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Charlotte International Auto Solow is c. :harce for consumers, industry executives,

by some fierce industry competitors, but that 1sn't bothering William

media, and the govern-

Braddy and Allen Woodward today. Rather than worry about what

ment to all come

the guys down the street are doing, they are much more concerned

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h=art and soul into

producing the Charlotte Conventon Ce r.te-'s most successful consumer event of the year. Held every

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Merchandise Corporation of Amenca's goal 1s to provide clients wrt:h professional retail support one customer at a time wrt:h each MCA retail associate and field manager trained to the individual coverage philosophy and specific tasks. The company builds business relationships between retailers and dnv1ng sales, building market share and increas1ng profrts.

42 Interim Help, Permanent Solutions When you hear that Monaghan Group sponsors an annual shopping trp instead of a golf excursion, you suspect there's something unusual about this financial consulting company. And you are nght Beth Monaghan started her own company because she wanted to prove that she could be respected 1n the business community while making good decisions for her family and herself.

46 Dr. Jonathan Christenbury is the founder of the Chnstenbury Eye Centers, and is Internationally known as an authority on correc-

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manufacturers through their expertise in

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The Co ffeeboss provides high qualit)., European style espresso-brewmg coffee machines th lt make the current offi ce coffee services look doNTl right cld-f1shioned and unsophisticated .

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While national headlines are fJII 路Jf sc~n calous sto1ies about corporation executives this, the annual inductees to the North Carolina Busines; H11l o[ Fame provide shining examples of those individuals who ha.,E m<.de significant postive additions to our state.

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Thi s month 's cover f eatures William Braddy and Allen Woodward in front of First Citizens' new Mormc roft branch. Photography by Way ne Morris.

tive eye surgery. In Charlotte, he can be cred1ted w1th turn1ng the word "LASIK" into a household term.


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Carolinas Medical Center has received Four- and Five-Srar Awards, as well as Top Performer Awards, for 2002 from Professional Research Consultants, Inc. We humbly thank you for your trust and confidence in our care, and your gracious comments and recommendations on our performance. T hanks also w the physicians, specialists and staff who have made us the star hospitals of the region.


Caroli nas Medical Center has received the 2002 Top Performer Award in patient satisfaction. This award is based on " Excellent" responses for Patients-Recommending-to-Friends-rmd-Rel.tztives in 2001. CMC was also awarded the 2002 Four-Star Cusromer Service Award in Outpatient Care. The Four-Star designation is limited only w hospitals achieving a score in the wp 25 percent nationwide. CAROLINAS MED I CAL CENTER-PINEVILLE

Carolinas Medical Center-Pi nevi lle has again received Top Performer Awards in Inpatient and Outpatiem Care. It was named the country's wp hospital in patiem satisfaction in Outpatient Care in : OveralL

QuaLity of Care; Most InvoLved Staff Member's Expl.tznations of Treatments and Tests; Most InvoLved StaffMember's Quality ofCare; and Patients' TotaL Time Spent in the Outpatient Department. It was also #I in the country for I npaciem Care: OveralL CLeanLiness ofthe HospitaL.


Carolinas Medical Cemer-Mercy has received the 2002 Five-Star Cuswmer Service Award in Ourpaciem Care. The Five-Star designation is awarded ro the rop 10 percent of hospitals in the U.S. rated "Excellent" by patiems in terms of overall quality of care in 200 I.


Carolinas Medical Center-Un ivers ity has been nan1ed a 2002 FourStar Customer ervice Hospital fo r O utpatient Services. The award reflects a sco re wi thin the 75th and 90th percenti le nationwide based on post-hosp italization interviews, placing it among the country's elite hospitals .




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November 2002 Volu me 3 â&#x20AC;˘ Issue I I Publisher John Pau l G all es

Associate Publisher/Editor Maryl A. La ne maryl .a.l

Creative Director/Asst. Editor Brand on Jordan

Account Executive W anda G orges wgorges@greatercharlotteb Li ndsey D. Traus ch

Contributing Writers Susan Benedict Susanne Deitzel Casey Jacobus Mary Marshall Bryce Nielsen Lori Ri ley Ron Vinson

Are we becoming another Taxachusetts? Quietly and subtly, in the midst of pre-election rhetoric about balancing budgets, socia l security, prescription drugs and health care reform, our county comm issioners voted to raise sa les taxes in Mecklenburg County by another one-half cent to 7.5% starting January 1, 2003. To the benefit of area businesses and consumers, they postponed the increase until after Christmas so as to not discourage retail sales over the holidays. Viewed in con junction with increasing corporate restructurjohn Paul Galles, Publisher ings and massive industry layoffs, business owners are apt to be concerned about further tax increases at a time when the economy is struggling to recover. Is North Carolina becom ing the "Taxachusetts" of the Southeast? In comparing North Carolina rates of taxation by type to those of other southeastern states, it is important to keep in mind that rates are imposed on I. Tax Rate Comparisons in Southeast U.S. different goods and services and app lied with varying Corporate Personal Income Income Sales lottery exemptions and credits among the states. However, as ind icated in Chart I, North 5-7 Yes South Caroli na 2.5-7 5 Carolina does appear to Yes 2-5.75 Virginia 3.5-4.5 6 have litera lly the highest 4-7 Yes Georgia 1-6 6 rates of taxation in the Tennessee 7-9.75 6 0 * Southeast. Yes Florid a 0 6-7 .5 5.5 However, if we then look 4-7 Alabama 2-5 No 6.5 at the different sources states have chosen to fund *Tennesee results of November referendum were not available when this chart was created. their state and local prioriData Source: Tax Foundation and the Federation of Tax Administrators for ti es, Chart II indicates just the tax year 2002.

II. State Tax Collections and Distribution by Type of Tax (2000) TotalS*

Contributing Photographers Jan Homan Wayne Morris

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North Carolina $15,216,066




South Carolina Virginia Geo rgia Tennessee Florida Alabama

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Ill. Effective State and Local Tax Burdens by State and Rank (2002)

how wide a disparity there is between the sources of tax collections, suggesting that mere rate analysis may be too Tax Burden Rank (1= highest rate) simplistic. Georgia 10.2% 25 Then, when we extrapolate the North Carolina 10.1 29 basic tax rates relative to the sources South Carolina 10.0 30 of fund ing to compare the effective tax Virgi nia 9.4 40 bu rdens imposed by th e states (Chart Il l), Florida 42 9.3 it no longer appears that North Carolina is out of sync. After stripping out federal Alabama 9.1 46 taxes and comparing the combined tax Tennessee 8.4 49 bu rdens of states and loca lities, southData Source: Tax Foundation eastern states are ran ked below average among the fifty states. Certainly, tax rates affect different people and diffe rent entities in a multitude of ways. And nobody likes to pay taxes. However, when it comes to calling North Carolina a high tax state, it does not seem that it is so disp roportionate after all. In point of fact, Maine had the highest tax burden at 12.8% and Alaska had the lowest tax burden at 6.3%. Massachusetts came in at #39 for its 9.5% tax burden - not quite as high as it had been in its "Taxachusetts" days. The national average was 10.2%, so while we may complain about taxes and want to reexam ine our tax burden and how we finance government, we are about average. With the local sales tax increase, we may even settle in at the average rate. Rats! j

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Monday, December 9, 2002 · Adam's Mark Hotel

The Charlotte Touchdown Club and Football Writers Association of America Present the

2002 Bronko Nagurski Trophy Awards Banquet Sponsor's Reception 5:30pm • General Reception 5:30pm ·Awards Dinner 7:00pm (Black Tie Optional)

Proceeds benefit the Charlotte Touchdown Club Scholarship Fund

2002 Touchdown Club Corporate Involvement Super Bowl Sponsors Adam's Mark Hotel Bojangles' CT Communications Greater Charlotte Biz Jim Myers & Sons Meineke D1scount Mufflers ew York Life Insurance Company

Presbyterian Healthcare RBC Centura Reznick Fedder & Silverman Sonny Hancock Automotive Group The Belk Foundation Time Warner Cable WBT ews-Talk Radio 1110 AM

Pro Bowl Sponsors Alphagraphics Campbell So up Company Downs & Associates FedEx Gro und First American Title Insurance Co. Hooters Restaurant Kraft Food Services Landstar Logistics

Rae Creative Rehab Solutions of America Royal & SunAlliance Salomon Smith Barney Scurry Co nstruction Sports Ventures Street & Smith's Sports Gro up Webserve

Gridiron Sponsors Lincoln Financial Group Meineke Discount Mufflers apa Auto Parts

Sprint PCS The Sunset Club High Grove Partners

Celebrity Golf Classic Vance Flouhouse & Garges

WBT News-Ta lk Radio 1110 AM

To order tickets contact the Charlotte Touchdown Club 704-347-2918 or for more information, go to • LSO Per Individual ticket· $ 1,500 Per "Gold Gridiron" Sponsorship Table of 10. Benefits include: One table

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3.nd HighLghts for Area



• IRS Reduces: Standard Mileage Rate Th~



mi e:age rate by nes~

k:>r bus

tioo is he

-educed the scandard 1/ 1

cent to


per mi e

criwi1g next year. The reduc-


of l:>wer gas prices in

ed, "Srrc.l bos


has lex:: teen :he

engire of ::Lr eco 1omic

v e-ed 11cr: =avora bl) than they hc:ve been


s1cu c r.ot be =o rc:d to P">'


ir the :est t..,J de:ades. Thirty-nir e pe r-


nan lar::: corpo-a:icns kr he<.ln imurance. o r :o ch::•o se i3l



201) I and e:dy 2002. n e new rate goes

anc imp:·rt<rt re<.lth be e l:s br ere r

int:> eF:ct J3ru<r( I, 2C03 . Empj oyers

wo-kers.. TI:Je.AH-=>

l e~

slatieon will lerei :he

should not : ela; in reprogramming systems

r;:laring fe lc <l'ld p -:>vi :le a::x:ess to

to reflect t ile new rate a~ e-npbye:s Vlill

alJie , quc.lit)' re tr care to:

be uxed o r liTDJn:s


S.36 pe - mile. k1

mi le.

c:-ht Ki;:>lintEr Letter)


m li:>rs of

Arre -ir:::a ns -w:rkirg in sTT"2 bu;ire!;:;es' Fo -

addition, the rare for medical crave and moving expenses w I d-op to $:.12 per



c:• ·:Jf thosz surv:yed also indica:ed negati\fZ views

::J ·large

corporations 1nd 58

p:-rent ha::l <. neg<.eive view of CEOs. The E1c loy.,e1t Law Alliance randomty surve:"""c I OOOAmericans and 75 percent of tile -es~·ordzms indicaed that the governmel: --,eeds tt> be -nore aggressive n its ~rs ig~t

COP'J' ::f the rep=rt. " A ~scxiati on



Lab:or lec.ders have used the Enron

Healrr Plar s: lnt:rovir 5 .Ac :e~s to

an = \.Vo- ld.::::m cases :o convince employ-

Afforcc.b e Quit} Health :are for Small

e:;- thc.t a jmon may

Eusire~se~ :·

h: ::: prote:t : 1em through better pens on

caJ I 356-:75-7322 or g·:> to

• DOL Bacia Association H.:alth

VIV. W.d :::1.!;0'11 p#b:t 1p.jf, ar p-rep:Jrt.pT.


(·NWW be.n

an = sev~ra; .: e

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been at::le to

ben efit~. AFL-CIO


Job - S\1\Eeley said. "People are a1gry that tile."re ()SJ15 : heir savings to a c:Jr rupt

Tr: :::> epartmenr: of La bor :ooL) is suppor: rg egis a.ticr v.h ich would provide

• Polls

greater 3:ce5s t::> health i1surar ce =or ;m3ll

Recepti·.re tc- Un io " Representati on


M;,re Ernplo·(ees

co-porcte S;:'$tem :he) thought the:- could

Diff cut :.::on·:mic tim :; and -ecent

busi1esses.The :: O L is backing legislat on

trL :;;:. Trat'; ..,-,y more Americam :han e·ter sa) tl--et would jcin a union to-norrow

in :re -lou se of Re presentative; that would

head ines 1xut uneni cal ccrponte :enav-

to>ve : h:ir li·1es if given the chance."

escaJiis h fede -al ) regul1ted assxia-tion

ior a -e <.p:>3r31tl·t caus in5 rrore eTolo('ees

L r ::er ~ wf:Erey's l:ade rship, unions ha>e

heal:h pl<.m (AHPs).

t•J cc•rsi::er jcilinJ:: a unicn acc:>rci - g t::

b::n mxe creative in their orga1izing

In March 2C•C2, F"re.;ident Bj sh called


ecerrt ~urveys. ,l. 1ational



t<.c cs ;: nd i: i; likely nat while th: econoem1in ; :; uggis 1, this will be a -ecurring

for new ru les tra.t W·Ju ld allow small busi-

mis:sixed b·t th: AFL-C IO w d cooduc.t:d



try "eter D -a-: Res:::arc-

the!: ron the urion ;.

