Member News from December 2011
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By Autumn Morris

Tom Gay, Interim Director of United WayUnited Way of Danville-Pittsylvania County has appointed Tom Gay, formerly with Moses, Hayes, and Willeford, to serve as Interim President while the organization searches for a new President and CEO. Current United Way President Patrick Jinks begins a new assignment as President/CEO of United Way in Lancaster, PA on Jan. 3. Gay has a strong history with United Way, serving as Campaign Chair in 2008, and serving on numerous boards of United Way partner organizations. He also served as Interim Director for Goodwill Industries in Danville during their most recent CEO search. 
• US Senator Jim Webb recently announced that the U.S. Department of Commerce National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will invest $212,800 in GENEDGE ALLIANCE, a statewide manufacturing support program based at Patrick Henry Community College in Martinsville.

Averett University• Averett University opened its Carrington Autism Resource Center on Nov. 30. The center, which is located on the second floor of Mary B. Blount Library, will serve as a place for parents of autistic children as well as educators and clinicians to find the resources they need. The resource center is a lending-library of autism-related materials, resources, iPads, games, and books to help parents, teachers, clinicians, and caregivers assist in intervention efforts of children with autism in our region. The resource center came to fruition thanks to a $20,000 grant from The Alexander Berkeley Carrington Jr. and Ruth Simpson Carrington Charitable Trust.

Brian Wilson• Brian Wilson, General Manager with Commonwealth Home Health Care, has been awarded the “Thomas L. Petty, M.D. Invacare Award for Excellence in Home Respiratory Care” by the American Association of Respiratory Care. The award is given annually to one therapist within the United States for their outstanding individual achievement in home respiratory care. Brian has been employed with Commonwealth for 27 years and is a Life Member of the Danville Life Saving Crew. 

EcomNets recently donated five of their Verdio computers to the Boys & Girls Club of the Danville Area. Phillip Wright, General Manager, said the environmentally friendly computers are designed to use a third of the power consumed by typical units.

• The “Give Thanks for Smiles” fundraiser organized by the Danville Dental Associates raised $3,700 for God’s Storehouse in November. More than 128 service hours were donated by the doctors and staff from all four locations. Dental services were provided to patients for a fee of $50 per filling, extraction, or cleaning with the practice providing all needed material and supplies.

Colbert Moran• The Merchants Association of Gretna broke with tradition and named two people as Gretna’s 2011 “Citizens of the Year.” Brothers Kenny Moran and Bruce Moran were honored at the association’s annual awards banquet. Long-time Gretna residents and operators of Colbert-Moran Funeral Home, the Morans were deemed “most deserving” of the honor. 

Rippe’s “Pink Purse” breast cancer awareness fundraiser raised $8,124. All proceeds from the fundraiser will be used to assist local breast cancer patients with their medical cost of cancer-related prescriptions, travel, medical supplies, and equipment. Funds will be administered by the Danville Cancer Association. Ben Rippe and his associates have raised more than $49,000 for local breast cancer patients over the past six years.

Pepsi Beverages Company• The employees of the local Pepsi Beverages Company  raised funds in support of the Boys & Girls Clubs organization. Their efforts culminated in a donation of over $2,000. The Boys and Girls Club of the Danville Area would like to commend them for their support of the local children in the community. 

Danville Regional Medical Center recently announced the addition of Dr. John Mahoney to its medical staff as an orthopedic surgeon. Mahoney specializes in general orthopedic care, arthritis and osteoporosis care, sports medicine, joint replacement, pediatric orthopedics, and orthopedic trauma. His office is at the Danville Orthopedic Clinic located on 125 Executive Drive (Suite A) in Danville. 

Jeff Haley• American National Bank and Trust Company has announced the following promotions, effective Jan. 1, 2012.Charles H. Majors will become Chairman and will continue as Chief Executive Officer of American National Bankshares Inc. Jeffrey V. Haley will become Chief Executive Officer of American National Bank and Trust Company and President of its holding company, American National Bankshares Inc. He was also named to the Board of Directors for the holding company. James (Jimmy) Jefferson will become Senior Vice President and Controller. Katja Milligan-Collie will become Assistant Vice President and Regional Branch Administrator, responsible for retail banking operations for the Bank’s Danville and North Carolina regions. Other promotions by the Board included Linda Conner to Assistant Vice President & Retail Banking Relationship Manager, Tom Hickey to Senior Vice President of Special Assets, and Jennifer Krantz to Assistant Vice President & Regional Branch Administrator.

• Governor Bob McDonnell recently announced that Dominion Virginia Power in partnership with Faneuil, Inc. will invest $1.5 million and create 150 jobs in Halifax County by establishing a customer care center for Dominion Virginia Power. Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling joined business and government leaders in South Boston on the Governor’s behalf to announce the project. With today’s announcement there are 300 customer care center jobs related to Dominion in Southern Virginia.  

• The City of Danville received a $600,000 grant to fund the “321 Craghead Warehouse” project. This award is part of a recent announcement of $2.8 million in Industrial Revitalization Fund (IRF) grants for six projects in Virginia. Projects were reviewed and evaluated competitively, with an emphasis on those with a high level of blight, identification of impediments to economic development effort, alignment with regional or local strategies, availability of matching resources, level of community distress where the property is located, and an identified and feasible end use. 



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