Business roundup: New audiologist in town

Published 12:00 am Saturday, March 26, 2011

Dr. Lorin S. Oden will be the audiologist of the new Salisbury location of Hearing Lifestyles LLC, which is to open Monday.
Oden worked for a major hearing device manufacturer for four years before establishing the audiology department of Audiology and Hearing Services of Carolina ENT Specialists in Concord, where she provided services for 21 years.
Oden, originally from the Chicago area, received her bachelor of science in speech and hearing science from the University of Iowa in 1983, her master’s degree in audiology from the University of Denver in 1985 and her doctorate from Arizona School of Health Sciences in March 2009.
She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Audiology, board certified in audiology, licensed by the state of North Carolina as an audiologist and dispenser of hearing devices.
She lives on High Rock Lake with husband Mark and two sons, Ross and Brad.
Hearing Lifestyles, 464 Jake Alexander Blvd. West, offers state-of-the-art hearing instrument technologies and will provide hearing evaluations and solutions for patients of all ages.
For appointments, call 704-633-0023.
Snow Home Instead’s Caregiver of Month
Mary Snow has been chosen as Home Instead Senior Care’s Caregiver of the Month for April.
She has been with Home Instead Senior Care since July.
Southern States honored for training
Southern States Cooperative has been recognized for excellence in employee training with a Learning 100 Award from Elearning Media Group.
The award recognizes companies that create a learning culture throughout their organizations. Southern States scored in the top half of the list, ranking 27th among winners that included United Parcel Service, Intel and GE.
The Learning! 100 Award noted Southern States’ implementation of a web-based learning management system called KnowledgeMaster, which gives employees access to training courses anytime.
Curves of Rockwell food drive in April
ROCKWELL — Curves of Rockwell will participate in the 13th annual Curves Food Drive in April to collect non-perishable food and cash donations.
Current members who make a $30 donation or an equivalent donation of food are eligible to receive a Curves reusable grocery bag. From April 4-17, Curves will waive the membership fee for new members who donate a bag of non-perishable food or make a minimum donation of $30.
Curves International is offering gyms the opportunity to win cash prizes for their local food banks. Prizes will be awarded to clubs with the most food collected, clubs that beat their 2010 donation level by the largest amount and to two randomly selected clubs.
For more information about Curves of Rockwell, located at 610E W Main St., call 704-279-4936 or e-mail
Austin retiring from Cozart Lumber
Judith Cozart Austin will retire from Cozart Lumber & Supply on March 31 after 16 years service in accounts payable.
Cozart, on Link Street in Rockwell, serves contractors in the building and supply industry within a 60-mile radius. Job site delivery is available in Rowan, Cabarrus, Stanly, Mecklenburg and other surrounding counties.
The company was founded by C.A. “Dolly” Cozart and has been in operation since the 1940s by the Cozart family. The company is now managed by Phillip and Thad Whicker, grandsons of the founder.
Austin and her husband, Don, have two children and two grandchildren.
Effort backs turning off TV for a week
GOLD HILL — Glenda Trexler, a paper crafts business owner, is taking part in TV-Free America effort that is asking the question: “Could you turn it off TV for a week and find other ways to fill those hours?”
Turn Off Your TV Week is April 18-24.
TV Turnoff Network reports the average child watches television for 1,680 minutes per week, while only engaging their parents in “meaningful conversation” for 38.5. The Challenge during ‘Turn Off The TV Week’ is for families to remove television from the equation and replace the time spent “watching” with time spent “doing.”
Trexler offers paper crafting, particularly scrapbooking, as a way to bring everyone together and work on a family project.
“Crafting as a family builds bonds that will enhance your relationship with your children,” says Trexler. “From a child’s perspective this is play, not work.”
Contact Glenda at for additional ideas or visit
New chef takes over at Restaurant 46 in Kannapolis
KANNAPOLIS — Restaurant 46 at the N.C. Research Campus has a new chef.
John Blumreich spent 10 years as the executive chef of Carpe Diem in Charlotte. He was trained at New England Culinary Institute in Montpelier, Vt., and holds an associate’s degree in culinary arts.
Blumreich has worked in fine dining since 1992, including stints with Bern’s Steak House in Tampa, Fla., Tanglewoods in Waterbury Center, Vt., and Red Hen Baking Company in Middlesex, Vt.
Forty Six’s concept of healthful dining appeals to him as an opportunity to show people that food doesn’t have to lack flavor and texture to be healthy.
Blumreich grew up in Europe and uses international flavors and ingredients in dishes that reflect contemporary American cuisine with a twist.
Knowing the science of food makes experimentation fun, Blumreich said. Understanding how flavors combine and work together, or oppose each other, is important. Knowing the physics of how ingredients react under certain conditions allows a level of control over every dish that passes through the kitchen’s hands.
S.A. Sloop honored for 10 years of Trane certification
LANDIS — S.A. Sloop Heating & Air Conditioning Inc., 705 W. Ryder Ave. in Landis, was presented with a plaque from Trane recently recognizing their 10th anniversary as a Trane Comfort Specialist.
The Trane Comfort Specialist certification means the independent Trane dealer is of the highest standing and committed to being the best in every aspect their business, from installation and service, to customer satisfaction and employee training.
Trane Comfort Specialists must meet Trane’s most stringent standards and demonstrate a commitment to customer satisfaction and continuing education. Comfort Specialist dealers are committed to training to keep up to date with Trane’s latest technology.
Painter challenging others to try his diet, lose weight
John Isenberg of Salisbury had an epiphany in the hospital.
The house painter knew he needed to lose weight or he would die. So he started his own diet, lost 52 pounds and now runs every day, regardless of the weather.
Isenberg is challenging others to make the life-saving decision to lose weight.
Isenberg of Fitter and Trimmer has teamed up with Jay Whittington of Central Carolina Insurance, who’s also concerned about obesity, to offer the Fitter and Trimmer $2,000 Challenge. Isenberg said he saved $2,000 by switching to Central Carolina Insurance and wants to pass that savings along as an incentive to lose weight.
Isenberg will give $1,000 to the first person who buys his diet plan and loses 50 pounds. He will give another $1,000 to the person who can keep the weight off for a year.
The contest starts April 15. Registration costs $10. To register, go to
New area director, CEO for behavioral health agency PBH
CONCORD — Pamela Shipman is the new area Director and chief executive officer of behavioral health management agency PBH.
Bill Burgin, chairman of the PBH board of directors, announced that Daniel Coughlin is retiring as area director and CEO effective July 1. Coughlin has led the agency since 2000.
Shipman has been deputy area director and chief operations officer. The board approved Shipman’s appointment at the March 17 meeting.
Coughlin came to then Piedmont Behavioral Healthcare (now named PBH) in 2000 as the third director over the 35-year existence of the organization. He led the establishment of PBH’s unique model for managing and delivering services.
“For the past 11 years, I have been privileged to work under the leadership of Dan Coughlin as PBH responded to the needs and priorities of our communities and developed a new model for community services that blends the best experience from the public and private sectors into the unique national model that we operate today,” Shipman said. “We are in the process of yet another transformation as we adjust to the far-reaching changes in the healthcare system brought on by the federal Health Reform Act.
“I am grateful for the support that I have received from PBH staff over many years and for the mentorship I have received.”
Shipman attained bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Shipman joined PBH (then Piedmont Behavioral Healthcare) in 1987.
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