Published 12:00 am Saturday, August 20, 2011

The board of directors of Lion’s Share Federal Credit Union has named credit union veteran Mark Curran as the new president/CEO of the $30 million institution based in Salisbury.
Curran has been senior vice president of business development for Palmetto Cooperative Services LLC of Columbia, S.C.
He is a graduate of the Southeast CUNA Management School (SRCUS), where he was elected by his peers as the president of the class of 1991. He also holds the Certified Credit Union Executive (CCUE) designation. Curran earned his bachelor’s degree from Radford University in Virginia.
Lion’s Share Federal Credit Union is for associates of Delhaize America banners including Food Lion, Bloom, Bottom Dollar, Harvey’s, Reid’s and Sweetbay Supermarkets. It serves more than 10,500 members nationwide.
Allstate agency owners honored
Allstate exclusive agency owners Jason Allen of the Allen Agency and David Cash of the Dave Cash Agency each have been designated an Allstate Premier Service Agent for 2011.
Less than a third of Allstate’s nearly 12,000 agency owners earn the designation.
The Premier Service Agency designation is awarded to owners who have consistently demonstrated excellence in delivering an accessible, knowledgeable and personal customer experience, and in achieving outstanding business results.
The Allen Agency is located at 130 E. Kerr St. in Salisbury and can be reached at 704-630-1120.
The Dave Cash Agency is located at 6045 Gateway Center Drive in Kannapolis and can be reached at 704-919-6141, or via email at
ServPro owners’ recognition
KANNAPOLIS — Whitney Norton and Elizabeth Norton, owners of ServPro of Kannapolis, were honored during the company’s 42nd annual national convention recently held at in St. Louis, Mo., with the President’s Silver award.
This recognition rewards franchisees for outstanding revenue performance and/or service to the company.
The week-long convention included education, professional development and networking among the system’s more than 1,500 franchise owners.
You can contact Whitney Norton and Elizabeth Norton at or 704-939-1944.
Gift bags, trinkets needed for Biker Blues and BBQ event
SALISBURY — Local companies are invited to provide items for gift bags to be presented at he 2011 Biker Blues and BBQ Rally at Tilley Harley-Davidson of Salisbury.
The three-day barbecue cookoff and festival Sept. 22-24 will host guests from across North Carolina and the region as judges and competitors.
The event provides an opportunity for free advertisement for businesses. Each guest competitor or judge will receive a gift bag.
Local businesses with gift items or trinkets to provide can drop them off at 653 Bendix Drive. Tilley needs at least 150 of each gift item.
The Forum presents event for Prevent Child Abuse Rowan
SALISBURY — The Forum will host “Spin To Prevent” from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 17.
All proceeds from this community event will benefit Prevent Child Abuse Rowan.
Spin to Prevent will consist of a five-hour indoor bike ride with teams participating and having fun. Bike teams can consist of one to 10 riders. Registration costs $125 per team or $20 per individual rider.
The event will feature music, prizes and free T-shirts. For more information about corporate sponsorship or to register, contact The Forum at 704-633-6638.
Downtown Kannapolis Inc. elects new officers
KANNAPOLIS — Downtown Kannapolis Inc., a new group working to bring in new retailers and jobs to Kannapolis, has elected new officers.
They are president, Gene Long (Discount Quality Furniture); vice president, Daryll Jackson (Lee Clothing); secretary, Mary Ann Winn Daley (Transit Damaged Freight); and treasurer, Ann Strickland (Wachovia)
Board members: Joan Beasley (Beasley Cross Pre-Owned), Tom Bennett, (Kannapolis Glass), Tom Kilby (Kilby Florist), Melanie Keziah- (Virginia’s).
The new group adopted by-laws and established as the official website to be constructed.
The next meeting is 7 p.m. Tuesday at Discount Quality Furniture. Call Mary Ann Winn Daley to learn more at 336-250-4558.
