Business ledger

Rich Weller

Weller joins agency

Rich Weller has joined Creekside Insurance Advisors Inc., an independent insurance agency in Winchester, as its new marketing director.

Weller has more than 25 years of experience in leadership, management, recruiting, training and marketing initiatives. He is a former executive with the Top of Virginia Regional Chamber.

Creekside Insurance Advisors specializes in employer group health, individual health, Medicare products, life and fixed annuities.

Thrivent sponsors racing team

Thrivent Financial, which has an office in Woodstock, has announced an extended sponsorship with Leavine Family Racing for the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.

Thrivent is primary sponsor of the No. 95 Ford Fusion driven by Michael McDowell for 10 races and an associate sponsor for another 10 races.

Thrivent’s products and services include life insurance, annuities, mutual funds and financial guidance. The Woodstock office is located at 106 Lawyers Row, Suite 204. Phone: 459-9357.

Shentel awards

Honoring the outstanding work of their employees over the course of the past year, Shentel has announced recipients of the 2014 Circle of Excellence awards.

Nominated on merit by peers, 83 employees were chosen as this year’s award recipients from over 700 employees.

Receiving recognition from Shentel’s Edinburg offices were:

Tayra Ramirez, senior accountant; Rhonda Rau, senior accounting associate; Angela Washington, marketing manager; Neil Fadely, project manager; Judy Baker, customer service representative; Michael Buckingham, Learning & Performance Trainer I; Stacey Smith, customer service representative; Harris Duncan, director, network operations and engineering;

Larry Hubbard, outside plant engineering supervisor; Zach Nutter, outside plant engineer, broadband; Adam Brill, junior NET programmer; Michael Korrigan, senior programmer; Renee Saylor, supervisor, Desktop; Kevin Smith, senior network administrator; Wardell Wedlock, Desktop tech; Brian Tucker, fleet coordinator; Robbie Jones, manager, data network engineering;

Matt Estep, manager, outside plant engineering; Kari Wolverton, trainer, Sprint; Frank Blevins, wireless technician; Vega Ziemer, sales support clerk; Lynda Burner, leasing coordinator; Doug Rutz, supervisor, tech support; Julie Strickland, senior tech support representative; Michael Pruett, RF engineer;

Robert (Andy) Bowman, network technician; Pat Fontana, headend technician; Joseph Pechie, supervisor, NOC; James Woods, senior wireline technician; Aubrey Bright, sales manager; Debbie Jones, account manager, fiber sales.