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MY LOVE OF QUOTES began when I was a teenager and cut this one from Reader’s Digest, to tape to my bedroom mirror: “If it is to be, it is up to me.”

DO YOU REMEMBER when summer was weeks and weeks of endless days filled only with possibilities?

I’m not sure now who authored that quote, but thus began a collection of

For most of us, our last summer of childhood was in

inspiration which today includes notebook scribblings and torn scraps of paper

high school, before college and jobs intruded on our leisure.

tacked to the bulletin board beside my desk.

These past few weeks, I have seen my teenaged daughter strug-

I’ve been reminded in preparing this issue that you don’t have to be a fa-

gle with the realization that her last unstructured summer is

mous author or philosopher to speak a universal truth. Our Movers & Shakers

behind her. But as I explain to her that these few months are

honorees, announced in these pages, are full of them.

a prelude to an independent life, I can’t blame her for wanting

“Little actions can make large differences,” one said. “Dreams are free. Grab hold of what captures your imagination and never

more time before the responsibilities kick in. When the days get longer, even “grown-ups” want to slow down, get outdoors, play games, or just hang out with

let go,” said another. Or, “There are very few errors from which you can’t recover, so don’t be

friends. In Western Wake, there are plenty of places to accomplish all of these, and in this issue we tell you about a

afraid to roll the dice.” Good advice all around, to ponder during the lazy days of summer.

few. A weekend camping trip or an evening listening to music

And in honor of the season, here’s a bit of wisdom that’s been running

outside can be just the thing to recharge your batteries.

through my head since Sean Higgins of North Carolina State Parks uttered it, during a sunny-day interview in the woods of Umstead State Park. He was sharing the benefits of family campouts, but I’m taking it to heart: “Make it a point to see the sun set, and take a twilight walk,” he said. “Look for

So even if you don’t have weeks of vacation with nothing on your agenda, I hope you can still squeeze in a few hours to just chill this summer – even if you have to schedule them. Take it easy,

the first stars of the night, and watch the moon rise. How often would you do that at home?” More often now, Sean. Thanks for the inspiration. Enjoy your summer,

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Colton Henry, 5, helps his grandfather, Bob Henry, tend the ďŹ re while camping with friends at Jordan Lake.




can pitch a tent and catch a fish, and know which bugs and snakes are dangerous. Ages 10 and 12 respectively, the siblings have been camping in a six-person tent or a tow-along pop-up trailer with their dad, Colin, since they were toddlers. “These are life skills. They’ve learned how to work together to haul our gear to the campsite, and they know their tasks,” said Colin Thomas. “My son could build a fire at age 6 with pine cones and twigs; I can hand him a lighter and he knows not to play with it. “You instill that trust in them and they appreciate that, and the family interaction.” Evan Higgins began camping with his parents at 5 months. Now age 5, he can cite “When you take tips: Don’t leave kids outdoors, food out, or the into the dirt and raccoons will get it. trees and leaves, Bring a tarp in case they’re totally it rains. Pour water on your fire when engaged and you’re done roasting really enjoy that new setting.” marshmallows. Evan’s dad, – Sean Higgins, Sean Higgins, says interpretation and education program manager for North lessons learned outCarolina State Parks doors will last a lifetime. He should know: As an interpretation and education program manager for North Carolina State Parks, his job is to help share the story of each park and guide visitors to discover their own meaning in nature. “When you take kids outdoors, into the dirt and trees and leaves, they’re totally engaged and really enjoy that new setting,” said Higgins, who recently introduced his 9-month-old twins to camping too. “A tree trunk is a whole new world for a dump truck or a Barbie doll. It all encourages creativity with nature — and it’s spectacular family time.” S’mores & Dominoes

Ranger-patrolled and alcohol-free, North Carolina State Parks are family-friendly places to camp, continued on page 24 CARY MAGAZINE 23

Colin Thomas, center, checks on daughter Rachel, 11, and family friend Will Burke, 12, after the youngsters pitched their tent at Jordan Lake.

“Make it a point to see the sun set, and take a twilight walk. Look for the first stars of the night, and watch the moon rise. How often would you do that at home?” – Sean Higgins, interpretation and education program manager for North Carolina State Parks



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Higgins notes. Statewide, the parks offer more than 3,000 campsites available by advance reservation. A Junior Ranger program, for kids ages 5 to 12, features a self-guided book available online or at park offices, with the chance to earn patches at each park. You can find out more, or reserve a campsite, online at Higgins says family campouts don’t have to be complicated, but fun and flexibility are musts. “If it’s your first time, practice in the backyard or camp at a park close to home,” he said. “The first experience has to be positive: the temperature has to be right, the kids need to be comfortable, and the parents not stressed. “If you have toddlers, skip the campfire till they’re in bed, then build one for your own quiet time. “One night of camping is good for be-

ginners. For longer trips or vacations, you can split things up and stay in a hotel on alternating nights.” Leave the video games and iPads at home when camping, Higgins recommends, and incorporate activities and foods that are reserved specifically for this family time, such as dominoes and s’mores, to make the experience unique. “Make it fun. Sing while you hike, and play games on the trail like Squirrel Scramble, where kids run from one tree to another, or hide plastic lizards and insects for them to find. Invent stories, and add to them. “Make it a point to see the sun set, and take a twilight walk,” he said. “Look for the first stars of the night, and watch the moon rise. How often would you do that at home?” For summertime camping, state parks like Jordan Lake and Falls Lake offer swim beach campsites. Or set up camp just in time for dinner and head home before the heat of the next day — it’s still fun.

Colin Thomas readies his canoe as Jaden Grobbelaar, 9, plays at their Jordan Lake campsite.

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Paul Bryant of Garner has been tent camping with his daughter, Parker, since she was 6 years old, through the Y Guides program offered by YMCA of the Triangle. Parker is now 15. “I was an Eagle Scout, and grew up camping,” said Bryant. “The Y Guides program has helped me transfer those skills to my daughter, from preparing for a campout to fire-building, knots, cooking and surviving in the elements. “It’s helped her build confidence and relationships,” Bryant said of the experiences. “Parker has acquired leadership skills that she’s using to volunteer at Y camps now, and she’s flourishing in high school. It’s been tremendous for us.” The Y Guides program, for children in grades one through three, builds father-child relationships through activities including camping. It continues for older children as Trailblazers, offering more challenging experi-

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Whether single-family or group camping, simple and comfortable are the keys to a successful trip, these dads say. “My kids have learned that by packing lighter, they can go further,” Thomas said. “We hike, ride bikes, fish, and they always find friends. “On one campout it was raining and I was thinking, ‘I need to keep them warm and dry,’ but they had so much fun playing in the mud. And they learned to start a load of laundry when they get home!” The Bryant family prefers camping over a hotel, when traveling. “It’s a lot more fun, and you can usually get closer to the attraction, like a zip line canopy tour or amusement park, for less money,” Bryant said. continued on page 26

Evan’s Camping Tips ➤ Don’t leave food out, or the raccoons will get it. ➤ Bring a tarp in case it rains. ➤ Pour water on your fire when you’re done roasting marshmallows. At 5, Evan Higgins is a veteran camper. He first camped at age 5 months.

More Good Ideas ➤ Don’t forget your medications, and a first aid kit! ➤ Sunscreen and bug repellant are musts; bonus points for a whistle and fire extinguisher. ➤ Bring dish soap, potholders and a can opener. ➤ Provide trip details to a family member or friend, including where you’re going, planned route, and when you expect to return. From CARY MAGAZINE 25

Pitch Your Tent Here William B. Umstead State Park, Cary, (919) 571-4170 ➤ See remnants of a grist mill and its stone dams, unique flora, and habitats for beavers, raccoons, deer, great blue herons and belted kingfishers. ➤ 28 drive-to shaded campsites with picnic tables and grills; restrooms with showers are centrally located. ➤ Two primitive group campgrounds are open year-round. ➤ Youth tent camp offers sites, fire ring, two picnic tables and running water, for up to 25 people. Jordan Lake State Recreation Area, Apex, (919) 362-0586 ➤ Home to American bald eagles, scenic lake vistas, fishing and swimming, with 16 miles of hiking trails. ➤ 1,000 tent, trailer and RV campsites; 690 have hookups and showers

Colton Henry gets some fishing tips from his grandfather, Bob Henry. Water activities like fishing and swimming are a must for summer camping trips.

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Staying in campsites with electricity and water minimizes necessary gear, he adds. Must-haves for his family include a tent, cots or air mattresses, sleeping bags, a cast iron Dutch oven and a camp grill, chairs or a hammock, and a pop-up canopy for weather. “Fancy gear is aimed toward hobbyists,” Higgins noted, “or people strapping on a backpack and hiking the Appalachian Trail for two weeks. We’re just looking to go out in nature. “A Pack ’n Play (travel play yard for babies) sets up nicely in a tent, and a head lamp keeps your hands free for the kids. Bring your own pillow, and some dry socks in a Ziploc bag. Bring gallon jugs of water, silverware and bowls, wet wipes, a tablecloth, extra tarps and rope, insect repellent and sunscreen.

“And keep it all in a separate tote or container, so you don’t have to reassemble your gear each time. You’ll be ready to go!” Keep meals simple too; even hot dogs or spaghetti taste great when prepared outdoors. You can drive in to most state park campsites, Higgins says, and keep your food and gear in your car. For walk-in sites away from your vehicle, use a wagon to tote gear. “With some experience, you can try parks with more rustic sites such as Hammocks Beach State Park (in Swansboro) where you have to take a ferry to camp on the island, or camp a mile up at Mount Mitchell State Park (in Burnsville). Work your way up,” Higgins said. “Kids do wonderfully when you go camping and leave all that ‘stuff’ behind. Going back to basics really opens up their imaginations.” 