Dr. David Phillips buys dentistry practice in Kannapolis
KANNAPOLIS — VR Business Sales, Mergers & Acquisitions of Charlotte has completed the sale of Dr. Jacob Thorpe’s general dentistry practice to Dr. David Phillips.
VR Business Sales, Mergers & Acquisitions Charlotte ( facilitated all phases of the transaction. Financial details were not disclosed.
Since 1996, VR Business Sales, Mergers & Acquisitions Charlotte has represented business owners in the sale of their businesses. Visit a for more information, or call 704-676-0940.
Tates to speak at monthly real estate investors meeting
Carie Tate, owner of Opening Doors Properties, and her brother, Chad, will present a “Rehab Case Study” at the Rowan County Real Estate Investors and Associates meeting Tuesday at 7 p.m.
They started learning about real estate in the summer of 2009 and did their first deal that October. Roughly 20 deals later, the small family business is getting a foothold in this tough market. They have bought 10 houses this year, and are looking for more. Carie Tate is a Certified Interior Designer.
The group meets at China Buffet in Salisbury at 7 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month. The meeting is open to anyone who would like to know more about real estate investing in Rowan County. (China Buffet is on Arlington street behind O’Charleys near Interstate 85 exit 76).
Swabe new regional manager at PBH consumer affairs office
KANNAPOLIS — Larry Swabe is the new regional consumer affairs manager for the PBH office of consumer affairs. He will join PBH on Sept. 1, in the corporate office at 4855 Milestone Ave.
He has experience as the foster parent of a boy with multiple intellectual and developmental disabilities. His advocacy for this foster child led to a passion to better the lives of those with intellectual and other developmental disabilities.
Over the past 14 years, Swabe has worked for the North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities in Raleigh, where he began as a program manager and later was named assistant director of program management. He was instrumental in introducing the College of Direct Support as a pilot demonstration in North Carolina. He managed an initiative to promote and implement the concept of providing support and services on an individualized, rather than congregate, basis for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Swabe initiated the development of the first N.C. Home and Community Based Services Waiver User’s Guide. He also facilitated a partnership between the Developmental Disabilities System and the state 4-H Program, which resulted in design of a nationally replicated 4-H curriculum and core program for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
For more information, email or call Cyndy Brooks at 704-939-7766.
Massage therapist joins Body in Balance Studio in Concord
CONCORD — Robin Moose, a licensed massage and bodyworks therapist, has joined Body in Balance Studio at 300 Copperfield Blvd., Suite 102.
She graduated from The Edmund Morgan School of Neuromuscular & Massage Therapy in Cornelius, and has advanced training in Swedish/Relaxation and Deep Tissue Massage.
For more information, visit or call Moose at 980-621-2830.
Lake Norman hospital a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence
MOORESVILLE — Lake Norman Regional Medical Center received designation as a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence by the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.
Greg Lowe, hospital CEO, said, “What a great validation to the hard work, team efforts and processes in place moving us toward even better patient care.”
The program was started in 2004 to advance the safety, efficacy and efficiency of bariatric and metabolic surgical care. It is structured to help bariatric surgery providers continuously improve care, quality and patient safety.
Dr. Ryan Heider is medical director of the Center for Surgical Weight Loss at Lake Norman. The designation is awarded to both the surgeon and facility.
Bariatric surgery involves long-term management of obesity, type 2 diabetes and other comorbidities through a multidisciplinary team.
“Earning the ASMBS Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence designation signifies our ability to consistently deliver the safest, highest-quality care to bariatric surgery patients,” Heider said.
New consultant joins team ofTastefully Simple in Kannapolis
KANNAPOLIS — Heather Browne of Kannapolis has become an independent consultant with Tastefully Simple Inc., a national direct sales company featuring easy-to-prepare foods.
As an independent business owner, Browne offers samples at home taste-testing parties, along with ideas for everyday meals, recipes and serving suggestions. All of Tastefully Simple’s products are open-and-enjoy or can be prepared by adding only one or two ingredients.
For more information, contact Heather Browne at
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