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Business Intelligence for the Golden Crescent: Lake Norman • Cabarrus • University City

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Dental plan

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By Dave Vieser The Cornelius Town Board, by a 3-2 margin, reaffirmed its decision to pull out of the Lake Norman Regional Transportation CommisANALYSIS sion. Just like Huntersville and Davidson, Cornelius is ending its commission membership, leaving its future in doubt. The Cornelius decision didn’t come easy, as a split had developed between Cornelius’ Mayor Chuck Travis and the three members of the town board who wanted to opt out. Some of it has to do with tolling I-77, the over-riding issue in Lake Norman business and politics. The LNTC was largely silent on the $650 million plan to widen I-77 between Lake Norman and Charlotte, tacit See TRANSPORTATION Page 18

Economic development in Cabarrus is ahead of the curve Page 6

Sense of entitlement

Noted economist John Silvia sees Millennials and Baby Boomers at odds Page 8

Businesses encouraged by redevelopment plan By Marty Price The April 25th announcement that the Kannapolis City Council approved the first downtown revitalization project, consisting of two buildings with 200 residential units in the 200 block of West Avenue, was


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Smart money ignores gender in the workplace By Erica Batten A Career Builder poll of 3,200 full-time workers and 223 human resource managers found that only 35 percent of women feel confident that compensation is equally dispensed between men and

women. The same survey found that only 39 percent of women believe equal opportunities exist in the workplace. “As a woman that has been in the business world for See WOMEN Page 19

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A mainstay in the local hospitality industry looks like it will have to chart a new course away from Cornelius. Passengers on the “Yachta Yachta Yachta” charter boat are no longer allowed to embark or disembark from the luxury houseboat’s long-time host, The Peninsula Yacht Club. The two-deck boat, however, will continue to be berthed there, at least for the time being. Yachta Yachta Yachta owner Brian Brady could not be reached for comment. He also operates a 146-passenger houseboat out of Midway Marina in Terrell and a 48-foot cruising yacht from the yacht club, which is owned and operated by Morningstar Marina, a large company with marinas on lakes in North Carolina, and, according to its website, on the coasts of Georgia, Florida, South Carolina and Virginia. The Yachta Yachta Yachta has been the setting for countless weddings, parties and corporate events over the years. PYC general manager Bruce Furman said: “Our membership got too big and it’s just not a good fit.” Indeed, the club will no longer be a launching point for charter boats. For now, Brady is using All Seasons Marina on Langtree Road in Mooresville as the pick-up location for charter customers.

Parking for guests has been an issue at the PYC, according to a source in the Lake Norman charter boat industry. Despite what looks like an endlessly fun line of work, the charter boat business is tough. The source said there are “so many variables—the boat, the weather, managing people, the personnel, the rules, the Lake Norman Marine Commission people...it’s like juggling eight balls in the air at the same time.” There was an explosion on a charter boat operated by Capt. Cliff Champion eight years ago on the west side of the lake that resulted in the death of a young employee. “This business is not for everyone, it’s difficult,” the source said. “The charter boats are not thriving out there.” He went on to say that Yachta Yachta Yachta was good for the Cornelius economy. “It’s a business we should be proud of,” he said. “This will hurt business. They gave him a one-month notice.” The news was first reported in The Peninsula’s neighborhood online newsletter April 27. The newsletter said, “Additionally, the PYC has stopped the parking & launching of the Charter boats out of their marina this year.”

Growth Q&A at May 13 Newsmakers Breakfast There will be three featured speakers at the Business Today Newsmakers Breakfast May 13 at The Peninsula Club. Charles Knox, a developer and real estate broker who founded Huntersville-based The Knox Group, and Zack Wyatt, a Cornelius resident who is

founder of Carolina Farm Trust, will discuss “Growth & Infrastructure: What’s next?” in a Q&A format driven by the audience. NC Rep. Tricia Cotham will open the event with a Legislative update from Raleigh.

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Brush with success: Dentists win CLT Venture Challenge By Dave Vieser A medical technology start-up launched by a Cornelius dentist was one of six big winners at the 15th annual Charlotte Venture Challenge finals at the North Carolina Research Campus in April. GuidePro 3D is developing an in-office surgical guide that is made with a 3D printer so dentists can place implants in the most ideal location. Dr. Paul Crandall, who owns Artisan Dental Care with partner Dr. Fred Thompson, says it’s been an exciting experience for two classmates from dental school “We have been working on the GuidePro3D for two-and-a-half years,” said Crandall, a California native. They plan to go to market by October. They recently returned from Portland, Ore. where they met with 30 clinicians who “had an excellent response to the product.” The idea dates back to 2012 when Crandall and Thompson were classmates. “Fred had been teaching courses in im-

plantology and he and his partner, Jennifer Strong, had noticed intrinsic flaws in how implants were being placed in the dental field,” said Crandall. “It began as long conversations and the synergy quickly moved to the next level as we spent days, then weeks and then months developing our technology and perfecting our system.” Their decision to pool their talents and resources led to the start of Artisan Dental Care, which occupies about 5,000 square feet—3000 of which could become GuidePro 3-D headquarters. GuidePro technology utilizes models of patients’ teeth which are are scanned with a three-dimensional optical scanner and in-office 3-D printers. “We have a three tiered goal: to increase the confidence of dentists that are placing implants; to improve success rates of implants, and, ultimately, to improve patient comfort both during the implant surgery and after the implants have been restored.”

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The current GuidePro team consists of Thompson, who focuses his efforts full-time on GuidePro; Jennifer Strong; and Jason Wandersee, CFO. They hope hope to add an intern this summer; more employees as the business grows. The Charlotte Venture Fund Challenge has a history of producing and showcasing some of the Southeast’s most successful early-stage companies. In the last three years,

over 300 start-up companies entered the competition to present business plans to potential investors and customers, along with a shot at cash prizes. “The financial prizes, along with the recognition we’ve received for outstanding innovations has been incredible, “Crandall said, noting that they recently received their first issued patent while others are awaiting approval.


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4 May 2016

Former Chamber CEO now executive pastor at large church in Concord

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New broker in charge Former Cabarrus Chamber CEO John Cox with US Rep. Richard Hudson in 2012

By Dave Yochum. A top figure in economic development and chamber leadership in North Carolina and Florida is taking a job as executive pastor at Connect Christian Church in Concord. John Cox is the former CEO of the Cabarrus Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce in Florida. He was a fixture in the top echelon of Charlotte and Cabarrus business for more than a decade before moving to Florida two-and-a-half years ago. He will preach at the church on Sunday May 1. About 1,200 people attend worship at the church which is at 3101 Davidson Highway, west of downtown Concord and east of I-85. “My career has been about building people and communities. This role is an extension of that,” Cox said. Cox and his wife Deanna have attended the church since 2001. Cox was a popular, “very well respected and accomplished a great deal as the Chamber leader” in Cabarrus, according to Tim Vaughn, the 2016 chairman of the chamber. In Naples, however, he ran into trouble with an entrenched, old guard element and was terminated amidst plenty

of dissent last year. The Coxes moved back to Concord last fall. Back in the day, he oversaw rapid growth in the Cabarrus Chamber as well as the Economic Development Corp. The chamber was a focal point of economic and political leadership as well. At the same time he managed to chair the elders at Connect Church. During a vacancy in the lead pastor’s role, he became the Sunday morning speaker from Aug 1, 2009 through Easter Sunday 2010 and accepted no compensation from the church—this, while heading up both the Cabarrus Chamber and the EDC. Cox chaired the Search Committee which brought Jeff Hugus to Connect as Lead Pastor. Cox has completed the course work for his Doctor of Ministry from Lincoln Christian University with a specialization in leadership. He has also served churches in Illinois and as the leader of the state evangelizing association in Georgia, where he also led a local chamber of commerce. In his new role, Cox will guide, facilitate and coordinate the development

and implementation of the strategic plan of Connect Church, including oversight of the financial administration as well as the director of the school.

