Business roundup: Two insurance agencies merge

  • Posted: Saturday, October 13, 2012 12:01 a.m.
    UPDATED: Saturday, October 13, 2012 10:48 p.m.

Two of Rowan County's long-standing insurance agencies have announced a merger to establish the Fisher-Greene Insurance Agency.
JE Fisher Insurance Agency and Greene Insurance Agency have merged to form the new agency. Jim Greene and John Fisher had talked aboutforming an agency that could better serve customers for years, and now that process is complete.
"With the merging of our agencies, we have an excellent opportunity to serve our customers better," said Greene, founder of the formerGreene Insurance Agency. "We have each pinpointed our strongest attributes as businesses and pulled our resources together to establish a highly-productive agency with our customers'best interests in mind."
The agency is in a partnership with Keystone Insurers Group. The former JE Fisher Insurance Agency has been a member of Keystone since 2004.
"By partnering with Keystone, we will be provided with the resources to realize tremendous efficiencies of scale, a significant position of strength in the insurance market, comprehensive products, and the most competitive pricing," said Fisher, president of the former JE Fisher Insurance Agency.
Fisher traces his roots in insurance to 1914, when Jacob Eli Fisher Sr. created a family-operated insurance business. John Fisher became president of the agency in 1977.
Roy and Jim Greene founded Greene Insurance Agency in 1977.
Both agents' existing locations will remain. Visit for more information.Rockwell Farms is taking action to monitor and control its environmental impact. It has gained membership in MPS, the environmental sustainability program for greenhouse growers.
MPS helps monitor and reduce use of water, energy, fertilizers and crop protection agents. This program has more than 4,000 growers in 55 countries around the world.
Upon the completion of the first audit, Rockwell Farms was awarded a B rating, only a few points below an A rating. Only two U.S. growers in Rockwell Farms' peer group have attained an A rating. Visit or for more information.Mary Kay senior sales director Michele Arnold of Mt. Ulla earned the use of a Ford Mustang as a result of outstanding achievements in operating her independent Mary Kay business.
The Mustang joins the signature pink Cadillac as well as other Mary Kay Career Car options available to qualifying sales directors.
Since the Career Car Program's inception in 1969, more than 120,000 independent sales force members have either qualified or re-qualified to earn the use of a Mary Kay career car. Currently, more than 5,600 Mary Kay career cars are on the road nationwide.
Arnold began as an independent beauty consultant in 2010 and became an independent sales director in 2011. She will take delivery of the car at Cloninger Ford.Cardinal Tire is having a one-year anniversary customer appreciation day on Saturday, Nov. 10, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. There will be a car show, tire vendors, live radio remote and several thousand dollars in prize drawings.
For more information, call the shop 704-857-0280.On Thursday, Oct. 25, from 4-6 p.m., area agencies and organizations will offer education and insight on caring for an aging loved one at a panel discussion titled "Who Are You Gonna Call? Community Resources For Caregivers and Older Adults."
The panel and exhibition will include representatives from Rufty-Holmes Senior Center, Trinity Oaks, The Lutheran Home, Veterans Administration, Department of Social Services, Advanced Home Care, Comfort Keepers, Carolina Senior Care (PACE), Alzheimer's Association, Rowan Regional Medical Center, Rowan Hospice and Palliative Care, Abundant Living Adult Day Services/Support and the Family Caregiver Support Program.
Each representative will be available to answer questions during the panel discussion and will have exhibit tables set up for attendees to visit and gather additional information.
The event will be held at Trinity Oaks Retirement Community, 728 Klumac Road. RSVP to Comfort Keepers at 704-630-0370 by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct 23.Linda Binkley, a certified nursing assistant for Home Instead Senior Care, has been awarded September's CareGiver of the Month.
CareGivers are awarded when they have proven exceptionally high levels of professionalism while caring for their clients.