:o b3Jl::l :ogethe- co distribLte risk

acrcss a larger empjoyee base c.n d neg:>tiate volume pren un

di~c:JIJ1ts . Bu ~i nesses

could als o i"lsJr: enployee~ throu5h a larger


sue 1 a; a trade 3ssociuio1. lr

~.~soccc.~ ~

fou nd trat fo - rhe -'ir;t tim: (·Nhen :he >-FL-CI::> r r;t

~ir ce

3~ ked1 .

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SJ p:rcent



said they V" •:-u ld oil a Jn Cil

t·Jmorrow if ,5i 10:1 th: :hY ce. lkrt oomber

the =ormation o( these 3S:SO :iatk>ns and



wid· errplorers.

Us ing Coo~es si·Jnal BLdgel Office sta-

up f--:::m <{2 percent las: <e1r.A 5EJ=lr<.te

SjrVe) con.:U:ted by the E-nploymen: e:> J r~els

Alliance 3 J::rcx.p of lc."' fillS tha:

tistics, the DOL claim tnat sm <.ll bjsiness-

manag_Erren: den:;, ··ooJn: tlat 53 :•e-cent

es C•JU d ;a1't: 9 percent t:> 25 f:erc:nt on

d th:>re

their heath rsLn.n:: r;rem ium; w1ile

in more comxnies to: 3SS ..-: na:

off:ring coverage tc an;'V"here ··ron

are bett:r x::tected.

]30,000 to L -n il I on cu -ren:ly Ln imured people. Secretary o( La:>or, E aine Chow, stat-

u=at=:r :harlc:te b z

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d the '\o -k=--s l:::t c_rret" l·t rep:=-e1ted

addition, nsurarce b oke-s : ou d a;sist in

bu ild new

('H""v jacks.:r/, Constangy, Breaks &

s~;-ed ~u:rr:ort

I0(1 no!HT1 a.ozgeri3l

o~rizin& ,-cr~rs

v....-kfiiace Jdem:ity Thieves Loss r;:reventic·n in the workplace h1:;. .:>Eel a Ixg-ti ne concern for


e"T:d oyers H:·wev:r, Vlhile in the past tbe <ocLs las ::leen on minimizing : he loss o( nsl- nr 'We rchandise, employe~"~ no'~<'

n==:d to be concerned about "idem ty"


A::cnrd irg tC• the HaL pllone 5JI"'>E) of 000


• E pbyers Mar Be Liable for


R.e~e<.rc 1


a.1d anc::t:ier

\',or~e-:;, u n i~ Oi.rE

Hu-na1 resource departments 1eed to ::e part£ J arly concerned with nis is:s ~1e.

Prva·:}' 3Jld security experts indicate ~




tha: rreny wor <pla::e

Don•t be forced into reacting to change .


come frorr

HR. w l- ere- e m:·loyee information is to

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Servi::e said th.t i:len-

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one's !tloulder at t1eir cr:dit card lt'e other 11ethod; of de rJtit)' theft.


ld-:mtity t l-:ft i1 t , e workplace- m3.y cre1te enormcus leability for the e T p orzr if the : mj:loya was negligent in tile ;to ring-

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on. Employer liability is ccnti,u-

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statutEs requi r ng protection of sp-:!c ic

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to ; pr>.: a b rea.r:h ir securty is also re:o mmelced. One of t r e most importan: ;te:>s for errp iO)o·ers s tc conduct a thorough back5ourd screering of any empiC}ees wh:> ""ill (B~Keao.~


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TARGETED GOLF '" •T ps fo r N o co11pete Agre e me:n t s M.any ern e oye-s atteTipt corfidenti ~ l


b _; ine ~ s information


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key ern plcyees sigr noncompete agre:emelts _These <:sreements are design=d


keep a valuabl -: errp loyee from jurrp ng ship tc work br a conpetitor or !X.rt the5r cwn col'll'etilg business. In c --::er to be :rfo rceable: noncomp-:te agree T e , ts mu5t t.e "-eascnab e ." Laws vary b·,- ! tate anc a um:Jer :>f courts l-ave limitec the scope d nonc:>mpete agreements. Fol oy,oijng a re §Uidel ines which will hc -e-;ase: the like lih·::tod t hat an agreement Yli l :>e enbrc : ab e:


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ab~l app-opria~

information as confide1tial. • Make restrictions recso1able. For EX3.11pie, consider the time fra11e. lt. woul :J rot be reasonable to expe:t

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volume users like offices, bookstores, car dealerships, barber or beauty salons anywhere that coffee is provided to employees or to customers . We also have a model suitable for in-home use ." What makes the Saeco coffee machine different? With the press of one button , it freshly grinds and brews each cup of coffee, espresso, latte , frothy cappuccino, hot chocolate or tea in only 45 seconds, " bean to cup." Plus, espresso-brewed coffee tastes better and is healthier, with only 50% of the caffeine compared to other brewing methods . Then there 's the aroma . The unique brewing method is touted to extract the over 800 aromas that lie dormant in each little coffee bean . Boss has l 0 models of espresso machines available varying from a I0-cup home size to one with a I 00cup capacity su itable for hotels and restaurants. Some machines require a direct water line, either plumbed or

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tenance products. Heinz and Erika Boss celebrated the official grand opening of The Coffee boss in October at the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce. They have opened a showroom in Mooresville in the Brawley Industrial Park, although Heinz is pretty busy on the road right now helping people wake up and smell the coffee . biz

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Merchandise Corporation of America Provides Clients with Profess·onal Retail Support One Cus~ome: at a Time ,..We're in tr.e s-.3.ffins busin~ss, " says T m Pa:ombo , president/CEO and f::u:- der of Mer hancisins CJrporation of America (MCA) , a professional reta:l service fitn. ""J./e pro..,.ide labor: we dorc't buy, sell or inventory <::ty products. :Jur i 1.-store merchanchsing is a strategic process for ~ti!:fying the r-sw-e V"3.nt5 and needs of the consumer and the ingore busine.:;s -:1eed~ of ·he retailer and the :na::JUfacturer. " MCAS goal is to pro·,ridc clients with pro:essional retail support one customer at a ·me witt eacb MCA reuil associate and field manager trained to tje ndivi:lua _ coverage philosoph~ and specific tasks. The ompany build; busness rElationship between retailers and manufacturers througL :heir expense in driving sales , building market share <nC. increasi:tg pro fils. MCA has ~<perienced :;.5 percent :mnual growth since it was bunded in Ocober 19;6 en Palomb::>'s $250,000 personal line of c The pn·.atel}. held CJmpany continu~~ to grow with its business pla:- calling fer sale; in excss of $100 million in sales in five years. MCA competes witr. th:ee national food brokers and six national ~ePrice corr. pa::~ies. 3ut •heir technological ~ pproach sets them apart. ''•Ne've created a cu:otocize::l retail service mcdel ," says Palombo "that give3 the client _he !:::est valce proposiuon in the industry, i.e., we 're .)> gr~ate ~

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conglomerate. But they hit a stalemate when their philosophical ideas differed. Palombo's plan emphasized technology, quality and service reliability as the future driving forces for the retail staffing industry Relocating to Charlotte from New York City, Palombo fine-tuned his business plan, which called for MCA to set the standard by utilizing the Internet to deliver daily service reports to clients at a time when there was no real leadership in this $2 billion industry. MCA was the first to take advantage of the Internet, offering clients reports 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at a time when other organizations were generating paper reports that arrived six weeks after service calls were completed. The Web site provides clients with an open door to the industry's most client-friendly retail reporting system. Clients can review executive summaries and detailed bystore reports on count, pricing, and competitive information. Store level information is accessed through Internet-based systems - Net Reporter™ and Net Manager™which allow software clients to access a ream of pertinent information. MCA's et ReporterTM Internetbased reporting system offers a personalized Web page called "Retail-Look" designed for the client's projects. It provides instant around-the -clock access to a comprehensive report on retail store execution including same day data on product conditions in any retail environment, instant retrieval of MCA's daily retail coverage, tracking of retailer compliance by execution , MCA Executive Management Summary Report by project and by retailer, MCA store-by-store performance reports and data warehousing, data mining and data analysis. Through this tool , clients are able to better troubleshoot store conditions, develop more up-to-date customized reports, enhance retail execution management , reduce out-of-stocks and drive up sales volumes. "Through Net Manager™ , field operation managers can pinpoint the

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location of our retail associates at any time," says Palombo . This proprietary MCA program instantly sends out information and updates to MCA field managers on their retail associate's daily productivity, enabling them to respond to retail opportunities rapidly, execute programs without delay, better define the best approaches for retail associates and improve performance by moni:oring retail associates' progress . MCA offers additional client services through their warehouse and fulfillmenr center. This center supports all that MCA does - kit collation , catalog fulfillment, product literature , POP materials. displays, coupon premiums , business catalogs, and samples and rebates. "Palombo has a unique innovative business model for the consumer package goods industry," says Walt Zola , director of national retail operations at Schering Plough's Health Care Products Division. "Based on competitors , he's a few years ahead of his time in terms of where the industry is today and where it's going. Palombo has been a true team player with our organization; he's ~xtremely passionate about his business."

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Richard E. Lev. is Executive Direc :>r Greacer Charlotlte Aut:omcbile Dealers Associa ton Photographed ir front of a. 1921 Marmen Roadst:=r Model Ho. 348 (gray) and 1918 LaSalle Con-ertihle Coupe (red) :>Wned by l:ussel J. Rcgers,Jr.

Dick Lewis has headed the Greater Charlotte Automobile Dealers Association for over 10 years and is the driving force behind the Charlotte International Auto Show

Dick Lewis, execulive director of the Greater Automobile Deale-s Association, has gasoline in his vel-s. At least that's what Marty Hancock, president of S:xny Hancock ChevrolEt/Cadillac, thinks. And it's probably not far from the truth. The Lewis fanily has roots in the: automotive busi1ess that stretch as far back as the late 1800s. Lewis' grancfather, JD. Perry Lewis, built the first car in St. Louis, Missou 路i. At the time it was one of the first cars in the United StdtE~, and although he sidestEpped the opportunity to go intc rronufacturing, Perry Lewis could still be con~idered an autonctive pioneer. He begar selling cars in 1900, and from 1912 to 1929, he ran his o路Nn Chandler dealership Like so many other businessmer of that era, Perry Lewis was forced to close up shop when the Great Depression wreaked havoc on the national econory. Chandler cars slip::Jed into the pages

of history, but

the groundwork h:Jd already been ldid for the next two generations cJ the Lewis family


november 2C02

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When 1\1\iCllgctn :Jn::J th.: (::e,era Motors Conpany er1~1'?-C cs Je b t = of the autorrotiv-e ircust-,t,


_o:v;~ fd_he-

answered hi~ cal ing He ~rjcy-x:: ::! Ixg as an executve br

::::1\r\. cnc

n~~-ec hi: ;en

to do the sa-ne. By this ·ime


\\-.J" no::> b:_e-

company, it Nas a wa( enrolled at the





ife. Dd L<W::

Te:1n Cdl rGtitLt€. n:::w

known as Ketter ng Jni...-~r~ty, i1 F irt, Michigan

f-(:: in

1·:1:c :n:J SP€1t

years in

<:> plai- 'vh~ n::n:

;.:b ad m:Jr <et 113 v.11th the


Pontiac civi>Ofl. Al:::ng -.vth e -h loratin~ ~ds,

a li=etimE

in the car b.l'ile:;se:; -~<:s ::omplete wit1 exhaust r 3

c:km 1c:;

