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Living the Good Life

Randy Marion Automotive The King of Price IREDELL LIVING • MAY 2017






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Welcome to the May issue. Our moms do so much for us. They nurture and protect us when we are young, are there every step of the way in our teen and formative years, and continue to give us love, guidance and support in adulthood. In their eyes we can do no wrong. As their children we will always be their baby, no matter how old we are, or they are. Thank you, moms, for the sacrifices you make, and for the love and support you give to your family every day of the year...Happy Mother’s Day! This year, Memorial Day is Monday May 29. We remember all military personnel who gave the ultimate sacrifice so that we might be free. Many of these brave heroes endured hardships in the service of their country that most of us could not imagine. We can never thank them enough; may they all rest in peace. Until next month, thank you for reading the May issue of Iredell Living Magazine!

Living the Good Life

May 2017

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May 2017

8 • Happy Mother’s Day! 12 • Randy Marion Automotive

The King Of Price

18 • KM Electrical Heating & A/C

Taking Customer Satisfaction To The Highest Degree

24 • Two Men And A Truck


Movers Who Care

27 • What’s Cooking?!

Protein Rich Breakfast

28 • A Word From The

Statesville Chamber So Much To Do

30 • A Word From The

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Mooresville–South Iredell Chamber 2017 Race City Festival

family | food | local business



Happy Mother’s Day!

By Kathy Wheeler


Does your mom have eyes in the back of her head? Does she instinctively know what is going on with you before you tell her? Does she call you right when you are in the middle of doing something you know she wouldn’t approve of? To answer the first question, no, she doesn’t have eyes in the back of her head! What she does have is a love and a protectiveness that exceeds super hero powers. There is such a bond between moms and their children that is so strong that words cannot describe it, time only strengthens it, and death doesn’t sever it. She may get frustrated with your shenanigans. You may get tired of her meddling. She may reprimand you for making bad decisions; however, if someone else has an opinion, it is best if they don’t verbalize it! A mom’s wrath can quickly turn from frustration to protectiveness. The bottom line is she only wants what is best for you, and she goes to great lengths to see that it happens.



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The most precious gift a mother can receive is to see her children happy, so this Mother’s Day, share your goals and plans with her, express your love to her, and give her a little of your time. Put away your cell phone, shut down your computer, and just be in the moment with her. I recently saw a plaque that said, “Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That’s why it is called the present.” This is so true. If you are looking for the perfect Mother’s Day present just spend part of your today with her. Lend an ear to her advice. She may not know as much about apps or computers as you do, but she knows a lot about life and how to navigate its ups and downs. Whether your mom has an actual career or not, her job skills from motherhood alone are just like those of a CEO–making major decisions and managing the operations and resources of the family. Not to mention the many other hats she wears. She’s probably mastered time management

with all the multitasking that’s required of moms, such as financial planning, bookkeeping, motivational speaking, managing, organizing, serving as chef, housekeeper, caregiver, personal shopper, and event planner. If you took family vacations, you could add travel agent to that list. You may think that you know more than she does, but knowledge can’t replace experience. And with experience you truly learn what is most important and that life is something that should be savored. This Mother’s Day, lavish gifts are not necessary. Instead, give a little of yourself to let your mom know that she is honored and loved. Iredell Living Magazine appreciates all the selfless acts performed by moms and wishes each and every one a Happy Mother’s Day.









cover story

On the cover–Randy and Jennifer with Randy Marion Chevrolet Buick Cadillac in the background. Pictured–Randy Marion and daughter Jennifer Marion Mills. (Photos by Shane Greene Photography)



Randy Marion Automotive The King of Price By Kristie Darling

It’s a bit of a cliché to say that someone is a “self-made man,” but I believe I’ll apply that moniker to Randy Marion anyway. This man has built a brand among auto dealers unlike any other in our area, and throughout the Southeast, actually. His name represents integrity, creativity, generosity, and family. Randy Marion Automotive is one of the most supportive, community-minded businesses in our area. It is through his generous spirit and civic commitment that Randy makes some of his most important decisions. “In 1927, my grandfather and six other men started a church with a critical mission to help those in need in Charleston, West Virginia,” Randy shared. “If it’s true that we learn all the important things in our life in kindergarten, then it’s doubly true I learned all that’s important to me in Charleston Mountain Mission Church. At the Mission, I drove the truck and stocked the shelves. We were all volunteers there, but we worked like it was the family business.” A BIT OF HISTORY If you are of an age to remember, you’ll know that in the 1990s, Mooresville was a much smaller town. Randy Marion established his first car dealership in downtown Mooresville with the intent of moving closer to I-77 as soon as possible. He broke ground in 1991 on his new property, the start of his dealership on NC Highway 150, when it was a two-lane road. “I can remember standing there at the showroom door just watching the cars pass by,” Randy recalled. “It’s all I know. In 1973, I started working in sales, and in 1986, I moved my family to the Carolinas. I had an investor, and started with 18 cars on the lot and thirteen employees, including me.” Highway 150 is now a busy four-lane boulevard, and Randy Marion’s presence there is unmistakable. His Highway 150 General Motors dealership has grown to approximately 56 acres, and his team proudly reports sales numbers that are now quite different. In 2016, Randy Marion Automotive Group sold upwards of 14,000 cars, and now employs approximately 450 people. For the last seven years in a row, Randy Marion Chevrolet Buick Cadillac in Mooresville has been recognized as the #1 GM Volume Dealership in the Southeast. “If you drive from

