Business Notes for week of Aug. 13 | Business Notes

Board appointments

Five new members have recently joined the Chesapeake Regional Health Foundation Board of Directors. Christopher Crouch, Michael J. Kos, C. Ross Morgan, Tara Preston and Woody Warren began their appointments July 1. Their terms will last through June 2021. Crouch is the director of business development at RRMM Architects, headquartered in Chesapeake. Kos has more than 32 years of broad-ranging bank experience having worked as an executive for many local banking institutions. He currently serves as senior vice president at Union Bank & Trust. Morgan has been with TowneBank for over 18 years and currently serves as the executive vice president and senior lending officer, in Chesapeake. Preston is president of Preston Homes Inc., in Chesapeake. Her career began in the real estate department of a local community bank and as a mortgage loan officer. Warren is the owner of RE/MAX Ultra, providing real estate services in Southeastern Virginia and Northeastern North Carolina. The foundation board is a volunteer group that supports the philanthropic, scientific and educational purposes of Chesapeake Regional Healthcare. One of its signature events is the annual Chesapeake Regional Health Foundation gala.

Four members were elected to leadership positions during the Chesapeake Hospital Authority July meeting. Susan O. Archer was named chairman, Lawrence E. Zoeller was named vice chairman, Robert W. Tull Jr. was named secretary and Kristi A. Wooten was named treasurer. Each member will serve one year in their elected positions. Archer is president of Old Dominion Container Repair. She is a member of several community organizations and has served in many leadership positions. Zoeller has been the owner and president of Material Handling Supply since the company’s establishment in 1980. A Chesapeake native, Zoeller has served on Chesapeake’s Transportation Toll Facility Advisory Committee. Tull is founder and president of Tull Financial Group in Chesapeake. He is an active community volunteer and has more than 30 years of financial planning experience in Hampton Roads. Wooten is the owner of the Wooten Law Group. She focuses her practice on family law and previously was secretary on the foundation’s board of directors.

Awards and honors

The Portsmouth Airgas branch was selected as one of four national branches of the year out of more than 900 nationwide locations. The awards celebrate excellence in customer service, safety and financial performance. Senior company leaders visited Hampton Roads in June to present the trophy. Each branch associate also received a personalized ring commemorating their achievement. The Portsmouth location was named the company’s best large branch in the national welders region three times in the past 10 years and supports the production and distribution needs of three other local branches.

Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia recently announced that its Electronic Performance Appraisal Tool has been honored with an Aging Achievement Award by the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging. The awards program is supported by WellCare Health Plans. Senior Services was among 45 local aging programs to receive honors at a national conference and trade show from July 28 through Aug. 1 in Chicago. The awards recognize area agencies on aging and Title VI Native American aging programs that develop and implement cutting-edge approaches to support older adults, people with disabilities and their family caregivers.

Heidi Howard Tandy, chair of Price Benowitz Transactional Group’s intellectual property group, is now a board certified specialist in intellectual property law. The honor is conferred only on expert attorneys who have demonstrated depth and accomplishment in trademark and copyright law. The certification recognizes special knowledge, skills and proficiency in intellectual property law, professionalism and ethics in practice. Tandy has 20 years experience regarding on trademarks, copyrights, privacy policies and terms of service policies. She regularly advises clients on branding, domain name issues, social media policies, license agreements and infringements.


Bella Tu Boutique donated more than $600 to St. Mary’s Home for children and adults with disabilities after what started as a one-day fashion fundraiser turned into a multi-month consignment event. Terrie Mitchell, owner of the upscale Virginia Beach consignment shop, had invited the St. Mary’s Kid2Kid youth volunteer program to collect clothes for a special sales rack to benefit the Home. St. Mary’s Home in Norfolk provides around-the-clock care for 88 Virginia children and 12 adults with disabilities.

Newport News received $480,000 for the 2506 Jefferson Avenue Project, part of $1.44 million in state industrial revitalization grants awarded to three projects.The program provides gap financing for construction projects aligned with local and regional economic development strategies, primarily in distressed communities, according to Gov. Ralph Northam’s office.

The Judeo Christian Outreach Center recently received a number of donations from local organizations. The BB&T Lighthouse Project Committee recently dropped off five welcome home baskets and three queen sized air mattresses. The women of the Virginia Beach City Union’s Dolphin Circle presented exeuctive director Todd Walker a check for $12,000 in June. The Virignia Beach Rotary Club came in a caravan of cars to drop off more than 300 pounds of nonperishable food.

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