C•vo::r hz yz.;rs Levvis, hi~

~ os ha-...E" 3:::>ne into

zr thu:~:l3T f::.r t lE ir·::us::-'-'

rv·oe.,.,. '/ZdG :lgc when

e ::: FL(::VIiS


::-r<: pi::::~ :h~y w::>L. o ;cnzdc.~

of the ccuntr1


compari~s c:n':

the ctf-er

'These days the

rn:o\e you uiCJlC as mLch/'

he says. 3ut :::>:lC· t1er you ,·~:e 1: where ,tcu were nee-ded

T1e cCYl;tant rd:xa:ion



drc h! vvi=e deed'!:: ::1is was

.vith g:::>l·, :ishi1s :Jno: lei~u ely ::Ia;. .r ::>s. For _ewis ~ r1e::r-: :l po::siticr .a; ~cz pEsrcent ::>F man:Jc_:znent ct :::>oc

of Charo::-3 lc:gest


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r::tre- For

:;:::me :~:Jie ~ iP-mE:nt ~ar: l;;;:-o d:Jy: filled





:orpo-::2 jcurney3 b::)j~h: hi ; =niy to

wife, D:J~a, c. --d :ho: r :hree ::1--ii:J en hav<: lived





b.r: t rzver ::Jarpznd Lewrs'

in nearf·, :l ch:::en c f·erznt c tie;, fom on~ enc


greater charlotte










ckd erships,

Dick K.dfer f·.Jtomotive. He

''C:::::..Jr 3Cill i' tc p orrcte :he enhancene-1:

International Auto Show. For the last ten

spent three years at Keffe- bdore he became

~ ""·efa~ d cur lrelll:e-s/' exp ains Lewis

t~e executive directcr of ::~e AutomobilE


[Je-,lers .Assooation i119':?0

ci=ab':"~ ~nd sales peor::le ·_..ith tlle training an:::

heart and soul into producing the Charlotte

I':':<JJ ces t~e·< need to OJ:Xrate ethically ard

Conven tion Center's most successful consumer

Hcncock, who ha~ knoiA.n Lewis since t-.e

~=n~>tlr- S::. :dl the a~ro<h ras wo·ked.

event of the year. Held every November, the

l';J?Os lhe d1rect::>r posi ion has given hm

h·is s~ys d~ale- ima~ ~ :he highest it's e.;er

show is a chance for consumers, industry exec·

:'•e opportunity tc leverc;-:e 1is tremendcus car

b:oer, and :1~ 1n:Ju:tr=' o cf.. conti1ues to

utives, media, and the government to all come

·'Dick's JUSt an e:-<ce:p: oral car guy/' >dys

S<il <


tri; lle 11eans hd:::ing :o ::xovide

,:::lz~:ribed as the t';'pe ::>f mal who neve

'·I love tlis bus ne;s b:cau>e i: ev::>lves

Te?t; a stranger "/\nc t~at'~ a great wcy to

c: -:::1 chcnges, · sa·;s Le,vi~.. ·ih s is the most

:::roT•ote an organi~at1c•n,· he says.

e cij113 incu:try

in roundtable discussions, and exchange industry updates.

can :hink of be:::ause :he·e

c:·;: 'e"" m:::·cels zvery year" And varatiors r

~<:iation's responshi ity :o educate and

•=ko:~ a1d m::ldels crer't 1~;:: crly :ransforrru-

np-ove upon an irdJslry llla: is more oft€:"• th:m

1 ::n·;

·y r<:garded with ;u~pcicn. Ever since the

I_ u<: o= tre car indu;'ry ·'\1./e need to be

PS:)s, when manu=actuea:; started mass-p:.duc·

row ~rzr~f ;ufft::ielt n our own country,r re

wg ::::~rs :~nd us1ng ~ ad-;el techniques, bu·f"rS

s.:: ;s 'As ,-.-e mc·ve

hv~ exercised cauto1 wk:n stepping onrc the

c,.. vR. can e~plcre ne'V

::::~r lot. Aggress1ve ca s.:~leo ::Je•Jple and les; :han

c·d h.e cdl te:hndo:_::ies.'·

h·est sdling procedures p..Jt a bad taste il

Automobile Dealers Association have put

together to preview the latest trends, take part

and people sblk" lr fact, Lewis is

Le-vis conside-s it :he Altomobile Dealers

years Lewis and other members of the

or L,,·..-·is' min::J. -1e'~ looking to the


·om oil depend<:r-

r: ·::lpu sion

"I love this business because it evolves and changes. This is the most exciting industry I can think of because there are new


models every year."

,!.._11th:, :alk abxr th~·latest inno·;ctiols

he puck's mouth, and i( ta~en years for :1e

c·d rro:Jif•:d:iorE is t1~ ::,dect st:3ue into 01~

ir cu~.try to restore their ref=utction.

o::= r s fevo·ite to ::JiG: -he ·:harlo::e

-Dick lewis, executive director of the Gre<!ter Charlotte Automobile Dealers Association "Dick made the car show what it is today/' says Cyndie Mynatt, president of the Ben Mynatt family of car dealerships "He has the connections and the respect it takes to bring in all the major car manufacturers


Gasoline may be in his veins, but Lewis is also driven by change After a lifetime in the car business, he is ready to step down from his executive director position. On January 1st the position will go to Loretta Allman, another industry lifetimer, who has been in the auto· motive industry since she was nineteen and with the Automobile Dealers Association for the last sixteen years. Lewis says he looks forward to retirement, but he knows his limitations. He brought the Charlotte International Auto Show to life, and he's not ready to give it up. "My wife and I plan to do some traveling/' he says. "But I still need to keep my fingers in the business as the producer of the Auto Show"


Bryce Nielsen is a Charlotte-based freelance writer.


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Cais, Corl1illtlnity, and Quality': On th _, Roaa and in the Classroonz, the Gt·eater ,_....J .arlott it.UtOfllobile Association Gives Back ~ = 'iOL as!< Chorlo:te: area locals what ·iey knC\.1 about the G:eate:r Charlotte .::1.u~o:nob le Dealers P_ssxia::i:ln, most

-,,i l tell ;r·::>U they've neY::r e-;e:l. heard


such 3n :xgan:zation. V:~th :hat in mind , 1:1.e n:.ajori~y wou _d alsc -:Je ~hxked to 'earn h c·A much the D :o.1 ler~- .t.ssociation ;-..35 g:.ven to tl-e community- aver the oo·.1r~z o- the past thr.::e deodes. '"Ne'e. not th= type of graup to toc t c.1r cwn horn ." s:~ys Cy:-ldie: Myran, ::residen: of the Een M;'Datt family of car d=d -ships, ar,d vice pr.::sid=nt o : the ::::eale:rs A33oci3tion·s 3card Jf Di:ectoro. ::LU v:hen .'lsked, :viynatt is one of man:' d=~le:s '1110 prouily explain the role the c·garrizc:Km plays in s·.:.:>po:ting both the ;1.1romolie industry, as we[ as Charlot.e ;LU

tOCir.uni:ies. llti y the -x g:;:-_iza..Lon is

group wm -<s l:J ::w-vide ~rea .:ea er5 w _a comprer..=ns v: s-: ries o' t·aining ·;;oEshops. Frc1 leg-Jl u hxnan resources, ::.:::J sales nunagem=m training, tL~ [•e.:.lers•ciation hs worked to raise nc. us ry ;ran :lard.:; ;:rnC. create a ccnrrunity o · d..::al =rships _bat emphasize ""ligh :p.:~1lity a'IC custorr.-:1 o.:.lisfaction. This commi·ment to ecucat •)I als.-. extends beyond th. organizati :Jns own membersh :>. The ea ler~ ftSooci -uior works clody with local :>olice c.nd [h: departments. 0:1.e prcgra..-n, "Th( Hundred Oub cf Charlene," he "J.> D provide for fami ie:: of offico::rs 'A-ho ~re killed in tre line o r duty. Recently thE organizaticn als• • do)natd f·JUT passe:ngtr vans to suppo ·t th-: police de•aru~nt's yo uth initi.Jtiv::s A'lot her cor ·ribut-·X1 included a -otor tbat police c!Tic::·s ::an

use for in-school presentations about the D.A.R.E program. And then there's nearly a dozen scholarships and charities the Dealers Association donates to each year. So how does an organization so >

What: 2002 Charlotte International Auto Show Where: Charlotte Convention Center When: November 21-24,2002 Hours: Thursday and Friday 12:00 Noon to l 0:00p.m.; Saturday I 0:00a.m. to l 0:00 p.m .; Sunday 10:00 a.m. tc 6:00p.m. Price: $7.00 Information: 704-364-1078 or www.charlotteautoshow.corn

THE JAGUAR FAI..1 LY. The XK Series, :-e XJ Series, tte x--ype and · ~ S-TYPE. Powerful AJ-V8 and V-6 engines. Connolly leather a1d wood trim irreriors. 4-ye;r/30 :oo-mile warranties. Scheduled Service Included At 10, 20, 30 and 40,000 11i e£ Or 12 "lJrlll Jntervals At No Charge.

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no vember 2002 SS

We want to







Visit a Hendrich

:· I

City Chevrolet 5101 E. Independence Blvd. Charlotte, NC 28212 704-536-1410 • 800-868-2489

Hendrick Imports 6950 E. Independence Blvd. Charlotte, NC 28227 704-535-0885

HONDA Honda Cars of Rock Hill 686 Galleria Blvd. Rock Hill, SC 29731 803-366-8161 • 704-334-6620

Land Rover Charlotte 6940 E. Independence Blvd. Charlotte, NC 28227 704-536-4270

Hend1 6824 E. lndE Chari ott 704-!

Special Dick Le~ years of c leadersl Greater Auto ~


vour business. Hendrick Auto guard


All vehicles thoroughly inspected. Extended service plans and Pre-Paid maintenance plans available.

Certit.ed Dealer

Acura 1dence Blvd. c 28227 7800

'anks to 5 for 12 tstanding ~for the harlotte ~alers


Honda Cars of Concord 855 Concord Parkway South Concord, NC 28027 704-788-4188 â&#x20AC;˘ 704-376-0457

Toyota of Concord 967 Concord Parkway South Concord , NC 28027 704-788-2161

Hendrick lexus 6025 E. Independence Blvd. Charlotte, NC 28212 704-568-4122

Hendrick Porsche 6824 E. Independence Blvd . Charlotte, NC 28227 704-531-3344

few have ever heard ol ::o:ne ·_ y\.-· J-. the resources for such a::1 ir:p-essl<-e s:: c f programs an·:: ?Djeosl -t all bJ::fC..15 each ovemte r at tie Ourlo=:: Cor.vention Center -. J-o the =·e*-s Association brings to?;clher t~ tig§.est names in the car inctktry f.Jr C1E :~ :.nual Charlotte Internc.tioru. Auto _ "Carolinians ha\-(C





with cars ," sa:rs Die\. lDvs, e.- ~ o.ri"P­ director of ti-e Dec.lers ASsocialic . P.nd it's this passion the: t ::Tngs pe· JE --om all over the region tc t 1£. :.1-_ov. e:t:· yo::ar.


