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Business roundup: 18th year of Leadership Rowan begins

Rowan County Chamber of Commerce officials kicked off the 18th year of Leadership Rowan when the 19-member class was introduced at a reception and dinner at the Country Club of Salisbury this past week.
Approximately 70 class members, Chamber board members, employers and guests attended.
Class members for the new year are Glen Albracht, W.G. Hefner V.A. Medical Center; Mary Jo Bopp, Town of China Grove; Stephen Brown, city of Salisbury; Alesia Burnette, Rowan-Salisbury School System; David Flowe, N-Focus Design; Katherine Generaux, Partners In Learning; Troy Harrington, SunTrust Bank; Todd Harris, Alliance Medical, Inc.; Brittany Honeycutt, Prevent Child Abuse Rowan; Jeff Jones, Food Lion; Zack Kyle, City of Salisbury; Melissa Meacham, F&M Bank; Brooke Moose, American Cancer Society; Beth Nance; David Phillips, W.G. Hefner V.A. Medical Center; Robert Reese, Community One Bank; Angie Richard, North Hills Christian School; Stephen West, Wachovia Bank and Joyce Yates, Chandler Concrete & Building Supply.
Class members are scheduled to go on a two-day retreat before attending nine sessions, one each month, from September through May.
Leadership Rowan is a leadership development program sponsored by the Rowan County Chamber of Commerce. The program is designed to prepare people to assume leadership roles in the county and to further enhance the abilities of existing leaders. People completing the program are expected to volunteer their time and talents for community service.
Chamber Chairman of the Board Randy Welch said, “This program has proven itself many times over. Graduates of Leadership Rowan can be seen serving in positions of leadership all over Rowan County. We look forward to another great class.”
Members of the Leadership Rowan Steering Committee are: Deb Young (city of Salisbury), chair; Rita Foil (Rowan-Salisbury School System); Penny Greer-Link (W.G. Hefner VA Medical Center), Tim Norris (Healthcare Management Consultants) and Tyler Weant (Elium Exterminator Co).
Gentiva helping with balance
Gentiva Health Services, a provider of home health services, has launched the Safe Strides program to help people deal with balance problems by cutting their risk of falls, reducing pain, increasing sensation and improving their functionality and independence.
The program is headed by Dave Pfeufer, rehab specialties director, who has more than 15 years of experience in healthcare.
The program involves evaluation and treatment of balance-related disorders that result in falls. Balance problems can arise from central and peripheral physiological problems, such as vertigo, damage to the peripheral nerves, neurological dysfunction and many others, often in combination.
Pfeufer said traditional treatment usually involves gait training with an assistive device and general strengthening exercises. Gentiva Safe Strides addresses the causes of the balance problems.
Gentiva Safe Strides is a customized, home-based program ó part of the company’s nationwide drive to address the root causes of accidental falls, a serious health problem among older adults.
According to the National Institutes of Health, falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries in people over 65, and about half of those falls can be attributed to some sort of balance disorder.
For more information, contact Pfeufer at 704-933-1001or 704-636-3334.
New accounts manager at Victory Wealth Management
Victory Wealth Management, Inc. has added Brandon M. Rogers as new accounts manager.
Rogers graduated from Appalachian State University in 2006 with a bachelor of science in business administration. He worked at Banc of America as a retirement specialist. He holds Series 7 and 66 FINRA registrations as well as state life, health, long-term care and Medicare supplement licenses.
Victory Wealth is at 603 N. Main Street in China Grove.
Paul Brown joins RCCC foundation board of directors
Paul Brown, vice president and general manager of W.A. Brown & Son Inc. of Salisbury has joined the Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Foundation board of directors.
Brown also serves as an RCCC board of trustees member. He was first appointed as an RCCC trustee by the Rowan-Salisbury Board of Education in 2005.
He earned a bachelor’s degree at Appalachian State University and also serves on the Rowan Museum board and the Rowan-Salisbury Chamber of Commerce executive committee.
The Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Foundation is a nonprofit organization established to generate, receive and manage charitable contributions to the college. The foundation is governed by a volunteer board of directors, composed of area business and community leaders. The board oversees all foundation projects and manages the allocation of gifts and contributions.
The RCCC Foundation will hold its annual Golf Classic on Oct. 12 at The Club at Irish Creek in Kannapolis. Play will begin with a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. Anyone interested in sponsoring or playing in the event can call the college at 704-216-3453 for more details. The event raises funds for RCCC’s programs.
Moose Pharmacy of Salisbury grand opening Aug. 22
Moose Pharmacy of Salisbury will host its grand opening at 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Aug. 22. The event is open to the public.
Moose Pharmacy of Salisbury is in the location of the former Towne Pharmacy at 1408 W. Innes Street, near the Krispy Kreme.
Moose Pharmacy of Salisbury is replacing all exterior signage, and has been busy renovating the entire interior.
Moose Pharmacy operates four different locations in Mt. Pleasant, Concord, Midland and Salisbury.
EnergyUnited applies for $8 million in stimulus money
EnergyUnited applied last week for $8 million in federal stimulus money to help fund its “smart grid” infrastructure project, which aims to replace more than 120,000 meters in the area with new, more high-tech versions.
The so-called “smart meters” monitor energy use and send information through the smart grid system back to the utility, allowing two-way communication with meters. In addition to reporting power outages, they provide information about electricity use. They also send accurate meter readings to the utility, without personnel having to travel to homes and businesses.
The federal funds would allow EnergyUnited to expand on its pilot program that has already installed about 2,500 meters of the 10,500 meters scheduled for Iredell, Rowan, Davie and Davidson counties. Once completed in late 2011, more than 120,000 advanced meters would be in place throughout the cooperative’s entire service area.
In addition to improving reliability of electric service, smart meter and smart grid technology will provide information that will help people manage their energy use.
Baty named Caregiver of the Month at Home Instead
Barbara Baty was named August Caregiver of the Month at Home Instead Senior Care, 625 W. Innes St.
She has been with Home Instead since March.
She is originally from Maine but has been in North Carolina for four years and in Salisbury since January.
“Barbara is such an outstanding person as well as a Caregiver and goes above and beyond for all her clients, and always has a smile on her face,” said Jessica Riley, Recruiting and Retention Coordinator for Home Instead Senior Care.
Home Instead Senior Care can be reached in Salisbury at 704-636-2010, or go to www.homeinstead.com
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