Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce
Leadership Program: The Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce has accepted 18 area high school juniors in its 2016-2017 Junior Leadership Lake Norman program. The program is coordinated by the 2015-2016 graduates of the chamber’s Adult Leadership Lake Norman as a service project. Students will learn more about their community during the eight-month program.
The students were selected on the basis of their previous and potential leadership ability and community involvement. This year’s class includes students from Cannon School, Davidson Day School, Hough High School, Lake Norman Charter, Pine Lake Preparatory and The Community School of Davidson. The students are: Brandon Greer, Jasming Jones, Nicole Long, Lauren Bush, Grace Elliott, Chase Allred, Julia Carr, Madeleine DeSena, Olivia Thomas, Elizabeth Kurtz, Eito Yuminami, Isabella Dyson, Spencer Holshouser, Abby Kunz, Nathan Leach, Clio Maxwell, Emma Rizo and Sara Tomalis.
The program kicked off with a retreat at Rural Hill.
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Supporting business sponsors include Tenders Fresh Food, Artisan Signs and Graphics, Carolina Office Systems, Duke Energy, EnergyUnited, Jason Colvin – State Farm Insurance, Lepage Johnson Realty Group, Raymer Kepner Funeral Home and Crematorium, Rural Hill, The McIntosh Law Firm, and The Range at Lake Norman.
Summit: Lake Norman Chamber officials joined business leaders from the Rowan and Charlotte Chambers of Commerce as they met with Congressional officials earlier this month at the North Carolina Business and Economic Development Summit in Washington, D.C. Chamber Board Chairman Callan Bryan, Public Policy Chairman Joshua Dobi, and President Bill Russell had meetings with Senators Richard Burr and Thom Tillis as well as Congresswoman Alma Adams, Congressman Richard Hudson and Congressman Robert Pittenger. They also met with Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx regarding local and regional transportation issues. The business leaders spoke about impediments to entrepreneurs and small business, tax reform, transportation, the airport and other issues facing local businesses and the Lake Norman communities.
45 years of service
American Airlines: The company recently honored more than 200 employees celebrating at least 45 years of service and 35 or more years for pilots due to the mandatory retirement age. These special employees’ tenure with the airline combine to total nearly 10,000 years of experience. Among them, were the following Lake Norman residents:
▪ Debra Barron of Huntersville, 45 years as a flight attendant with American Airlines.
▪ Robert L. Bauer of Huntersville, 35 years as a pilot with American Airlines.
▪ Eugene Dayman of Huntersville, 45 years as an airport customer service agent with American Airlines.
▪ Joseph Gomez of Huntersville, 45 years as a customer service supervisor with American Airlines.
▪ James Richards of Denver, 45 years as a maintenance inspectors with American Airlines.
▪ Ed W. Solek Jr., of Denver, 37 years as a pilot with American Airlines.
▪ M.P. Soutullo of Mooresville, 35 years as a pilot with American Airlines.
▪ W.B. Curtis of Mooresville, 35 years as a pilot with American Airlines.
▪ James s. Morris III, of Mooresville, 37 years as a pilot with American Airlines.
▪ Norman Oakley of Mooresville, 50 years as a maintenance inspector with American Airlines.
Huntersville business recognized
James Funeral Home and Northlake Memorial Gardens: The James Funeral Home, owned by Sam James, has been recognized by the National Funeral Directors Association with the 2016 Pursuit of Excellence Award. Just over 160 firms from around the world received this prestigious recognition.
To earn an association Pursuit of Excellence Award, a participating funeral home must meet or exceed business standards set forth by the program and demonstrate proficiency in key areas of funeral service, such as compliance with state and federal regulations; providing ongoing education and professional development opportunities for staff; offering outstanding programs and resources to bereaved families; maintaining an active level of involvement within the community; participating and actively serving in the funeral service profession; and promoting funeral home services through a variety of marketing, advertising and public relations programs. Participants are also required to adhere to a Pledge of Ethical Practices.
North Meck Debate & Speech Team
Congratulations to the 17 members of the North Meck Debate & Speech Team who attended the W.G Enloe H.S. tournament in Raleigh, NC this past Saturday September 17. The team competed against 17 schools from eastern North Carolina. The team was represented by 10 "first time"
novices accompanied by only seven varsity in regular season tournament in a foray east to initiate the new recruits. Despite the absence of most of the varsity team members (over 40 this year), the team placed fifth overall, based on the performance of only six of its members, including one novice,
Special Congratulations go to:
speech captain Nicole Mitchell ("old one-two punch") who placed 1st in Extemporaneous Speaking and 2nd in Impromptu Speaking;
congress captain and team president Ryan Golden, who placed 1st in Congressional Debate;
Jezreel Montes-Gonzalez who placed 1st in Varsity Lincoln-Douglas Debate;
Semayt Thomas and Tashari Meadows, who placed 4th in Duo Interpretation,
and novice Lucas Prieto, who placed 4th in Oral Interpretation.
The full team will compete for the first time this season next Saturday against the biggest and best schools in the Carolinas at Riverside H.S. in Greenville, SC.
Christopher M. Rocca B.A., MAT
Head Coach, North Meck Debate & Speech Team
Attorney: Conover attorney David L. Isenhower announces that third-generation Catawba County attorney, Susan Williams Matthews, has joined his law firm, David L. Isenhower, Attorney and Counsellor at Law, PLLC.
Matthews is the daughter of the late Alex Williams and the granddaughter of the late Richard A. Williams, both of whom practiced law in Newton.
Matthews plans to concentrate her practice in the areas of estate planning and administration, business and corporate law, contracts, and zoning and land use regulation.
After earning her law degree, Matthews practiced at Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein, LLP in Charlotte, focusing on municipal law and litigation in both state and federal courts.