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Sean is our compliance guru. He can help get you through the technical process if you’re wanting answers to not so common questions. Hobbies- Anything involving the military, usually can find him at a range playing “hit the target” Favorite Quote- “What we hope ever to do with ease, we must learn first to do with diligence”
Donald is Mr. Social butterfly. Our concierge so to speak. Never meets a stranger. Hobbies- Going out on the town mingling, laughing, and always willing to help others. Favorite quote- Personal branding is not about you. It’s about putting your stamp on the value you deliver to others.
Josh is the community cool guy. As an experienced business owner he’s knowledgeable and always is ready for a good time. Hobbies- you can find him on the golf course with his buddies.
Wesley is our laid back, introvert. However don’t let that fool you, his sense of humor is hilarious. Hobbies- Cooking, gaming, and hanging out with his wife and 2 year old little girl. Favorite Quote- “Do not pray for an easy life. Pray for the strength to endure a difficult one.”
Joshua is full of life and the consummate professional. Always able to make the process making it feel as relaxed as possible. Hobbies- Being a dad, the great outdoors and leading others to success Favorite Quote-“Never confuse efforts with results”
Hoyet is our loveable next door neighbor if you will. Always willing to help while wearing a smile. Hobbies- coaching baseball, on the lake or enjoying time at home with his wife and kids Favorite Quote- “if you are not willing to learn, no one can help you. If you are determined to learn, no one can stop you.” – Zig Ziglar
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Jake can always find a light at the end of the tunnel. Always willing to help make a deal happen. Hobbies- Spending time with his wife, daughter and their 3 dogs and kitten Favorite Quote -“Integrity has no need of rules.”
Jackson is our resident geek squad. If theres a glitch in the system he can find it. Hobbies- photography, gaming, and spending time with family in his free time. Favorite Quote- “I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you are not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again.” - F. Scott Fitzgerald
Cole our strong man with a side of charisma. Always up for a challenge. Hobbies- spending time with family , Jiu Jitsu and weight lifting is how his free time is spent. Favorite Quote: “While discipline and freedom seem like they sit on opposite sides of the spectrum, they are actually very connected.” - Jocko Willink
Jeramie is our car guy gone mortgage guy. Easy going and all about the process! Hobbies- Always piddling building something new, playing pool and spending time doing family travels Favorite Quote- “Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.”
Brie is our bilingual speaking banker. Able to make those impossible situations, possible and we love her for it! Hobbies- being on the beach, cooking, gardening and spending time with her 2 children
Diane is our sweet mother hen. If you ever need to just feel at ease she knows exactly what to do. Hobbies- spending time with family and friends, listening to live music and enjoying a competitive game of tennis! Favorite Quote- “If you are working on something that you really care about, you don’t have to be pushed. The Vision pulls you.” Steve Jobs
Torrie the realtor who turned loan officer. She is our industry spit fire always there to lend a hand for her people. Hobbies- Being social, spending time with her kids, and relaxing when the sun goes down Favorite Quote- “strive not to be a success but rather be of value”
Mark our owner and a mortgage vet! Full of knowledge and always willing to bring good energy. Hobbies- golfing, spending time with his family. Loves to grill. Favorite Quote“If you’re not first, you’re last”
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Primed for Pumpkin So where did the summer go y’all? I remember back in March thinking the warm weather would never get here and this morning I feel that little bit of chill in the air that tells me Summer has come and gone. Apparently, it’s time to get out my sweaters and snugglies and put away my flip flops, floppy hat, shorts and tank tops. I have to admit this has been another year that, to be honest, I’ll be glad to see go. Just when I thought it was safe to “move about the cabin,” that darn COVID variant raised its ugly head and my husband and I found ourselves second-guessing our upcoming travel plans and politely declining invitations to large gatherings (and both of us are fully vaccinated). I guess now I have plenty
of time to decorate for Fall with pumpkins, scarecrows and leaves of gold, orange and red. I do love the fresh smell of apple cinnamon potpourri, and I don’t mind splurging on a nice Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte from time to time. I just hate giving up my hot summer days and warm summer nights outside on the porch with some sweetened ice tea or a nice glass of wine. I’ll always be a warm weather girl, but I’ll make the most of the cool days ahead. Maybe we’ll
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Reaping the Harvest Financial Planning & Retirement
e asked some local W financial advisors for tips on financial planning for people heading into or in retirement. How do you ensure you reap the full reward for your years of hard work and see that harvest provide for a full and active lifestyle? What are things that people most often miss in the process? 10 LimitlessMagOnline.com | October 2021
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“I tend to encourage people to look at their big picture first, and then move on to the details later,” said David Hedges, a Certified Wealth Strategist (CWS®), and President of Bookman Bright Inc. in Davidson. According the Hedges, the big picture items include: investments, insurance, liability issues, Qualified Retirement Plan/ IRA issues, stock options, business succession plan issues, plans for gifting to children and charitable giving.
