Business roundup: Apply now for Leadership Rowan

Published 12:00 am Saturday, March 19, 2011

Applications are being accepted for the 2011-12 Leadership Rowan program sponsored by the Rowan County Chamber of Commerce.
This will be the 20th consecutive year for Leadership Rowan, which is designed to help developing leaders and enhance existing leaders in Rowan County.
The program begins Aug. 11-13 with a retreat at The Catholic Conference Center in Hickory. Nine sessions will follow, beginning in September and they run from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month. Each participant is required to attend the retreat and all sessions.
Tuition is $700 for Chamber members and $750 for non-members. This fee covers the kick-off banquet, retreat, all session materials and meals and graduation dinner. Tuition is due July 31. Limited financial assistance may be available for those who need and request it.
Applications may be obtained by contacting the Rowan County Chamber of Commerce at 704-633-4221 or visiting Completed applications must be received by May.
Members of the Leadership Rowan Steering Committee are Penny Greer-Link (W.G. Hefner VA Medical Center), chair; Jeff Jones (Delhaize America-Food Lion); Myra Heard (city of Salisbury); Tim Norris (Healthcare Management Consultants) and Tyler Weant (Elium Exterminators).
Comadoll selected associationís Sports Medicine Person of Year
Dr. James ěChipî Comadoll has been selected as the North Carolina Athletic Trainersí Association Sports Medicine Person of the Year.
He was honored and received the award at the annual meeting of the NCATA in Clemmons on March 5.
Comadoll was presented this award during a luncheon by Robert J. Casmus, head athletic trainer at Catawba College. Comadoll has worked in sports medicine in Rowan and surrounding counties since 1992. He is one of the team physicians for Catawba College.
Comadoll has also been instrumental in helping develop the newly created sports medicine program by Rowan Regional Medical Center and RoMedical Care. Both RRMC and RoMedical are partnering with the Rowan-Salisbury Schools to provide a certified athletic trainer to the area high schools.
Comadoll is lead physician for RoMedical Care, 1035 Lincolnton Road. RoMedical is affiliated with Novant Medical Group, the same parent company that has an affiliation with Rowan Regional Medical Center.
Goins earns highest certificate in five inspection fields
Brian Goins, Rowan Countyís plans examiner, has become one of the few building code officials in the state to qualify for the highest certificates available in all five inspection fields.
The N.C. Code Officials Qualification Board has five areas in which they award certification ó building inspections, mechanical inspections, electrical inspections, plumbing inspections and fire prevention.
Each area of expertise has three levels. Level I will allow inspectors to inspect buildings that are relatively small and generally one story in height. Level II inspectors can inspect buildings and systems that are larger and up to four stories in height. Level III inspectors can inspect buildings and systems of an unlimited nature.
Each certificate requires the applicant attend class at a community college, pass the class, provide experience documentation and pass a state test.
Goins is the 204th person to receive all five certificates out of the approximately 4,000 inspectors statewide.
An employee of the building codes enforcement office for 71/2 years, Goins graduated from Rowan-Cabarrus Community College in 2002 with an associate degree in mechanical drafting technology.
Adcock a new Realtor withApple House Realty
Jan Adcock has joined Apple House Realty as a Realtor.
She is a graduate of South Rowan High School and was a mortgage broker for seven years before obtaining a real estate broker’s license from Rowan-Cabarrus Community College in 2006.
She serves on the professional standards committee for Salisbury-Rowan Association of Realtors. A member of Concord First Assembly, she serves on the board of directors for Restoration Link, a nonprofit organization for those in need and crisis.
Smart Choice Senior Transitions a ëSenior-Friendly Businessí
Smart Choice Senior Transitions has earned certification as a ěSenior-Friendly Businessî in Rowan County.
Smart Choice Senior Transitions specializes in assisting older adults when they need to downsize and relocate, or to right-size their current home for retirement safety and comfort.
Jo Kearns, a certified relocation and transition specialist, owns Smart Choice Senior Transitions and is a member of the National Association of Senior Move Managers.
ěThe Senior-Friendly Business Certification is an important acknowledgement by the Council on Aging, and I am proud that my business was able to earn this recognition,î Kearns said.
The Rowan County Council on Aging has offered the business certification program to local businesses since 2009. Nine businesses have received the local designation.
