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March 2020

From Tim Baier, Chief Executive Officer, Co-Founder, Spiracle Media (704-408-7663,

“As many of you may face some challenges while working from home, video has become increasingly important with remote teams to share updates, take calls and meetings and have face-to-face conversations with each other. Spiracle Media’s Chief Creative Officer shares some of his tips on how to get professional looking video while at home. Check it out!”

 From Ken Fleming, Owner, FirstLight Home Care of Greater Charlotte/FirstLight Home Care of Fort Mill & Rock Hill (704-879-2394,  

 “FirstLight caregivers are considered essential personnel under all county, state, and federal declarations, and we are able to continue to provide essential care to the elderly and people that need it. We ensure our caregivers are up to date on their infection control training, share daily tips for keeping clients and caregivers safe, ensure staff are following CDC guidelines daily, our caregivers are supervised by Registered Nurses, and we have daily crisis management calls with our team and also with our corporate franchise office. We also have back-ups in case a caregiver has something come up (which is increasing likely). We are following all isolation and quarantine protocols.

 “We are thinking of all of our fellow MBC businesses that are hard hit by this pandemic and hoping for the best for you, your families, your friends, your employees, and your customers and clients.”

 Richard Sterling passed his Certified Financial Planner exam in March. Congratulations Richard!


CHARLOTTE – Craig A. Dunn has been named the 2019 recipient of Metrolina Business Council’s Donald Haack Foundation Award for Excellence in Community Involvement.

The award honors the late Donald Haack, Charlotte’s legendary jewelry business owner and community leader. MBC donated $1000 to Hoskins Park Ministry, Dunn’s charity of choice. Dunn is the Chairman of the Board of Hoskins Park Ministry ( on the westside of Charlotte, a non-governmental Christian Ministry that houses previously homeless men.

“While Donald Haack and I never met, I have heard numerous stories of his commitment and heart to ‘give back to the community in which we ourselves have found success,’ ” Dunn said. “When I became aware of Hoskins Park Ministry in 2010, I had no idea to what degree I would get involved, yet I see now that this is how it happens – the inclination occurs inside, opportunities are provided, and if you are so moved, you get involved. Moreover, once you start to see how much your efforts (sometimes even modest ones) can change people’s lives (yours included), you begin to seek other opportunities, and there are hundreds in our own community.”

“Donald was a pretty wise man and it seems like he was practical as well,” Dunn said. “Being a volunteer, a part of the Board, and ultimately the Chairman, has afforded me so many life experiences around some of the most wonderful people (the participants and the staff) here at the (Hoskins Park) ministry. The ministry’s main purpose is help these previously homeless men get back to living a productive and fulfilled life. In an effort to help them accomplish this, they are housed in actual houses (typically one man per bedroom), giving them a certain standard of living; assisted in finding work, transportation, and help with their sobriety; as well as given food and clothing. The men are asked to follow the rules (including attending daily prayer meetings) and pay weekly program fees. One of the main initiatives this year – initiated by some of the participants – was to procure a used 14-passenger bus so the men could ‘get away’ to parks, movies, hiking excursions and other activities. Thus, it is with a humbled heart that we accept the Donald Haack Award and let everyone know the award has indeed helped secure the bus, allowing the ministry to give a bit more semblance of normalcy to these men.”

 Craig A. Dunn Bio

Craig A. Dunn, was born in Erwin, N.C., moved to Charlotte when he was one-year-old in 1968. He was graduated from South Mecklenburg High School, and earned his BS in English with a minor in communication from Appalachian State University.

Dunn is a co-founder and managing partner of Carolina Office Solutions in Charlotte. The company was founded in 2000 on the idea of helping small to midsized companies save money by blending new and quality pre-owned office furniture to furnish their space in a value-engineered way.

Dunn is currently serving on the Board of Directors of The Entrepreneurs Organization (EO – Charlotte), and The Executive Association of Charlotte, and has served in the past on the Boards of The Business Leaders of Charlotte, The Matthews Chamber, and The Matthews Executive Group. He is a member of Forest Hill Church’s NoDa campus, and has been on a short-term mission trip to Senegal, Africa.

Dunn enjoys travel for the sake of travel, a love he inherited from his grandfather and mother. After college he and his friend, and eventual business partner, worked and travelled around the United Kingdom and Europe for a year. He is currently about to end a goal to visit all 30 Major League Baseball parks, with only one remaining to visit at this writing.

Donald Haack Foundation Award for Excellence in Community Involvement

Donald “Don” Haack joined MBC in the early 1990’s and subsequently made many presentations to the group. His early comments highlighted his career as an explorer, diamond miner and bush pilot. However, most of his presentations focused on his belief that business persons have a need and obligation to give back to the community from which they derive their revenues. Those later remarks formed the genesis of the “Donald Haack Foundation Award for Excellence in Community Involvement.”

Following his death, the Board of Directors of MBC decided to honor the memory of Donald Haack by creating an annual foundation and award in his name. The original award consisted of a $250 gift made to a charitable institution designated by the award winner. In addition, the winner was to receive a special diamond lapel pin designed and manufactured by Donald Haack Diamonds, and a framed plaque outlining the award.

“The award was officially named ‘The Donald Haack Foundation Award for Excellence in Community Involvement’ because of Don’s long-standing belief in giving back to our community,” said Frank Wilson, MBC member who coordinates the annual award. “To that end, we have now announced 11 winners of this annual award. The original gift to a charity of the winner’s choice has moved from $250 to $500 and in 2016 to $1000.”

All-time recipients of the Donald Haack Foundation Award are:

2009: Martin Conte                                  

2010: Deborah Millhouse

2011: Julie Haack

2012: Scott Nowokunski

2013: Andy Dinkin

2014: John Cantrell

2015: John McNeary

2016: David Erdman

2017: John Boyer

2018: Ralph Dougherty

2019: Craig Dunn


February 2020

Mitel®, a global leader in business communications, has named CNP Technologies Southeast Region Partner of the Year 2020 for the Americas. CNP Technologies, co-owned by MBC member Wesley Clark, received the award during a special ceremony in Dallas at Mitel’s signature event, “Mitel Next.” The award commemorates CNP Technologies’ success in 2019 as Mitel’s top grossing partner in combined UCaaS and UC business for the Southeast.

Spiracle Media is producing a series called Influencing Entrepreneurs with Cass Ward, and season two will debut next month. To get caught up on season one, please visit Here's a teaser for Season 2: MBC member Tim Baier is Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Spiracle Media.

 Here are upcoming events at Assorted Table Wine Shoppe:

*Wine and Cheese Pairing: Wednesday, March 11 and Wednesday, March 25, 2020, 6-7:30 p.m. Taste a variety of cheeses and wines guided by Josh Villapando of the Assorted Table and Rachel Orrman from Orrman's Cheese Shop.

*Tuesday Night Wine Flight:  March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, 2020, 5-7 p.m. Pay $5 to taste five wines paired with a rotating selection of appetizers provided by 7th Street Public Market. All wines served will be available for 10% off and guests will receive a $5 voucher for a future visit to the store. A win-win-win!

*ellen cherry Experience: Thursday, March 26th, 2020, 6-10:30 p.m. We are excited to bring Emmy nominated singer/songwriter ellen cherry back to the Queen City with a night of music, food, and wine. Our highlight of the year event includes eight wines, five courses, and a live performance by ellen cherry.

Assorted Table Wine Shoppe, owned by MBC member Josh Villapando, is located in the 7th Street Public Market, 225 E. 7th St., ,


January 2020

Gene Bodycott had his right knee replaced on January 21st by a surgeon recommend by Scott Hirsch. Said Gene: “The morning after the surgery the physical therapist had me walking and climbing stairs. Wow. I’ll miss some meetings but look forward returning to MBC soon.”

David Erdman attended a special gathering on Jan. 31, which was 56 years in the making – a reunion in New Bern of the rock band called the Summitts that he started in 1964. New Bernians from several high school years gathered at the New Bern Country Club to hear the old guys play once again. 

December 2019

Upcoming Events with Assorted Table Wine Shoppe:

 Tuesday Night Wine Flight: January 7th, 14th, & 21st, 5-7 p.m.

Pay $5 to taste five wines paired with a rotating selection of appetizers provided by Market Vendors. All wines served will be available for 10% off and guests will receive a $5 voucher for a future visit to the store! A win-win-win!

