Business briefcase

Posted: March 23, 2013

Eric Kronenwetter
George Johnson

Frank Phillips will be the speaker for the Top of Virginia Regional Chamber’s Leadership Lunch series Tuesday.

He is the president and chief executive officer of Golden Seal Enterprises in Winchester. A Navy veteran who spent 18 years in Naval Special Warfare, he was selected as a founding member of the elite SEAL Team Six and Red Cell.

The Leadership Lunch will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday in The George Washington Hotel. It costs $25 for preregistered chamber members; $35 if not preregistered; and $45 for nonmembers. Call the chamber at 540-662-4118.

First Bank has named Lori Henry as its employee of the year for 2012.

She started with the company in March 2007 as a banking associate at the Strasburg Financial Center and was quickly promoted to accounting associate in November 2007.

According to a company press release, Henry’s teamwork skills, innovative attitude and customer service skills set her apart and make her the most qualified employee for the award.

One of her coworkers said, “Lori makes First Bank a better place to work for everyone. She is truly a team player dedicated to improving our company and her coworkers with her ‘yes’ attitude.”

Berryville's RE/MAX Roots’s top listing and top producer agent for February is Vicki Broy.

Eric Kronenwetter is the firm’s top buyer’s agent.

GearClean Inc. has announced that a member of its staff, Ray Perry, received the employee of the year award from The Arc of Virginia Northern Shenandoah Valley Chapter.

GearClean was named employer of the year during The Arc’s annual banquet.

Winchester attorney J. Michael Solak recently attended a three-day forensic science conference sponsored by the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers in Washington, D.C.

The seminar was presented by a panel of leaders in forensic science and members of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.

Solak’s law practice includes DNA and forensic science issues in criminal defense.

Jim Barb Realty Inc. has named Wayne Wilson as its top salesperson for February.

George Johnson is the firm’s top lister and top producer for the month.

Briefcase submissions may be emailed to Janice Sanders at, faxed to 540-667-1649, or sent to 2 N. Kent St., Winchester, Va. 22601. The deadline is 5 p.m. Thursday. Head-shot photos may be sent by email, but group photos cannot be published.