giving Campaign.

The Babcock & Wilcox Company will spin off some segments into an independent company by the middle of next year, effectively splitting its workforce into two parts and beginning a shift of all Lynchburg B&W employees to a separate corporate label.

Beacon Credit Union, Lynchburg was ranked 105 out of the top 200 healthiest credit unions for 2014 by Deposit Each institution is graded on a number of factors, including capitalization, deposit growth, and loan to reserve ratios, in order to determine a comprehensive health score.

Centra confirmed Tuesday it has signed a 30-year affiliation agreement with Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine, a substantial change from the five-year non-exclusive agreement initially signed in 2013, prior to the college's opening.

Centra Foundation announced that Alan B. Pearson, a local philanthropist and major donor to Centra recently contributed $200,000 towards nursing scholarships for students at Centra's College of Nursing. With this gift, his combined donations make it one of the largest personal gifts ever made to the Centra Foundation, now exceeding over $4 million.

Fleet Laboratories, long headquartered along the Lynchburg Expressway, was sold to Gryphon Investors for an undisclosed amount. The company will remain in Lynchburg and its leadership team — totaling six positions — will not be changed. CEO Jeff Rowan, who has been with Fleet for 15 years, will keep his position.

Gentry Locke Rakes & Moore LLP, headquartered in Roanoke, is expanding its footprint and opening a law office in Lynchburg. The office will be launched with Gentry Locke's newest partner, Herschel V. Keller.

MontVue Capital Management signed an agreement with the Lynchburg City Public School System to act as a financial literacy resource at E.C. Glass High School, Heritage High School, and other city schools. The agreement is part of the school system's Partners in Education program – a joint venture between the Lynchburg Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Lynchburg City School System.

Region 2000 Business and Economic Development Alliance promoted Elizabeth Narehood to the position of Vice President of Technology.

SunTrust Bank toured the Beacon of Hope Future Center at E. C. Glass on Wednesday and presented a $12,000 check from SunTrust Foundation to support its work.

Member News October

AREVA Inc. announced that Gary Mignogna, president and CEO has been selected by The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to serve as one of the Department's ambassadors for the Minorities in Energy Initiative through 2015..

Generation Solutions won Best Small Business "Business to Consumer" category at Roanoke Chamber's 28th Annual Small Business of the Year Awards.

Lynchburg College's new Community Health Clinic teaches physical therapy students while providing free care. The clinic has partnerships with The Free Clinic of Central Virginia, The Centra Foundation, Rehabilitation Associates of Central Virginia, the Greater Lynchburg Community Trust, the Johnson Health Center, The Lynchburg Academy of Medicine and the Bedford Community Health Foundation. It accept clients referred from other agencies that have no insurance or have exhausted their insurance benefits. There are no additional qualifications for services and care is confidential among medical providers.

The Lynchburg Humane Society earned second place in its division and "Most Improved Player" in the ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge.The contest challenged animal shelters across the country to find innovative ways to engage communities to increase the number of pet adoptions.

Lynch's Landing hires Heather Kennedy as the new executive director.

The Lynchburg Community Market has been awarded more than $80,000 to help promote locally grown food. U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack made the grant award announcement Monday at the Virginia State Fair. The grant, from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, came through the Farmers Market Promotion Program. It was established to help expand access to, and increase awareness of, locally grown food. Lynchburg was one of seven Virginia sites awarded funding.

Natural Bridge Hotel newest owner unveils $4-million room renovation.

U.S. Cellular teamed up with the show "Shark Tank" for a multi-faceted, first-of-its-kind campaign to provide access for small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs in a way like never before.As part of this collaboration, U.S. Cellular has announced the "Shadow Shark Tank" sweepstakes, which provides one lucky winner the opportunity to spend the day on the set of "Shark Tank" to observe aspiring entrepreneurs make their pitches, meet show insiders and ask questions. Entry is open to residents of select states, including Virginia, between now and Oct. 31 at

Virginia Business Systems (VBS), headquartered in Richmond, Virginia has been named an official approved partner in the Xerox Authorized Dealer program. VBS supports the markets of Richmond, Charlottesville, Lynchburg, Shenandoah Valley, New River Valley, Roanoke and Tidewater and will carry the Xerox products in most areas.

