By Donna Ashworth

We proudly announce the most recent members to the Chamber of Commerce. Please welcome them with your business and support:

2 Witches Winery & Brewing Company, Inc.
Julie Brown
209 Trade Street
Danville, VA 24541
(434) 529-2739
Manufacturing and Processors

Bon Appétit Management Company at Averett University
Michael Moroni
420 West Main Street
Danville, VA 24541
(434) 791-7307

Kinetico-Advanced Water Systems
Ron Sheckells
146 Annaron Court
Raleigh, NC 27603
(919) 614-2546

Mindful Connections
Linda McConahey
2087 NC Hwy 700
Pelham, NC 27311
(336) 388-9964

Thomas M. Powell
9000 Matoaka Glen Road
Quinton, VA 23141
(804) 932-3593
Apartment Rentals

Providence Family & Sports Medicine
Lisa Wood
441-E Piney Forest Road
Danville, VA 24540
(434) 791-4110
Physicians & Surgeons

Shear Image Salon and Tanning Inc.
Heather Swanson
10372 Martinsville Highway
Danville, VA 24541
(434) 685-5000
Salons - Hair, Nail, Spa, Tanning

By Donna Ashworth

Thank you to the following businesses and organizations that renewed their membership investment between April 25, 2014 – June 27, 2014:


Abundant Life World Outreach

Alcova Mortgage

Bankers Insurance, LLC

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Smith Mountain Lake Real Estate

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Danville Area, Inc.


The Brick Running & Tri Store

Carter Craig Attorneys at Law

David D. Childress, DDS

Collie Equipment Company

Colonial Ridge Apartments

Comfort Inn & Suites

Dan River Region Association of Realtors

Danville Dental Associates

Danville Pittsylvania Community Services

Danville Women’s Care, P.C.


Finch & Finch, Inc. Funeral and Cremation Service

J. Clint Fleming, Inc.

Four Seasons Pest Control

Free Clinic of Danville

Ginger Bread House & Garden Center

God’s Storehouse

The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company

Goodyear Tire & Service Network

H & R Block

Haymore & Holland, PC

Horizontech, Inc.

Insurance Junction

Kare Pharmacy

Kid-Konnection Child Development Center

Lavinder Group and Associates

Leesville Lake Association Inc.

Liberty Tax Services


Mary Kay Cosmetics

Mid-Atlantic Broadband Cooperative

New Beginnings Insurance Services

Newcomb Carpet


Panoramic Wellness

Party Palooza

Pemberton Lofts

Piedmont Printing & Graphics Inc.

Pittsylvania County Public Library System

Riverside Insurance Agency

Romar Elevators

Russell Scruggs

Semones Automotive

Showcase Magazine

SleepyGoat Cheese

Southern Office Machines

Southern State Chatham Cooperative

Southern Virginia Higher Education Center

J. W. Squire Company, Inc.

State Farm Insurance & Financial Services

State Farm-Donelson Insurance Agency, Inc.

Stratford Courtyard Conference Center

Thompson Insurance Services


Virdia, Inc.

Virginia Technical Institute

Wal-Mart #1465

Wells Fargo Advisors

Drs. Wentz & Manry

J. D. Yeatts & Son, Inc.

Your I.T. Professional LLC

By Donna Ashworth

After an extensive nationwide search, Averett University has announced that Timothy E. Fulop has been appointed Averett's new vice president for academic affairs and student success, effective July 1. Read more… 

Telly D. Tucker of Williamsburg has been selected to fill the City of Danville’s vacant economic development director position. Tucker is currently the assistant economic development director in James City County. His first day on the job in Danville will be July 1. Read more… 

M. Scott Waller, a financial advisor with BB&T Scott & Stringfellow’s Danville and Alexandria offices, has been promoted to senior vice president. Read more… 

Karl Stauber and the Danville Regional Foundation have garnered statewide recognition for contributions to the redevelopment of the River District. Read more…

Luis A. Abreu, a well-known local litigator with over 30 years of experience, has one again been anmed to the Virginia Super Lawyers list as one of the top attorneys in Virginia for 2014. No more the 5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by Super Lawyers.

