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Welcome to the September issue. All good things must come to an end. And so it is with summer and vacation season. The hot, humid, lazy days of summer will soon give way to a refreshing cool down. With fall just around the corner, we will be treated to cooler weather, football, outdoor festivals and many other events that are synonymous with the season. September also completes our first season of publishing Iredell Living Magazine. It has been a fast but rewarding 12 months. Thanks to all of you for reading the magazine each month and for offering your comments and suggestions. A special thank you to our advertisers who make it possible for you to receive Iredell Living for free. This issue is packed with great reading - I know you’ll enjoy reading our cover story on Dr. George Shuping and his endodontic practice in Mooresville. We also feature articles on ways to take care of yourself, fall lawn care tips, The Spirit of ’45, Theatre! Statesville and successful parent – teacher partnerships.

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Statesville 22 years ago. She worked

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Some come with years of prior experience, but many are new to theater. That’s when the real magic of community theater happens. So what is that real magic? I was told again and again that meeting and connecting with people of diverse backgrounds, sharing talents across generations, and building self-confidence are all part of the magic. And, of course, when everyone’s hard work comes together as a full blown production before a responsive audience, the thrill cannot be measured in words. So why not dust off your childhood dreams? Join the

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cover story Dr. George Shuping And the Art of Saving Teeth By Kristie Darling

Photos: On the cover and pictured– Mooresville Endodontist George B. Shuping, DDS, MS, PA Opposite page–Dr. Shuping finishes root canal therapy after internal observation with the surgical operating microscope.



You’ll be surprised to know that our teeth are the only body part that can’t heal itself. Not what you want to hear when you have a toothache. In fact, the only thing you want when you have a toothache is to know that it can be fixed! Of course, your toothache can be fixed, and if the cure for your discomfort is a root canal, you’ll need to see an endodontist. Schedule your appointment with Dr. George Shuping–you will be truly amazed how easy and painless the cure is. It is important to keep your natural teeth whenever that option is possible. Root canal treatment enables endodontists to do that. In the past, when the pulp of your tooth–the soft interior, sometimes called the nerve–was damaged or infected, those teeth were often extracted. Today, that extreme measure is not necessary. A root canal is a far better treatment that will end your toothache and give you years of hard work by that once painful tooth. Not Your Grandfather’s Root Canal “Most of our patients say, ‘That’s it? That wasn’t what I expected!’ when we’ve completed their root canal,” Dr. Shuping says with a smile. “Many people are afraid of a root canal; they think it will be a horrible experience, but today’s technology and techniques will change your idea of what a root canal is like.” Basically, a root canal is the removal of the diseased, infected or dead dental pulp, the soft tissue inside your tooth that includes nerves and blood vessels. Most commonly, a tooth becomes a candidate for root canal if it develops a deep cavity, cracks or breaks. Bacteria then enter and infect the entire tooth from the tip of the root up to the crown. An abscess can develop. This type of infection can be very painful and cause damage to the surrounding bone and jaw. Without root canal treatment your tooth would need to be removed. Not good. Root canal treatment is really straightforward. “With many patients, after we thoroughly explain the procedure, they are ready to begin,” Dr. Shuping explains. “Some patients like a bit more help, so we’ll use conscious sedation or anesthesia. I use state-of-the-art equipment–the hand piece is perfectly silent. Our patients are amazed by how easy it all is.” During the 30 to 45 minute procedure, the root canal is cleaned out with the silent file. The canal is filled with medication to clear out germs and prevent infection and then sealed. A temporary filling is put in. At your next appointment, your general dentist can then cover your tooth with a crown, and you’re good to go! Teeth treated in this way can last a lifetime.