Member News September

Academy of Fine Arts announced that the construction is now complete on the Academy of Music Theatre's 1912 canopy and first marquee dating back to the mid 1940's. Funded in part by grants from Lynch's Landing and Virginia Main Streets, initial research and design work began in February and the first visual elements of the canopy were completed shortly after in March, leading to the historically accurate installation. All design elements, from the canopy's glass flaps and globe light fixtures to the marquee lighting effects, were replicated from historic photos of the theatre, and approved by both local and state preservation authorities.

The Altavista Economic Development Authority and the Town of Altavista launch the Altavista Advantage Revolving Loan Fund. The community of Altavista has added another tool to their economic development toolbox – a revolving loan fund. The Altavista Economic Development Authority and the Town applied for and received a USDA RBEG (Rural Business Enterprise Grant). The funds received are being used to establish the "Altavista Advantage Revolving Loan Fund,"

The Town of Altavista and the AEDA recognize the difficulty of many in securing capital for a business start-up or expansion. To address that need, they have established a business revolving loan program. The program is designed to assist start-ups and existing business/industry, with capital needs as well as act as a gap financing program, while income catches up with a new or expanded venture. It will also serve to encourage personal investment and lending by traditional banking or lending institutions. Equally important, the loan program is intended to stimulate job creation and help to fill empty or underutilized commercial buildings.

CJMW Architecture created the architectural design of the canopy and marquee; Virginia Steel & Building Specialties fabricated the structural steel framework, which was installed by Commercial Steel Erection. Jefferson Lightsmith fabricated and installed the decorative elements of the canopy as well as the marquee itself with help from Waterjet Cutting Services. Additional services were provided by Gillespie Plumbing and Mays Electric Co. Jamerson-Lewis Construction was the General Contractor on the job coordinating all of these efforts.

American National Bank shares Inc. today announced the signing of an agreement which calls for MainStreet to merge with American National in a transaction valued at approximately $24.2 million. The transaction expands American National's footprint into the Roanoke, Va., metropolitan statistical area, adding three bank branches in Franklin County and the Smith Mountain Lake area. American National will have approximately $1.5 billion in assets upon completion of the merger.

The Centra Lynchburg Hematology Oncology Clinic, located at the Alan B. Pearson Regional Cancer Center, received results recently on a National Cancer Institute (NCI) clinical trial that has dramatically changed the way metastatic, hormone sensitive prostate cancer will be treated in the future.

Economic Development Office-City Of Lynchburg awarded three grants totaling $30,000 which were given to Lynchburg businesses at the Academy of Fine Arts on Tuesday evening as part of a competition where business owners took classes and presented plans for expansion. Chamber member Cao Artisan Chocolates, received $10,000.

GENEDGE is proud to announce new $2MM Grant Funded Program to support the formation of a new program initiative known as Virginia Domestic Markets Expansion Program (VA DMEP). The purpose of the program is to partially offset the ongoing defense department cuts, which are negatively impacting 5,000 Virginia companies

The Mid-State Group has been named as one of the leading benefits providers among independent insurers across the United States by Rough Notes magazine (, the nation's largest insurance industry publication.
Mid-State is highlighted as "Benefits Agency of the Month" in the magazine's September 2014 issue, recognizing "the best and brightest agencies in the industry." Rough Notes has published for 135 years and is a leading voice among 50,000 insurance agencies and 300,000 independent agents.

The Old Dominion Job Corps Center  in Lynchburg is holding monthly information sessions for young people looking for career technical training or industry certification in fields ranging from automotive repair to nursing to security management. The free sessions occur on the first Thursday of each month at Job Corps Admissions Office, 2600 Memorial Ave, Suite 103.

Sands Anderson PC is proud to announce that 20 lawyers from the firm have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2015.
J. Jonathan Schraub, Esq. was named the Best Lawyers® 2015 Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants "Lawyer of the Year" in Washington DC. The additional Sands Anderson attorneys listed in the 2015 edition of the Best Lawyers® and their areas of practice are:
L. Lee Byrd, Commercial Litigation; Litigation - Banking and Finance; Litigation – Environmental;
Litigation - Municipal
C. Michael DeCamps, Employment Law – Management; Litigation - Labor and Employment
Robert B. Delano, Jr., Appellate Practice; Insurance Law; Litigation - ERISA
C. Thomas Ebel, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Karen S. Elliott, Employment Law – Management; Labor Law - Management
Benjamin W. Emerson, Municipal Law; Real Estate Law
Terrence L. Graves, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants; Transportation Law
Phyllis C. Katz, Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
Bradford A. King, Education Law
Bruce L. Mertens, Trusts and Estates
The late Albert M. Orgain IV, Insurance Law, Transportation Law
Douglas P. Rucker, Jr., Corporate Law; Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants
M. Pierce Rucker, Commercial Litigation; Health Care Law; Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants
Cullen D. Seltzer, Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs
Daniel M. Siegel, Litigation - Municipal; Municipal Law
Roy M. Terry, Jr., Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
William N. Watkins, Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Construction; Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
Carlyle R. Wimbish III, Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants

Michael T. Marr, Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants

The United Way of Central Virginia kicked off its 2014 fundraising campaign at Miller Park Thursday evening, announcing its new Education Readiness initiative, a break from the nonprofit's usual focus on funding programs to a focus on issues.

