Rob Johnson

Dr. Kinga Powers

David Hungate

They seem to discover quickly what we know: It’s friendly here, easy to get around. There’s lots to do outside, the restaurants are good. Housing prices are significantly lower than in big cities. And yes, you can meet other single professionals... Read more

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It’s not often that the Roanoke Valley is a national harbinger. But when it comes to the job market, we’re already where experts say the country is headed, with 25,000 workers – 17 percent of the entire workforce – employed in medical-related jobs. Read more

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Grand Piano

Brett Winter Lemon

The man behind the Cotton Mill apartments, the rehabbed Patrick Henry Hotel as well as several projects of positive community change deflects much of the credit to those who work with him, who in turn laud their boss’s inclusiveness. Read more

People & Family

Meridium Headquarters

David Hungate

Founder/CEO Bonz Hart has overcome our “not a metropolis” identity by using things like $60,000 starting salaries, the lure of the mountains and opening regional offices in Houston, Dubai, Asia and Europe. Read more

Local Businesses

Dr. Ron Blum

David Hungate

One way to look at the business and technological success of Ron Blum is that if all the jobs his inventions have spawned could have remained here in Roanoke – as he would have liked them to – he would be the area’s second-largest employer... Read more

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United Way

David Hungate

Once you get past the apples/oranges factors of size of company versus per-capita giving, a few local firms do rise above the rest when it comes to providing for charity. Read more


Aaron Herrington and David Catalano

David Hungate

No advertising pro in Roanoke knows the stark contrasts between that industry’s Golden Age and its current Gut Check Time better than Sharon Rapoport. Read more

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