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Welcome to the April issue. April is the perfect month to appreciate all this season has to offer! As you are reading this, hopefully you have had time to take in a baseball game, get out to the lake for a boat ride, or enjoy a picnic with your family. The Crawdads will have their first home game on April 12th at L.P. Frans Stadium and will bring back their annual Christian Concerts on April 28th. This month also brings Hickory Hops Brewer’s Festival on April 21st in downtown Hickory. Whatever your pleasure, we are so fortunate in this area to have numerous events for every member of the family to enjoy.
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This is also a wonderful time of year to hit the links if you are a golfer. Did you ever try playing disc golf? It is gaining in popularity and is a fun sport that most family members can play. Maybe you prefer horseback riding. If so, there are numerous trails and places to ride throughout our area. Try to get out as much as possible to soak up the warm sunshine during the month of April! Until next month, thank you for reading the April issue of Hickory Living Magazine!
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potatoes, spinach, peas, and other vegetables. You want to wait until May to plant melons, okra, peppers, squash, and tomatoes. This is a very handy website, especially for new gardeners. The Almanac also estimates that our last frost will be around April 4th. For that reason, I typically wait until May to plant any annuals. I have learned this lesson the hard way, by planting flowers too early only to lose them to a late frost. In my defense, it is extremely difficult to visit a garden center or greenhouse when all those flowers are in bloom and not make an impulsive purchase! However, if you buy them too early, you will be bringing them indoors to avoid frost and cold weather that can damage or even kill the plant. Instead, I now spend April cleaning outdoor spaces and furniture, clearing out pots and adding new soil, and prepping flower beds–– pulling weeds, turning mulch, and adding fresh mulch where needed––in preparation of planting those beautiful blooms in May. Don’t despair. Warm weather is just around the corner. Enjoy April and its mild temperatures. Before long, we will be reminiscing about spring when summer rolls around and the weather is smoldering!
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On the cover–The Everett family–David and Tamela Everett pictured with their son, Dave Everett. Pictured–At the helm of Everett Auto Team is second generation, David K. Everett, president, and third generation, Dave Everett, vice-president. Opposite Page–Everett Auto Team celebrates their 50th anniversary as well as being a part of a successful, family owned business. 12 12
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Making Car Buying Fun & Easy for 50 Years By Kristie Darling | Photos by Shane Greene Photography
Family owned and operated is a designation many consumers look for when they shop. It means several things: the company may have a long history of excellent customer service; it’s been a champion for the local community over the years; its reputation of standing behind their products and service is well-known; it’s a great place to work; and the people running things are dedicated to ensuring that their customers and employees are always taken care of because they are their friends and neighbors. At Everett Chevrolet Buick GMC Hickory, family owned and operated is all that and more. The Everett family has established a highly reputable dealership in the greater Hickory area that is second to none, and it shows! A LITTLE HISTORY The three successful locations that comprise the Everett Auto Team include Everett Chevrolet Buick GMC Hickory, Hickory Used Car Superstore, and Everett Chevrolet Buick GMC of Morganton. Each store has been built on a foundation of family pride and service. David Everett, president and owner of the company, started working for Marvin Everett, Sr.’s business in 1979. “We worked together about 20 years before Dad passed away,” David remembered. “Selling cars was simpler back then; I learned that building relationships was critical because people do business with people they know and like. By following our mission statement, everyone, in every department, keeps our customers’ satisfaction the top priority.”