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• Randy Marion in 1990 when he opened Randy Marion Chevrolet Pontiac Buick in downtown Mooresville, before building his new location on Hwy 150. • Groundbreaking for the location on Hwy 150 in 1991. • Randy Marion Chevrolet Pontiac Buick on Hwy 150 in 1992. (Photos provided by Jennifer Marion Mills) IREDELL LIVING • MAY 2017


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Jennifer in the Cadillac showroom Service Advisor Marty McCutcheon helping a customer. (Photos by Shane Greene Photography) Opposite page–Randy with granddaughter Alexandria Marion Mills collecting toiletries for Alexandria's charity, Give Soap for Hope. Disaster relief collection of items to help the flood victims in Randy's home state of West Virginia. (Photos provided by Jennifer Marion Mills)

fer is vice president of marketing; her brother, Randy, is general manager of the Mooresville store. Betty Marion, Randy’s bride of 47 years, is owner and manager of Southeastern Fleet Management, a woman-owned corporation that sells cars nationwide. Randy and Betty were high school sweethearts. Jennifer said back in the day sometimes her mom would bring dinner over to the dealership and the whole family would eat there together. They still do that quite a lot. Betty was a founding member of HealthReach Community Clinic, and serves on boards or volunteers with charitable groups such as United Way, Hospice & Palliative Care of Iredell County, and the Mooresville Foundation for Excellence in Education. here to Key West, as you pass by General Motors dealers, well, we outsold them all,” Randy explained. Today, Randy Marion Automotive Group has multiple showrooms in Mooresville, Hickory, Huntersville, and Statesville where you can see and drive Buick, Chevy, Cadillac, GMC, Ford, Lincoln, and Subaru new and pre-owned cars. Fleet sales, parts and service, and collision repairs are available throughout the locations.

Randy Marion was instilled with a giving heart at the Mountain Mission in West Virginia when he was growing up, and his generous compassion continues in our area where he and Betty are generous supporters of Williamson’s Chapel United Methodist Church, the Boy Scouts, Mooresville Soup Kitchen, the Christian Mission, the Heart Ball, Rotary International, Lowe’s YMCA, the United Way, Cannon School, Mooresville Graded Schools… and the list goes on and on.

IT’S A FAMILY AFFAIR If you know anything about Randy Marion, you know that his family, his church, and this community are key in his life. “You never see my dad alone,” Jennifer Marion Mills told me. “He loves people, and they love him. We’re very proud of him…I just want to learn a portion of what he knows.” Jenni-

And, if you know anything at all about Randy Marion Automotive, you know that Randy Marion is THE KING OF PRICE. How do you know? Jennifer told you. “I’ve always been part of this business. I watched Dad build it one person at a time since I was in high school,” Jennifer said. “I was a member of the Charlotte Hornets’ HoneyBees and the Carolina Panthers’ Top Cats.