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New president at Aquesta Insurance

Kenneth McGee has been named president of Aquesta Insurance Services, a subsidiary of Aquesta Financial Holdings in Cornelius. He officially took over the reins of the insurance agency April 18, MCGEE from Denis Bilodeau, who has retired. McGee ran a large division of an independent insurance agency in New Hampshire.

Cabarrus Planning Aquesta Bank hires and Development Charlotte City Executive employees recognized Jon McConnell has joined Aquesta Bank Two employees of Cabarrus County’s Planning and Development department received statewide recognition as leaders in their respective fields. The North Carolina Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts named Daniel McClellan its Outstanding Technical District Employee of the Year. The NC Ellis Cannady Chapter of the International Association of Electrical Inspectors recognized Michael Caudle as Electrical Inspector of the Year. Both employees also received recognition by the Cabarrus County Board of Commissioners. Caudle began working for Cabarrus in 1994, serving as an electrical inspector and then lead electrical inspector prior to his current role as codes facilitator and plans examiner.

as the new city executive in Charlotte. McConnell will be responsible for promoting Aquesta in the Charlotte market to “help foster significant loan and deposit growth”. McConnell has been in banking for more 17 years, most recently at BB&T, where he was a commercial real estate MCCONNELL relationship manager. He also had stops at Capmark Securities, Forest City Enterprises and the FDIC. He is a member of the Urban Land Institute. “Jon’s experience will help us deliver the top-notch service that has made Aquesta successful,” said Aquesta President and CEO Jim Engel.

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Interest in Cabarrus County is ahead of national trends By Marty Price Requests for information submitted to the Cabarrus Economic Development Corp. soared to 19 in March, well above the nine-a-month average the CEDC normally fields. During the first quarter the CEDC received 35 RFIs, compared to 23 RFIs for the first quarter of 2014 and 20 RFIs for the first quarter of 2015. Scott Lampe, board chair of the CEDC, said that the RFIs usually increase in March as we move out of the colder months. But he also credited the increase to new industrial spec space and continued infrastructure improvements, including the widening of I-85. “We are outpacing national trends,” he said. Lampe said that the majority of the requests are in manufacturing but also includes distribution, service and offices. Currently there are seven active international projects being worked on in Cabarrus County. The national trend of seeking out speculative buildings will grow local manufacturing jobs, but it may never fully make up for the thousands of jobs that were lost when Pillowtex and Philip Morris closed. “Today’s manufacturing requests look different than in years past—now we are seeing more advanced manufacturing processes and operations in the areas of food and beverage, automotive, aerospace, etc,” said Lampe. He expects the trend in increased

RFIs to continue with the growing, continued interest in Cabarrus County. “Our area is becoming known by site selectors with our ready spec buildings and sites along with the improvement/completion of I-85, exit improvements and the I-85 corridor in general,” Lampe said. The U.S. News and World report ranked Charlotte No. 15 in their 2016 Best Places to Live analysis. Lampe said, “The continuing belief by developers that Cabarrus County is the next area of growth in the Charlotte region,” also adds to the clout Cabarrus County has in the eco-devo world. Lampe explained that industrial projects like the River Oaks Corporate Center are in high demand. With four building sites, ranging in size from 143,670 square feet to 441,000 square feet, the project is being developed by Beacon Partners. Choate Construction broke ground on Building C last September and it is scheduled to be completed next continued on page 7

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By Marty Price Shane Sapp-Moore, 43, grew up in Rowan County and worked 18 years in the supermarket industry before he took the entrepreneurial plunge back in 2011. Both of his parents had been entrepreneurs, his father owned a heating and air business while his mother operated a day care center. It was only natural to follow their lead. Looking at different businesses, he decided he wanted to buy an established business, one that he could grow. He bought traditional low-tech enterprise— October House Bakery in Rockwell. Now he’s catching a wave of growth, thanks to the internet. “I am going to expand the internet sales part of the company while looking at a third party production facility in Charlotte so that we

can grow as well.” The company has already moved it to a larger facility on N. Main Street in Kannapolis. not far from the North Carolina Research Campus and the growth that is going on there. With less than five employees, the October House Bakery produces 7,000 or more gourmet, homemade oatmeal cookies a month. Sapp-Moore says a third party facility would allow him to supply major grocery stores in the area and take his business to another level. Sapp-Moore credits his success to careful planning when he purchased the established business. “I took a business that was self-sustaining and made it grow in the new economy,” he said. Advising new entrepreneurs that if they need

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Top economist forecasts more growth, change for CLT region

of 2-percent growth—a trend unprecedented since World War II, Silvia said. Economic growth in the Charlotte and Raleigh areas has outpaced the nation. Charlotte’s job growth, 2.2 percent over the last year, was higher than the state average. Financial activities are the fastest-growing sector. Silvia said, “We are no longer a twobank town.” Manufacturing, which represented 22 percent of Charlotte’s labor market in 1995, now counts for just 10 percent. The trend is similar throughout the state. But North Carolina’s diversified economy, particularly in travel and leisure, has helped it sustain growth. One indicator of the Tar Heel State’s stability is its housing market. “North Carolina does not have the volatility of U. S. house prices,” Silvia said. Charlotte ranks sixth in U. S. metropolitan destinations.

Toll lane concerns By Erica Batten ly, all over the place. This is a challenge For 16- to 24-year-olds, labor force for businesses attempting to predict participation rates have fallen dramati- spending habits. “It’s hard to develop cally in the last 10 years, said John where they’re going to go, what they’re Silvia, chief economist at Wells Fargo, going to do,” Silvia said. Young adults are buying fewer homes at the Business Today Newsmakers than their predeBreakfast. cessors, choosing Silvia’s presenQUOTABLE instead to spend tation, entitled more money on “Charlotte Evoluentertainment and tion: No Going less time at home. Back,” outlined the A 2014 study region’s transition conducted by from manufacturWells Fargo found ing to a more serthat 39 percent of vice-oriented labor Millennials feel market as well as “overwhelmed by its performance debt,” compared in the turbulent to 23 percent of national economy Baby Boomers. of recent years. —John Silvia, More than half About 75 business Chief Economist, Wells Fargo said they are livleaders attended ing paycheck to the event at The paycheck and are Peninsula Club. It’s problematic “when you deal with unable to save. At the same time, the a society in which the labor force par- younger generation feels better off fiticipation rate for a huge demographic nancially. Sixty-eight percent expect goes up for decades and then goes their standard of living before retiredown,” Silvia said of the young-adult ment to be better than their parents’ demographic, now represented by the was. Millennial Generation. Millennials are also fickle consum- Entitlement battle Millennials’ mixed feelings may stem ers. Instead of the everybody-knowsfrom concerns over entitlement spendyour-name “Cheers” paradigm, in ing and whether Social Security and which consumers are loyal to a few loother federal safety nets will be availcal businesses, Millennials are, literalable to them as they age.

