Hickory Living Magazine June 2012

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Complimentary June 2012

Living the Good Life








from the publisher


Welcome to the June issue. During my childhood, I always looked forward to June because it meant that the school year was over and summer vacation had started. This meant a trip to the beach, sleeping late and playing with my neighborhood friends, a life of leisure. It also meant working for part of the summer, which I didn't really mind. Even though times have changed, some things remain timeless. I suspect that most of today's youth still look forward to their summer vacation. Kids have so much to do–there are all sorts of electronic gadgets, cell phones, DVD's, social media–so many ways to interact with friends and keep up. Father's Day is a bittersweet holiday for me. I lost my dad years ago, but I cherish his memory and the good times we had together. If you're still fortunate enough to have your dad, be sure to let him know how special he is this Father's Day! Thank you for reading the June issue of Hickory Living Magazine!

Myron Gough

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June 2012

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June 2012 12 • Simply The Best: Kathryn Illig Herman & Carly Black Pruitt, REALTORS 18 • Catawba Country Club: Offering Championship Golf And Family Recreation For Over 65 Years 20 • Summer Fun For Kids Of All Ages 24 • Inside The Chamber... Making My Passion My Business Thank you for viewing our online version of Hickory Living Magazine. We invite you to read this month's cover story and browse through our advertisers. You can pick up the full version of the magazine at one of our many distribution locations. You will find a list on our website where you can get your free copy today! Thank you for reading Hickory Living Magazine!














cover story

By Kristie Darling

Photos: On the Cover–Brokers Carly Black Pruitt and Kathryn Illig Herman Pictured, left to right–Kathryn Illig Herman, broker; Carly Black Pruitt, broker; Harry McComb, owner and brokerin-charge of Coldwell Banker Boyd & Hassell; Fran Redden, sales manager of Coldwell Banker Boyd & Hassell Opposite page–Kathryn installs a directional sign leading potential buyers to their listings. 12


No matter if you are a first-time buyer or a seasoned homeowner, the most critical component of any real estate transaction is your selection of a professional, knowledgeable, hard working broker who will ensure that your sale or home purchase is successful. In the housing market of 2012, it is essential that you choose someone who is savvy in the most up-to-date marketing methods, someone who is energized and engaged with you on a full-time basis–someone who fully understands your family’s needs and desires. When you work with Kathryn Illig Herman and Carly Black Pruitt at Coldwell Banker Boyd & Hassell in Hickory, you’ll have all that times two! “We appreciated the effort they put into the marketing of our home. They tag-teamed the entire sale and presented our home to the largest possible audience,” Mike Fuller was happy to tell me. “Jackie and I worked with Kathryn and Carly last year when they sold our house in about a month and then helped us find the perfect new home. They’re smart. They did background research and showed us how we could afford our new house. We would definitely want to work with them again, and we tell anyone looking for a realtor to call them.” Mike and Jackie’s experience with this dynamic duo is not uncommon. While Carly is the numbers guru, Kathryn’s expertise is marketing–together they make a very talented team. “We get along so well,” Kathryn said with a smile. “Carly’s strengths are my weaknesses, so together our customers get twice the experience and guidance. We partner 50/50. We are totally there for each other, so all the details are available to both of us. That way, we work through all challenges, and our clients benefit.” SUCCESS, TEAMWORK, AND CUSTOMER SATISFACTION The team of Kathryn and Carly is moving up. “We work very hard to make ourselves available whenever our clients need us,” Carly Black Pruitt shared. “We are in constant communication to keep our buyers and sellers aware of what’s happening. In fact, we both check our calls and emails 24/7, and if there’s news relating to an offer or closing, we forward that immediately. Our clients really appreciate this, knowing all their options all the time.” Most new customers come through referrals by satisfied clients, friends or retired brokers who understand the advantage of working with top producers like Kathryn and Carly. The two-woman team has been in the news–a recent story in the Hickory Daily Record highlighted their success at