My dad watched me perform during the games, and he thought I should give our TV commercials a try. He said we’d try it for a couple months, and now it’s been almost 20 years!” Family fame continues now as Alexandria, Jennifer’s beautiful 18-year-old daughter, shines alongside her mom in the iconic TV spots. Alexandria shares her family’s big-hearted approach to life as founder of Give Soap for Hope, a charity that collects toiletries and other essentials for distribution through agencies such as the Soup Kitchen and Christian Mission to folks who need these items. “She’s always included a Bible verse in each bag,” Randy said proudly. “We help by filling the trunk of a Cadillac with donated items from the community, and Alexandria prepares the bags. She’s an amazing young woman.” Filling out the family, with the possibility that these youngsters might also find their way into the family business, are Jennifer’s other two children, Grey (15), Grant (11), and Randy Jr.’s three children, Randy III (12), Vanessa (10), and Victoria (8). All six grandchildren attend Cannon School, and all are active in sports and various clubs at school, as well as activities outside of school, such as Boy Scouts. THE LEGACY OF A SELF-MADE MAN While I visited with Randy, Betty and Jennifer, I was delighted to meet John Roberts, executive director of Mountain Mission. He was having lunch with Randy, as he does often, to talk about the important work of the 2017 iteration of Randy’s grandfather’s startup charity from the early days. “We’ve grown from such humble beginnings. Both of Randy’s grandfathers were involved over the years, and sometimes we stumbled along the way,” John shared, “but Randy and his family are still with us. Last year’s floods in our area were devastating, but we were able to serve over 150 people each day in our soup kitchen while recovery was underway. We’re now feeding over 37,000 hot meals a year, filling 1,300 baskets of food at Christmastime, and our food pantry fills 30-plus orders a week. We couldn’t do this work without Randy Marion.” Jennifer told me her dad has never forgotten where he comes from. “He helped me understand that this community and our business have blessed us greatly. It is a responsibility, and our desire, to give back to the community that has been so good to us.” When I started writing this story, I knew it wasn’t really going to be about cars…it was going to be about people. People you will be glad to do business with. Need a new car? Stop by Randy Marion’s. You’ll be glad you did.

220 West Plaza Drive • Mooresville, NC Sales (704) 728-0366 • Service (704) 585-1117 IREDELL LIVING • MAY 2017







Left– Kent and Vicky Moore, owners of KM Electrical Below–KM Electrical electricians wiring a store front Opposite page–Kent and his crew on a commercial job site. Managerial Team–Left to right–Jason Sprinkle, install manager; John Mitchell, electrical manager; Robin Hill, office manager; Josh Tomlin, general manager; Eric Harrington, HVAC service manager.

Photo by Shane Greene

customer satisfaction and referrals,” Kent said. “I know that in order to be successful we have to keep our existing customers happy.”

Taking Customer Satisfaction to the Highest Degree By Meredith Collins

KM Electrical Heating & AC has a multi-discipline business strategy to work with many different customers to meet a spectrum of utility needs. Their three-pronged approach includes electrical work, heating, and air conditioning. They provide these services in commercial, industrial, and residential environments. Established in 1998 by owner Kent Moore, the company has been a constant in the community that many people depend on for honest, reliable service. “We still have many of the same customers from 20 to 30 years ago when I was doing parttime work,” Kent said. Kent focuses on customer satisfaction and instills this value in his team of 18 employees. “Our whole business is built around 18


The growth of the company has allowed Kent to delegate more responsibility. He has five managers to oversee the electrical, heating, service, office, and general management aspects of the business. Many technicians are state licensed and have undergone extensive training specific to their trade. “We’ve been intentionally growing our company at a steady pace so we can keep a control on quality,” Kent said. “While I can’t physically look at each job like I did 19 years ago, we strive to provide the same level of quality. I’ve always told the guys if you are ready to leave the job at the end of the day and you can’t say that’s the best looking heat or electrical system I’ve ever seen—and if it’s not something you would want to showcase—redo it.” KM Electrical has repeat customers from all areas and backgrounds. The company provides electrical, heating, and air services in all environments, from restaurants to office buildings to homes. They install systems from the ground up in new construction, and repair or update existing systems. They also install and service generators.

Photo provided by KM Electrical

Kent stresses the importance of proper maintenance for heating and air units to minimize repair costs. “Heat pumps need to be serviced once or twice a year,” Kent said. “Your central air conditioner needs to be checked in the spring and furnaces in the fall. It’s important to make sure the air conditioning unit has been serviced, and the outdoor coils have been cleaned, or it won’t perform right.” If your air conditioner has not

Photo by Shane Greene

been serviced yet this summer—now is the time. Energy efficiency is another focus area of the company, and they work with customers to find the right system to decrease their power bill. They can perform a duct blast test to pressurize the ductwork and determine the amount of leakage. If needed, they can repair or replace the ductwork to improve efficiency.

Kent and his team have built an experienced and trusted company, ready to meet your electrical, heating, and AC needs.

KM Electrical Heating & A/C 704-876-6279 2865 Wilkesboro Highway Statesville, NC











By Jennifer Krawiec

Their ability to provide exceptional customer service begins with hiring. “We have an extensive process, and when we find a good candidate, we hire mainly based on attitude,” Joe says. “We only want the best of the best, because moving is so stressful.” All employees are trained extensively, and the movers have in-office orientation, as well as hands-on training in the field. “We like to say we are a customer service company who happens to move people,” he adds.