For four fun -packed jl,s visi = r ; :: the show are treated to c. c c. ::zlingc.r " ~ of



Lacker Booms and Showers

• The ltP Grill with Dining P:rviio (SCJJiog up to 150)

• Golf

llepair ODd Stor.lge


new and concept cat: , e:-uertail:!o~t. food , and pri;: s. "\lo-r.: -..u.t to pr:: j·J : e a ::llD.ilies," show that's fun nd :Ltnc i·1e says Lewis. "There's

.:t ~

etf fa-_a:;;:

involved," he says. ":: CJrshow!"letus reli\·e many of our c:ilc.:-lOod :fru.n:.~. · · Car shows are:~ 't re\V to t--2 Charlotte are<: , but ro::te l-ave =v=:. achieved this level o - ~JCC2ss. : a:::n. ye:1r attendance h.:~s ir.cre~·= , brir p ~ loeTls of thousands gue93 t::• l-_e·= do1.'.Titown lccc.tion. ' Th ~ sho':.- h·.-p:-:s the



whcole industry " say: t·1yna:t. t3 1:"1, conver.ient, .:::rx. i1 rai£s L>c consumer's level of awar::::rcss " The show also g 7c.:. local : e:u -~ and

Practice Ball Bo

industry exec•..ltives c.< co::Jort.LT t:' to participate in educaLYu lserillnn:s n::i brainstorm id ~ as. ''l rue< the ;-J•>••::; success is reinfo:ced by 'i:.: <: tlencl......"l•::: ,< 3ays Mynatt. "Not only do ·.r:_ m:n· c.nd more visitors each yt;~ :, but tl- ~ r~•: i :t pa­ tion of the dealers ar d manufa-.:.t"JJe::-s also continues :o grC'W<!."' That's good new:: ;t•.:rcoss the Eoard for the Dealers Asso :i:c tio"l . "Cw-DI.issio:-1 has always b ~en c :;..npor t'~ .lutemobile indusr.::y an::! ~·c l:a-:k J l.E •:ommunity," says Marty -Lru:•)ck, N'nnt of the Dealers Assoc:Hti.::•r bo::-d ~ E dire : tors. He says tl-- llitJ sh ='-'- --::1s


infss is Golf!

been a major pan ol th ~ orga:uz:<:: . n 's success . "It r:mvides ..3 with -::J.e · e-.r::nue to support a lot of iJJ:..ponant -:r•Jg3ms, and it is a tre:rendo_s :=~ c ur:: ~ fr both consumers and men::>~-3 of tl- ~ [ autc mobile commur u:' biz 8ry:2 Nielsen is a Chc.-,ne-tas-: d freElance writer.


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The 2003 Upgrades. Even more proof German engineers don't have hobbies. Our lab-coated friends have been at it again. These 2003 upgrades reveal new stuff going on with every major model. The most common upgrades are extra standard features on all base GLs . And let us not forget that all 2003 models come with our 4-year/50,000-mile Limited Warranty. Lots of car here. Lots of car.

Golf GL • • • •

Power windows now come standard. Cruise control now comes standard . Power mirrors now come standard. CD radio now comes standard .

GLS • Luxury Package, including power sunroof and 15-inch alloy wheels with anti-theft wheel locks, now comes standard .


Jette Wagon



• • • •

• • • •

Power windows now come standard. Cruise control now comes standard. Power mirrors now come standard. CD radio now comes standard .

Power windows now come standard. Cruise control now comes standard. Power mirrors now come standard. CD radio now comes standard.



• Luxury Package, including power sunroof and 15-inch alloy wheels with anti-theft wheel locks, now comes standard.

• Luxury Package, including power sunroof and 15-inch alloy wheels with anti-theft wheel locks, now comes standard.

New Beetle




• Power windows now come standard. • Cruise control now comes standard .

• New GL model now available. • Standard features include power windows, cruise control, power mirrors, CD radio, and trip computer.

GLS • Luxury Package, including power sunroof and 16-inch alloy wheels with anti-theft wheel locks, now comes standard .

GLS • Luxury Package, including power sunroof, rear sunshade (sedan only) , anti-theft wheel locks, and 15-inch alloy wheels, now comes standard.

~ Caro~~~g ~~!!~n~agen 7800 E. Independence Blvd . at Krefeld Dr. • Charlotte, NC 28227 704-537-2336 • l-800-489-2336 Cl 2002 Volbwogen . 1-800 DRIVE VW "'VWCOM

Greater Charlotte Automobile Dea ers Association Boord ol Directors ~a n d~


Mcri : 1, Auto Show Chai"ma1

L1ar:Jr ::hevrolet/Fontiac/Bu ck

Vlcrty Ha1co:k, President

)cr ny -ian :c•:< Automoti\ e Group :y diE MfrEtt, Vice-President 3er V m t Ct'o:vrolet/Portiac/Buiclc 3il SC•Jtt

)cc:t ,.:guc.-

Steve larger

Scott Clark

/lrn old P31 mer Cadillac Mike Griffin <: riffi n ~1c tors

Scott Clark's T:Jyote: ::ity D ck Keffer

KEffer Au tom::tiv:: Gwup

Bob M~~berry

Bill Musgra.-e

Mayberty Chrysler City

Scturn Retail

Ward V'filliams

Richard Yo~mg

Folger Automotive

Yeung Ford

[nt ~r pri ~ es

Su&mortm;;, Arn:Jic, ~ r Cad illac 82' 3 E I<:Ej:~ldence Blvd. era lote. 'J: 28227 7C4 531.;;:7):

FrEEtiom Chevr:> l ~t 31 2 Hwy 74 W61 MClm, NC 2811 C 70~- ;.s9-8444

Lak~ Normar Chry~ l•r 204; • Cha1woll Cen:r<l Drive CorrEi.£, ~ C :'8031 704.S~7W}

Da • Jarrrr Ford · 6C 5~; )rive ~~oToe, NC ~8110 70<-37f.-8oJ; f

Ben M{ ~-Itt :adillac 2E · Cmocc Fl:wy. S Ccn :ord, rc !8025

Kio~ Chevrole16: 1JA Cochran~ By Pass Choser, )( 297(6 80::-::77-4147

Spa ·[ s Ch -ys ~ r-Je e p 146 . .::cncord Pkwy tJcrth Con·cd N: ;3026 704-:=?c-7: 84

DiJiln Fad 61; 'J. ~~ahS<. Be rnnt N: !80 12 /0!-320.·5 ff

Gdillac n t,est MO'TO"' J:: .!8110 7CL 283-:15 3~

Md<Enney Cher·olet 67~6 .Nilkinson Bid. Bel11cnt, NC 28C I~ 70<-£25-3306

DAE.NOO Folca Da•woo 570- :: ncEp81dence [.lvd. Charc ~ c ;8212 704-'36-9£35

Ear!Tiooal ; Jrd ;1:::· E. Frar t n Blvd. Ga!Oni< ~c 28054 /0!-36/-8::4'

: ha nt:.. N: 2:: o7 '04 53: -)83~

Sc11,y lbl:cck Cadillac 19/: S. i'-f'~ - cpe Road G<~tJne. ,c ~3052

lUI : K


Pa•: Chevrole· 64< 1 'J. Tryon St. Chalottf, ~JC 28< 13 70<-'38-4000

Tea., C<£ilac 404 Ja"' ~ : nder Blvd. Sa i>Jurt. nc 28 145 704-63 3-3"C

Parh Chevrole at the Lake 1Oc S. Old States· I= Rd. Hurtnv liE, NC :8:)78 70C-E75-6558

CH61R::J ~-

Ra• d 1 Marion C h~vrolet 18CO --iv,y ISO W MoJrEsville NC : ~ 115 70L-64-3303

.\CLRA ~en:lri d

Acu a

582: : . 1de~ru1Ce Blvd :h3 :tt= N: 2S.~7 '04 s:;: -78~c \Ul•l

\uc ol :har o t '80 - : . •de~nc t lCe Blvd. :h3 :tt= N: 2S. ~7 '04 53: -;133!i



Fr~ dcrr


M"'l' ~en:lri o lm: ort< ~95: E. •deponcoe· ce



e11 ~1~ <Itt 3 i. ~89 (•Jr :::Jrd ~Y"\ )outh O:on D'd ~c : sc"3 "04.; 1: 306E [ir•: d B. ck E45 _;n:;ster 3y Fm East lilnmts SC ~s-;.) E<J: -285-"44£ Folg=r llllick :~c - E. -:lepe1ca~e Blvd. Chern~ NC i8!'2 ;()L-);6-:'63!> Folg=r lilick T"ola Ro;cl . -77 Char ;~t .. NC 28-?' 0



144~ E.~.hi• ~- · eet

lincclnor. 1'-C 28092 704-Jh )::~ . Be.ll & ~ ME!I'd Chevrolet 1·4c 3t 1\JOO ~ 1 St<tesvi IE J.C: ~8677 704-'373-3)~4

ll()(l .VJC o


Grif-in oto-s ;soc oN. -.ocse1H 31vd. Mon~. -C 33 1 ;()L-372-294 Grif-in ~·oto -s :1 :. : A ~ersCl F·Ed Foclc Hill ;c ::'9i':: f<l:-3i4-_ 1" g

Hra,r Bk<k -~9 Jll :ochGn< l:y Pass Chfser, : : 2':'7CE: f<l:-317 ~ 147 Fantl:t I' 3rio · Eill <k "llCC ~~'· 15CW ~oo ~sv &!, N( ~- 15 i04-:0E4 -= 3o3 Sale.Au-=: M< I l1 o:: VIi nso• E..d Gastoo(lla -JC ;sc"" ?J4-H4 : sE7 CAD LU.::

Ben M~rLt· Cnevrolet Coroorc, '-': :E025 704-'37 j.5J,6 Buns Crn•·c let 251: nE·ti<·J3d Ro:c Hi I,::<: ;9730 704-33~-x: n

Ci1)• Cherd ;c1

510"<~J.;J"jence Blvd. Ch3rote, c 28212 704-336- n DalE EarTlar:lt Chevrolet 177~ HWJ JE ~outh Ne·N"on t": ~3658

l"nfuk -c ~IC

Team Chevrolet 40L J<ke Alexand~ r 31vd., NC 28 ' 45 70L-@6·9370 CHIY>LER Bo l"'ayberry Chrysler City 32Ll ~wy 7 4 We: 1 MoarcE, NC 281 : 704-233-8571 For: l"'il Chrysl ~r 80': wid Hill Roa:l Fort fllill, SC 297•~· 80~316-1000

828·16: - .: ~:1

GenyWood Auto Center 525d~e Al ~xand•r llvd. So Sali:buy, N: 28>47 704-6l7-9C90

Diar:Jobc :ile-.'Tolet 8101 Scu ~ El..d. Cha ·nn=, C 28273 704·35 ' - ~ KC

HurtEr Ch ·ysler 75()1 -outh Blvd. Chalcte, NC 28.1) 704 5; 1-6300

Dun ;ap-J:jnson Chevrolet 909 : .L~· York, SC :;~:; 803-33'- .C1

Ke e C~rysler 82n . lnd~pend··.:e Blvd. Cha lc:te, NC 28. 27 704 5;2-1cso

Arnc. d l'<lme· U::lillac 1J 72i Pnevill~ Rc .rJ n4-:>6

Sor n-. Hancock Chevrolet 19~ ;. ~Jew HofP- load Gaso1ia. 1\C 28e:.2 70L-ffi4-8?86


Fin . h lin• =ord 101" fo Je· Dive 5t<l6vil ~. -J( 28677 IOBH-3673

Folca Da•weo 4oor-.cla ~oal Charette, 1\( <8217 704-322-8L22 DOCGE Bob tolayb~rr 1 Chry:sk!r Citr 322C --lory ~4 \...est Mon CE, NC 2.3110 704-293-8:71 Carer n~ Dod : e 100:: :al]er Dr~e Stat51il=, 11( 28677 704-3i24--7C7•)


Hart:lson Fr d ES'X SoJtr n•d. ChTOltf. ~C 28210 704-352-n>:: Hilbsh Fo-CJ .incoln/MerOJry 260::: S. :am~1 Blvd. Kan""3pclis, ~C 28081 704-333-6~ 1'-

Fort tolil O.Od:Je 800 2Jic HII ~·ad Fort .iill, SC 29708

La icE Ford


[ ocge 480C :. _,d•pe-(jencE 8vd. Charx:11"' N::: 3212 704-335 5330 Keff~ -

LakE ..Jerman Jodg~ 207C:Tcm?1CE ~hapel Corn~ ~~ N::: ~3031 704-332 78)0

Fort Mi I Fo<d 78o ~ole fi ll toad Fort .J1ill sc 29715


Me hie li•a Jodge 852~ -outh Bv: . Char=t"' N: ~3224 704- Ji3 79)0 Tim l.atb~g e· Dodg ~ 287 • :Jno:or~ Pc kway N Cono c, NC 2:0025 704- ''2-97)0 FORI Burr5.Ford 111 E 9 ey 'ass ll'le;t Lanc<9e• SC 29720 803- •; 6-441 4


Cion tg•r For: 511 .3<e Alexar.Jer Bl•d S Salistuv. NC 2!' 14 7 70H:3-932'