 Wine and Cheese Pairing: Wednesday, January 8th, 6-7:30 p.m.

Taste a variety of cheeses and wines guided by Josh Villapando of the Assorted Table and Rachel Orrman from Orrman's Cheese Shop. Twelve seats are available, get your tickets ASAP at

 Wine and Cheese Pairing: Wednesday, January 29th, 6-7:30 p.m.

Join us and special guest, wine maker Sandra Tavares of Wine & Soul from Douro, Portugal, as we guide you through a pairing of five wines and cheeses.


Richard Sterling completed his second local film project as a featured actor. The race between which director will actually finish their project is on! Will it be 2018's “Mr. Clean,” featuring Richard as the title character, or 2019's “A Fish Out of Walter,” in which Richard played the mysterious "Mr. Bleeker"? Only time will tell...



November 2019

FirstLight Home Care of Greater Charlotte, Fort Mill & Rock Hill was recognized by the Charlotte Business Journal as a Best Place to Work in the Charlotte area. We were the 15th-ranked Large Company. “It was great being recognized by our employees, and it was also special to hear two other MBC companies recognized. Congratulations to Spiracle Media and CEO Inc as also being Charlotte Business Journal’s Best Places to Work.” 


October 2019

Attorney David Erdman of Erdman & Hockfield LLP is participating as a speaker in the Five Fecta event, Tues., Nov. 12, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Extravaganza Depot, 1610 N. Tryon Street (28206). For more information, visit  


September 2019

From Ken Fleming, Owner, FirstLight Home Care of Greater Charlotte, FirstLight Home Care of Fort Mill & Rock Hill, ,

FirstLight Home Care has qualified as one of the Charlotte Business Journal's 2019 Best Places to Work.

"Our extraordinary caregivers are the most significant members of our team in delivering our service commitment to others,” said Ken Fleming. “Since our inception our focus has always been on caring for employees because we value and respect the care they give to our clients. We are honored that our employees nominated and voted us as one of the best places to work in this amazing city and this wonderful area!”

CEO and her affiliate companies have, once again, been recoginized by the Charlotte Business Journal as one of the 2019 Best Places to Work.  According to Debby "The recognition for this award goes to the amazing people who make up our organization.  I am so grateful to work together to make a difference in our firm and the community!"


August 2019

From Debbie Millhouse, CEO, Xcentri and CEO Inc,

Debbie Millhouse, CEO, Xcentri and CEO Inc, was showcased by Scoop Charlotte as one of the “women in various industries who are shaking things up in the Queen City.” Scoop Charlotte continues: “From artists to influencers to our nonprofit warriors, women in Charlotte have proven time and time again that they are leaders in their respective fields….. the things they have in common are that they are all brilliant, hard-working, strategic and shaping their respective fields.”


From Ann Mayfield, CEO, Mayfield Consulting,  

Mayfield Consulting was named to CIO Review’s list of “10 Most Promising Sales Tech Consulting Services” in the United States. CIO Review cited:

• Effectiveness of Mayfield’s Outsourced Sales and Marketing Programs

• Economic feasibility of Mayfield’s value proposition

•Incredible results including two clients having made a cumulative six appearances on the Inc. 5000 list in recent years.

Said Founder and President Anne Mayfield: “I’m accustomed to cheering on our clients for winning awards, while we stay in the background. I have to thank our clients for this honor, and for being the wonderfully talented organizations they are. There’s only so much guidance a consultancy can provide. At the end of the day, it’s up to the individual organizations whether they adopt the remedies we suggest or no. We are deeply indebted to them for working with us. I’d also like to thank our incredible team of consultants, and CIO Review for the nod. It’s a great honor.”

In other news, Mayfield Consulting’s client, Denny Cherry & Associates Consulting (DCAC), has achieved ranking on the Inc. 5000 list for 2019 as one of the nation's fastest growing private companies. DCAC, an award winning Microsoft Partner, debuted at No. 2056 on the list of fastest growing private companies.


From Paul Poetzsch,

Paul’s Recommended Reading List 2019 (A is a great book):

THE BONANZA KING (by Gregory Crouch, 2018) (A+):

As the title suggest, you know where this story concludes. An amazing rags to riches saga. The minimum requirements to be on the list is an excellent, compelling story coupled with superior writing style. Exactly who was John Mackay and where is the Comstock Mine?  “Gold is where I ain’t.”

LIGHT HORSE HARRY LEE (by Ryan Cole, 2019) (A++):

Though I have read all of the founding fathers biography, I never came across Light Horse Harry Lee. Without giving away the story, he was Robert E. Lee’s father. This biography meets all of my minimum criteria and excels as a life story and amazing historical adventure with General Lee interacting with all of the other revolutionary heroes. A man heading from riches to rags.

REBEL YELL (by S.C. Gwynne, 2014) (A++++)

“Stone Wall” (Thomas) Jackson may be well known as a Confederate general, however his life’s story is not well known. Jackson was a devoted Christian who came close to arrest for teaching slaves how to read so they could understand the Bible. He took his faith into battle and was comparable to Robert E. Lee in cunning and command. When the civil war broke out, he was the least likely military leader in the entire South.

ROUGHING IT (by Mark Twain, 1872) (A+++)

After reading the first three pages, I was laughing so hard that my eyes teared up and I had to put the book down. “There is no way Mark Twain could continue this hilarity for 300 pages” was my initial thought. This is a true adventure story that is both exciting and engaging and led me to read THE BONANZA KING since Twain met John Mackey, who was “The Bonanza King.” Once you are introduced to Mark Twain you will want to read all his books, and not just TOM SAWYER and HUCKLEBERRY FINN.

TESLA (by Richard Munson, 2018) (A++)

Nikola Tesla is not a perplexing science book and is very amazing for anyone interested in invention. Tesla has interaction with both the famous scientist and industrialist of his day, but also such geniuses as Mark Twain. You will not want my full book report because every page was a revolution to me about his actual and practical contributions to electrical science, but also his amazing studies surrounding ‘free’ electricity for everyone. Truly, TESLA is a biography that is the fascinating story of the man and the future for mankind.

MAX PERKINS, EDITOR OF GENIUS (by A. Scott Berg, 1978) (A++)

After reading the books by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemmingway and Thomas Wolfe (if you don’t know these names this book is not for you), I stumbled upon Max Perkins, their editor.  Perkins basically kept them writing and actually alive through trials and catastrophes. As illustrated in this biography, even geniuses need mentors. This is a fascinating life story of that mentor and how he massaged the talent, writing style, life and ego of these authors.


July 2019

Upcoming Events at Assorted Table Wine Shoppe:

*Wine and Cheese pairing; Wednesday, August 14th, 6-7:30 p.m., $30 per person; Taste a variety of cheeses and wines, guided by Samantha Becker of Assorted Table and Rachel from Orrman's Cheese Shop. We have opened it up to 24 seats!

*Wine and Cheese pairing; Wednesday, August 28th, 6-7:30 p.m., $30 per person; Taste a variety of cheeses and wines, guided by Josh Villapando of Assorted Table and Rachel from Orrman's Cheese Shop.

*Northern Spain Wine and Cheese Pairing, Saturday, August 24th, 5-7 p.m.; Tickets:; Join Assorted Table Wine Shoppe and Craig Snyder of The Language Academy of the Carolinas for a tasting of 5 Spanish wines. Pizza will also be provided by Pure Pizza.

*Viva Raw Vegan Wine Dinner, Thursday, August 29th, 6-8 p.m.; Did you know that some wines are not vegan? Come learn all about vegan wine and food by tasting through a fermentation themed menu prepared by Chef Julia of Nourish, Julio Montera of OMG Alchemy, and community garden manager, Brandon Ruiz. Hosted by Viva raw. Tickets: EventBrite or Viva Raw.


Richard Sterling participated in the 24 Hours of Booty for the 13th time. His sponsors raised over $3,400 and he rode his bicycle 100 miles during the event. Overall, the 2019 event raised over $1.3 million dollars to go to programs to support Cancer Navigation and Survivorship.