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in Holly Springs there are only two rules: Be safe and be courteous. Even the law of gravity is more of a guideline. On a recent afternoon, about a dozen riders of various ages on various wheeled things zoomed down, around and up — definitely up. Daniel Dhers, international BMX star and five-time X Games gold-medal winner, opened this complex in May 2014 as a place for himself and fellow professional stunt riders to train. But he also wanted to spread the sport to younger riders. About 1,000 visitors a month now bring their skateboards, bikes, inline skates or scooters to the 37,000-square-foot facility to ride around and have fun. continued on page 32



Extreme sport enthusiasts Cade Kelly, left, Clark Harrington and Jacob Teachout are regulars at Daniel Dhers Action Sports Complex, which includes 20,000 square feet of indoor riding terrain.

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“I think they love the freedom that this sport has,” said Dhers, who grew up in Venezuela and Argentina. “That’s what caught my attention. They don’t have a coach telling them to do 20 reps of this or that. You just go out and ride.” Dhers’ partner and business advisor, Abel Zalcberg, says it was important to ensure that the facility is safe for kids, professionally run, well-maintained, and that all riders are welcome. Unlike many skate parks, there aren’t separate sessions for bikes and skateboards. “We want them all to play together,” said Zalcberg, founder of OFM Inc. in Holly Springs. Some kids come in with a skateboard, a bike and a scooter. They also swap equipment and borrow from each other, he says. The complex is built for 4-year-olds to 50-year-olds, with 20,000 square feet inside and 17,000 square feet outside. Riders can begin on the low ramps and work up to more 32


challenging obstacles that attract pros from around the globe. “To see the little kids ride, it’s crazy,” Dhers said. “Because I still practice almost every day, I ride with whoever is out there. Like at 6 p.m., I’ll go and ride. It’s cool to see

Abel Zalcberg, left, heading into retirement when he met professional BMX rider Daniel Dhers, right. “There was a connection between Daniel and I, right away,” said Zalcberg. That connection led to a business partnership.

The 17,000-square-foot outside course Is open until nightfall. Eventually lights will be added so riders can use the space until the facility closes, Dhers says.

the little ones come up and be able to learn.” Four-year-old Jensen Anders is one of those little kids. Jensen, who started riding at the facility last fall, beat out kids twice his age and size to take first in his division at the Trans Jam competition in Athens, Ga., in April. “I was very nervous when Jensen first started going there, just because he’s my son, and he’s four,” said Carrie Anders, Jensen’s mom. “But he obviously doesn’t realize how little he is.” The older kids have been surprisingly supportive, she says. “I would expect the guys to say: ‘Hey little kid, get out of my way!’ But they’ve been so great. If he falls, the guys come over and pick him up and say, ‘Try again dude!’” Anders has also noticed a marked improvement in Jensen’s confidence in the past few months. “He used to be a lot shyer than he is now,” she said. “He has definitely come out of his shell.” As Dhers walked the facility, Jensen

“They don’t have a coach telling them to do 20 reps of this or that. You just go out and ride.” Daniel Dhers, Professional BMX rider and Daniel Dhers Action Sports Complex owner called out, “Hey Daniel, watch this!” before speeding off a ramp. “I think it builds their confidence too, in their mind,” Dhers said. “As a kid I realized that. I feel like anything I would like to do in life, I’ll most likely be able to do it. I defy gravity all day, so sitting in an office is a little easier.”

SEE THE STUNTS The Daniel Dhers Action Sports Complex and Sk8-Cary are partnering for several demonstrations in the area, called the Bangers and Smash Tour. June 17 at Sk8-Cary, pyramid with rail July 1 at DDASC, small mini ramp July 15 at Sk8-Cary, mini ramp July 29 at DDASC, A-Frame section Rain dates: June 24, July 22 Makeup events will be held at Sk8-Cary.

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“We’ve had a lot of local businesses and firms that have really stepped up to help with this project. It has truly been a

community project.”

John Brown,

awaiting the August opening of the Trackside Skate Plaza, because this is not just another town facility — it will be their park. The 13,000-square-foot, four-tiered skate plaza adjacent to Hunter Street Park in downtown Apex will mimic street skating conditions with ramps, railings and steps. Planned amenities include a solar-powered charging station, decorative specialty tiles, a performance pavilion and a competitive bowl. The unstaffed, free facility is designed so the town may eventually use the space as an outdoor event venue. The skaters were involved from the beginning. In 2013, the town revamped its master plan and John Brown, director of Apex Parks and Recreation, says it was clear the town needed more activities for teens. At the same time police and downtown business owners were seeking an appropriate place for skateboarders to congregate. Complaints were common about teens riding up and down Salem Street or in front of the Chamber of Commerce. A skate plaza seemed a good way to address the two needs. With input from the skateboarders, Cary-based CLH Design drew up a draft plan for a park on Hunter Street. This design was then refined by Team Pain, a Florida company renowned for building skate parks. Kyle Denis of Apex Outfitter and Board Co. organized about 65 teens and

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other adult skateboarders to address the Apex Town Council. Denis says this show of support from the teens was key to getting the skate plaza approved. “I don’t think the town would have approved the project if we hadn’t shown up,” he said. The council appropriated $635,000 for the project, with the intent that the community would chip in additional funds to add all the “bells and whistles,” said Brown. CLH Design courtesy of the Town of Apex

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With help from the nonprofit Citizens for Apex Parks, teens sold “Adopt-A-Skateboarder” T-shirts for $100 and manned booths at local events such as PeakFest and the Peak City Pig Fest. CAPS spearheaded efforts to sell naming rights to the park. Donations came in from businesses, the Apex Chamber of Commerce and other community groups. Including all the donations, sponsorships and in-kind gifts, the project will wind up costing close to $1 million, Brown says. The in-kind donations include construction staking, concrete, tile, landscaping plants, benches and granite skate surfacing. “We’ve had a lot of local businesses and firms that have really stepped up to help with this project,” said Brown. “It has truly been a community project.” Angela Reincke, president of Citizens for Apex Parks, says the teens will help landscape the skate plaza once it is open, and hopefully will continue to have a vested interest in the facility. “People think of skateboard kids as doing vandalism just because of what they’re doing,” she said. “They’re not out there trying to wreck curbs and railings. It’s just the way the whole sport developed; that’s where they skate, on those elements. So (it’s about) getting them into a place where they can do that and be safe and people aren’t trying to chase them away.” Trackside Skate Plaza

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Starring in the inaugural production of the Cary Magazine Movers & Shakers are: standing, from left, Louis Vitiello Jr., Joy Hughes Pantzer, Christina Kodesh, Blake Massengill, Kyle Denis, Amanda Kimball, Mandy Becker, Martha Brown, Barak Henis, Jackie Bedard and Adam Mitchell. Seated, from left, are Apara Pochiraju, Zaher El-Assi, Adam Buchanan, Travis Wright Colopy and Dr. Kevin Prue.


ONE OF THE PEOPLE you’ll meet on

others have traveled the world. Profes-

accomplishments, and like most of us, are

these pages has a gold record for songs

sionally, the careers of these 30 men

challenged to create work-life balance.

written with the famous Nelly. Another

and women represent fields ranging from

was once a street magician, and you’ll be

health and law to food and design. They’ve

colleagues, and even our watchful editorial

surprised to learn who has a black belt

founded companies, lead nonprofits, and

team, these are the people impacting

in karate, who makes his own sausage,

literally build our communities.

Western Wake, both now and for the

and who’s never — ever — had a cup of coffee. A few are Western Wake natives, while

They strive, they give back, and they’re generous with their advice. They consider their children to be their greatest

Nominated by friends, family and

future. Turn the page, and meet the CM Movers & Shakers.


two years during the summer and on breaks, but I finally got it. I enjoyed the challenge and the freedom that flying allows. I still love being in the air and traveling whenever I can.”



most proud of my wife, Maria, and my children, Molly and Jack. Getting Jack through three open-heart surgeries by the time he was 4 years old was a challenge on every aspect of our lives; thankfully, he is healthy and happy. Professionally, I am proud of building a team of people who truly care for our patients, each other and our community, and of our philanthropic work: Dentistry from the Heart has donated $200,000 worth of work in the past four years to more than 600 patients, and our Smiles for Life campaign has donated $75,000 to local and national charities.”

TREY BAILEY POSITION: Third-generation co-owner of

Bailey’s Fine Jewelry; the company has five stores and six Pandora shops. Its A Time to Give program offers free watch battery replacements in exchange for donations to a local charity, and has raised $230,000 to date. In Share the Love, Bailey’s donates 360 meals to feed a North Carolina family for each ring purchased from the Bailey’s Signature Collection. FAVORITE ACCOMPLISHMENT: “I came up with the idea of leaving Bailey Boxes all over town with jewelry in them — free, no strings attached. It made national news. We call (this marketing campaign) Finders Keepers.”

GUIDING PHILOSOPHY: “I believe in the

theory of reciprocity: the more you give, the more you get. Dentistry from the Heart is a great example — we’ve found that we get more out of that day than our patients do. Their appreciation and gratitude are overwhelming.”

MOTIVATION: “Just simply try to be the best

person I can be, and the best leader/manager I can be, every day.”

FUN FACT: “When I was in dental school I decided to get my pilot’s license. It took me

GUIDING PHILOSOPHY: “Inch by inch, life is a cinch. Don’t over-complicate things.” Trey Bailey

Dr. Allan Acton

ADVICE: “Be intentional and disciplined.”

