Andy Hodge Atlantic Union Bank Regional President, Coastal Virginia What drew you to Atlantic Union Bank at this stage in your career? After spending 15+ years with two large national banks, BB&T and PNC, I was drawn to a smaller, regional bank where I could have more impact on the business. Atlantic Union Bank’s executive leadership team is second to none – smart, diverse and dynamic, as opposed to the typical executive leadership teams you see in most banks. The story resonates – we are building a Virginia Bank that harkens back to a time when the Commonwealth had numerous dominant banks. My team and region contribute directly to the Bank’s performance and our presence is felt. At the same time, we are able to make decisions on our c
"Wave Leadership College was founded with a vision to combine the best of practical ministry training and academic excellence. I believe that Christian leaders are truly equipped for life and leadership when they experience the rigor of college level academics, comprehend the truth of God’s Word, and have the opportunity to apply what they are learning in a real-life scenario. We are proud to provide this type of education, equipping our students to succeed in their God given purpose." -Pastor Steve Kelly, President of Wave Leadership College A New Year brings with it all new possibilities and a wonderful chance for self-discovery. What better way to begin 2020 than through education? Wave Leadership College is located in the heart of Virginia Beach on Great Neck
By Connie Meyer It was one of those cold, clear, Sunday afternoons of winter when I was in junior high school. Football season was in full swing and my grandmother, Nana Anna; my sister; my dad, Freddie; and our beagle, Freckles were all in our special spots in our family room ready to watch the game. Our team, the Washington Redskins, were to play the first game of the day so there was no question who we’d “root for”. In those days it seemed they either came out of the gate strong and dominated their opponents, or totally behaved like the underdogs even though they were full of talented players. For the second game of the afternoon, we’d ask my dad the same question every Sunday of the season, right before the kickoff. “Dad, who’s the underdog in this mat
Blink Fitness is new to Hampton Roads and is entering with a punch! This exciting gym has so much to offer. Blink Fitness has centered its ideology on not only how a gym can make you look, but also on how it can make you feel. The second a client walks into a Blink location they are immediately greeted with friendly and knowledgeable staff. Blink is a motivating place, since they take pride in challenging the fitness industry norms and celebrating every unique body. Healthy comes in all shapes and sizes and working out in this community will help anyone feel confident and strong in the body they are in! Each location you enter is both bright and welcoming. One of the first things we noticed when walking into their Virginia Beach location was ho...
You’ve said YES! So now what? The date, the venue, what will you wear, where will you party? There are so many things to know and plan. Where do you even begin? This is the reason why the first official Wedding Showcase of the New Year is where you should be. Sunday, January 12th, at Norfolk Scope all the festivities begin. The Uniquely Yours Bridal Showcase presented by Astro Entertainment will open at 11am for a wonderful five hours of fashion, food and fun! Last year’s show had over 1,700 guests, approximately 800 of those were brides. With the exciting partnership with Astro Entertainment many more attendees are anticipated this year. Every year a special part of the fashion show is dedicated to breast cancer survivors, with a portion of the entrance fees donated t
By Tom Knox Many of us visit our senior relatives during the holidays. Often times we see changes that are subtle, but need attention. It could be driving, hygiene, eating fresh food, etc. Some of the biggest issues happen during the winter season to seniors. Here are some tips to keep everyone safe. The depths of winter may seem far off... but evening temperatures are already starting to drop. We have seen some of our first frosts! While it is always beautiful to see the leaves change and snow on the ground, one must remember that the winter season can be dangerous, especially for seniors in our community. Some things to remember this winter: 1) Avoid Slipping on Ice Make sure to wear shoes with good traction and non-skid soles, and stay inside until the road...
By Kerry Dougherty It doesn’t matter if you’re ecstatic over Tuesday’s election results or disappointed. We Virginians can agree on at least one thing: The Old Dominion is beautiful. Especially in the fall. But I’ll tell you what the tourism honchos won’t: Fall foliage is a tad drab this year, thanks to the drought that gripped much of Virginia this summer. Who knew there was a downside to all those unrelentingly sunny days? I spent two weekends in rural Virginia in October. Hey, it’s wedding season. Even without the blinding autumn colors, the Blue Ridge was stunning and if you used your imagination, it seemed that the rolling hills of the piedmont were much the same as they were when Thomas Jefferson travelled those hills on horse
Long-term care insurance: Advice for you and my aging parents When I started working in Home Care over 10 years ago, very few seniors had a long-term care policy that paid for their care. In 2019 over one-third of our clients had their care paid through their long-term care insurance policy. Many do not pay any out-of-pocket expenses for their caregiver. What a change in the industry and what a great benefit! Long-term care insurance was created because Medicare and other traditional insurances do not pay for hourly Activities of Daily Living (ADL) support. ADL support includes bathing, dressing, toileting, ambulating, feeding, and cognitive support. This type of hourly support, as well as companionship, cooking, errands etc. are commonly purchased from 4 hours a day throug...
The Very Best Example of Our Community By Connie Meyer We have had quite a few occasions lately in Hampton Roads to dig deep and define what the word “community” really means to us. The dictionary defines community in its first iteration as, “a group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common.” We think the second definition is more appropriate to us here in Hampton Roads. “A feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals.” Yosef Nissel had never met the 35-year-old teacher who disappeared in the Atlantic back in July after that teacher had jumped in to save a student. Rabbi Bauman (above) When Nissel learned Rabbi Reuven Bauman was unfortunately missing, he de
Congress finally did something right! Congress finally did something we can appreciate and enjoy! Granted it happened back on May 4th, 1964 when they declared bourbon a distinct product of the United States. Thank goodness for this, otherwise we wouldn’t have such an illustrious local gem as Tarnished Truth Distilling Company. Enjoyed locally, awarded nationally, Tarnished Truth produces many different types of spirits, but what they are most proud of is their bourbon. Tarnished Truth, founded just a short time ago in 2017, has certainly made its mark in this area when it reclaimed the Hunt Room downstairs in the historic Cavalier Hotel. Most of us wonder where the “Tarnished Truth” moniker comes from. The distillery’s name stems from the legend that h