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About Jill Watkins: Panel Speaker at June 10 Elevations Luncheon

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Like father, like daughter! Jill Watkins, principal of Watkins Design Works, explains her passion for interior design was evident early in life through exposure to her father’s architecture firm! Jill says, “My dad is a retired architect, and when I was in high school, I worked summers at the firm he worked with. When I started my company, my first major project was as a consultant with that same firm!” Keep your eyes out for more on Jill Watkins!

Jill Watkins’ love for interior design is evident in her work. Jill is the owner of Watkins Design Works, a commercial interior design and green building consulting firm located in the Charleston Area Alliance’s business incubator. Jill has 22 years of commercial design experience, including 18 specifically related to green building, and worked with architects and engineers for the majority of her career before starting her own firm in 2014. Jill is NCIDQ Certified, a LEED Accredited Professional BD+C, a professional member of ASID, and recently graduated from Leadership Kanawha Valley. She is participating in the Alliance’s GROW entrepreneurship program and is Chair of the U.S. Green Building Council West Virginia Chapter.

Don’t miss your chance to hear more about Jill Watkins and her company,Watkins Design Works, at the Elevation Luncheon on June 10! Register now!

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Bernie Deem to moderate June 10 Elevations Luncheon

We are excited to announce that the moderator for the Elevations Professional Women’s Network Luncheon: Own It! will be Bernie Deem!

Bernie Deem brings a new perspective to HR with her fresh insights and unique ideas for solving old problems. These abilities, combined with her extensive expertise and knowledge, led Bernie to be twice honored by the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM). She is one of only two individuals to have received the Charleston SHRM HR Award of Excellence and recently was named the HR Professional of the Year, an award bestowed by the WV State Council of SHRM.

Bernie is a frequently requested speaker and is best known for her engaging style and high energy. Some of her topics have been: “The Seven Secret Reasons Employees Sue,” “Personnel and Employees from Hell,” “HR Secrets I Only Tell My Friends,” and “Building High Impact Relationships.” Her presentation on “We Don’t Hate You, We Just Want You to Leave” is the result of research she conducted on how to minimize the odds of a lawsuit based on using a technique she developed called “The Graceful Exit.” Bernie is also a published author, having written articles such as “Frequent Mistakes Made by Small Business Owners,” “Five Simple Rules for Dealing With a Marginal Performer,” and “Motivating Without Money.”

Do not miss the chance to hear Bernie speak, go register now!

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About Morgan Richards: Panel Speaker at June 10 Elevations Luncheon

Morgan Richards HeadshotNot many people can say they are working in the professional field they dreamed of as a child. Morgan Richards happens to be one of the very few who can! Morgan says, “I have always known that I wanted to be in the fashion industry. When I was in elementary school we had to write down in a journal what we wanted to be when we grew up, I wrote that I wanted to be a fashion designer, but not design shoes and bags especially for men! My parents found this and blew it up on a poster board for me when I graduated SCAD last year. It was pretty funny, because now I am an accessory designer making shoes and handbags and my focus is menswear.”

Morgan Richards has made a name for herself in her industry. Morgan’s company, Morgan Rhea, was launched in 2014 after Morgan graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design. She wanted to get in touch with her Appalachian roots so she opened her studio in her home state of West Virginia.

Morgan Rhea’s current collection “Silently Speaking Gratitude” is dedicated to those who have inspired and impacted her life through their personal journeys. By giving gratitude to those who have struggled and triumphed, this handmade collection was born. She depicts personal journeys by inscribing individual stories onto her one of a kind tailored accessories that can be passed down for generations.

Everything is hand assembled to create timeless pieces with personalized designs and superb craftsmanship. Designed for the individual who wants to express their personal journey through an accessory that is a conversation in itself. Each accessory is hand made from a buffalo hide and is hand stitched to create a timeless piece.