U.S,. Cellular is rewarding $1 million to teachers to help boost classroom experiences through its "Calling all Teachers" program. U.S. Cellular is working with for a fourth time and encourages teachers to post their projects on the site for potential funding. is a charity website that helps teachers identify funds from corportate and individual donations for classroom projects.

Virginia Business Systems (VBS), headquartered in Richmond, Virginia has been named an official approved partner in the Xerox Authorized Dealer program. VBS supports the markets of Richmond, Charlottesville, Lynchburg, Shenandoah Valley, New River Valley, Roanoke and Tidewater and will carry the Xerox products in most areas.

As an Authorized Xerox Dealer, Virginia Business Systems will offer Xerox products ranging from printers and multi-functional devices through light production products.
In addition, the expert technicians of VBS will be fully trained as authorized service providers on Xerox products.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. says it plans to hire 60,000 temporary holiday workers for the crucial holiday season, an increase of nearly 10 percent from last year.

Member News August

The Academy of Fine Arts campaign passes $4 million point toward the restoration of the historic 1905 Academy of Music Theatre.

American National Bank and Trust Company (American National) is pleased to announce Bob Nadler has joined the bank as Senior Vice President of Trust & Investment Services.

AREVA Inc.'s Mary Alice Hayward, vice president of Strategy, Government and International Affairs, has been appointed by Virginia Governor McAuliffe to serve on the board of the Virginia Nuclear Energy Consortium Authority. Replacing AREVA's former board member Mike Rencheck, Hayward's appointment is effective as of July 23, 2014, and continues until June 30, 2015.

AREVA TN has received approval from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission to offer more versatile used nuclear fuel storage options to U.S. utilities.

AREVA Inc. has signed on to be the official Safety Sponsor of the 41st running of the Genworth Virginia 10 Miler in Lynchburg, Va. Included with the safety sponsorship is the Safety, Awareness, Fitness, Excellence (S.A.F.E.) Strides training program which will be offered to all event participants 18 years of age and older.

Bank of the James Mortgage president, Brian E. Cash recently graduated from the American Bankers Association Stonier Graduate School of Banking in Philadelphia.
Stonier is ABA's national graduate school of banking - an intensive three-year program for bank executives that offers an unparalleled education from the best in the financial services industry.

Centra Hospice has become a national partner of We Honor Veterans, a pioneering campaign developed by National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Centra President and CEO E.W. Tibbs gave Lynchburg College the first of two $250,000 to back a Physician Assistant program that will begin in 2015.

City of Lynchburg hired Dave Malewitz as the new Parking Manager who will be responsible for helping shape and execute downtown parking as well as navigating the competing parking demands of downtown merchants, residents and shoppers — a daunting task that earned him that "bless your heart" at the Community Market.

Hampton & Inn Suites opened at 3600 Liberty Mountain Drive with a ribbon cutting provided by the Lynchburg Regional Chamber.

Life Focus Pictures completed the Lynchburg 48 hour Film Project. On August 20th, all 17 films will be screened in the dollar theater at Candler Station. Limited tickets are available at The winning film will go to the international film festival Filmapalooza in Hollywood next year to represent Lynchburg amongst 119 other films from all around the world.

Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham opened at 5704 Seminole Ave., with a ribbon cutting provided by the Lynchburg Regional Chamber

Startek in Lynchburg plans to hire 150 additional employees in the next 90 days as the result of an expansion of several lines of business from current clients at the facility. The majority of the positions are for customer service representatives and outbound sales.

U.S. Cellular is donating $1 million to fund teacher classroom projects through its Calling All Teachers program. Last year, the company contributed $500,000 towards educational materials for improved classroom experiences. U.S. Cellular is working with for a fourth time and encourages teachers to post their projects on the site for potential funding. is a charity website that helps teachers identify funds from corporate and individual donations for classroom projects.


