Business roundup: EconoLodge renovation complete
EconoLodge has completed a renovation project at 1328 Jake Alexander Blvd., including updated meeting rooms, one with seating for 55 and another 1,023-square foot room with poolside view.
EconoLodge is at Interstate 85 exit 75 and can be reached at 704-431-4542.
Meet Dale Jr. in Food Lion promotion
SALISBURY — Now through April 23, Food Lion MVP customers have an opportunity to meet NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. by purchasing at least three specially marked items during a shopping visit.
The promotional products are identified by special “Winner’s Circle” shelf tags.
A grand prize, two first place and 300 second place winners will be awarded.
The grand prize winner gets to meet Dale Earnhardt in a five-day, four-night trip for two to Charlotte, tentatively scheduled for May 23-27. Race passes, a $500 Food Lion gift card and pit crew passes to Food Lion Speed Street in May are included.
Two first place winners will receive $500 Food Lion gift cards. Three-hundred second place winners will receive $10 Food Lion gift cards. Customers may also mail in an entry for the sweepstakes. All entries must be postmarked by April 23.
Carolina Farm Credit gathering
STATESVILLE — David Lee and April Johnson of Woodleaf were selected and recently attended the Agricultural Leadership Institute in Asheville, hosted by Carolina Farm Credit.
The 13th annual gathering held at the Inn on Biltmore Estate brought together and celebrated young, beginning, small and minority farmers. It was created to equip farmers to meet the challenges of modern agriculture and encourages the sharing of ideas and networking within the industry. This year’s 27 participants were couples or individuals from farms across Carolina Farm Credit’s territory.
The couple was nominated to attend the conference by the staff of the Salisbury service center. The local staff includes Travis Allen, loan officer; Marsha Crump, home loan specialist; John Dagenhardt, vice president/special assets management; Pamella Lewis, loan assistant/service center coordinator; Doris Steele, loan assistant; Libby Watson, loan officer. The office is supervised by Gary Hastings, regional lending manager.
The three-day seminar was led by Dr. David Kohl, professor emeritus at Virginia Tech and professional speaker, and Dr. Alex White, financial adviser and former Virginia Tech professor.
Noble a finalist for restaurant honor
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Chad Noble of Salisbury was named a finalist for Texas Roadhouse Managing Partner of the Year award, which is the company’s highest honor. As part of the restaurant chain’s 20th anniversary celebration, 20 store managing partners were chosen from a pool of more than 400 for this honor.
The award recognizes those who best display characteristics of an operational leader. Noble and the other 19 finalists will be judged on food, service, marketing, culture and profits among other criteria.
The winner will be announced at the company’s annual conference in Maui, Hawaii, in May. The winner will receive a new Corvette, a check for $25,000, a lead crystal replica of a Texas Roadhouse restaurant, a Managing Partner of the Year ring and a gold belt buckle.
Noble, a Salisbury native and North Rowan High School graduate, has been the Managing Partner of the Asheville store for five years. He has been with Texas Roadhouse for 13 years.
USDA official meets with Realtors
Randy Gore, state director for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and Dale Poplin, U.S. Department of Agriculture Single-Family Housing Specialist, met with members of the Salisbury/Rowan Association of Realtors Inc. at the Country Club of Salisbury for the monthly meeting on April 2.
USDA works in partnership with state and local governments, as well as nonprofit agencies and lenders. USDA Rural Development gives households and individuals the opportunity to buy, build or repair their homes in rural areas of less than 20,000 population.
Oden attends audiology conference
Dr. Lorin S. Oden of Hearing Lifestyles attended the 25th annual American Academy of Audiology conference recently held in Anaheim, Calif.
Oden completed 16.5 hours of continuing education during the conference. Sessions attended included professional ethics, using social media effectively, verification measures and measuring patient satisfaction. Oden was celebrated as one of few attendees who participated in the inaugural conference held at Kiawah Island in 1988.
Bayada honors 6 as Heroes on the Home Front
Bayada Home Health Care in Salisbury recently presented six employees with the Heroes on the Home Front award.
Those honored are Cheryl Kearns, Jeffrey Drye, Christine Martin, Michael Fletcher and Sherry Welch.
For more information please call 704-797-8000
Edward Jones among best companies to work for
Financial-services firm Edward Jones ranked No. 8 on Fortune magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For 2013” list in its 14th appearance on the prestigious list, according to John Philpott and Jolene Philpott in Salisbury.
The Edward Jones office is at 460 Jake Alexander Blvd. West in Salisbury.
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