Woods Rogers is hosting an Employee Accident Investigation Seminar

Effective Employee Accident Investigation

  • Date: Tuesday, April 3, 2018
  • Location: Roanoke Higher Education Center, Roanoke, VA
  • Time: 8:30am – Noon
  • SpeakersBradley W. Fitzgerald, Esq. and Stephen A. Burt, BS, MFA
  • Who Should Attend: HR Directors, Safety Officers, Occupational Health Managers, Department Managers, and Frontline Supervisors


An office or factory floor can sometimes be a dangerous work environment. While proper training, engineering controls, and administrative precautions help manage risk, employee accidents can and do happen.

Today’s workplace is more “pressurized” than ever and even the best loss control program can fail to prevent employees from being in a hurry or getting distracted. Properly conducted accident investigations provide solutions to many workplace hazards and may ultimately improve performance of a facility’s safety program.


  • Share a six-step process for an effective employee accident investigation program that identifies root causes, prescribes appropriate corrective measures, and implements performance metrics to ensure a safer workplace.
  • Understand legal issues involved when investigating an employee incident. Know how to avoid potential legal traps during accident investigations and how to keep damaging, unrelated information out of accident reports.
  • Teach participants basic elements of an accident investigation so they understand investigation strategy, evidence gathering, critical decision points and documentation.
  • Show supervisors and managers how to more thoroughly investigate employee accidents by using root cause analysis to eliminate work-related factors and thereby potentially reduce future injuries and claims.


The Leadership Roanoke Valley Government Team Uncovers a Hidden Issue

This is the story of how eight strangers set out to change the world enact positive change in their community.

It all started at a historic resort beside an ancient dry lakebed deep in the woods of southwest Virginia. Brought together by outside forces the group was unsuspecting of the ways their lives would become intertwined. They were equally unaware of how significant the unseen water below that dry lakebed would be to their story.

The group, dubbed the Government Team, was tasked with developing a program to shed light on an issue impacting our region. It only took a couple weeks of research to reveal their true purpose and it wouldn’t be long before they were meeting weekly to plan how to bring a message of change to the Leadership Roanoke Valley Class of 2018.

Their purpose was to make significant steps toward improving the health of Roanoke’s waterways but they realized their objectives would have to be obtainable. After deliberation and encouragement from their advisors, they settled on these objectives:

• Define a waterway, how it works, and describe why clean waterways are necessary.
• Recognize the challenges our area has with stormwater infrastructure.
• Identify the roles government, citizens, and businesses have regarding stormwater management, mitigation, and treatment.
• Apply mitigation strategies in participant’s personal and professional spheres of influence.

Each team member contributed to finding expert speakers who would help accomplish their objectives. They worked collaboratively to find financial and in-kind sponsors, even completing their program with a surplus. Throughout the entire planning process every member flexed their leadership muscles, offered their unique talents, and fully engaged in the process.

A few bumps in the road presented themselves just before and during the program. An illness of a main speaker and panelist, an early morning parking snafu, a misestimation of timing, and miscommunication at a venue were all challenges that were handled with grace and professionalism.

Ultimately, the team presented the program—Discovering a Hidden Issue: Aging Infrastructure and Roanoke’s Waterways—to over 60 local leaders. The day was full of discovery, action, and fun. The attendees were challenged to take what they learned and incorporate it into their daily lives. The following calls to action were offered as starting points:

• Increase the number of citizens that participate in community-sponsored stormwater workshops or activities.
• Annually increase the number of citizens adopting stormwater management best practices for single-family residences.
• Continue to support community leaders in increasing the number of volunteers involved in community waterways clean-up activities.
• Spread awareness.
• Plant something!
• Visit the Roanoke Stormwater Management website and read the idea book for single-family residences.
• Attend the Storm Drain Art Project on Earth Day is April 22.

Post-program surveys were positive and showed that attendees discovered an issue they were previously unaware of. Most importantly, they had fun while doing it—a sentiment shared by the entire Government Team! And to think it all started with a dry lakebed.