June 2019

From Ken Fleming, FirstLight Home Care of Greater Charlotte, ,


FirstLight Home Care has selected Charlotte as the site of its Southeast regional conference for the second time in four years. On July 25th and 26th, owners and managers from FirstLight offices in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida will meet at the DoubleTree Hilton with leaders from the corporate office for training on best practices, technology updates, and to continue their path to service excellence. MBC member Ken Fleming, the owner of FirstLight Home Care of Greater Charlotte and FirstLight Home Care of Fort Mill & Rock Hill, will be attending along with six members of his office staff. 


From Paul Poetzsch,


“Tommy Fell In!”


Neither child had eaten any food in their lives except hotdogs without buns and possibly uncooked. Sheryl was 5 and Billy was 3. Neither had they seen a fork, much less a dining room table with the family gathered around. Time was meaningless, because they knew no bedtime nor even day of the week.


My parents cared for foster children, even though they had four of their own, with me being second in line, the first son – a very favored distinction especially having reached my teen zenith.   Brother Tommy was the baby at only 3. Except for two, all the children we kept, 13 in all, were one day old and could not be adopted until they were 9-weeks-old by some anxious couple praying for a child. This was not true for Sheryl and Billy, who were much older and already difficult charges to civilize.


To this day, I don’t like the name Sheryl for my own reasons to become obvious. Sheryl and Billy had been with us for three weeks and testing my mother’s patience and religion. One beautiful late September day, Sheryl ran in to tell my mother that Tommy fell in.  “Say what?” Where did Tommy fall in?”


“Down there,” with Sheryl pointing far off behind the house down a steep barren rock-covered hill. My mother started yelling and screaming that Tommy was lost and to hurry and help find him. Sheryl took us to the edge of the cliff and showed us the spot near a huge culvert leading under the street with a giant muddy water whirlpool trying to rise and lap at the culvert lip. Immediately, I kicked my shoes off and ran down the rocky hill with Sheryl and mother lagging behind.


“See, there’s his footprints!”  Sheryl said pointing to several small footprints in the mud at our feet. I should have worn my shoes because the broken bottles, rusty nails, and sharp stones on the pond bottom chewed bloody holes in my feet as soon as I jumped in feet first. My eyes burned and were useless in the muddy water since seeing even a foot was impossible, so I searched the bottom with my fingers and with my teeth chattering from the cold water, praying to God that I could find Tommy in time. A minute was an eternity but, during that eternity I promised God that I would cease my evil ways and reform if only I could find him and use my Boy Scout training to revive my little brother. All my sins were confessed. I made promises to God and to all the saints especially to my patron, Saint Paul. I was scared shitless. Oops…correct that to just scared.


The first time I came back to the surface there were some of the smaller neighborhood kids standing around asking what I was doing. By the time I came up the 17th time there was a crowd.


“Are you sure he fell in?” was the universal question. 

“When did you last see him?” “Does he have friends nearby?” “How old is he?”  “Can he swim?”


By now, we had some 40 or so neighbors, police, medics and firemen either in the mud hole, peering in or milling about wondering if they should start dredging operations for the body. Finally, I surfaced again trying to catch my breath and clear my eyes and was thankful seeing all the help I had. Accidentally, I looked over my mother’s trembling shoulder to notice two curious children standing atop the same hill we descended. Without doubt my prayers were answered because the two kids were of course Billy and ….Tommy. Now I had serious problems with all the promises to keep with God that not even Saint Paul could live up to.


From Megan Riley, Big Fat World Tours, ,


Join me and other MBC members for your exclusive Carolina Food & Wine Tour on Sunday, July 14th. This is day tour to four vineyards with handpicked bottles of wine such as Sangiovese from Raffaldini, Provence-style rose from Piccione and a Merlot Port from McRitchie. Plus there is a surprise vineyard where we do a full tasting. This is an unsweet wine tour! Special price for MBC members and their plus-ones: use code: mbc and save an additional $40 per ticket.


