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Biz Briefs — 11/12/17

Lutheran Services Carolinas announces local staff changes

SALISBURY — Lutheran Services Carolinas (LSC) has made several staff changes in Salisbury.

Bill Johnson, previously executive director of the Trinity Oaks campus, is now executive director of LSC’s Rowan County senior services, including Trinity Living Center, Trinity at Home and the Trinity Oaks campus.

A resident of Faith, Johnson began his career at LSC 11 years ago as the administrator of Trinity Oaks health and rehab — a job he continued to fill until recently, even as his role expanded several years ago to encompass the entire campus.

Taking over as administrator of Trinity Oaks health and rehab is Matt Beam. Beam, who is from Cherryville, completed an Administrator in Training program at Trinity Oaks health and rehab in 2016.

Beam has a business management degree from Appalachian State University. Before
joining the staff at Trinity Oaks, he worked at a long-term care facility in High Point.

Lorie Aldridge of Norwood is the new director of marketing and sales at the Trinity Oaks retirement community.

Aldridge replaces Ann Pressly, who is now guiding marketing efforts at Trinity Landing, an LSC senior living community in Wilmington projected to be complete by 2021.

In her previous position, Aldridge worked for a continuing care retirement community in Charlotte.

Goodwill to hold veterans job fair Nov. 16

LANDIS — Goodwill Industries of Northwest N.C. will hold a job fair for veterans Nov. 16 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. at the Landis American Legion Post #146, located at 412 North Central Avenue in Landis.

The event is open to veterans from 1:30-2:30 p.m. and to the public from 2:30-3:30 p.m.

Resumé assistance is available prior to the event. Call 704-638-6434 for details.

For more information about the event, call American Legion representative Timothy Nason at 704-637-3718 or Goodwill representative Rosa Adkins at 704-638-6434.

Sarah Lynn Studios wants to “Make Spirits Bright” with holiday mini-photo sessions

ROCKWELL — Sarah Lynn Studios photography will offer $100 mini-photo sessions on Nov. 18 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Lady Bird Farm in Rockwell.

Fifty percent of the session fee, as well as 25 percent of proceeds from additional products ordered, will be donated to Nazareth’s Children’s Home.

Customers who purchase the mini-photo session will also receive an ornament.

Only 15 photo sessions are available. To reserve your spot, call 704-425-3139 or email sarahlynnstudios@gmail.com.

The Brown Eyed Suzy expands store hours

The Brown Eyed Suzy, a vintage upscale shop located at 113 W. Innes Street in Salisbury, will now be open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Owner Barbara Wagoner Fuller said that the shop has been operating as a weekend-only venue and, since her first anniversary was coming up, she wanted to expand the shop hours to accommodate more of her customers.

“I believe this will be a win-win for both our shop and our customers,” Wagoner Fuller said. “Our shop hours will now be much more convenient, and we hope to gain many more customers as a result as well.”

The shop specializes in vintage décor, handmade jewelry and repurposed items. It will be joined shortly by a vintage garden boutique — The Sparrow’s Nest.
Barbara Fuller and Nest owner Karen Moore plan to work together to create a wonderful vintage niche in this section of town. Future plans include jewelry and gardening classes, food truck events and vintage sidewalk vendors.

For more information, call 336-426-9199.

Harris Morrison Company LLC becomes New Branch Real Estate Advisors 

CONCORD — Cabarrus County is ground zero for growth in the future of the Charlotte market, according to Harris Morrison, who operates Harris Morrison Company LLC, a commercial real estate brokerage and management company founded in Concord in 2006.

To take advantage of that growth coming to Cabarrus County, Harris Morrison is partnering with Mark Hermans and Douglas Donia to reform his company as New Branch Real Estate Advisors.

Over the last decade, Morrison, Hermans and Donia operated together under the firm name “Harris Morrison Company LLC.” They are now pooling their resources together to form the new corporate name and structure, New Branch Real Estate Advisors.

Hermans teamed up with Morrison about 10 years ago, with Donia joining about five years ago.

“We’ve been fortunate enough to have seen tremendous growth over the last 10 years,” Hermans said. “And we’re hoping to continue that trend over the next 10 years.”

Currently, New Branch Real Estate Advisors has five licensed real estate agents and, as their operations expand, the group will be looking to add qualified agents.

The company has represented some larger entities, including Cabarrus County government and Hendrick Automotive Group. It also represents many smaller entities, like Positive Ballroom, in their real estate sales and leasing.

As property managers, New Branch Real Estate Advisors manages more than 500,000 square feet of space, including more than 150,000 square feet of retail space, more than 230,000 square feet of industrial space, approximately 80,000 square feet of office space, 15,000 square feet of “special use” property and 34,000 square feet of residential property.

“While we might be changing the name, we are not changing how we operate,” Donia said. “We are not changing who we are or the integrity and code of ethics we work under. We still take our responsibilities seriously and that’s that not going to change.”

To learn more about the company, or to inquire about brokerage opportunities, visit www.NewBranchRE.com or call 704-786-8888.

Operation Homefront and Charlotte Area Dollar Tree Stores collaborate to collect toys for military children

CHARLOTTE — This year, Operation Homefront and Dollar Tree Inc. will join forces once again to make the holidays brighter for our military families with the nonprofit’s Holiday Toy Drive.

For the 11th consecutive year, Dollar Tree customers can purchase toys for military kids, easing the financial burdens that often accompany the holiday season for junior- and mid-grade (E1-E6) service members and their families.

Dollar Tree stores will have collection boxes available in which shoppers place their purchased toys, knowing they will be delivered to the children of military personnel.

Operation Homefront volunteers collect these toys to be distributed at the nonprofit’s holiday events across the country and through on-base Family Readiness Groups.

“On behalf of the entire Operation Homefront family, I want to thank Dollar Tree and its customers for continuing their generous support for our Holiday Toy Drive program,” said retired Brig. Gen. John I. Pray Jr., president and CEO of Operation Homefront. “Over the course of the past 11 years, we have made a real difference, with millions of goods going to support our military families. Our work together over this holiday season continues to demonstrate our collective appreciation for their exceptional service and the importance of our efforts to help this very special group of our fellow Americans thrive in the communities they have worked so hard to protect.”



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