American Diabetes Association to Host Fall Event in Virginia Beach, VA

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American Diabetes Association

Based in Virginia Beach, VA, Robert Anthony Nolan stands out as an inventor, innovator and pioneer in the field of aviation. Away from his professional responsibilities, Robert Nolan is an insulin-dependent diabetic who contributes to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), which will hold an event in VA in the fall.

Part of the American Diabetes Association’s national walk series, the Hampton Roads Step Out to Walk Diabetes event endeavors to benefit the nearly 875,000 residents of VA who live with diabetes. In participating in the walk, which will take place October 7 at µ , individuals will specifically assist the ADA in raising awareness of diabetes, funding life-saving research, and providing aid to those who experience discrimination because of their conditions.

Walkers at the VA event may opt for either a one-mile or 3.1-mile (5k) route, and there is no registration fee to participate. However, the ADA encourages all individuals to engage in fund-raising in order to help the organization meet the $300,000 goal it has set for the event. To facilitate the fund-raising process, the ADA provides each registrant with a variety of tools, including a customizable personal web page, and gives him or her access to the organization’s staff.

Apart from the walk itself, the Hampton Roads Step Out to Walk Diabetes event will offer live entertainment, children’s activities, a health and wellness area, and other amenities. To learn more about participating, please visit


Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Awards Program

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Entrepreneur of the Year Awards

Robert Anthony Nolan of Virginia Beach, VA, served for several years in the United States Navy before going on to work as a pilot and aviation designer. He also worked as the president and CEO of OmniTrade International, Inc., a Virginia Beach, VA-based firm that negotiated contracts in the international fishing and shipping industries. While leading OmniTrade International, Robert Nolan was selected as a finalist for the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

Established by Ernst and Young in 1986, the Entrepreneur of the Year Award recognizes the world’s top business leaders for their work establishing and building successful enterprises. Since it was launched over three decades ago, the program has grown to become one of the most distinguished business award programs in the United States.

Over the years, nearly 10,000 outstanding entrepreneurs have benefitted from the program. The list of previous winners includes a number of high-profile entrepreneurs, such as Michael Dell of Dell Technologies, AOL founder Stephen Case, and Shutterstock founder Jon Oringer.

Today, the Entrepreneur of the Year program operates throughout the United States and more than 60 countries worldwide. The most recent group of US national award winners features the executive chairman of Marriott International J.W. “Bill” Marriott. For more information, including nomination and selection details, visit

Transitioning from Road to Dirt Biking

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Robert Anthony Nolan has worked in the field of aviation for more than 30 years, currently residing in Virginia Beach, VA. Along with his passion for flight and aviation, Robert Nolan enjoys various outdoor activities, including both snow & water skiing, scuba diving, power parachuting, whitewater rafting, horseback riding and mountain biking in VA, MD & NC. He can be found riding the “Cape Henry Trail” located within Seashore State Park that he incorporates into his local 28 mile ride. He also participates in Century Rides (cycling rides of 100 miles) in such events as the Seagull Century and Tour De Cure for the American Diabetes Association.

Those who start mountain biking after years of traditional road biking need to learn many new skills and unlearn some habits before transitioning to dirt. These tips will help new bikers get started.

Mountain bikers must be more aware of the positions of their bodies. Unlike road biking, which involves minimal adjustment of body position, mountain biking requires body weight to be shifted back during descents and forward during climbs. Likewise, mountain bikers must accept greater instability on the bike, and avoid over-correction.

Care and maintenance also requires significant adjustment. Mountain bikes are designed to take significantly higher punishment than road bikes and will often rack up cosmetic damage. Road bikers should accept that mountain bikes are unlikely to come back from rides far from clean and pristine condition, but in exchange enjoy significantly higher durability.