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New planning chair says mixed-use approach offers choices

  By Dave Yochum. An associate professor of architecture and urban design at UNC-Charlotte is the new chair of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Commission. Deb Ryan, who has been on the planning commission for six years, says what urban planning is about now is choices. “For the longest time we did single-family housing and we did […]

Dirk Vanderleest lands at Concord Airport

Following a nationwide search, Dirk Vanderleest has been selected as Concord’s new aviation director and will begin supervising Concord Regional Airport in early September. The airport is a key economic generator for the city and county. Vanderleest brings extensive experience in aviation, management, and economic development. He retired in 2014 as the CEO of the […]

Brown will serve on Housing Finance Agency board

Realtor Leigh Brown has been appointed to the board of the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency. She is the founder of Leigh Brown & Associates in Concord.

One woman, two men and a truck

Two Men and a Truck has a new GM in the Charlotte franchise. Rachel Raven, of Concord, was recently promoted to general manager and will oversee the daily operations. She has been with the company 13 years. At age 33, she is the first female general manager running the operation.

2 on deck at OnQ

Scott Hastings and George Richardson have joined OnQ Financial, a retail-focused mortgage company at 9624 Bailey Road in Cornelius. Hastings began in the mortgage business in 2003 after working in financial advertising and investor relations. Richardson has worked in both the operations and originating side of the mortgage business for more than 25 years.

Mooresville’s John Amon Awarded NC Main Street Champion

John Amon has received the North Carolina Main Street Champion award for his work in downtown Mooresville. He has served on the Mooresville Downtown Commission board for more than a decade, and conceived the idea for the popular Festival of Lights Christmas show consisting of over 150,000 lights, synchronized to music. Amon has served on […]

Carol LaShombe new sales manager at Builder Services

BSI Builder Services, the new home sales division of Allen Tate, has named Carol LaShombe is a new sales manager in the Charlotte region. She will help oversee new construction sales teams for Peachtree Residential, Brookline Homes LLC, Evans Coghill Homes, Chelsea Builders and Main Street Properties. She will also work with the custom home communities […]

New dean for informatics at UNCC

Fatma Mili will join UNC Charlotte as dean of the College of Computing and Informatics beginning Aug. 1. She comes to the University from Purdue University, where she is the founder and director of the TransSTEM (Center for Trans-institutional Capacity Building and Educational Equity in STEM) at the Purdue Discovery Park. She also is a […]


Shoe retailer hires pair

Julie Barr and Kim Auman-Fanning have joined Rack Room Shoes and Off Broadway Shoe Warehouse, sister companies owned by Germany-based shoe retailer The Deichmann Group, as human resources director and loss prevention director, respectively. Barr succeeded Susan Winstead who retired after 24 years of service. Barr was vice president of HR at Bank of America Merchant Services. Auman-Fanning succeeded Johnny […]

3 Kannapolis employees on top boards

Three City of Kannapolis employees have been elected to serve in leadership positions for their respective professional organizations. Gary Mills, director of Parks and Recreation, has been elected to serve as president of the North Carolina Recreation and Parks Association. Tina Cline, director of Human Resources, has been elected to serve as an officer on the board of […]

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