6 December 2017
Dobi becomes chairman of LKN Chamber in 2018
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Cornelius financial advisor Joshua advisory business since his junior year Dobi is the incoming 2018 chairman in college at age 20. The son of a Presof the 1,000-member Lake Norman byterian minister and a schoolteacher, Dobi, who prefers to be called Joshua, Chamber of Commerce. The owner of Dobi Financial Group takes over the chairmanship from acsays he hopes to “continue to support, countant Jay Lesemann. The I-77 Cintra toll contract is top provide a ‘value-add,’ and advocate” of mind in the Lake Norman business for chamber members. “To that end, we will be relentlessly community, despite attempts to canfocusing on listening to our members, cel. Dobi says the chamber “will conunderstanding their concerns, and tinue to advocate for an alternative to working ceaselessly to provide them the current contract and wholehearta ‘plus-one’ in their business pursuits. edly supports the efforts of our local citizens and elected offiWhether that comes from cials in that pursuit.” our extensive calendar of The Lake Norman networking opportunities, chamber has weathered connecting them with a the recession and changresource which can help ing business sensibilithem grow, or advocating ties better than some. for them to our elected ofIndeed, there’s no plan ficials, we want to be their to aggressively ramp up go-to place as they seek membership. new and greater opportu“I know we get excitnities in our Lake Norman ed about membership community,” Dobi said. DOBI goals and there is a fisThe Cornelius resident, cal reality to supporting a who is 42, runs a financial advisory business with clients in 35 healthy Chamber. However, I’m much states. This past year he has chaired more concerned with attracting and the chamber’s public policy commit- retaining those members who want to not only sustain and grow their busitee. Dobi started his firm in 2009 after nesses, but to help our Lake Norman being a partner in another financial region continue to thrive.”
PreGel America plans to invest $14.4 million in Concord plant PreGel America will invest $14.4 million for equipment and to expand its Concord operations. The Cabarrus County Board of Commissioners and Concord City Council approved a three-year, performance-based tax incentive totaling $249,900 for Cabarrus County and $171,360 for the City of Concord. PreGel America makes semifinished dessert ingredients and supplies. H eadquartered in Reggio Emilia, Italy, the company’s product lines support everything from gelato and ice creamto pastry and specialty beverages. “PreGel is excited about the opportunity to further expand our facility in the City of Concord,” said Marco Casol, president and CEO of PreGel.
“We have found great success among the diverse network of businesses in the area, and we’re proud to be a part of this infrastructure and grow with the progressive development that Concord is experiencing.” The company has helped shape Cabarrus County’s international economic profile, said Steve Morris, chair of the Cabarrus County Board of Commissioners. “They’ve found the right formula for success, and we’ve got room for them to grow,” he said. The expansion will add approximately 110,000 square feet of manufacturing and warehouse space at its operation located at 4450 Fortune Ave. NW in Concord. The company, which opened here in 2006, currently has 93 workers.
The December 2017 issue of Business Today