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10 to watch: Scott Bannister

10 To Watch

Job title: Executive Director for Communities in Schools of Rowan County

Age: 39

Where do you live: Wallburg, N.C.

Reaction to making the list: “It’s a surprise, I was shocked.”

Biggest challenge for 2016: “I think the biggest challenge might be the recruitment of volunteers, because the need is so great.” Bannister also anticipates that looking for new sources of funding and applying for new grants will be a great challenge for 2016.

Biggest hope for 2016: “Probably in the new school year, to look for more schools that we can be in — but that’s determined by funding.”

If you won $1 million in the lottery what would you do? “We’re looking to sell our house and move, so that would be a priority. Paying off our vehicles, establishing college funds for my girls — that’s very important, education is very important.” Bannister also said he would give a contribution to CIS and develop an endowment fund for CIS. He’d also invest in a golfing hobby, which can be an expensive past-time.

Favorite hobby: “Watching hockey with my daughters.”

Who should play you in a movie: “I’ve never thought of that question, I’ve never had the question asked. And being Canadian, there’s not a lot of Canadian actors to choose from. I don’t know . . . maybe Kiefer Sutherland when he was younger.”

What would you choose for your last meal? “I like pizza, so pizza. I like a homegrown Italian pizza place — chains are OK, but for me I like the individuality of a local pizza place.”

Who would be someone in Rowan County you would watch in 2016? “That’s tough, because I’m fairly new here. I think my counterpart downstairs in the Chamber of Commerce, Elaine Spalding.” Bannister also mentioned Robert Van Geons. “I look at it as a partnership, not only what businesses can do for us, but what can we do for the businesses of Rowan County.”



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Scott Bannister signed on as the Executive Director for Communities in Schools in June. It’s a change of career for him — for most of his life, he’s worked for the Salvation Army.

Originally from Sauble Beach, Ontario, Bannister started working at a Salvation Army Camp in Pennsylvania when he was young.

When he graduated in 2000, Bannister went to work with the Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club in Thomasville. Over the last fifteen years, he’s hopped positions in various Boys and Girls’ clubs around N.C.

Working with Communities in Schools is a bit different.

“With the Salvation Army Boys and Girls clubs, it was after school programs and summer day camps,” Bannister said.

Now, he’s writing grants. It’s a lot more behind the scenes than he’s used to.

“It’s been an interesting change,” Bannister said.

But some things are still the same, he says. A lot of his job is getting out in the community, meeting new people and developing partnerships.

“Salisbury has been a great community, a very welcoming community and a very giving community,” he said.

But whatever the job, for Bannister, “It’s about kids.”

He has four daughters, himself, all under the age of 10. And they keep him active. Bannister also relies on his wife of 12 years, Amy, who he says has been a great support.




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