“If I were a U.S. Congressman, I would realize that entitlement spending is going to skyrocket”

“If I were a U.S. Congressman, I would realize that entitlement spending is going to skyrocket,” Silvia said. Silvia is also concerned about the Federal Reserve’s manipulation of interest rates. “One of the challenges we have as a country is that we are the global benchmark,” he said. “Our market rates are not [true] market rates; they’re administered by the Fed.” Also, raising rates ahead of market growth is not wise in the long term. “If the Fed really wants to raise rates, they can do that, but it’s probably not a good idea in this economy,” Silvia said. “You’re not going to put on 50 lbs. to lose 50 lbs.”

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The high volume of traffic at Charlotte-Douglas Airport is another litmus test of the local economy, Silvia said. Access to the airport, along with the area’s climate and low-cost utilities, all make Charlotte an attractive choice. “We’ve got a lot of things going for us,” Silvia said. Silvia is concerned that toll lanes would create an indirect tax that will result in a competitive advantage for other regions along the I-77/85 span, particularly when it comes to the new intermodal facility at Charlotte-Douglas. Over the next 20 years, the 200-acre facility is expected to generate $7.6 billion in regional economic development. Within that time frame, the population of the Lake Norman region along I-77 is expected to grow by 86 percent. The NCDOT says adding toll lanes to I-77 and I-485 will help alleviate congestion along these routes.

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I have bought property in other states, and my closing was not conducted by a real estate attorney. Why does North Carolina require that an attorney conduct a real estate closing? Many aspects of real estate law are State specific. North Carolina has a somewhat unique system that involves a real estate attorney searching and opining on the state of the property’s title to an independent title insurance company or agency. The title insurance company then issues the title insurance commitment or policy, while the real estate attorney conducts the closing, handling of funds, and recording of the documents. A few advantages of the North Carolina approved attorney system are: 1. Cost – Involvement of an attorney in the process keeps the overall cost of the transaction down 2. Legal Representation – Attorneys are able to provide legal advice during the closing process 3. Oversight of Attorneys - Attorneys are closely regulated by the State Bar and General Statutes, and most carry malpractice insurance. 4. Oversight of Attorney Trust Accounts - Attorneys’ trust accounts are regulated by both the State Bar and the North Carolina Good Funds Settlement Act These are just a sample of the many benefits to closing your real estate transaction with an approved real estate attorney.

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12 May 2016

Rocky River Golf Club receives highest ranking of area public courses

April 22. The City of Concord’s Rocky River Golf Club rose in North Carolina’s course rankings, as recently released by the NC Golf Panel. In addition to appearing in the Top 100 courses for the 14th time in the 21-year history of the rankings, Rocky River was the highest-ranked public course in the Charlotte metro area. For 2016, Rocky River was ranked 25th of all public courses in North Carolina, appearing higher in the public course rankings than any other facility in the Charlotte metro. When compared against all courses in the region, Rocky River still emerged a leader, coming in at number 10 of any Charlotte-area course, public or private. Rocky River also improved its standing in the statewide Top 100, rising from 87 in 2015 to 80.

Net rises 56 percent at blueharbor

April 27. Mooresville-based blueharbor bank reported net income of $278,507, or $0.09 per diluted share, for the first quarter of 2016, compared to $178,476, or $0.06 per diluted share, for the first quarter of 2015. Jim Marshall, president and CEO, said the 56 percent increase was driven primarily by increased net interest income from the impact of a larger balance sheet in 2016. Loans grew 12.9 percent to $14.5 million during the same period. “We are pleased that we have been able to grow our balance sheet with high quality assets and have not sacrificed credit quality just to grow. Our Texas Ratio of impaired assets is at 5.04 percent at March 31, 2016, well below are peers. Our strong capital position gives us adequate capital to continue to grow in a prudent manner and our pipeline of new business opportunities is very solid.” blueharbor bank, with $159.6 million in assets, is headquartered in Mooresville with branches in Huntersville and Statesville with a loan production offices in Charlotte. blueharbor bank’s website is www.blueharborbank.com and our common stock is quoted on the OTC Bulletin Board under the symbol “BLHK.”

NEWS - e Kurt Naas, center, founder of WidenI77.org

Anti-toll forces gain speed in I-77 battle April 29. By Dave Yochum. Growing bipartisan support, underscored by a bill introduced this week by NC Rep. Tricia Cotham, a Democrat from Matthews, is giving renewed strength to efforts to stop the Interstate 77 toll lane project. Meanwhile, anti-toll forces assembled on the I-77 bridge at Exit 28 in Cornelius for a full-scale demonstration at rush hour friday afternoon. More than 150 protesters were waving signs on the bridge at 5:45 p.m., a solid visual for evening TV news. Momentum around the anti-toll movement has never wavered since the first demonstration a year ago, despite a legal setback this past January when Judge Osmond Smith ruled that tolls on I-77 are not unconstitutional, a “win” for Cintra and NCDOT—which is clearly at odds with local legislators, local governing bodies and what looks like an overwhelming majority of ordinary citizens. Indeed, it appears that a fast-paced fund-raising drive by WidenI77.org, the original and strongest anti-toll group, has been successful. It’s likely that Judge Osmond’s decision will be appealed. Cotham introduced House Bill 950 this week, while Rep. Charles Jeter, a Republican from Huntersville, filed HB 954. They would cancel the contract with I-77 Mobility Partners, a subsidiary of the Spanish firm Cintra, which itself is a unit of Ferrovial, a Spanish construction conglomerate which has had its own share of ethics issues

around the globe. Kurt Naas, the Cornelius resident who founded WidenI77.org, said the two bills have at least 31 co-sponsors. It takes 61 votes to pass, “meaning we’re already halfway to what we need to pass in the House of Representatives.” “Right now this is the best chance we’ve ever had to cancel this contract. Period,” Naas said in an exclusive interview with Cornelius Today and Business Today. If the legislation passes, the WidenI77.org lawsuit would be rendered moot. Naas called on residents to contact their elected officials and urge them to support the two bills. “We’re rallying in support of these bills,” Naas said. Those who wish to demonstrate can park at the nearby mattress store and credit union just east of the I-77 bridge, as well as Holiday Lane. The $660 million project, which adds toll lanes that right now cannot accommodate trucks, broke ground last year. The NCDOT sped up its published timetable and signed a 50-year contract with Cintra in the face of mounting opposition. After another Cornelius resident, John V. “Mac” McAlpine organized a business summit explaining the problems inherent in the NCDOT plan, the business community also lined up against Cintra and the NCDOT. The state agency has forged ahead with the plan, in spite of the fact that there was never an economic impact study, as first repor ted by Business Today.

