BizBlitz 2016 Judges
Keith May - Broker / Owner, Cottonwood Commercial Real Estate
Keith May started his career in real estate in 1991 and is the owner and broker of Cottonwood Commercial. He has served as Chairman of the Harrisonburg Rockingham Chamber of Commerce and is an executive board member of the Shenandoah Valley Partnership, an entity devoted to strategic economic development in the region. Keith is an honors graduate of Virginia Tech and previously served as a commercial lender. He also has served as Chairman of a local Retirement Community Board, and was the President of a local mutual aid insurance company. In 2011, Keith was named the local Chamber of Commerce’s Entrepreneur of the Year.
MATT VON SCHUCH - ATTORNEY, WHARTON ALDHIZER & WEAVER, PLC
Matt Von Schuch is a business and tax attorney with the law firm Wharton Aldhizer & Weaver, PLC, as well as a Certified Public Accountant. Matt routinely counsels startups and mature businesses on legal and tax matters related to business formation, debt and equity financing, mergers and acquisitions, divestitures and sales, and ongoing operational issues. Matt gladly returned to the Shenandoah Valley —where he graduated from JMU--with his wife and two sons after working for a BigFour accounting firm, the U.S. Department of Justice, and a large Washington, D.C.-based law firm.
BILL TOLBERT - FOUNDER, VISION TECHNOLOGY GROUP, LLC
Bill Tolbert founded Vision Technology Group, LLC a local technology consulting firm in 2004. His career spans 30+ years in both telecommunications and IT. He is involved in the local community through Rotary International and also serves on the development committee of the Shenandoah Valley Partnership, an entity devoted to strategic economic development in the region, and as a board member of the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council. Bill is the 2012 recipient of the tech council’s High Tech Entrepreneur Award.
kirsten moore - entrepreneur, The hub coworking
Kirsten Moore has spent the majority of her career in marketing for higher education, non-profits, arts organizations, and architecture, in addition to teaching graphic design at several universities. Risk-taking and pursuing passions is important to her. Kirsten started a successful catering business--Taste, and is a published author and well-known food writer. Kirsten and her husband Chris now own The Hub Coworking, an innovative shared workspace in downtown Harrisonburg geared toward entrepreneurs and small businesses and fostering the important connections they need to thrive. She serves on the board of Explore More Discovery Museum and is an associate board member of the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Free Clinic. Kirsten lives downtown as the sole female member of her household with her husband, three boys and two male dogs.