Biz Briefs 4/24

Published 12:00 am Sunday, April 24, 2016

Boyd Hough honored by Thrivent Financial for outstanding performance

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Boyd Hough, CFP in Salisbury, a wealth adviser with Thrivent Financial, has qualified to attend the Summit Circle conference by providing outstanding financial guidance, solutions and service to members of the organization in 2015. Only 226 of Thrivent Financial’s more than 2,300 financial representatives qualified for this honor.

Hough is with Thrivent Financial’s East Regional Financial Office, serving members in Salisbury and surrounding communities.

Hough will be recognized by his peers from across the country at Thrivent Financial’s annual conference in Nashville.

Hough has been with Thrivent Financial for 34 years. He has been recognized for his performance 34 times.


Local swimming pool business receives Regional Excellence Award

Magic Pools and Spas located in Salisbury recently received the Regional Excellence Award from Latham Pool Products, Inc., North America’s largest manufacturer of swimming pool components. Latham’s CEO, Mark Laven, presented Rick Montgomery, owner of Magic Pools and Spas, with the award at the annual Dealer Conference in the presence of the more than 800 people attending the conference in the Dominican Republic.

The Regional Excellence Award recognizes Magic Pools and Spas for demonstrating exceptional performance as a Latham Builder. “For exemplifying a commitment to excellence in the sales, construction and Customer Service of Latham Pool Products.”

Magic Pools and Spas is a locally owned and operated swimming pool contractor specializing in the design, construction and repair of in-ground and above ground vinyl-lined, concrete and fiberglass pools.


Midnight’s Promise Equine Rescue to hold grand opening

Midnight’s Promise Equine Rescue, a nonprofit organization, will hold its grand opening on May 14 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 685 Delta St. in Salisbury. The organization works to re-home, rehabilitate and rescue and horses. There will be food, live music, games and tours.


Barbara Martin Lawther joins Waterworks Visual Arts Center staff

Barbara Martin Lawther has recently joined the staff of Waterworks Visual Arts Center as marketing and development coordinator.

Lawther brings with her a strong background and experience in nonprofit fundraising, donor development and event planning. She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and has completed the Duke University Nonprofit Management certificate program. She managed the major gifts program and special events for many years for The LandTrust for Central North Carolina and most recently the Rowan Museum.

Lawther has been active in the Salisbury cultural community having served on the City of Salisbury Public Art Committee and Salisbury Community Appearance Commission, as well as many nonprofit boards.

“I am delighted to welcome Barbara into our Waterworks’ family,” says Anne Scott Clement, executive director. “She will be an integral part of our marketing and development team; working closely with me and the Board to plan and execute a comprehensive program to advance the mission of the Arts Center.”

You may contact Lawther Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. by phone at 704-636-1882 or email:


Former Cannon/Fieldcrest/Pillowtex employees invited to reunion 

Former employees of the distribution center at Cannon/Fieldcrest/Pillowtex and their guests are invited to gather at Golden Corral in Concord on Friday, May 6 at noon for a Dutch-treat luncheon. The most senior person attending and the person with the longest consecutive years of employment will be recognized.


Skinny Wheels Bike Shop giving away free bike during bike challenge

Skinny Wheels Bike Shop is giving away a brand new 2015 Cannondale Synapse Aluminum Rival Disc as part of this year’s National Bike Challenge.

The PeopleForBikes’ National Bike Challenge has a goal of bringing together 100,000 riders to pedal 75 million miles from May 1 to September 30. Riders join teams and compete to rack up the most miles during the competition.

This year, Skinny Wheels Bike Shop has created a new team for the competition. To get team members excited, they are giving away a Cannondale Synapse to the rider who joins the team and pedals the most miles during the challenge.

The Cannondale Synapse is great for Gran Fondo specialists and those who enjoy high-mileage rides. The bike is also back-friendly and has a hidden rack and fender mounts that is useful for daily commutes. The bike’s 22-speed SRAM Rival drivetrain has fast, decisive shifting and its SRAM HRD hydraulic road disc brakes are great in any type of weather.

Participants must be part of the Skinny Wheels Bike Shop team to win. To join the team, visit, create an account and start logging miles by May 1.

Participants must be able to pick up the bike in person at Skinny Wheels Bike Shop at 111 W. Innes St. with a valid ID. For more information, visit