Wiley|Wilson provided engineering design services for the Naval Research Laboratory – Laboratory for Autonomous Systems Research in Washington, DC. The facility has earned LEED® Silver certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. LEED is the nation’s preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.


Member News July

The Alzheimer's Association of the Central and Western Virginia Chapter announced new officers. Carol Manning, PhD, Director, Memory Disorders Clinic, University of Virginia, was elected Chairman for a one-year term. Roger Boles, of Verona was elected Vice Chair. Brian Phelps, of Page County was elected Treasurer. Monique Sholes of Charlottesville will continue as Secretary. Joining these four officers on the Board are Past President E. Ray Dinstel of Lynchburg, Dr. Vincent Cibbarelli of Keswick, Jeff Ulmer of Charlottesville, Margie Shaver of Roanoke, and Dr. Barry Moore of Lynchburg.

American National University will host two special events for job-seekers on July 30 and Aug. 13. The "First Impressions Workshop: Professionalism and Social Media" will be held July 30 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at American National University at 104 Candlewood Court. A career fair will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 13.

 AREVA's U.S. Technical Center has passed a Nuclear Procurement Issues Committee (NUPIC) member audit, certifying AREVA as an approved supplier for seismic and environmental qualification testing of existing nuclear equipment. Following this utility-led audit, AREVA can offer these services to support utilities in meeting changing Nuclear Regulatory Commission requirements and testing for commercial grade dedication.

Campbell Insurance was recently honored by the national publication, "Rough Notes" as the March 2014 Marketing Agency of the Month. Based on its focus on clients-both new and current and that these values had been maintained consistently throughout the agency's nearly 100 year history.

Centra Health has announced a new medical facility that is set to open in the Town of Amherst in September 2016. In its planning stages, a 17,500-foot ambulatory care center is set to be built behind the Ambriar Shopping Center in Amherst. Centra expects to spend at least $9 million on the facility.

The Centra Foundation has awarded 22 grants totaling $513,870.45 to support health-related projects and programs in the community through the Centra Community Health Initiative Fund. Funds for the grants are administered by the Centra Foundation and come directly from Centra. These grants listed below will touch the lives of many people by funding and supporting programs that will directly improve the community's health.

Balance: Healthy Mind and Body $102,000
Amazement Square: To support the completion of the 2,400 square foot Centra Gallery which will highlight an interactive set of exhibits that focus on healthy lifestyles, nutrition and anti-obesity education.
Centra Virginia HIV Testing and Counseling Project $10,000
(CHAPS) Coalition for HIV Awareness and Prevention: This grant will support the purchase of HIV rapid tests and to provide counseling and follow-up services to HIV positive individuals.
The CPR Anytime Project $10,000
American Heart Association (Mid-Atlantic Affiliate): To support the purchase of CPR kits to train individuals in CPR skills and host ten large community training sessions.
Equipment Upgrade $4,718.45
Adult Care Center of Central Virginia: To support the purchase of a med chart and wheelchair scale.
Fit to Live $8,617
Piedmont Community Impact Organization: To support the purchase of a blood pressure monitor, fitness equipment, digital scales, glucose meter and body fat monitor.
• Helping our Neighbors Program $10,000
Gleaning for the World: To support the purchase of clothing, shoes and food for families in Central Virginia.
• Incredible Years $5,698
Elizabeth's Early Learning Center: To support the Incredible Years Curriculum for children, which focuses on behavior management and the development of social and emotional skills.
• Integrative Health Team: Increasing Access for Primary Care $91,000
Johnson Health Center: To support positions who will assist adult patients living with serious mental illness who do not have a primary care physician.

Centra Medical Group announce that Susan Dhivianathan, M.D. has joined James Milam, M.D. and Pradeep Pradhan, M.D.

Lynchburg City School Board re-elected Regina Dolan-Sewell as chair and Mary Ann Hoss as vice chair. Pastor James Coleman was recently selected to serve on the board.

The Lynchburg Humane Society will offer a half-off special for adoptions today through Sunday.The nonprofit is competing against nearly 50 other shelters in the nation to receive $100,000 through the ASPCA Rachel Ray challenge by increasing the number of animals' lives saved by the greatest margin.

The Lynchburg Regional Airport carried nearly 1,000 more passengers in June than in June 2013, a 1.2-percent increase.

