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Martin A. Borger, 33, Architect, Partner, Principal, CEO, Eqüal Spaces PC

Updated: October 12, 2010 - 11:26 am

Posted: October 12, 2010

At work: Projects Borger handles at his Norfolk firm include mixed-use, commercial, residential, retail, hospitality, urban planning and others.

Home and family: Norfolk; partner Christopher Bridgeman; pets Dean, Joli, Janvier.

Chuck Williams, 39, director of Information Technology, WHRO

Updated: October 12, 2010 - 10:58 am

Posted: October 8, 2010

At work Williams works with the school systems, first responders, state and national technical communities on IT advancement initiatives.

Home and family Chesapeake; wife Tamara and children Samantha, Jonathan and Justin.

Kristi A. Wooten, 35, partner, Bowman Green Hampton & Kelly

Updated: October 12, 2010 - 11:05 am

Posted: October 8, 2010

At work A partner with Bowman Green Hampton & Kelly in Chesapeake, Wooten started and leads the firm's family law division. She has been in private practice since 2001 and was a staff attorney prior to that for judges in the Chesapeake Circuit Court.

Home and family Chesapeake; husband Dean and two daughters.

Owen Van Syckle, 37, president, The Van Syckle Group

Updated: October 12, 2010 - 10:54 am

Posted: October 8, 2010

At work As president of the Norfolk-based company, Van Syckle oversees the company's work to counsel CEOs, presidents and senior executives to help increase productivity and achieve their business goals.

Home and family Norfolk; wife Lesia, daughter Haley, son Garth.

Volunteer activities Sales and Marketing Executives International chair, Upward Basketball coach, church young adult leader, Presidents Luncheon founder, past Sync757 (Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce) volunteer chair, past Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce regional board member.

Jim White, 31, owner and president, Jim White Fitness and Nutrition Studios

Updated: October 12, 2010 - 10:56 am

Posted: October 8, 2010

At work The owner and president of two fitness and nutrition studios in Virginia Beach, White provides fitness training and nutrition consultation. He is the founder and editor for HR Fitness Magazine and founder of Jim White Community Fitness Foundation.

Home and family Virginia Beach; mother Marybeth White, father Jack White, brothers Jack White and Joe White.

Vincent Rhodes, 39, director of Marketing and Communications, Eastern Virginia Medical School

Updated: October 12, 2010 - 10:36 am

Posted: October 8, 2010

At work Before joining EVMS, Rhodes was communications manager for Norfolk Public Schools.

Home and family Norfolk; Kevin Maskrey, partner; mother Cindy Rhodes; and grandmother Ina Ambrose.

Volunteer activities My career has been dedicated to public service positions that could substantially better the community. I've participated in school public relations organizations and coached high school debate, newspaper and television programs.

Seth David Saunders, 37, president, South University

Updated: October 12, 2010 - 10:41 am

Posted: October 8, 2010

At work Saunders runs the Virginia Beach campus of South University.

Home and family Virginia Beach; amazing wife and three boys, 12, 10 and 6.

Mellanda Colson Scott, 39, owner/operator/dentist, Sunset Family Dentistry

Updated: October 12, 2010 - 10:43 am

Posted: October 8, 2010

At work After working as an associate dentist after moving to the Tidewater area in 2005, Scott decided she wanted to be her own boss. She ventured out on her own to start her own practice in Norfolk and within three months purchased her own free-standing building.

Home and family Portsmouth; husband Don, daughter Peyton, cat Missy.

Eric M. Stevens, 39, owner, Dornemann Stevens & Associates

Updated: October 12, 2010 - 10:45 am

Posted: October 8, 2010

At work With his business partner, Stevens runs Norfolk's Bardo Edibles + Elixirs, Portsmouth's Still Worldly Eclectic Tapas and The Public House, set to open this winter.

Home and family Norfolk; wife Amy, dogs Zoe and Tally; cat Simone.

Volunteer activities I've been fortunate enough to support a long list of local organizations including Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters, Suzy Booze Foundation, Virginia Stage Company, Access Aids Care, the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and many others. I also serve on the King's Daughters Corporate Advisory Board.

Tenesha L. Overby, 33, tax supervisor, Witt Mares PLC

Updated: October 12, 2010 - 10:31 am

Posted: October 8, 2010

At work Introduced to the business of accounting through a high school internship at Witt Mares, Overby became a CPA la st year. Since joining the firm in 1999, she now works in the firm's Norfolk office providing tax planning, preparation and consultation services to small business and individual clients and mentoring junior-level staff.

Home and family Chesapeake; parents David L. and Thyra Duck, two sisters, three brothers, two nieces and two nephews.