In this short time, Morgan has had many accomplishments. She was named the winner of the 2014 Independent Handbag Designer Award for “Best Student Made Handbag” where she was featured in the September Issue of InStyle Magazine. She has had the pleasure to meet with top celebrities in her industry such as Zac Posen and Alexander Wang. She has had the pleasure of designing for singers John Legend and Brett Dennen. Morgan is looking forward to growing her business in the state of West Virginia and beyond.

Don’t miss your chance to hear more about Morgan Richard’s and her company Morgan Rhea at the Elevation Luncheon on June 10. Register now!

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Successful Ribbon Cutting At All Seasons Self Storage!

All Seasons Self Storage is located at: 5148 Elk River Road Elkview, WV 25026

All Seasons Self Storage is located at:
5148 Elk River Road
Elkview, WV 25026

Friday was a beautiful day for a ribbon cutting ceremony at All Seasons Self Storage in Elkview, WV!

Thank you to everyone who came out to the grand opening!

JD Gandee's father had the honor of cutting the ribbon.

JD Gandee’s father had the honor of cutting the ribbon.

A special thanks to Kanawha County Commissioner Dave Hardy and Speaker of the House Tim Armstead.

Speaker of the House Tim Armstead speaking at the ribbon cutting.

Speaker of the House Tim Armstead speaking at the ribbon cutting.

The Charleston Area Alliance would like to thank JD Gandee, family and friends for allowing us to be involved in the special event.

JD Gandee and his wife, Karen, at the ribbon cutting.

JD Gandee and his wife, Karen, at the ribbon cutting.

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Announcing a New Member to the Charleston Area Alliance!

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The Charleston Area Alliance is excited to welcome an inspiring new member to the network, Walk Fiercely!

Walk Fiercely is a blog written by West Virginia native, Christa Hamra. Christa uses this bog to share her personal journey as a woman who is driven to become a healthier individual. What makes Christa’s journey unique is that her she reaches all of her health goals by walking; she completed a marathon (26.2 miles) earlier this month, solely through walking. Christa has come to believe that the only way she can continue to live a healthy lifestyle is by continually setting goals. That is exactly what she does, and we are lucky enough to experience the journey with her through Walk Fiercely. Her determination is inspiring to the Charleston Area Alliance and we know our community will support and welcome her with open arms.

Christa encourages others to join her on her quest to live a healthier lifestyle by keeping up with her and her great blog. You can check out Christa’s blog, Walk Fiercely, by clicking here!

Contact (304) 340-4253 or visit www.CharlestonAreaAlliance.org for more information about an Alliance membership.

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Announcing a new member to the Charleston Area Alliance!

HealthNet logoWelcome HealthNet Aeromedical Services!

HealthNet Aeromedical Services is a leading provider of critical care transport in West Virginia. It is one of the few statewide-based air medical services in the United States. HealthNet Aeromedical Services has base locations all over the state of West Virginia including Morgantown, Ripley, Huntington, Beckley, Buckhannon and Martinsburg.

We are thrilled HealthNet Aeromedical Services has decided to join our network here at the Alliance and we are eager to support them as they continue to lead the state in aeromedical transportation.

Contact (304) 340-4253 or visit www.CharlestonAreaAlliance.org for more information about an Alliance membership.

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Charleston Area Alliance Excited to Announce Newest Member!

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We would like to send out a warm welcome to our newest member of the Alliance, Babst Calland Clements & Zomnir, P.C.

Babst Calland is one of the most respected top-tier law firms in the mid-Atlantic United States. Their attorneys have the knowledge and experience needed to solve complex legal problems for corporations, private companies and organizations of all types. Babst Calland attorneys deliver a broad range of quality legal services, responding quickly and efficiently to answer questions and solve problems and litigate issues in federal state courts and before administrative tribunals. Babst Calland’s Charleston, WV office handles a wide range of legal issues that include a particular focus on natural gas and other energy related issues, as well as environmental, business services, title, litigation, land use, construction, and employment and labor law. Babst Calland just moved to their new office centrally located in the BB&T building in Downtown Charleston.