Business Today

Expansion part of plan at Aquesta, Uwharrie

April 26. Net income at Aquesta Financial Holdings fell 26 percent during the first quarter of 2016, but the parent company of Aquesta Bank is on a growth streak, having invested in the Charlotte market during the past year. “Expansion costs must be incurred prior to revenue recognition. For example, the bank’s investment in lenders is always a loss leader until such time as the related loan portfolio grows enough to cover the associated payroll costs. Based on our recent extraordinary loan growth, I believe the growth in interest income will more than offset the increase in non-interest expense in the near-term,” CEO Jim Engel said. Aquesta’s SouthPark branch opened in July last year; a branch in Wilmington will open in the next couple of months. The number of employees has increased 32 percent, from 63 at the end of the first quarter of 2015 to 83 as of March 31 this year. First quarter net income was $368,000, compared to $500,000 last year. Quarter over quarter loan growth, from $195.6 million last year to $205.3 million this year, annualizes at 20 percent. At Uwharrie Capital Corp., parent company of Uwharrie Bank, firstquarter net income was $510,000 vs. $637,000 during the first quarter of 2015. Net income available to common shareholders was $363,000 compared to $491,000 during the same year-ago quarter. The decline in earnings reflects the additional costs associated with developing their mortgage outfit. Brendan Duffey, president of Uwharrie, said the company spent the last 15 months building out a mortgage operation capable of handling double their traditional annual volume. “This ‘backroom’ investment was required so as to ensure a smooth, hasslefree application process, on-time closings and maintaining our reputation for excellence in mortgage servicing,” Last year, Uwharrie opened a new mortgage loan production office in Charlotte, and a new loan production office in the first quarter of this year. “As we expand our market presence into more robust economic markets, we will temporarily incur costs before reaping the full income benefit,” Duffey said, explaining the company is on target with the Charlotte expansion.

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NEWS - e Greene Group earns national recognition

April 29. By Dave Vieser. Classica Homes has put its rezoning request for 40 attached, age-restricted homes on hold due to new information just received from the state DOT regarding the future widening of West Catawba. As a result, there won’t be a public hearing or any decision on their application at the Monday May 2 Cornelius Town Board meeting. It’s a serious development in every sense of the word. The town board split 2-2 on the project at their last meeting, and deferred the decision to this coming Monday. The issue has to do with whether the property, which sits in the middle of a residential area, should be developed for homes or for commercial uses. The town’s planning department wanted it to go commercial; this, in a lakefront town whose budget is largely funded by residential ratables. Of course, neighbors insist that the property remain residential. Caught in the middle are the property owners, who, of course, have rights. The Houser family wants to sell it to Classica, the developer of the upscale Robbins Park neighborhood. “We hate to do this at the last minute,” said Rick Jasinski of Classica Homes, “but the new information we received from the DOT brings the widened road much further onto our property and we need to evaluate whether the homes would be viable with the widened road.” Up until last week both the town and

Classica were guesstimating the encroachment of the new road, using 60 feet from center line as a right of way guide. However when the new DOT site-specific cross sections were received, it was clear that the 60 foot estimate was not enough. Furthermore, according to town Planning Director Wayne Herron, the DOT also added 10 feet for possible utility easements. It’s unclear now precisely how far the road will extend in either direction away from the current centerline. “Given these developments, Classica wants to revaluate the viability of the project and the town needs to access the impact of the homes backing up closer to the road than we initially thought,” Herron said. If Classica decides to proceed, they will need to do a new site plan which will trigger a new public hearing where residents can comment. At an hour-long public hearing on April 18, 12 residents all spoke in favor of the project, which has placed the town planners who recommended rejection in contrast with the planning board which approved the application. In an informal pole at that meeting, the commissioners split 2-2 but Commissioner Dave Gilroy was absent, and Mayor Chuck Travis asked to table the measure since, he said, “it is a decision that’s extremely important for our town and we need to have all commissioners present.”

for successful and sustainable businesses.” The Greene Group, through its subsidiaries Road Dog Drivers, Genius Pool and StrataForce, fulfills staffing requirements in distribution, manufacturing, scientific and transportation industries. The company was founded in 1988 and has over 75 employees in 28 offices throughout the country. “As a rapidly growing staffing company, we’re in the business of placing talented employees with the right employers,” said Greene Group CEO Tana Greene. “This award means so much to us because it was based solely on input from our employees. It is a real honor to know that our team of talented professionals love their jobs and that we’ve created a great place to work.” More than 300 staffing firms sought participation in the Best Staffing Company program this year, which was conducted by SIA in conjunction with Quantum Workplace. Internal employees at each firm were asked to complete

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Classica puts W. Catawba proposal on hold

April 22. Davidson-based Greene Group has been named as a national 2016 Best Staffing Firms to Work For winner. The award is given annually by Staffing Industry Analysts (SIA), the global advisor on staffing and workforce solutions. It recognizes employers for their top performance in engaging their employees and creating a workplace conducive to talent development, enjoyment, collaboration and productivity. The winners were recently recognized at the 25th annual Staffing Industry Analysts’ Executive Forum in Phoenix. At the same event, the Greene Group was recognized and named one of the top 100 fastest-growing U. S. staffing firms. “The winners of these honors should be congratulated as the best of the best in the staffing industry,” said Barry Asin, president of Staffing Industry Analysts. “These firms are leading the way in championing employee engagement and internal alignment essential

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Business Today

14 May 2016

On The Record

THIS MONTH REAL ESTATE TRANsACTIONS . . . 14 FORECLOSURES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 NEW CORPORATIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . 16

REAL ESTATE TRANSACTIONS These are recent property transactions over $200,000 as recorded by the county Register of Deeds in Cabarrus, Iredell and Mecklenburg.

Cabarrus County 04/12/16 $1,100,000 Charlotte Construction and Property Managers, LLC to 5555 Harrisburg Industrial Park, LLC, Lot 10 of Harrisburg Industrial Park, Harrisburg 04/12/16 $1,250,000 Olivia Taylor Properties, LLC to Greenwich Investors XLV REO, LLC, 2.08 ac. at intersection of U.S. 29 & Parkway Ave., Concord 04/13/16 $269,000 Matthew & Erin Gocha to Darren & Amanda Gurney, 10816 River Oaks Dr., Concord 04/13/16 $272,000 James Eudy to Mark & Andrea Ludwick, 4316 Whitetail Ln., Midland 04/13/16 $320,000 Kenneth & Jennifer

Sparks to Daniel & Melissa Cordier, 4501 Windy Rd., Concord 04/13/16 $305,000 Russell & Megan Greene to Meredith Fagan, 6059 Village Dr., Concord 04/13/16 $342,500 NVR, Inc. to Alexander & Sonja Drorester, 2343 Drake Mill Ln., Concord

More Cabarrus Transactions online at www.BusinessTodayNC.com

Mecklenburg County 4/19/16 $884,000 Douglas & Michelle Balsbough to William & Adrienne Whittington, 18516 Rollingdale Ln., Davidson 4/19/16 $265,000 MS Antiquity to Shawn & Melissa James, 20141 Lamp Lighters Way, Cornelius 4/20/16 $433,000 Jason & Heather Ward to Alexander & Kelly Sanders, 636 Ashby Dr., Davidson 4/20/16 $692,000 Richard & Susie Drake to Nhat Thomas Duy Tran & Noor Hayati Tran, 17304 Jetton Rd., Cornelius 4/21/16 $850,000 Tom Fitzgerald & Richard Himmelspach to Christopher & Erin Wagner, 21928 Satilla Dr., Cornelius 4/22/16 $275,000 Jams & Linda Winssen to Amy Buckmaster & Robert Barrett, 141224 Tooley St., Huntersville 4/22/16 $351,000 South Creek Homes to Peter & Joyce White, 11618 Dublin Crescent