LS H.vy ~0 Hurt ~rsv!lle rJ•: 28078 704-m-6:<W lur. s Flrd 738 wy 2: E:st AlbmarE, I.JC 28001 7J4-, 82 -1122 Moores .-me =ord 256 lJ. B·oa:J ~treet MocP-svile. ~ 0: 28115 7J4 -oi64-r:o: TOI\a & Cc:tntry Ford 5401 E. nd~j:Bldence Blvd. Cha bttE, 1\( 28212 7J4 ·36-5EO: Yo..-g Ford 54 · 1 N. fryer ~t. Cha·bttf. t--x: 28213 7)4 .98 - 2~3 GM : TRUCX. Ben lllyr att GMC Truck 2.39 con·: od : <wy South (Jn:>rd, NC ~8025 70L-: 75· 5(66



lo·;e-n b er 2 0 02

great~r c~arlotte


Dick Keffer GMC Truct 1001 Tyvola Rd . Charlotte, NC 2821 0 704-525-7650

Donal i Craig lsuZl 264 W. Pl•za Dri\>f Moores.tile, NC 2817 704-68- :008

Elrod GMC Truck 845 lancaster By ?3s; :: st Lancaster, SC 29no 803 -285-7442

Folgerls:.Jzu 5701 E lrdepencence 31vd. Charlot:e, NC 28~ · ; 704-515-3635

Griffin Motors 2500 W. Roosevelt Bl.d. Monroe, NC 28110 704-372-42S4

Griffin f\1 otors 2500 If". Foosevelt Rd. Monro•, t C 28110 704-372-1294

Griffin Motors 515 S. Anderson Road Rock Hill, SC 297~0 803-324-3119

Sale A.Jt:1 Mall 2105 lf"il~inson Eld Gastol)a, NC 28C54 704-8;;4-1567

Liberty GMC Truck 9028 E. lndependena: Evd. Matthews, NO: 28. Oo 704-708-80(0

JAGUJ!R Scott : a·s 416 TY"OI3 Road Charlol e. NC 2E 21 Co 704-5<7-1000

Sale Auto Mall 21 OS Wilkinson Bh·d. Gastonia, NC 280)4 704-824-4567 HONDA Everhart Honda 1015 Folger )rive Statesville, N: 2867/ 704-873-1891 Gerry Wood Auto Cemer 525 Jake Ale<ander 8 ~c So Salisbury, NC 28147 704-637-9090 Hendrick Honda 8901 South Blvd. Charlotte, NC 28273 704-552-2090

Honda Cars of Monre>e 2301 W. Roosevelt B•·j Monroe, NC 28110 704-282-0195 LaPointe Honda 7001 E. Independence Charlotte, NC 2822? 704-535-4444

LINCOLN-MERCLIRY Burns Ford-Mercury 1116 ~wy 9 By Pa;s N?;t Lancoster. SC 29no 803·286-L414 Finish Line Linccln · ll.l ? r : •r~ 1011 FJig?r Drive 5tJte;vllle, NC 28)77 704-873-3673 Hilbish Lincoln-r~era. ~ 2600 S. Cannon Bvd Kann3poli;, NC 23081 704-333-6914 Lum 's Lincoln-MercLry 738 Hwy 27 East Allemarle NC 28:JO 1 704-9E2-·m Queen City Lincolr -11 er =.Jr'o' 7301 South Blvd. Charlotte, NC 28: 1C• 704-5:3-8300

Fort IV ill Jeep 805 Geld Hill Roaj Fort Mi I, ;c 29/03 803-3S6-l 000

Sam Johnson Li•colm-IV ~cury 5201 E lndependmce 8 vc Charlotte, NC 28:1 ~ 704-3:5- 7 810

Gerry R•od Auto :Enter 525 Ja :e-=llexander Bll<d. ~o Salisbury, NC 281L/ 704-6:7-3090

MAZDA Donal :1 Craig Mnda 264 W Plaza Drive Mooresville, NC <!811' 704-560-3008

Keffer Jtep 8110 E. l1depend?1ce Blvd. Charloce NC 2822' 704-5:2-1050 Lake lo-man J~er 20435 ctartwell •:entral DriJE Cornel us. NC 28 )31 704·8~ 2-7800

Harrelson Mazd3 902S 5ou:h Blvd. C~ar o:te, NC 28~10 704-)52-8522 IV'ontgomery Mazda 673: E. lrdepend~nce flv:. C1ar o1e, NC 28~ 12 704-563-1510

Spark: Eep 1463 cor cord Pk\\y NJrtr Concoi:J, NC 28:;6 704- 3" 2-7784 KIA Gerry W:lod Auto Center 525 J~e .1\lexand~ - 31\d. So Salisbuy.. NC 2E. 4: 704-6: 7-3090

HYUNDAI Hyundai of Charlot1 e 8525 South 31vd. Charlotte, NC 2K 73 704-551-0664

Folge l<iia 5701 I. l1dependen:e Blvi Charlo.te NC 2821 Z 704-S: 6~635

Sonny Hancock Hyur :lai 3942 E. Franklin Blvd Gastonia, NC 28C 53 704-824-3500

Folge l<ia- Tyvola 400 Ty1oa Road Chari01E NC 28217 704-5. 2~422

INFINITI lnfiniti of Charlotte 9103 E lndependenc~ Elvd. Matthews, NC 281C5 704-847-9010

Sonn~ Hancock K~ 3942 I. •anklin Blvd. Gastor oa NC 28•)53 704-8:4 3500

LAND RJVER Land ~~e r Charlot:e 6940 I. hdepenjen:e Blvd. Charlc::tE NC 23227 704-5:64270

greater era -lct1= biz

:Gast•n .a N ssl r 275: I . =ron ~ lir El.d. Gast:-li< •JC BC~~ 7J4-!'6;.c Joo

:oa·tr of South Blvd

Harrtls.:>n Nis: a 1

:;JJ3~. U

157L cr~rry R>3c

"n ~

Rock -jil

s;.o · =:. So ;·h Blvd. •ll•re12, tK 28273 -=~·5:--6-0922

Suba ru :::-c · =:. lnc~pendence Elva .ar Clt', tJ( 28212

;c 2,T::


;;:o ~ -'r6·9~35

lndepe c~nce Jl. >sa1 690' E. lrde~et:d,.,:e 3 \d. Cha~Jtto, IK ;;g~. 2 704-:3:-<-:r 2

• Sl~e - Sutaru

'50 :if: uth 31vd. tJ( 28210


;o~ -= · ·63)0

Supeo-icr Niss.on 9215 SCJth Bl-.1. Cha~Jtto, NC ;9; 1J 704-:s:-9191


PON-It-C Ben _,I, 3tt PJrtiK 289 Cor :ad F-wt ~oL.1h Concorc. hC '3C1: 704-:7:-5066 Dick :KEffer Pt nliac 1oo· Ty-•da Rc 1d Charbtt=, NC :8~1J 704-~ 2~- '65C

: c~ ~ffet Suzuki JIBE -,Jol: Road : 1nc-.., r,•: 28210 :04 -~ 5-7: )0

:•::rai j Cr <ig Suzuki ;4i4 r 'la::a Drive ..-c<r"•illt;. NC 28117 :.0~-<::: 0-3 :·)8 ll)r(:.t.

: orr ger -oyota : I l•Q A.;xander Blvc. :.;,ts;:>..r;, I'< 28147

Elroc J>:l.-tiac 845 :y P'lls : L3nczstor, SC 37 ~ •) 803-:8~ - '442 Griffn )lot or. 2500W Focse- el [;lvc. Monoe ~ : 2: Jo:• 704-- 7:-~294 Griff n )I o1or; S15 ~.t:1 : erso• r.Jad fiocU-Ii l. SC 23/30 803-.;2-311~

Kirb- Fontiac 169l J.C: CJCh=nE Ey f'cs Ches ~r. s: 29;c.; E03-:r-414/ Libe ty Fonti;oc jw,,df·ce fi•d. Mar•e'-'S. NC 281•)5 104- ·o:-2ooo


: lar ~' s

Toyota •:it:r Independence Elvc.. : 131i•1e. ~= 28227 :•J.l.S 5- H72 o•:>J-t:

= ~)


...,..... fr Cntrntry Toycta := ) :'outb Blvd.

: 131i• :1e, 1-.: 28210 :oJl::'·1-75)0

1•· a of Concord :0 67 ColCCJ"d Parkway Suu:::>1 [ d, ~ -= 28027 : )~ 33-3)17 -,1•- ~ of Gastonia , 32 ,\ilkh;on Blvd. :ds-:::-8, I,: 28056 '}H~.l-T:/7


Sonny Hancock Mazx:.a 3942 E. Franklin 13vc. G3storia, NC 28C 5~ 704-3~4-3500

~ vd.

HUMMER Independence Humrr£ r 6700 E. lndependenc~ l!lvd. Charlotte, NC 28; 12 704-971-3400

ISUZU Diamond lsuzu 8101 South Blvd. Charlotte, NC 2821•) 704-551-64)0

Hendrick Lexus 5C25 E ln:Jepend<nc? 3 vd. ;:harbtte, NC 282 2 7(•4-568-L 122

JEEP Bob Wa~berry Chrysier uty 3220 1-w- 74 WE~t Monro•. IJC 281 · 0 704-28-3571

Hunte- Eep 7501 ':::lllh Blvd Charloce NC 2821 o 704-S: 1-3300

Honda Cars of Con :a:-d 855 Concord Parkwa) S Concord, NC 28025 704-376-0457


Tim IV arburger V1az:ia 238 :onord Parluvay \ CJncord. 'JC 28()25 704-784-3901 MERCEDES Bed: Mercedes 5141 E.lndepend~nce Elvj Cna~otte, NC 28:12 7)4-535-3400 MITSUBISHI LaPointe Mitsubishi 635' E. Independence Elvj Cha~otte, NC 28:12 7)4-531-3131 Larry Jay Mitsubishi 8415 South Blvd. Cha~otte, NC 28273 7J4-551-5500 NISSAN Con cord Nissan 955 Concord Pkv-.; 5ou h Conco·d, NC 28C25 7J4-372-7071

Raney '.\ario r Po1ti3: 180C H-" 15C J\1 Moc e s"ii e, N::: :311:; i04-;6 . d3o)3 SaleARI J Ma l ; 10::\'.J~ nsor !J.d. Gast• nE, '-JC : 9;54 /04-32J-~ss;

'"ri..JrSN.C.GEN C3r• 1--a Volkswagen - 3J J E Independence Blvc :·13 1>:-e, ~::: 28227 - ):l :J7-2336 "':lil!""Yagen South .lJ ~out· Blvd. •.131x:e, -1::: 28210 - ):l :32-6500 '"0 1..110 tr i-.,r,ity Volvo

-713 J.J. Tnon St. •:-a l:i:e, •JC 28213

PORi C; E Henilrt:~ Po ~ cke 682!: E ln:Jep2'1c~rce Chn:>t:€,N: ~l:C12


;o4-33 -:344 SAA3 Sa at ~ Cha· ~ = ;04: E l~depe1C'!f"Ce El1d. Cha ·ot~. N: !81;7 ;Q4-:J6: -10JC

-)4 :~7-1C95

"11[:1·• Jf ::harlotte --::4-J ~ ln:"pendence 8lv: J-.a l:t:e, 'JC 28227 --::4 ~ 33-1 coo

SATIR•J Satcrr> af C~ a lotte 703E E lndepe1c~rce fl;d . Charot?, N~ 2El:7 ?04-333-553( Sa!Jn cf COlle r:l 853 :cmord >Jr~ •\.iJY S.:J.Jt~ ConCJr4, rK ;;:sen ?04~82 -- 22'


Jer 20C2 Sll








b~ r::~n vinson

Balancir_g Business and Community Amidst natiolal

busin~ so ~ E:Qdlires f•

I of

l:lter~sls ,

on the OL :er

Ban~ . •Y

While Building Four Carolina Legends operati~ Oli:

wo -ld's

scandalous st:xies about cocpcrat-::>1 execJ-

only privately owle::l ln:ernatioml 3iosphere

tives, it's som:times h1rc to rem:mter tre

Preserve at Gran:lfcther Mountain, Hug•


Morton ha; Fiaye.:l a :ri:ical role

j:Eople w10 run tre O>.awhelrr-

ing majority of

busine> o es.Tho~ are :he

kinds of entrepreneuric.l ]e:ader.

n::: ~cted

res ~

annually into the Nor:h :::ar::>lilll BJ:o

Hall of Fame and wh::.s: c::>rtri:::J..Jt-::>13


[communit:t'biz I


Peggy Kirk Eell, owner, P inE N e:e es and Mid-Pines Rt=sort (So u::hem Pines,

As a World \V;3 r II combat protogrc.·


pher, he created w·xld-fa Tlous pictur;::s :>f

Vv'hen O h :>-bo·n

General Douglas MuA.rth Lr, Bo:> Hope ad the Battle of the Ph i ip:>ines, an:J


Roosevelt Ccr.ser'l3tion Atta- d federa l gover•ment.




