April 21 Aquesta Financial Holdings, parent company of Aquesta Bank, reported operating income rose 23 percent during the first quarter of 2014 compared to last year. The Cornelius-based company reported unaudited net income of $428,000 compared to net income of $347,000 for the first quarter of 2013.
April 17 Davidson College President Carol Quillen will speak at a Lake Norman Chamber Power Luncheon at River Run Country Club on Friday, April 25. The event will be from 11:45 am-1:15 pm. President Quillen will speak about "The Entrepreneurial Spirit of the Liberal Arts," in light of an evolving economy and a changing higher education landscape. The sponsors are The McIntosh Law Firm, The Knox Group, and Business Today/ Cornelius Today. Tickets are $17 for chamber members and $20 for non-members. To RSVP, call the Chamber at 704-892-1922 by April 22.
April 17 Patrick Joseph Distinctive Homes, LLC, hired Ron DuDonis as Project Manager of Residential Construction in the Lake Norman area. DuDonis brings 24 years of construction experience to Patrick Joseph, managing premier neighborhoods such as The Peninsula and The Point.
April 14 Cabarrus Jobs Now will host a luncheon with Michael Wolf at noon April 17 at the Embassy Suites in Concord. As an economist with Wells Fargo, Wolf covers both U.S. and regional economies. He writes indicator reports, special commentary, and contributes to Wells Fargo’s Weekly Economic & Financial Commentary. Prior to joining Wells Fargo, Michael worked as a regional and international economist at Moody’s Analytics, and also measured trends in compensation as an economist for the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Info: www.cabarrusjobsnow.org
April 17 Dennis Cowardin was honored as a 2013 Main Street Champion at the North Carolina Main Street Annual Awards Ceremony in New Bern on April 1. Cowardin was selected for the recognition by the Mooresville Downtown Commission for exemplifying community volunteerism. N.C. Assistant Secretary of Commerce Dr. Pat Mitchell and Office of Urban Development Director Liz Parham presented Cowardin with the award.
The way to hit a problem in the automobile dealership business — or any industry — is head-on, says Cyndie Mynatt, CEO of the Ben Mynatt GM stores in Concord and a Nissan store in Salisbury.
“When there’s bad news, you hit it head on and don’t pretend it is not happening,” Mynatt says. “Be honest, proactive, get in front of it and fix it. The motto should always be ‘do the right thing.’”
April 17 Nan Gray, the former vice president of development at Samaritan’s Feet International, has been named director of marketing and business development at Concord Mills in Concord. Gray will be responsible for managing strategic marketing, business development, public relations, tenant and community relations, media buying and guest services.
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