[ contributors | summer 2014 ] Lisa Affolter Lisa Affolter is a cum laude graduate from Marshall University who received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in graphic design in May 2006. In addition to designing magazines, Affolter works on a variety of projects, including print advertising, business proposals and Web sites. She may be reached at (304) 941-0600, ext. 12, or via email at email@example.com. Amy Arnett Amy Arnett studied public relations at West Virginia University before her position as a production assistant with West Virginia Executive magazine. Born and raised in Philippi, WV, she is a proud West Virginian and takes every opportunity to share her love for the Mountain State. In her spare time, Arnett enjoys community service and traveling, and she rarely turns down an adventure. She may be reached at (304) 941-0600, ext. 10, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Michael Basile Michael Basile is a managing member at Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC. His focus is state and local government relations with an emphasis on issues and policy affecting economic development, such as regulatory reform, transportation, taxation, property rights and environmental law issues associated with the natural gas segment of the Appalachian region’s eco nomy. Basile was directly involved in drafting and promoting the Marcellus Development Act in West Virginia, as well as reviewing and providing commentary on West Virginia’s omnibus legislation and rules governing horizontal drilling. 14 west virginia executive LeAnn Dickens LeAnn Dickens has served as the Clay Center’s public relations specialist since August 2010. She is a graduate of Marshall University and West Virginia University, with a bachelor’s degree in public relations and a master’s degree in integrated marketing communications. In addition to her role at the center, Dickens is an adjunct professor of communications at the University of Charleston. She also volunteers as a member of the FestivALL marketing committee and the Boone County Community Foundation’s grants committee. Tom Halverstadt Tom Halverstadt is an accomplished business leader providing leadership, visioning, business strategy, financial planning, operations management, organizational development and high-performing teams across a variety of businesses. Halverstadt has held executive positions as CEO, chief operating officer and chief financial officer. His background as a CPA with public accounting and professional service experience contributes to his in-depth understanding of finance, financial planning and capitalization structures. Halverstadt has operational experience across industries including construction, manufacturing, retail, hotels, restaurants and golf course operations. Kensie Hamilton Kensie Hamilton, a native of Charleston, holds bachelor’s degrees in corporate communications and journalism from Elon University in North Carolina. Hamilton is one of three partners at Executive Ink, LLC, the publishing company for West Virginia Executive, Executive Event Planner and Profiles magazines, and she serves as the editor in chief of the publications. She has been riding and showing American Saddlebred and Friesian horses for the past 25 years and continues to help her parents in operating Hamilton Farms, LLC. She may be reached at (304) 941-0600, ext. 13, or via email at email@example.com. Jeff James Jeff James is the CEO and founder of Mythology, a marketing management and growth strategy consulting firm. Headquartered in Charleston, WV, with team members from Pittsburgh to Atlanta, Mythology helps senior executives build meaningful, measurable marketing systems that grow brand, revenue and relationships. Formerly the director of Relationship Marketing for Microsoft, James is a noted marketing thought leader on issues such as social media, brand differentiation and integrated marketing strategy. He is also co-founder and president of the board of Create West Virginia. Jennifer Jett Jennifer Jett is the creative director for Executive Ink, LLC, where her roles as a researcher, writer and editor keep her on her toes. Jett is a graduate of West Virginia State University and a 2012 graduate of Leadership Kanawha Valley. She spends her free time editing manuscripts, boating on Lake Erie and working on her novels. She resides in Solon, Ohio, with her cats, Buddy and Jovie. She may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Bob Marggraf Bob Marggraf has more than 20 years of senior level executive responsibility as CEO and chief operating officer of a number of companies. He has raised venture capital in excess of $160 million for a number of startups. As an investment banker with the McLean Group, he advised and facilitated merger and acquisition work for clients. He has been a business coach for the West Virginia Small Business Development Center since October 2011 under the Morgan County Development Authority. Marggraf graduated from the University of Alabama as an aerospace engineer and received his business education through the Wharton’s Executive Education program.