The Lynchburg Symphony Orchestra is pleased to announce their new Conductor, Dr. Christopher Swanson. Dr. Swanson is a native of Michigan and received his Bachelor of Music from Michigan State University. Directly after attending MSU, he received his Master of Music from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, followed by a Doctor of Music from Florida State University.

U.S. Cellular is offering free Device Workshop on Saturday, July 19 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. that focuses on making the decision to get children their first phone. At the workshops, U.S. Cellular associates will offer families tips on setting phone guidelines and share suggestions to help with the decision.

Member News June

Through a partnership with AREVA Inc., the Jefferson Forest Boys' Varsity Scoccer team raised $2,000 for the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank's Backpack Program. This is the second year in a row that AREVA has sponsored the "JF Kicks for a Cause" program, donating $50 for every goal scored during regular and post season home games to help fight childhood hunger in central Virginia.

Bank of the James is announcing the addition of a mortgage and personal lender at their Boonsboro office. George D. Vaughan IV will fulfill this role. Vaughan is currently a Vice President - Mortgage and Loan Officer for Bank of the James and will be responsible for all mortgage and personal lending at the Boonsboro location.

Centra, which plans to open a 50,000-square-foot emergency care center in Gretna in December, held recruitment events on June 19 at the Hampton Inn in Gretna.

 Centra has announced its all-inclusive employer wellness program. A key component of this service is Centra's purchase of Panoramic Wellness, a local wellness solutions provider In Lynchburg. Panoramic will be joining the Centra system will offer a wide array of options catering to the needs and goals of employers in Central Virginia. Options will include: Occupational Medicine, Wellness Program Design, Employee Clinics and Health Risk Management.

 Dodson Bros. Exterminating Co., Inc. is celebrating its 70 Anniversary and has grown to become one of the largest family-owned pest control companies in the country. Dodson Pest Control currently operates 35 offices serving Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Eastern Tennessee and the District of Columbia metropolitan area.

 The Greater Lynchburg Transit Company debuted its new $8 million transfer center Monday to a welcoming party of about 100 people. The new transfer center offers immediate access to the neighboring Kemper Street train station, Greyhound bus hub and city trail system. As well as provides a host of customer amenities.

 Prototype Advertising has sold the publication of its five Central Virginia magazines, Lynchburg Living, Lynchburg Business, Central Virginia Family, Central Virginia Bridal and Lynchburg Arts to a VistaGraphics located in Virginia Beach.

 Sands Anderson PC has 16 attorneys listed among the "Top Attorneys in Virginia and West Virginia" according to the July 2014 edition of Super Lawyers® Magazine, , and another four were named to the "Rising Stars 2014" list.

 2014 Super Lawyers
• In Appellate, Robert B. "Chip" Delano, Jr. is listed.
• In the Aviation practice, Albert M. Orgain IV is the only Virginia lawyer listed.
• In Business/Corporate, Brian R. Pitney is listed.
• In Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights, William A. Gray and Roy M. Terry are listed.
• In Business Litigation, L. Lee Byrd and Jeffrey H. Geiger are listed.
• In Employment & Labor, C. Michael DeCamps and Karen S. Elliott are listed.
• In Civil Litigation Defense, Cullen D. Seltzer is listed.
• In Estate Planning & Probate, Bruce L. Mertens is listed.
• In Personal Injury Defense: Medical Malpractice, M. Pierce Rucker and Carlyle R. Wimbish, III, are listed.
• In Professional Liability: Defense, Douglas P. Rucker, Jr., . Jonathan Schraub and William N. Watkins are listed.
• In Transportation/Maritime, Terrence R. Graves is listed.

 2014 Super Lawyers -Rising Stars
• In Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights, W. Ashley Burgess and Elizabeth L. Gunn are listed.
• In Healthcare, Justin W. Ward and Michelle L. Warden are listed.

Lynchburg-based Schewel Furniture Co. Inc. plans to open its first store in the Richmond region later this year. The family-owned company bought a former furniture showroom at 7800 W. Broad St. in Henrico County last month.

Member News May

The Alzheimer's Association Central and Eastern Virginia chapter has won the Commonwealth Council on Aging's top 2014 Best Practices $2.000, 3rd place award for its Arts Fusion program. Arts Fusion provides a creative environment that promotes, expression, interpersonal connections and enjoyment for individuals with dementia.

American National Bankshares Inc., the holding company of American National Bank and Trust Company, as been ranked as one of the most profitable 200 community banks in the nation by American Banker Magazine

Banker Steel Company, CEO and owner, Don Banker, will serve as the dinner chair for the 47th Annual Humanitarian Awards Dinner at Lynchburg College on May 28. Banker's role will involve honoring individuals and their contributions to the Central Virginia community.

