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Your 2 cents worth: SVTC 2012-2013 Luncheon Topic & Speaker Suggestion Survey
SVTC Bits & Grits: July 17, 2012
Welcome Back Member: Applied Knowledge Sciences
Welcome Back Member: Dan Wright
United States Chamber of Commerce Commends Virginia as America's "Most Livable State" in Annual Enterprising States Rankings
Member News: Five Lenhart Obenshain Attorneys Honored
Job Posting: Marketing Technical Engineer, Virginia Panel Corporation, Waynesboro
Job Posting: Field Application Engineer (Focus on Germany), Virginia Panel Corporation, Waynesboro
SVTC 2012-2013 Luncheon Topic & Speaker Suggestion Survey

The SVTC Events and Programming Committee meets over the summer to plan for the upcoming year.

The committee would like to hear from you ... what topics, speakers, locations would you like to hear about or visit in 2012-2013. What are the trends? What makes a techie's heart skip a beat? What could we schedule for the tech user? What does a non-techie want to hear about? Remember, we are "techies and non-techies"-- technology users & creators!

Submit your suggestions using this very brief and painless form:
SVTC Luncheon Topic & Speaker Survey

FYI - Our online calendar does not list past events (only future events) - if  you wonder what speakers and luncheons we have hosted in the past, check this out:
history of SVTC luncheons and special events (pdf)

Our thanks in advance for your participation.

Bits & Grits
Tuesday, July 17, 2012, 8:00am
Mrs. Rowe's, Staunton


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Welcome Back Member:  Applied Knowledge Sciences
Our thanks to Applied Knowledge Sciences for their membership renewal.  Welcome back!
Our complex world keeps changing at a high rate of speed. How fast is your organization changing - are you leading the charge, keeping pace, or falling behind?

For nearly 20 years, AKS has been helping organizations transform themselves into fast-learning enterprises. We do this by "unclogging the knowledge pipeline." This means breaking down barriers and helping your organization capture, share and apply knowledge critical to success. The result: fewer repeated mistakes and more effective use of your intellectual capital so you can keep up with, even lead, the changes in your market.

For more information visit or call (540) 837-2969.

Welcome Back Member: Dan Wright
We thank Dan for his membership renewal.
Dan is an advertising account executive for the Daily News-Record and the Shenandoah Valley Business Journal. Before joining the advertising department, he was the business reporter at the DN-R. A Shenandoah Valley native, he is a graduate of James Madison University. Dan and his wife, Beverly, live in Harrisonburg.

United States Chamber of Commerce Commends Virginia as America's "Most Livable State" in Annual Enterprising States Rankings
Virginia has #1 Median Family Income, #1 STEM Job Concentration and #1 High-tech Share of all Businesses
Report Cites the Effect of Governor McDonnell's Signature Top Jobs Act in Boosting Virginia's Talent Pipeline



From the Report: Virginia - The Emerging East Coast Economic Superstar: "Virginia's pro-growth policies and favorable business climate have made the commonwealth a leader in economic growth over the last decade...Virginia's low tax and regulatory environment, coupled with its proximity to the nation's capital have made the state one of the most attractive locations for both domestic and international ¬firms. Its strength in the rapidly growing professional services sectors, along with its highly educated workforce and potential as a transportation and industrial hub position it well for the future."

RICHMOND - The United States Chamber of Commerce commended Virginia as America's "Most Livable State" in its annual "Enterprising States: Policies that Produce" ranking. The report noted that Virginia ranks #1 nationally in median family income, STEM job concentration and in the high-tech share of all businesses. Among other things, the report attributes Virginia's success to its low tax and regulatory environment, its highly educated workforce, potential as a transportation and industrial hub, Governor McDonnell's 'forward-looking' Top Jobs of the 21st Century higher education legislation, the Virginia Economic Development Partnership's aggressive job creation efforts, the Port of Virginia, the governor's $4 billion transportation funding program and the governor's "Year of the Entrepreneur" effort.
Speaking about the "Enterprising States" report from the United States Chamber of Commerce, Governor McDonnell said, "This report confirms what we already knew: that Virginia is the best state in which to make a living and pursue the American Dream. What makes Virginia's jobs climate the best in the nation is that our policy-makers listen to our entrepreneurs and job creators. I am pleased to see this affirmation of Virginia's pro-jobs policies from the world's largest business federation and will work tirelessly to build and sustain a business climate that will put more Virginians back to work.  We will also study this report and continue to reach out to businesses in Virginia and abroad to see how we can continue to improve and grow and attract more jobs to Virginia."

Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling said, "This is great news for Virginia, and further indication that the emphasis we have placed on improving Virginia's economy is working.  We've clearly made a lot of progress over the past two years in re-establishing Virginia as the nation's leader in so many areas, but we have a lot of work left to do.  If we continue emphasizing economic development and job creation and addressing critical issues in education and transportation we will continue to do well.  It's just great to see our efforts and accomplishments recognized in such a positive way on the national level."