Team Participants:

• Scott Miller, Keller Williams Realty Roanoke – Government Team Chairperson
• Libby Dembski, Boys and Girls Club of Southwest Virginia – Government Team Secretary
• Erin Bly, BB&T – Government Team Treasurer
• Megan Wade, Member One FCU – Government Team Historian
• Aaron Boush, Carilion Clinic
• Brad Timofeev, WebArt
• Jeremy Rakes, Trane
• Eric Eversole, Merrill Lynch

Team Advisors:

• Tim Cerebe, Freedom First, – Government Team Lead Advisor
• Stephanie Frost, Comcast
• Tara Nepper, Virginia Western Community College
• Dr. Eric Anderson, Forest Park Academy

A special thank you to the following businesses and organizations for providing sponsorships and/or in-kind gifts:
BB&T, Pillar, Spilman, Thomas, and Battle, Boxley, Northwest True Value, Meridium, design2influence, Chocolate Paper, Deschutes, Source4, Martin’s, Earth Fare, Starbucks
Chick-fil-A, Park Roanoke.

Roanoke Regional Chamber

210 S. Jefferson St.
Roanoke, VA 24011-1702

Bank of the James Announces New Mortgage Lenders

Roanoke, Virginia, March 16, 2018 – Bank of the James Mortgage, a division of Bank of the James, is proud to announce the addition of two mortgage lenders for the Roanoke Valley and New River Valley markets.

Mitch Scott has joined the bank as a Mortgage Loan Officer and will be headquartered at the bank’s 3562 Electric Road office in Roanoke. He has worked in the financial services industry since 2009 and was most recently associated with One Main Financial as District Manager. Mr. Scott graduated from Staunton River High School and is a graduate of Virginia Tech with a BS in Business Management.

Heather Nipper has also been named a Mortgage Loan Officer and will be headquartered in Blacksburg, Virginia at the bank’s newly opened mortgage office in Colony Park. She was associated with One Main Financial for fourteen years. Mrs. Nipper is a graduate of Fort Chiswell High School in Wytheville, Virginia and earned a degree in Finance from Radford University.

Brian Cash, President of Bank of the James Mortgage, commented, “We are thrilled to have both Mitch Scott and Heather Nipper on our team. As we continue to grow our presence in the Roanoke market and expand our mortgage services to the New River Valley, their talents and experiences will be valuable assets to our organization.”

Bank of the James opened a full service office at 3562 Electric Road in Roanoke in February 2017. The office located in Blacksburg will be a mortgage lending office.

Bank of the James, a wholly owned subsidiary of Bank of the James Financial Group, Inc. opened for business in July 1999 and is headquartered in Lynchburg, Virginia. The bank operates 13 banking offices and two limited services offices in Virginia serving Altavista, Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford, Charlottesville, Forest, Harrisonburg, Lynchburg, Madison Heights, and Roanoke. The bank offers full investment and insurance services through its BOTJ Investment Services division and BOTJ Insurance, Inc. subsidiary. The bank provides mortgage loan origination through Bank of the James Mortgage, a division of Bank of the James. Bank of the James Financial Group, Inc. common stock is listed under the symbol “BOTJ” on the NASDAQ Stock Market, LLC. Additional information on the Company is available at www.bankofthejames.com


PowerSchool is hosting a Careers Open House

PowerSchool is the #1 leading education technology platform for K-12, serving more than 32 million students, 66 million parents, and 100 million users in over 70 countries around the world. The company announced in September its plans to invest $1.8 million and create new jobs in Roanoke.

Those interested in working with the most transformative education technology company in the world can attend the Careers Open House on Thursday, March 29, 2018. Attendees can stop by when it’s convenient for them and will learn more about PowerSchool, the local career opportunities and the work culture.

PowerSchool Careers Open House

  • Thursday, March 29, 2018, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • 110 Franklin Rd. Suite 200
  • Snacks and light refreshments will be served


Register today for Legislative Wrap-up

The 2018 session was anything but predictable. From the highly debated utility bill to the House proposal to expand Medicaid, the General Assembly kept us on our toes this year. And they aren’t finished yet…

The Governor will call lawmakers back on April 11 for a Special Session on the budget. As a reminder, the General Assembly adjourned as scheduled last week, but without a funding plan for the 2018-20 biennium.

Though there is uncertainty surrounding the budget, the General Assembly acted on thousands of bills this year, and you don’t want to miss the chance to hear first-hand how new policies will impact the business community.

Join us on March 28 from 7:30 – 9:00 a.m. for breakfast and a panel discussion with our region’s delegation. We will ask our legislators to provide insight on bills related to transportation funding, electric utilities, GO Virginia, workforce development, healthcare accessibility and more. The panel will be moderated by WDBJ7’s Joe Dashiell.

Invited panelists include:

Senators Edwards, Newman, and Suetterlein, and Delegates Austin, Habeeb, Head, Hurst, Poindexter, Rasoul, and Rush

Click here to reserve your spot today!