Many encorepreneurs remember when Regency Square was THE retail mall in Richmond, and several long-tiime Richmond real estate veterans are bringing it back. Co-managers of Recency's new ownership are Rob Hargett, a Partner at The Rebkee Company (Rebkee) and Mark Slusher, Senior Vice President with Thalhimer Realty Partners, Inc. (TRP). Rob and Mark are excited to bring a new look, a new shopping experience and the best possible retailers to the Tuckahoe area over the next few years.
The most significant features of the $30 million project is the construction of a new signature entrance from Quioccasin Road and the creation of an exterior façade of stores facing outward instead of the current configuration which orients all stores inward. The master plan provides for almost 44,000 SF of new retail development, a 12,000 SF two level retail building with rooftop dining, and four outparcel development sites. The effort is off to a good start with the addition of Chipotle, MOD Pizza, and the repuposing of the former Bank of AMerica building into an environmentally conscious Starbucks.
You will find easy access and parking since the center has worked in concert with Henrico County to demolish the Quioccasin Road flyover which passed over one of the mall’s entrances, and the parking deck has been removed to increase visibility and create an opportunity for outside entertainment and dining.
WellcomeMD, a RIchmond-based "concierge" or "membership" medical practice, has become a financial supporter of our programs by becoming our first Encorepreneur Partner. The company's goal is to establish the kind of personal relationship with its patietnts that once prevailed between primary care pysicians and their patients while accessing new, cutting edge treatments.
Both WellcomeMD's founder, Linda Nash, and its first RIchmond physician, Dr. Neal Carl, are former speakers at Encorepreneur! Breakfasts. The support provided our Partners will be used to bring new programs and projects to our attendees. For instance, the video's of our conversation with Abigail SPanberger was produced thanks to WellcomeMD's support.
Encorepreneur! had another record breaking year in 2018, with more than 3,700 registrations for our monthly breakfasts. Seven of our meetings were sell-outs, and we visited 7 new locations including the Robinson Theater in Church Hill, Dominion Payroll's community room in Scott's Addition, the RIchmond Ballet, Zacharias-Ganey Helath institute, the Institute of Contemporary Art, West End Assembly of God church, and the Tang and Biscuit, our first venture to a shufleboard court. To accomdate bigger crowds, we also returned to the RIchmond Police Academy, the Glen Allen Cultural Arts Center, St. Joseph's VIlla, the studios of the Community Idea Stations and LeCLairRyan. Thank you to all of our 2018 hosts!
Our February speaker, James, “Chip” Cottrell, will talk about the efforts of international organizations to tackle the global issues created by new technologies including AI, big data and efforts by Russia and other countries to weaponize “fake news”. Through Stockholm University’s eGovLab, Chip is currently an advisor to Co-Inform, a European Union funded effort to develop tools to counter the efforts of certain nations to expand their influence abroad through the spread of misinformation. He will update us on efforts to create tools to help citizens, journalists and policymakers counter the effects of misinformation. More information or register here.
Newly elected Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger answered questions about her transition from CIA agent to business woman to candidate to Member of Congress at our January breakfast.
She answered questions before record breaking crowd of 350 at the Cultural Arts Center of Glen Allen. More than 500 encorepreneurs requested spots for the event, but it was sold out in just a few hours. Rep. Spanberger talked about her journey from J.R. Tucker High School to the halls of Congress and about the steep learning curve from realizing she was a winner on Novemeber 6th to the floor of the House on January 3. And ,she shared some fun stories about how she told her mother-in-law she was a CIA agent, and how she completed her victory speech while her 4 year old daughter sat on her feet behind the podium.
Nancy Eberhardt, a long-time encorepreneur and author of Uncommon Candor asked questions submitted in advance by the attendees.
Jane Henderson has been named to the 39th class of Outstanding Women Awards honorees by YWCA Richmond. The list includes eight women who are leaders in the community in eight different categories, and Jane was named to the business category. Jane founded Virginia Community Capital, and is a board member and past president of Community Development Bankers Association, former board chair of Community Housing Partners Corporation and board member of Community Development Trust.
Supporting Encorepreneur and newly elected Representative to Virginia's 7th Congressional District, Abigail Spanberger, has accepted an invitation to provide us with a inside look into what it is like to make the transition from private citizen to freshman Congresswoman.
Encorepreneur is about taking on new challenges and expanding your comfort zone, and there are few situations that present greater examples of that than the life changes that Rep. Spanberger faces after her win.
With only 6 days to recover from a long and tiring campaign, Abigail was due in Washington for a week long orientation for first-year members, and soon she will be working on winning the House's office lottery, negotiating with leadership to get a "plum" committee assignment, and scores of other tasks that there are different than anything a new member has ever experienced in her previous day job.
This special meeting won't follow our usual format. Instead of a speech from a podium, Abigail will join us for a chat over morning coffee. She will be answering questions and offering her observations about the day-to-day life of a new Congresswoman in an informal setting. We are planning on a date in mid December before she joins the 434 other members of the House in early January.
Richmond Inno is new source of business news. It launched in July of this year and, according to its website, its objective is to “connect the city’s emerging ecosystem, producing digital media and events about the entrepreneurs, executives, startups, businesses, trends and topics that are the shaping the present and future of Richmond’s economy.”