May 2019
From Andy Dinkin, Legacy Real Estate Advisors, ,
Andy Dinkin of Legacy Real Estate Advisors leased 51,000 square feet in the Metrolina Business Park to Corob North America Inc.
From Dr. Bill Linger, DDS, MAGD, ,
Dr. Bill Linger has collaborated with two MBC members recently.
Josh Villapando at Assorted Table Wine Shoppe created a wine selection in the waiting room for Dr. Linger’s patients. There are very nice single serving wine bottles that are available. Josh was able to get many different wines for Dr. Linger and his staff to sample and select a good list of options for patients who are visiting the office.
Dr. Linger previously contracted with Marty Conte at Diamond Springs (now part of Nestle Waters NA) to set up the office with a coffee and water bar in the waiting room.
From Anne Mayfield, Mayfield Consulting, ,  
Mayfield Consulting is proud to announce that their clients have won big at the 2019 American Business Awards®. Despite more than 3,800 applications from businesses across the country, Mayfield’s clients were the recipients of six medals including:
•Gold Medal for Customer Support
•Gold Medal for Customer Service
•Bronze Winner for Company of the Year, Business and Professional Services
•Bronze Winner Most Innovative Tech Company of the Year
•Bronze Winner Technical Innovation of the Year
•Bronze Winner Technical Professional of the Year
Founder Anne Mayfield commented, “We are so incredibly proud of our clients and thrilled the judges recognized them. We already knew Denny Cherry & Associates Consulting offers the most renowned technology expertise in the country. We equally knew what a rare commodity Richmond Alarm Company offers with dedicated, local, Customer Service and Support for physical security. We are thrilled the country will know it now, too. The third-party validation that awards offer can be a critical first-touch differentiator with their prospects, and we look forward to helping both companies maximize their return on every well-deserved award.”
About Mayfield Consulting Inc.
Harvard MBA and sales and marketing veteran Anne Mayfield left her work as a Senior Consultant at Arthur D. Little to start Mayfield Consulting in 1987. Initially, she launched the firm with an objective of providing targeted, insightful and simultaneously economical market research to business-to-business companies. The results of her uniquely targeted, limited sample marketing research efforts and her insightful design were so rapidly successful that clients began to clamor for additional services, most notably, strategy, implementation, content and public relations.  
About the Stevie Awards
Stevie Awards are conferred in seven programs: the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, the German Stevie Awards, The American Business Awards®, and The International Business Awards®, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, the Stevie Awards for Great Employers, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. Stevie Awards competitions receive more than 12,000 entries each year from organizations in more than 70 nations. Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide. Learn more about the Stevie Awards at
From Diana Miles, Bridge Mergers & Acquisitions, 704-488-4292
Diana Miles of Bridge Mergers & Acquisitions received the Outstanding Producer Award given by the International Business Brokers Association (IBBA) during its annual conference in Orlando, Fla., on May 11. The IBBA is the world’s premier organization operating exclusively for professionals and firms engaged in business brokerage. The Member Excellence Awards Gala that the IBBA puts on during their annual conference gives winners the recognition they deserve for their achievements, while also giving their IBBA colleagues the opportunity to engage with them and learn from their experience.
“As the largest international association for business brokers, it’s important for the IBBA to recognize individuals like Diana who are leaders in this industry and who display the high standards of skill and excellence that the IBBA promotes,” stated Jeffrey Snell, IBBA Board Chair.
From Josh Villapando, Assorted Table Wine Shoppe, 704-277-3234,  
Confident in the Kitchen. Book Signing. Tuesday, June 11, 2019, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Assorted Table Wine Shoppe.
Meet the Author! Jean Miller will be special guest at Assorted Table Wine Shoppe’s Tuesday Night Wine Flight. $5 (+tx) gets you a taste of five wines, some tasty bites, a $5 Assorted Table Wine Shoppe gift card, PLUS 10% off bottles of the evening's featured selections. Just stop in anytime between 5-7 p.m. Purchase “Confident in The Kitchen” on Kindle or Paperback.
WINE | FOOD | COMICS 2019. Wednesday, June 12, 2019, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., 7th Street Public Market,,
This year we are changing it up. We are hosting the nerdiest wine tasting around! A $30 ticket gives you access to an unlimited tasting of comic-themed wines and beers and one-on-one time with our featured artists. There will be artwork available for sale. We will have a silent auction of Assorted Table collectibles. Appetizers prepared by Tayste Catering. Wines by Assorted Table Wine Shoppe.
Wine and Cheese Pairing, Wednesday, July 10 and Wednesday, July 24, 2019, 6-7:30 p.m., Assorted Table Wine Shoppe.
Taste a variety of cheeses and wines, guided by Josh Villapando of Assorted Table Wine Shoppe and Rachel Klebaur from Orrman's Cheese Shop. 
April 2019
From Marty Conte, Diamond Springs Water, 704-393-3900,
Diamond Springs Water has sold their Carolinas locations to Nestle Waters NA. Marty Conte will be joining the Nestle Waters Team as National Distributor Network Manager.
From David Erdman, Erdman and Hockfield LLP, 704-333-7800,
David Erdman was the speaker at the April 4 Mecklenburg County Bar monthly luncheon and at the April 23 Piedmont Club meeting at Charlotte Country Club. The topic of both presentations was David’s book, “100 Lost Architectural Treasures of Old Charlotte,” which led to numerous book sales at both events.
From Scott Hirsch, Your Event Source, 704-617-1433 (cell),,
Please congratulate Andy Dinkin on his participation in the UNC Football Alumni golf tournament. He placed 68th in the tournament and was 41st on the closest to the pin hole. Much improved over previous years. Way to go Andy!!
From Scott Nowokunski, President, Boingo Graphics, 704-731-0654,
In an effort to help nonprofits like March of Dimes, Boingo Graphics created Boingo Cares in 2012 to enable 501c3 certified organizations to receive the benefit of below market pricing for our services. Members of the program also leverage other resources including our technology platform, online ordering portals, inventory management tools and our stock photography library.
March of Dimes is the 100th Boingo Cares Partner.
“Boingo Graphics has been an awesome print partner – consistently going above and beyond to provide great customer service and quality products,” says Jamie Gensheimer, senior development manager at March of Dimes. “We’re looking forward to working with the team for our upcoming events. It’s so great to work with a company that supports the community.”
Linda Kirby, Boingo Graphics Executive Vice President, is proud to partner with nonprofit organizations. “We have been fortunate to be a trusted partner to the non-profit community for over 39 years.”
The March of Dimes and other partners in the Boingo Cares program are also able to access a range of services, including integrated marketing campaigns, graphic design, commercial printing and bindery, digital on-demand printing, mailing, signs, banners, trade show graphics and more. 
Boingo Cares also offers free consultation. “We encourage nonprofits to work with us early in their campaign efforts,” says Kirby. “Being involved early in the process helps us create the most cost effective campaign.”
From Paul Poetzsch, Poetzsch Architecture:
“Romantic” Fever
In 1951 at age five, I entered first grade without the benefit of preschool, kindergarten or other warnings about the length of a school day. Saint Bernadette’s Catholic School was six blocks from our row house in Baltimore. The first week mother walked me and my seven-year-old sister to school and she was waiting for us when school dismissed. After that, we were on our own to go to school and to return home. Today my mother would be serving time for child abuse. Nuns of Saint Joseph taught us and were memorable for their black robes and perfectly starched and pressed white head gear, as well as for their no nonsense policies. Especially, I remember their preaching the concept of Eternity that put the fear of God in me.
Getting back on subject. There was a beautiful red-head in my class named Regina Burns. Since she lived across the street from the school, I always waited on the school steps after dismissal to see if she would appear on her second story apartment balcony. She never did. In fact she had no idea that I existed. Neither did I have any romantic success with her in the second grade, though I distinctly remember her at our first communion looking angelic in her calf length, white, embroidered communion dress with puffy sleeves and shoulder-length vail covering her red hair.
I had “Romantic” Fever at six-years-old.
The reason I know this is that my mother told me at the beginning of my third year at Saint Bernadette’s. The only cure was for me to be confined to the house and be bedridden and not see the sun for four months. The doctors said I had “Romantic” Fever and this regiment was the only cure.
In 1954 we had a black and white television that received two channels that began broadcasting at 6 p.m. until 11 p.m. The rest of the time there was a target test screen. Lying flat on my back all day was boring beyond endurance, though it did have the compensating benefit of missing school. In fact, I missed so much school that by the fourth grade I was illiterate since I started school at five and already nearly missed an entire year. For my own future academic success, I should have been demoted two grades.
After four months confinement, the doctors said I was cured but to be careful. I never saw Regina Burns again since she was the cause of my ‘Romantic” Fever ….  And who would want to.
My neighborhood friends asked me, “Where have you been, Paul?”  My answer was always the same: “I had ‘Romantic” Fever.  Followed by their stunned, “Ohhhhh!”