Excellent Bedside Manners When you first enter Dr. Shuping’s office, you’d think you were walking into a fine hotel lobby. I was impressed by the calm environment and peaceful music. His staff of dental assistants, Judy Wiggins, Shelley Deese and Stephanie McGinnis; office manager Amy Baity; and receptionists, Carol Mason and Kim Choufanni each understand their role in helping patients feel welcomed and at ease. “It’s relaxed here; even when it’s stressful, we’re relaxed,” Stephanie shared. “Dr. Shuping is the most laid back, friendly dentist I’ve ever met. What he does comes from the heart.” Dr. Shuping’s goal is for each patient to feel well cared for and comfortable throughout their appointments, and to feel so thoroughly satisfied with their experience they would refer others to his office. “A patient’s experience is a reflection of how they are treated,” Dr. Shuping says.”We have the latest technology–digital radiology, surgical microscopes where we immediately see a precise, accurate image and silent, nickel titanium files, all of which make our procedures shorter, with less stress on everyone. But if we don’t treat people well, we’re not doing our best. We all work with our patients like they are family.” IREDELL IREDELLLIVING LIVING••SEPTEMBER SEPTEMBER 2011 2011

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It’s not just the flat screen TVs in each procedure room, I’m sure, that keep new and returning patients coming to his Mooresville office from as far away as Charlotte, Hickory, Salisbury and Statesville. Dr. Shuping gets a lot of word of mouth referrals to his practice for a very good reason–he genuinely cares for each person who comes to him for treatment. And, he has very little turnover in his staff, a good sign of an excellent dental office run by a quality team. “My staff is very good with people, really wonderful,” Dr. Shuping tells me. “I rely on them and trust them. They’re great.” A Little Background George Shuping is a Carolina man. He received his Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and then 14


earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) from the UNC Dental School in 1995. That year he also received the Student Achievement Award in Endodontics. After a year of private practice as a general dentist, he entered endodontic residency at the UNC Dental School. He completed his formal education in 1999 with a Master of Science (MS) in the dental specialty of endodontics. Dr. Shuping is currently Iredell County’s only American Board of Endodontists’ certified diplomate. This certification takes up to five years, required extensive review of his education, and his successful completion of a three-part examination. Dr. Shuping’s diagnostic skill, clinical proficiency and professional judgment were tested; the certification recognizes his exceptionally high quality of care for patients. “I encourage my colleagues to go for this

certification,” Dr. Shuping told me. For the last four years, he’s been named one of Charlotte’s top dentists. He has been published in the Journal of Endodontics and the International Endodontic Journal and has lectured and taught endodontics courses to general dentists in the United States and Iceland. His endodontics practice opened twelve years ago. “I started with Dr. Shuping on the day he opened his practice–August 16th, 1999. It’s easy to remember because it was my birthday!” Dental Assistant Judy Wiggins remembers. “We’ve grown from a team of three to now seven. It’s a pleasure to serve as lead assistant. I hope to work here until I retire, years from now, with many wonderful memories.” Dr. Shuping met his wife, Wendy, at a

cousin’s wedding. She’s a Western Carolina graduate and manages their real estate properties. George and Wendy have a very active family life. She’s run 10Ks, and George has entered triathlons and marathons–in June, the Tri Latta Triathlon and earlier this year, the Cooper River Bridge Run. They have two daughters: six year old Lily, who’s into swimming and reading, and four year old Scarlett, who enjoys her iPad, soccer, and playing with Barbies. “They are the loves of my life,” Dr. Shuping adds. Working In the Community George and Wendy feel that giving back to their community is essential. They sponsor programs at Mooresville Christian Mission and provide dental services for families through the Ada Jenkins Center and Fifth Street Ministries. In addition, they have helped children from Afghanistan through Solace for the Children, an international program that provides medical and dental care to needy children. When you need a root canal, you’ll want the very best care. Dr. Shuping and his exceptional team will treat you well. They’ll treat you like family. You can’t ask for more than that. George B. Shuping, DDS, MS, PA 438 Williamson Rd. #A Mooresville, NC 28117 704-664-3636

Photos Opposite page: Dr. Shuping and his staff. Above: Top, left–Office Manager Amy Baity assists a patient with check out.

Right, top to bottom • Dental assistants (left to right) Stephanie McGinnis, Judy Wiggins, and Shelley Deese • Receptionist Carol Mason (left), Office Manager Amy Baity (right) • Viewing a patient’s digital radiographs (x-rays) and explaining treatment to assistant Judy Wiggins •SEPTEMBER IREDELL LIVING • SEPTEMBER2011 2011

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Successful Parent – Teacher Partnerships By Stacey Hinman, Owner of Primrose School of Lake Norman

s parents, we want our children to succeed in all aspects of their lives. One of the easiest ways to ensure your child’s success in school is by developing a quality relationship with your child’s teacher and becoming involved in special classroom events. With the new school year fast approaching, it is the perfect time to start building the foundation for a successful relationship.

ask about it immediately. If there is a problem, it can’t be solved unless someone knows about it. On the other hand, if you are particularly happy with how something is going, let the teacher and school know. Teachers are like everyone else–they enjoy hearing positive feedback; it makes them feel good and opens the door to positive two-way communication.

