The Silver Anvil Award of Excellence went to Walker Marketing of Concord in the Public Relations Society of America's 2011 national awards.
The firm received the award for its work on the Save Ben Mynatt Chevrolet Cadillac campaign, which helped the Concord dealership keep its franchise after being targeted for closure in 2010.
Daniel More, a professional tobacconist with Brigham USA at 40 Odell School Road in Concord, has qualified for membership in the International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers Association.
With about 2,000 members worldwide, the association is represents retailers, manufacturers and distributors of handmade cigars, pipes and accessories.
Award-winning stylist Haley Hale recently joined Solace Spa in the Afton Village Shops, 5411 Village Drive, Concord.
Formerly with C.C. & Co. Salon & Spa, Hale has 15 years of experience, including training at the Aveda Institute in Milwaukee.
Details or appointments: 704-795-7627; www.solace-spa.com.
The United Way received a $1,600 donation raised by the Concord office of Allen Tate Realtors to benefit United Way agencies in Cabarrus.
The company raised $52,737 for local United Way organizations in 15 Carolinas counties.
Demystifying the inner workings of your computer is the topic of a free workshop hosted by the Mooresville-South Iredell Chamber of Commerce 3-4:30 p.m. Monday at the Charles Mack Citizen Center, 215 N. Main St., Mooresville.
Aquesta Bank will hold a grand opening and ribbon-cutting from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday for its fourth branch location, which opened May 25 at 1078 Brawley School Road, Mooresville, in front of Bloom in the Mayhew Shopping Center.
Roger Layman Architecture of Davidson designed the branch. Built by Concorde Construction Co. of Charlotte, the branch has four customer service stations, a two-lane drive-through, safety deposit boxes, a night deposit box and a 24-hour drive-up ATM.
Aquesta bank also recently hired two executives: Charlette Thorne, assistant vice president and Davidson branch manager; and Charlie Curtis. vice president and Huntersville city executive.
Thorne has 12 years in financial services, most recently with Fifth Third Bank.
Curtis has been in banking for 18 years, previously at Bank of North Carolina.
WSIC (1400 AM) in Statesville recently hired Statesville native Craig Morrow as sports director.
Morrow joined the station's morning show. He plans to cover local football, baseball, basketball, cheerleading and softball teams and bands.
He has coached numerous local teams and will bring in coaches and athletes to interview on the show.
Statesville-based EnergyUnited sponsored students Mariana Danie of Huntersville and Joshua Llodrat of High Point to attend the Electric Cooperative Youth Tour June 12-17 in Washington, D.C.
Mariana is the daughter of Paul and Arlene Danie. She attends the N.C. School of Science and Math in Durham.
Mariana and Joshua were among 30 rising high school seniors from North Carolina, representing 20 of the state's 26 electric cooperatives.