A complete plan will also deal with durable power of attorney issues titling of assets, executor trustee issues, as well as distribution of wealth and charitable inclinations at death. “Now within any of those categories, there are multiple things that may need to be dealt with,” said Hedges. For example, under investments: are your investments of good quality? Are they the right types of investments to reach your goals, be
they generating income or growing wealth. Then there is the question of risk. How much should you be taking? “Plenty to consider,” notes Hedges. The complexity suggests the need for qualified professionals to help manage all these issues. It is also important to go into this process with the right mindset, suggests Justin Rindskopf, Two Waters Wealth in Huntersville. “The problem many people have is that they concentrate too much on things that are outside of their control and it ends up costing them money,” said Rindskopf. An example would be focusing on market rates of return. Rindskopf suggests instead that you focus your attention on three areas that are within your circle of control where small differences can accrue and lead to a major impact on you financial health in the long run. These areas are: 1) Fees and expenses associated with your investments. Rindskopf says it is well worth your time to look beyond the summary statement of advisor fees and find out the amount of internal fees that can accrue and reduce your payout in the end. 2) A second area that is very salient for retirees is tax reduction strategies. “There is a large adjustment that most people have to make in their mindset after retirement, the instead of having one major source of income from a salary or business, they will have multiple sources of income including pension payments, Social Security and other annuities,” said Rindskopf Author Sally Balch Hurme in her book “Get the Most Our of Retirement,” discusses that transition. “if you are like many people,” Hurme writes, “one of the hardest things to do upon entering retirement is to move from a savings mode to a spending mode. It can be scary to stop getting a regular paycheck and start having to withdraw from those hard-earned savings.” Part of overcoming those anxieties, Rindskopf advises, is to focus on the
items that are within your control. In the case of distributions from tax deferred plans such as 401Ks, that means paying close attention to the tax implications of your various options for taking that income. Hedges says the question is “how to generate tax favorable income, i.e., which accounts to pull from first?” 3) The third area is aligning the level of risk in your investments with your goals. “I would say their risk tolerance, investment objectives, and overall time frame when people switch from portfolio growth to taking income when they retire is most commonly overlooked,” says John Balcerzak, CFP, of A4 Wealth Advisors, LLC, in Huntersville. “The closer you get to retirement you need to De-Risk your portfolio and make sure your portfolio matches your risk tolerance at that time.” Different goals will call for different strategies. The great benefit of reviewing your finances with this mindset, says Rindskopf, is peace of mind. “You have clarity as to what you are doing with your money and why. You have added confidence when you know how and why your financial plan has been constructed.” The other side of the coin is that failing to plan carefully results in lost income and lost opportunities. The payoff is that if done well, it gives you more flexibility and more options. For one thing, Rindskopf notes, some people may even discover they can retire earlier than they expected. Hedges also notes that clients often discover hidden resources “once you turn over all the rocks.” Jeffrey Karp, President of Karp Financial Strategies, in Mooresville agrees that many people find unexpected resources when going through a careful review of their finances. Karp cautions, however, that can be downsides to seemingly golden opportunities. You have enough income to retire early? Great, but how
are you covering health insurance until Medicare kicks in? Your children didn’t need all that money you had set aside in a 529 plan? Well great, you can cash out, but there might be a penalty to pay. What about keeping the plan for the grandchildren? “There are always choices to be made,” says Karp. On a note of reassurance, Karp says that people in retirement should not feel that they have to eliminate all of their debt. ‘Smart debt’ — low interest, long term, non-revolving debt such as a remaining mortgage or even a car loan are not a problem. Things to avoid, however, are high levels of credit card debt, or open lines of credit with variable rates of return and possibly large balloon payments at the end of a term. All the advisors stress that beginning a thorough process is the key to success. Hedges gives the example of an area business owner, a new client. “I started asking a few questions and it didn’t take long for me and the new client to realize that there were some immediate improvements to be made,” said Hedges. “Here’s one: I asked her if she had an idea of what kind of income she would like after she decides to sell the business? She didn’t. I also asked her what the plan was to transition/ sell/monetize the business that she had worked so hard on?” There was no plan. “These answers are not uncommon,” said Hedges. “Answering these types of questions are not on a top ten list of things that a business owner needs to get done in the course of a day.” And while it is never too late to improve your financial plan, it is really never too early. Rindskopf and partner Derek Bostian had just met with a couple who were a year or so out from retirement. They were glad to get their plan in order, but said they wished they had done it ten years ago. This is not uncommon, and very understandable, Rindskopf said. “Life is chaotic, and you have to make planning a priority.” Maybe this time of harvest is the moment for you to make a solid plan for bringing in the sheaves. LimitlessMagOnline.com | October 2021 11
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here is never a bad time to review your financial situation, but let us suggest that early autumn might be ideal. Students are back at school, days are getting shorter, there’s a hint of chill in the air. Doing a recheck of your finances could join the other traditions of celebrating the harvest. So why not gather your papers and devices, your partner if that 14 LimitlessMagOnline.com | October 2021
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applies, and go through a quick checkup on some key numbers? “The goal isn’t necessarily to have fun, but there’s no reason not to make it enjoyable,” suggests Jeffrey Karp, President of Karp Financial Strategies, in Mooresville. “Put on some nice music, have a drink that you enjoy.” It helps to bundle the serious business with some more obviously pleasurable things. In the end though, Karp says, the goal is to
improve your future, and that is always worth some of your time. As a starting point, you could take the items below, adapted from a list by finance columnist Kimberly Lankford. As Lankford writes, “A little time spent seeing where you land along the following financial yardsticks can either reassure you that you’re in good shape or give you the guidance you need to improve your situation.”