Coldwell Banker Boyd & Hassell. Out of 626 brokers in the Catawba Valley MLS, Kathryn and Carly finished fifth in sales production for 2011. They attribute their success to several strategies. “Market analysis, and subsequently, setting the right asking price is critical. We do extensive market research and share that information with sellers, so everyone is comfortable with the price. We’re flexible, but we want sellers to understand the market, too. Our advice is usually spot-on.” The team offers lots of information on their website that can help buyers and sellers understand the current real estate market. AN EXCITING FUTURE In October 2010, Kathryn and Carly decided to go out on their own and work together. Saying goodbye to their previous company meant starting all over with no listings; however, they had many contacts. In the first quarter of 2012, they had almost doubled their sales from the first quarter last year, and they finished their first year at number one. “We feel like we can only go up!” Kathryn says. “We offer buyers and sellers a huge array of marketing placements. We HICKORY HICKORYLIVING LIVING••JUNE JUNE2012 2012

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have about 35 listings now, and each one gets the same level of promotion and attention from us.” The listings on their website (www.kathrynandcarly. com) include about two dozen interior and exterior photos along with a visual tour, details about financing options with an estimated monthly payment, complete descriptions of the property, links to similar properties, and a location map for each listing. Online you can see their listings on well over 20 sites and links. Full-color feature sheets that can be found in the yard box at their listings and inside each home include photos, a floor plan, and a lot plat, as well as extensive facts about the property’s features. As members of the MLS system, over 650 current Catawba Valley realtors can easily view 14


their listings. Their affiliation with Coldwell Banker Boyd & Hassell offers Kathryn and Carly substantial support and exposure, as well. Their office is in the top 100 Coldwell Banker offices nationally and is the long-time number one office in market share per MLS statistics. A PERSONAL, PROFESSIONAL TOUCH Carly, who has been a real estate broker for eight years, and Kathryn, with 11 years’ experience, have been close friends since their years at Hickory High School. After Carly graduated from NC State (Magna Cum Laude with a BS degree in Business Management & Finance) while on a job search, a friend suggested she consider real

estate. She started with a top team that included Kathryn, who had been in the business for three years. They immediately knew a partnership was the way to go, and the rest is history! “We get along so well together. We laugh a lot, we communicate constantly, and we stay excited knowing that our business is growing and our customers continue to send their friends and family to us.” Their extended team includes referrals to attorneys, lenders, inspectors, contractors, and insurance agents. Kathryn serves as the interiors expert, offering helpful advice to sellers about how to create the right look for a home on the market. “We often suggest that we walk back through the house with the seller just to suggest improvements and rearrangements that will give potential

buyers a feel for how the interior would suit their tastes,” Kathryn explained. “I’ll recommend they look on our website at the photos and tours to see what can be done to improve a buyer’s first impression.” Kathryn has been married for 11 years to Dixon Herman, owner of Blue Ridge Wildlife Control. They have a sevenyear old son, Boone, who likes baseball and hunting. Carly and her husband, Zach, were high school sweethearts. Zach works with his father-in-law and brother-in-law in their family business, Aiken-Black Tire Service. Molly, their golden retriever, keeps them company. Both families live in Hickory, everyone’s hometown. WHEN YOU NEED A REALTOR Kathryn and Carly can assist you with selling and buying homes, helping you relocate your family, or finding the perfect vacation home, land or lot, investment property, luxury or retirement property. Their listings, and many others, can be seen at www.cbbh.com. Their own website, www.kathrynandcarly.com, is a wealth of information about this area’s housing market, up

close and personal photos of the many homes they have listed, as well as the team’s background and experience. I would suggest you call Kathryn and Carly anytime to get your real estate questions answered and to meet this dynamo team. Your success as a homeowner is always their top priority. Spend some time with these two professionals, and you will agree that you’d be in excellent hands having them list your property or take you around to discover what homes are available for you and your family. You’ll have fun, and together, everyone will be successful.

