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Complimentary January 2018

Living the Good Life



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Welcome to the January issue. I’m excited for all that 2018 has to offer! I suggest you embrace this new year and accept the adventures and meet the challenges head on. These things give us room to grow and make us better, stronger, and hopefully, a little wiser! I wish you and your family a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2018! I encourage you to step outside of your box and experience all that life has to offer in this new year. Make it a point to do at least one thing on your bucket list. It might be going back to school to earn that degree, changing careers, vacationing on a tropical paradise, or something more adventurous, like skydiving, hang

Living the Good Life

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gliding, or white water rafting! At the end of 2018, I hope you look back and say this was your best year yet!

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Until next month, Happy New Year, and thank you for reading the January issue of Iredell Living Magazine!

January 2018

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• A New Beginning


• Statesville Bridal Expo A Civic Center Extravaganza!


• Keep Moving


• Dynamic Health & Pain Management Integrative, Innovative, Dynamic Health


• Starting A Book Club


• What’s Cooking?! Classic Pecan Pie


• A Word From The Mooresville–South Iredell Chamber Annual Luncheon & Awards Ceremony


• A Word From The Statesville Chamber Filling Jobs In Iredell County

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A New Beginning E

By Kathy Wheeler

ach morning we have an opportunity for a new beginning, a chance to make decisions that affect, not only our present, but also our future. As much as we can control our lives, where we find ourselves today is mostly a result of past decisions. Are your decisions moving you in the direction you want to go? If not, the New Year may be the time to change that direction. January is the perfect month to look at the big picture and develop some habits that will put you on track to a happier, healthier, more prosperous and successful life. I believe it is safe to say that what you think about is a good place to start. Have you convinced yourself that some things are true when they are actually subjective or false? Self-talk, or having thoughts like, “I can’t do that” or “I’m not talented” or “Nothing ever works out for me” all negatively impact your life and prevent you from doing what you really want to do. You give up before you even try, because you have convinced yourself that you are a failure; you think your limited resources are making your goals and dreams impossible. That’s only true if you believe it! Your thoughts become a self-fulfilling prophecy. The smallest shift in the way we look at something, especially ourselves, can produce huge change and a totally different outcome. Many times, you can begin to change these thoughts just by acknowledging that you have them, rejecting them as being false statements, and replacing them with a new truth. It may take a while to turn it around. You believe 8


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these false statements because you repeated them to yourself over and over again until you accepted them as fact. The same will work with a new, more positive statement. At first, it may even feel like you are lying to yourself, but you are just correcting the misinformation that you have been feeding your brain. Don’t look at where you are when you are deciding where you want to go. Meeting one person, receiving one opportunity, or having one bright idea can change your life drastically. Don’t limit yourself by asking the question, “Where do I go from here?” Instead ask, “Where do I want to go?” You don’t have to have all the answers or even all the skills needed to get there. You can get support from others who have the knowledge and skills you lack. Don’t fall into the trap of waiting until you reach a goal to be happy. Decide to enjoy each day and be happy where you are in the present. Hey, as your life and goals progress, you may never be in this position again, so latch onto the joys your current situation produces. Goals are great and reaching them brings celebration, but accomplishment is a temporary pleasure and is quickly replaced with another goal including new challenges and struggles. Learn to enjoy the journey. Believing in yourself and your ability to change is the first step to developing good habits. Most of us know what we need to do, but are we convinced that we can make the necessary changes? I believe you can! Iredell Living Magazine wishes you a successful 2018!

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draw the platelets into a syringe, and inject them into the specific area of tissue or joint damage/injury. A video fluoroscopy (video xray) is used to guide us to the exact tissue being treated. Platelets are blood cells that are rich in growth factors that initiate healing in any joint, muscle or tendon. There are no Stem Cells in PRP. Stem Cells are cells that have the potential to turn into different tissues like cartilage, tendon, ligaments, etc. They are present in large numbers in fat tissue and bone marrow. When Stem Cells are placed into areas of tissue damage/injury they turn on and help regrow whatever tissue they are placed into. When the patient needs extensive new tissue growth Stem Cells are the best choice.