<i"k wok up

golf at 17, littlE :lid ne n:c. i.:e Iter klture

been memor alized at th: recerdy =ened

Purple Heart and a Bronze Star for his

impact on the ptmE and

new headquarters in d:>wnt::Jvn Cko.rbtuo

service. After thE war, le continued his

indLstry in a fc.rawat sta-:e.P.Ic.-g tr:= .-.a)'.

photograplic record cJ North Cc.rolinc

she became a egen:.

(housed in ti-E offices c·fits

~fX=•scr- Juni:Jr

Achievement. ofthe Ceri:ral Caol•a< . a~ ~ite

well as on its new Web


<>. n Lt-e annual induction ceremc:n:' : his -n ~•

the totrisr


As an am'l.:eur, she "I'Cn t-e:

and the Universi:y at Chapel Hill. He headed the Carol inas Press Photograplers

International : :>ur-Ball il 194.:' "" : h

Associatio1 ir I'?49.

America's leall111g

He to:>k over the family operations at

~p ort!>"tciT'Eln

Zaharias as her pa ~er,


: :>nse~:um e


Elabe a~

tl- e

(Nov. 14, 2002) the H31 =>" Farre vl' l 3dd

Grandfatrer MoJrrtGi 1 in 1952.At that

four more

time, nearfy I O,:J()O :oJrists annucalty 'tisit-

championship; Arrong

ed the mountairt Mor: on aided cevelcp-

wins, she tool:. the '\Jorth/SoUI:h a1 d

ment at Lilville, Wli le pr::>motilg and p· o-

the Titleholder3 in 1949. AlC 3he

OL tstanding



t::l rts

exclusive ros:er for a to::a c·f 8- lu e;J.tes The Nortn Caroli na BL>in-=ss


Fame was established in I'188 tt:• r::-c:·gnize

tecting thE G ra-.::lnther Mourtain attn::-

business lead:rs who s goiicanrl;.· c:y-.:.-ibute

tion, whic h hous;ec more rare an::l endan·

to building dis state's ec:mcm} "'nd


where else in th: App1la:hian Mounn ns.

statewide service. lnduct=es int::• t~ -Jail cf

The Grandfather Moultcin Highl ;tnd

Fame must be retired f·on the: r;rima ry

Games were laulc:::P ed in 1956 triggering a

workplace or be at lea: t. 70 yeo.r; : .f age.

nationwide movement of Scottish herit1ge gatherings

Mountain, Inc. (Linvill:, N.C.) North Carolina ent place without




at the mounnin

:t. 1e·r

differ -


Wilmington, the Cape Hatteras Lig1: hcuse

Morton tc head tre LSS North ·:arolila Battleship

h ~r



I0 to:>Lrn c.Te ·t




PrO"Viding hmnru: resour~e!! and tr~

'l c~

Nortr Caroli na leaders calle:J on


preserving th= USS Nx: h Carol nz


climbed tc m::>re n an 250,000 tcoday.



gered species of flora and fauna than 2ny·

provide OLtstanding oTmUlit: ard

Hugh Morton, presider t. G r""3nd"ache:r

first of three

servicee to da b etter b usiness climate. •

Manag:!ITlen: and ht.Tncn resources l:rsining

Wages. beneits a T po Cies benchrmrk SJrYfli'S

Payroll 3:1d I:Enetits adlh stratirt Human -esoJ'Ce ::dli::!e ~di e

as pres d.ert o" the N•:>rth

e e e

Caro im Sports Hall of Fai'Tl-:


on in the early I 1&0;

and then cha ir the r;rEse -vation effort:; to:> protect th: Cape Hatteras Lig•thouse roc almo~t

twc decades.

-h snrted tr e f rst Nort.l

=3 :>I ina Azclea Festinl

(in V\oilrr inb(on in 1949), se ' ved

and co-<.u thored seve -a I l:u ·.J~.s such as .""1Cll<ir.g a Oiffuence .n Nortt


( 1983).

Over the years, "ortol has rec:ived numeroLS rec::gnitions, includi'1g the North Caro im A"''ard for Public

Computs' trailing

Employ:!-:! op nion s.r\'8!,'!:. Profes9.nal -uman resJDUl consult.g ard outsourcir J

Sening Employers Sinc:e 1958 The &lpl Dill'S io\ssccii"tion 3020 JI/BS't. AmMoo:l Ffi:d Clarlotte, 1\C :::927:: ~04-522-0C 'T 1 WWW.3mp. •ve rsas., c ..a~ rn

Servi:e :rtd the Theodore

greater crarlot:e biz

novence - 20C2 33

Alan Dickson, chainnan. Ruddick Corpo ratkm (Charlotte. l't.C.) Bek)re :harlotte beccm" c. major nome for reny Fortune 3CO ·: ompanies, there V'as :ile R.uddick Corpontion. Al;~..1 Dickson arc his brother S::La-t toc·k Rucdid: Co- poration pub I :::in 196 3. T "'1(: conglomen: e was centere:J :n Americ c.n & Efird Mils. ::Jne of the n<Jtion '.; mc.jor

produc-:rs d yarn and thread. c.s well c.s the Harr!; Teeter, Inc. food mark=t chah. $ales now e<:eed $2.6 b IL::n a year for the coq:c·ration.Aian an: h s brotre led the coq::oration to an I3--fcld incre:a.;e from in


$1 :.c• trillion in am ...c. I sale>

1969. AI;~.•

Dickson has :e -•ed as

c'la rmc.n fo - Ruddick. Bu: Aln Dickson's irr:::c.:t has be£n much nor: than just in two d iff-:·ent ~ened

Professioral G::Jif Associatioo (LPGA).

from B1ssett Furnitu -e to Lll'l·: e to BM k

short, !'he


just gettilg startEd on a

bus ine=:s caree - promot ng golf. In l 953, Pe:ggy and ller rew hL!Sband

SM·m is f~ed on i:eepi~ training dollars n Greatl:1 Charlotte b:o helping our community find all of its training resoJrces right nere- c:t horne. Save expenses and time by local, on~ source shopping! coYe:ts you with Charlotte's best • Training Providers • Local seminars 'lc worl:sbq>s • Facilities • AV Equiprrent • ... and more!


He has

became a charter mem:Jer of d-e Ladies AlthouJh 1er tournament nree:r was


bu;h~s leader ~ b

indu $ trie~

boat~ .

on rLmerous

of Americc. He has been



o-u;tee anj

c.dvisor for many edLcatic - a and putl c institut.on~.! uco

as Centnl =>iedmon:

Comm Jnity ·:o lege, Nor:t Carol na

Warrer "oullet'' Be:ll bought a course bLilt

State L niv:-:;ity and Presf::r:-:rian

by a frienc, Co1ald Ross.ThE cou rse wa;


Pine Neec les. in th-: North Carel m sand

half do:!en t:::un:lations,

hills. Prom::xilg Ncrth Carolina g·:Jif to pe<>-

Dickso1 FoJodation, wh idl s:tnpo-ts

ple throughoJt the coun:ry, they nelped a

many .,..ortl-while comrru.nity progran5".

nationa marke:ing renaissance that helped

He is active in n.o-e than a

0-..e r :be years,

in : ~..ding

Dick ~ :n's



gro·N jlcSt Jlder four mil ion U.S. ,i:Oifers in

c. od pub I c =ervice have bee:n recogni::ed

195.3 w rrcr-: than 27 million pla:-ers today..

with ttle \lll;~.tauga Medal f-on N.C.

Aoo h 1939, Peggy started offering

State, t1e


Award from

resort :,:olf school trips- G::Jifar s (coined

the Bo;- SccLts and the )Fi r it Award

from C-oif ar d Safc.ris) - began a rew tus i-

for Ou:stanaing Service

nes> trat ·,\'oold dramaticall:- groy, and

1-lu~eum .

f~· rn

the Mir t

cha'lge the fac.: of the golf and t::::>urisrr industry. She was named GolfTeKher of the Yea- in I 7~ I and is honored in the LPGA's Hall ::>f Fa me (Teacl-ing), among many ether he nors. In ] 991, Peggy Kirk Bell expanded the N:edle~


operation by buyirg anothe-

Donalc Ro$S cour>e and resort - MidPines


In "ecognitior of h-:r euts:ar ding cortritutic·n:s to &a me 1ati :ma ly and to the Ncrth Ca·olina golfing indLs:ry, t he U.S. Golf As~ociation awarded the Wemen's U.S. Open to Pine Needles Resort: in I S96, 200 I and Lpcoming in 20C7. The Men's U.S. Open follovred ro Pin eh u- st in I 799 with a returr in 20)5 .


greater char lo:te: :)iz

The late Jam:s J. Harris, fanner

CoJTeebms ..

Fresident.F!Mes J. Harris & Co. (O.;trlotte, N.C.)

J. H~rris


left 1is

t::;~o rgia

in 1933 to puGue his irsuran:= :aner in Char otte.AJong the way, he ch n :;ed th:: face of the city, as v•ell as ochef' commun itie5 around the state. As a c e'o'Eloper, f- arr s and h::u~

JA~r :ners


~hor:ping ce~er

Cct$..Va d

tt e


to the ( I"' Pto 'r'OIJ ... at tle pJsh :)t a BUTTCtr'-J! WE ~ pEci3li22 in cofEE hous2 quali y br€V"e: fres h for _:'CU 3'1d ycL- clients using the Espres;o brewir:g '11€thod

and nea.-t>y

ng. and Ia Jnched the SouthPc. -•. devel-


tr: •m the

that now incluces off CE$,


Let us show

yo: u how to make

a lc: stir ;J .:ir~ L im:Jr-= ss on!

zn:l :me of the state's najor si-c )F · g centers. Bo:h development5 have be:cme nuiooal models for othr connt.dties.

-larris fourded QucJI Hoii•::>W


OJ:er : o

0Lb and brcug1t the Kemper

Q-adotte. He a so worked on :lt:·,eb pments in :>ner cite; i11 the state. Amon& his civic sef'!ice, he chc. red the Garlotte-Mec~ len burg




fi ~m5.

Hospital .l..ut· o -ity

on 7 major boards of ::..::xnmer-

f-e al;o servec on ti-e


d UtK Charlctte,Wes:ern C1·::li· c. Davicson, Queens Colleges and ocher higher



t1 ~ "'~CAin

illSti:utions. He led

<Wld ""as a ma or suFpo•t e·.

clo1a1ing lane fc·r the Hcrris YMCA The Charlotte NeV'os sele::e:l Harris

as the ir Man of the Year in 1960. H1rris set L4J


philandro::>ic trust that s: il l ir'fl'lCts

ti-e Carolinas. j.1mes J. Harris in 1985.




hr more

in~rmation •Jr


a~te d

th'.! 'lrnuallnaucion Dinner of the No'lh



Hall of Fame, cont:'C:

s•a1non Merlin :~t Junior tlchieverr€1lt 704-!>63-4855.

gr.:: c. ter ch c.r lotte biz

n cv em:Jer

~ 002


by susanne deitzel


lfSt Banking

n Success

C.utomers First F rst Citizen'; downtown brc.u.:h and e::::ecutive office s flc.r.kctl by orne fi~rce industry compel tors, but that isn't both

First-citizens Ban-< 8 Trust Company,

eti-g William Bradd:>' and Allen Woodv,·;ud todat- Rather than

dfbfai First Citizens Bank

w:my about vJhatthe guys down the stteet are d)ing, they are ITl.l ~ h more concerned Wlth what they ;:w:e doing .o show you

Headquarter5: Raleig 1, NC Established: 1898

tho R rst CitL:~ns 1s :·,e best choice for /OUr ban <ing needs.

