Biz briefs 5/22

Published 12:00 am Sunday, May 22, 2016

Consultant honored by Thrivent Financial for outstanding performance

Eric Brady, FIC, LUTCF, CLTC, Salisbury, a financial consultant with Thrivent Financial, has qualified to attend the Peak Performers conference as a Sierra Level qualifier by providing outstanding financial guidance, solutions and service to members of the organization in 2015.

Out of more than 2,300 Thrivent Financial representatives nationwide, 466 individuals qualified for this honor.

Brady is with Thrivent Financial’s Eastern Regional Financial Office, and serves members in Salisbury and surrounding communities.

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

Brady has been with Thrivent Financial for 25 years. He has been recognized for his performance 20 times.

TenderHearted Home Care celebrates 5 years

On May 19, TenderHearted Home Care, a N.C. licensed, a non-medical home care agency based in Salisbury, celebrated 5 years of serving seniors in their homes.

Renee Gray, owner and agency director, thanks all of the TenderHearted employees who have so graciously served our community during the past 5 years.

Gray said, “Over five years ago, I began the process of getting licensed to run a home care agency here in North Carolina. This life work is truly where I belong. The Lord has brought me some great staff and caregivers that are truly gifted in the art of caring for others. It is a joy to employ others and hopefully impact their lives for the better.

“Working in the business of providing home care gives me the opportunity to truly help more people than what I could do alone. I love to meet the families and realize that it is not just the ‘senior’ that struggles, but the whole family. There’s nothing more rewarding than knowing that I can play a part in providing some ‘peace of mind’ that a loved one is safe, or giving the family caregiver a much needed break so they can refuel physically and emotionally. Also rewarding is knowing that we can provide our clients with love, care, purpose, dignity and hope even in those last years of life.

“A Bible verse, Ephesians 4:32a, is where we got the name, TenderHearted Home Care. It says: ‘Be kind one to another, tenderhearted…’ I strive to do that every day to whomever the Lord brings across my path. I look for employees that embody tenderheartedness!

“The last five years have been challenging, stretching me, overwhelming me sometimes, and have required many long, hard hours of work, but the rewards to see the grateful tears of clients and families is all worth it! I can truly say, I love my business of serving others!”

TenderHearted Home Care is located at 120 E Council St, Suite 600 in Salisbury. Renee Gray can be reached at 704-612-4132 or visit

New agent welcomed at B&R Realty

Bob Bost will join B&R Realty as an agent. He is a 1966 graduate of ERHS and served in the Army National Guard from 1967-1972. He received his degree in Computer Information Systems from Catawba College.

After serving on the Board of Aldermen, he also served as mayor for the Town of Rockwell.

Bost is a past master of Keller Memorial Lodge #657. He worked in construction for 40 years at Jim L. Bost Construction in Rockwell and has been employed by American Homes of Rockwell since 2013.

Currently, Bost is vice chairman of the Board of Directors for Nazareth Children’s Home. He is also a lifetime member of Grace Lower Stone Church. Bost is a long standing member of the Rockwell Branches of the Amvets and the American Legion.

Former Rowan Hospital nurse wins excellence award

Wake Forest Baptist Health recently recognized employee Pat Mahaley with a 2016 Nurse Excellence Award.

Mahaley returned from retirement and was hired by Wake Forest Baptist Health Lexington Medical Center as a nurse in radiology eight years ago. Before then, she worked as a nurse at Rowan Hospital for 38 years.

According to Joseph Casey, registered nurse and chair of Wake Forest Baptist’s professionalism cabinet, the award recognizes “registered and licensed practical nurses who demonstrate a commitment to excellence, innovation, compassion, integrity, caring and collegiality.”

Bill James, president of Lexington Medical Center, sent out an email congratulating Mahaley and boasted of her accomplishments at the hospital, including implementing a program that let nurses place peripherally inserted central catheter lines in patients who need fluids, previously something that radiologists were only able to do.

Mahaley is also applying to be on the North Carolina Board of Nursing, which would allow her to help with nursing rules, procedures and discipline throughout the state.

“Let’s all wish Pat, a newly minted 2016 Nurse Excellence Award winner, the best as voting proceeds for the state board position,” James wrote in the email. “We know she’s already served us well here at Lexington Medical Center.”