Here are a few tips on how you can create the kind of parent-teacher partnership that will benefit you and your family and support your child’s teacher.

Take the home to school connection seriously. Being involved in your child’s education is not as difficult as it might seem. Remember, you are your child’s first teacher, so give yourself credit for all the time you have spent reading, modeling appropriate behavior and answering questions. You can also ask your child’s teacher for ways to extend or encourage exploration and learning at home.

Invest in orientation. Worried about what you can expect on the first day of school for both you and your child? Don’t skip orientation. This may be the first time you meet your child’s teacher. It’s also the best way to calm your nerves and get answers to initial questions! If you can’t make the orientation, don’t be afraid to schedule an appointment with your child’s teacher. Be ready. Go to orientation or the first day of school prepared. Have emergency contact information and all the required paperwork ready to give the school or your child’s teacher. For orientation, draft a list of questions you would like to have answered. Keep the lines of communication open. If you have a concern, or your child said something you didn’t understand, 16


Check-in regularly. In addition to seeing progress reports from your child’s teacher, schedule a conference when you feel like you need to get a better understanding of how your child is doing. Ask what you can do at home to support your child’s learning. A quality relationship between you and your child’s teacher can make a difference in your child’s academic and emotional development. Relationships are built on trust; and trust builds over time and requires communication. Don’t wait for the school or teacher to initiate the contact.




Achievement Award

Photo: (left to right) John Green, vice president of professional services and facility planning; Vickie Barger, clinical data coordinator; Donna Collins, assistant vice president of Quality; Dr. Keith Gatlin, cardiologist, Piedmont HealthCare; Ron Cromartie, senior quality consultant with the American Heart Association, Ed Rush, CEO; and Kevin Deter, vice president business and network development pose for a photo as they receive the Gold Achievement Award for Heart Failure Care. Not Pictured: Gail Fox, core measures specialist; Colleen Roberts, quality reviewer; Shelly Brown, RN director telemetry; Jennifer Summers, quality specialist.

Iredell Health System has received the Get With The Guidelines®–Heart Failure Gold Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association. The recognition signifies that Iredell Health System has reached an aggressive goal of treating heart failure patients with 85 percent compliance for at least 24 months to core standard levels of care, as outlined by the American Heart Association/ American College of Cardiology secondary prevention guidelines for heart failure patients. Get With The Guidelines is a quality improvement initiative that provides hospital staff with tools that follow proven evidence-based guidelines and procedures in caring for heart failure patients to prevent future hospitalizations. Under Get With The Guidelines–Heart Failure, heart failure patients are started on aggressive risk reduction therapies such as cholesterol-lowering drugs, beta-blockers, ACE inhibitors, aspirin, diuretics and anticoagulants while in the hospital. 18


“The full implementation of national heart failure guideline recommended care is a critical step in preventing recurrent hospitalizations and prolonging the lives of heart failure patients,” said Lee H. Schwamm, M.D., chair of the Get With The Guidelines National Steering Committee and director of the TeleStroke and Acute Stroke Services at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Mass. “The goal of the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines program is to help hospitals, like Iredell Memorial Hospital, implement appropriate evidence-based care and protocols that will reduce disability and the number of deaths in these patients. Published scientific studies are providing us with more and more evidence that Get With The Guidelines works. Patients are getting the right care they need when they need it. That’s resulting in improved survival.” “Iredell Memorial Hospital is dedicated to making our care for heart failure patients among the best in the country and implementing the American

Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines–Heart Failure program will help us accomplish this goal by making it easier for our professionals to improve the long-term outcome for these patients,” said Ed Rush, CEO and President of Iredell Health System. Get With The Guidelines–Heart Failure helps Iredell Memorial Hospital’s staff develop and implement acute and secondary prevention guideline processes. The program includes quality-improvement measures such as care maps, discharge protocols, standing orders and measurement tools. This quick and efficient use of guideline tools will enable Iredell Memorial Hospital to improve the quality of care it provides heart failure patients, save lives and ultimately reduce healthcare costs by lowering the recurrence of heart attacks. According to the American Heart Association, about 5.7 million people suffer from heart failure. Statistics also show that, each year, 670,000 new cases are diagnosed and more than 277,000 people will die of heart failure.