MANDY BECKER POSITION: Owner of Swagger Boutique,

which has grown from $200,000 in sales in 2002 to $1.2 million in 2014 with a single store; industry speaker FAVORITE ACCOMPLISHMENTS: “Thriving in an industry where more than half of businesses close within the first year, and that I employ 14 wonderful women. Also, that I am able to support many charitable organizations, and have created a business that continuously receives customer service and best-of awards, voted on by the public.” MOTIVATION: “I am wired for going above

and beyond in everything I do. I truly believe that anything worth doing is worth over-doing, and try to live up to this mantra in both my personal and business endeavors.” BIGGEST CHALLENGE: “Managing my

growing staff and business while still being able to spend time with my daughter while she is young.” GUIDING PHILOSOPHY: “Do unto others as

you would have them do unto you. I want my customers, employees, friends and famMandy Becker

kind of people you want to be like, high quality people who can act as sounding boards and mentors.”

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album with multi-platinum recording artist Robert Sledge from Ben Folds Five.”

ADVICE: “Dream big, and be around the

POSITION: Owner and founder of Cary


FUN FACT: “In my early 20s I recorded an

Adam Buchanan

Martha Brown

Jackie Bedard

ily to know I live my life with the highest integrity, and want to be thought of as a good person others want to be around and who motivates by actions as well as words.”

GUIDING PHILOSOPHY: “Work hard, do the right thing and treat others with the same care, courtesy and respect that you would want to receive.”

health is a juggling act at times. Reminding myself that things seem to work out if I do my best has let my nerves and eagerness to ‘get it done’ relax.”

ADVICE: “Don’t lose sight of the long-term

FUN FACT: “I would love to design a dance


studio for myself one day. However, I would never leave!”


ADVICE: “Follow all of the paths that you

ADVICE: “Follow your heart and do what

POSITION: Interior designer at Southern

you love.”

Studio Interior Design; chair of the Eastern North Carolina Design Community for American Society of Interior Designers; volunteer mentor to design students at Meredith College

want to follow. When you know it’s right, do it and do the best that you can!”

FUN FACT: “In 2009, I moved overseas with my husband and ran my gift boutique for one and a half years through Skype, social media and great employees!”

JACKIE BEDARD POSITION: Estate planning and elder care

attorney, founder of Carolina Family Estate Planning; member of National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and Medicaid Planning Network; American Cancer Society National Professional Advisor Network; author FAVORITE ACCOMPLISHMENTS: “Building

a great team and law firm, and earning our reputation in the community. Also, being able to give back through my involvement with Transitions LifeCare and Guiding Lights Caregiver Support Center.” MOTIVATION: “Being able to help others,

and a natural drive to always learn and seek constant growth and improvement.” BIGGEST CHALLENGE: “Preserving a work-

life balance. I try to stay disciplined with my calendar so that I don’t burn myself out.”

FAVORITE ACCOMPLISHMENTS: “Following my passion. It is also very rewarding to know that with my participation within an organization, our membership numbers and involvement have increased.” MOTIVATION: “A strong desire to see as

much of the world as I possibly can, from the Louvre in Paris to the ruins of the Mayans. Learning how people in other cultures live can bring a true appreciation and understanding to the way we live. (In business) it is a true pleasure when we transform someone’s home into something they have always dreamt.” BIGGEST CHALLENGE: “Knowing when to

let things go. This balance of work, life and

ADAM BUCHANAN POSITION: First direct-admit tax partner at

Hughes Pittman & Gupton LLP; partner leader of firm’s Reaching Out initiative for staff development; board member, Habitat for Humanity of Wake County FAVORITE ACCOMPLISHMENTS: “Being a great father to my two sons. I’ve held leadership roles at every firm where I have worked, which has been a tremendous growth opportunity. I’ve also had the opportunity to give back, primarily through involvement with Habitat for Humanity of Wake County, but also through my faith community and my neighborhood.” MOTIVATION: “To give my children the same

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and the affirmation that I support them no matter what career path they choose. Coupled with this is the desire to leave the world better than I found it.” BIGGEST CHALLENGE: “Juggling how to

support my wife’s demanding career, serve my clients with world-class service and be the father that my sons deserve.” GUIDING PHILOSOPHY: “In the words of

the great Winston Churchill, ‘We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.’ If we’re not out there making a difference in the world, then what are we doing here? We have to be something bigger than ourselves, to give back in a meaningful way.” ADVICE: “Don’t be afraid to take some

calculated risks, especially early in your career. There are very few errors from which you can’t recover, so don’t be afraid to roll the dice.”

SHAWN CHASE POSITION: Case manager at Neuro Com-

munity Care, serving individuals who have sustained brain or spinal cord injuries, or other cognitive impairments; musician FAVORITE ACCOMPLISHMENTS: “I have been very fortunate professionally, and have had the opportunity to work with some amazing people. I have the privilege to work closely with, and advocate for, families living with the effects of brain injury. I’m also proud to have worked as a full-time touring musician for several years.” MOTIVATION: “Knowing that the harder I

work to establish, foster and build relationships with those around me, the more I will truly know and understand what drives them as human beings. Connecting with people on a higher level makes all the difference.” BIGGEST CHALLENGE: “The strain of only having so many hours per day. I love my wife, my pets, my family, my work and the 42


families I work with. Juggling all of this and knowing that I’ve done a great job in helping and making a difference — being truly effective — is the challenge.” GUIDING PHILOSOPHY: “After losing my

mom in 2013, I gained perspective into how small the world is and how important it is to maximize everything important to you. Realizing what is valuable to you and living and loving with no regrets is absolutely crucial.” FUN FACT: “I play the mandolin and sing with three performing acts based in Raleigh.” ADVICE: “Relationships are what so much of

what we do in life is based upon, both personally and professionally. Truly connecting with others and effectively establishing a rocksolid rapport is imperative and invaluable.”

seeing participants who were kids at our earliest events now bringing their own children to our events.” MOTIVATION: “I want to grow a Cary-based

business. I grew up in Cary and benefitted greatly from its strong sense of community and quality of life. My work gets me out with a wide cross-section of our community. I also have the flexibility to be actively involved with other organizations, such as the Cary Rotary Club, Cary Community Foundation and Cary Innovation Center. It’s the easiest thing in the world to tell people that it’s a good life in Cary.” BIGGEST CHALLENGE: “Making lasting


lifestyle changes. We work hard to develop programs with a sustainable vision, path and support. By getting whole families involved, the kids follow the parents’ example and the parents enjoy being active with their kids.”

POSITION: Executive director of nonprofit

ADVICE: “Get involved. It’s an opportu-

Fit & Able; attorney

nity to show gratitude to your community and witness great leadership skills in other organizations. You grow personally by first offering to help and eventually leading your own projects.”


Able has staged events in Cary for almost 20 years, including some of the earliest triathlons and 5Ks. Endurance Magazine named events produced by Fit & Able both the Best and the Runner-up Best Endurance Charity Events in the Triangle for 2014. Our biggest mark of success, however, is


Quality Carpentry and its apprenticeship pro-

Kenneth Combs

gram; leader of CQC’s philanthropic efforts FAVORITE ACCOMPLISHMENT: “My family. I was born into poverty and drugs and lived in an orphanage for more than a decade. Today, God has blessed me with a beautiful wife and three healthy children. Also, the guys I work with daily are my family; we are a close group and have a lot of the same core values and beliefs.” BIGGEST CHALLENGE: “Being in two places at once. I cannot be on the job, selling the next job, and dealing with all the incoming phone calls all at the same time. So, I have hired people to help me: my wife, brother, lifelong friends from church, and my business partner, who is the yin to my yang. He helps balance out the company and keeps the quality control up to our standards. We care just as much about our client’s home as they do and want the work done right, the first time.” GUIDING PHILOSOPHY: “People. Process. Product. We strive for the best in our team of field and office staff, in the processes we are creating to be sure everyone is getting the same great experience with CQC, and in continuing to deliver quality craftsmanship.” FUN FACT: “I hate to lose a game, so

much so that even when playing Super continued on page 44 CARY MAGAZINE 43

Mario Brothers on the Wii with my kids, I will throw their characters out of the way so that I can get more coins and WIN!” ADVICE: “Never give up on your goals, and

constantly be learning more. Knowledge is power, whether through books, in the field learning, or shadowing someone else.”

KYLE DENIS POSITION: Owner and operator of Apex

Outfitter and Board Co. FAVORITE ACCOMPLISHMENTS: “Helping to rally our community to support the construction of a much-needed local skate park. When the town voted on whether to build the park, I brought about 65 teenagers to the meeting and watched them speak to the town council on why the park was important to them. I also consulted in the overall design of the park with CLH Design. I now get to watch my daughter — who is my greatest accomplishment — and other kids in the community use the park for years to come.” BIGGEST CHALLENGE: “As a local business

building. I believe that building meaningful connections with people in your life is essential to a healthy life and business.” FUN FACT: “I studied horticulture and land-

scape design in college and enjoy gardening and studying permaculture in my free time.” ADVICE: “I try to live by my favorite T.S.

Eliot quote daily: ‘Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.’ I have found that anything worth doing involves great risk, and typically hard work yields great reward.”



professionals with care, because they are difficult to find.” GUIDING PHILOSOPHY: “No one cares how

much you know until they know how much you care’ is a philosophy that guides me in my life, and in my work.” FUN FACT: “I was motivated to run the

NYC Marathon after 9/11, and was thrilled to complete the 26.2-mile race that year in spite of minimal training!” ADVICE: “Every day is an opportunity to

learn something new. I strive to continuously learn and improve my skills and put those skills and new knowledge into action!”

