Biz Briefs 6/3/18

Published 12:00 am Sunday, June 3, 2018

CEO of Apple House Realty welcomes Pete Kennedy and Walillian White to team

SALISBURY — Apple House Realty CEO Jeff Ketner has welcomed two new members — a father and daughter — to his team.

Pete Kennedy is a graduate of The Realtors Institute and has over 35 years of real estate

As a member of the Salisbury-Rowan Association of Realtors, he served on the board of directors as an officer. He was also president of William R. Kennedy Realty Inc. for 30 years.

His extensive public service includes 22 years on the Salisbury City Council.

He has been vice president of the N.C. League of Municipalities Risk Management Board of Trustees; a delegate to local, regional, state and national conferences; and is retired from the Rowan Salisbury School System after 28 years as an educator.

He is a graduate of Livingstone College with a bachelor’s degree in business and of UNCC with a master’s degree in guidance and counseling.

Kennedy has served as chairman of the Salisbury Rowan Community Action Agency, which
provides programs to the underserved population in our region, and as chairman of the First Legacy Community Credit Union.

He is past chairman and trustee of Southern City AME Zion Church and currently serves on the Salisbury Community Foundation.

Walillian White has been around the real estate industry since a young age when her father,
Pete Kennedy, began to operate his company, William R. Kennedy Realty, Inc.

She received her license as an agent in 2000 after graduating from North Carolina Central University with a degree in business and a concentration in marketing.

Walillian became a broker in 2001 and worked with her father for almost 18 years in the industry.

Contact Kennedy at 704-640-0413 or

Contact White at 704-267-5243 or

CF Parks Inc. hosts first annual “Live Brilliantly” event

SALISBURY — Approximately 85 clients and guests of CF Parks, Inc. attended the firm’s first annual “Live Brilliantly” event May 12.

Company founder of the wealth management firm, Charles Parks; his partners; Parks’ wife, Lynne; and Parks’ daughter, Catherine Kirchin, hosted the event at the Country Club of Salisbury.

Speakers Jim and Ginger Ravella of Anchor of Hope highlighted their journey through life where each faced the unthinkable — the loss of their spouses at a young age.

Between them, they were left with seven children to raise. They recently documented their journey in a new book, Hope Found.

These two military families discovered inspiration and now deliver a message of love, heroism, sacrifice and determination.

Learn more about the Ravella’s journey at

During the dinner event, each guest received a copy of the speakers’ book and each woman
was presented with an orange rose in honor of Mothers’ Day.

Additionally, the Ravellas signed copies of their biography and had a chance to interact with guests.

“At CF Parks it is our sole mission to help others live brilliantly, which was the theme of the event,” said Charles. “It’s our passion to help our clients by going beyond what’s expected to help free up their time and energy. This, in turn, gives them financial confidence and allows them to live life brilliantly. We felt what Ginger and Jim’s story definitely embodies living brilliantly and their deeply meaningful message would inspire and touch our guests.”

The Live Brilliantly event honored the nonprofit organization Folds of Honor.

The mission of Folds of Honor is to provide educational scholarships to spouses and children of America’s fallen and disabled service members.

Additional information about the charity can be found at

CF Parks is a family-owned and managed wealth management firm based in Salisbury that has extensive experience providing financial planning, business consulting and tax services to
individuals, their families and family businesses.

For more information, please visit

Food Lion’s “Cookout Payout” offers customers $40 in potential rewards 

SALISBURY — Now through June 26, Food Lion customers have the opportunity to save up to $40 during the “Cookout Payout” promotion when they buy participating items using their personal MVP card.

Customers may activate and track their progress on Food Lion’s website or mobile app.

Customers can earn $5 in rewards for every $20 they spend on participating items, up to $40 in total rewards.

Customers may use the personal rewards tracker on or within Food Lion’s mobile app to track progress and rewards achieved.

A list of participating items can be found online, via the mobile app as well as in an in-store booklet.

Gander Outdoors opens in Mooresville

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Gander Outdoors, formerly known as Gander Mountain, is now open in Mooresville.

A special grand opening event was held June 2 at 236 Norman Station Boulevard.

The 67,000-square-foot location is one of the retailer’s six planned facilities in the state.

The grand opening began at 9 a.m. with free pastries and coffee in the morning and hot dogs and chips provided by a local Boy Scout troop in the afternoon.

The event included storewide savings on an assortment of products and giveaways with customers receiving a gift with purchase and drawings for gift cards throughout the day.

Marcus Lemonis, star of CNBC’s The Profit, bought Gander Mountain assets in bankruptcy court in May 2017 and is beginning to reopen many of the chain’s stores to serve customers who are passionate about hunting, fishing, marine and water sports, camping, and active and shooting sports.

Gander Outdoors is owned by Camping World Holdings and will provide outdoor enthusiasts with regionally and seasonally relevant products and services that are competitively priced.

“We’ve received such positive feedback from all the communities across the country in which we opened our new Gander Outdoors locations,” said Marcus Lemonis, chairman of Camping World. “We are so thankful for the customers shopping with us for their outdoor and sporting needs and we are excited to continue expanding our outdoor industry footprint while supporting economic growth in all these communities.”

For more information about Gander Outdoor, visit