Dr., Cornelius 4/22/16 $389,000 Cunnane Group to Christopher Ruffle, 1321 South St., Cornelius 4/22/16 $308,000 Gary & Laura Webb to Kimberly Saltrick, 8223 Sandowne Ln., Huntersville 4/22/16 $294,000 Dennis Livesay & Lauren Beastall to IH6 Property North Carolina, 14051 Old Vermillion Dr., Huntersville 4/22/16 $265,000 Anthonette Baird to Matthew & Jessica Bolhouse, 18936 Kanawha Dr., Cornelius

More Mecklenburg Transactions online at www.BusinessTodayNC.com

Mooresville 4/14/16 $771,000 Klaus & Danielle Werner to Daniel & Julie Weber, 107 Breakwater Ct. 28117 4/14/16 $560,000 John & Lillian Johnson to Robin Lee Curci, 256 Lakeshores Loop 28117 4/14/16 $273,000 Live Well Homes to Franklin Agyepong, 138 Sugar Magnolia Dr. 28115 4/14/16 $330,000 Peter & Patricia Adelfio to Marsha & David Rushing, 124 Honeysuckle Creek 28117 4/15/16 $255,500 Lennar Carolina to Melissa Gettmann, 103 Portola Valley Dr., Townhouse A 28117 4/15/16 $1,165,000 Richard & Marguerite West to Jason & Michelle Barsosky, 124 Chesterwood Ct. 28117 4/15/16 $420,000 Brian & Renata Hawkins to Jason & Amber Silverthorn, 533 Canvasback Rd. 28117 4/15/16 $340,000 Kenneth & Lisa Barna to Andrew & Melissa Rieser, 109 Patton Ct. 28115 4/15/16 $1,085,000 Stuart & Pam Schettler to Andrew & Tracey Shott, 137 Jeremy Point Pl. 28117 4/15/16 $882,000 Joseph & Gayle Dotson to Harry O’Nan, 142 Keenan Dr. 28117 4/15/16 $649,000 Peachtree Residential to Steven & Erin Saye, 243 Cove Creek Loop 28117 4/15/16 $420,000 William & Susan Feig to Craig Robert Savage, 112 Milfred Cir. 28117 4/15/16 $320,000 Standard Pacific of the Carolinas to Michael & Jennifer Dodge, 213 Blossom Ridge Dr. 28117 4/15/16 $2,165,000 R&R Enterprise East to Gateway Storage Corporation, 337 Timber Rd. 28115 4/18/16 $495,000 True Homes to Amy & Amon Hahn, 102 Farm Knoll Way 28117 4/18/16 $415,000 Taylor & Cynthia Koch to Chad & Kathryn McCrossen, 233 Castle Gates Dr. 28117 4/18/16 $313,500 Pulte Home Corporation to Todd & Emily Duncan, 148 Four Seasons Way 28117 4/18/16 $406,000 Ronald & Angela Elledge to Kevin O’Reilly & Ron Terry, 111 Northington Woods Dr. 28117 4/18/16 $460,000 Jeffrey & Stephanie Arnold to Daniel & Priscilla Arnold, 244 Bay Harbour Rd. 28117

4/19/16 $287,000 Edward & Kelly Wickline to Brian & Kacey McManus, 147 Comata Rd. 28117 4/19/16 $475,000 True Homes to Richard A. & Janelle Cataldo, 106 Farm Knoll Way 28117 4/19/16 $390,000 Mark & Karen Landreth to Steven Walden, 109 Castaway Trl. 28117 4/20/16 $255,000 James Edward Tobias to William & Saranne Wilson, 281 Bridges Farm Rd. 28115 4/20/16 $610,000 Lake Luxury Homes to Matthew & Alison Todd, 454 Barber Loop 28117 4/20/16 $260,000 NEI Global Relocation Company to Ralph Dizozza, 122 E. Warfield Dr. 28115 4/21/16 $277,500 BMCH North Carolina to Larry Morrison, 127 Johnson Manor St. 28115 4/21/16 $365,000 Mark & Margaret Clark to Alberto Rivera & Shirley Cintron, 220 Forest Walk Way 28115 4/22/16 $1,550,000 U.S. Bank to Joseph & Melanie Phelan, 111 Wellfleet Ln. 28117 4/22/16 $294,000 Joseph & Leisel Yanicak to James & Megan Hettinger, 117 Steeplechase Ave. 28117 4/22/16 $250,000 The Estate of William E. Hunter to Nicole Rierson Kale, 170 Lakeland Rd. 28117 4/22/16 $775,000 Stanley William Stray Trust to Robert & Jennifer Canipe, 324 Stonemarker Ct. 28117 4/22/16 $411,500 True Homes to Jared Newman, 143 Farm Knoll Way 28117 4/22/16 $264,000 Samuel & Michelle Mehrtens to Grayson & Erica Williams, 177 Crimson Orchard Dr. 28115

More Mooresville Transactions online at www.BusinessTodayNC.com


Foreclosure actions have been started on the following properties. Items show the date foreclosure documents became public, owners, property address, lien holder, lien amount. After required notices are published, the property is sent to auction. The property then can be sold, not sold (examples: bankruptcy files or action dismissed without prejudice) or the sale postponed.

Cabarrus County 04/01/16 Sean MacFeiggan, 4412 Robins Nest Rd., Concord, Wells Fargo Bank, $93,500 04/01/16 James & Darlene Miller, 8334 Knapp Ct., Locust, Wells Fargo Bank, $105,360 04/04/16 Theodore & Christina Sever, 8517 Indian Summer Trl., Harrisburg, Nationstar Mortgage LLC, $144,637 See TRANSACTIONS, Page 15

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04/07/16 Roderick & Sherrie Harmon, 5300 Grand Canyon Rd., Concord, Wells Fargo Bank, $84,600 04/11/16 Miguel & Deysi Candray, 47 Meadow Ave., Concord, Wells Fargo Bank, $70,443 04/13/16 Rosemary Geno, 4032 Town Center Rd., Harrisburg, Deutsche Bank National Trust Co., $71,500

More Cabarrus Foreclosures online at www.BusinessTodayNC.com

Mecklenburg County 4/1/16 Cheryl & Edward Tucker, 5220 Nevin Rd., Charlotte 28269, Wells Fargo Financial $97,415 4/1/16 Santiago & Martiza Reyes, 829 Squirrel Hill Rd., Charlotte 28213, First Magnus Financial $87,262 4/1/16 Travis Givens, 1804 Birch Heights Ct., Charlotte 28213, F & T Mortgage $98,212 4/1/16 Benjamin & Jackie Register, 380 Owen Blvd., Charlotte 28213, SurePoint Lending $131,625 4/4/16 Kenneth Royal, 8425 Newfane Rd., Charlotte 28269, Bank of America $126,022 4/4/16 Michael Lee Garrett, 6815 Branchnell View Dr., Charlotte 28269, U.S. Bank $151,000 4/11/16 Melissa Washington, 5105 Oak Pasture Ln., Charlotte 28269, New Freedom Mortgage $118,959 4/11/16 Jinhee Lee, 10241 Claybrook Dr., Charlotte 28262, Countrywide Home Loans $226,100 4/11/16 Wanda Harris, 10702 Dapple Grey Ln., Charlotte 28213, Washington Mutual Bank $335,561 4/12/16 Robert O. Hilliard, 9623-E Vinca Cir., Charlotte 28213, State Employees’ Credit Union $52,200 4/14/16 Tonya Ross, 4809 Cobble Glen Way, Charlotte 28269, Bank of America $145,785 4/18/16 Robinson Joel Paniagua, 5030 Eagle Creek Dr., Charlotte 28269, Mortgage Lenders of America $206,208 4/18/16 Todd & Terra Pinkston, 5828 Waverly Lynn Ln., Charlotte 28269, Watermark Financial Partners $136,091 4/18/16 Jason & Cynthia Nelson, 11615 Long Forest Dr., Charlotte 28269, SouthTrust Mortgage $108,645 4/18/16 Dennis Drummond-Ryan, 10058 Pergola View Ct., Charlotte 28213, Lehman Brothers Bank $166,615 4/21/16 Rachel Ikard, 5217 Elizabeth Rd., Charlotte 28269, Universal American Mortgage $110,966 4/21/16 Amy Mandart, 3125 Mason Dr., Charlotte 28269, Aegis Mortgage $90,200