ZAHER EL-ASSI POSITION: President of etrials Inc.; chair of


the 2014 Triangle Heart Ball for the American Heart Association

POSITION: Principal and founding designer


of Paige Designs LLC; member of Alliance of Interior Designers

proudest of being a husband and father! My proudest professional accomplishment is what we’re doing at etrials right now: Knowing our software can help the medical community treat and maybe cure disease is an achievement to me that cannot be measured.”


ing the New York School of Design and launching my business.” MOTIVATION: “I’m a creative entrepre-

neur who was able to find my focus, but it doesn’t stop there. Every day I’m challenging myself with new design concepts.” Paige Dick

Kyle Denis

owner, it’s competing with big box retailers who have larger marketing budgets that


BIGGEST CHALLENGE: “I treat skilled

MOTIVATION: “I’m never satisfied with the

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keep them more visible to the consumer. We’re constantly thinking of outside-thebox marketing ideas, and have created two different e-commerce sites that allow us to also reach online consumers.”

BIGGEST CHALLENGE: “Being a good family man and a good leader for my colleagues. I have two girls, Natalie, 5, and Leena, 3, and another child on the way. I take time on a weekly basis to examine the various categories of life and figure out specifically what will make me feel successful and fulfilled in each. This ritual helps me feel I’m doing everything in my power to address my needs and the needs of those around me.” GUIDING PHILOSOPHY: “Always look for opportunities to leave the world a better place than you found it. To make a meaningful difference, you not only need to think big, you need to go big.” FUN FACT: “I love music. Currently I have

several guitars, a bass, a few drums, a piano, a violin and a harmonica at my home. I can make a less-than-annoying sound on each of them.” ADVICE: “Embrace failure. Albert Einstein

said, ‘If you’ve never failed, you’ve never tried anything new.’ The key is to learn from your mistakes so you don’t repeat them.”

BARAK HENIS POSITION: Vice president and co-owner

of Diamonds Direct Crabtree and Diamonds Direct Short Pump, Va.; active in Diamonds Direct Foundation, supporting Make-A-Wish of Eastern North Carolina, The American Heart Association, Carolina Ballet and Triangle Family Services FAVORITE ACCOMPLISHMENTS: “My five

years of wonderful marriage to Morgan and our three adorable kids. In my work life, establishing the leading source for diamonds in the Triangle, and having the privilege to give back to our community through charitable contributions.” 46


Barak Henis

GUIDING PHILOSOPHY: “Walls are meant to

be broken down. No obstacle is too difficult to overcome. Only dead fish go with the stream. Never settle; question everything.” FUN FACT: “I put myself through university

by becoming a full-time flight attendant for El-Al Airlines in Israel. During this time I learned so much about customer service and hospitality. The company requires a 10week course on customer service training.”

Amanda Kimball

myself beyond what I can do today and look for ways to work harder, smarter and more efficiently, to do more tomorrow.”

ADVICE: “Take care of your team and they

will take care of the business with you.”

AMANDA KIMBALL POSITION: Owner of Twisted Scizzors

Salon & Spa; leads community fundraisers; instructor and mentor FAVORITE ACCOMPLISHMENT: “Profes-

sionally, I’m most proud of being a successful business owner. I knew I wanted to be a hair stylist from the age of 4 … and am glad I didn’t let my high school guidance counselor’s opinion create a different path for me. Channel all of your talents and go for your goal! Personally, I am most proud of my four unique, beautiful children.” MOTIVATION: “I love getting to know

people in our community — their joys, struggles and truths. I find a beauty within everyone I meet, and am most motivated by helping a person feel and see their beauty.” BIGGEST CHALLENGE: “Finding balance between work and home. But by being a business owner I’m not only passing on the solid work ethic I learned from my parents, but I’m modeling a life skill that will sustain my children in the years to come.” continued on page 48

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BIGGEST CHALLENGE: “Choosing to grow my family and my business somewhere other than my home country. I have strong pride in my home country; I proudly served in the Israeli army and my extended family lives there. I’ve been fortunate to be able to spend several weeks a year traveling to Israel for work, while enjoying my time with family and friends.”


Acing the audition to be among the Cary Magazine Movers & Shakers for 2015 are: front row, from left, B.J. Lambdin, Daniel Whittaker, Paige Dick, Zankhna Parekh, Barry Richburg, Michelle Smith and Shawn Chase. In the back row are, from left, Dr. Allan Acton, Kenneth Combs, Joshua Mauney, Christopher Saleh, Trey Bailey and Karla Nantz.

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ADVICE: “It’s important for young leaders to

GUIDING PHILOSOPHY: “Watching how my parents worked and provided for our family, I know how to be successful: Follow your goal and complete your plan. My mom always told me to treat people the way you want to be treated, and that I could be anything I put my mind to.”

get out from behind the résumé, computer, Facebook or iPhone and be involved in the community and world around you.”

FUN FACT: “I’m a huge NASCAR fan. Each

year we have a giant Daytona 500 party, complete with Dale Earnhardt cardboard cutout. My favorite NASCAR memory is driving real NASCAR by myself at 140 mph.” 48


CHRISTINA KODESH POSITION: Chapter coordinator for Loved

Twice Raleigh-Durham, one of the most successful chapters of the national nonprofit serving newborns with re-used clothing for the first year of life; organizer of clothing drives and sorting events; developer of seasonal sorting system

FAVORITE ACCOMPLISHMENT: “I am most proud of turning an idea I read about in a magazine into a reality here in North Carolina. Since my first collection of clothing in 2011, I have donated 455 boxes, more than 5,000 pounds of clothing, to local mothers and babies in need. At times it has been overwhelming, but I always keep in mind my purpose, of helping others.” MOTIVATION: “My children motivate me

every day. I want them to grow up realizing that little actions can make large differences.” BIGGEST CHALLENGE: “Finding a source

proud of the people I work with and the relationships we have built with our clients.” MOTIVATION: “My family, including my

wife and 1-year-old daughter.” BIGGEST CHALLENGE: “In business, the recipe for success is always changing. Knowing when and how to make those changes is part of the challenge and fun. That requires staying engaged with coworkers, clients and the community.” GUIDING PHILOSOPHY: “It’s important to treat people the way you would want to be treated.” FUN FACT: “I love to cook.” (He makes his

own sausage!) ADVICE: “Love what you do and do it well.”

J. BLAKE MASSENGILL POSITION: Owner and president of Mas-

sengill Design Build; Fuquay-Varina town commissioner including chair of the Arts Center Study Commission; president of Acute Property Management; Broker in charge at deVintage Realty; Certified Aging in Place Specialist with the National Association of Home Builders FAVORITE ACCOMPLISHMENT: “I started

my home building company during a difficult time for our industry, in 2010, and sold one house that year. In 2014, Massengill Design Build had 29 closings. I’m proud of that success. I am also proud to be the youngest elected town commissioner for Fuquay-Varina, serving the citizens of our town.” of funding to expand and create volunteer opportunities. I’d like to move the charity from my home to a space where I could have a drop-off location and times for volunteers to help sort and pack. I’m looking into all options.” GUIDING PHILOSOPHY: “To never take

anything for granted. Life can change in a heartbeat, so enjoy every minute and make the best of every opportunity.” FUN FACT: “The hardest question for me

to answer is, ‘Where are you from?’ I have lived in three countries, six states, and 13

different cities. They are all a part of me!”

MOTIVATION: “I enjoy building the Ameri-

ADVICE: “Work isn’t always about making a

can dream of homeownership, and am always looking for ways to be more efficient in business. I’m also looking forward to expanding my family in November, with our first child.”

living. Sometimes it’s about changing a life.”

B.J. LAMBDIN POSITION: Vice president and store man-

ager of Cary Car Care, developing efficient inventory and parts matrix systems; mentor to local high school students; leads labor contributions to nonprofit Wheels for Hope; Automotive Service Excellence certified as master technician FAVORITE ACCOMPLISHMENT: “I am


pany and being involved in elected politics, while also volunteering for other organizations, can be challenging. I’m constantly juggling my schedule to fit it all in, but I love being involved and busy.” continued on page 50 CARY MAGAZINE 49

the only thing you can completely control. Work hard so you can play hard.” ADVICE: “Find something you’re interested in and get involved.”

JOSHUA MAUNEY POSITION: Founder and president of Paragon Building Group Inc., and Paragon Safety Group Inc.; Graduate Master Builder; board member of Home Builders Association of Raleigh-Wake County; chair of Wake County Remodelers Council FAVORITE ACCOMPLISHMENTS: “The proudest moment in my life happened on Jan. 17 of this year when I married my bride Lindy, the most beautiful person I have ever known, both inside and out. I’m also proud of building two businesses from the ground up, positioning both for success in terms of profitability, but also as positive contributors to the community.” BIGGEST CHALLENGE: “Achieving a healthy

work-life balance. I’m starting to carve out time to socialize, relax and have a little more fun. It’s difficult because I love my work.” GUIDING PHILOSOPHY: “Teddy Roosevelt’s

‘Man in the Arena’ quote has always been one of my favorites. It has given me motivation many times to get out of bed in the morning and give it my best effort: ‘It is not the critic who counts … The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena … who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who at the best knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.’” FUN FACTS: “I started my first business at

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ADVICE: “As my best friend tells me often, ‘Dreams are free. Grab hold of what captures your imagination and never let go.’”

ADAM MITCHELL POSITION: Town manager, Fuquay-Varina;

holds Credentialed Manager designation from the International City/County Management Association; active with the N.C. League of Municipalities; board member for ElectriCities of N.C. FAVORITE ACCOMPLISHMENTS: “Hav-

ing been appointed as a town manager in North Carolina at the age of 24 and being recognized as a Credentialed Manager by the International City/County Management Association. Having successfully planned and implemented large capital projects from building parks to expanding water and wastewater systems, to managing the growth of a complex public power electric network; being elected or appointed to boards and commissions including ElectriCities of North Carolina.”