“A little time spent seeing where you land along the following financial yardsticks can either reassure you that you’re in good shape or give you the guidance you need to improve your situation.” No. 1. Your cash flow
This is the first number to look at according to many experts. The reason is clear - the balance of your revenues and expenses shows your financial stability, it tells you if you are living within your means. How to get it: 1) add up all the money coming in by totaling your monthly income from working, annuities, pensions, investments and business income. 2) total your monthly expenses — housing, utilities, health care, food, insurance, debt payments, entertainment, etc. Your best source for this information may be your bank statements, credit card bills, and transaction records from online payment services. Many banks offer free online tools that categorize your debit and credit card payments. 3) subtract expenses from income. What it tells you: if you are spending more than you are taking in, the amount of the negative cash flow number will tell you how long your savings will last. If you have a positive cash flow, knowing the amount helps you plan for goals, such as building savings for retirement, having an emergency fund, making major purchases, or reducing debt. Either way, the numbers gives you the basis for improving cash flow, either by finding ways to increase income, or lower expenses. A detailed look at expenses also helps in making decisions about how to spend — could you travel more if you moved to more affordable housing? Could you save on utilities and do more charitable giving?
No. 2. Social Security and other defined benefits.
If you have already retired and are drawing Social Security, this is part of your cash flow calculation.
But if you are not there yet, you want to have this number in order to know what to expect. The statement will tell you how much you can expect to receive dependent on your earnings and when you claim benefits. This information helps you plan based on how much you would receive if you drew when first eligible at age 62, if you wait until your ‘full retirement age’ (66 or 67 depending on your birth year), or the maximum benefit amount you would receive by waiting until age 70 to begin drawing benefits. How to get it: Most people receive an annual statement from the Social Security Administration that gives you this information. For more timely updates and convenient access, you can get a ‘My Social Security” account at ssa.gov. Similar considerations may apply to other defined benefit pensions if you are in such a plan.
No. 3. Net Worth/ Savings
This is the value of your savings, other monetary and other investments and the estimated value of your home and other real estate (net of mortgage payoff). One way to look at this number is to divide it by 25 and use that as an estimate of savings you could safely withdraw after retirement to supplement your Social Security and other income sources. Would that amount give you the income you needed for a comfortable retirement? If not, you may need to save more, retire later, or make other adjustments.
No. 4. Your credit score. How to get it: Your FICO score is available free of charge from a variety of sources. Scores range from 300 to 850, and
you are looking to have a score that is at least 760 to get the best lending rates when you need to borrow. Paying bills on time and keeping balances low on your credit cards (30% or less of each card’s limit) are the major factors in this score.
No. 5. Debt-toincome ratio
Another measure of your credit standing is the debt-to-income ratio. How to get it: This is calculated by taking your monthly debt payments and dividing by your total gross income. The number is a standard for lenders (43% for mortgage) and a good gauge of your overall financial flexibility.
No. 6. Your highest interest rate debt.
How to get it: Checking loan documents and credit card statements, find the debt with the highest interest rate. This number could also be called ‘your biggest win.’ Take for example a credit card charging 16% interest. Directing extra money to paying that debt off first gives you the biggest risk-free return you are likely to get on any investment. If you have put these figures together — congratulations! If you are like most people you have probably found some numbers you are happy about, and some areas where you would like to do better. Finding the problem areas is a very positive step, since you can’t improve what you don’t see. David Hedges, President of Bookman Bright, in Davidson, says the process of “getting their house in order” brings more than just financial benefits to his clients. “When you put your head on your pillow at night, you will rest better assured that things are set up they way they should be.” So celebrate the season with a financial checkup, and set yourself up for the adventures ahead. LimitlessMagOnline.com | October 2021 15
a moment in time
October BY » Mickey Dunaway
n 2020-21, The Year of the Pandemic, almost every person was inundated by the changing rules and regulations—many of them constantly changing, it seemed. Very few entertaining pursuits bore the brunt of the number of rules and regulations like sports. In the Year of the Pandemic, they were hardly recognizable as sports at all.
Now that sports have returned with crowds, albeit also with COVID protocols reduced but still present, I thought it might be fun to check out some sporting events to have occurred through the years in October.
October 1, 1903
First Baseball World Series game was played. The Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Boston Americans 7-3 at Huntington Avenue.
October 1, 1932
Babe Ruth pointed to centerfield then hit the famous homer to that exact spot. Yankees won this game three of the World Series 7-5.
October 1, 1975
Ali defeated Joe Frazier to maintain the Heavy Weight title. Known as “The Thrilla in Manila.”
Welcome back to the art of competition
October 3, 1964
Jerry West retired after 14 seasons playing with the LA Lakers. He scored 25,192 career points and averaged 29.1 points per game in 153 playoff games.