Charlotte '"1c:in Office:

vVhile FiLSt Citizens is a bit smallt · than some of C1c.r.:me's banking s:ions (60th in th~ nation), it is definitel}

128 South Tr;on StreEt

m:::• ; iag up the ::anks and th ese gem cnen say :hey are doir.§

704-3:!8-400) or 1-8E8-FC DIRECT (1-838-323-4732)

it 01e customer at a lime. Allen Woo:l-vard, exEcutive vice p~e;icem of the ~l.:etro Re,3ion, explair ;, "One cf the most sig-

Regionall"la1agemert: ~xecutive

Allen Woodward -

C tizens , it's a rari .y that we lose them ." By seeking and creal·

William Braddy,

irg c. em relatior.shps carefully, he ac.J , "First Citizens w 1k~ to keep that ::Lien: for life."

Emplo:,.tees: Over 5,0CO; 349 in Mecklenburg County

Wood war_ attribu:es First Citizens' ~ nviable ack of client c.t r tion to se1·eral qt.alities integral to is« "Custome-s F:rs:·· ?Olicy that is



character. One of

mxe ike a l113ntra. T-.e bank is constanly making internal

grEa:er charlotte biz


than just a slogan- i·'s





nifi:nt diffe~nces = ::a>v when I joined First Cftizens was the in::;-e.:.ible loyalty o:· our clients. Once 1 client is with First

Metro Region



Area executive

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di Tic:ulL for the clier:.L Ar. example of hs is the orening of tl:'ir new South ark office on M:niscn Blvd. "Tl-~ hranch cat .his one is P-placing wc-:;c't as con·en ent for pco"Jle as it she-Jld have toeen The TIE\.<' So.tthPark lo:::_tiJn has inc-eased prL·c:q and comf•rl, ·Jetter v::h.cular acces· ;end more ccn:~nient c~i-;<­


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the right opti•Jns. I· create> an umbrella unde- which ::verything fnm bu siness and r·crscnal accounts to <'State planning 1nd insurance ncx:ls : an be managed h combinat on. J -addy ext=laim , "Rela ion, hip bankng is built on the persc:ral relatlon5h.p "lith the client on fa11ilicrity wit1 the dients firancial hisw-:: ard future plans. I: is a prtnership .:-eared to get the: big pi.:rur::, not just :JC.dress an imoed1te need. '. 'i/hilc focusing on :-oster ng a strons client- Janker r~lationshi p First Citizlos l-as also 5iver attention to the burgc:onir.g fdd •Jf or ine b;; nking servic.c:s. Busiless On~ne Baokin5, or BOB, offe -s accoun : mmagement features created to free U"J time for •Jwn ::rs to cot::entrate on tuil:ling their Jusinesse.:; BOB also prov; check-ima5e viewL1g online. R -sr Citizens has =ound .he online devebpment services ~ o be complimentary t::: the relationshi~ bank ng and vice 'trsa. 'vVood"'c.rd e.xp ails , "Branch bank ng and online bn king work toget-er. 'vlany banks invested heavily

in e'pensive oohre technology are finding _hat people arc::'t a5 quick tJ C.o all thei- banking Jn:i:e. They are paying for it now. L is criti:al to find the : igh _ inte.sration b::rwem the t·..vo . "At the sJmc tine , the advent of onli:1e banki1g has maC.e pecple reali~ the :1.eed for fnc.n : ial counseLng. Mary loans ;;ncl rrortga5es offered onlbe are lit ::~ 1nre than a CoJr:J.modir::. a:1.d that is file fo- so11e people. rowever the ::tgl-.t advice anc. a view o{ the ::>igger pi: ru-e can provide a better stru : tured lo;m !Dre clo5ely c.ligned wit!- a client'3 fina - cic.l goals. That kinj o[ p:: rsonal s::t v·cc we can provide through relatic•nshp bnking is irreplaceable. " All in the FamJ y At first g.ance the pcsition of a ban like First Cttizens appears akin to b::irg stuck bet'vle::n a rock and a hard place. On om hrrd, on line bankir:g services like E-lcrd ing and Lending Tree are invaJ · n~ oar_ an:! mortgage territory. Or_ the ether hand , '' super

size" banks formed via recent m ~ rgcrs and acquisitions h ave c<.pital reso _ r:es beyond First Citizens tc spend c n things like techn :•logy and persc rroJ. Still, say the compny executives , this is their niche, :heir comfort z::•re. As a family-contro lled l::ank , First C:tizens has ::>peratedl04 years ot cring a sense of security, fami y, and a mLual respect with its clients &cross the _3ble. Woodward says , "Small busines5 o,gners get the sense tha: a5 an ::nganizati: n, we have been in their shoes. Th is opens th e door for a lot of dia ogue anj st. bsequently, ur..ders .andiiJ.?,. " There are also other benefit5 t.b.:n First Citizens can claim as a f:nnily~: on­ trolled entity Woodward explairs "Eecause of our continuity of ownersbp , we can work toward stable, l:ngterm goals and our cherts can luv:: the utmost confidence that .ve are g J in.~. to be around for a long time. " This hisury explains wh} tl-e :lank is also shelteed -,em re:::ent feats regarding accountability ~mel the sc.m :la ls like Enron and Tyee. "TJ--e owners ,, f )>-

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Fir t itizens Annua l Report cited mouest growth in 2001. The report expla ins that its core net income rose 6 percent and tha t, despite pressure fran intcrest rate cuts and higher charge offs major industry mergers and acquisitiors, the 9/ll tragedy and the econonic downturn, "co re earnings retrained stabl e in 2001 compa red with the previous year." Woodward says th is accomplishment can be credited to the conservative nature of First Citizens Bank. "Because of our focus on smaller businesses, we have a lo. more diversity in our credit portfolios So, if one company or industry dots get in trouble, we can still cominue sprE:ading our business and support those co mpan ies who are having modes. success." Braddy adds, "We also deliberate!> wmk on cultivating a diverse mix of clie ·lls, and there are so me fields that are more stab le than others, like law pra•:tices and physician practices. By mab ng sure that we maintain and de _lop thi s mix, we can also provide a more stab le environment for our cli e1ts ." When asked about the current economic environment, Woodward admits, "Th.ngs are still pretty soft. A lot of our clints in manufacturing and warehousing have been dramatically affected by the downturn and are definitely holding on lo a wait-and-see mentality. So they aren't currently reinvesting in their companies, adding new people or locations." "Pe rhaps," he continues, "when thir gs slow clown in terms of layoffs, we .viii stan to see a change. Last quarter 1acl an avalanche of layo ffs . Also, statilization will be quiet since more companies an nounce layoffs th an they do 'lew or re-hires." Braddy ad ds that, "Everyone is trying to ga uge the eco nomy, consumers and next year's budget. It is just go ing

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With 5,000-plus employees and $11.86 billion in assets, First Citizens is commiued to fueling its own stayin5 power. In mid-September of this year, it announced a strategic realignment designed around major markets when.: they want to focus more energy. By splitting North Carolina's former thr~ e regions into six, the bank will be ab路e to better respond to and meet the nEeds of its markets, clients and asscciates Charloue Metro is one of the bank's new regions and is expected to see more growth under the new o-ganiz::ttion. Woodward says, "To be succes5:fu! in North Carolina , you've got .o do well in Charloue. " Components of that success are multifold. For one , First Citizens reports an aggressive new external branding campaign titled, "Do Something Amazing." Corporate communications say that the message "is intended to highlight how a banking. relationship with First Citizens can help people transform their gcals into amazing achievements. " The office also repons tha: in addition to the ad campaign, First Citizet5 is expanding their reach into fast gmv, ing regions of the southeast, introdu::ing new products (such as their no- :-:~t checking account in June 2002), and enhancing their delivery channels. Expanding on the message that !hey are "here to stay," First Citizens has opened a distinctive 24,000-square- 路oot. facility in their headquarters market ir Raleigh, expanded the reach of sister company, Atlantic States Bank with a new division called IronStone Bank n Texas, Arizona and California, and c::r:ttinues its quest for increased efficiency in all delivery channels. It is notable that First Citizens has been called a "fortress " by indus_r? analysts. This "fortress" works hard to protect their clients' money. By making your money work hard for you, First itizens plans to acquire and keep your business. biz

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Patterson , former partner in Patterso:J Blake, Inc. and currently president o[ the Duke Mansion and Lee Institute. "There are a lot of women who are committed to their careers, who wan! o do the work and enjoy the financial awards, but don't want the long hours of a partner track in a large accounti:J& firm." Patterson hired the Monaghan Group this summer for a four-week period when the Duke Mansion neecj::i an interim CFO. The Group kept the day-to-day operations going and dTe'...r up some written procedures for the non-profit organization, in addition to reviewing resumes for a permanen. officer. "It was just a wonderful experience," says Patterson. "lt was amazing how quickly the consultant got in and picked up on things and started rolling with the daily operation." Since its founding in 1996, the Monaghan Group has served over 125 clients of all sizes, ranging from startups to Fortune 100 companies. Amon; the firm's clients are First Colony Coq: , Sara Lee Corp, Bank of America, Springs Leasing, and Krispy Kreme. Until 2002, the company saw a grow.b in revenue of anywhere from 30% to 80% each year. Two years ago, the company expanded by opening an office r Greenville, S.C. This September, it opened a branch in the Raleigh! Durham/Chapel Hill Area. One recent client reports that her experience with the Monaghan Group in troubleshooting an accounting problem "was extremely positive." The cli~nt says the consultants had both an indepth knowledge of their business arc

management Five years later, she returned to tne Univeristy of Non!-. Carolina in Charlotte to earn a secrn:l degree in accounting, although she had despised her accounting classe~. the first time around. "l couldr.'t wait to get to my sullmer job at the beach to throw my accounting books off the end of the pier," she says. Still, five years as a sales repre5 ~r.ta-­ tive for Nabisco Brands (now Kraft Foods) had t:mght her the value of accounting. In 1987, she went to v.o~k for Price Waterhouse (now PricewaterhouseCoopers) as a CPA and, severr years later, she became the CFO of a middle market company in Charloce. In 1996 she resigned and took a fe-v months to reassess. Having a child was a life-changing event. She wanted tJ work, but sh~ also wanted time to spend with her family. The answer was the Monaghan Group. "I loved creating something froll nothing," says Monaghan. "When \.. e started , it was just me. There were 1.0 partners, no loans. lt's my name or_ t 1.e company and nothing is more imp·.•rtant to me than my reputation." However, Monaghan found the heb and support she needed from the business community in Charlotte. Lead ~ rs like Rusty Page of Rusty Page & Company, Allen Brown of First Cobny Corporation, and john Pipkin, formerly with Bank of America , were will in& t·J serve as mentors. "This city has been so receptive t.::> us, giving us work, referring work 10 us , and being a sounding board," she says. "lt blows me away the people \.\ho

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l-ave bc~n willing to sp~nd time ar d energy giving me advice." Monaghan also ··aund some VI.E.llcua ified CPAs who wee eager to ·;;ark with her. _eve ral had k::lO\'/TI her >.nce t:l.e Price Waterhouse d3.ys All were itterest~d in working in a different cultur~ [rem the traditioncl c:nporat~ en•iror.mem. "I thought this wodd Je abou· mammies,' said Monaghan. "I though _ the cor::ept of flexible ·No -k hours would Jpreal primarily to women vit.h fa :nil es. I was surprised." Paui Walker, who no·.v heads the Gre~nville S.C., brmch , vasn't e,rm married w:1en she s . art~d ·Norkin~ ·Ni.h the Monaghan Group four years c.go. Howev::r, she finds the flexible w:Jrki::J.g ho J rs c. "tremendous bwefit." "I can't imagine anythmg else >ow," ~a>s W;~lker. "I coul.::l nevu go baC:k to the 80-1our work week cdture ." On~ of the commo:1 [:itfalls cf · unnins a cor:sulting fi:-m is losing y:x..r employ-ees to your clients When c. consulunt serves w~ll as a tempcrar y ofrt:er, the client m3y want to hire hepe--nar:en .ly. Although Monaghan Gr:up :1a~ lost very feW' onsulta:U>, 'Na. ket sa·1s those V"ho ha·;e beer: bred

