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SVTC Luncheon November 15, 2012: If You Can Get to The Internet The Internet Can Get to You

FIRST LEGO League Regional Competition is this Saturday, November 3, 2012

SVTC Bits & Grits: November 20, 2012

Welcome New Level II Member: Lord Fairfax Community College

Welcome Back Level II Member Shenandoah Telecommunications

Welcome Back Individual Member: Riley Murray

SV-SBDC's Start Smart Sessions

GAP 50 Entrepreneur Awards Update

Member News: Lenhart Obenshain Lawyers Named in 2013 Edition of Best Lawyers in America

Member News: Jennifer E. Shirkey, Esq. from Lenhart Obenshain Appointed Assistant Commissioner of Accounts Harrisonburg/Rockingham

SVTC Luncheon:  If You Can Get to The Internet The Internet Can Get to You
November 15, 2012, 11:45am-1:15pm

The Wood Grill Buffet, Harrisonburg

(Networking begins at 11:45am)

Well aware that entire textbooks are written on the topic of network security and this is only a 20 minute talk, Dr. Tom Richardson (of Drawbridge Technologies, LLC) will spend a few minutes outlining important considerations for handling and protecting sensitive data on network-connected ("online") computers.

Spoiler alert: The bad guys are getting smarter, and they have better tools than ever.

However, you can't just throw in the towel and go back to stone tablets. There are simple, common sense things you can do to protect yourself and your networked data. And if you are in the financial services or medical field (or merely accept credit cards for payment), there are things that you MUST do (by law, as a minimum) to protect client data.

Tom will suggest a holistic approach to the issues you must consider for data protection, some resources for further research, and then entertain questions from the audience that will (hopefully) lead to a group discussion of 'best practices' from other folks present at this event.

Tom worked as a contractor at NSA's National Threat Operations Center (NTOC) at Fort Meade, Maryland, before moving to this area to support the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) facility in Charlottesville.

Lunch is Dutch treat.  All are welcome....membership not required. Reservations encouraged.



FIRST LEGO League Regional Competition is this Saturday, November 3, 2012 (9:00am-3:00pm at JMU)

Come out and see what all the fuss is about!  Eleven enthusiastic teams will be competing, which means a big happy crowd of 9 - 14 year olds (with coaches and parents in tow) filling JMU's ISAT halls with excitement and chatter...complete with funky hats and blinking gear and noise makers.

Volunteers are always needed, so if you have half a day to give on November 3rd or on December 8th or 9th (for the State competition) please send us a note ( -Previous experience is NOT needed.


For more information on the competition visit SVTC's FIRST LEGO League Page.


Kurt Plowman at FLL 2010 Robot Table

Kurt Plowman, City of Staunton IT Dept., and former President of the SVTC, performs his duties as a Robotics Competition Judge at the state competition in Harrisonburg



Bits & Grits

Tuesday, November 20, 2012, 8:00am


Our regularly scheduled breakfast event is held on the third Tuesday of every month. See you there! Reservations or membership not required.


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Welcome New Level II Member: Lord Fairfax Community College


Please join us in thanking Lord Fairfax Community College for joining the SVTC as a Level II member.  We much appreciate their support of the SVTC.  In addition, a special thank you goes to Kim Blosser who serves on our Board of Directors.


Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) is a comprehensive, multi-campus public institution of higher education. Through its three locations - the Fauquier and Middletown Campuses and the Luray-Page County Center - the College serves eight localities in the Shenandoah Valley and Piedmont regions. The localities are the counties of Clarke, Fauquier, Frederick, Page, Rappahannock, Shenandoah and Warren and the city of Winchester.


LFCC offers more than 75 associate degree and certificate programs in a wide variety of disciplines, in addition to providing access to bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs offered on site by a four-year institution. LFCC also serves the business community by offering workforce preparation programs for employees and employers. LFCC serves more than 7,600 unduplicated credit students and more than 10,450 individuals in professional development and business and industry courses annually.

For more information visit or call (540) 868-7000.




Welcome Back Level II Member Shenandoah Telecommunications


Our thanks to Shenandoah Telecommunications for their strong support of the SVTC as a Level II member, it's much appreciated.


Shenandoah Telecommunications Company (NASDAQ: SHEN) is a diversified telecommunications company providing both regulated and unregulated telecommunications services through its wholly owned subsidiaries. These subsidiaries provide local exchange telephone services and wireless personal communications services (as a Sprint PCS affiliate of Sprint Nextel), as well as cable television, video, Internet and data services, fiber optics facilities and leased tower facilities. Chris Kyle previously served on the SVTC Board of Directors.


For more information visit: or call (540) 984-5187.



Welcome Back Individual Member:  Riley Murray


Our thanks to Riley Murray for his membership renewal.  We appreciate his membership in the SVTC.


Riley has several decades of experience in engineering and technical management, working for several large manufacturing companies, including RR Donnelley and General Electric. He has been an adjunct instructor at JMU and BRCC, teaching basic statistics and management science.


Riley earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Industrial and Management Systems Engineering from Penn State University. He recently completed a Graduate Certificate Program in Applied Statistics at Penn State. Areas of Professional Expertise: Total Productive Maintenance (TPM), Reliability Centered Maintenance, Industrial Engineering, Product & Process Quality Improvement, and New Product Development. He is a member of the Augusta County Recycling Committee, and Friends of the Middle River steering committee. Riley is the TPM Program Manager at Hollister Incorporated in Stuarts Draft.