So far, the group seems to be avoiding the traditional route of many print and online business publications that seem to focus on real estate transactions, restaurants and lists.
The origins of Richmond Inno are anything but a start-up. Richmond is the 11th market to be opened by American Inno, which, in turn, was launched by Charlotte based ACBJ, or American City Business Journals. ABCJ has added American Inno to its family of media brands that cover business, car collectors, women, lacrosse and other sports. Their objective is to cultivate a national audience of next-gen business leaders and assembling a network of local innovation expertise.
Here are some of the offerings of Richmond Inno.
· The Beat, a twice-a-week email covering Richmond’s innovation economy. Sign up for The Beat here.
· Careers Directory showing open tech and startups jobs
· An Events Directory that includes a list of upcoming events and meetups of interest to members of the entrepreneurial and technology communities.
Eva DeVirgilis is an actor, speaker, activist and artist from New York City who now is “ecstatic to call Richmond her home”. Eva has been called an "entertainment dynamo," and an “on-stage powerhouse” by critics, and we think you’ll agree. She has an important message and is a great public speaker. Her TEDxRVA talk is the most watched in TEDxRVA history.
Eva coaches and consults with organizations in developing dynamic, outside-the-box presentations and leads seminars on team-building using the Rules of Improv Comedy. (No ’trust-falls’ she promises.) She is also a consultant and adjunct professor of public speaking at Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Business.
While working as a makeup artist between acting gigs in NYC, Eva heard women constantly apologizing for their appearance while sitting in her chair. She shared these perspectives on self-esteem, body image, and often unrealistic 21st Century beauty standards through her internationally renowned TEDxRVA presentation. Response to the presentation flourished into an around the world research trip to see how other cultures viewed the same issues. The tour was commissioned by the New Works division of Virginia Repertory Theatre, and the results will be debuted as "In My Chair", a new solo-show, both written and performed by her. Co-produced by Virginia Rep and Cadence Theatre Company Opening March 2nd-23rd, 2019.
We think you’ll laugh and cry with her as she brings these makeup chair conversations to life, and leave inspired to encourage yourself and your clients to be more confident and to stop apologizing.
Eva’s other acting credits include theatre in New York, Philadelphia, and Richmond. She has appeared in Law & Order: Criminal Intent, AMC’s Turn; Washington's Spies. Legends & Lies, and can currently be seen waxing comically in 5 hilarious Capital One commercials.
She holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from The New School University in NYC. She's happily married to crooner, actor, and U.S. Navy Reserve Sailor: Scott Wichmann. Be sure to visit Eva’s website to find out more about her.
Dr. BRUCE HEILMANChancellor of the University of Richmond
World War II Veteran
WEDNESDAY. OCTOBER 24
"WHY THEY NEVER TALK ABOUT IT"
On Wednesday, October 24, Dr. Bruce Heilman will be the first Encorepreneur breakfast speaker asked to return for a second appearance. In 2014, a full house in the UR School of Business auditorium listened reverently as he described how, and why, he joined the Marine Corps during World War II, and how that decision has affected his life. This time, he will tell us about the impact of the war on the lives of the veterans he has met and gotten to know during his cross country mototcycle travels and other work supporting veterans groups.
When Dr. Heilman last spoke to Encorepreneur, there were nearly 1 million WWII veterans still alive. Today, the number is less than than half that figure. In four more years the number will be only about 100,000. He will will tell us why they are reluctant to talk about about their experiences and remind us why we shuold still be grateful.
Dr. Heilman left school at the age of 17 to enlist in the Marine Corps in 1944. He fought in the battle of Okinawa, and his outfit was set to invade Japan in six weeks when the United States dropped the atomic bombs over Hiroshima and Nagasaki. His unit was in charge of disarming the Japanese forces and reestablishing Hiroshima when it was still hot with radioactive material. Dr. Heilman stayed in the Corps for four years and exited as a sergeant.
Grand Marshal Dr. Heilman leads WWII section of National Memorial
Day Parade up Constitution Avenue in 2015.
Today, at age 92, he is actively telling the story of the “greatest generation” across the US. Dr. Heilman serves as the national spokesperson for the "Keep the Spirit of ‘45 Alive Campaign" which works to celebrate the achievements of the “Greatest Generation,” in order to instill the same values in their descendants today.
He received a Harley as a 50th anniversary present from his late wife, Betty, and he now rides on the open road to share the message of the bravery and sacrifices of the members of the Marine Corps and other services who served in World War II. In 2016, on the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, Heilman celebratd his 90th birthday by completing a 7,000-mile cross-country ride in remembrance of the tragedy. Since his 84th birthday he has traveled 60,000 milies and visited all 50 states on his Harley.
After the Corps, Dr. Heilman used the G.I. bill to get his bachelor’s degree and continued to earn a master’s degree and then a Ph.D; all from Peabody College, a part of Vanderbilt University. He served as president of Meredith College from 1966 to 1971 and served as president of the University of Richmond in 1971 until 1986. During his tenure, he was instrumental in receiving the largest contribution to the school in its history, a $50 million gift from Claiborne Robins. He is currently the Chancellor of the University.
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