By the time I was 10, I finally realized that what I had was “Rheumatic” Fever, or a chronic rheumatic heart disease (RHD), characterized by repeated inflammation with fibrinous cardinal anatomic changes of the valve including leaflet thickening, commissural fusion, and shortening and thickening of the tendinous cords. It is caused by an autoimmune reaction to Group A β-hemolytic streptococci (GAS) that results in valvular damage – fibrosis and scarring of valve leaflets leading to abnormalities that can result in heart valve stenosis.
I think Regina Burns is due an apology because she did not transmit “Romantic” Fever to me.
From: Megan Riley, Head Wanderer|Food, Big Fat World Tours, Wine & Adventure Trips to Croatia, Spain, Iceland, Portugal & Nepal, 704-778-7616,
Yadkin Valley Wine Tour, May & June, 2019
This tour is different from other North Carolina wine tours in that you will taste wine from a variety of N.C. vineyards with food complementary chosen for each glass. All of this while being driven through the beautiful Yadkin Valley countryside. This is tour is for locals who want to know more about North Carolina’s agriculture and for visitors who want an introduction to a beautiful region only 90 minutes from Charlotte. To accentuate the trip, we have picked amazing bottles of wine beforehand and matched them with local foods in order to highlight the flavor. From Ashe County goat cheese and Piccione Rosé to Raffaldini Montepulciano and its vineyard tomato sauce meatballs, each tour stop will have food and drink. We are scheduling these wine tours every Friday and Sunday. For more information,
March 2019
From Andy Dinkin: Scott Hirsch took third place in his fraternity alumni beer bong tournament.
From Debby Millhouse: Charlotte-headquartered CEO Inc. is celebrating its 25th year in the recruitment and staffing industry in 2019 while enjoying continued growth across all service divisions and an expanded presence for its nationally-recognized retained and contingent search services.
The current iteration of the award-winning firm began in 1994 when owner and CEO Debby Millhouse (a long-time MBC member) acquired what was then a small, regional staffing and recruitment firm and began to expand the company’s target markets and regional reach. The evolution included a focus on direct hire placement for senior-level sales, operational and management positions for plastics, composites, textiles and specialty chemical companies nationwide.
The expansion continued in 2014 as CEO Inc. launched sister company Xcentri to complement the rapid growth of its temporary staffing and permanent placement services for accounting/finance, office support, call center/customer service, and non-clinical medical positions. In January 2019 CEO Inc. expanded further by announcing the formation of its legal staffing company, Xcentri Legal, to meet the growing demands of its legal recruitment services.  Xcentri Legal works exclusively with legal professionals, placing individuals at all levels in direct hire, temp-to-hire and temporary positions at ?rms ranging from solo practitioners to large law ?rms in North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida.
Over the past 25 years, CEO Inc. and its sister companies have received several national and local awards.  Top honors include being named to the Inc.5000 “Fastest Growing Companies” List for 2016-17, along with the Charlotte Business Journal’s Best Places to Work Award for five times (2012-15, 2018) and the journal’s “50 Fastest Growing Companies” for 2015.
While the awards and recognition are certainly important to the organization, what matters most are the satisfied clients and candidates across the country that the CEO Inc. team has had the good fortune of working with over the years, says CEO and owner Debby Millhouse. 
“What drives us every day is a simple mission; center on people and seek to find the perfect fit for our clients and candidates alike. This has been our focus from Day One in the business and this philosophy has served us very well over the past 25 years. I’ve been very fortunate to have talented team members that have been with us through this amazing journey that truly believe in the mission and as a result, have made us a successful organization in our space and a place where people enjoy coming to work every day. As we celebrate 25 years in the business, I’m grateful to work with such a talented team over the years and I am thankful for the loyal clients that have chosen to work with us.”
From Josh Villapando: Upcoming Events at Assorted Table Wine Shoppe:
*Parts and Labour Pop-Up Trunk Show: April 12, 2019, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., 7th Street Public Market.
*Opera Carolina: April 12, 2019, 6-8 p.m., 7th Street Market. Enjoy a glass of wine (or a bottle!) during a complimentary performance.
*Next Generation of the First Order. Star Trek vs Star Wars: May 1st, 6-8 p.m., 7th Street Market. 3 Wines. 3 Courses. Trivia. Cosplay. Featuring: Joshua Villapando of Assorted Table Wine Shoppe and Taylor Kastl of Tayste Catering.
February 2019
From Andy Dinkin: “Please let the club know that Scott Hirsch took 3rd in last week’s cornhole contest at Providence Country Club.”
From Mitchell Kearney: “For the Irish at Heart…, I’ll be drumming with the Dennis Spring Band on the afternoon of March 16th at Downtown Rock Hill’s Annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Dennis is an amazing Irish Fiddler and Singer of Traditional Irish Music.”
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Facebook: Dennis.Fiddle.Spring. 704-904-2989.
From Debby Millhouse: Charlotte-headquartered CEO Inc. is celebrating its 25th year in the recruitment and staffing industry in 2019 while enjoying continued growth across all companies and an expanded presence for its nationally-recognized retained and contingent search services.
The current iteration of the award-winning firm began in 1994 when owner and CEO Debby Millhouse acquired what was then a small, regional staffing and recruitment firm and began to expand the company’s target markets and regional reach. The evolution included a focus on direct hire placement for senior-level sales, operational and management positions for plastics, composites, textiles and specialty chemical companies nationwide.
The expansion continued in 2014 as CEO Inc. launched sister company Xcentri to complement the rapid growth of its temporary staffing and permanent placement services for accounting/finance, office support, call center/customer service, and non-clinical medical positions. 
In January 2019 CEO Inc. expanded further by announcing the formation of its legal staffing company, Xcentri Legal, to meet the growing demands of its legal recruitment services. Xcentri Legal works exclusively with legal professionals, placing individuals at all levels in direct hire, temp-to-hire and temporary positions at ?rms ranging from solo practitioners to large law ?rms in North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida.
Over the past 25 years, CEO Inc. and its sister companies have received several national and local awards. Top honors include being named to the Inc. 5000 “Fastest Growing Companies” List for 2016-17, along with the Charlotte Business Journal’s Best Places to Work Award for 5 times (2012-15, 2018) and the Charlotte Business Journal’s “50 Fastest Growing Companies” for 2015.
Said Debby: “What drives us every day is a simple mission; center on people and seek to find the perfect fit for our clients and candidates alike.  This has been our focus from Day One in the business and this philosophy has served us very well over the past 25 years.  I’ve been very fortunate to have talented team members that have been with us through this amazing journey that truly believe in the mission and as a result, have made us a successful organization in our space and a place where people enjoy coming to work every day.  As we celebrate 25 years in the business, I’m grateful to work with such a talented team over the years and I am thankful for the loyal clients that have chosen to work with us.”
From Josh Villapando: ellen cherry Experience 2019. Join us for a pairing of 8 wines with 6 courses at Wells Fargo Executive Dining Room, accompanied by a live performance by ellen cherry. Wednesday, March 20th, 2018, 6-10 p.m. Featuring: Emmy nominated singer and songwriter, ellen cherry, Executive Chef Michael Bader of Wells Fargo Executive Dining Room, Joshua Villapando of Assorted Table Wine Shoppe. Hope to see you on the 41st Floor! *Taxes & gratuity are included in the ticket price. For tickets: Location: Wells Fargo Executive Dining Room, 301 S. College Street, Charlotte, NC 28202.
Value Brands at Assorted Table Wine Shoppe:
*Hello World Viognier, Prieto Picudo (red), & Cabernet Franc $10.99. Produced in Spain.
*2018 Isle Saint Pierre Rose $12.99. Produced in Rhone Valley, France. Bright and fresh!
*OPP Pinot Noir & OPP Pinot Gris. Produced in Willamette Valley, Oregon. Made by André Mack, former sommelier of Per Se and The French Laundry. OPP stands for Other People's Pinot, which was exactly what this wine was made of in its first vintage. Years later, Mack is now making the wine from start to finish. Fruit and making his own wine from it (but the name stuck!).
*Mix and Match, 2 bottles for $34. SRP: $19.99 to $24.99.
January 2019
Assorted Table Wine Shoppe (owned by MBC member Josh Villapando) in the 7th Street Public Market, has multiple events each month, and February and March are no exception. Check out the following:
*Wed., Feb. 6, 6-7:30 p.m., Assorted Wine Shoppe: “Taste six styles of Sake paired with Sushi, Cheese, & Popcorn!” $35 per person. Big Fat Tour of Sake. Featuring: Big Fat World Tours, Assorted Table Wine Shoppe, Sara Guterbock, Sake Educator. To purchase tickets,
*Wed., Feb. 27, 6-7:30 p.m., Assorted Wine Shoppe: Wine and Cheese Pairing, with Assorted Table Wine Shoppe and Orrman's Cheese Shop.  Josh Villapando from Assorted Table Wine Shoppe and Rachel Klebaur from Orrman's Cheese Shop will also be there to guide you through the tasting. To sign up,
Wed., March 20, 6-10 p.m., Wells Fargo Executive Dining Room, 301 South College Street, 41st Floor: ellen cherry Experience 2019. A pairing of eight wines with six courses at Wells Fargo Executive Dining Room, accompanied by a live performance by ellen cherry. The evening also features Executive Chef Michael Bader of Wells Fargo Executive Dining Room and Josh Villapando of Assorted Table Wine Shoppe. To purchase tickets,