For more information, visit or contact Kearns at 704-633-2792 or e-mail
To learn more about the Senior Friendly Business Certification Program or the Rowan County Council on Aging, contact Rufty-Holmes Senior Center in Salisbury.
Key named president of National Association of College Stores
Danny A. Key, a Salisbury resident and director of Bookstore Services at Wingate University, was installed as president of the Board of Trustees for the National Association of College Stores (NACS), the professional trade association that represents the nationís $10 billion higher education retailing industry.
He will take the lead role in governance of the associationís more than 4,000 store and associate members, directing the organization toward enhancing college stores through education, advocacy and the utilization of new technologies.
Key has served several terms on the NACS Board, as well as the Education and Small Stores committees.
Johnston joins Nationwide, Landmark agency
Nationwide Insurance-Landmark Insurance Agency has hired David C. Johnston as a new associate agent.
Johnston has 15 years experience in the insurance business as the former owner of Pegram and Johnston Insurance Agencies in Salisbury and Albemarle.
He has an associate degree in electronics engineering from Rowan-Cabarrus Community College and is a past general chairman of the Holiday Caravan Christmas parade, past president of the Rowan County Agricultural Fair and past president of the North Rowan Booster club. He is a member of the Spencer Moose lodge, a lifetime member of the Spencer Jaycees and a member of Spencer Presbyterian Church. He and wife Teresa have three children, Heather, Christopher and Taylor.
The office is located at 123 South Long St. and office hours are 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays. Call him at 704-633-7283 or
15 Bloom stores to be Food Lions in Charlotte, Greenville, S.C.
Delhaize America is changing 15 of its Bloom bannered stores around Charlotte and Greenville, S.C., to Food Lions.
The Bloom in Mauldin, S.C., will close by the end of next month.
ěWe appreciate the loyalty of our Bloom guests; however, we are confident our Food Lion banner will best meet the needs of our customers at these locations,î Bloom VP Tammy DeBoer said. ěOur stores will remain open as we transition into Food Lion stores as quickly as possible.î
Delhaize officials decided to focus the Bloom banner in the southeast Virginia and Washington markets.
CommunityOne Bank parent loses $29.6 million for quarter
ASHEBORO ó FNB United Corp., the holding company for CommunityOne Bank, N.A., and its wholly owned subsidiary, Dover Mortgage Co., reported a net operating loss of $29.6 million for the fourth quarter, due largely to its recognition of provisions for loan losses of $22.4 million in the quarter.
Adjusting for dividends payable to the U.S. Treasury on the preferred stock issued in the Capital Purchase Program, the fourth quarter 2010 loss attributable to common shareholders was $30.4 million, or $2.67 per diluted share. During the fourth quarter of 2009, FNB United recognized a provision for loan losses of $24.7 million and incurred a net loss of $28.9 million, or $2.53 per diluted share.
FNB United reported a net operating loss of $112.9 million for the year ended Dec. 31. Adjusting for dividends payable to the U.S. Treasury on the preferred stock issued in the Capital Purchase Program, the resulting 2010 loss attributable to common shareholders was $116.2 million, or $10.17 per diluted share.
Event for wartime veterans Thursday at Salisbury Gardens
Salisbury Gardens and Liberty Commons are sponsoring an event Thursday at 9:30 a.m. for wartime veterans to see if they or their spouses are entitled to benefits from the Veterans Administration. Breakfast will be served. RSVP to 704-636-0588.
Salisbury Gardens is at 2201 Statesville Blvd.
Recruitment fair for nurses March 31 at Gentiva Home Health
Gentiva Home Health is having a recruitment fair on Thursday, March 31, for skilled nurses, physical, occupational and speech therapists. Clinicians interested in a career in home health medical care, contact Susan Wear at Gentiva Home Health, 704-933-1001, for additional information and reservations.
Keyes to speak at real estate investors meeting Tuesday
Jessica Keyes will be guest speaker at the Rowan County Real Estate Investors and Associates meeting Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Keyes is a virtual assistant with more than 10 years of experience handling marketing, bookkeeping, web design and special projects. She has previously worked for commercial and residential builders. You can visit or call her at 704-746-7248 or e-mail
She will discuss how to identify, reach and connect with potential clients and what marketing materials make the most difference.
The group meets regularly at China Buffet in Salisbury on the fourth Tuesday of the month. The meeting is open to anyone who would like to attend. (China Buffet is on Arlington street behind OíCharleys near I85 exit 76)
The purpose of the group is to provide information regarding real estate investing in Rowan County.