With a mission to “perform with absolute integrity, professionalism, and dedication in the way we serve our customers, conduct our business, and live our lives,” your next car-buying transaction with the Everett Auto Team is guaranteed to be a good one. THE PEOPLE: A LEGACY BUSINESS Dave Everett, Jr. is vice president of Everett Chevrolet Buick GMC. He’s third generation management at the dealership, and like so many family-owned companies these days, his leadership is what’s keeping the company ahead of the curve and squarely on top. “Dave is a remarkable, single young man,” his father told me. “We stay competitive by keeping up with trends, online sales and the rapid impact of social media in sales, our use of technology in organization, planning, management, and setting competitive pricing. Dave excels in these skills. He’s taking us to a new level.” Indeed, back in the day, a buyer would visit, on average, five different dealerships looking for the right car. Today, that number is 1.3 store visits, primarily because of on-line shopping. Dave keeps Everett’s virtual sales presence up to date daily—hourly, in fact. He has six monitors in his office to continually check availability around the country. Inventory changes at least 14 times each year. “We’re one of the largest pre-owned dealers in the Southeast. Give me your dream vehicle’s make, model, and price, and I’ll find it for you,” Dave said. “The sale is seamless: you can pick up your new car or we can deliver. You’ll finalize HICKORY LIVING • APRIL 2018
your sale personally with a sales manager; we make it easy and convenient for you.” Tamela Everett, David’s bride of 37 years, keeps her eye keenly focused on excellent customer service and employee support—the company employs over 200 people. She established Everett’s Business Development Center after the 2008 recession so the company would maintain its long-standing reputation of quality sales and service. “I started personally calling our customers to ask if they were totally satisfied,” she said, “and if there was anything we needed to do for them. The Business Development Center now has a staff of ten highly trained service reps whose job is to make sure we’re doing everything right. They listen carefully and then follow through on details.” All departments in all the stores receive continuous improvement training and staff have trained at the Disney Institute, one of the premier professional development companies around. Many Everett employees have been with the company for decades. CFO Patty Annas started full-time in 1979. She wears many hats at Everett. “Patty is a superstar,” David told me. “She is always learning and manages a staff of 12, running the centralized accounting department for all our locations.” Even with a large number of employees, Everett Auto Team values everyone’s opinions and contributions to the success of the business. Liz Alexander is director of marketing, and she hears firsthand what people are saying about the Everett Auto Team: consistently, the comments mention a friendly atmosphere with smiling, happy, helpful people throughout.
Photos, top to bottom: • Dave pictured with Gary Knight, commercial sales consultant, and Mike White, commercial sales manager, of Everett’s Commercial Fleet Department. • Everett’s retail and parts department is a certiﬁed Yeti dealer and carries General Motors and Cadillac parts and accessories for your vehicle. • Everett’s friendly and attentive Hickory service advisors Right–Tamela Everett directs the Continual Improvement Team at all three Everett locations. 14
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NEW & PRE-OWNED CARS, TRUCKS, AND EXCELLENT SERVICE Everett is a GM Mark of Excellence dealer with Certified Elite status. The dealership performs in the top 5% of GM dealers nationwide and is now ranked 3rd for certified pre-owned sales. “We operate with a three-value proposition,” Dave explained. “We won’t be beat in price; we stand behind all new vehicles with a ten-year, 100,000-mile powertrain warranty; and we value and maintain our 50-year solid reputation of doing business the right way. In addition, as a high-volume dealer, we offer a large selection, below market pricing, and aggressive finance options.” The online virtual showroom is where many shoppers begin. New Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, and Cadillac models in cars,
trucks, and SUVs are easily compared and priced, with custom features and sale specials detailed. An estimate of your trade-in value can be calculated on the website. The parts and service departments are key to your positive satisfaction for as long as you own your new car. Every detail will be handled capably and efficiently by highly trained professionals, from scheduled service to body work, from tires and parts to accessories, and all service needs in between. Tamela and her team make your visit surprisingly comfortable with a lounge that features televisions for your entertainment, device charging stations, free manicure Thursdays, concierge service to and from your appointments, and free new loaner cars— your opportunity to get behind the wheel of a fun new car! A CHAMPION IN OUR AREA “We’re here for so much more than the sale,” David explained. “We believe we have a commitment to give back to this community that has supported us for over 50 years. We want Everett to be a good brand for Hickory.” The dealership has been a Chamber member since its inception. Even though they are all an Appalachian State family, they have a strong friendship with and support of Lenoir-Rhyne’s athletics department. Other beneficiaries of the company’s generous civic mindedness are military veterans, the American Heart Association, the Hickory police department, the Boy Scouts, and Corinth Church. Coming up on April 28th is the Everett Chevrolet Truck Push Challenge hosted by Fuel Hickory in support of friend Erin Sipe and her battle with cancer. You might think this story is about cars and trucks, but it’s not. It’s about people. And the people you meet at Everett Chevrolet Buick GMC Hickory are there to fulfill your dream of a new car, a new-to-you pre-owned deal, or to just answer questions and keep you up to speed on what’s available today. The Everett Auto Team are people you want to do business with. Shopping for a new car? Visit online or in person…you’ll be glad you started there.