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STATESVILLE BRIDAL EXPO A Civic Center Extravaganza! By Kristie Darling

Love is in the air! And there is no better place to celebrate the joys and festivities that romantic love manifests than at the annual Statesville Bridal Expo. This hugely popular wintertime celebration of all things weddings is one of the longest running bridal shows in our area. Held each year at the Statesville Civic Center in Historic Downtown Statesville, the Sunday afternoon show this February 18th brings excited couples, their eager bridesmaids and groomsmen, and of course, their helpful sisters, cousins, mothers, and grandmothers to preview, sample, taste, and try out all that is 12


available for couples in love. It’s the most beautiful show in town! CELEBRATING WEDDINGS YEAR ‘ROUND Some brides have been planning their wedding day since they were little girls; many begin planning just as soon as the engagement ring is in place. Some couples take a leisure approach, with a bit of planning here and there over a longer time. It doesn’t matter your style or your season, this February bridal show is perfect. Statesville’s Expo is just the right size, too. All wedding ideas are there on

Photos: On the cover–Statesville Bridal Expo organizers and Statesville Civic Center administrative staff–Amye Burks, marketing and event coordinator; Kenny Roberts, Civic Center director; Lisa Sharpe, office manager (Photo by Shane Greene Photography) Above, left to right–Statesville Civic Center staff–Jackie Smith, Gene Soucy, Amye Burks, Kenny Roberts, Lisa Sharpe, and Rondale Rankins. Not pictured– Diego Castano, Kay Tilley, John Rucker, Johnie Northern, Carlos Narvaez and Roy Parker. Table styling by Myrtle Williams of Simply Unique Designs. (Photo by Shane Greene Photography)

display, but not so much that couples are overwhelmed. It’s a fun day out to think about love! For every couple, important considerations are: Where should we have the wedding and reception? Who will we invite? Will it be an intimate family and friends affair or a kick-up-your-heels party for 500? Should we serve dinner with dancing to follow? In the city or the country? All these questions (and many more that you haven’t even thought of yet) can be answered in this one afternoon. “Our vendors go all out putting their displays together,” Amye Burks, marketing and event coordinator for the Civic Center, explained. “It’s amazingly beautiful here during the Expo, and we are always delighted with the creativity and time that is put into making this event one of the best in the region.” The Statesville Civic Center team, along with the help of sponsors and partners, such as Holiday Inn Express, Events Unlimited, Johnson Greenhouses, DJ Superfly, and Sharpe House, all in Statesville, make this special event come together. Heather Krumroy at Events Unlimited does her magic throughout the show and provides decorating ideas you can create through party rentals. A striking cadre of footmen in full formal dress from the Sharpe House next door serve as official greeters and escorts. Keith Rhyne, Sharpe House site manager, opens the historic home during the Expo as an extension of the Civic Center’s festivities for light refreshments and tours—a delightful wedding venue to see in itself. All the latest trends and traditional possibilities overflow from Expo booths. You’ll find ideas suited to the diverse weddings that Amye hosts each year at the Civic Center—from many cultures and couples and families of all persuasions. “Perhaps our most astounding Civic Center wedding entrance was the groom who rode an elephant here!” she told me. About 60 beautiful vendor displays feature everything from large and small wedding and party venues; table, seating, and room decorations; centerpieces, flower arrangements, and bouquets; videographers and photographers; caterers and bakeries; musical entertainment and DJs; and destination wedding specialists, as well as gift ideas, makeup experts and hairstylists; vacation clothes and accessories, even chiropractors to ease those party planning tensions. If you can envision it at your wedding, you can find it at this Bridal Expo. Sponsors and vendors donate door prizes that are awarded throughout the afternoon. Imagine winning a wedding cake, your bridal bouquet, or a photoshoot. I learned from Pat Everett, Holiday Inn Express general manager, that the hotel will

