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Summer Mentorship Series: Alek DeMott
July 03, 2012 AdminHBA Design, People

Summer Mentorship Series: Alek DeMott

In our continuing effort to support our community while promoting the architectural profession, we volunteered to mentor a high school student for his Ocean Lakes High School Senior Mentorship Project. Alek DeMott began his 100-hours with us on June 18th and his last day is today. The following is a brief description by Alek of […]
Proud Father
June 25, 2012 AdminHBA People

Proud Father

My daughter Jennifer Sharon just graduated from West Virginia University with a degree in Child and Family Development. Her goal is to become a child life specialist with a children’s hospital. She is currently seeking an internship with Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters in Norfolk. She has to complete 480 hours with an accredited […]
Not your ordinary fence
June 04, 2012 Mikew Design, People

Not your ordinary fence

So I found an excuse to use power tools again.  I recently added a fence by my house; actually I’m still working on it.  I thought this would be a good opportunity to add some design to what would be an ordinary fence otherwise.  I asked the fence company to build me a 6’ cedar fence base […]
Project Homeless Connect
May 31, 2012 AdminHBA Events, People

Project Homeless Connect

Teresa and I were among hundreds who volunteered on Wednesday, April 18, for Project Homeless Connect at Norfolk Scope. This event provided services to the Hampton Roads Homeless. Below are our personal accounts of the day. Our job was to pair up with individual homeless to guide them through the maze of service providers and […]
Computer Donations
April 18, 2012 AdminHBA People, Technology

Computer Donations

Last month I decided to clean out my growing collection of PCs, keyboards, and other electronics.  Not wanting to send it to the land fill, it’s been just collecting while I figure out what to do with it.  Eventually I gave it to an e-recycling center, the kind that sets up for a day in the big-box […]
Principal for a Day
March 27, 2012 AdminHBA Events, People

Principal for a Day

February 22, 2012 was the day three Architects from HBA went back to school for education of a different sort. HBA Principals Mike Ross and Mike Winner joined by architect John Den Boer, visited three of Norfolk’s finest schools, Lake Taylor High, Azalea Garden Middle, and Bayview Elementary. Each of the participants enjoyed being a […]
Hampton Roads Gazeti Salutes Exemplary Volunteers
March 12, 2012 AdminHBA Front Page, People

Hampton Roads Gazeti Salutes Exemplary Volunteers

The Hampton Roads Gazeti ‘s Exemplar Award is a means for community organizations to recognize and say thank you to volunteers who go the extra distance, individuals who exemplify the true spirit of their organization’s mission. Thirty-one community organizations nominated individuals to be honored and our own Mike Ross was recognized for his efforts with […]
Future Focus
March 05, 2012 AdminHBA Events, Front Page, People

Future Focus

HBA was a proud sponsor of the Virginia Beach City Public Schools event “Future Focus” last week. Other sponsors included the Virginia Beach Education Foundation (VBEF) and Chili’s®. HBA Principal and VBEF President Mike Ross gave the opening remarks at the event which encouraged the community to support and stand up for public education. In his […]
Angry Birds Take the Plunge for Special Olympics of Virginia
February 22, 2012 AdminHBA Events, People

Angry Birds Take the Plunge for Special Olympics of Virginia

We want to thank everyone who helped donate for HBA’s 7th Annual Polar Plunge®, benefitting Special Olympics of Virginia. This year we raised $5,286 between 14 brave souls that plunged into the frigid 47 degree Atlantic Ocean, many of whom went back for a second and even third plunge. This year’s theme was in tribute […]
Networking Success
February 06, 2012 AdminHBA People, Wisdom (Lessons Learned)

Networking Success

You just never know when and how networking will pay off!  I am relatively new to networking. My networking started as Public Relations Chair for the Southeastern Virginia Mustang Club, mainly seeking donations and sponsorships for charity car shows. Shortly after I took this position, the talk of networking started at HBA Architecture & Interior […]