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MOTIVATION: “My wife, Bridget, and

children, Adelynn and Harrison. Being an integral part of building a community and seeing the results of hard work. Leading and working with a great team of individuals to accomplish meaningful outcomes.” BIGGEST CHALLENGE: “Managing transformational growth with numerous projects in progress at one time. I address it by being organized, a good time manager, and working with an excellent group of department managers that are effective at doing their jobs. It also helps to have a supportive town board, and wife!” GUIDING PHILOSOPHY: “Working hard,

dedication, leading by example and enjoying what I do at both home and work.” FUN FACT: “I have earned a third-degree

black belt in karate, and have twice competed in the U.S. Open martial arts tournament.”

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started working in construction, cleaning out debris from crawlspaces. And I can shoot a 9mm handgun at 25 yards with 95 percent accuracy.”

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ADVICE: “Be yourself and be fully commit-


ted to what you do; the results of your hard work will be more rewarding that way.”

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KARLA NANTZ POSITION: Social studies teacher at Cary High School; co-sponsor CHS Students for South Sudan; finalist for 2015 WCPSS Teacher of the Year

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edge I gained as a North Carolina Teaching Fellow has helped me hone my instruction, build lasting relationships with students, and prepare for the challenges of being an educator. In November 2014 I achieved National Board Certification, and in the process learned what it means to truly be a reflective practitioner and foster a collaborative learning environment.” MOTIVATION: “I grew up as an only child in

a large, loving extended family. My grandparents were hard-working, positive role models and my parents modeled responsibility, a strong work ethic and empathy. My husband completes me; I couldn’t ‘do life’ without him. I have a deep passion for Jesus and His example to serve others. My primary motivation in life and work is to make each of them proud.” GUIDING PHILOSOPHY: “With students,

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I attempt to impart the wisdom of Albus Dumbledore, who said, ‘It is our choices … that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.’” FUN FACT: “I’m passionate about rescue

dogs and responsible pet ownership. My husband and I have three rescue dogs, and have fostered dogs. When I was very young my mom asked if I would rather have a brother or a sister. My reply was, ‘I want a dog!’”

teacher; coach and intramural programs director at Holly Ridge Middle School; finalist for 2014 WCPSS Teacher of the Year FAVORITE ACCOMPLISHMENTS: “I’ve

developed an afterschool intramural sports program that gives all students the chance to be physically active and part of sports teams, regardless of skill level. These programs provide opportunities for improving physical health, building confidence and self-esteem, providing positive social interactions, and helping students to feel more connected at school. I’ve also enjoyed coordinating healthy fundraisers such as Hoops for Heart for the American Heart Association.” BIGGEST CHALLENGE: “Maintaining a

well-balanced life. I’m pursuing a master’s degree and writing my thesis, and got married in March. I attempt to be extremely focused when it’s time to work, and avoid procrastination. I also do my best to leave work at work.” GUIDING PHILOSOPHY: “To love and serve

God and others. People and relationships should take priority over things that have to get done. We often get so caught up in the 10 percent of life that’s hard that we forget 90 percent of life is great! Perspective dictates attitude, which influences actions, which can ultimately determine one’s life path.” FUN FACT: “I happen to be naturally tal-

ented at standing on my head. Literally.” ADVICE: “Take action. There’s rarely a con-

venient time to make your vision or ideas come to life; it will almost always require hard work and determination.”


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POSITION: CEO and creative designer

teachers at an alarming rate. Not only do we owe high quality education to our students, but also to their parents, our communities and businesses which thrive on critical thinkers, problem solvers and compassionate individuals. To aspiring leaders in the teaching profession, I say, ‘We need you!’”

at Zankhna Designs, offering sociallyconscious clothing; co-founder of Parekh Family Foundation FAVORITE ACCOMPLISHMENTS: “Coming

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in physical therapy, and was then able to bring my entire nuclear family here. I managed 81 clinics at the peak of my physical therapy career, then decided to stay home with the kids and started my own fashion line. I am co-founder of the Parekh Family Foundation, which performs surgeries and rehabilitation in third-world countries. I’m proud that I am pursuing every single dream of mine on a daily basis.” MOTIVATION: “I’ve picked paths where I

can help people, make them smile and feel good about themselves. That spark in people’s eyes motivates me, whether it’s from an outfit I made for them or if I helped them walk. I’m also motivated by a hard-working husband. If he is able to do so much, I feel I have no reason to hold back.” BIGGEST CHALLENGE: “As much as I want

to soar and reach new heights, I stop myself often since my number one priority is my three young kids. Finding a way to still give back and pursue my dreams while making sure I am always present for them is the hardest challenge.” FUN FACT: “I never, ever watch TV. I am

an avid reader, but will not watch a single minute of TV.” ADVICE: “Stay true to yourself but go out

there and pursue your dream even if it seems like the craziest idea or the hardest thing you have ever done.”

APARA POCHIRAJU POSITION: Owner and lead Certified Wedding Planner at LadyBird Events; hosts annual South Asian Bridal Expo; trains event and wedding planners; donates inventory to Wish Upon A Wedding, for couples facing serious illness or life-altering circumstances; former pathology assistant FAVORITE ACCOMPLISHMENTS: “Lady-

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considering my background in medicine, being able to save lives. I’m really excited about a new app that our team is currently working on, which will help brides and vendors save time and money in the wedding planning process.”

cal Therapy & Sports Performance; Doctor of Physical Therapy; health industry speaker

MOTIVATION: “My family, friends and

by my patients and clients. Whether I’m helping someone recover from an injury, or helping an athlete improve his performance, they have personal goals which they are counting on me to help them achieve. In life I am motivated by my beautiful wife, Liz. She works so hard as a second-grade teacher and at everything she does.”

people I have the pleasure to work with. I believe in God, myself and others around me for what they have to offer and make this world a better place. I am always on a quest to try new things, learn more skills and travel around the world.” BIGGEST CHALLENGE: “To stay content

with what I have achieved as a person and as a young entrepreneur. I feel success is just never enough!”


my own practice. I hope I can continue to grow the practice over the next few years.” MOTIVATION: “At work I am motivated

often repeated by my parents, ‘Do your best and forget the rest.’ I try to do my best as a daughter, mother, wife, responsible citizen and human.”

BIGGEST CHALLENGE: “Bringing awareness to my practice. I’m working hard to speak to as many groups and participate in as many community events as my schedule allows. With that being said, the most success I’ve had is having my current patients and clients tell their friends and family about the quality experience they’ve had at my clinic.”

FUN FACT: “I have never had a cup of coffee


or tea.”

Growing up as an athlete, I always believed that someone is out there working to get better, so in order to beat them you need to outwork them. This has carried over into my professional and personal life today, because I want to be the best physical therapist, husband and community member

GUIDING PHILOSOPHY: “There is a phrase

ADVICE: “Be available, for a great oppor-

tunity only knocks once. Be persistent and aim for long-term returns.”

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I can be, and the only way I know how to do that is put the time in and work hard.” FUN FACT: “I decided to pursue a career in physical therapy after having Tommy John (ligament) surgery while playing baseball in college. The surgery part wasn’t so much fun, but I certainly enjoy what I do now.” ADVICE: “Pursue as many opportunities as

you can, and try to get better at something every day.”

BARRY RICHBURG POSITION: Principal at Yates Mill Elementary School; professional development mentor; has organized principals’ participation in the Krispy Kreme 5K, and taken part in a Principal Dance-Off competition to collect books for the Read to Achieve program FAVORITE ACCOMPLISHMENT: “Becom-

ing an elementary school principal with Wake County Public Schools. I am a product of the school system, having graduated from Cary High School in 1997.” MOTIVATION: “My family motivates me to

continue to work hard and strive for excellence. I have two little girls, ages 5 and 8; I work hard and set a good example for them. Also, the teachers and students at Yates Mill inspire me to continue to work


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POSITION: Owner of Gather; prop stylist,

toward leading a model school.”

photographer and illustrator; founder of the Rock & Shop Market

BIGGEST CHALLENGE: “If given the opportunity, I would work 24 hours a day, seven days a week. I’m totally committed to leading a great school and my mind is constantly thinking of new programs and initiatives to enhance student achievement.”

a community in the Triangle that celebrates maker entrepreneurs, and helping to revitalize specific under-appreciated neighborhoods in downtown Durham, Raleigh and now Cary.”

FUN FACT: “In my free time, I like to watch

MOTIVATION: “To create what I wish

marathons of ’80s sitcoms.”

existed, and to create more dynamic and interwoven communities.”

the bar high for all involved.”

CHRISTOPHER SALEH POSITION: Vice president of retail and

marketing at Neomonde FAVORITE ACCOMPLISHMENT: “I’m most

proud of Neomonde, our family business, celebrating its 38th year, and to see our brand continue to develop, as well as contributing to numerous nonprofits and charities.” MOTIVATION: “Continuing to grow our

brand and provide high quality food to a broader audience. I truly feel that, in a way, our food makes people’s lives better.” BIGGEST CHALLENGE: “Making the change from an ethnic family-run business to training and systemizing others to keep the same quality and standard we uphold, while retaining the authenticity and feel in a multi-unit structure.” GUIDING PHILOSOPHY: “Treat everyone

with the same care and respect you wish to be treated. If you look out for others in a true and genuine manner, in turn you find that they will always look out for you.” FUN FACT: “I was a musician and producer

in Los Angeles, and have a gold record for two songs I wrote with Nelly on Universal/ Motown Records.” ADVICE: “Get as much experience working

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BIGGEST CHALLENGE: “Working capital.

Gather is self-funded and I need to raise about $35,000 to help the business grow. I am looking into Small Business Administration loans and crowdfunding.” GUIDING PHILOSOPHY: “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” FUN FACT: “I’ve always wanted to renovate

a barn into a home and live in it.” ADVICE: “Be nimble and learn to roll with

the punches.”