More Mecklenburg Foreclosures online at www.BusinessTodayNC.com

Mooresville 3/23/16 Blackburn Holding I, 505 E. Statesville Ave. 28117, Yadkin Valley Bank and Trust $245,000 3/23/16 Benjamin & Wanda Bryan, 361 East Plaza Dr. 28115, Piedmont Bank $517,864 3/28/16 Mark E. Skelley, 112 Nevis Ln. 28115, Gateway Funding $131,289

3/29/16 Katherine & Richard Barrickman, 133 Tilton Dr. 28115, Myers Park Mortgage $221,408 3/31/16 Donald & Julie Gelnaw, 166 Castle Gate Dr. 28117, Washington Mutual Bank $347,200 4/4/16 Christian & Gezzilly Cartagena, 154 Red Tip Ln. 28117, Bank of America $180,500 4/18/16 Bryan & Robin Baker, 139 Larkhave

Ln. 28117, Option One Mortgage $584,250 4/18/16 Gary & Catherine Hocking, 286 Brumley Rd. 28115, American Security Mortgage $381,000 4/21/16 Dominick & Lisa Vasco, 126 Riding Trl. 28117, Countrywide Home Loans $155,500 See FORECLOSURES, Page 16

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NEW CORPORATIONS These businesses have registered with the N.C. Secretary of State.

Cabarrus County 4/8/16 Julie Reo Design LLC, Julie Reo, 213 Krimminger Ave. SE, Concord 4/8/16 Naomi’s Loft LLC, Carolyn Shelton Rogers, 2607 South Cannon Blvd., Kannapolis 4/11/16 Ford Mack’s Mobile Detailing Inc., Izell Mack, 684 State Ave., Kannapolis 4/11/16 Jaya One LLC, Amit Dhameja, 349-I Copperfield Blvd., #225, Concord 4/12/16 Michael Confoth Performance Fabrication LLC, Michael Conforth, 6011 Bost Cutoff Rd., Concord 4/12/16 Tranzport Services LLC, Christina Delong, 2680 Thistle Brook Dr., Concord 4/13/16 Abe Francois LLC, Pamilla S. Tolen, 8890 Brandon Cir., Concord 4/13/16 Brutus Properties LLC, Maria Arclero, 4052 Clover Rd. NW, Concord 4/13/16 The Junk Box LLC, Jasmine Kelly, 1012 Desoto Ave., Kannapolis 4/13/16 Lismore Homeowner’s Association Inc., Zachary M. Moretz Esq., 37 S. Union St., Ste. B, Concord 4/13/16 Mulligan Design-Build LLC, Brandon Mulligan, 1145 Crestmont Dr. SE, Concord 4/14/16 EMR Safety Training LLC, Jeffrey L. Reicken, 145 Edgewood Ave., Concord 4/14/16 Foster Construction Services Inc., Randall Clayton Foster, 7945 Freeze Rd., Kannapolis 4/14/16 Gidney Skills Academy LLC, Rodney Lapriest Gidney, 4648 Dunhill Ln. SW, Concord 4/14/16 Jesserose Sales LLC, Tiffany Rose Decavallas, 1159 Belmont Ct. NW, Concord 4/14/16 Jones Holdings Inc., Julian D. Jones, 1116 Hydrangea Cir. NW, Concord 4/14/16 LTS Logistics LLC, David Harrison, 90 Church St. NE, Concord 4/14/16 Poplar Realty LLC, Yolanda D. Law, 11155 River Oaks Dr. NW, Concord 4/15/16 10-NNIS Everything LLC, Terrence Martino, 532 Montgrove Pl. NW, Concord 4/15/16 East 7th Investors LLC, Zachary M. Moretz, 37 Union St. South, Ste. B, Concord 4/15/16 Park-Nor Enterprises LLC, Alan S. Dowell, 541 Georgetown Dr. NW, Concord 4/15/16 SWBS Elite Properties Inc., Brandy Sellers, 8410 Pit Stop Ct. NW, Ste. 133, Concord 4/19/16 55th Street Seafood House LLC, Thomas M. Grady, 71 McCachern Blvd., Concord

4/19/16 Carolina Country Doctors PA, Theodore Franklin Suggs, 2308 Kannapolis Hwy., Concord 4/20/16 BBQ Time LLC, David James Beals, 2007 Candlewood Dr. NW, Concord 4/20/16 Carmichael Consulting Group LLC, Michael R. Burgner, 71 McCachern Blvd., Concord 4/20/16 Delux Contracting Corp., Armando Jimenez, 64 Moss Dr., Concord 4/21/16 Grace Unlocked Inc., Matthew Kadackal, 1500 Hansom Ln. NW, Concord 4/21/16 HG Drywall of Kannapolis LLC, Homero Gutierrez, 913 King Ave., Kannapolis 4/21/16 Just Call Chip Home Improvements LLC, Stephen Oxendine, 2125 Lane St., Kannapolis 4/22/16 Weebles LLC, Roland Arnold, 2557 Fallbrook Pl. NW, Concord

More Cabarrus New Corporations online at www.BusinessTodayNC.com

Mecklenburg County 4/18/16 Agap3 LLC, Cook & Sadorf PLLC, 2132 Baggins Ln., Charlotte 28269 4/18/16 Fairmont Two Solar Owner LLC, Adam Will Foodman, 20035 Jetton Rd., Unit D, Cornelius 4/18/16 Land Development Solutions of the Carolinas LLC, Martin M. Brennan Jr., 13801 Reese Blvd. West, Ste. 110, Huntersville 4/18/16 Strong Cable LLC, Luan Torres Tavares, 1916 E. Prospect Ave., Charlotte 28213 4/18/16 Yuyasa Real Estate LLC, Kayce C. Staehle, 16905 Northcross Dr., Ste. 100, Huntersville 4/19/16 Eagle Chasers LLC, William Jant, 4010 Meadowview Hills Dr., Charlotte 28269 4/19/16 Enlightiks USA Inc., Olivia Sengupta, 1914 J N Pease Pl., Charlotte 28262 4/19/16 Helen M. Albini LLC, Helen Albini, 10436 Blackstone Dr., Huntersville 4/19/16 Image Connection Group LLC, Monique Stubbs-Hall, 11228 Featherbrook Rd., Apt. 1G, Charlotte 28262 4/19/16 Jacob Brzozowski Inc., Jacob Brzozowski, 6337 Stoney Valley Ct., Charlotte 28269 4/19/16 JKB of NC LLC, Kelly Bayne, 7311 Vesper Dr., Huntersville 4/19/16 Par 4 Investments LLC, Mark Castcel, 19712 River Falls Dr., Davidson 4/19/16 Research Carolina LLC, Nicole Buice, 16507 Northcross Dr., Ste. F, Huntersville 4/19/16 Skillset Corporation, Jameson Govoni, 16902 Hugh Torance Pkwy., Huntersville 4/20/16 3 Wilde Press LLC, United State Corporation Agents Inc., 16923 Landings Dr., Apt. H, Huntersville 4/20/16 Beth and Bella Swimwear LLC, Gwendolyn McCallum, 925 Log Cabin Rd., Charlotte 28213 4/20/16 Cableteks LLC, Luis Alexander Montoya, 10435 Rocky Ford Club Rd., Charlotte See NEW CORPORATIONS, Page 17