For more information, contact Bob Yon at 704-762-1117.
Kinzey named BCLC business, society relations adviser
The Business Civic Leadership Center (BCLC) has named Ruth Kinzey, president of the Kinzey Company, as one of the organizationís business and society relations program advisers.
The BCLC is committed to advancing better business and society relations and improving long-term social and economic conditions. In her advisory capacity, Kinzey participates in content discussions and provides editorial material, which is posted on the BCLC website.
The Kinzey Company, headquartered in Salisbury, protects and enhances reputations through strategic planning and communications that are designed to address an organizationís multiple audiences. Communication services also include speeches, customized seminars, media training and executive speech coaching. BCLC, located in Washington, D.C., is a 501(c)3 affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and is a resource and voice for businesses and their social and philanthropic interests.
Hampton Inn opening new location in Huntersville
A new Hampton Inn and Suites will open this week in Huntersville with 125 rooms to serve the Lake Norman region.
A grand opening celebration is planned for April.
It is owned and operated by Daly Seven, Inc., founded by Philip and Frances Daly.
Allstate honors agents from Kannapolis, Concord
Allstate Insurance Co. has recognized agency owners Dave Cash in Kannapolis and Omar Hadi in Concord with Presidentís Conference awards for high standards in customer satisfaction, customer retention and profitable business growth.
The Dave Cash Agency and the Omar Hadi Agency are now among the top Allstate agencies in auto, property, commercial, power sports insurance and financial services sales.
Contact the Dave Cash Agency at 704-499-6445 or by e-mail at
Reach the Omar Hadi Agency at 704-455-5977 or by e-mail at
Celebrate AdministrativeProfessionals Day at speedway
Celebrate Administrative Professionals Day by treating your administrative assistant to lunch from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Speedway Club at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Wednesday, April 27.
The ěAt Your Serviceî event is an annual fundraiser hosted by Hospice & Palliative Care of Cabarrus County, a 501-c-3 non-profit organization. . Tickets are $35 each. For more information, call Jeanette Scire at 704-935-9459.
Modern Family Dental Care grand opening March 31 in Concord
CONCORD ó Modern Family Dental Care will hold its grand opening on Thursday, March 31 at 9 a.m.
Located across from Concord Mills Mall, Dr. Taj M. Haynesí office will have three full-time and two part-time employees. Haynes has a bachelorís degree from Santa Clara University and a Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) from the University of Pennsylvaniaís School of Dental Medicine.
Modern Family Dental Care is located at: 8455 Pit Stop Ct. NW. Suite 140, Concord. Make appointments by calling the office at 704-262-3436. For more information, visit
EnergyUnited offers teachers ëBright Ideasí grants up to $2,000
North Carolinaís electric cooperatives, including EnergyUnited, have earmarked more than $590,000 for the Bright Ideas classroom-based projects for the 2011-12 school year.
Teachers can learn more about the program, find the application and an explanation about the process at
Interested educators can apply online beginning Friday, April 1. The deadline for teachers to submit an application is Friday, Sept. 23. Grants of up to $2,000 are available through EnergyUnited. Teachers who submit their application by Monday, Aug. 15, will be entered in a drawing for a $500 Visa gift card.
Last year, EnergyUnited granted nearly $39,000 to 25 classroom teachers throughout the 19-county North Carolina region that the cooperative serves. Bright Ideas grants help finance innovative classroom projects that would otherwise not receive funding.
ěEnergyUnited is proud of the difference this program is making to the quality of education in our state,” said H. Wayne Wilkins, EnergyUnitedís chief executive officer. ěLast year, the stateís electric cooperatives collectively distributed more than $594,000 in Bright Ideas grants, and surpassed $7.3 million dollars in contributions since the program began 18 school years ago.î
Since its inception in 1994, the Bright Ideas grant program has sponsored more than 7,000 projects benefiting more than 1.3 million students. EnergyUnited has awarded approximately 500 grants to classroom teachers totaling more than $500,000. ěWe understand the importance of creativity in the classroom and weíre encouraging innovation through this program,î Wilkins said.
For more information about Bright Ideas, contact Natasha Suber, Bright Ideas coordinator for EnergyUnited, at 800-822-0197 ext. 1390 or e-mail natasha.suber@energyunited. com.
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