Photos, above, top to bottom: • Vendors keep up with the latest in wedding trends and put them on display so you can make your day uniquely you! • Some brides attend the Expo and make a day of it with their bridesmaids and moms. • If classy and elegant is your style, you can find ideas abound at the Statesville Bridal Expo. (Photos provided by Statesville Civic Center) IREDELL LIVING • JANUARY 2018


be giving away the grand prizes—cash gift cards of $750 and $250—at the afternoon’s present to win! WHAT TO WEAR? Statesville Bridal Expo features a spectacular runway show that gives everyone an opportunity to imagine themselves in beautiful gowns and classy tuxedos. “We are extremely pleased to have Paige and Elliott Bridal Boutique produce our runway show again this year,” Amye said. “This is one of the most beautiful and fun times at the Expo…you should come early to see everything and plan to be on hand later in the afternoon for the show.” Candice Primm at Paige and Elliott explained that all styles, from trendy Bohemian, to informal garden party or destination attire, to classic traditional gowns, will be shown. The wedding dresses span size six to 24, and affordable prices start at about $350. Seeing full wedding fashions stylishly put together for bride and groom on the runway will help you pull your look together. Paige and Elliott consultants will be at their booth all afternoon. A not to be missed opportunity! NOT JUST FOR THE WOMEN! “Many of our grooms are all in, so we let them in for free with their bride,” Amye said with a smile. “The men want to be part of the planning and help make arrangements. They’re often most interested in the music, meeting and greeting bands and DJs, and looking through photo albums and watching sample videos. Jewelers’ displays of sparkling rings, hearing travel agents’ honeymoon ideas, and party venue possibilities are also of interest to the guys…and of course, sampling our caterer’s delicious foods.” Statesville Bridal Expo has something for everyone to see and enjoy. It’s like a live-and-in-person Pinterest click for planning your special day.

Photos, above, top to bottom: • The runway show, produced by Paige and Elliott Bridal Boutique, features a mix of styles, trends and price points so there is something for everyone. • From catering companies to bakeries, the taste buds are delighted with samples galore! • Bridal expos are a great place to begin your planning, wrap it up, or get original ideas.(Photos provided by Statesville Civic Center) 14


STATESVILLE CIVIC CENTER: HOSTING OUR COMMUNITY’S EVENTS “This place is so special because it was designed to host just about every type of community, family, and business event that folks in our region might have,” the Civic Center’s director, Kenny Roberts, told me. “Out-of-towners get to enjoy our downtown, because they’re here attending a Civic Center event. It could be a business meeting or trade show, a family reunion, birthday or anniversary party, dance or concert, a seminar, conference, or fundraiser. An incredible amount of money has been raised for special community organizations right here! The City created a versatile, affordable event space that serves us

well.” Kenny, Amye, Lisa Sharpe, office manager, along with the talented and knowledgeable Civic Center team make planning an event or meeting easy, working with groups from 10 to 1200 and offering their professional advice on room size, layout and planning, audio visual and sound equipment, and their approved caterers list, as well as use of the state of the art commercial kitchen where you can prepare food and refreshments of your choice. “We work with each event host as we would like to be served ourselves,” Amye said. “I’m surprised some people don’t know they can rent space here for any occasion; they just need to call and let us know what they have in mind. There’s rarely a day we’re not having an event, so we’re quite experienced, and we know our stuff. My best advice is to book your event as soon as you can, especially if you want to reserve a prime time.” I have attended so many events at The Statesville Civic Center, I’d be hard pressed to name favorites. I’ll be coming to The Quilter’s Gallery show on January 27th; the Bridal Expo is truly dazzling, delicious, and amazing, and I understand COMIC CON on February 10th is the place to be and be seen. Ready to plan your next party or business event? Give the Statesville Civic Center team a call, and ask them to show you around. They will explain all the Civic Center has to offer and will become your most helpful event partners. Like we said, they know their stuff!

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Photos, above, top to bottom: • Imagine yourself enjoying your reception and time with your love from the view of this whimsical sweetheart table. • Bridal Expo vendors have the vision to meet the style and personality of every couple. Events Unlimited went steampunk in 2017 for their vendor display. • Swag bags will be given to all of the brides when they register at the door. Registration also puts you in the running for the drawings to win vendor door prizes. (Photos provided by Statesville Civic Center) IREDELL LIVING • JANUARY 2018


Keep Moving © | RomoloTavani

By Lauren Davidson


his past year has been a growing one for me, career-wise. It’s my fifth year out of school, and it took me quite a while to gain momentum in my field.

