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August 29, 2018

Biz Buzz: New Piedmont Press & Graphics president

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Co-owner Holly Tedeschi with new President Rob Hurdle at Piedmont Press & Graphics in Warrenton.
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“Bobbie” and Ralph Crafts (center) with Warrenton-Fauquier Airport Manager Dave Farrah and Airport Administrative Manager Julie Dietrich at the state aviation conference Aug. 15 in Norfolk.
Rob Hurdle joins Piedmont Press & Graphics

Piedmont Press & Graphics owners Tony and Holly Tedeschi have hired Rob Hurdle as the 31-year-old Warrenton company’s new president.

Mr. and Mrs. Tedeschi will remain closely involved in day-to-day operations, with a long-term goal to make more time for family and community work, they said. Mrs. Tedeschi works full-time in graphics and the company’s Signs by Piedmont division.

The company has 15 employees.
“I’m looking to balance volunteer work with being available for my two children, who just started high school,” said Mr. Tedeschi. “Rob’s sales background and strong leadership skills are exactly what we need to continue the tradition of local, passionate leadership that cares about our people and our customers.”
Mr. Hurdle previously worked as an independent consultant and corporate salesman. He also owned several successful businesses in the area.
Mr. Tedeschi met him when Mr. Hurdle served as an instructor for the WorkForce trade program at Lord Fairfax Community College in Warrenton. His wife, Carlene Hurdle, is the Workforce Solutions director.
“I’m looking forward to focusing more effort on giving back to our town and county,” Mr. Tedeschi said. “There are so many projects out there that need leaders and funding, and I’m at a good point in my life to offer my help. When you get to work on a project as a community, at the end of the day you come home totally satisfied.”

He serves on the board of the Gloria Faye Dingus Music Alliance to offer music lessons and instruments for children who cannot afford them, works with the Fauquier Community Coalition to refurbish the home of a Fauquier County resident and plans his sixth group mission trip to Haiti in October.
“Piedmont Press will continue to act as that extra engine for local businesses to grow and prosper,” Mr. Hurdle said. “Tony and Holly have built a company with a loyal customer base and employees. I’m excited to use my entrepreneurial experience to expand Piedmont’s capabilities further to do even more for our clients.”

State aviation award to “Bobbie” and Ralph Crafts

A Marshall couple this month received the Virginia Aviation Persons of the Year Award.

Warrenton-Fauquier Airport Manager Dave Darrah nominated Barbara “Bobbie” and Ralph Crafts for their contributions to the county-owned facility near Midland.

Mr. and Mrs. Crafts donated $500,000 toward construction of a new terminal planned at the airport. Because of the additional expense, the county Airport Committee had recommended construction of a smaller, one-story terminal.

But, Mr. and Mrs. Crafts said a bigger, two-story building could serve as a “front door” for the county, helping spur economic development.

They also have donated a 100-horsepower tractor and attachments for airport maintenance and a sport utility vehicle to the airport.

Additionally, they donate use of their planes — including a small jet — and their pilot’s time to charitable organizations, including medical flights for military veterans and rescue flights for abandoned animals.

Mr. and Mrs. Crafts received the award Aug. 15 at the 44th annual Virginia Aviation Conference in Norfolk.

“While it was a completely unexpected honor for Bobbie an d me, it brings more visibility and interest to our local community and airport,” said Mr. Crafts, a former Marine pilot, who has led an effort to make the new terminal energy-efficient and environmentally friendly. The building a rain water capture system.

Poplar Springs adds online booking

The new owners of Poplar Springs near Casanova have added online systems for reserving guest rooms and booking spa treatments.

The Poplar Springs Manor website has a link that allows guests to make reservations at the 21-room inn.

“Lodging in conjunction with an event is still handled independently when actually booking the event,” said Antonio Cecchi, one of the owners.

The spa website also allows online reservations.

Gala Cuisine in July purchased the 172-acre property for $4 million. The company specializes in weddings and other events.


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