October 4, 1995
OJ Simpson was acquitted of the murders of Nicole Simpson and Ron Goldman. “If the glove doesn’t fit, you must acquit.” – Attorney Johnny Cochran.
October 6, 1990
October 2, 1964
Atlanta Braves Hank Aaron hit the final home run of his career. Hammerin’ Hank’s 733rd HR.
No. 12 Colorado defeated Missouri 33-31 by scorning on an extra play from scrimmage. The refs gave Colorado a 5th down. Coach McCartney refused to forfeit. UC went on to share a portion of the National Championship!
October 3, 1971
October 6, 2007
Tennis star Billie Jean King became the first female athlete to win $100,000 in prize money in a single year. Wins the $4,000 Virginia Slims Tournament in Phoenix, Arizona. 16 LimitlessMagOnline.com | October 2021
Unranked Stanford defeated No. 2 Southern Cal 24-23. Stanford was 41-point underdog.
October 7, 1916
Georgia Tech, coached by legendary John Heisman, defeated Cumberland 222-0. The most lopsided victory in the history of US college football.
October 7, 2012
New Orleans QB Drew Brees broke Johnny Unitas’ record for consecutive games with a TD pass. Brees threw TD passes in 48 consecutive games.
October 8, 1953
Birmingham, Alabama, barred Jackie Robinson’s All-Stars Team of black and white players from playing there. Robinson gave in & dropped the white players from his group. I was in the first grade and don’t remember the event, but I am nonetheless ashamed. This is a good reminder that greatness has no place for prejudice and its ugly twin, injustice.
October 9, 1909
Ty Cobb, the Georgia Peach, stole home in a World Series game. Cobb stole home 54 times in his career. Amazing.
October 9, 1994
NY Giants retire OLB Lawrence Taylor’s #56 jersey. Taylor was also an All-American at the University of North Carolina.
October 11, 1992
Deion Sanders played for the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons and MLB’s Braves. Both teams on the same day!
October 14, 1973
Willie Mays got his last MLB career hit in World Series Game 2 in Oakland. The “Say Hey Kid” was 42 years old.
October 15, 2005
Satchel Paige was famous for many quotes. Two of my favorites are appropriate for America today.
October 14, 1973
“Never let your head hang down. Never give up and sit down and grieve. Find another way.”
No. 1 USC defeated No. 9 Notre Dame 34-31. This was USC’s 28th consecutive win.
“Hitman” Hart defeated Charlotte’s Ric Flair for WWF heavyweight title. Can you say, “Wooooo!”
Linda Ronstadt sang the national anthem before World Series Game 3 at Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles. OK. It is not really sports, but I really like Linda Ronstadt!
October 11, 2014
October 17, 2012
October 11, 1992
No. 5 Baylor defeated No. 9 TCU by a score of 61-58. Baylor was down 21 points in the 4th quarter. The two teams combined for 1,300 yards of total offense.
October 13, 2019
Simone Biles became the world’s most decorated gymnast, winning a record 25th medal at the World Championships. Two years later, she’s still the best.
Satchel Paige was born in my hometown of Mobile, Alabama. He remains one of America’s greatest sports heroes. A humble man, Paige also was a star in the Negro League and later the Major Leagues. He remains one of my sports heroes. His career lasted five decades, ending with his induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Lance Armstrong lost a host of endorsements in the wake of his doping scandal. A sad day for cycling and sports.
October 17, 2015
No. 7 Michigan State defeated at No. 23 Michigan 27- 12. With Michigan leading and seconds remaining, the Michigan punter fumbled the snap. State picked it up and returned it 38 yards for the winning touchdown.
Perhaps his most famous quote was this one: “Don’t look back. Something might be gaining on you.”
October 21, 2006
Michigan State defeated Northwestern 41 – 38. The biggest comeback in college football history after trailing 38-3 in the middle of the 3rd quarter.
October 28, 1922
Princeton defeated Chicago 21-18. It was the first national radio broadcast of a college football game. LimitlessMagOnline.com | October 2021 17
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Can you say “Halftime Feel Good Food”? Because this no-chopping, no-browning, just-open-a-few-cans Salsa Verde Chicken Chili will go faster than a wide receiver at your next tailgate! This chili recipe comes together in just a few minutes, but tastes like you spent hours in the kitchen. It’s healthy, delicious, and filling. Win-win-win! And, this simple alternative to traditional meat chili is so darn good! The secret? Salsa Verde! That green goodness already has the chopped veggies & seasoning included, and produces anything but ho-hum chili! Light, but satisfying, with the bright kick that comes from the Salsa Verde. One of the best things about this recipe is how versatile it is with lots of different toppings! I love my chili with fresh cilantro, jalapenos, and avocado. Sliced green onions and a squeeze of lime also adds a bright note to your chili. And, to make it especially yummy, top that chili with shredded cheddar cheese, a spoonful of sour cream and serve with tortilla chips. Yum! And, if there’s any left, you can freeze the cooked chili after it has cooled! Perfect for lunch too! Below you will find cooking directions for the stove top, the slow cooker, & the Instant Pot! Enjoy!