When I first graduated, I worked all kinds of odd jobs while pursuing writing. I had no idea what I was doing; I didn’t have a mentor, and I did a lot of work for free. I just kept hassling people to work with me. Little by little, I built up my portfolio until I could actually charge for my work—that was a big day of celebration for me. It wasn’t much, but eventually, even though I had officially only held jobs as a sushi waitress, babysitter, and retail worker, I spun it into a great job copywriting for a large corporation. I was so proud of myself, and every day I went into work just beaming. I was finally getting to do what I went to school for and what I had dreamed of doing— writing. That was the best job I ever had. When the commute got to be too tough, I found another dream job, editing a magazine. I’ve never had a clear career trajectory in mind, but I knew that I loved to tell other people’s stories, and I just wanted to keep doing that. Now, I’ve found myself in a new position. The company that owned the magazine fell apart and everyone left. I ended up getting a job in a completely different field where I use none of the skills that I worked for so many years sharpening. Realizing your dream can be unnerving. It gives you something to strive for, to make plans about, to keep as a goal, but it is really disappointing when you get steered off course, which happens to us all, right? 16


I’m not one to veg out with Netflix when I get home from work, so I decided to do something about the fact that I was no longer feeling creatively fulfilled. I had to stay at my job to keep my paycheck, but I could utilize my free time to put together a project that was just for me. So that’s what I did. I started up an e-newsletter that I produce every single week. I get to write whatever I want, and I don’t have to censor myself. It may not seem like much, but people around town have been really supportive, and when I reached my goal of 100 subscribers before my first email came out, I felt a surge of pride. Strangers had signed up! Sometimes people send me emails saying how much they love what I’m doing—it’s the best feeling in the world. The point is, even if you suffer a setback, whether in your career or in other aspects of your life, reevaluate where you are and what you need to do to get to where you want to be. Then do it.

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Left–Our providers are here to help you customize a treatment plan to get the care you need. Pictured, left to right–front row–Dr. James Altizer and Dr. Peter Cox Back row–Dr. Mia Cunningham, Dr. Leland Goodwin, Dr. Peter Yoder, Dr. Michael Arrandt, and Kani Smith Opposite page–Unweighted therapy for low and high speed re-training, which reprograms and re-models the whole body. After 20 years in business, DHPM moved to a building with space to help more people. (Photo provided by DHPM)

“We combine Medical Doctors, Nurse Practitioners, Chiropractors and state-of-the-art Physio Therapy all in the same office, along with specific equipment to make ligament remodeling possible,” Dr. Cox said.

Integrative, Innovative, Dynamic Health By Meredith Collins | Photos by Shane Greene Photography

“Over the last 4 years, I’ve tried many different doctors and ended up with the same low back pain. No one has ever been able to help me. After just 6 treatments at Dynamic Health and Pain Management (DHPM), I’m getting better results than I have ever gotten before.” – Penny Beck Before Penny Beck, who works in Sales and Marketing for Iredell Living Magazine, found DHPM, no treatment had ever helped alleviate her low back pain. Thanks to the unique approach of DHPM’s founder, Dr. Peter Cox, Penny is finally getting pain relief for the first time in her life. “There isn’t anyone else in the world that does what we do,” Dr. Cox said. “It’s a big claim, I realize, but basically what we are doing that is so unique is ligament remodeling.” How can Dr. Cox do this? First off, Dr. Cox believes in all forms of medicine and thinks all disciplines should be working together as one with a combined treatment protocol. 18


