Countryside Montessori welcomes new head of school Chuck Nusinov becomes the new Head of School for Countryside Montessori upon Debby Haugh’s retirement this summer. “We're excited to have such a qualified administrator and proven leader join our school community. We are impressed with Chuck's boundless energy, his business and fundraising experience and his community knowledge and connections,” says Todd Nuccio, Chairman of the Board of Directors. Haugh is founder and Head of School who will be retiring this summer after 30 years of service to the private Montessori school. “I have great confidence in the future of Countryside under the leadership of Chuck Nusinov,” Haugh says. “He has a proven track record of inspiring students, empowering teachers and energizing parents.” Nusinov is currently principal for Torrence Creek Elementary in Huntersville. Prior to this position, Nusinov was the principal for David Cox Road Elementary. He has worked in schools for 13 years serving as a middle and high school mathematics teacher, assistant principal and principal. Nusinov holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from University of Baltimore and a Master of School Administration from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Countryside Montessori has three Charlotte campuses: 4755 Prosperity Church Road, 9026 Mallard Creek Road, and 4125 Johnston Oehler Road. www.countrysidemontessorischool.org.
Solace Spa announces new team member Solace Spa, located in Afton Village, welcomes Christian Hunsbedt to its team as a licensed massage and bodywork therapist. Solace Spa specializes in a host of services from hair styling and color services, massages, facials, manicures and pedicures. Appointments can be made with Hunsbedt by calling 704-795-7627. Solace Spa is located at 5411 Village Drive in Concord. Open Tuesday-Thursday from 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday from 9 a.m.- 5 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. www.solace-spa.com.
Keller Williams Realtor/Broker earns esteemed title and certification Consuelo M. Souders, Realtor®/Broker with Keller Williams Realty, has earned the prestigious Certified Distressed Property Expert designation, having completed extensive training in foreclosure avoidance, with a particular emphasis on short sales. In addition, she has also been awarded the Short Sales and Foreclosure Resource (SFR) certification by the National Association of Realtors. She serves the Greater Charlotte area including University City, northern Mecklenburg, Lake Norman and Cabarrus County. She is active in the community as a volunteer for multiple activities in the Highland Creek Community, Highland Creek Elementary, Cox Mill Elementary, Cox Mill High School, and with the Toys for Tots Organization. Consuelo lives in the University area with her family and is a native of Cabarrus County. 704-965-6866. www.ConsueloSouders.com.
UNC Charlotte’s Five Venture business competition celebrates ten years UNC Charlotte, the Charlotte Research Institute, the Ben Craig Center and the Office of Technology Transfer will present the 10th Five Ventures Business Innovation Competition on April 14. This annual contest recognizes early-stage companies and has a history of helping the region’s innovators and entrepreneurs grow their businesses. For more information, visit www.fiveventures.com
Furniture Row shopping center now open in University area Furniture Row recently opened a new shopping center that includes Oak Express, Bedroom Expressions, Sofa Mart and Denver Mattress Company. The center is located at 8215 IKEA Blvd., Charlotte. Open Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m.- 9 p.m., and Sunday 12 p.m.-6 p.m. www.furniturerow.com.
Businesses, volunteers take on service project Area business and volunteers spruced up outdoor spaces as part of a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. day service project at Turning Point Academy, an alternative school at 2300 West Sugar Creek Road, Charlotte. Participants and donors included members of Covenant Presbyterian Church and Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, the Home Depot Foundation which provided a grant for project materials and volunteers, and REA Contracting which provided labor and materials to install a new asphalt basketball court. Charlotte Community ToolBank made tools available for the project for the project. AmeriCorps members from Habitat Charlotte provided design, planning, and construction leadership throughout the project, and Hands on Charlotte provided project management and leadership sessions. Wallace Farm donated soil for the garden planters, and the city of Charlotte is provided wood chips for the garden. Don Rosenberg from Instant Organic Garden is serving as a garden consultant.
Speedway building world’s largest HD video screen Work is now underway at Charlotte Motor Speedway to build the world’s largest HD video board. The screen, which will be 200 feet wide and 80 feet tall and weigh more than 165,000 pounds, will stretch across the track’s backstretch between turns 2 and 3. The video board is being built in conjunction with Panasonic, which will become the exclusive audio/video provider of the speedway. More than nine million LED lamps will illuminate the 16,000 square foot screen. Work is expected to be completed by April.