Photo by The Portrait Gallery

You may be excited about a fresh start, a new home, or a fun adventure, but getting there can rattle your nerves. Husband and wife team, Joe and Kate Windemuller, want Two Men and A Truck to take the stress out of your move. They start with customer service. “What we hear from our customers is that our service sets us apart. We have an office team at each of our three locations, and they are trained to calm customers’ fears and stresses prior to their move,” says Kate. She also points out that having the “Grandma Rule” keeps their high-quality service consistent. “We treat every customer the way we want our grandmas to be treated.” 24


With 29 trucks and 100 employees serving the Mooresville, Statesville, Winston-Salem, and Hickory areas, the Windemullers have the experience and passion needed to manage such a thriving business. Joe worked at a Two Men and A Truck franchise in college, eventually becoming general manager of a South Carolina location. When they married, combining Joe’s knowledge of the industry with Kate’s business background, it made sense to purchase their own franchise. “We looked at locations and decided this area was great for opening a business and raising a family,” says Kate. Unlike other movers, Two Men and A Truck uses exclusively 26-foot box trucks, ensuring that only one customer is served per truck. “When we do a long-distance move, you know exactly when your goods will arrive,” says Kate. If a bigger job requires more than two men and one truck, they accommodate

that as well. In May, they are launching a new program with a more affordable option for long distance moves. “ValueFlex is containerized moves. We deliver containers to a customer’s home, our movers pack them, then the containers are loaded onto a truck,” Kate explains. Business moves are treated to the same stellar service as residential moves. Two Men and A Truck will accommodate local businesses by moving them after regular hours, to avoid disrupting their day. Kate’s favorite part of running this successful business is being able to help her community. “Not every job has to be revenue-producing. I love knowing that we are making a difference.” Locally, they work with their local chapters of Girls on the Run as well as Mooresville’s Ace & TJ’s Grin Kids. Two Men and A Truck’s internal charity, Movers for Moms, partners with local businesses to collect donations and distribute to special women in time for Mother’s Day. More information about their charitable initiatives can be found on their website at www.twomenandatruckmooresville. com. The next time you need to move, whether it’s in-state or cross-country, make sure you give Two Men and A Truck a call. The Windemullers and their entire staff are truly Movers Who Care.





What's Cooking?! Protein Rich Breakfast

This Mother’s Day, serve Mom a nutritious breakfast in bed! These recipes are rich in protein and will be a good start to her day!

Blueberry Buckwheat Pancakes

Recipe courtesy of The Chef Next Door Serves 4

¾ cup buckwheat flour ¾ cup all-purpose flour 2 tablespoons sugar 1½ teaspoons baking powder ½ teaspoon baking soda ½ teaspoon salt 2 eggs 1¾ cups lactose-free, 2% milk 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 2 cups fresh blueberries, plus additional for topping (optional) Syrup (optional)


In large bowl, whisk together flours, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In small bowl, beat eggs then add milk, oil and vanilla; mix well. Stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients and mix to combine. Heat griddle or large skillet over medium heat. Using ¼ measuring cup, pour batter onto griddle. Gently place several blueberries all over surface of pancakes. Flip pancakes when bubbles start to form around edges and bottoms are golden brown. Cook on other side

until golden brown, about 2 minutes. Remove to plate and cover to keep warm.

2 dried figs, halved 1 tablespoon sliced almonds 1 tablespoon honey

Top pancakes with additional blueberries and syrup before serving, if desired.


Ricotta and Fig Oatmeal

Recipe courtesy of Foxes Love Lemons Serves 1

¾ cup milk ½ cup old-fashioned rolled oats ⅛ teaspoon kosher salt 2 tablespoons ricotta cheese

In microwave-safe bowl, stir together milk, oats and salt. Microwave on high 2 1/2 minutes, or until oats are tender and most liquid is absorbed. Remove bowl from microwave; stir in ricotta. To serve, top with figs and almonds, and drizzle with honey. Photos and recipes courtesy of United Dairy Industry of Michigan Visit for more recipes. IREDELL LIVING • MAY 2017



imagine in a few corners of this community, the old familiar wrangling of “Ain’t nothin’ to do here” is still uttered. To the credit of many hardworking souls, courageous dreamers, and proud civic minded folks, that mantra truly doesn’t apply anymore. The season of PLENTY (events, that is) is upon us. Get your calendar out and mark some of these dates down.