Salsa Verde Chicken Chili INGREDIENTS 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs 1 jar (16 oz.) salsa verde 3 cups chicken broth 2 tsp cumin 1 tsp garlic powder 1 tsp onion powder 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 tsp black pepper 1 can (14 oz.) pinto beans (drained & rinsed) 1 can (14 oz.) cannelini beans (drained & rinsed) 1 can (14 oz.) corn – drained
DIRECTIONS Stovetop Add everything to a large dutch oven or stock pot. Bring to a simmer and let cook for 25-30 minutes, or once chicken is cooked through. Remove chicken and shred or chop. Return to chili and serve! Slow Cooker Add chicken, salsa, broth & spices to the slow cooker and stir. Cook on low for 4 hours or until chicken is cooked through. After 4 hours, remove chicken and shred or chop. Return chicken to chili, along with beans & corn. Cook 15-20 minutes longer, until heated through and serve! Instant Pot Add everything to the Instant Pot. If you reach the max fill line, you can add more broth after it finishes cooking. Set to manual for 8 minutes. Let the Instant Pot naturally release. Remove chicken and shred or chop. Return to chili and serve! To serve, ladle into bowls and add your favorite garnishes, such as shredded cheese, avocado, chopped onion, and sour cream! Serves 6.
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“If you are a woman over 50 and are widowed, divorced or never married and need a new tribe, private message me.” 24 LimitlessMagOnline.com | October 2021
Davidson Brings Single Women Together For Fellowship and Support
hen I moved to Davidson a little over three years ago, I was retired from a long career in advertising and marketing. Although I loved my work, at 65 I was tired of the daily grind and stress. Prior to my retirement and move, I led a full life that included women friends I’d made throughout my life. There was seldom a day that I didn’t connect with one of them. Yet, as most of us know, things can change on a dime and sadly, friendships become the casualties of our circumstances. When I decided to move to Davidson, all I knew was that it was“the place off I-77 on the lake.” Two years into living in Davidson I had discovered the town of my dreams with a unique vibe, great neighbors and a community that pulls together in so many ways. However, I still missed my “tribe” of single women friends now scattered all over the country. I went to bed one night deep in thought as to how to go about meeting more women in a similar situation over 50 and single. I posted a message on NextDoor that read: “If you are a woman over 50 and are widowed, divorced or never married and need a new tribe, private message me.” I awoke the next morning to more than 25 women who were as eager as I to meet new people. While the reasons that drew them to Davidson were both similar and different, they all shared my hope that this would be a place where they too could build a new “tribe of friends.” In June 2019 I hosted approximately 25 women at my home who had responded to my NextDoor message.
One was Karen Stewart, a widow and a retired software writer that I discovered lived just a block away. The first meeting revolved around a discussion about what we wanted the purpose of the group to be. It was decided that the main goal would be to build friendships and to share and enjoy events in and around Davidson. At that first meeting, we decided to call our organization “Kindred Spirits: Davidson.” The organization also was formed to be a support network for each other during the good times and bad. Karen, being the group’s “techie” designed and developed our private Facebook page, only open to members. One of our first outings was to Davidson College’s Holiday Concert. Another event was enjoying cocktails while watching the Davidson Christmas Parade from the comfort of a local restaurant with a perfect view of the parade route. Then members who had no plans for Thanksgiving or Christmas found solace in other members in the same boat and joined forces for holiday potlucks. Cathy Tisdale, a retired CEO of a national nonprofit, is one of the group’s original members. “I was newly retired and just arrived in Davidson when Jean posted the June 2019 invitation that created my path for making a new group of friends and acquaintances. It’s much harder to establish yourself when you no longer make friends through your children’s parents, or a group of professional colleagues, or an existing group of “old” friends. Kindred Spirits created a path for so many of us,” says Cathy. Another member, Pam Foltz said she wanted to meet women brave
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enough to show up at a party hosted by a stranger. “I am glad I did,” says Foltz “because I’ve made some trusted friends who have helped me find new adventures and share good times.” Prior to COVID, the group had monthly gatherings at someone’s home, and then smaller outings to movies, festivals and other events. When COVID hit, things stopped on a dime, yet, this new “community of friends,” could now support each other through those awful months. Never was it a more important time for staying connected. The group had two, “Happy Hour” zoom calls and members stayed connected through its Facebook page. Although activities for Kindred Spirits are suspended because of COVID, if you would like to learn more about the organization, send your name, address, email and telephone number to jeanspangler165@ gmail.com who will contact you when gatherings resume. LimitlessMagOnline.com | October 2021 25
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Fogle Insurance Group serves the Lake Norman Area BY » Jeff Winke PHOTOGRAPHY BY » Lisa Crates
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Healthcare coverage is a huge part of a person’s life and budget. We try to maximize the coverage and also fit within their budget.