DHPM provides diagnostic testing options to help pinpoint the underlying cause of a patient’s symptoms and any complicating factors. DHPM’s medical approach is all natural. They do not write pain medication scripts and their injections are non-steroidal. DHPM has become North Carolina’s leader in Regenerative Medicine with the addition of PRP, Adipose (fat) tissue and Bone Marrow Stem Cell injections. “Regenerative Medicine is the future,” Dr. Cox said. “Our combined medical rehab protocol already had 90%+ patient satisfaction rates and with the addition of Regenerative Medicine, our protocols have been showing even better results.” Medical Director James Altizer, MD, decided when Regenerative Medicine was added to the clinic’s protocols, the Stem Cells had to come from the patient’s own body. “If you truly want living Stem Cells, the only way to obtain them is to harvest them from your adipose tissue or Bone Marrow, and we do both in our office,” Dr. Altizer said. “Any other cells from outside sources have been frozen, are not living and do not produce the same result.” What really sets DHPM apart is the state-of-the-art technology utilized for their Physio Therapy. Dr. Cox, who was a

fencer in the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, developed debilitating back pain from years of training. “The equipment we have in our office saved my life,” Dr. Cox said. “My back was so bad I was lying on the floor for months and could not even pick up my daughter. After the results I received for my own condition, there was no way in good faith I could offer any of my patients anything but the best.”

DHPM likes to take the pressure off the first visit to their office by offering a complimentary consultation, two x-rays of the primary area of complaint (as needed), and a trial of a particular piece of therapy equipment best suited to treat your condition. “We offer all of this for you to understand who we really are and what we can offer you,” Dr. Cox said. “Penny Beck took advantage of the offer and believes

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Long before the queen of daytime television invited authors and viewers into her home for the most famous of book clubs, people gathered regularly to discuss scientific discoveries and literature of their day. By the early 1900s, women’s literary societies were growing. In the mid1920s, Book-of-the-Month club and The Literary Guild, both mail-order book clubs, rose in popularity. Those companies exist online today, but in the 1980s, discount chain bookstores pushed mail order book clubs from the market.

clubs are comprised of members who only have the topic or theme of discussion in common.

Libraries, bookstores, and online forums provide outlets for book clubs and offer a range of styles and subjects. If you cannot find one which meets your needs locally, it is more than feasible to start your own book club.

If you enjoy reading a variety of topics and themes, choose your titles from a popular bestseller list. Not every book will appeal to all members, but choosing from different genres and authors will keep discussions fresh. The bonus is, you may unexpectedly enjoy a book that was not on your radar.

Choose a purpose First, decide on your reason for being. Are you looking for casual interaction with fellow bookworms? Or, do you desire a high-level, intellectual discussion? The answer will determine who you invite to participate and where you will look for members. Casual groups are usually made up of friends and acquaintances, while more serious book 22


Choose a theme––or not The structure of book clubs usually relates to members’ interests and can be themed or based on current bestsellers. If you prefer a certain genre over others, then have fun with that. Some examples include: mystery, romance, horror, 18th century British literature, or 20th century women authors.

Choose a leader Decide before you begin if you want to lead the group, and if so, do you want that role indefinitely? You can opt to have a leader who runs the show for a finite length of time, then change leadership when their term is over. Another option is to choose a new leader with

each new title. For example, a member who recommends a book that is of interest to them gets to lead the discussion for that book. Choose a time and place When you have your members together, choose the time and frequency of meetings. It is imperative that you give everyone ample time to read the selection, therefore meeting once per month is a popular choice. Consistency is key with the meeting times. For example, scheduling your meetings on the first Tuesday, or the fifteenth of the month allows all members to put the recurring event on their calendars. Possible meeting locations include libraries, coffee shops and restaurants, or in the home of one of the club members. Enjoy The work you put in will be worth the reward. Being part of a book club means you are guaranteed to learn and to gain new perspectives. Check online for more tips on how to organize discussions, what formats to use, and how to get the most out of your book club. As Jane Austin said, “I declare, after all, there is no enjoyment like reading!”

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What's Cooking?! Classic Pecan Pie

There is nothing better than gathering with friends and family for a good meal. Whether you are preparing the whole meal, or bringing dessert or a salad, try these recipes!