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The Spirit of '45 Photos and article by Linda B. Wilson

Keith and Emily Sigmon reenact the “Times Square Kiss,” that appeared on the 1945 cover of Life Magazine between an unknown sailor and a New York City nurse, Edith Shain, during a celebration of the end of World War II.

The Spirit of ’45 Day had an estimated 500 events across the country commemorating the 66th anniversary of the end of World War II. Statesville celebrated the men and women who served our country during one of the most difficult times in history, on August 14, 2011, in front of the World War II Monument at the Iredell County Hall of Justice. Sponsored by Bunch Johnson Funeral Home and Home Instead Senior Care, Statesville recognized veterans who served with a program featuring speaker Sgt. Brett Miller, Region 2 area coordinator for the North Carolina National Guard and veteran of the US Marine Corps, Statesville High School’s ROTC Color Guard and a 21-gun salute by Iredell County Veterans Council Burial Detail. One of the highlights of the event was the re-enactment of the “Times Square Kiss” between a celebrating sailor and a New York City nurse. An iconic symbol of the end of the war, the picture was worth thousands of words depicting the elation of a country with 20


renewed hope for a brighter future. Edith Shain, the nurse in the photo who died last year at the age of 91, had become a devoted spokeswoman for keeping the Spirit of ’45 alive. She told audiences that her famous moment was a symbol of a greater story. She strived to preserve the legacy of the men and women who fought in World War II. Edith recalled what happened on August 14, 1945 during many interviews. She said she was on duty at Doctor’s Hospital in Manhattan and her patient’s radio station was interrupted by the announcement that Japan had surrendered. Edith said she finished her shift and headed to Times Square. She said everyone was celebrating the news when a young sailor put his arm around her, bent her back and gave her

a long kiss. Afterward, they went their separate ways and she never learned the sailor’s identity. At the time, she had no idea her picture had been taken by photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt. As a baby boomer, I believe that my parents were members of the “Greatest Generation” of Americans. They knew the hardships of the great depression during their youth and were young adults when Pearl Harbor was attacked. My father fought in the Pacific, my father-in-law fought in Europe and, like many veterans, came home to work hard rebuilding a life and a country. I hope someone thanked them for the sacrifices they made during those years on foreign soil. Unfortunately, neither my father or father-in-law are here to witness a recognition of the troops who fought for our freedom back in the 1940s. Thankfully, there are those who are present and it is a pleasure to honor them with “Keeping the Spirit of ’45 Alive.” Thank you, World War II veterans, for your service to our country. Statesville High School ROTC Color Guard

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Shane was one that lived his life to the fullest. He loved the life of the open road. He was one that did not understand fences. When you turned your back or the action became mundane, he was apt to get a running start and leap over a fence to be gone in a flash. He was a smart dog. After being scolded for his latest escape, he would simply wait until you went inside the house, then prance up to the fence and begin to climb. Mr. Horne, my childhood neighbor, often said Shane must have a girl on every street for he was always on the go. Shane could not, would not, bring himself to be fenced in. If Shane could have spoken, he might have said, “There’s no moss on a rolling stone.” Shane was definitely an outdoor dog. Being frugal, my father made a dog house. Timber was used from previously left over projects. The house was tall and wide with a skinny door. A kid could turn himself on his side and wiggle into Shane’s house to be able to sit inside without being seen. It was very dark on the inside. There was a bent nail on the inside at the top just right for hanging a flashlight. Just as Shane could disappear, sometimes a kid would feel the need to make himself a bit scarce. This mostly happened after raiding my family’s garden to have a tomato fight. The neighbor kids would go home but Shane’s dog house made the perfect sanctuary for me. Imagine my father’s surprise to look outside one evening about 11 pm and see a light coming from inside Shane’s house from the flashlight I forgot to turn off. 22 26