he year 1983 was eventful. The Space Shuttle Challenger launches its maiden voyage. American schoolgirl Samantha Smith expresses fears about nuclear war in a letter to the leader of the Soviet Union who is touched and invites her to meet with him. The third Star Wars film, Return of the Jedi, airs. Metal band Metallica releases their debut album, Kill ‘Em All. Madonna releases her self-titled debut album. A Soviet military officer averts a worldwide nuclear war by correctly identifying that an attack warning of U.S. missiles is a false alarm. Microsoft Word software is first released. The Baltimore Orioles beat the Philadelphia Phillies to win the World Series. McDonald’s introduces the McNugget. Michael Jackson’s Thriller video airs on MTV for the first time. President Ronald Reagan declassifies GPS for public use. The Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program is launched. “Every Breath You Take” by The Police and Michael Jackson “Billie Jean” are the top two hits. Also in 1983, Fogle Insurance Group was founded by George D. Fogle, Sr. and headquartered in Charlotte. From its humble beginning in the midst of a turbulent year, Fogle Insurance grew under the founder’s leadership. From the start, the company has maintained a singular focus of insuring the Greater Charlotte Lake Norman Region. In 2000, the Fogle Insurance Group moved to its current location in Huntersville, where they find the neighborhood feel of the area to be a perfect match to its mission and how they approach business. The company tries to make it simple and easy for its customers by functioning as a single source offering insurance coverages across three areas..... (1) Business Insurance, (2) Personal Insurance, and (3) Health & Life Insurance. They access a multitude of carriers which makes it possible to be specific on matching coverage to need. An area where Fogle Insurance Group has developed specialized
expertise in is Medicare Insurance. “We take an individualized approach and ensure the member not only has great coverage but is fully comfortable with their plan choice,” stated Laura Finan, Benefits Consultant. “We have committed ourselves to finding each client a plan that works for the needs they have. This is extremely important since Medicare is not a system where one plan fits all. We sit down (or video chat in these days) with a client, explain the coverage options, and evaluate what is important to the client.” Finan noted that it is quite helpful to see the same client year over year. “It’s a great feeling to be able to adjust their plans to fit their changing needs,” Finan added. “Healthcare coverage is a huge part of a person’s life and budget. We try to maximize the coverage and also fit within their budget.” There is a Medicare Open Enrollment period each year where individuals can sign up or change their coverage. This year, 2021, the period is from October 15th through December 7th. “Open Enrollment is the busiest time of the year for us,” Finan said. “We like to meet with or speak to all clients to make sure they are aware of any changes to their plan and then make changes when needed. We do this by checking every single doctor the client sees, since some Medicare plans do work from a network of physicians. We also ask for a medication list – each insurance company has their own “formulary” or list of medications they cover and at what tier/price. This is one of the most helpful aspects we have in getting a plan that is right for the client’s specific needs. Outside of this time, we speak with our clients about the benefits of their plan as they see themselves needing more care.” Medicare health and drug plans can make changes each year—things like cost, coverage, and what providers and pharmacies are in their networks— so it is important to keep track. Since its beginnings in 1983, George
D. Fogle, Sr. has placed a premium on surrounding himself with employees that develop insurance expertise and are engaged in the Greater Charlotte Lake Norman Region. Benefits Consultant Laura Finan started in 2015 after graduating from UNC Charlotte. Since starting, she has worked directly with Medicare clients and with employeroffered employee benefits. Finan is supported by Pam Smith, Benefits Consultant Assistant. She started with Fogle Insurance Group in 2016 and has lived and worked in Charlotte since 1996. Smith works with employers to make sure their policies are up to date with employment changes and assists Medicare clients with benefit questions Benefitting from hard work and dedicated employees, the Fogle Insurance Group appears to be progressing from its founder’s strong start and appears to be thriving from its Charlotte Lake Norman base. Fogle Insurance Group 10105 Hickorywood Hill Ave, Huntersville, NC 28078 www.foglegroup.com
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veryone wants to hit that high soft golf shot that lands like a butterfly on the green, or perhaps in the hole. You know, the one that Phil Mickelson hits on Sundays that makes everyone’s mouth drop! With the right information and some practice, you can, too! Follow the steps outlined on the next page. 1. Choose your higher lofted wedge club, the Sand Wedge or Lob Wedge will do. 2. The position of the ball is more towards your lead foot and below the logo on the left of your golf shirt ( for right-handed golfers, right chest for left-handed golfers).
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and YOUR BUDGET. 3. Then, ensure your nose is forward over the ball which will open your shoulders towards your target. 4. As you take your swing, let your arms swing in the direction your shoulders are pointed, which should be left of your target ( for right-handed golfers). This will keep the face more open to the path. 5. To finish your swing, the club face will be open with the butt of the clubfacing towards you. Remember, when you add loft you have to add swing speed. Practice to see how much backswing you need for the distance of your target. Following these steps and allowing the swing motion to let the club head brush the turf will enable you to hit the high soft lob like a champion!