Classic Pecan Pie

Prep: 15 minutes • Cook: 70 minutes • Serves: 10

1 6

pie dough (9 inches) tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled 1 cup light corn syrup 1 cup light brown sugar 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 3 large eggs, lightly beaten ½ teaspoon salt 2½ cups raw pecan halves


Place baking sheet in oven. Heat oven to 350˚ F. Line pie pan with rolled out pie dough. Press into edges and up sides. Use fingers or fork to create decorative edge. Set aside. In a large bowl, whisk together butter, corn syrup, brown sugar and vanilla extract. Add eggs and salt, and whisk until mixture is even. Fold in pecan halves. Pour mixture into pie crust and spread evenly with spatula. Use pieces of aluminum foil to cover edges of pie crust. Place pie on prepared baking sheet and bake 60-70 minutes, or until pie is set in center. Remove pie from oven and allow to cool completely before serving or chilling. Note: Pie can be made a day ahead and refrigerated overnight. Allow pie to come to room temperature before serving. Recipes and photos courtesy of American Pecan Council


Acorn Squash Salad with Pecan Vinaigrette Prep: 15 minutes • Cook: 35 minutes • Serves: 4

Squash: 1 small acorn squash 1 tablespoon olive oil ¼ teaspoon sea salt Dressing: ½ cup raw pecan pieces ¼ cup olive 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar 1 tablespoon maple syrup ¼ teaspoon sea salt Salad: 3-4 handfuls baby spinach 1 ½ cups cooked farro 1 medium shallot, thinly sliced 1 ounce crumbled goat cheese

Heat oven to 425˚ F. To create a base, slice off a small part of one side of the squash. Trim the ends from the squash, cut it in half lengthwise, and scoop out the sides. Place cut-side down and cut squash into 1/4-inch thick slices. Place on sheet tray and toss with olive oil and salt. Roast until squash and peels are tender, 30-40 minutes. While squash is roasting, heat small skillet over medium heat. Add pecans and toast, shaking pan, until nuts are fragrant. Transfer 1/3 cup of pecans to bowl and reserve remaining pecans for topping. Add oil, vinegar, maple syrup and salt while nuts are still warm. Stir vigorously and set aside. In a large bowl, combine spinach, farro, shallot, half the squash and half the dressing. Toss to combine then lay remaining squash on top of salad. Drizzle with remaining dressing and sprinkle with goat cheese and remaining toasted pecans before serving. Note: Acorn squash skin is edible but needs roasting long enough to make it tender. If unsure, use delicata squash or skinless butternut squash. IREDELL LIVING • JANUARY 2018


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MSI Chamber of Commerce will soon host its annual awards ceremony celebrating the accomplishments of business and community leaders. This well-loved event brings all parts of the community together to recognize those individuals who make a difference. This year’s luncheon will be January 23rd at the Cove Church at 197 Langtree Road in Mooresville. With over 800 in attendance, the event sells out each year. Included will be music and videos of the award recipients in five key categories: Duke Energy Service Award: The purpose of this award is to recognize and reward leadership and involvement in volunteerism and community service, and to encourage a culture of citizenship and service in our communities.

Annual Luncheon & Awards Ceremony

Businessperson of the Year: This award recognizes the outstanding achievements of a merchant, industrialist, service representative or any person doing business in the Mooresville-South Iredell area. Citizen of the Year: We honor an individual for their commitment in the areas of civic and community involvement, religious, personal, and family life with consideration of their years of service and depth of commitment to our community. Randy Marion Chevrolet Entrepreneurial Award: This is a special designation that honors those in our community who deserve a unique spotlight for their innovative and effective work in a privately owned, independent enterprise.

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Sara Haire Tice Women in Leadership Award: A special community leader is recognized for her accomplishments in the Mooresville-South Iredell area. This year’s keynote speaker is Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Dale is a third-generation driver from a family that is forever con-

