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Here are some odds and ends from the world of Fredericksburg-area business of late:
The Star Radio Group, a division of The Free Lance-Star Publishing Co., has named seasoned radio executive Mark Bass as its general manager. John Moen retired following 11 years in that position. Bass has worked as a general manager with large and small radio companies, most recently CBS Radio in Florida, and prior to that, Cumulus Media and Clear Channel Communications. The Star Radio Group consists of 93.3 WFLS Today's Country, along with 96.9 The Rock, 99.3 The Vibe and 96.5FM/1350 AM WNTX News Talk Sports.
The Free Lance-Star also recently announced the retirement of longtime Controller and Chief Financial Officer Milly Cavin. Linda Alsop, who worked for Cavin for 28 years, will be the company's new controller. David Vail will succeed Cavin as chief financial officer. Vail spent 23 years with The New York Times Co., most recently as senior vice president and CFO of its Regional Media Newspaper Group in Florida.
Kara Ward's The Launch Group LLC branding and marketing company will move into office space at 1004 Caroline St. in downtown Fredericksburg in about a month. Ward, who has been running her company from a home office, will share the space with local interior design and architectural firm Spaces Design Studio (which recently announced that Kelly Mayausky will join the firm in the area of business management and operations).
Hart Rutherford has been elected as the new chairman of Spotsylvania County's Economic Development Authority. Rutherford, who has been on the EDA since 2011, succeeds Carl Ingebretsen as chair.
Fredericksburg-based PermaTreat Pest Control has named Nancy A. Hess as director of human resources. Hess was previously manager of human resources for Quarles Petroleum.
Christine Goodwin, who is launching a company called WishStars that offers an online platform to connect teachers with corporate benefactors, will be the keynote speaker at a Next Generation of Business Leaders luncheon Wednesday at Renato's in downtown Fredericksburg. The event starts at noon. People who want to attend should contact Whitney Watts with the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce.
Stratford Hall in Westmoreland County has tapped Randolph Stephens to lead the facility's efforts to boost its lodging, dining and meeting business. Stephens is a Northern Neck native and third-generation hotelier whose family formerly owned The Tides Inn in Irvington.
Imad Matini, the son of Fredericksburg businessman Paymon Matini, has been named editor-in-chief of the West Virginia Law Review. Imad Matini, a graduate of Fredericksburg Christian Schools and the College of William and Mary, is in the second year of a J.D.--M.B.A. program at WVU.
Nicholls Auction Marketing Group won five first-place marketing awards and The Best of Show award at the annual Virginia Auctioneers Association convention in Richmond. Several of the company's employees were named to leadership positions on the association's board, and Jerome Clark received an award recognizing his contributions.
Bill Freehling: 540/374-5405