BRIGITTE SPECHT POSITION: Senior area manager of business

development at Sunrise Senior Living; reform advocate for the senior care industry FAVORITE ACCOMPLISHMENT: “I am most proud of bringing my two beautiful daughters into this world. I am also proud to work for Sunrise, a company that lives its mission, ‘To Champion the Quality of Life for All Seniors,’ and encourages team members to do the same. It makes my heart happy to have helped families in Wake County find comfort, support, solutions and peace while caring for an aging family member.” MOTIVATION: “Relationships motivate

me in all aspects of my life. Each person I encounter brings a new energy to me, more happiness, a new perspective on a situation and sometimes a new goal to achieve.” BIGGEST CHALLENGE: “Being a successful

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FAVORITE ACCOMPLISHMENTS: “The consistent growth of the almost 8-year-old company started with a shoestring budget. We’ve gone from a team of five in 2007 to having around 75 full and part-time employees, and built an extremely efficient catering kitchen in 2014, in downtown Cary. We also set the standard across the country for what a triple-bottom-line catering operation consists of. Many other food-focused companies have followed our lead and I’m happy to see the trend of sustainable operations catching on.”

GUIDING PHILOSOPHY: “‘Happiness is not

wear swim goggles to keep the dirt out of my eyes so I don’t miss any of the action. People look at me funny, but I don’t care.”

a destination; it’s a decision.’ No matter how crazy or unfair life can seem, it’s your choice to be happy and no one can ever take away your ability to choose.”

ADVICE: “Find out what inspires you and do

FUN FACT: “I was an illusionist and street

it. Know who you are and be proud of it.”

magician for several years.”

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ADVICE: “Follow your heart. If you believe

in something, pursue it. Almost every life-changing idea was nothing more than a thought until someone made it a reality.”

DANIEL WHITTAKER POSITION: Owner and farmer at Green Planet Catering, one of the first catering companies in the country to receive B Corporation status; start-up consultant at Whittaker Consulting; point person for

wake up thinking, ‘I hope I encounter some new problems or challenges today, and learn from each one of them.’ Usually my team helps me through that process.” GUIDING PHILOSOPHY: “If you aren’t hav-

ing fun, don’t do it.” FUN FACT: “I’m a huge music lover and

play harmonica, guitar and sing. I played in a band that opened for Levon Helm of The Band the year before he passed away.” ADVICE: “Talk to everyone you know who

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winning films, and you’ve got the perfect summer. Western Wake has all the ingredients for this season’s outdoor entertainment, from intimate garden concerts to shady lakeside leisure, to big-name stage and screen productions. “Summer is such a wonderful time to get outdoors and enjoy a variety of activities, and hearing music and seeing movies in a natural setting is a perfect way to celebrate nature, join friends and neighbors and just relax,” said Lyman Collins, cultural arts manager for the Town of Cary. “We’re fortunate to have such a wonderful variety of places that such entertainment can happen.”


So kick off your shoes, stretch out on that blanket and start enjoying everything summer has to offer, at venues you just won’t find anywhere else.



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Sertoma Amphitheatre, Cary The Events: The Sertoma Spring/Summer Series runs through Aug. 8, featuring performing groups like the Triangle Brass Band, Triangle Wind Ensemble, and the Blu-Bop tribute to Bela Fleck & the Flecktones. While You’re Here: Nestled inside Bond Park off High House Road, this intimate venue welcomes food and friendly dogs on leashes, but no alcohol. “Sertoma Amphitheatre allows us to offer a wide range of free concerts that showcase our own local performing arts groups like the Cary Town Band,” Collins said. “In addition we partner with Pinecone, the Piedmont Council of Traditional Music, to feature up-and-coming bluegrass artists like this year’s Moore Brothers Band or duo Lynda Dawson and Pattie Hopkins. “Even if you’re at the park to fish or go boating on the lake, it’s hard not to get drawn into the amphitheater by the music, and since it’s free there’s no reason not to stay and enjoy. That’s what we call serendipity!” FYI: Concerts are free; bleacher seating available, or bring your own chair; (919) 469-4069 or

Nature Park Amphitheatre, Apex The Events: New this year, the Apex Movies & Music in the Park

Series runs through Oct. 3, featuring various films and bands including Swift Creek Band, ReggaeInfinity, and East Coast Rhythm & Blues. While You’re Here: The newest addition to the town’s parks system, the Apex Nature Park features 160-plus acres of play space, including disc golf, multi-use trails and environmental education stations, and a dog park. FYI: All shows begin at 7 p.m., and admission is free. Lawn chairs and blankets welcome, no pets or alcohol. The park is located at 2600 Evans Road. For movie titles, call (919) 249-1120. 70


The Events: The free Starlight Concert Series takes place in the gardens of the center on the fourth Friday of each month, now through September. Upcoming shows include A Celebration of Bluegrass, Jamrock featuring authentic reggae rhythms, and Craicdown. While You’re Here: Check out the herb garden and the Page Smokehouse. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Page-Walker was built in 1868 as a railroad hotel by town founder Allison Francis Page. It’s now home to the Cary Heritage Museum, monthly art exhibitions and classes. “The Page-Walker Gardens provide our most intimate setting of all, with seating space for around 200,” Collins said. “This free Starlight Concert Series features Celtic music plus jazz plus reggae. Also, we provide a showcase for our own talented young musicians who have participated in Page-Walker’s Bluegrass Summer Camp, where they learn from master musicians provided by Pinecone.” FYI: All Starlight concerts start at 7 p.m. Food and lawn chairs are permitted, but no alcohol or pets. (919) 460-4963 or

Downtown Cary The Events: The Final Fridays art crawl is the signature event

of Cary Art Loop, and is held on the final Friday of each month from 6 to 9 p.m., showcasing local art and music in various venues. While You’re Here: Extended hours at participating galleries, restaurants and shops, plus free C-Tran bus service, offer opportunities to explore new places in and around Cary. FYI: Final Friday events are free;

Downtown Fuquay-Varina The Events: The Follow Me to Fuquay-Varina concert series wraps up on June 18 with the band Smile, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., at Centennial Square, 102 N. Main St. Also, Art After Dark art walks happen on the second Friday of each month, and include the outdoor local Artists and Crafters Market. While You’re Here: Check out two downtowns, each with walkable restaurants and specialty shops, or visit Mineral Spring Park at 105 W. Spring St., site of waters once believed to offer healing powers. A trio of relocated historic structures on South Fuquay Avenue serves as a museum complex featuring local treasures like an 1898 organ and 1950s jail cells. FYI: Free concert; beer and wine available for purchase. No coolers or pets. For Art After Dark info, see

Koka Booth Amphitheatre, Cary The Events: The summer home of the N.C. Symphony, its Summerfest Series runs through July 9 with familyfriendly performances like An Evening of Broadway or Symphonic Wizardry, featuring the music of Harry Potter. All concerts begin at 7:30. Movies by Moonlight run through Aug. 21 and begin at dusk, about 8:30 p.m., offering a range of films for adults and children. This season’s titles include Brave, Hunger Games and Gone Girl. While You’re Here: Set on 14 wooded acres on the banks of Symphony Lake, you can stroll the 1.8-mile greenway encircling the lake from dawn to dusk. Tailgate in the parking lot with friends, or dine under the stars with locally-catered picnic options, café menus and even table service. “As the largest of Cary’s outdoor venues with a capacity of 7,000, Booth

Amphitheatre feels remarkably intimate and we’re able to offer an incredible variety,” Collins said, citing national tours ranging from Weird Al Yankovic and Alabama Shakes to Garrison Keillor and Culture Club. “And this year, as part of the celebration of our 15th season, the Movies by Moonlight series includes films that opened in 2001 plus wonderful family films and recently-released favorites.” FYI: Picnics, blankets and lawn chairs welcome. For Summerfest, gates open at 5:30 p.m. Advance tickets start at $28; student tickets are $15, and children under 12 are admitted free on the lawn. Movies by Moonlight tickets are $5, children under 12 admitted free; a portion of proceeds benefit WakeMed Children’s Hospital. Beer and wine allowed; no pets. Rent a lawn chair for $5, cash only. Gates open at 7 p.m.

Bass Lake Park, Holly Springs The Events: Family Fun Nights take place on July 3 and Aug. 7, from 6 to 8 p.m. Make arts and crafts, meet a live animal or borrow a rod and reel through the parks’ free loan program, then enjoy children’s concerts or a magic show on the deck overlooking Bass Lake. While You’re Here: Explore the greenway trails on foot or bicycle, fish the 54-acre lake for catfish, bass, bream and crappie, rent a boat daily through Labor Day, or visit the nature center for animal exhibits. FYI: Family nights are free, with chairs and picnics welcome. Canoe and rowboat rentals are $5 per hour; johnboat rentals are $10 per hour. The park is located at 900 Bass Lake Road. (919) 557-2496 or CARY MAGAZINE 71

Park West Village, Morrisville The Events: The LIVE in the District concert series runs Thursdays through June 18, from 6 to 8:30 p.m., featuring bands like Four Founders and Groove Town. Free face painting and balloon art for the kids, plus beer and wine sales to benefit local charities. While You’re Here: Shop at major retailers, and enjoy more than 20 dining and snack spots and a 14-screen movie theater. FYI: Concerts are free, and take place on the lawn in front of Stone Theatre/Park West 14. Lawn chairs and blankets welcome.