Shane’s favorite time of the year was late summer and into fall. He was a great opportunist. When the scuppernongs had ripened, he would eat them right off the vine, knowing just the right ones that would be the sweetest. He would pick up pecans and crunch them whole between his teeth, never minding the bitter. He must have been able to separate it out with his tongue. He seemed to excite in the delight of the crunch of the pecan shells and in the denial of the sweet scuppernongs that my father longed to pick. This was also the time of year when the children returned to school. I often saw Shane at the elementary school accepting handouts from the students. He wore an experienced coat and had a set of deep brown, soulful doe eyes that just beckoned for a morsel of food. He thought nothing of standing on his hind legs and looking into open classroom windows when the teacher’s back was turned. It brought pleasure to the school kids to secretly flip a snack to Shane. Shane hated loud noises. I often took him to the farm for a bit of rabbit hunting. He had a mind that could think like a rabbit. It was as if he could look at an area and know that there was a rabbit in his midst and know just the right direction to go. Everything would be fine until the first gunshot. Then Shane could have been a challenger to Jesse Owens. Just like lightening, he would be gone in a flash. I often wondered why he acted so. Had someone taken a shot at Shane as a pup? At the end of the hunt, I would find Shane sitting on the hood of the

car and looking at me wondering, “What took you so long?” Chasing rabbits and scaling fences were not Shane’s only talents. The neighborhood kids often tried to play ball with him. But Shane had his own beliefs about the rules of the game. Once Shane had the ball, the game became “Catch Me If You Can.” I think Shane knew that if the ball were to get back to me, it would simply be thrown again and retrieval would be an awful waste of his energy. Maybe he did not like playing ball at all, or maybe it was his own way of becoming the center of attention. At any rate, one throw was about the most you could count on. Shane had a long life. He passed away while I was in college one fall. He was one of those souls that at times had been an irritation to the neighborhood in his nightly wanderings. Now the rattle of trash can lids at midnight could no longer be attributed to him. People would be forced to rise from their warm beds to check out the incursions. Just as Shane had tried to live his life without much pomp and circumstance, he was buried with a simple service reminiscent of the Beatles song “Eleanor Rigby.” But his final resting place is in a spot he was happy to call home, under the scuppernong bush, between the pecan trees, beside his dog house. I miss my childhood friend, but remember him when the pecans begin to fall and the succulent smell of ripe scuppernongs fill the air, and a ball goes missing.


David Bradley President and CEO

Thank You Ambassadors!


hat does it take to volunteer for a project, event or initiative? Some might say “time” is the most valuable commodity. There is little question that many of us are all stars at trying to fit too many tasks into an hour/day/week. But without a desire, and a sense that the effort is worth the invested time, there is no volunteering. This space in one of Iredell County’s most valuable publications gives us the opportunity to simply thank some of the best volunteers with which I have been associated. To be an Ambassador of this Chamber requires time and effort. We ask Ambassadors to serve as additional arms and legs of the Board of Directors of the Chamber and staff. Each month, our Ambassadors contact 10% of our membership, notifying them of upcoming events, checking to make sure contact information is correct/current and inquiring as to how the Chamber might better accommodate their needs. Yet further, the Ambassadors staff many Chamber events offering the welcoming hands and hearts. Why? Because they care! Under the guidance of our Ambassador Chairperson, Susie Wiberg, and Chamber Membership Director, Valerie Chambers, our illustrious group continues to grow. There is no question that without the unceasing effort of these volunteers, business leaders that find the time to showcase their caring spirit, we could not begin to accomplish the many projects and initiatives of this organization.

Our 2011 Ambassadors are: Sandra Bortree – NorthStar Mortgage Shannon Boyd – Kneeling Bridge Ministries Chris Burnham – Griffin Insurance Agency Eric Carillo – Merrill Lynch Wealth Management Fawn Combs – REMAX Properties