Photos: Opposite page Top, left–Kathryn and Carly show a client home information while touring the neighborhood. Below–Harry and Fran explain the benefits of the new Coldwell Banker listing presentations. Right–Measuring a homes’ square footage is very important in real estate today!

Kathryn Illig Herman 828.217.2565 Carly Black Pruitt 828.312.3723 www.KathrynAndCarly.com

Pictured above Left–Carly and Kathryn discuss a market analysis with their clients. Right–Custom signs are used to distinguish Kathryn and Carly's listings.








C ATAW B A C O U N T R Y C L U B : Offering Championship Golf and Family Recreation for Over 65 Years Written by Meredith Collins Photos by Shane Greene Photography

Above–Approaching the Clubhouse on the 18th green of the Donald Ross designed course


ith the upcoming Carolina summer, the members of Catawba Country Club now have a brand new swimming pool facility to enjoy. The anticipation of this change has created much excitement! The renovation of the area included expanding the pool deck, refurbishing the locker rooms and replacing all electric and filtration systems. The main pool has an expanded shallow area for younger children to play in as well as a large bench for relaxing in the water. The brand new beach entry baby pool, with water features, provides a safe and exciting place for the children to enjoy. The snack stand was also revamped to provide a more convenient serving area that features a full menu from chicken tenders and chef salads to ice cream and snacks. “This is an awesome accomplishment for the CCC family. The project has been on the long range plan for many years and now to see it finished is a 18


true testament to the steadfast membership here at Catawba,” said Stephen Busic, CCM, Catawba Country Club General Manager. (pictured) Catawba Country Club not only provides a great swimming facility, but the member-owned private country club also offers the following high-quality, value-oriented facilities and services to meet the social and recreational needs of the families in the greater Catawba County area: • Golf – a Donald Ross designed 18hole championship golf course with certified PGA staff and Golf Pro Shop • Tennis – four lighted hard surface tennis courts and four lighted Har-Tru clay tennis courts, USPTA rated tennis professional and Tennis Pro Shop • Fitness – workout rooms available

to members 24/7 with cardiovascular and resistance equipment as well as personal training and a group class area • Dining – formal and casual dining includes a weekly family night buffet, Sunday brunch, and an a la carte menu with chef specials • Banquets – food and facilities to make any occasion, such as weddings, rehearsal dinners or corporate outings, extra special The stellar service provided and food second to none keeps the members engaged and continues to attract families to the club community. “We’ve grown substantially over the last two years,” Busic said. “We are at record levels of membership and are blessed with a great foundation of members who enjoy all aspects that Catawba has to offer.” The club can attribute its success and legacy of country club excellence to a history of dedicated members who shared a vision with Alex Shuford. He

generously donated the land in 1945 to make the golfing dream of several local enthusiasts become a reality. The Donald Ross designed golf course was formally dedicated on Thanksgiving Day 1946. The 200 acres of picturesque Piedmont landscape is located at the intersection of Robinson Road and Sandy Ford Road in Newton.

Start your legacy today! For additional information about Catawba Country Club, view their website at www.catawbacc.org or

contact Becky Laney, marketing director at marketing@catawbacc.net. 1154 Country Club Road Newton, NC 28658 828-294-3727

Phot os:

Above, left–Brand new baby pool with beach entry and water features Above, right–View from the back patio of the members’ dining room, Ross Grille Left–Stephen Busic, CCM, general manager – Jacqueline Little, event coordinator – Becky Laney, membership/marketing director – Josh Schmidt, aquatics director