Dominique Abram, recruitment retention coordinator for Home Instead Senior Care, said, "Linda goes above and beyond the call of duty and definitely has a heart for CareGiving."
For more information, visit - The Rowan County Chamber of Commerce will host a drop-in reception for retiring Chamber President Bob Wright from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Chamber, 204 E. Innes St.
The Chamber also has scheduled its 87th annual meeting at 6 p.m. Nov. 1 at the Holiday Inn.
John Hood, president of the John Locke Foundation, will share excerpts from his new book "Our Best Foot Forward: An Investment Plan for North Carolina's Economic Recovery."
Hood is a columnist, author and political commentator who specializes in state and local politics and public policy issues.
The chamber will name the Chamber Champion Small Business of the Year and Paul E. Fisher Volunteer of the Year.
The event costs $30 per person, including a reception and refreshments.
Make reservations by calling 704-633-4221.SALISBURY - Wicked Scissors, a hair salon that recently moved to 1419 S. Main St., will give away pink extensions or a pink piece of color to celebrate breast cancer awareness from Oct. 16-19 and Oct. 23-25.
The service is free but the salon encourages donations to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
The salon is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and Saturdays by appointment.
"We have a lot of clients that have or are going through cancer, and since they are not only clients but friends it has had a big impact on us as well," owner and stylist Tracey Kluttz said. "This is our way of showing we care."
Kluttz and Amanda Propst, manager and stylist, said they hope to continue the tradition for years to come.
To learn more, call 704-754-4200.Rowan County native Wib Owen has been named the executive director for Southern Group of State Foresters.
Owen attended West Rowan High School and played American Legion Baseball.
Prior to his appointment, Owen completed a 34-year career with state government, including serving as state forester with the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and the N.C. Forest Service.
He has been honored as North Carolina Forest Conservationist of the Year, Tree Farm National Award of Excellence and Natural Resource Agent of the Year.
"Wib brings a wide range of expertise, experience, and management skills that will greatly benefit the mission of SGSF and the advancement of public forestry programs," said Linda Casey, Alabama state forester and chairwoman for Southern Group of State Foresters.SALISBURY - Peggy Rose, owner and operator of Shampooch and Kitty Too in Salisbury, attended the Super Styling Session Grooming Seminar Oct. 8 at the Crowne Plaza in Charlotte.
The styling session was conducted by renowned groomers Sue Zecco and Jay Scruggs. Topics included breed demonstrations, scissoring techniques and new products.SALISBURY - Sasha Kitty, the shop cat at the Stitchin' Post, has published the first in a series of books describing her adventures in and around Salisbury.
Written by Julie Apone and illustrated by Jean Barlow, the book promotes downtown Salisbury and raises money for Faithful Friends Animal Shelter and the Rowan County Humane Society.
The Stitchin' Post will launch the book sale and host a book signing from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at 104 S. Main St.
WSAT Memories will broadcast live during the event.
Children can pick up a coloring page of the book cover, color and return it to the Stitchin' Post for display in the window. Sasha will award prizes.
To learn more, call 704-636-4121 or visit Sasha Kitty's Facebook page or The book sells for $14.99.CONCORD - The Beef Jerky Outlet is welcoming NASCAR fans this weekend for races at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Located on Bruton Smith Boulevard at exit 49 and Interstate 85, the store also offers flavored popcorns, deep fried peanuts, peanut brittle and unique candies.
Lisa and Todd Adams are owners, and they invite everyone to sample any of the jerky or popcorn in the barrels. The store website is - Walker Marketing earned awards in three different digital platforms during the 32nd annual BMA Carolinas ProAd Awards.
Walker Marketing earned a Silver Award for its agency blog, which shares public relations and marketing trends, tips and insights. Walker Marketing also earned bronze awards for the International Business Park e-newsletter, and the CM Black construction company website. The agency was also recognized by the Web Health Awards and N.C. Public Relations Society of America for the Liberty HomeCare & Hospice Services website earlier this year.
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