Babst Calland now has access to the many benefits and services that the Alliance provides. They are part of a network of more than 600 members who are devoted to building and improving our community.

We are excited to welcome Babst Calland as a new member of the Charleston Area Alliance.

Contact (304) 340-4253 or visit www.CharlestonAreaAlliance.org for more information about an Alliance membership.

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Elevations Professional Women’s Network Luncheon: Own It!

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Wednesday, June 10
11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Charleston Marriott Town Center

The Charleston Area Alliance presents the Elevations Professional Women’s Network Luncheon: Own It!, an in-depth look at entrepreneurship – exploring risks, challenges and rewards along the way.

The event opens at 11:30 a.m. with informal networking, followed by a seated luncheon and a panel discussion with women entrepreneurs at noon.

The panelists include:

  • Claudette Hudson, owner of Tgraphics, a professional screen printing, embroidery and advertising company;
  • Morgan Richards, owner/design of Morgan Rhea, a handmade leather goods and handbags company;
  • Debra Rohrer, president of Geo-Rhea, a geospatial aerial data acquisition company;
  • Jill Watkins, principal at Watkins Design Works, a commercial interior design and green building firm; and
  • Sherri Wong, chef and owner of the Bridge Road Bistro, a multi-faceted food service and fine dining operation.

Reservations for this special event are $40 Alliance members/$50 future members until June 6 at 11:30 a.m. Prices increase to $50 Alliance members/$60 future members after that date.

The Elevations Professional Women’s Network is presented by the Charleston Area Alliance with sponsorship support from DOW Chemical Company.

Click here to register now!

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Join Us for a Ribbon Cutting with All Seasons Self Storage!

The Charleston Area Alliance welcomes another new business to our community! We hope you can join us in welcoming All Seasons Self Storage and JD Gandee to the Kanawha Valley!

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The Brown Bag Concert Series: You Bring the Eats. We Bring the Beats.

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The Brown Bag Concert Series returns to Davis Park Wednesday, May 20 with a performance by Mike Pushkin and Josh Thomas of the group600LBS OF SIN!.

The free lunchtime concerts will be held 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month, May through September. The Brown Bag Concerts are presented by the Charleston Area Alliance and sponsored by American Medical Facilities Management (AMFM).

Attendees are encouraged to stop by a participating Downtown Charleston restaurant, grab a “brown bag” takeaway lunch special and make your way to Davis Park for free music.

The Charleston Area Alliance is partnering with the American Federation of Musicians Local 136 to present the concerts.

Take a look at whats on the menu!

Adelphia Sports Bar & Grille (218 Capitol St.): fish tacos with chips and a soft drink for $7.99.
Timothy’s at The Quarrier Diner (1022 Quarrier St.): four pork peg legs for $3.50 with slaw, fries or onion rings for an additional $1.70.
Faithy’s Corner Cafe (180 Summers St.): hot dog, fries and canned drink for $5.
Sam’s Uptown Cafe (28 Capitol St.): fried green tomato BLT, with chips, a pickle and a can of soda for $7.95.
Swiftwater General Store (301 Capitol St.): tuna salad or chicken salad croissant, bag of chips or piece of fruit, cookie and fountain drink for $7.
Mission Savvy Cafe and Juice Bar (202 Hale St.): veggie taco, kale chips, lemonade and brownie ball for $12.
Taylor Books (226 Capitol St.): turkey chili soup and assorted sandwiches and salads.
The Block Restaurant and Wine Cellar (201 Capitol St.): spinach soup and shaved pastrami with feta fries and a fountain drink for $16.
Pies and Pints Pizzeria (222 Capitol St.): three types of pizza by the slice, including its spinach and garlic pizza slice for $4, pepperoni pizza slice for $3 and cheese pizza slice for $3.
Sam’s Hot Dog Stand (211 Hale St.): homemade pork barbecue sandwich and chips and a drink for $6.09. Substitute chips for homemade macaroni salad for $6.59.

Come out and join us for some fresh air, good music, and great food.

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