19 Most Influential Business Owners Who Are Improving CVille!

Jerry Miller, CEO

1. Dr. Scott Wagner, Owner, Scott Wagner Chiropractic And Sports Medicine

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2109 India Road, Charlottesville, VA 22901
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Dr. Scott Wagner has been named the best chiropractor in Charlottesville by C-Ville Weekly readers. Dr. Wagner and his team understand that their role isn’t just to make you healthy, but to teach you how to stay healthy. Dr. Wagner’s vast experience, talented team and state-of-the-art equipment, including a Digital Motion X-Ray (DMX) and two AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmills, make Scott Wagner Chiropractic & Sports Medicine the No. 1 choice in Charlottesville and Central Virginia. Dr. Wagner truly cares for his patients and is someone you can trust in CVille.

2. Mr. Greg Wells II, Manager, Intrastate Pest & Service Co’s

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1218 Harris St, Charlottesville, Virginia
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In 1969, Mr. Greg Wells’ grandfather launched Intrastate Pest Control with one truck. Today, Intrastate Pest & Service Co’s are the home repair, mold remediation and pest control leaders in Charlottesville, Central Virginia, the Shenandoah Valley and much of the Commonwealth. Greg currently manages Intrastate Service Company, the general home services branch of Intrastate. Mr. Wells is trustworthy, talented and reliable; three important qualities for someone who is coming into your home to price jobs and repair your abode. A father of two boys, Greg gets the job down right and keeps his promises. His character, integrity and reliability are also embodied by the Intrastate Team.

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3. Tucker Waldruff, CPA, President, Equity Financial Services

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103 3rd St SE, Charlottesville, VA 22902
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Tucker Waldruff, a certified public accountant, is the perfect fit for any business owner in Charlottesville. Tucker, who also has a law degree from Harvard University, is an easy going CPA who makes sure he’s always accessible to his clients. Tucker and his team not only provide top-notch financial services, but they also educate their clients, which empowers them to run their businesses more efficiently as they move forward. Tucker Waldruff and Equity Financial Services are our go-to selection for tax returns, business analysis and financial planning.

4. Bill Nitchmann, Owner, Canvasback Real Estate

706 Forest St, Charlottesville, VA 22903
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Bill Nitchmann started Canvasback Real Estate & Investments, a company that sells and leases commercial, residential and mixed zoned properties throughout Charlottesville, Virginia. Some of Canvasback’s properties in Charlottesville include the Hollsinger Building, located at E Water Street and 5th Street and The Professional Building, located at E Main Street and 5th Street.

5. Mary Birkholz, Founder, Caring For Creatures

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352 Sanctuary Ln, Palmyra, VA 22963
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After years of working in real estate, Mary’s love of animals and caring nature lead to her founding of Caring For Creatures, Central Virginia’s first no-kill animal sanctuary. Caring For Creatures fosters and rehabilitates abused and neglected animals, sponsors animals in need of medical treatment and creates a safe home for elderly and disabled animals.

6. Dr. Anita Neel, Owner, Aesthetic Dentistry Of Charlottesville

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900 Gardens Boulevard, Suite 600, Charlottesville, Virginia
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Dr. Neel is an experienced and highly-trained dentist, who served as a Lieutenant in The US Navy and graduated from her General Practice Residency Program at The National Naval Medical Center. Dr. Neel is also a member of The American Dental Association, The Virginia Dental Association and The Academy of General Dentistry. Dr. Neel likes to crack jokes in her office to make her patients feel relaxed and at ease. Dr. Neel’s Aesthetic Dentistry of Charlottesville is the top choice for families, professionals and folks who need dental care in Central Virginia.

7. Melinda “Moose” Stargell and Amy Benson, Co-Owners, Moose’s By The Creek

1710 Monticello Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22902
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Moose’s by the Creek owners Melinda “Moose” Stargell and Amy Benson have been in Charlottesville their whole lives. They started Moose’s by the Creek as a way to give back to the community. What’s with the name? Melinda, aka “Moose,” picked up the nickname in high school playing softball and the name has stuck with her ever since! When you walk into Moose’s by the Creek, Amy or Moose are always there to greet you at the door, Amy’s Mom is at the register and her sister Beth and nephew Matthew are cheerfully helping out the patrons!

8. Stephanie Wells Rhodes, Manager, Intrastate Pest & Service Co.

1218 Harris St, Charlottesville, Virginia
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Intrastate Pest Control is a family owned business that has been serving Central Virginia for four generations. Stephanie manages the pest control side of Intrastate. She and Intrastate practice responsible pest management to keep you, your home and our planet safe. They are committed to utilizing green techniques to control pests whenever it is possible.

9. Jimmy North, Owner, Airflow Systems Inc.

1134 Rose Hill Dr, Charlottesville, VA 22903
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Jimmy North owns Airflow Heating & Air, a local green HVAC contractor. He has been on the Va. Green Building Commitee since it’s beginning in 2000. He is a technical advisor for the Va. Green Building program, also known as Earthcraft Va. Airflow has certified dozens of homes in the Charlottesville, Va. area. Jimmy’s goal is not just to sell HVAC systems but try to coach homeowners to use better insulation to maximize the efficiency of their homes and the heating and cooling systems they use!