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Conover Nursing & Rehabilitation Center Family-Owned, Family Atmosphere
By Meredith Collins | Photos by Shane Greene Photography
When it comes to choosing a nursing or rehabilitation center, it’s important for many of us that it “feels like home.” There are several aspects that make visitors say Conover Nursing and Rehabilitation Center feels just like home. CNRC is the only family-owned healthcare provider of rehabilitation therapy and skilled nursing services in Catawba County. Josh Sherrill is a fourth-generation owner and long-term care administrator. His vision of skilled nursing services and care stems from the wisdom of generations of dedicated long-term care providers. 18
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This allows CNRC’s environment to be less corporate and much more personal. “I have had visitors seek me out to describe the differences in the atmosphere of our facility compared to others they have visited,” Dana Withrow, director of nursing, said. “I recently had a family member tell me that she enjoys coming to our facility because our staff are always smiling, laughing, and happy––always right there to lend a helping hand––and you can just feel the warm and fuzzy vibe when you come in.” That family feeling is experienced from the start. “From the moment you enter, our lobby is warm and inviting. It feels
like a home,” Todd Roper, administrator, said. “We don’t have institutional furnishings. We do have a beautiful water wall, leather couches, and all types of plants and art that make people feel welcomed.” The facility has a new outdoor healing garden with a waterfall that residents enjoy. “Many residents visit the waterfall every day,” Nicole Roper, director of therapy, said. “It’s an inspiring environment for residents and families to enjoy the outdoors.” Beyond the decor and layout of the facility, the caring relationships the staff build makes CNRC feel like family. Todd credits everyone, from every department, for their commitment to establishing and nurturing these relationships. Therapy department employees are employed by CNRC; they are not contracted. “This really sets us apart from other facilities,” Nicole said. “Half of the therapists have been here for 11 years.
Patients really appreciate this, because once a relationship is established with their therapist, they want to see them again next time. It’s familiar and comforting.” The activities department keeps residents engaged with passions they enjoy like painting, drawing, card ministry, and entertainment, activities that bring them joy. CNRC involves patients’ families every chance they can. Every November, they host friends and family
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Frye Regional Donates $2,500 From 5K To Catawba County Backpack Program By Amanda Brasier
Frye Regional Medical Center has helped the Catawba County Backpack Program expand with a donation of $2,500 from the Making Communities Healthier 5K race sponsored by Frye and Fleet Feet Sports in Hickory. This donation provided additional resources to the Backpack Program, which provides weekend nourishment to students in Catawba County throughout the school year, assisting the program to expand to include Maiden Middle School in February. In addition to the monetary donation, Frye, in partnership with Lowes Foods Belle Hollow, donated a box truck filled with food after the race. “As the recipient of Frye Regional’s 5K, we’re excited to be able to serve even more kids in our community who may find it difficult to find the nourishment they need on the weekends,” said Amanda Freeland, Backpack Program coordinator. The donated funds were proceeds from the Making Communities Healthier 5K, which Frye Regional and Fleet Feet Sports brought to our community in September of 2017. The date for this year’s Making Communities Healthier 5K is September 22 in Hickory. Additional 5K sponsors include Cargo Transporters, Dalco Nonwovens, LLC, OrthoCarolina, Servpro, Pepsi, Piedmont Pathology, Guardian Health Services, Bumgarner Oil, Catawba Pediatric Associates, It’s My Party! Rentals, Catawba County Farm Bureau, Dr. Lena Eldridge, McDonalds, and JK Landscaping & Grading. 24
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Above, left–Frye Regional Medical Center CEO Gar Atchison (left) and physician liaison Bill LeRoy (right) present Amanda Freeland, Catawba County Department of Social Services community outreach specialist/Backpack Program coordinator, with a $2,500 check to the Backpack Program. Above, right–During the weeks leading up to the 5K, Frye partnered with Lowes Foods Belle Hollow, race participants, and their employees to collect food for the Backpack Program. (Photos provided by Frye Regional)
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I have a confession to make: I am downright sick of social media. A few months ago, I read an article about smartphone apps that monitor your use of every app on your phone. The one I chose to download also monitored the total time you spent on your phone each day and how many times you checked your phone. The average time I spent on my phone was about two hours a day, which I learned was far less than the national average for my age group (shoutout to my fellow millennials!) of about five hours a day. The app also tells you which apps are sucking up the majority of your time, and I wasn’t surprised by what topped my list at all: Instagram. Here’s the thing, though. I don’t actually enjoy Instagram or social media. I don’t have a Twitter, and I only check Facebook for local events. I actually really wish there was a separate site specifically for that purpose, so I wouldn’t