Wine Club: The Assorted Table Wine Shoppe Wine Club offers loyal customers a chance to receive great wines from the shop’s vast selection – marked down at least 15% from retail prices. Members also receive written profiles of each wine included, discounts on events, plus advance notice on what is happening at ATWS. With members committing to the wine club in advance, Assorted Table Wine Shoppe has the ability to take advantage of normally undisclosed opportunities and values from distributors and importers – which get passed on to you. Select a Tier: Three bottles/month, $49.00; Six bottles/month, $79.00; Six PREMIUM bottles/month, $129.00. Choose a combination of Red, White, and Sparkling Wines, or Red Wines only, or White Wines Only. For more information,
Uptown Wine Club: Live in Uptown Charlotte? We have a special Wine Club (“TOAsT”) just for you each month, you will receive four specially-selected bottles with an educational packet based on our monthly theme. $250 (plus tax), billed every three months, recurring. This also includes free delivery to the concierge in your building, a Riedel Crystal wine stem glass with the initial subscription, and a complimentary seat at our monthly TOAsT wine tasting at 7th Street Public Market. For an additional $30 ($280 + tax), you can have our Couples Package, which includes two complimentary Riedel wine glasses with initial subscription, and two seats at the monthly TOAsT wine tasting. For more information,
December 2018
The Seals, a North Carolina-based distributor of gaskets for commercial refrigerator doors, freezer doors, oven doors, and steamer doors in the Southeast (and owned by MBC’s Andy Dinkin), has acquired The Gasket Guy of Raleigh and established a manufacturing facility in Fuquay-Varina. The former owner of The Gasket Guy of Raleigh, Andrew Thompson, now serves in the role of Vice President of Production for The Seals. As a result of this acquisition, the company has leased 2,000 square feet at 3337 Air Park Road in Fuquay-Varina, where gaskets are manufactured, cutting boards are cut to custom sizes, and refrigeration hardware components are inventoried. Not only has the acquisition allowed The Seals to control their own supply chain, it has also added to their customer base in the greater Raleigh area. The Fuquay-Varina facility provides the entire organization, which includes field representatives in Raleigh, Charlotte, Greensboro, Wilmington, Atlanta, Charleston, Greenville S.C., Columbia, and Myrtle Beach, access to high quality same-day custom gaskets.
“Bringing our manufacturing in-house and closer to our customers greatly reduces our shipping costs and greatly improves our turn-around time,” Dinkin said.
The Fuquay-Varina facility and expanded customer base continues a stride of tremendous growth for The Seals, which began on July 20, 2010, when Andy Dinkin purchased the Western Carolinas distributorship of Gasket Rock, Inc., from the original distributor. The original territory includes metro areas surrounding Asheville, N.C., Charlotte, N.C., Greensboro, N.C., Columbia, S.C., and Greenville, S.C. Dinkin changed the name to The Seals in October 2011.
The Seals expanded again in May of 2015 when Dinkin purchased the eastern Carolinas distributorship of Gasket Rock, Inc., from the original distributor, giving The Seals territories including Raleigh, Wilmington and Myrtle Beach. Currently, The Seals has 13 field employees servicing the following major markets: Asheville, N.C.; Athens, Ga.; Atlanta, Ga.; Augusta, Ga.; Boone, N.C.; Charleston, S.C.; Charlotte, N.C.; Columbia, S.C.; Florence, S.C.; Greenville, N.C.; Greenville, S.C.; Hickory, N.C.; Hilton Head, S.C.; Myrtle Beach, S.C.; Savannah, Ga.; Triad, N.C. (Greensboro/High Point/Winston-Salem); Triangle, N.C. (Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill); Wilmington, N.C. Short-term plans include expansion to the Richmond, Norfolk, and Shenandoah Valley areas of Virginia. For more information:,
Fantasy Football tales:
Scott Hirsch reports that: “Despite his experience playing football in college at UNC-Chapel Hill, Andy once again came in at the bottom of his fantasy football league. It does seem the back-to-back 1-10 seasons he was responsible for in college have led to the demise of his fantasy football teams.”
Andy Dinkin reports that his pal Scott Hirsch came in second place in his fantasy football league.
From Paul Poetzsch: An Uncle Jimmy Poetzsch Christmas….
Rumor has been passed to us that, just maybe, Uncle Jimmy was not my natural uncle because your great Uncle Henry was seen kissing grandmother Poetzsch in the kitchen on Christmas evening. And not on her cheek.
I remember that I had about a dozen uncles that I later found out were not related to me at all. After World War II, returning veterans could not find housing so Granddaddy and Grandmother Poetzsch let them bunk-up in their large house wherever they could find a spot. Soon all of these ‘uncles’ began dating and bringing their sweeties to all of the ‘Poetzsch’ parties, especially at Christmas. As you may have heard, Granddaddy Poetzsch was never short on reasons to throw a great party. Before I was four, I realized to my amazement that all of my ‘uncles’ had beautiful girls on their arm and this may have been my Grandfather’s delightful reason to have everyone gather at his home. Uncle Jimmy was no exception and always had a charmer come with him to these events.
The house was beautifully decorated with Uncle Jimmy inventing an unusual way to display their Christmas tree by hanging it upside down from the ceiling with the nativity manger nestled in the center.
The adults would assemble us children before the roaring fire and make us perform ‘I am a little tea pot… short and stout….see my ….  At four, I was totally humiliated.
So what about Uncle Jimmy’s Christmas? I am getting to that. All of my uncles soon married, including Uncle Jimmy to Aunt Virginia. As you may remember they bought a house near Pimlico race track on Northern Parkway in Baltimore. In 1950 the parkway was little more than a dirt road expanded to four lanes in 1965 with the street curb about five feet from Uncle Jimmy’s front door.
Uncle Jimmy became an Agnostic and Aunt Virginia was Jewish so Christmas was a dilemma for them. When you visited Jimmy’s house at Christmas he greeted you wearing a long red silk smoking jacket, pajama pants, silk slippers, beret and stem mounted cigarette … He was a sight to see.  I could go on for pages about my favorite eccentric uncle.
This year I decided to give my daughter and grandchildren a taste of my childhood experiences. In the middle of Jimmy’s living room were four card tables set up with gifts for everyone. These were not gifts intended for anyone because you could select whatever you liked and wanted and it was yours. Each year he ordered surprise gift boxes costing $50, $100, $250… all from a specialty gift company. On the tables would be things like spinning tops, cap guns, cigarette lighters, spray perfume, pocket knife, flashlight, Venus figurine, hats… It was a mini-bizarre before our eyes.
The last time Melody and I visited Uncle Jimmy in 1990, nothing had changed including Uncle Jimmy’s garb and his Christmas gift tables. He did make one renovation by constructing a giant, raw framed and plywood floor-to-ceiling shelves in his living room displaying all the unselected gifts of Christmas’s past covered in dust and wonderful memories.
November 2018
The Mecklenburg Times has chosen David Erdman as one of four “Icons” in the lawyer category for the publication’s 2018 Icons and Phenoms, a new awards recognition event that was held Dec. 5 in South Park. MeckTimes honored 13 “Icons” and nine “Phenoms” in the event’s inaugural year.
Paul Poetzsch’s First Real Job…long before he was a successful architect.
Automatic Screw Machine
“Aside from delivering newspapers, cutting grass, painting the house and drawing steel punches, my first real job was assembling brass, quick-disconnect couplings for air and water hoses. You may have seen one of mine and bought it for your garden hose. A coupling has seven parts: brass body, body sleeve, spring, spring retaining clip and three small ball bearings. This was simple enough work for a 15-year-old at the assembly table.
“After being issued my time card and pointed to my assigned stool, given three minutes of instruction, I was off and running. Each coupling took about 15 seconds to assemble sober and never if drunk. Five of us assembled the parts and to my left sat ‘father time.’ He had to be at least 75. Looking back from my perspective today he was at least 45.
“ ‘Hi, I’m Paul.’ …  ‘Humph,’ was the reply. ‘How long you been here?’ I asked. ‘Humph, oh, about 12 years.’ Five couplings were complete during our brief exchange, one by him and four by me. He seemed to be uneasy, so I slowed my pace.
“In front of me were four large blue-pie-shaped open boxes fanned out giving me ready access to all my parts. At the rate I was going, I figured I could assemble all those assigned to me before lunch and move on to something more challenging.
“At 10:15 we had morning coffee break and at $1.15 per hour, I figured I was wasting 15 cents of the company’s money but a coke was seven cents so they were getting a cut of that I’m sure. Near noon, I could see the bottom of my parts boxes and it seemed my completion was on schedule to free me for more exciting projects.
“The 10 Brown & Sharpe Automatic Screw Machines, in the shop area of our factory, were also working to individually produce one of my parts in about 40 seconds. There were five of us and 10 of them. A quick calculation informed me that 7,200 parts were machined each day. No need to worry about running out. These brass parts are delivered to assembly guys in a 30 cubic foot steel wheel barrel. Each load could fill my puny part boxes 100 times over. Farmers would say I had ‘a long row to hoe!’
“After three weeks of penance assembling my small couplings, I got a big promotion to bigger couplings. Not in a monetary sense; I was still toiling at minimum wage, $1.15. This was my first experience as being my own boss, since I was running the company’s only one-ton press.  The parts need assembly in the same way as before, though they are much larger. Because of the size, a press was needed to stamp the retaining ring onto the coupling with an impressive ‘ka-bam.’ You simply put the assembled coupling under the giant hammer, remove both hands for safety, then simultaneously, again for safety, depress two ‘easy’ buttons on each front corner of the machine’s gray deck.