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

Dr. Bhushan Pandya, founder and president of the Danville Gastroenterology Center, recently won the 2014 American Medical Association International Medical Graduate Section Governing Council election. Read more… 

Graduating from the Certified Event Rental Professional program, developed by the American Rental Association, is one of the party and event rental industry’s most esteemed accomplishments. For Carson Sneed, manager at Big Sky Rents & Events, achieving this distinguished certification has become a reality. Read more… 

Karen S. Cifers has been elected as an assistant vice president by the Carter Bank & Trust’s Board of Directors. She will continue in her role as managing officer of the Blairs office, located at 5406 U.S. 29 North. Read more… 

Patricia R. Lovelace has been elected an assistant vice president and managing officer by Carter Bank & Trust’s board of directors. She will continue in her role as managing officer of the U.S. 58 East office, located at 140 Kentuck Road. Read more… 

Jewell W. Hylton has been elected an assistant cashier and managing officer by the Carter Bank & Trust’s board of directors. She will continue in her role as managing officer of the South Main office, located at 903 S. Main St. in Danville. Read more… 

Kelly Finney Fitzgerald has been named market director for marketing and strategic planning for the South Central Virginia Market of LifePoint Hospitals. Read more… 

The Virginia Tobacco Indemnification & Community Revitalization Commission recently voted to establish a Center of Manufacturing Excellence at the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center. Read more… 

Dunham’s Sports will be the newest anchor tenant at Danville Mall, taking over 95,000 square feet in the mall where Boscov’s used to be located. Read more… 

Siemens announced a $33 million dollar in-kind software grant to the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center. Read more…

The Danville School Board recently passed a resolution officially recognizing Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce, First State Bank and URW Community Federal Credit Union. The three businesses were placed on the 2014 Virginia School Boards Association Business Honor Roll.  Read more… 

Danville has been awarded $20 million through the federal New Markets Tax Credit program — credits the city will use to attract business development projects that promise new jobs to the city. Read more…

Don Merricks, president and owner of J.W. Squire, Co., Inc., has been elected to the Danville Regional Medical Center board of trustees. Read more…

The Danville Regional Foundation has pledged almost $2.44 million to Danville Community College’s precision machining and welding technology programs. Read more…

Virginia Advanced Study Strategies recently announced that Paul Jesukiewicz and Julie Brown have been named to the board of directors.  Brown is currently the director of advanced learning for the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research. Read more…

Danville Public Schools was recognized by the National School Public Relations Association as a 2014 Excellence Award winner for the school system’s e-newsletters. Read more… 

The Arc of Southside plans to move its Hatcher Center Outlet Store in Blairs to downtown Danville by the Christmas holidays. Tonya Fowler, executive director of The Arc of Southside, said the organization bought a building at 411 Main St. in April for $190,000 to open the store there. Read more… 

Hargrave Military Academy welcomes Steve Griffin, a 2013/2014 Albert Einstein Fellow and the academy’s science department chairman for the 2014-15 academic year. Read more… 

Kimberly A. Priest, CPA, has been named a partner with Harris, Harvey, Neal & Co., LLP.  Priest is native of Halifax County and is currently a resident of Scottsburg, Virginia.  In 2002, she received her Bachelor of Science in Business with a concentration in Accounting and Information Systems from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.  She has been an associate with Harris, Harvey, Neal & Co., LLP for the past six years and earned her accreditation as a Certified Public Accountant in 2005.

The Southern Virginia Higher Education Center (SVHEC) recently held a completion ceremony for the second cohort of students to complete the Advanced Manufacturing Boot Camp: Work Ready Foundations (WRF) program. Eight individuals successfully completed the seven-week work-readiness training program, earning 10 college credits and 8 industry recognized certifications.