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First Bank in Strasburg recently announced that Lori Henry was given the 2012 Employee of the Year award.

Henry began working for the company in March 2007 as a banking associate at First Bank's Strasburg Financial Center, and Henry was quickly promoted to an accounting associate in November of that same year.

GearClean Inc. recently announced that Ray Perry received the honor of Employee of the Year from The Arc of Virginia Northern Shenandoah Valley Chapter at The Arc's annual banquet, according to a press release. GearClean Inc. also received the honor of Employer of the Year at the banquet, the release states.

GearClean Inc. is a Winchester-based business that specializes in industrial cleaning, environmental services and emergency restoration services.

Thrivent Financial for Lutherans has been selected as one of 2013 "World's Most Ethical Companies" by the Ethisphere Institute, according to a press release. Thrivent Financial was named to the list for the second consecutive year as a result of its leadership in promoting ethical business standards as well as for introducing innovative ideas to benefit the public.

Thrivent Financial is represented in the local area by Walt Morgan. He has offices at 106 Lawyers Row, Ste. 204 in Woodstock and can also be reached at 459-9257.

For more information, visit Thrivent.com. The organization is also available on Facebook and Twitter.


DuPont Community Credit Union (DCCU) and Member Investment Services (MIS) will be conducting multiple workshops on the top 10 common IRA mistakes and how to potentially avoid them.

LPL financial advisers Ryan Miracle and Ben Irick at MIS will be leading the workshops and will cover several topics, including:
• An introduction to IRA's and Roth IRA's
• Top 10 common IRA mistakes
• How to set up IRA's to help you

The workshops will be held on the following dates:
• March 26 from 6 to 7 p.m. at DCCU's Reservoir Office in Harrisonburg
• March 27 from noon to 1 p.m. at DCCU's Lucy Lane Office in Waynesboro
• March 27 from 6 to 7 p.m. at DCCU's Community Way office in Staunton
• March 28 from 6 to 7 p.m. at DCCU's Lucy Lane Office in Waynesboro
• April 4 from 6 to 7 p.m. at DCCU's Stuarts Draft Office

The workshops are free and open to the public. Seating is limited. For more information or to RSVP, email MISdccu@lpl.com or call 946-3200 ext. 3358 or ext. 3338.

New employee

Hudson Cook LLP, a nationwide provider of legal compliance services for the financial services industry, recently announced the addition of Eric L. Johnson as a partner, establishing the firm's Oklahoma City office, according to a press release.

Hudson Cook LLP is composed of 51 lawyers and has offices across the country, including locations in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. For more information regarding the law firm, call Tom Hudson at 410-865-5411 or visit hudco.com.

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