have to scroll through people’s political rants or endless baby photos. I don’t think I would have a Facebook account at all if it weren’t for the groups that I’m in and the local event invitations. As for Snapchat, I probably check mine about once a day and sometimes forget it’s even installed on my phone. Instagram is really where my problem lies. Just like many of you, I scroll mindlessly through Instagram and don’t even really process what I’m absorbing, and that’s worrisome. I have an aunt who used to turn down book or TV recommendations based on the fact that she wanted to be very intentional about what she was taking in. I used to think that was weird, but now I’m in full support of that idea. When I think about the content that I’m constantly looking at, none of it seems authentic. Maybe it’s because I follow a lot of influencers, but I feel like everyone is just trying to sell me something,
whether it’s an actual product or a lifestyle. Even my normal friends have adopted this same social media tactic: the lighting has to be perfect, the plate has to be arranged at just the right angle. I feel frustrated because, not only do I use it on a personal basis, but also for my business. Frankly, when I go on a social media detox, which I do pretty frequently on my personal account, I notice that I miss references in conversations, and sometimes people are offended. For instance, I had a meeting scheduled with someone recently, and they assumed that I knew they had the flu, even though they hadn’t emailed or texted me about it. Because they had posted on social media, they just figured I would have seen it. That’s the reason I tell myself that I can’t sever ties with social media, but is that really true? Just like any addiction, it may just be an excuse. HICKORY LIVING • APRIL 2018
We all reflect Catawba County’s new slogan, “Making. Living. Better.” Why? Because it is us, about us, and what we do. We are a community of makers and doers who enjoy a good quality of life while working together to make a difference for the better. And guess what? Others are starting to catch wind of this. Allow me to remind you of some of the positive regional and national recognitions our community has received just in the past several months.
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Business North Carolina magazine’s February issue features Catawba County. From K-64, to recent economic development announcements, to the Manufacturing Solutions Center in Conover, to Maiden as Siri’s home address, you won’t be disappointed. Pottery Barn’s spring 2018 catalogue gives a shout out to all of the talented men and women who craft their beautiful line of upholstered furniture at Sutter Street Manufacturing Inc. in Claremont. Safehome.org ranked Hickory the #20 safest city in North Carolina, based on low violent crime and property crime rates, as well as the best citizen-toofficer ratio. Safewise.com ranked Conover, Newton, Hickory, and Long View in the top 100 safest cities in North Carolina in 2017. USA Today ranked Hickory the third biggest economic gainer of 2017, after rising 64 places to #103 on Milken Institute’s list of Best-Performing Cities in America.
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WTVI PBS Charlotte featured downtown Newton in a January episode of “Carolina Impact” showcasing the Catawba County Museum of History, the Old Post Office Playhouse, and the historic Newton Depot and Museum. National Geographic ranked Hickory in the top 30 best small cities in the U.S. and noted for hipster-friendly offerings,
from tattoo parlors to vintage clothing boutiques. Each year, craft beer enthusiasts gather at the popular Hickory Hops festival that features more than 50 microbreweries and live music. The Kiplinger Letter ranked Hickory in the top 10 best places to retire in the U.S. in August 2017. It detailed our moderate weather and location, low cost of living, vibrant arts scene, access to quality health care, and revitalization efforts as evidence of a thriving quality of life. Realtor.com named Hickory as the top tinsel town in America for holiday lovers. We were placed at the top of the list after considering a variety of holiday aspects, including Christmas parades, holiday events, and the number of Christmas trees cut down. SmartAsset, a financial technology company, ranked Hickory as the ninth best place to raise a family in North Carolina. The study considered 10 different factors, including data on median home values, violent and property crime rates, unemployment rates, housing costs, percent of families in poverty, high school graduation rate, and median household income. Charlotte magazine published an article on the thriving business climate in the Hickory Metro area featuring Chamber shareholders and investors, Century Furniture, the Hickory Furniture Mart, Transportation Insight, Hatch Sandwich Bar, Hickory Tree Furniture Consignment, and Highland Avenue Restaurant, among a few other local businesses. “Carolina Reno” featured Conovergrown entrepreneurs, brother-sister duo Roxy Te Owens and San San Te, in the pilot episode on HGTV. Pending great ratings, there’s potential for a Catawba County-based series. Business North Carolina magazine states in their February 2018 feature, “For Catawba County, it looks like the best is yet to come.” I concur.
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