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May 2016

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son, 10515 Cobb Ct., Huntersville 4/22/16 Kingrey Investment Group LLC, Aaron Kingrey, 21348 Nautique Blvd., Apt. 204, Cornelius 4/22/16 Kripa Realty LLC, Jejee Thomas, 2420 Thomashire Ct., Charlotte 28262 4/22/16 The Monogram Shop and More Inc., Lynette Smith, 10968 Stone Trail Rd., Charlotte 28213 4/22/16 PSBC Enterprises Inc., Jeffrey D. Miner, 21230 Harken Dr., Cornelius 4/22/16 Solar Panel Solutions LLC, Kimberly Ann Parga, 208 Esplanade St., Charlotte 28262 4/22/16 YSP Transportation LLC, Nathasha Douglas, 13705 Delstone Dr., Huntersville

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18 May 2016


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approval of the controversial NCDOTCintra contract. “I think it’s time to restart it in a different way and in a different format” said Woody Washam, a popular banker and mayor pro tem of Cornelius. “It was a good concept at its time, but I think we’ve outgrown it and it’s time to try something else.” Travis, who was appointed to the NC Turnpike Commission by Gov. Pat McCrory, disagreed. “We have a group working together, all four towns and nowhere else in the state does this exist. But you are willing to throw it out the door?” Another businessman, Scale Finance founder Dave Gilroy, is a long-time town commissioner and vocal critic of the NCDOT-Cintra deal. “It’s all about impact. At the end of the day, what do you have to show for the time and money we have spent? Not much, and that’s the bottom line from my standpoint.” With that, Commissioners Washam Gilroy and Miltich voted to withdraw from the LNTC, while Commissioners Thurman Ross and Jim Duke voted to

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stay in. Mayor Travis only votes in the event of a tie, so effective July 1, Cornelius is no longer in the LNTC. Historically, each of the LNTC’s four towns had chipped in $20,000 annually, primarily to fund the salary of Executive Director Bill Thunberg, so the future of the commission is cloudy at best. Thunberg, the former mayor of Mooresville, could not be reached for comment. The LNTC also appeared to be the chief proponent of the Red Line extension from Charlotte to Lake Norman. After months if not years of discussion, it turned out that no one had checked in with Norfolk Southern as to whether track was available for commuter rail.


It wasn’t, which was a fiasco, according to Gilroy. Is regionalism dead? Apparently not. Huntersville Mayor John Aneralla said his town’s “intention has always been to be a part of a regional transportation planning organization,” but not with paid executive director. The three towns of North Mecklenburg also cooperate with their own economic development corporation as well as the ownership of an industrial park in Huntersville. “We indeed want to meet regularly and that is going to be my intention and goal, with a monthly meeting where more people are involved from each town and coordinate efforts that need to be coordinated,” Aneralla said.

The ongoing controversy over the I-77 toll lane project has unearthed deep concerns among some local town officials about the effectiveness of the LNTC in its current configuration. With the 2017 fiscal year rapidly approaching, each town, one by one, made its decision whether to stay or go. The headcount, pending last-minute changes of heart, has Huntersville, Davidson and Cornelius leaving, with Mooresville the only town to stay. QUOTABLE

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Since the 2003 closure of Pillowtex, a successor to Cannon Mills, literally millions of square feet of factory and warehouse space became empty. Billionaire David Murdock created the North Carolina Research Campus—using billions of bricks from the old plants, but the nutrition research campus never brought new retail to the quaint shopping village Charles Cannon built. Murdock, of course, bought the Pillowtex property out of bankruptcy, and Kannapolis bought the downtown last fall, spending $8.75 million for 46 acres. The property ranges from vacant land to the historic Gem Theater. Siharath worked for Pillowtex three years before its closing and remembers how busy Cannon Village was when the mills were in operation. “I worked my first year at the towel store across the street,” she said, pointing across West A Street to where the company store used to be. Siharath left the downtown area after the mills closed, but returned in 2010 to open her business at 215 West A Street. Serving Thai and Japanese cuisine in Kannapolis wasn’t a quick success. “At first it was hard, teaching people about Thai food, but we have built up a good customer base,” she said. Siharath feels that new residences will help her business. She said that her family

continued in their location because she is community centered and “I want to help Kannapolis grow. I cook everything by heart and I love my customers,” she said. Jeff Moody, vice president of Alley, Williams, Carmen and King, consulting engineers for several municipalities, including Kannapolis, remembered how downtown was when the mills were open. He said that when he opened at 120 S. Main Street in 1988, “you wouldn’t leave the office” between 2:30 and 4 p.m. because the shift change for the mill would make traffic unbearable. His company has reached capacity at their current location. The company will expand into one of the vacant offices nearby. Acknowledging that the residential units will bring people downtown, Moody said he knows what he wants to happen next. “I hope they bring the ball (baseball) stadium here. I think that would bring more people downtown,” he said. Moody plans on attending the public meetings to stay informed. Hoping they keep some of the charm of the existing buildings, he said, “I like the Williamsburg look and I hope when they make improvements that they keep these facades.” Nevertheless, he said, “I hope they move and move fast.” Kannapolis City Manager Mike Legg

said that starting with the residential project first makes sense. “Residential developments of all types are hot in the Charlotte area,” he said. “It’s all about getting people downtown. Creating that vibrant, central place and having people live there is one of the most critical pieces for that.” Legg said that the master development plan is scheduled to be presented to council next month with invitations for public input to follow. He stresses that everyone should be patient as revitalization will take some time. “I think everyone should feel a sense of excitement once the plan is out there and starts to get implemented,” said Legg. “There hasn’t been a long-range plan for improving our downtown, of any significance, in decades. This is the first real attempt at making a change in downtown,” he said. “This time next year downtown will go through a major transformation,” said Legg. Mike Mahaley, owner of the Village Grill at 141 West Avenue, sees the announcement as a positive step towards reinvigorating the area. “It is a move in the right direction,” he said. “The citizens of Kannapolis want their downtown back. I will be excited to see these improvements come to the area,” said Mahaley.