Waverly Place, Cary The Events: The Wind Down Wednesdays concert series runs June 3 through July 29 from 6 to 9 p.m., featuring bands like The Embers, The Magic Pipers and Band of Oz. While You’re Here: Featuring fountains and bridges, this open-air center boasts unique specialty shops and numerous dining options (some offering Wednesday specials), family-friendly playgrounds and Splash Pad Waverly Place water play. FYI: Concerts are free. Lawn chairs welcome. No coolers, but snacks and water for young children are allowed. Beverages and handheld food stations available. 72


North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh The Events: Dance in front of the stage at the museum’s shaded am-

phitheater in a summer concert series featuring performers like singer-songwriter Neko Case and Brandi Carlile. The museum’s outdoor cinema offers a summer film series showing classics such as To Kill a Mockingbird and 2015 Oscar-winner Birdman. While You’re Here: Stroll the Museum Park — featuring more than a dozen works of art and 2 miles of trails, it’s the largest museum art park in the country. FYI: Picnics, blankets and lawn chairs welcome; alcohol and snacks available for purchase. Concert tickets start at $21 for museum members/$26 for non-members, children 6 and younger admitted free; reserved seating starts at $30/$35. Films are free for members, $5 for non-members and free for children 6 and younger.

Walnut Creek Amphitheatre, Raleigh The Events: If you’re looking for high-profile performers, here’s where

you’ll find them this summer, from Tim McGraw to Kid Rock to Steely Dan. While You’re Here: People watching is a favorite pastime, as crowds can reach up to 20,000. Tailgating and grilling are popular, but note that open container ordinances are in effect. Once inside the venue you can snack on an assortment of hot and cold concessions; beer and wine available. FYI: Staff recommend arriving at the appropriate I-40/I-440 exit at least 1.5 hours before show time due to traffic delays. Parking is in nine adjacent lots; a parking fee is included in the price of each ticket. livenation. com/venues

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friend. That’s the unofficial premise behind a serious-minded Apex-based nonprofit, which trains dogs to serve as companions for children with autism, and others with neurologically-based disorders including PTSD. Mark and Heather Mathis are founders of Ry-Con Service Dogs, and parents to Ryan, 12, and Connor, 10. “Ryan was diagnosed with autism at 18 months, and we’ve lived in that world since,” said Mark. “As parents of a child with autism, you learn that they perceive the outside world differently. The service dog provides a redirection of that anxiety, comforting the child without requiring a social exchange.” According to the Autism Society of North Carolina, Autism Spectrum Disorder impacts communication, social interaction and behavior. It is the second most common developmental disability, behind intellectual disability, and affects 60,000 North Carolinians. To help his son, Mathis enlisted area experts in training a service dog for Ryan. This sensory-driven training is much different than that for mechanical service, such as a dog provides to the visually impaired. When Ella was introduced to the household, “It was remarkable,” Mathis said. “We had a new child. Ryan joined us more often in the family room. He was able to be more patient at restaurants. “For the child, the dog is a piece of their world coming with them, to help them feel at ease. Ryan knows Ella is there, and Ella recognizes Ryan as her child, and stays as close to him as physically possible.” Today Mathis, a full-time biotech engineer, is state-certified as a service dog trainer with a specialty in autism service. He and Heather, who holds a master’s degree in so76


Heather and Mark Mathis say their son Ryan is calmer and more patient after he received a service dog. Now the couple trains Briards to work with other children who have autism.

cial work, operate Ry-Con from their home, training up to 10 dogs a year for families nationwide. Their sole choice of breed, chosen through careful research, is the Briard. “A Briard is a specialty herding dog, in-

telligent, emotive and fiercely loyal,” Mathis said. “In training, we’re leveraging what the dog does naturally.” Seventy percent of a dog’s training takes place in the field, Mathis says, such as the grocery store, shopping mall and airport.

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The dogs respond to eye contact and body language including subtle hand signals, and have a five-page command vocabulary. The dogs, some imported from as far as the Czech Republic, where they’re used to assist police, are meticulously selected and trained for a specific child, based on needs and family preferences. Ry-Con provides support for the life of the dog. “Transformational Experience”

“The Briard’s temperament shows at about five and a half weeks, and we start matching the dog with a child and family,” Mathis said. “Families visit to interact with the dogs, and when the magic happens, you see it — the child focuses on the dog rather than the parent.” That was the case for the Griffey family of Raleigh, who brought home Sasha last October. Sasha was trained specifically for their 5-year-old son Vincent II, nicknamed Deuce, who was diagnosed with autism at age 2. “Deuce is non-verbal, but very aware of his environment,” said Teresa DunlapGriffey. “During Sasha’s training we got to visit her at the Mathises, and each time Deuce was more interested. They completely and totally clicked.” Because a service dog is a large investment — Ry-Con’s baseline cost estimate is $10,000 — Mathis is very selective about the

Ryan Mathis plays with his service dog, Ella.

“A Briard is a specialty herding dog, intelligent, emotive and fiercely loyal. In training, we’re leveraging what the dog does naturally.” – Mark Mathis, Ry-Con Service Dogs

dog-family fit. He’s been known to refuse a client when that bonding didn’t take place. Mathis also trains parents as they transition into the role of the dog’s leader, and is available for consult anytime, says DunlapGriffey. She and her husband, Vincent Griffey, have witnessed progress in Deuce’s learning since Sasha’s integration. He also helps feed and groom the dog, which now sleeps with him. “Children with autism often don’t pretend-play. But since Sasha arrived, we’re seeing more imaginative play, and we’re seeing Deuce interested in someone other than us,

even at school,” Dunlap-Griffey said. “While he won’t share food or toys with us, he will share with Sasha. Deuce knows she is his dog. “We’re also seeing emerging language. Deuce is incorporating ‘yes’ and ‘no’ into his vocabulary, and I’m certain that his first words and sentences will be about the dog.” Mathis says society is more accepting of service animals than ever before, and Ella and Sasha are ambassadors in educating the public about working dogs. “People recognize a trained dog; they see that controlled behavior and that snap reflex,” he said. “We encourage our parents to think of that as a bridge to social interaction for their child, an opportunity for peer-topeer contact.” “Autism can be very lonely, and we’d do anything to open up Deuce’s world,” DunlapGriffey said. “Sasha makes people want to interact with Deuce, and that pulls others into his world. Sasha’s part of our family now. This has been a transformational experience.” Ry-Con Service Dogs, Apex CARY MAGAZINE 77

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Seasoned breading is the secret to the success of the chicken and waffles at The Mason Jar Tavern, says chef Chris Tucker.



All beverages, including iced tea, beer and cocktails, are served in Mason jars, giving the restaurant a homey appeal.

For dessert, the S’more in a Jar is served warm, so the marshmallow and chocolate melt together.


e thankful Jonathan and Maggie Pierce didn’t take “no” for an answer. After more than 20 banks turned down their request for a loan to open a startup restaurant, the newlyweds turned to friends and family to invest in their vision. They sold shares in the restaurant for $500 each and raised more than $100,000, marking a pivotal moment in their entrepreneurial venture.

There’s more proverbial blood, sweat and tears to the story than space allows here, but in January 2015 The Mason Jar Tavern opened its doors. Business at the Holly Springs eatery has been flourishing ever since. The Pierces, both graduates of N.C. State University, believe their up-and-down experiences validate how God has led them through an intensely emotional journey. “We’re so thankful for the way the community has embraced and supported us so far,” said Jonathan with a down-toearth graciousness that belies his 25 years. “It’s like we’ve received a big bear hug from Holly Springs.”

The Mason Jar Tavern is a relaxed, neighborhood-friendly outpost featuring Southern hospitality with a modern twist. Even the restaurant’s name suggests an unpretentious air of warmth and charm. “Jon’s family grew up drinking out of Mason jars, so it’s really nostalgic for him,” Maggie explained. “We wanted to create something that people could connect with before they even walk though the door. I can’t tell you how many people have said, in essence, ‘We came in because we like the name.’” Approachable regional cuisine and ef-

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Jonathan and Maggie Pierce, above, sold shares of their restaurant to family and friends in order to open. Now the Holly Springs eatery welcomes patrons from the neighborhood and beyond, top.



ficient, friendly service keep patrons gratified and loyal. Veteran chef Chris Tucker, a Virginia native who worked closely with Jonathan at Ruckus Pizza, Pasta and Spirits in Cary, is at the helm of the kitchen. “Bringing chef Tucker on was a huge gain for us, because he’s not afraid to take some risks,” said Jonathan. Evidence of Tucker’s experimental nature emerges in entrées like shrimp ’n’ grits permeated with pimento cheese, peppers, onions and country ham, delivering diverse layers of flavor and texture. Seared sea scallops are paired with edamame succotash and parsnip purée. Exemplary buttermilk fried chicken and waffles arrive with bourbon-infused maple syrup and honey butter. “It’s all about the seasoning in the breading with the chicken,” Tucker revealed. “He definitely knows how to elevate traditional dishes and make them stand out,” said Jonathan, who spent his formative years

in the North Carolina mountains. Everything from salad dressings and sauces to burgers and sandwiches is crafted with precision. Unconventional appetizers such as buffalo chicken egg rolls, corn fritters and fried mac-n-cheese bites make you realize every aspect of the menu is well thought out. Want a beyond-the-ordinary sandwich? Order the Turkey Delicious Melt heaped with golden delicious apples, Vermont cheddar and honey mayo on sourdough. “It’s my mom’s recipe,” said Maggie, 27, an environmental engineer by day who appears entirely comfortable hanging with staff, customers and her husband on nights and weekends. Salads exceed expectations. Flank steak on fresh greens comes with blue cheese crumbles, sliced apples, walnuts and red onions. A smoked freshwater trout Caesar is filled with Parmesan, bacon and red onions. And then there’s the refreshing strawberry spinach salad with feta. continued on page 84