So Much To Do

David Bradley President and CEO Greater Statesville Chamber of Commerce



May 4, 5, and 6–Theatre Statesville presents The Tom Dooley Project at the historic Iredell County Courthouse. You probably know that Tom Dooley, the man of musical folklore, was tried and hung in Statesville. Theatre Statesville will recreate bits and pieces of Tom’s trial—a little tidbit of history is that the prosecuting attorney was none other than North Carolina’s Governor Zebulon Vance. To get tickets please go to May 12, May 26 and June 9–The first three of nine concerts in the Piedmont HealthCare Friday after Five concert series will be in beautiful downtown Statesville. These events typically draw a crowd of 2,000 people plus, and you might want to be part of it. There is probably no more scenic downtown venue in North Carolina. We are delighted to note that RadioJacks kick off the season with covers of recent hits. On May 26, we bring back one of our favorites, Divided by Four, to serenade us with deep soul and jazz. We feature one of the most sought after bands each year on June 9 with Statesville’s own, The Catalinas, a MUST for everyone. May 13–Join us for the Third Annual Troutman Chair Front Porch Fest in

downtown Troutman. Could there be a better place to kick back your heels in a rocking chair from Troutman Chair and enjoy the food, family, crafts, music, and soul of this great community? We will be up and running from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with two music stages, great food, vendors, and lots of smiles. No charge to attend, but you have to smile. May 19 and 20–Full Bloom Home and Garden Show will be held at the old Sears building at Signal Hill Mall. This inaugural event will feature vendors that help make YOUR dreams come true. Are you interested in having your yard designed to stun passersby? Are you considering remodeling your home, adding a hot tub, or refinishing your deck? Are you hoping someone can help you put some reality to your dreams? The Full Bloom Home and Garden Show will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days, with free admission. For more information, please go to or call 704-873-2892. The brevity of this column does not allow me to embellish anymore that relates to further events. To learn about more festivities for your heart, soul, or mind, please go to or If you’d like to post events on either of these calendars, please feel free to submit. We are truly a community that’s always looking for ways to kick up our heels. Join us as we celebrate Statesville, Troutman, and Iredell County.




he 2017 Race City Festival will

The Race City Festival is Mooresville’s

welcome food trucks and more

downtown celebration that coincides

than 20,000 people to down-

with the kickoff of racing at the Char-

town Mooresville on May 20th.

lotte Motor Speedway. It is annually

Photo by Captain Gus

scheduled at the start of Race Week, the


2017 Race City Festival

Today, a new generation of food lovers

opener of our celebration of all things

is lining up at food trucks and food

related to racing in our area, bring-

carts like never before. Like so many

ing thousands to the Charlotte Motor

other popular trends that attract millen-

Speedway and the All-Star Race.

nials, food trucks are the latest version of a memory in American history and

The festival itself starts on Saturday,

world culture. Food trucks have been

May 20th and runs from 9 a.m. until

on the streets, in neighborhood pods,

5 p.m., rain or shine! Main Street and

and private events for years. Coming on

Broad Street will be closed to traffic be-

strong in 2017 are food trucks paired

tween Iredell and McClellan Avenues.

with beverage makers for a full meal in

Filling the streets you’ll find a colorful

one stop. Wineries, breweries, and dis-

festival of food trucks, crafts, games,

tilleries are forming partnerships with

and entertainment. With nearly 200

food truckers to pair food with bever-

vendors, this year’s festival will feature

ages. Food truckers are becoming more

our children's entertainment area,

creative as a result of tight vending

dance troupes, live music, aerobic mar-

regulation, overcrowding of food trucks,

tial arts performances, a variety of arts

and new ideas to serve consumers.

and crafts, and even a spotlight on locally grown produce and products. En-

Local means everything in food in

tertainment will be provided through-

2017. The new twist to mobile food

out the day with a main stage offering a

menu favorites is locally grown in-

variety of different acts. The main stage

gredients. Food truckers are turning

will be positioned on Broad Street in

to suppliers that are partnering with

the food truck court and beer garden

local growers and producers, and even

area near the Mooresville Christian Mis-

stepping into farming or artisanal

sion. Because we are a racing commu-

preserving themselves. The benefits?

nity, NASCAR will also have a spotlight

Strong flavors, wholesome ingredients,

with race cars and historic automobiles

more connections between consumers,

from area motorsports museums and

food truckers, and producers. Where

other participating vendors. Pick up a

was that fish caught? Who grew those

racing collectable or a beautiful piece of

salad greens? Who made that amazing

locally produced artwork. There will be

strawberry jam, or pickles, or bread?

family fun and food for everyone.

As the world becomes more connected

Kirk Ballard President and CEO Mooresville - South Iredell Chamber of Commerce 30


and people care more and more about

The 2017 festival will welcome young

their food and the environment, locally

and old to downtown Mooresville. Ev-

produced ingredients are making a

eryone will be there! You should be, too.

huge impact on food trucks this year.






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