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we ; kend crunch." Conner says Monaghan has been successful because she started with .1 vis on of building a consulting pract ·ce thcrt would make money and still allow people to work on their own terms md she stays focused on that goal. "She keeps the vision in the forefront ," says Conner. "With all her dr ve and direction, she has never lost sight of .he vision. She has a fabulous pe-sooality and enjoys meeting people and that's what you need to build a bminess. " Monaghan, who has seen her business grow phenomenally every year. had to face a different set of circumstances this year. The slowing econc•-ny hit hard. "It took me a while to realize tha it wasn't about me," says Monaghan. ' 'm no. doing anything wrong." When the company stopped grco Ning its revenue this year, Monaghan took time to focus on what the company could do beuer internally. She sp~nt more time and money on marketing crEating a Web site and brochure, a-d ne .working. She talked to other bu~·­ ne;s owners going through the sam _ thing. She considered how the com -an·; wc·uld grow in the future. Despite the slow down, she felt t wc:s time to open the Triangle office. Ev-entually she hopes to have satell~ groups in ten cities in the Southeas· She also doesn't want the company to be limited to women. Several men have worked with the Group on short-term pojects and she plans to hire a male consu ltant within the next six mon• ·,s. "I don't believe flexibility is a "VOmen 's issue, " says Monaghan. "raving a fulfilled life is not just a women's issue. Especially after 9/11 . fe"<Ver people are willing for their professional life to be the main driving fo -ce in their personal lives. This is a good time to focus on why you're in business and if it's just to mak ~ m.::mey, that's not enough. You ougr to be willing to change the world." biz

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In his next breath, he asks if I have kids, then mentions his c•w11 , talking proudly as any father wo_ld. We talk a

arnLal checkup w·th ;;:n eye chart and c doi•:E o- r:e:w frarr.e s. :1as be:ome a multi-billion dolla- induSTJ with

linle about his history in Charlone -h.= graduated from Charlotte Christian, where he played basketball and soccer. But he quickly diverts the subJect off hi11 and onto other maners. He tells the stc•ty of his parents' marriage , and how they sunived the attack on Peal Harbor. Ch ri stenbury moves Jt a pace much

ecuiJmem that riv<~.l' .h e space prognrr. Acceordi ng to th~ Am.::rican Acacemy cf O phtl:-al:-!""obgy, about t"-O m \li.:::>:.1 people h ac l;;~ r ·. isJn co rrection surgery in the Uo..itec States last year. -:-his k nd of sur§e1y- fast and effec i•1e - seems ta lo~-mJoje for a doctor

like doctors on an episode of ER, but for him, it's not so mud· aboJt emergencies as it i about efficiency. He ri~Es every morning at 5:30 LO work out, a"'ld begins his work day before lT.ost peop e

with Christenbury's d:...-nan~isn. Since l ~· 9': , CJ--.ristenbur>- h.os _J "'laS perfo -!11Zd mo~e than 35.COO procedures.

froz en, and reshaped before reattaching it to the eye. This technique was used only in the most severe cases, for patients who had little or no eyesight. A protege of Barraquer's, Dr. Luis Ruiz , deve.oped a mo re modern way to perform the surgery, called Automated Lamellar Keratectomy (ALK) , which wc.s used for more than 10 years to correct

household term. The a ronym stands for Laser-Assisted Stromal ln-Situ KeraLOmileusis, and it involves creating

moderate and high degrees of myopia. ln the ea rly 1990s, Christenbury studied under Ruiz , and began per-

a Oap on the cornea, removing a sman amount of tissue from underneath, ard replacing the Oap. Patienrs spend onl:-o a few minutes in surgery and have better


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cataract surgery." When he entered the field however, Christenbury had no idea that laser eye su rgery would take off the way it has. "I love it," he says. "l love what I do ."

The field of corneal shaping was just beginning in the 1950s , when a professor in Colombia, Dr. jose Barraquer, created a technique in which a piece of the co rnea was removed,

and clears my mind." Christenbury runs the ve ry succe,;sful Christenbu ry Eye Center on Randolph Road, and is i:- ternationally known as an authority on corrective c::e surgery. In Charlotte, he : an e credi1cd with turning th e wo rd "LASlK" inLO a

understands the new rul::s of practicin.~ medicine. The business of medicine - including that of vision correction - has indeed changed. onsumer today sh.~p for surgeons the same way they shop for cars. vVhat was once as simple as :t."l

would replace hea rt su rgery," he says, "but there would always be a n eed for

Early Vision Correction

have had thei r first cup :·f coffee. "l have more energy becau.:;c I exercise every day," he say . "lt w;1kes me up

vision almost immediately. Christenbury is so v,e ll bown in Charlotte that it's easy tc think of hiiT as a marketing expert rat 1er tha n a skilled surgeon. Some pundits even accuse Christenbury of being too interested in marketing to the massesmuch the same way scie"!tists accusec Carl Sagan of exploiting astronomy b~ bringing it to the average person- but Christenbury seems unf<zed. Truth is he can explain the most tech ni cal and complicated procedures - in great detail - better than many physi:s p ··ofessor5. lt's no surprise, then , that he a lso

a tremendous kind of operation."' His decision to pursue ophthalmology rather than cardiology was partially based on the new techniques in angioplasty. "There was talk that angioplasty

Ch.::>osi.-19 a Career in rvlicrosurgery '1 al-...ray:; wanted t:J be a marine

:Jiolcgist " says Ch-istmb ..H y who spent 'lis e:~ rly cl: ildhooc in Ne-fo k. "My Jackyard wc.s litercll; :he b.::3.Ch. But ..vben I went to colleg~, I :oJnd out that 11arhe bio ogists dor:'t s-::~rd as much inc in the ocean c:s t"::-e} :lo in the lab ." His bcus chansed tc ::>re:-med . '\Ler recei\ing an und~rg · aduate degree ·rc·m Oral RJberts :Jr.L.rersity, :::hristenbur,r atten.:lei Duke Medical · c:-to::>:. He was dr&wn tc ::nicrosurger,r, . h· that his speciotlLy \WOuld be 1ean 'urser,r. "l wc•rktrl i::1 a heart -esearch lab for about 3iJ.. mcnths stud~--1:-tg v<:5cular rd doing on ra! tear:~," :1e says. '1 ·hou.sht , 'This mictasLig~y ·s really nterestif'g. On a small sc.:.le: you can do

forming vision correction surgery. By the mid-90s, Christenbury had alread y done several thousand ALK procedures, catapulting him into a small group of expe-ts . As a result , he was asked to participate in c linical trials for new vision correction devices. To date, Christenbury has been involved with 12 such trials, which ultimately determine whether or not a new technology is ready for mass use. Through his ongoing involvement in these trials, Christenbury gains proficiency using new technology before most ophthalmo logists even have the opportunity to try it. The latest such technology, ImraLASlK, is considered t::J be one of the most significam advance5 in vision correction since Barraquer fir~ t started working with co rnea reshaping. Using IntraLASlK , 95 percent of the risks associated with laser correction surgery are removed. Christenbury was the first doctor on the East Coast to do

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the surgery, and h ~ s done more lntraLASlK procedures than any doctor in the country perhaps even the worl:l . Barraquer died a few years ago , before he could see these new advances. "Dr Barraquer would be amazed, " says Christenbury. "We're doing this becau se he had the foresight to try to reshape the cornea. "

New Vision Technology "LASlK has become such a specialty, " continues Christenbury, "that patients dema:1d expert care. lf you want to continue, you have to make L<e financial commitment and the scienti ic commitment to ke~p on the forefront " At Christenbury's office , four lasers at ~ used for vario路Js types of vision correLtion. "Every year l get a new excimer laser for vision correction if it proves to have superior clinical results ," he say~. 'Tm skeptical about new technology that hasn't been proven, but once it's proven to be safer - with better vision results - we d::m't hesitate to go to thc: expense of getting that technology. " Rut even employing the latest technology and the savviest marketing tools do n J t ensure a successful medical practice , today, Christenbury explains. Financbl issues surrounding insurance and Medicare arise tha: often prevent medical practices from making a profit.

The Down Side of Medicine Today "We provide the proper service and do the proper pre-certification for billing, but the insurance doesn't pay " explains Christenbury "How long coLld you do that7 How long could you pa:路 bills and not get a paycheck? You wouldn't manage your own checking account this way. The bank wouldn't either. lt's an old system and it's broken, " he says. "lt is more difficult for a doctor's office LO take care of insurance comp~颅 nies than to take care of their patiem;. That is sad. Patients are more worriec about whethe ~ insurance will pay tha.'1 they are about their own condition. We let these insurance companies make >

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th~ docr:rs and the patients," he s:~ys. "Here h the United Scctes," C1·istenbur ,r con:i::l..:es. "v.e 1ave access to th: test tecin: logy and the best medicine but Vi'~ c:.r.'t h1ve it because the. 1nsun:J.ce o..•m"Jaly says 'Vlc don 't agree tc tbt.' If <ve can spend hundreds cf milli::ms of :b la-s building a football s.adiurr , t:.:en socie.y can spend that l<ird cf rn.oru:y to 1elp people have the cest ca·.;lra.:t surgery possible."

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ani the finan:ial end -who you trust to run those pats of · he business ,' hE Sa)S. "1 spend most o - m~ time with pajents and doing sw-gery. Doctors wL:J micoman.age tht:ir practices don'ha·,~ enough j -ne to see :heir own pa:kn:s."

The Nature of t 1e Busine~s

just li~ othc Tdu>tries, the LASIK business, too, has •: ycle~ As the holidays approa : h , business slow:; down, only to resu11e w_th int=ns ty during tre first of .:1e year The. i:lcreased act vity in januarJ' _s du:: ir lc.rge part tc the structure o: corpmare flex plans, says Christntury, -Nhict-. allo·» employees to set aside m::mey rrx- ·re ~ for mediol care. T~ lex plms :nLst be used ar r ually or ~mplo;>e"s luse the cash in the account~. In addi_ion to .oLowJlg for cycles in his business Christenbury ha:; also ta-<~n into c.ccount the 'kyrocking dE nand for .h.:: med .cal procedures he pwvides. As h.s pEctice: has grown, so to::> , has Christenbt:ry's s::c.[, \vhich now numbers clo:;e to 50 "Y: u :,a.,e to hire pccple who Jc deci•::atEd i::1 c•perations

Efficimcy is alwa~s a· th~ top of Christenbury's ::>riorities. "I l::.ecame corrpuer zed three or four years ago,' he !::ays . ..-'iov. we can spend more time

witr the pa:ier_s than .vith


charts. "

The Need to Simp ify Realizing l - at his cwn scoeci.Lle had become overly : omplicated., Chr stenbury bgm to ta~ ;::cps to simplify. This ):!G.t, he hired ~ personal assi;:.tant. "l shculd have d::>r-:: it )-C:Jrs ago," he says. · g•)t so busy J couldn't ever. keEp oy ._wn ~ch~dule" Jne way ol si:nplifyins o~dici::J.e , says Chtistenb·_ ry, i;:. tc assign snun cards to consu-.ers 'or medi:c.l use. "It identifies you ~ a p3.tient, shews what the allov;able i_:: a d what yCA.r charge is. Right then, ~ou : o-pa} rn::nt o ·Jld be pid md tho: insuance cc-npn;' would make its. pyment. Sn:.3.rt cuds would make tho<: -,.·hole syste-:J. h =althiet , becc;use the wculd 1-E.Qe w offet the "jest care acd imurJnc~ eo:>m"J:mies would h:lve to of:cr the best servi•:E. Otherwise, :he :Jatient :auld switchthe "Jrovider o: the insurance:. And that decreases the ost of care.' A fe-;v years ago, ChristeLbur:; ·Jisited China to do char ty eye sr::rger,r. "'s tremer..:loJs need Jet. therE, " he says "There aro: cou::-ttr ,es :h-'.t ha·' e so many people v, th e~e problcns , md we can r.elp th : m. I'm alway:: thinbng, 'Wh1t ao I doing toia;-7 Ho-:o1 cc.n l rna~ it ·Jetter; , biz

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