Delhaize America selects Preslar for excellence award

Published 12:00 am Sunday, August 24, 2014

SALISBURY — Food Lion parent company Delhaize America has named David Preslar of Salisbury as the first recipient of Pierre-Olivier Beckers Award for Excellence in Values.
Preslar, manager of Integrated Logistics Training and Development for the Delhaize America supply chain, received the award created to honor the leadership of Beckers, who worked for Delhaize Group for 30 years and served as CEO for 15.
“I don’t know what to say,” Preslar told the audience as his wife, Becky, and sons, Matt and Mason, joined him on stage. “This is my family. My immediate family is on stage with me, but you guys are family and we are here to help each other every day. We serve each other. We help our customers by helping each other.” 
Preslar was nominated by fellow associates and praised for his integrity, unassuming demeanor and positive attitude.
SALISBURY — The Rowan Real Estate Investors and Associates will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday to hear guest speaker Chip Cross talk about business plans and lessons he learned as a real estate investor.
The group meets at China Buffet, 205 N. Arlington St., on the fourth Tuesday of each month. The meeting is open to anyone. The group provides information about real estate investing in Rowan County and exchanges ideas about how to buy, sell, rent and rehabilitate properties.
GRANITE QUARRY — Studio One Styling Salon will host an open house from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 20 with door prizes and T-shirts.
Kathy Tucker had been in business for 23 years at a leased location on U.S. Highway 52. With the help of clients in the real estate and banking industries, Tucker found a property in foreclosure at 235 Dunns Mountain Church Road and went through the rezoning process in Granite Quarry.
In January, she began gutting and remodeling the property to create an upscale, contemporary salon and now employs eight people. The salon offers products, services and makeup.
“Dream until your dream comes true,” Tucker said. “That’s my saying.”
SALISBURY — Rowan County Crosby Scholars Community Partnership has hired Betsy Mowery as an administrative assistant.
Mowery will be Crosby Scholars’ first point of contact with students and will work with community partners in the area of marketing and development. She has a degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and previously worked at Waterworks Visual Art Center, Steppin’ Out Dance Company and Piedmont Players Theatre.
Crosby Scholars is located at 225 N. Main St. Contact the organization at 704-762-3512.
SALISBURY — Belk will host a Fit for the Cure bra fitting event on Sept. 3 to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
The department store in Wallace Commons on Klumac Road will be staffed with certified bra fitters from Belk and Wacoal. Belk and Wacoal will make a $2 donation for every complimentary bra fitting and an additional $2 donation for every Wacoal bra sold at the event.
Participants will receive breast cancer awareness information and enjoy light refreshments and music. Belk is taking appointments at 704-636-5241 extensions 210 or 236.
SALISBURY — The Rowan County Chamber of Commerce will host a management training seminar and a trip to Washington D.C.
Glenn Shepard will present How to Be the Manager Other People Envy & Bosses Can’t Wait to Reward from 8:30 a.m. to noon Tuesday. The event will be held at Trinity Oaks, 728 Klumac Road, and costs $129 for chamber members and $149 for non-members.
Chamber President Elaine Spalding said she has known Shepard for several years, and he gives a powerful presentation. Chambers across the country use Shepard.  
Contact the chamber at 704- 633-4221. Registration is required.
The chamber will travel to Washington Sept. 8-9 in conjunction with the North Carolina Business and Economic Development Summit. This year the trip is being coordinated with other regional chambers including Charlotte, Statesville, Lake Norman and Cabarrus County.
The Rowan Chamber will advocate for priority projects including education and transportation funding. Participants include Tim Norris, Frank Goodnight, Pete Teague, Robert Van Geons and Spalding.
SALISBURY — Comfort Keepers along with Carillon Assisted Living-Salisbury will host Lesha Dodson, a vice president with the Alzheimers Association Western Carolina Division for the Senior Solutions program.
The presentation and discussion on the 10 basics of memory loss and early stages of Alzheimers will take place at 11 a.m. Thursday. A light lunch will be served prior to the program. Make a reservation at annmeasmer@comfortkeepers.conm or call 704-640-5152 by Wednesday at noon.
KANNAPOLIS — About a third of people older than 65 experience a serious fall.
Preventing falls through proper balance and staying active can improve quality of life. Comfort Keepers will host Caring Connections at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at Whitley’s Annex Chapel, 1748 Dale Earnhardt Blvd. in Kannapolis. 
David Pfeufer, rehabilitation specialist with Gentiva Health Care, will discuss ways to maintain independence through proper exercise and activity. Comfort Keepers will provide tips on how to make living areas fall-prevention friendly. Seating will be limited and a light lunch will be served.
Make a reservation at or call 704-640-5152 by noon Tuesday.
SALISBURY — The Forum of Salisbury will host the fourth annual Spin To End charity event from 8 a.m. to noon Oct. 4.
All proceeds from the community event will benefit Prevent Child Abuse Rowan. Spin to End is a four-hour indoor bike ride with teams participating. People with all different fitness levels can participate and make a difference. 
Contact the Forum at 704-633-6638 or stop by to complete a registration form at 2318 S. Main St.
Teams can consist of up to 10 riders. The cost is $100 per team or $25 per rider. Food, music and fun included in the price.
SALISBURY — Catawba College will host a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. Sept. 2 for the new downtown storefront in the Plaza on the Square, the intersection of Innes and Main streets.
Call 704-603-6009 to learn more.