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The West Virginia Connection



Scenic Overlook in Pocahontas County, WV

By Hoy Murphy

West Virginians are connected to their state by family, business, heritage, quality of life, and even athletic affiliation. Those connections often become stronger when native Mountaineers have to leave their home state for various reasons. In many cases, those connections eventually draw them back, to visit or even to set up successful careers where they can stay close to home.
 
Chris Kroger
Chris Kroger is a successful lawyer who left the state to build a career but found he could be just as successful in West Virginia while being close to his family.
Mark Bias, senior vice president, BB&T, Charleston
Mark Bias became an international banker but returned for the recreational opportunities and business potential he found in West Virginia.
Todd Nessell, technician, Second Creek Technologies, Barboursville
Todd Nessel left to travel the world, but found that home was where he really wanted to be and that opportunities in new technology allowed him to be there.
Travis Riddle
Travis Riddle created a career as a jazz musician in New Orleans, but after Hurricane Katrina he found a way to bring his family to West Virginia to reclaim a quality of life he remembered from his childhood.
Bob Huggins, basketball coach, West Virginia University, Morgantown
Bob Huggins was a native star basketball player and scholar at West Virginia University, but his successful coaching career took him away for many years. When the opportunity came to return to WVU, he took it, and quickly became one of the most beloved basketball coaches in the university’s history.

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