Summer Fun For Kids Of All Ages

hildren are out of school and ready to enjoy their summer! You may have a family vacation planned for one week of the summer, but children of all ages can participate in all sorts of fun activities in Hickory over the next few months. Listed below are some resources and calendar of events to help you plan that fun-packed summer! Catawba Science Center Exhibits, science camps and other educational programs, laser shows in the planetarium www.catawbascience.org/public_prog.html Hickory Museum of Art Summer camps, exhibits, classes and field trips www.hickorymuseumofart.org Hickory Public Library Storytime, yoga class, reading programs, book clubs www.hickorygov.com/library/ City of Hickory Parks and Recreation Department Youth sports, recreation center programs and activities www.hickorygov.com/department/?fDD=14-0 YMCA Clubs and adventure program for teens, swim lessons and fitness, childcare programs, summer camps, sports camps and leadership training http://ymcacv.org/programs.htm Hickory Community Theatre Audition for plays, help backstage and volunteer during performances www.hct.org Private Music or Dance Lessons If your child has an interest in the performing arts, consider private lessons. I hope these ideas and resources help you in planning your child's summer activities! 20









t was May 1973, and I was about

I love the chamber profession. This pro-

to graduate from Lenoir Rhyne

fession has enabled me to stand up for

College when an opportunity

something I believe in and to share in

knocked on my door. Jerry Spann,

my dad's passion for the free enterprise

then-executive vice president of the

system. My dad was executive vice

Greater Hickory North Carolina Cham-

president of the Winston/Salem, North

ber of Commerce, took a chance and

Carolina Chamber and a faculty mem-

hired me as a student intern.

ber at Institute. I never imagined that I would follow in his footsteps and make

A few weeks after I started work, he

the chamber career a lifelong journey.

explained to me that learning is a life-

Inside The Chamber

long journey. Shortly thereafter, he sent

As chamber professionals, we do in-

me to the U.S. Chamber's Institute for

credibly important work. As the voice

Organization Management in Athens,

of business, we help advance our free

Georgia to learn all facets of running a

enterprise principles–the principles

nonprofit organization. I realized then

that helped build this great country.

that the investment he made in me

Our work helps revitalize economies,

would be long term.

spur growth, create jobs, and provide boundless new opportunities for our

Jerry started me on a professional jour-

Making My Passion My Business


ney from intern to Institute attendee, peer, leader, teacher, and mentor.

Today’s world is rapidly changing and

Almost four decades later, I have the

is a different place from what it was 40

honor of being the chairman of the

years ago or even a year ago. We have

U.S. Chamber's Institute for Organiza-

to educate and engage a new generation

tion Management, the most respected

of leaders to perpetuate the free enter-

chamber and association leadership and

prise system in the 21st century.

professional development program in the country. I am living the proudest

I am fully vested in this industry and

moment of my entire chamber career.

in the Institute program. I invite and encourage you to commit yourself to

This year, as I reflect on my chamber

lifelong learning, professional develop-

career and Institute’s 90-year legacy, I

ment, your organization and business

want to tell my fellow chamber and as-

community and to our industry by

sociation professionals to take advan-

investing in yourself and your staff.

tage of the many opportunities that are

G. Daniel Hearn, CCE President/CEO Catawba County Chamber of Commerce

available to connect, learn, and collabo-

We have the power to reinvent our-

rate with your industry peers. You are

selves and bring our industry standards

not alone. Institute provided me with

to even higher levels of excellence and

unlimited resources and a network that

relevance. Our significance comes from

empowered me to flourish as a success-

supporting, representing, and protect-

ful chamber executive throughout my

ing the entrepreneurial spirit of our

entire career.

country. Together we can make our voices heard loud and clear, help grow

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our economies, and create the jobs that will sustain the next generation. It is my wish that every industry professional have a “Jerry” in his or her career. The opportunity that Jerry gave me has impacted my life, my family, and the hundreds of people in my career that I hope I have helped as a result of his gift of trust. Let’s spark the flame of entrepreneurship in the next generation of leaders in our industry. Reprinted from ACCE’s (American Chamber of Commerce Executives) Magazine: Winter 2011 Issue






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