SV-SBDC's Start Smart

Various dates & locations (see below)


Thinking about starting a small business? Have you already started and realize you may have missed a few things?  This workshop is for you.
We review the steps to a successful start, the registrations and regulations, and the components of sound business planning, including financial projections.

Follow-up appointments are then available with SBDC business advisors to focus on your business or marketing plan.

November 13, 6:30-8:00pm, Staunton
November 28, 10:00-11:30am, Harrisonburg
December 6, 6:30-8:00pm, Harrisonburg
December 17, 10:00-11:30am, Harrisonburg

Fee: $25

For more information & to register visit



GAP 50 Entrepreneur Awards Update

Thanks to all who submitted nominations for the GAP 50 Entrepreneur Awards, your participation is much appreciated.  The Shenandoah Valley is well represented and our congratulations go to all the nominees.  Check out to see who the finalists from our region will see some very familiar faces.


The GAP 50 Entrepreneur Awards recognize individuals that are most likely to found a high-growth, life science or energy venture opportunity in the next five years.  In addition, the top 50 must exhibit substantive involvement in Virginia's technology and entrepreneurial ecosystem. Winners are determined by a vote of their peers. The awards luncheon on December 13, 2012 will acknowledge and celebrate these individuals as well as their efforts to grow Virginia's next generation life science, technology and energy companies.  


For information on the GAP 50 Entrepreneur Awards visit




Member News: Lenhart Obenshain Lawyers Named in 2013 Edition of Best Lawyers in America


Lenhart Obenshain announces that seven of its lawyers were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2013 edition of Best Lawyers in America ®. (COPYRIGHT 2012 BY WOODWARD/WHITE, INC., OF AIKEN, SC). The attorneys listed include John W. Flora, Jeffrey G. Lenhart, Mark D. Obenshain, Jennifer E. Shirkey, Bill Shmidheiser, Lynn K. Suter, and Cathleen P. Welsh. Mr. Flora was selected in the practice area of Trusts and Estates; Mr. Lenhart was selected in the practice areas of Corporate Law, Health Care Law, and Tax Law; Mr. Obenshain was selected in the practice area of Commercial Litigation; Ms. Shirkey was selected in the practice area of Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law; Mr. Shmidheiser was selected in the practice areas of Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law and Litigation - Bankruptcy; Ms. Suter was selected in the practice areas of Corporate Compliance Law, Corporate Governance Law, and Securities/Capital Markets Law; and Ms. Welsh was selected in the practice areas of Employment Law - Management, Litigation - Labor & Employment, and Workers' Compensation Law - Employers.


Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which more than 36,000 leading attorneys cast almost 4.4 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas, and because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers "the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice."


Lynn Suter, managing partner of Lenhart Obenshain said, "We appreciate this recognition and count ourselves fortunate that all of our attorneys and staff are exceptionally committed to our profession, our clients and our communities. Our firm has a saying, 'What a Team. What a Firm.' We are very proud that our people give their best to clients every day."


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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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Member News: Jennifer E. Shirkey, Esq. from Lenhart Obenshain Appointed Assistant Commissioner of Accounts Harrisonburg/Rockingham


Lenhart Obenshain is pleased to announce that Jennifer E. Shirkey, Esq. has been appointed Assistant Commissioner of Accounts for the Twenty-Sixth Judicial Circuit in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County effective January 1, 2013. Like the primary Commissioner of Accounts for our area, Assistant Commissioners are local attorneys appointed by the Judges of the Twenty-Sixth Judicial Circuit. As Assistant Commissioner, Ms. Shirkey will help oversee fiduciaries qualifying before the Clerk of the Circuit Court in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County, including executors, administrators, testamentary trustees, foreclosure trustees, conservators, guardians and committees. Virginia's Commissioner of Accounts system is financially self-sustaining in that Commissioners support their offices' operations from filing fees established by the Courts for their services, rather than from State tax dollars. Ms. Shirkey practices in the areas of estate planning and administration, employee benefits, tax, and business law, so this appointment meshes well with her legal experience. Ms. Shirkey will be working with Stephen T. Heitz, Esq., who was also appointed as Assistant Commissioner of Accounts, and John L. Crist, Esq., who was appointed Commissioner of Accounts, both also effective January 1, 2013. 


Ms. Shirkey stated, "As a lifelong resident of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County, I'm both honored and grateful to have this new opportunity to serve our community and its people. I look forward to working with Commissioner Crist and Assistant Commissioner Heitz in protecting beneficiaries' interests and helping fiduciaries fulfill their obligations."


This is not the first recognition of Ms. Shirkey's abilities. After graduating summa cum laude from Washington and Lee University School of Law, she clerked for the Hon. H. Emory Widener, Jr., on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. During her law practice, she has also been listed as a Best Lawyer in the area of Employee Benefits (ERISA) by Best Lawyer in Americas®, "Legal Elite" by Virginia Business Magazine, and as a Virginia Rising Star by Law & Politics Magazine. She lives in Harrisonburg with her husband, Aaron, and their three children.


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