Business briefs: Bealls CEO named to national retail board

January 14, 2014 

NEW YORK -- Steve Knopik, CEO of Bealls Inc. has been named to the National Retail Federation's Board of Directors.

Knopik was one of six new board members named Sunday as retailers from around the globe gathered in New York for Retail's BIG Show. The new additions will each serve a three-year term.

"These executives are among the top thought leaders in the world of retail and will only strengthen an already diverse and well-respected board," NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said. "Their knowledge and experience will be invaluable as we address the many issues facing retailers at a time when our industry is rapidly changing."

The other new board members include: J.C. Penney Corp. Inc. CEO Myron "Mike" Ullman, SAP senior vice president, and head of the global retail industry business unit Lori Mitchell-Keller, Tractor Supply Co. President and CEO Greg Sandfort, Utah Retail Merchants Association President Dave Davis and Walmart U.S. President and CEO Bill Simon.

NRF is the world's largest retail trade association, representing discount and department stores, home goods and specialty stores, Main Street merchants, grocers, wholesalers, chain restaurants and Internet retailers from the United States and more than 45 countries.

CDL medical certification required by Jan. 30.

Federal motor carrier safety regulations requires that all drivers holding a commercial drivers license must self-certify by Jan. 30.

To be certified, drivers in non-excepted interstate or non-excepted intrastate commerce must provide valid medical documentation by choosing one of the options below:

Option 1: Self-certify online at by Jan. 30, in the appropriate driving category, or visit a driver license or tax collector's office that provides driver license services in Florida.

Option 2: Downgrade to a non-commercial Class E driver license, which must be completed in a driver license or tax collector's office that provides driver license services in Florida.

Service fees may apply to transactions.

Bunker Hill Vineyard expands with ghost walks

Beginning this month, Bunker Hill Vineyard & Winery will offer "Spirit & Orb Walks" on the third Saturday night of each month.

Bunker Hill claims to be a place where "Spirits & Orbs" co-exist with the living. The next spirit and orb walk is Jan. 18 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 and reservations are required. Groups are limited to a maximum of 40 adults ages 18 and over,

The winery operators encourage visitors to bring cameras with a night flash even EVP recorders, EMF recorders, digital temperature recorders and extra


Guests should arrive by 6:30 p.m. for a 30-minute indoctrination and discussion of the night's 90-minute walk and activities. Good walking shoes (closed toes), long pants and a jacket are encouraged. Walks will take place at night on level and non-level ground.

Herald staff report

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