David Comer – Iredell Christian Ministries Kelley Daspit – Iredell Health Systems Debi Early – Maple Leaf Health Care Anne Ellenberg – Kelly Services, Inc. Liz Ellis – Langtree Real Estate Group John Gallina – Purple Heart Homes Kristen Greer – Salice Boutique Mark Hawks – Document Imaging Solutions David Henning – Lake Norman Benefits Ashley High – Iredell Living Magazine Kathleen Hoagland – Easter Seals, UCP Kristi Pfeufer- Doug Madison Realty Mary Milsaps – Statesville Orthopedics & Sports Med Sheila Morrow – P.S. West Construction Chris Munson – Community One Bank Shea Musick – Dudley’s Home Health Sabrina Nicander – Home Instead Senior Care Pam Niehoff – Onin Staffing Jeanne Rice – United Federal Credit Union Maggie Shoobridge – Edward Jones Investments Emily Sigmon – Binder Chiropractic Chris Shoobridge – Coldwell Banker United Realtors Janie Stikeleather – Davis Regional Medical Center Mike Thomas – Clark Tire & Auto Marsha Treacy – AeroSports, Inc. Zelda Turner – Iredell-Statesville Community Enrichment Corporation Pat Wagner – Mann Travel & Cruises Nancy Yancy – Data Imaging & Associates Our community advocates and volunteers give much and often. The Chamber strives to make the community a better place to live, work and play. Our Ambassadors are in the trenches everyday. We want to take this moment to simply say – THANK YOU!


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A Well-Trained Workforce is Crucial

Karen Shore President and CEO Mooresville - South Iredell Chamber of Commerce 24 28


he MSI Chamber recently hosted a White House Business Roundtable with a member of the U.S. administration and a group of business leaders from Mooresville. There were a number of important issues discussed during the session, however, the last few comments echoed loudly that we must become a “learning nation.” As we rebuild our jobs and strengthen opportunities for entrepreneurism, it will take skills and knowledge and better educated workers. Our region enjoys a diversity of high-tech manufacturing, financial services, energy, motorsports, healthcare services and additional growth in defense, aerospace, and the film industry. It is crucial for us to create a well-trained workforce to meet the demand of our companies and industries. Over the past few decades, we have shifted from an economy dependent upon brawn to one reliant upon brains, and a college degree is not a guarantee of getting a great job anymore. Knowledge is required of those who wish to make headway in our fast-paced marketplace. Life-long learning is necessary and upgraded training will become a regular routine in people’s lives as we strive to remain competent in this economy. The MSI Chamber offers a wide variety of training sessions, seminars and workshops to sharpen the skill-sets of our employers and their employees. Staff development will bring growth to any organization. As a team is developed, there becomes a multiplying factor for continuous success. This fall, topics such as Financing for Your Small Business, Starting a Small Business, Will My Business Make Money?, Money Management Success, Motivating & Training Hourly Employees, and Bookkeeping Made Easy will be offered through the Chamber’s partnership with Mitchell Community College.

There is also tremendous value by involvement with the Chamber’s Marketing Committee or Entrepreneurial Business Council where information is shared and resources are available. Additionally, business owners have the option of meeting with the Small Business Administration, SB Technology & Development Center, or SCORE representatives on-site by calling the Chamber to make an appointment. This community is blessed by many avenues for continuous learning and business growth, yet there is vision for more.

The American Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) has designated Karen Shore, President/ CEO of the Mooresville-South Iredell Chamber of Commerce, Certified Chamber Executive (CCE). The CCE is the only national certification for chamber professionals. “The CCE program is designed to assess the applicant’s knowledge of the core chamber management areas - leadership, planning, development, finance and administration,” says John L. MacMartin, CCE, President of the Minot Area (ND) Chamber of Commerce and Chairman of the CCE Commission. “The applicants who are designated CCEs rightfully earn this outstanding recognition through hard work, countless hours of dedication to their field, and leadership of their chambers to achieve their missions. We are proud to have this year’s class join a long tradition of professional excellence.” Shore is a graduate of the Institute of Organization Management at Colorado College and is one of thirteen chamber executives who earned their CCE designation during the ACCE Annual Convention.

Ambassador Spotlight Mark Hawks is co-owner of Document Imaging Solutions located in Statesville. His company provides digital office equipment solutions (copiers, printers, etc.) to all types of business environments. My involvement with the Statesville Chamber has been a large part of our marketing plan at DISC since day one. I have been a member of the Ambassadors since 2005. Being in this group has given me the opportunity to meet a great network of people who have been an inspiration to me and my business. I am serving on the Retention Committee currently. Our committee monitors each individual chamber membership. I have the opportunity to speak with chamber members directly on a weekly basis.

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