“Before OSHA’s labor laws, we didn’t wear sissy safety glasses, hard hats, hearing protection or steel toed boots. However, the previous operator did circumvent the safety feature of the two safety buttons and bypassed these in favor of a single foot pedal. This was a true time saving production advance because your hands were free to fly across the face of the hammer with couplings at an amazing speed and ‘ka-bam, ka-bam, ka-bam.’ My old fellow coupling guys, I am sure, were jealous of the racket I was making. The first hundred couplings were a breeze, but after four hours, fatigue-inducing 100-degree heat and mind-numbing monotony, I totally lost awareness of hands and foot positions. ‘Ka-bam, ka-bam, ka-bam’ is very hypnotic. 
Amazing today that I still have 10 fingers.”
October 2018
Best Impressions Caterers, founded by president and MBC member Dave Byron in 1989, and one of the Southeast's premier catering companies providing culinary services for a Who's Who of corporate, philanthropic and social clients, has been sold to Falfurrias Capital Partners, a Charlotte-based private equity firm (which includes Hugh McColl). As part of its strategic partnership with Falfurrias Capital, Best Impressions will expand its operations into the Charleston, S.C., market with its acquisition of Duvall Catering & Events, one of the Lowcountry's leading caterers. With the operational and financial support of Falfurrias Capital, Best Impressions will continue to seek out additional partners with the goal of building a regional network of premium caterers across the Southeast. Dave will assume the role of CEO of the combined businesses. Duvall's owner and CEO Steve Wenger will continue to contribute his leadership skills to help build on Duvall's success going forward.
Said Dave Byron: “As I was exploring our plans to acquire a caterer in the Charleston market, they approached us with options to work together. This strategy came to the forefront as the best way to facilitate that growth. We have assembled a remarkably talented team within our industry and become leaders in full service catering and operating venues. This growth provides opportunities for these employees to continue on a successful career path within the company, provide for their future and share that talent with others.”, 704-333-9779.
Carolina Office Solutions has expanded to a second office at 19706 1st Norman Square, Suite B, in Cornelius. The other location is on Westinghouse Boulevard in the Steele Creek area. Carolina Office Solutions was established in 2000 to assist small business owners and purchasing agents realize outstanding cost savings by providing high quality products and services from one supplier. MBC member Craig Dunn is Managing Partner. The company is planning an open house in Cornelius in the coming months., 704-587-5411.
CNP Technologies has announced it has joined the Fortinet Partner Program and will offer their award winning security solutions and the FortiVoice IP PBX solutions. Fortinet (NASDAQ: FTNT) secures the largest enterprise, service provider, and government organizations around the world. Fortinet works with its partners to deliver security without compromise that addresses the most critical security challenges, whether in networked, application, cloud, or mobile environments. CNP Technologies provides Unified Communications, Network Integration Services and Cloud Services to clients throughout the United States, and implements comprehensive solutions including VoIP, video conferencing, virtualization, data backup and disaster recovery, storage, security, and professional services. CNP is an industry-leading Mitel Partner and 14-time ShoreTel (acquired by Mitel) Circle of Excellence Award recipient. MBC Member Wesley Clark is Managing Partner., 704-927-6600.
Attorney David Erdman, a frequent contributor to the Charlotte Observer and other media outlets, published an op/ed column on Oct. 12 about the North Carolina Republican-controlled legislature’s gerrymandering of Mecklenburg County’s judicial districts. Erdman is Partner at Erdman & Hockfield, LLP, a respected law firm advocating for clients in business and corporate law, family law, commercial real estate, franchise law, probate and estate administration and wills., 704-333-7800.
MBC Member Pete Marriott, MBA, AIF® , CRPS®, and NFP Retirement Services, have been busy with events. On Oct. 23, NFP co-hosted (with BDO at BDO) its ERISA Bacon & Eggs learning session covering employee benefit plan design, Roth IRA contributions, and what you need to watch out for in the year to come. NFP hosted its 6th Annual Fall Boot Camp on Nov.6th at NFP’s SouthPark office. This program was approved for 5.5 credit hours in the Compensation and Benefits functionality area of the HR Certification Institute PHR/SPHR Exam Body of Knowledge and for 4.9 CPE credits in Specialized Knowledge and Application, Personnel/HR and Auditing. NFP is a leading insurance broker and consultant that provides employee benefits, property and casualty, retirement and individual private client solutions through their licensed subsidiaries and affiliates. For more information on NFP’s future Charlotte events, contact Pete at 704-562-6720 or, or visit
Spiracle Media, led by co-founders Jarod Latch and MBC Member Tim Baier, has received two different honors from the Charlotte Business Journal – being named to Charlotte's Best Places to Work for 2018 and earning a spot in the coveted 2018 Fast 50, honoring the fastest growing 50 private companies in Charlotte. Spiracle Media, a video content agency, tells stories that support the voice of their partners by using their journalistic background., 844-774-7225.
September 2018
From John Cantrell: H.B. Cantrell & Co. hosted a special reception at Catawba Brewing Co. on Sept. 26, to discuss options for long-term care insurance. Ken Flemming of First Light Home Care also presented to the audience.
From Marc Mataya: MBC Members, my ask from the group was for help with helping me get my side project to go viral by using the product themselves, or to give them away as gifts to your customers, family or friends. The product is called Leaf Burrito® and it is a reusable lawn debris bag designed to eliminate the use of single-use plastic and paper bags. The City of Charlotte has approved this product and they will empty it and throw it back onto your yard just like a trash can. We are in talks with Lowe's Home Improvement and have the endorsement from Mayor Vi Lyles and City Council, so we are hoping that this fall season is the big one that launches this thing internationally. Please see and use the code "MBCMEMBER" to get $20.00 off of your purchase of a 5' Residential Burrito. For more information, call me at 704-491-1213.
From Bryan Rainey: Junkluggers is partnering with IKEA Charlotte to host a FREE E-Waste Recycling Drive. On October 6th from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., bring all your old or unused electronics to IKEA and Junkluggers will responsibly recycle them for you. For more details about the event please visit  and go to their events & activities page. The recycling event is FREE for IKEA FAMILY members (and membership is FREE), but there will be a $10 recycling charge for televisions. No trash or household items will be accepted.
Long-Term Care Today
Wednesday, September 26th
5pm - 7pm
Drop in for beer tastings and appetizers while we discuss:
What is Long-Term Care Insurance?
What are the options to help my family?
5 pm – 6:15 pm Drop in and appetizers
6:15 pm First Light Home Care: Ken Flemming
6:30 pm Ways to address the Long-Term Care exposure
Hosted by: H.B. Cantrell & Co.
Catawba Brewing Co.
933 Louise Ave Ste 105
Charlotte NC 28204
August 2018
MBC’s (and Charlotte’s) resident historian David Erdman stepped in for University of North Carolina Chancellor Carol Folt on August 21 to speak to the Rotary Club of Charlotte at the Marriott Fairfield Inn & Suites. It is rare for a club member to serve as guest speaker.
David, who has given more than 225 presentations on history, geography, and cultural and architectural treasures, spoke about Charlotte’s lost landmarks.
Here are a few highlights from David’s presentation:
*The Mint, originally located on West Trade Street, was taken apart block by block in 1931 and then reconstructed in 1936 by the Works Project Administration (WPA) start here get official title in its current location in Eastover.
*The Central Hotel, which was the oldest hotel in Charlotte, operated 100 years ago when Charlotte’s population was 25,000.
*The D.H. Hill Military School (site of the current Dowd YMCA) on Morehead Street, was Charlotte’s first public school.
*The Buford Hotel & Bank was considered Charlotte’s second most important hotel in the late 1880s and early 1900s, located at South Tryon and 4th Street. Two banks made their headquarters at that intersection. One was the Commercial National Bank, one of the cornerstones of Bank of America, and the other was Union National Bank, which grew into First Union and then Wachovia/Wells Fargo.
*Second Presbyterian Church, formed in 1897 on North Tryon Street, eventually joined Westminster Presbyterian Church, founded in 1897 as Dilworth’s first church. Both had outgrown their facilities and eventually created Covenant Presbyterian in Dilworth.
*Charlotte’s City Hall, built in 1888, also doubled as the fire station. In 1898, a new City Hall was built, which was reminiscent of Philadelphia’s City Hall, where the William Penn statue is located.
*Presbyterian College for Women once located on North College Street, is now Queens University of Charlotte in Myers Park.
*Dilworth Park Pavilion (1899) was built in the Latta Park area to attract people to move to Dilworth, one of Charlotte’s first suburbs.
*Mecklenburg County Courthouse, built in 1896, was another testament to Charlotte’s ambition; its resemblance to the U.S. Capitol probably signaled that Charlotte had rejoined the Union after the Civil War.
*The campus of Elizabeth College, which closed in 1909, became the medical center for Presbyterian Hospital, which is now Novant Health. Other medical facilities that once operated in Charlotte included The Charlotte Sanatorium, at 7th and Church Streets, a 100-room, privately owned hospital that operated from 1907 to 1942, and the Professional Building, located at 7th and Tryon Streets, which housed all medical offices at the time. In the 1920s, an Eye, Ear, Nose & Throat Hospital was located next to the Professional Building.
*Charlotte had a thriving hospitality industry, including the magnificent Selwyn Hotel, which was built around 1905-1906. It was a showplace in its time with beautiful bay windows. Hotel Charlotte was imploded in the late 1980s. The Walton Hotel, in the cotton district, was once located on the light rail heading North out of Center City. Back in the day, the Southern Railway Train Station was on the main line and was the “airport of the day.”