10. Andy McClure, Owner, The Virginian Restaurant Corp.


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Andy McClure went to UVa and studied finance at the McIntire School of Commerce, waiting tables to help support himself. In August of 2001, he became a restaurant owner after buying The Virginian. After buying a few more restaurants, Andy opened Citizen Burger Bar. Tavern and Grocery and Lost Saint are his newest concepts, and a continuation of trying to build stylish and fun experiences in historic settings. Andy is employee focused and believes the best restaurant and business owners realize that their employees are more important than they are!

11. Pattie Boden, Owner, Animal Connection

1701 Allied St, Charlottesville, VA 22903
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Pattie’s store started with a need to help her Chesapeake Bay Retriever, Ernie, who had developed cancer! Instead of chemotherapy and drugs, Pattie began a raw food routine for her dog. Finding no raw food or supplements easily available, Pattie decided to fill this niche from her garage. Ernie lived a long and healthy life and Pattie is now celebrating her 15th year in business! With a passion for animals, Pattie and her employees at Animal Connection truly want what’s best for your pet!

12. Dave Fafara, Owner, Shenandoah Joe Coffee Roaster

945 Preston Ave, Charlottesville, VA 22903
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Take a trip to Shenandoah Joe and you are often rewarded with a delightful meeting with charismatic Dave Fafara, Roastmaster at Shenandoah Joe! Dave works hard to ensure Shenandoah Joe roasts quality coffee using beans imported from reputable, humanitarian sources all over the world!

13. Scott Roth, President, Three Notch’d Brewing Company

946 Grady Ave, Charlottesville, VA 22903
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Scott started bartending at the age of 18 at a local country club in Fleetwood, PA. Working at a pub while in college began his love of craft beer and the restaurant industry. After graduating and meeting his now wife, Kristin, the Roth’s opened McGrady’s Irish Pub where it was in one of the booths that the concept for Three Notch’d evolved!

14. John Hunt, Co-Owner, Camyrn Limousine
Co-Founder And Medical Director Of Trusted Angels Foundation, A Non-Profit,
Best Selling Author
Chief Medical Officer Of The National Coalition of Healthcare Sharing Ministries
Member Of Liberty’s Physician Advisory Board

946 Grady Ave, Charlottesville, VA 22903
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John Hunt, MD is a pediatrician, pulmonologist, allergist/immunologist, asthma specialist, author and entrepreneur. He is the author of approaching 100 scientific papers, as well as two published novels. He is co-founder of Camryn Executive Transportation and Limousine in central Virginia. John is Chief Medical Officer of Liberty Healthshare – 25,000 families (and growing) voluntarily working together to manage their health care expenses without the intrusion of insurance. He is also co-founder and Medical Director of Trusted Angels Foundation, a non-profit focused on entrepreneurial support, as well as education and health care of children, in Liberia, West Africa.

15. Andrew O’Shaughnessy, Vice President & Saunders Director Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello

946 Grady Ave, Charlottesville, VA 22903
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Professor Andrew Jackson O’Shaughnessy FRHS (Royal Historical Society) is an academic historian, Vice President of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello in Virginia, the Saunders Director of the Robert H. Smith International and Professor of History at the University of Virginia. He has taught at Eton, written several books and is co-editor of the Jeffersonian American Series, published by the University of Virginia Press.

16. Denise Ramey, Owner, Denise Ramey Realty Co. At Long And Foster Real Estate

350 Old Ivy Rd #200, Charlottesville, VA 22903
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Denise is a relocation expert! After moving around both as a child and as a sales executive with BellSouth, Denise and her family eventually stopped in Central Virginia. These moves helped sensitize Denise to the stresses that buying and selling a home have on individuals and families today. Denise has been voted Favorite REALTOR® in Charlottesville by “Charlottesville Family” readers since 2009! She has served on the Board of Directors for the Charlottesville Area Association of REALTORS (CAAR), including as President of the Association. She was chosen as a member of the Virginia Association of REALTORS® Leadership Academy, has been a member of the CAAR Professional Honor Society and has been inducted into the Virginia Association of REALTORS® Honor Society every year since 2010.

17. Bill Hamilton, Co-Owner, Hamilstons’ At First And Main, Sticks Kebob Shop, Gearharts Fine Chocolates, Mas Guapo Foods

101 West Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902
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Bill Hamilton and his wife, Kate, opened Hamilstons’ At First And Main over twenty years ago. Since then he has helped open several other Charlottesville food businesses. Bill is the brains behind Gearharts Fine Chocolates, Sticks Kebob Shop and Mas Guapo Foods.

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18. Dr. Patrick Hopkins, Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering at the University Of Virginia

101 West Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902
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Patrick is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at UVa. Patrick began his faculty appointment at U.Va. in 2011 as an Assistant Professor and was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 2015. Patrick is a recipient of the AFOSR and ONR Young Investigator Awards, the ASME Bergles-Rohsenow Young Investigator Award in Heat Transfer, and the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). Patrick was nominated by the Office of Naval Research, part of the Department of Defense and President Barack Obama awarded Patrick the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their research careers, the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.

19. Robert Radifera, Robert Radifera Photography

101 West Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902
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Robert started off as an Economics major. After taking a photography class during a year abroad in Paris, Robert realized he had a passion for being behind the lens. Since then, he has developed his passion into a career as a wedding, portrait and commercial photographer.

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Jerry Miller, CEO & Publisher

Jerry Miller is the founder & CEO of The Miller Organization, I Love CVille, VMV Brands and I Love CVille Real Estate, which are all head-quartered on The Historic Charlottesville Downtown Mall. Jerry is passionate about the #ShopLocal movement and supporting locally-owned businesses. Get to know Jerry at JerryMillerNow.com.