Bookshop on the Avenue
was picked out of more than 100,000 Virginia businesses to be showcased in a coffee-table book of the 50 states’ most patriotic stores. The Lynchburg store, which sells mostly used books, mirrors the American flag by design. Its outside is painted with 13 stripes of red and white and dotted with 50 blue stars.

Centra medical building set to open early next year in Lynchburg will consolidate services to patients in the area while allowing healthcare professionals to relocate from cramped work spaces. The $13 million center, under construction at 2015 Nationwide Drive, will include occupational health, re-hab and primary-care services. A new physician and several medical assistants will be hired to staff a new urgent-care center as well.

The Craddock Terry Hotel was awarded Best Hotel 2nd Place and Best Special Event Venue 1st Place in Central Virginia by Virginia Living magazine.

Prototype launches print and promotional product services division. To head up sales for its new division sales, the company has hired Franklin Swann, former owner of The Swann Group, a regional supplier of promotional products and services.

Virginia's Region 2000 Business and Economic Development Alliance announces the appointment of Mega Lucas, as the new Chief Executive Officer for the Region 2000 Business and Economic Development Alliance. Megan is currently the Economic Development Director for the Town of Altavista. Megan starts her work with the Region 2000 Alliance in June.

Member News April

The Academy of Fine Arts received a pledge that will push its campaign to restore the historic Academy of Music Theatre past the $3 million mark.

AREVA Inc. announce the renewal of the company’s sponsorship of the 2014-2015 Explore Engineering program at Sweet Briar College in Sweet Briar, Va., with a contribution of $15,000. This is the second consecutive year that AREVA is sponsoring the program as part of its science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education outreach. The Explore Engineering program provides college immersion opportunities for high school girls while introducing the benefits of an education and career in engineering. The AREVA sponsorship will support three Explore Engineering sessions, a week long summer camp, and two weekend “mini-camps” will be held.   These team-based sessions are structured to emphasize creativity, problem solving and engineering design principles. So far, more than 275 high school girls from across the country — many of them from the Lynchburg, Va., area — have attended one or more of the camps.

Centra Medical Group is pleased to announce that Plastic Surgery Associates has joined their network of primary care providers, and medical and surgical specialists.

The Craddock Terry Hotel and Event Center, has accepted the invitation to join the Southern Living Hotel Collection, (www.Southern Chosen by the editors at Southern Living and by invitation only, the Collection is a prestigious group of extraordinary properties which meet the criteria of memorable experiences, impeccable service, outstanding cuisine, and the finest amenities. Members of the Southern Living Hotel Collection are vetted according to the same criteria that the Southern Living editors use to determine editorial coverage. The Collection is by invitation only.

The News & Advance has hired Mark Laskowski as general manager and regional advertising director. Laskowski has 37 years experience with daily and weekly community newspapers, including 15 years at Virginia and North Carolina and South Carolina newspapers.

Member News for March

American National Bankshares Inc. received the second annual 2013 Raymond James Community Bankers Cup award, which recognizes the top 10 percent of community banks. American National also received the 2012 award, the first year that it was established

The Babcock & Wilcox Company announced that its subsidiary Nuclear Fuel Services Inc. was awarded two new contracts for fuel and materials services totaling up to approximately $302 mil-lion from the U.S. Department of Energy, Naval Reactors Laboratory Field Office

Lynch’s Landing Foundation has launched a new grant competition called “INOV8: Driving Business in Downtown Lynchburg.” INOV8 is a small business competition in which three businesses will receive a $10,000 grant to start or expand operations in downtown Lynchburg. Eligible activities for grant support will include expansion programs, transition support from online to home-based businesses and second locations in downtown Lynchburg for businesses currently located outside of the city’s Central Business District. Businesses must register to participate by April 15, 2014. Contact Lynch’s Landing for more information.

MontVue Capital Management, a private, independent wealth management and financial planning firm in Central Virginia is celebrating its 15th anniversary. In 1999, MontVue was founded by Sarah Burnett and Anne Scruggs, who continue to lead the company today. The firm manages over $90 million for high-net-worth individuals, businesses, and endowments. They are marking the occasion with the launch of a new website,, and are holding several celebratory events throughout the year.

U.S. Cellular has named Dana Dorcas, director of sales for the Southeast Region Business Channel in North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.

U.S. Cel