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May 2016

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close to 40 years, yes, I have been subjected to gender bias,” said Robin Smith, owner and marketing director of Lake Norman Chrysler Jeep Dodge in Cornelius. “By working hard and producing results, I was able to overcome it and was able to achieve my goals professionally.” When it comes to hiring, Smith said, “At our dealerships we always choose the best person for SMITH each position and evaluate them for pay increases and for promotions based upon their individual performance. We do not allow anything outside of skill, effort, and results to enter into our decisions.” Velvet Nelson, co-founder and chief learning officer at Huntersville-based ProctorFree, said promotions go to employees—male or female—who demonstrate initiative and a shared mission. “We empower all of our employees to take ownership of their positions and find ways to positively impact the company, even if it’s not within their job description,” Nelson said. “Those employees who work hard and show that they are genuinely dedicated to the company and want to see it grow are rewarded for their hard work.” Nelson echoes Smith’s sentiments and adds that a company’s size may minimize the likelihood of gender bias. “We aren’t a huge corporate entity,” she said. “We hire people based on their skills, abilities and experience. Whoever is the best fit and can come in hitting the ground running is the person we choose for the position.” Make no mistake: a wage gap does exist. And the often-quoted 78-cents-on the dollar earnings rate for women vs. men is real. But that’s not the whole story, said Claudia Goldin, the Henry Lee Professor of Economics at Harvard University. In a paper entitled “How to Achieve Gender Equality,” Goldin said, “It’s no secret that, on average, women—even those with equivalent education and experience—typically earn less than men.” The wage gap has narrowed considerably since the 1970s, when women earned just 56 cents on the dollar compared to men. “This narrowing of the gap in pay reflects the converging economic roles of

men and women, a reality that is among the grandest social and economic advances in the last century,” Goldin said. Still, she said, women tend to shy away from business ownership because they often value temporal flexibility, too. They will accept lower wages in order to work more flexible hours. When considering starting a business, women are cautious about conflicting personal and professional goals. “Women have different challenges than men when it comes to starting a business,” said Velvet Nelson of ProctorFree. “It’s difficult to start your own company when there is an expectation or desire to have children and be a good wife. Society has created this belief that women should be caretakers and I believe women feel guilty when they are not solely dedicated to their families. There’s too much pressure on women when they think about doing both.” In her book “Unfinished Business,” public policy scholar Anne-Marie Slaughter calls this pressure the “care penalty.” Others have referred to it as the “parent penalty” or the “mommy tax.” “If you take women who don’t have caregiving obligations, they’re almost equal with men,” Slaughter said. “It’s somewhere in the 95 percent range. But when women then have children, or again are caring for their own parents or other sick family members who need care, then they need to work differently.” Slaughter said women who are serving as family caregivers often work parttime and avoid, or aren’t given, assignments to travel or work unusual hours. As a result, they don’t get the same raises and promotions as employees—often men—who are willing to accept such conditions. But the convergence in working roles between men and women continues. According to the annual State of WomenOwned Businesses Report commissioned by American Express OPEN analyzing U. S. Census Bureau data, North Carolina has an estimated 328,700 women-owned firms. Nationwide, the number of femaleowned businesses has increased 45 percent over the past 10 years. This would come as no surprise to Robin Smith of Lake Norman Chrysler Jeep Dodge. She said, “I think that the world is full of strong, smart women that are comfortable making the same decisions as men do when it comes to business.”


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and stone house has a tax value of $750,400. The four-bedroom house was on the market two months. Carla Agnini and Richie Tomasini of Lake Norman Realty represented the buyers. º º º A four-bedroom house at 17304 Jetton Road in The Peninsula has sold for

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A 7,600 square foot house in The Point has sold for $1.55 million after being listed at $1.6 million by Leigh Brown of Re/Max Executive Realty. It was a foreclosure of a former builder home, according to Brown. The tax value is $1.2 million. The five-bedroom lakefront house sits on a nearly one-acre lot at 111 Well- 1440 Langdon Road for $1.299 million fleet Lane. The house, which has a salt water pool with a hot tub, has an out- In Sherrills Ford A 6,700 square foot lakefront home door kitchen and shower, second living at 1440 Langdon Road in Sherrills Ford quarters with a full kitchen and a boat has sold for the list price, $1.299 milslip. There is also a billiard room and lion. The gated home, which has a pool, an exercise room, as well as a three-car an outdoor pizza oven and garages for garage. The selling agent was Phil Puma of three cars, has four bedrooms and a master bedroom with a sitting room. Puma & Associates Realty. The listing agents were Richie Tomasini and Carla Agnini, with Lake In Concord A 6,335 square foot house at 3211 Norman Realty. The selling agent was Trinity Church Road has sold for $1.47 Louis Sorrento with Keller Williams. million after being listed at $1.55 mil- The tax value of the home and property lion by Neal Crites of Crites Proper- is $941,700. ties. The Cape Cod-style house, which sits on 10-plus acres in an area of esHot Properties tates and equestrian properties, has four bedrooms and five baths. The Hot Properties is all about the house features hand-milled wood trim deal. If you’re an agent with a including wainscoting, flooring, cabihigh-end, closed deal, usually netry and doors. The tax value of the $750,000 and above, let us know. property is $812,000. The selling agent Email us at nebiztoday@gmail. was Frances Crawford with Omni Recom or call 704-895-1335. alty Group in Raleigh.

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Repeal HB2 House Bill 2 was approved and signed into law in 12 hours in March. The hue and cry has been ongoing ever since. John McCabe, the man at PayPal who made the decision to bring an operations center to Charlotte, is also the man who decided to pull the plug. The California company runs deep in Charlotte. Many of its employees come out of Wachovia and Wells Fargo, so, in a way, this is like home to them. But it sounds like the senior vice-president for Global Operations at PayPal—he proudly held up a hand-carved wooden bowl presented to him by Gov. Pat McCrory when the announcement was made March 18—isn’t looking back. A little over two weeks later, McCabe said he couldn’t bring his company to a state that discriminated against people that way. McCabe said he doesn’t even know where the bowl is. “You can’t imagine how many governors have approached me, more than a half dozen,” McCabe said. Bruce Springsteen bailed out, too. President Obama says HB2 is dead wrong. Boycotts are underway.

Lots of people get it, but not the crusty good old boys who wield the power in Raleigh. Democratic legislators tell us Republican bills come up as a surprise, sessions go over longer without notice, that they’re clued in after the fact on many things. Of course, this may have happened when the Democrats were in control, but there’s no room for nasty partisanship in this day and age. How awesome it would have been for North Carolina business and ordinary employees if Republican legislators consulted their Democratic counterparts before drafting and voting on HB2. We’ve become a worldwide embarrassment: Obama felt obliged to mention it to the Prime Minister of Great Britain, where the government has issued a travel advisory for LGBT citizens visiting North Carolina. Sally Ashworth, the head of Visit Lake Norman in Cornelius, said “it will only be a matter of time” before there’s a negative impact. “We have been tracking other convention and sports business who have experienced an undesirable and adverse effect,” she said. Wake County’s tourism agency

says they have already lost more than $700,000 because of HB2, with millions more at risk. The Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau said four groups have canceled plans to hold events there because of HB2. A recent estimate reported HB2 has cost North Carolina 1,750 jobs and more than $77 million in lost revenue. International companies—not just PayPal—are taking a dim view of North Carolina. Pepsi CEO Indra Nooyi reiterated the company’s commitment to LGBT issues at the company’s shareholder meeting. Nooyi made it clear LGBT issues are a priority for the giant beverage maker. She called on North Carolina to repeal HB2. McCabe estimates that 10 percent of his 15,000 employees are LGBT, and he said he just couldn’t treat them this way. On the extremely practical side, too, HB2 limits his ability to attract the best employees across the board. U.S. Justice Department officials have notified the governor that House Bill 2 violates the U.S. Civil Rights Act. Enough is enough. Repeal HB2.

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