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o many, Burgundy is at the pinnacle of the wine world. I’m kind of in that camp. But there are those who shy away from it. What’s going on? Burgundy wines are filled with nuance and finesse, not power. They’re a combination of elegance and complexity. To some, Burgundy is troublesome to get their arms around. To others, Burgundy wines lack the oomph that is mandatory—wines that make a simple, bold statement. But it’s not a case of one style of wine being better than another. They’re simply different. No right, no wrong. Burgundy is all about wines that express the place they come from— they express their “terroir.” Burgundy has to be the most terroir intensive wine region in the world. The region has two main grape varieties, Pinot Noir for red wines and Chardonnay for white. What makes Burgundy so interesting is the way that wines taste so differently depending on what Burgundian soil and climate they’re grown in. The, not so large, Burgundy region has 100 different Appellations d’Origine Protégée (AOP) wines. AOPs are address labels, indicating the place where grapes have been grown. Burgundy’s AOPs are grouped into four different classifications. From the lowest to the top, they are; Regional, Village, Premier Cru and Grand Cru. Wines carrying “Regional” on their label are made from grapes grown in any number of plots throughout the region. “Village” wines are made 34 LimitlessMagOnline.com | October 2021
from grapes grown in and around the village named on the bottle. “Premier Cru” wines are made from grapes grown in one single vineyard within a named village—both village and vineyard names appear on the label. A “Grand Cru” carries just the name of its vineyard. Rules are very strict. If an area is named on a label, grapes must come from only that area. It’s beautiful how wines vary from one plot of land to another. The reason I’ve got such a soft spot in my heart for Burgundy is that it’s the region that got me really interested in wine. My wife, Mary Ellen, and I had always been fond of wine but one meal changed everything. It was our “aha” moment. I was working quite a lot in Paris at the time and a business associate invited us to a tasting meal in a pretty nifty place in the City of Light. Several wines were poured during the meal but one in particular was a showstopper—bells rang and lights flashed. It turned out that the wine was from Burgundy— a Nuit Saint Georges, a “Village” wine. The next day we rented a car and drove to Burgundy to dig and sip deeper. To our delight, the evening’s wine had not been a “one off.” At lunch we tried the same type of wine—same experience. On leaving, we asked the restaurateur where she got her wines. List in hand, we started knocking on doors. Every wine we tasted was as good or better than the one we’d tasted in Paris. So began a beautiful friendship. These are nuanced wines—
understated but a lot going on. Like most “Old World” wines, it’s the nonfruit aspects that come out first. For me, white Burgundy is the greatest and most lingering expression of the Chardonnay grape. There’s a complex combination that is smoky, toasty, buttery, nutty and minerally. A firm acidity holds everything together. And I think Pinot Noir reaches its crowning point in red Burgundy. There’s a delicate complexity; perfumed and fruity, commonly with hints of undergrowth or mushrooms. Some wines have a gorgeous floral, violet finish. There’s even a hint of barnyard that sounds yucky but fits beautifully into the wine. We’ve been going back to Burgundy as often as possible since that first experience. We go mostly in the month of January. Air fares are cheaper and it’s the least busy time in the region. The main activity is pruning vines and making small bonfires from the clippings. The region is a dull, winter grey with smoke rising into the air. Not as pretty as the rest of the year but it has definite charm. Another nice thing is that it often rains at that time of year. That drives us down into wine cellars to cruise through crus with winemakers. Maybe it’s the ambiance of the cellar but the wines we taste are nothing short of spectacular. The only downside is that these wines can be a little pricey. But everyone deserves a treat now and then. Sadly, COVID-19 has put a dent in our Burgundy exploration. But the door is re-opening. We’ll definitely be back.
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Jim Casciano’s love for coaching basketball BY » Renee Roberson PHOTOGRAPHY BY » Jon Beyerle
untersville resident Jim Casciano played basketball in high school and college and went on to have a successful coaching career with colleges in Virginia, New Jersey, Vermont, Pennsylvania, and Maine. In 2018, thought he was ready for retirement from a career coaching basketball. But, after taking a year off to regroup and decompress from the hectic schedule of travel and recruiting at the college level, he found he missed coaching. He’s excited for the new opportunity to join Woodlawn School, a private independent school serving grades K-12 in Mooresville, as the head boys’ basketball coach. We caught up with Casciano to learn more about the trajectory of his career, his coaching philosophy, and why he has no desire to leave the sport of basketball any time soon. LIMITLESS: How did you and your wife Daphne end up in the Lake Norman area? Jim: I was coaching at the University of Maine at Presque Isle and came here to take a head coaching job at Johnson & Wales University. To be honest, it was really the weather that brought us here! We’d had about 190 inches of snow that year, with thirty days being below freezing. LIMITLESS: What made you decide to retire from coaching basketball in 2018? Jim: I retired after 40 years because it seemed like a good number. I was starting to get tired of the travel and
the year-round recruiting, and my energy levels were waning. I would advise anyone who is retiring that they should have a plan, though, because I didn’t have hobbies. LIMITLESS: You served as an assistant basketball coach for two seasons at Lake Norman Charter in Huntersville. How did you hear about the position at Woodlawn School? Jim: I was Lake Norman Charter for two years . . . The people over there are great. But I learned though that once you’re a head coach you’re always a head coach. This past spring, I interviewed for head coaching jobs but three of them went to coaches who were also teachers. In CMS you can’t coach football or basketball if you’re not a teacher. When I met Shellee Young [Athletic Director at Woodlawn School], we hit it off immediately. She’s very positive. I think she’s going to do some great things. I’m part of that big picture. I hope I can upgrade and improve the basketball program to coincide with her vision. LIMITLESS: We have to ask, when it comes to college basketball and the NBA, where do your loyalties lie? Jim: For college basketball, the University of North Carolina. The highlight of my college coaching career was when Dean Smith and Bill Guthridge took me to lunch many years ago. And I’m a Philadelphia Sixers fan, but sometimes I’ll shift my allegiance. I would love to see the Lakers win another championship with LeBron James.