The full report from the United States Chamber of Commerce is available here:

Member News: Five Lenhart Obenshain Attorneys Honored

Lenhart Obenshain is pleased to announce that five of its attorneys have been honored by designations from 2012 Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business.  Three of Lenhart Obenshain's attorneys have been recognized for inclusion in the "Virginia Super Lawyers" list and two of its attorneys have been named to the "Virginia Rising Stars" list.  The designation process is a multi-phased selection process that includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. 

Many of Lenhart Obenshain's attorneys have also received recognition from Best Lawyers in America® (Copyright 2010 by Woodward/White, Inc. of Aiken, SC) and Virginia Business magazine's "Legal Elite." 

Lynn K. Suter, managing partner of Lenhart Obenshain said, "While we appreciate the recognition received from these various publications, our greatest recognitions are those we receive from clients whose interests all of our attorneys and staff serve diligently every day."

The selected lawyers and the expertise for which they were recognized are: 

JEFFREY G. LENHART (BUSINESS/CORPORATE) - Jeffrey Lenhart serves as general counsel to numerous closely held businesses and professional associations (including medical and dental practices, accounting firms and architectural practices). His practice also specializes in estate planning (with particular emphasis in representing family-owned businesses) and employee benefits, including creation of leveraged ESOPs. Mr. Lenhart also holds a master of laws degree in taxation.

MARK D. OBENSHAIN (BUSINESS LITIGATION) - Mark Obenshain advocates for business and individual clients in many different areas of law, but focuses on serving as lead counsel in complex litigation. He handles commercial and fiduciary disputes as well as trade secrets, trademark copyright, ERISA, and Title VII cases. He also handles will contests and other trusts and estate litigation and serious personal injury cases. Mr. Obenshain has extensive trial and alternative dispute resolution experience.

CATHLEEN P. WELSH (EMPLOYMENT & LABOR) - Cathy Welsh has concentrated her practice in employment law throughout her legal career. She has assisted businesses of all sizes from small closely held family businesses to clients with thousands of employees.  She both counsels clients on best practices to avoid employment law problems and advocates for them before state and federal administrative agencies and courts. She is a frequent public speaker to business and professional associations on labor and employment law topics.

PATRICK C. ASPLIN (VIRGINIA RISING STAR-BUSINESS/CORPORATE) - Patrick Asplin has a diverse business and commercial litigation practice with a particular emphasis on technology, e-commerce, intellectual property issues, and business disputes. Mr. Asplin both counsels clients on strategic business matters and represents them in litigation before federal and state courts, including the Virginia Supreme Court and dispute resolution proceedings.

JENNIFER E. SHIRKEY (VIRGINIA RISING STAR-TAX) - Jennifer Shirkey concentrates her practice in estate planning, employee benefits, tax and business law. On a daily basis, she assists families and individuals with their trust and estate needs. She also applies her technical legal expertise to give practical counsel and develop creative strategies for resolving employee benefit, tax and general business challenges.

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"As a technology user and training coordinator, I find the SVTC luncheons a great source of information and networking.  I have developed contracts with businesses and trainers as a result of conversations at the meetings.  SVTC helps me to serve the needs of my customers and clients."

- Mary Sullivan, Training 

  Coordinator, Blue Ridge

  Community College, SV 

  Small Business Development



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"SVTC membership has been an invaluable asset to Cadence over the years.  As a growing company in this area, our ability to leverage the many available networking activities continues to be an integral part of our on-going success.  Cadence has also benefited from recognition by the SVTC as the High Tech Company at the annual Tech Nite awards event." 


 - Chip Harvill, VP Marketing
   Cadence, Inc.


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Job Posting: Marketing Technical Engineer, Virginia Panel Corporation, Waynesboro

General Requirements 

Bachelors degree in Engineering or Marketing or a related field; 2 years of prior Marketing experience preferred


Position Responsibilities


Strategic Marketing Research:
Maintain up-to-date understanding of industry trends and technical developments that affect target markets; Generate/analyze VPC sales data to provide summary reports to Marketing Pentium; Perform Market Research to assist Product Development in generating standard products for the market; Analyze VPC product in comparison to competitor products.


Marketing Communication:
Develop technical product presentations and educational pieces for customers; Provide application development and testing support for IT; Work closely with Marketing, Sales, and Application Engineering teams to communicate value and benefits of new product features/capabilities; Design and build tradeshow and sales demos.

Technical Duties:
Provide secondary support to application engineers and provide support on demo development; Generate models for rendering and educational purposes; Proactively develop/revise user guides and technical drawings.

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Job Posting: Field Application Engineer (Focus on Germany), Virginia Panel Corporation, Waynesboro

Focus: Germany with possible support for EMEA. 


The Field Application Engineering position will aid in the coverage of customers and prospective applications in Germany and will also be deployed to tradeshows, industry events, and customer facilities within the regional assignment. The position is responsible for providing product-related technical demonstrations in support of regional Sales/Business Development Manager strategies. An ideal candidate will have access to a home office setting and work from their home on days that they are not traveling.


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