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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!

http://charlestonareaalliance.chambermaster.com/Events/details/elevations-professional-women-s-network-luncheon-june-2015-786

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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!

http://charlestonareaalliance.chambermaster.com/Events/details/elevations-professional-women-s-network-luncheon-june-2015-786

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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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admin in Announcements,Member Posts on May 22 2015 » 0 comments

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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admin in Announcements,Member Posts on May 22 2015 » 0 comments

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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admin in Announcements,Member Posts on May 22 2015 » 0 comments

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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Charleston Area Alliance welcomes new members and hopes you will too

More businesses and organizations are making a smart investment in their future — and that of the community — through their membership in the Charleston Area Alliance.

Please join us in welcoming:

Audubon Engineering
Better Business Bureau
House of Luxe, LLC
Mountain CAD
Qdoba Mexican Grill
Pies & Pints
Susan G. Komen West Virginia

These visionary organizations have joined a dynamic network of 600 businesses and their 40,000 employees who are united in building a more vibrant community and prosperous economy.

As members, they enjoy a wide range of exclusive benefits and services that can help their bottom lines today.

We encourage you to patronize and support these new members.

We’re not waiting for things to change, and as Alliance members, they aren’t either!

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


January 2012

Thank You, Investors

Verizon

Renewing Members

ASI, Inc. – American Staffing, Inc.

Agsten Construction Company

AmeriPrise Financial Services, Inc.

CROWNMAX, Inc.

Charleston Steel

Columbia Gas Transmission/NiSource

Energy Corporation of America

Express Employment Professionals

Golden Corral Restaurant

Good News Mountaineer Garage

IVS Hydro, Inc.

Moses Ford BMW

Mountain State Insurance Agency, Inc.

Mountaineer Montessori School

Pioneer Credit Union

Potesta & Associates, Inc.

Problem Gamblers Help Network/1-800 GamblerRent-A-Space

STAR USA Federal Credit Union

Terradon Corporation

The Performance Group, Inc.

Tiffey Law Practice, LLC

Tom’s Plumbing, Inc.

WQCW-TV

WV Center on Budget and Policy

Weight Watchers of West Virginia, Inc.

West Virginia Symphony Orchestra

White Planning Group

Women’s Business & Training Center

 

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admin in Announcements,Member Posts on January 26 2012 » 0 comments

Geico to Host Grand Opening Wednesday

GEICO is hosting a grand opening from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 8 for its new office at 3806 MacCorkle Ave. SE. The event is open to the public.

“We are really excited about being a part of the local community and serving the residents of Charleston,” said Matt Bischof, the field representative opening the office.  “It’s our goal to provide the best possible service to the community by offering longer hours and Saturday service. A lot of people connect with GEICO through our television commercials and advertising.  We also want them to identify us by the great personal customer experience we offer.”

Matt Bischof and his staff can be reached at (304) 344-0555, mbischof@geico.com or online at www.geico.com/local/mbischof.

The GEICO team is involved in numerous community activities including the Charleston Area Alliance, the Chambers of Commerce for Beckley, Huntington and Putnam Counties and the BNI-Power Chapter. Bischof also is actively involved in fundraising efforts for several local schools and is a participant in The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life and the Alzheimer’s Association’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

“We are pleased that Matt will be working with our customers in West Virginia,” said Robin Burdick, GEICO vice president. “GEICO has a lot to offer in terms of community outreach and support as well as our professional services.”

GEICO (Government Employees Insurance Company) is a member of the Berkshire Hathaway family of companies and is the third-largest private passenger auto insurer in the United States. The company is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year. GEICO handles auto insurance coverage for 10 million private passenger auto policies and insures more than 16 million vehicles.

In addition to auto insurance, GEICO offers customers insurance products for their motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), and mobile homes.  Coverage for life, boats, homes and apartments is available through the GEICO Insurance Agency.  Commercial auto insurance and personal umbrella protection are also available.

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Let MotionMasters Hit the Bull’s Eye

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Join Us for Symphony Sunday

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