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The house specialty burger is crowned with blue cheese, red onions, lettuce and a sweet-and-savory “bacon jam,” a merger of slow-cooked caramelized onions and bacon. Yeah, it rocks. Pastry chef Brian Moore capably plays up sweet concoctions from lemon biscuit strawberry shortcake to peanut butter bomb pie. The star of the dessert portfolio, though, is the über-rich S’more in a Jar, which is delivered warm. Not surprisingly, all drinks are poured into — you guessed it — Mason jars. The house Bloody Mary features fresh mozzarella, a boiled shrimp, pickle, olive, lime and celery with an Old Bay-seasoned rim. The blood orange margarita is made with Jose Cuervo Tradicional tequila, blood orange purée, house sour mix and a rock salt rim. More than 20 beers are served on tap, many of which are local craft brews. The restaurant’s décor reflects minimalistic functionality. “Every wall and wood surface was painted or stained by someone we know and love,” said Maggie. Jonathan’s cousin handcrafted the bar and tables. His sister and 84


her business partner snapped photos of MaSee more phot os at son jars that adorn the CaryMagazine. com! dining room walls. Pictures of Holly Springs captured by Maggie’s father hang in the hallway. A large community table flanked with red metal stools provides ample room for hanging out. “We welcome families here, but we also want the bar crowd,” said Maggie. “Everyone can feel comfortable here.” Well-trained servers and support staff keep tables turning. Upbeat front-of-house manager Emily Freund ensures that guests enjoy their dining experience. “She always walks into the room smiling,” said Jonathan. “That’s infectious.” The Mason Jar Tavern is open daily for lunch and dinner. Enjoy the cozy covered patio anytime and live music five nights a week. Just be sure to go early to get a seat. The Mason Jar Tavern 114 Grand Hill Place Holly Springs Towne Center, Holly Springs (919) 964-5060


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and wide). Being from the Cornus kousa clan, it blooms later than native dogwoods. The leaves also set it apart from typical dogwoods, with light green centers pleasantly flanked by white edges. In the fall, this fancy foliage warms to a pinkish red color. ‘Variegata’ (30 feet high and wide). From China, this Cornus controversa selection wraps itself in fresh green leaves splashed on the sides with light yellow bands and puffs of un-dogwood-like lacy white blooms in the spring. The leaves then turn creamy white on the margins and mid-green in the centers as summer approaches. ‘Cherokee Sunset’ (25 feet high and wide). A Cornus florida cultivar that goes long on color with pinkish flower bracts and new leaves tinged in faded red. The foliage matures into splashes of pleasant green and muted yellow, and then salutes autumn in a blaze of purples, reds and pinks. ‘Variegated Stellar Pink’ (20 feet high and wide). A cross between C. florida and C. kousa cultivars, it is also a pink-flowering dogwood but with white to light cream edges on green leaves. In the fall, the foliage still commands attention as the green parts of the leaves darken to purple, while the white streaks brighten to a hot pink. ‘Elegantissima’ (8 feet high and 6 feet wide). Also sold as ‘Argenteo-marginata’ — another mouthful — this low-growing Tatarian dogwood (Cornus alba) cultivar dangles green leaves dripping white streaks along their edges off deep crimson branches that, after leaf fall, intensify to a glowing red in the low winter sun. L.A. Jackson is the former editor of Carolina Gardener Magazine. Want to ask L.A. a question about your garden? Contact him by email at:

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year’s flower show. For the same reason, deadhead the spent flowers of daylilies and reblooming roses. • Watch for leaf galls on azaleas and camellias. The easiest way to deal with these bits of botanical ugliness that misshape leaves is to simply pick off and dispose of any that are found. Do not compost. • Are you prepared for Japanese beetles? If you use Japanese beetle traps, place them far, far away from any plants that have become these varmints’ favorite meals. • Want a novel yet satisfying way to deal with Japanese beetles? Shake any afflicted plants and then swat the beetles that fly off with a tennis racket-shaped electric bug zapper! • Don’t have time to dead-head spent flowers? Consider growing continuous blooming plants such as alyssum, impatiens, ageratum, salvia, cleome, scabiosa, lobelia and vinca that don’t need constant prunings.


• Pumpkin seeds started at the beginning of this month outdoors should mature into plump jack-o-lanterns just in time for the Halloween season. • Production from the vegetable garden should be in high gear now, but, to keep the crops coming, harvest okra, cucumbers, squash, beans and indeterminate tomatoes once or twice a week. • Prune lower leaf suckers on tomato plants to save more energy for fruit production. However, resist cutting off any upper foliage that shields tomato fruit from the sun because this natural covering helps prevent sunscald. • Going on vacation? Have a neighbor check in on your garden every few days to irrigate if necessary and

TIMELY TIP The ubiquitous orangeflowering daylily patches lighting up roadsides at this time of year are filled with Hemerocallis fulva, an Asian species introduced long ago for use as a garden ornamental and erosion control. Commonly known as tawny daylily, orange daylily or, unflatteringly, ditch lily, this fast-spreading plant has become naturalized in 42 states — in some locations, to the point of being invasive. So think twice about adding this daylily to your landscape because, unless the rapidly increasing rhizomes aren’t frequently divided, it can become a bully in the garden. Also keep in mind there have been many daylily hybrids developed over the years that show off more impressive, longer lasting displays of orange blooms and are clump-forming, meaning they spread at a much slower rate.

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Sarah Gaskill is the new president of the Morrisville Chamber of Commerce, effective May 18. She comes to the Morrisville Chamber from the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce, where she served as vice president of Small Business and Membership Services.

Cary Visual Art has named the 2015 recipients of the Mercedes-Benz Scholarship, as part of Sandy Spooner

the CVA Young Cary Artists Educational Scholarship Program. This program awards $1,000 to high school seniors who demonstrate excellence and who wish to pursue a degree in art or design. Honorees from Cary High School are Celine Guilbaud and Jasmine Lang; from Cary Christian School, Colin

Jordan Oaks residents welcomed miniature horses brought by

Rudd and Micaelah Scott; from William G. Enloe High, Emilie

pet therapy group

Miller and Amanda Reza; from Cardinal Gibbons High, Isabelle

organization has made many visits to Jordan Oaks as a part

Miranda and Caitlyn Shanahan; from Athens Drive High,

of the community’s ongoing pet therapy program, designed

Megan Bonner; from Green Hope High, Jared Kengla; and from

to enrich and improve the lives of its senior residents. For

Powell High, Emorie Estep. The students will be recognized

residents who grew up in rural areas, the visit from Horse

July 17 at the Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition Opening Night Reception at the Cary Arts Center.

THE BEER, BOURBON & BBQ FESTIVAL will take place on July 31 and Aug. 1, at Booth Amphitheatre in Cary, featuring 60 beers and

HORSE HUGS on April 22. The

Hugs was welcomed with special memories and nostalgia.

2014 Cary Magazine Gives Back charity partner

Save A Life released its first newsletter in May, in honor of National Children’s

40 bourbons for tasting, and

Mental Health Awareness. The Cary-based

barbecue galore. The event also

nonprofit works to raise awareness of teen suicide,

includes master seminars, live music, and Brewerania exhibits.

and is available for presentations to area schools and organizations. To volunteer or contribute to a documentary in progress, see




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Wake County schools named as winners of the

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Penny Road Elementary and Farmington Woods Elementary,

Park West Village in

all of Cary. The award recognizes schools that are creating a

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sustainable culture of school wellness. Winners of the AHA

Bundt Cakes, the first

Wellness Star, recognizing walking and biking to or at school,

Triangle location of the dessert franchise. The address is 2008

include Davis Drive Elementary, Farmington Woods Elementary,

Market Center Drive, Unit 17130.

Highcroft Drive Elementary of Cary, and Olive Chapel Elementary of Apex. The awards were presented on April 16.

Col. Hal Shook, USAF (Retired), World War II hero and Cary resident, celebrated his 95th birthday with a skydive on

Dorcas Ministries, with the approval of

April 24, hosted by the All Veteran Group. As a combat pilot, Shook

the Town of Cary, has changed the name of Cary Plaza to Dorcas

flew on D-Day and D-Day +1, and on D-Day +2 was shot down.

Plaza. The plaza, at 187 High House Road, is home to Dorcas’

He survived to serve in the Korean and Vietnam wars before retiring

thrift shop, food pantry, job training and child care sites, and

as a colonel, founding a management consulting firm, and becoming

ministry offices. New to Dorcas Plaza is Wake Health Services,

an author, and is currently at work on his fourth book. In 2012,

providing primary care to low- and moderate-income residents in

Shook was awarded the French Legion of Honor for his service in the

Western Wake. Other Dorcas Plaza tenants include the Habitat

liberation of France from Nazi Germany.

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KATRIN SYDNOR, pastry chef at Herons restaurant at The Umstead Hotel and Spa in Cary, is among eight recipients of the James Beard Foundation’s 2015


since 1977

Christian Academy

Women in Culinary Leadership Grants. She will participate in a six-month mentor program overseen by industry leader Anthony Lamas of Seviche in Louisville, Ky. Launched in 2012, the WICL program aims to build in-depth skills in the kitchen and in restaurant management. Sydnor will also have the opportunity to work alongside guest chefs cooking a ministry of Beacon Baptist Church

at the historic James Beard House for one week.

BARBARA MULKEY, recognized among the 2008 Cary Magazine Women

Erin Mason has

of Western Wake,

released her debut EP titled

has announced her

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featuring country music inspired

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in 1993 and grew

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to encompass four offices in three states, employing 135 people. She has been inducted into the North Carolina Transportation Hall of Fame.

The Cary-based

2013 Cary High School graduate

songwriting collaborations with artists including Grammy Award winner Sarah Peasall; Austin Rife; Teri Mullen Haigh; and

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Lucy Daniels Center held a ribbon-cutting

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AMF’S SUMMER GAMES program offers three games of bowling each day all season long, plus shoe rental. Summer Games passes are good through Sept. 7 and cost $21.95 for kids and $26.95 for adults. For locations, see

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