nected to the sport of stock-car racing. While his innate ability behind the wheel comes from Earnhardt DNA, his competitive driving style and business savvy are all his own. His common-sense charisma and flair for originality have helped propel him to become one of the most popular figures in sports. Race fans have selected him a record 14 consecutive times as NASCAR’s Most Popular Driver. Earnhardt tops all NASCAR and Indy Car drivers on MVP index’s social media power rankings. His appeal is not just limited to loyal race fans, as Earnhardt has appeared on Harris Interactive’s annual survey of America’s Top 10 Favorite Athletes, frequenting the list with such names as LeBron James, Michael Jordan, Peyton Manning, and Derek Jeter. The 2017 season marked Earnhardt’s 18th full-time year in NASCAR Cup Series competition. Through 2016, the Kannapolis native has amassed 26 career victories, including the 2004 and 2014 Daytona 500s. His 26 victories tie him for 29th on NASCAR’s all-time race winners list. He also has 13 pole positions and eight non-points wins—five in the Daytona 500 qualifying Duel, two in the Clash, and one All-Star Race victory. While the obligations of being a driver and team owner occupy much of his time, Earnhardt is active in charities and non-profit organizations. In 2007, he launched The Dale Jr. Foundation, a charity dedicated to giving underprivileged individuals, with a focus on youth, the resources to improve their confidence, education, and the opportunity to achieve extraordinary goals. The Dale Jr. Foundation has contributed to more than 400 local and national organizations. He also is involved with the MakeA-Wish Foundation. The public is welcome to attend the event January 23rd at 10:30 a.m. at the Cove Church. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Mooresville Chamber at 704-664-3898, or by visiting the website,

New Member Spotlight Ted Benbow,

realtor with Mossy Oak Properties and certified land specialist for Ted Benbow & Associates, grew up in Statesville. He graduated from Statesville High School and UNC Charlotte. Ted served on the board of directors for the Iredell County Home Builders Association, NC Society of Surveyors, & Habitat for Humanity. He pursued his interest to help others by securing NC certifications in Firefighting and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). He volunteers for the Cool Spring Volunteer Fire Department and was awarded Rookie of the Year in 2012. Ted won Big Bass World Champion in NC and VA last year. Ted is excited to be a part of the Statesville Chamber of Commerce.

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few years ago, if a local business announced needing to expand and hire 10 employees, we would have celebrated with a parade. Today, when we look at NC Works Online, Iredell County is one of the few counties in NC where there are more jobs advertised than there are people looking for work. This does not consider an expected expansion of as many as 1,000 additional jobs in 2018.


Employers are facing difficult tasks staffing their organizations to ensure long term economic success. Many human resource departments now look at traditional hiring and employment practices differently in order to fill important openings and extend the service time of their employees:

1. Filling Jobs In Iredell County

Felony records. Before, employers would not hire anyone with a felony record. That was the norm. Unfortunately, the inability to find work often creates a criminal cycle that can lead down a familiar path. The costs we bear for returning prisoners is exorbitant. Many employers tell us they have modified, slightly, their background check requirements. Non-violent felonies might not preclude employment in these locations.

2. David Bradley President and CEO Greater Statesville Chamber of Commerce



Transportation. Lack of transportation to and from work might be a barrier keeping some workers unemployed. ICATS now has the ability, with some limitations, to take people to and from work. Some HR departments work with ICATS to help schedule transportation.


Building loyalty. For years, many of us believed that millennials are prone to job hop. Studies now show that millennials might actually

have a higher degree of loyalty than others. Some researchers suggest that the shock of student loans has moved this generation to become more fiscally savvy about saving for education of their children or retirement. Shrewd employers can build or promote benefit platforms that provide educational and/ or retirement contributory plans.


Social Awareness. A growing generational trend has been to engage with a socially conscious and active business. While competitive wage structures must still be met, companies that are successful in luring youthful, technologically astute employees are heavily involved in some social opportunities. Perhaps they build a Habitat house, serve at Fifth Street Ministries, provide time to tutor in the local schools. There are many ways businesses can gain a greater sense of team outside the workplace walls. All studies indicate that we are but one of the country’s fastest growing places where people are seeking to relocate. If we are to enjoy the economic benefits of more jobs, higher wages, and a better quality of life, we must work together to ensure our businesses and our current and future employees talk the same language and buy in to common goals. The efforts of this Chamber, in 2018 and beyond, will be to help local people find existing jobs, as well as a strategic recruitment of a new workforce to come into our area. We will also work with many of our partners to educate students about the breadth of employment opportunities they can expect when they get out of school, while helping build a curriculum designed to empower a successful transition into those jobs.

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Happy New Year! Welcome to Iredell Living Magazine online. We invite you to read the January 2018 issue featuring Statesville Civic Center’s...


Happy New Year! Welcome to Iredell Living Magazine online. We invite you to read the January 2018 issue featuring Statesville Civic Center’s...