Jim Casciano’s Coaching Philosophy Casciano was coaching at Kings College in Wilkes-Barre, Penn. when he created the first draft of “The Total Program.” “It’s been adjusted to refer more to high school versus college,” he says. “It’s who I am. This is what I believe. This is what I want to see for our players. I hand this out to every parent and every player so they can see it.” He believes this program goes beyond basketball, encompassing attributes such as dedication, commitment, discipline, respect, and love of learning. It consists of four cornerstones: Teaching Values-Discipline should be a way of life, providing the ability to focus, organize, and set priorities. Building Dreams-This consists of creating a positive culture, building tradition, earning campus and community support, helping players get to all the next levels of winning games, championships, and state tournaments. Formula for Success-Casciano believes this formula extends beyond the standard basketball season. Head Coach-The coach serves also as a mentor, teacher, and positive role model. LimitlessMagOnline.com | October 2021 41
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American Wheat The smooth character of this American wheat is accentuated with the bright taste of raspberries. The sweet and tart flavors of the raspberries are perfectly balanced providing for a refreshing experience. This light bodied ale is a perfect choice on a hot summer day. You may be looking for this seasonal brew year round.
ABV: 5.3% • IBU: 19
rior to opening Eleven Lakes Brewing in Cornelius, Jack and Ray spent 10+ years brewing in Jack and Teri’s garage. Eventually they began to wear out their welcome. Upon traveling to Wisconsin to visit her friend,
Teri was turned on to a raspberry ale made at Water Street Brewery. Teri spoke with the brewmaster and she brought the recipe home with her. After several batches, they finally made the recipe their own. In order to stay in the garage another year, it was a brew it or
lose it deal with the guys. It was then Teri’s Raspberry Ale was born.
Where’s it brewing? 10228 Bailey Rd #201, Cornelius, NC 28031 elevenlakesbrewing.com
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Embracing the Benefits of Volatility
was reading an article last week about the positive impact that volatility can have in our lives versus our desire to have everything predictable, consistent and reliable. As I related this article to how people view their transition to their post-employment years, I asked myself if maybe it is the mundane that, deep down, worries people most?” Years ago, a recently retired individual told me that he had looked forward to retiring so that he could pursue his love of the game of golf every day, but once that reality happened, his passion for playing every day waned, because, as he said to me, golf was more fun when it was an escape from the work day. Being able to play whenever he wanted took much of the thrill away. What if one of the things we miss the most about our working years is the somewhat random and unexpected events of each day— the unpredictable potential of each day? How does True Wealth, measured by experiences accumulated/people we meet, get fulfilled if every day is the same? There is merit to finding ways to bring some uncertainty and mystery back into your day. This month’s issue may offer some ideas as it highlights the Lake Norman area towns and historical locations, museums, and plantations. What do you know about the area you live in? Is this an opportunity to explore your own community or find different types of social events? Is it time to try a new sport or exercise activity? All examples that can help balance predictability of life with a jolt of new energy. If you change the word volatility to variety, would it be easier to embrace? Would the potential thrill of victory be a reasonable reward to the possible agony of defeat (thank you ABC Sports for that phrase)? Embrace your life journey with a little unpredictability as you build your bucket of lasting memories. It will help make your retirement years a meaningful and fulfilling part of your life story.
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Ramp Up to Retirement
f you’re within striking distance of retirement (let’s call it 5 years or less), you probably have an increasing amount of issues on your mind. If you’re within 1-2 years, you DEFINITELY have a few more things on your mind. But don’t stress yourself out over it. Take a piece at a time. Let’s take a quick look… First, you’ll need to gather up all your “stuff”. I refer to this as the first part of my IOU system: Inventory, Organize and Understand. So first, inventory everything and that includes all investment accounts, insurance policies, real property, debts…essentially your balance sheet. Next, organize it. I have a fancy software system that I pay big money for that I use to inventory and organize things but you can easily do what needs to be done on an Excel Spreadsheet. After you’re finished organizing, it’s time to understand what you have and how it fits into what you’re trying to accomplish. This is probably where you would seek some professional help from a person like me if you didn’t want to go it alone. Now there’s a lot of considerations along the way that include but are not limited to titling of assets, beneficiary designations, estate & elder law planning, Medicare enrollment and various choices, Social Security claiming strategies, etc. The list goes on. The bottom line: start getting familiar with some of the moving parts you’ll need to know for a successful retirement. The unknown can be stressful and the more that you get familiar with it, the better you’ll feel. And lastly, feel free to drop me a line or email. I’m happy to field some questions.
David Hedges, CWS® is the owner of Bookman Bright, Inc., a registered investment advisor. You can reach him at (704)256-6016 and david@ bookmanbright.com.
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