*Charlotte’s rich history of manufacturing and distribution includes:
-D.A. Thompkins on South Church Street, who operated the newspaper, as well as supported and built the textile industry.
-James B. Duke’s office on South Tryon and Church Streets, which burned in 1923, was home of Catawba Power.
*The Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated, built in 1929–1930, featured red brick veneer and decorative concrete detailing.
*The Wade Loft Building, which was similar to the Merchandise Mart in Chicago, was part of Charlotte’s role as a merchandise distribution center.
*Charlotte was also a major film distribution center. “Film row” was located on South Church Street where trucks would haul films once released all over the region, including Southern Virginia, Tennessee, and the Carolinas.
*The Manufacturer’s Club on West Trade Street was the “City Club” of its day.
While it’s impossible to cover all the history that David shared to the Rotarians, you can enjoy more of it by buying a copy of his book: “100 Lost Architectural Treasures of Old Charlotte,” at
June-July 2018
Richard Sterling reports that the 24 Hours of Booty has raised more than $1.7 million year to date with proceeds going to programs that promote cancer survivorship and disease navigation. Because of support of the 24 Foundation, every patient that comes to Atrium Health’s Levine Cancer Institute receives a Navigator to help them.
This was Richard's 13th year participating and his second year as Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BAML) Co-Captain. The BAML team raised more than $119,000 and had support from riding executives such as the bank’s Chief Legal Counsel, Market President and Chief Information Officer. Personally, Richard raised over $5,000 and honored his supporters by riding more than 100 miles. He'd like to thank the members of MBC that contributed to his ride and also is proud that two of the MBC companies – Boingo Graphics and Diamond Springs Water – are long-time.
For more information, contact Richard Sterling at .
Xcentri, an award-winning staffing and recruitment firm specializing in providing temporary and direct hire services for legal support, accounting/finance, office and administrative support, call center/customer service, and non-clinical healthcare positions in the metro-Charlotte area, has announced the addition of two new team members as part of the ongoing expansion of the firm.
Mary Cheshareck, Recruiting Manager, brings almost 20 years of experience in the staffing and recruitment industry to Xcentri. Mary started her career as an Executive Recruiter within the Information Technology practice of a global staffing firm, where she was a top biller within the highly competitive Chicago market. She then joined a regional practice in Illinois to help expand their reach into the accounting/finance vertical with a specific focus on the Chicago-area market.  Over the last several years Mary has been working nationally focusing on Engineering, Manufacturing, HR and Supply Chain.
Tim Seeburger, Business Development Manager, brings a unique background to his role. Prior to joining Xcentri, Tim spent several years building a highly successful home remodeling business from the ground up, honing his sales and business development skills in the highly competitive metro-Charlotte market. Seeburger’s prior experience also includes business development and project management work for a Charlotte-based general contractor where he led the team in sales production. Originally from New York, Tim moved to Charlotte as a youth. He has served on the executive board for Young Professionals Society for Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte and was heavily involved in fundraising campaigns for them.
“We’re very pleased to have Mary and Tim join our growing team.” said MBC Member Debby Millhouse, owner and CEO of Charlotte-headquartered Xcentri. “Tim brings a very strong business development skillset to our growing organization and Mary brings a wealth of diverse recruitment experience. We all look forward to working closely with them as we continue our expansion.”
For more information, contact Steve Curtin, Vice President, Marketing,
CEO Inc.,
CEO Inc., an award-winning, industry-leading recruitment firm specializing in the plastics, composites, textiles and specialty chemicals markets, has announced that Karie Collins has joined the CEO Inc. team as a Recruiting Manager as part of their national recruitment organization. Collins brings over 20 years of experience in the staffing and recruitment industry to CEO Inc. She started her career as a staffing manager within the accounting/finance practice of a global staffing firm, where she was awarded President’s Club status. Collins also spent time in corporate recruiting, leading experienced hire and campus talent acquisition efforts for a mid-size CPA firm before returning to the staffing industry once again.  In addition to accounting and finance, she has experience recruiting for a variety of verticals including information technology, legal, administrative, marketing and human resources.  
“Karie is a great addition to our organization and we’re pleased to have her with us.” said MBC Member Debby Millhouse, owner and CEO of Charlotte-headquartered CEO Inc. “She brings an impressive track record and recruitment management skillset to our firm. We have a great team at CEO Inc. and Karie complements our expansion with wide-ranging experience across different recruiting sectors.  The team and I look forward to working closely with Karie as we continue our expansion.”
For more information, contact Steve Curtin, Vice President, Marketing,
CEO Inc.,
Month of May 2018
Spiracle Media has launched its new Podcast with an Episode of The Hive Life. Here's a blog describing the launch with a link to the podcast: For more information, MBC member Tim Baier, 704-408-7663,
CEO Inc., an award-winning, industry-leading recruitment firm specializing in the plastics, composites, textiles and specialty chemicals markets, has announced that Mark Collins has joined the CEO Inc. team as Managing Director of their national recruitment organization. Mr. Collins brings over 20 years of experience in the staffing and recruitment industry to CEO Inc.
Collins started his career as a staffing manager within the accounting/finance practice of a global
staffing firm, where he was recognized and awarded as a top business development professional
during his tenure. In his next role, Collins joined a regional practice in Illinois to help expand their reach into the accounting/finance vertical with a specific focus on the Chicago-area market. His leadership efforts in Chicago resulted in growing the firm from a small, single office to four highly-productive locations that generated approximately $30 million in revenue. Mr. Collins’s track record includes working as a “player/coach” with firms to help them expand market share in their direct-hire businesses for a variety of vertical staffing and recruitment markets.
“We’re very excited to have Mark join our team” said MBC Member Debby Millhouse, owner and CEO of
Charlotte, N.C.-headquartered CEO Inc. “Mark brings a very strong business development and
recruitment management skillset to our growing organization. We have a great team at CEO Inc.
and Mark complements our expansion with his diverse experience in different recruitment sectors. We all look forward to working closely with him during this exciting time in our company’s history.” (
Xcentri, an award-winning staffing and recruitment firm specializing in providing temporary and direct hire services for accounting/finance, office and administrative support, call center/customer service, and non-clinical healthcare positions, has announced the addition of four new team members to meet the sharply growing demand in Metro Charlotte and surrounding areas for its services. The new additions will work in recruitment and
business development roles to help service clients and meet the growing demand for new talent in a variety of temporary and direct hire positions. Among the new additions to the Xcentri team:
Mike Furia as Staffing Manager; Jamie Schild as Staffing Manager; Kim Wade as Staffing Manager; and Zach Powers, as Business Development Manager.
“We’re very excited to have these very talented individuals join our team” said MBC Member Debby Millhouse, owner and CEO of Charlotte-headquartered Xcentri. “Zach, Kim, Jamie and Mike bring strong backgrounds and experience to our growing organization. I look forward to working closely with them as we further expand our service to clients and candidates alike in Metro Charlotte and surrounding areas in the North Carolina marketplace.” (
Month of April 2018
H.B. Cantrell & Co. has earned the prestigious Erie Insurance Giving Network Agency of the Year for 2018. The principal agents at HB Cantrell & Co, Henry and MBC member John, encourage all employees to give back to the community, and they continuously do this as a group. They have participated in the Samaritan’s Feet by sorting and packing shoes, and at The Second Harvest Food Bank by sorting foods and household items.
“Not only do our employees give back as a group,” John says, “but each person in the agency has a servant’s heart. While they are encouraged to give back to the community and to charities, it doesn’t take much to get them going.”
H.B. Cantrell & Co. employees involve themselves with a variety of non-profits, including Boy Scouts of America, Friendship Trays, Hoskins Park Ministry; Hospitality House, Rotary International, Salvation Army, Therapy Dog International, and Women’s Shelter, providing more than 96 hours of volunteer service each year.
In addition, for John and Henry and their families, The Joe Martin ALS Foundation is close to the heart because John’s father-in-law, Bob Taylor, was diagnosed two years ago. The Joe Martin ALS Foundation provides at home care for families in the Charlotte area that are dealing with this disease. 
H.B. Cantrell & Co. ( offers a variety of insurance coverages to clients in the Southeast. For business clients, they work with closely-held companies from 1 to 300 employees. Industries served include: manufacturing, contractors, restaurants and service businesses. Lines of coverage include: workers compensation, liability, property, cyber and auto.
For individuals their offerings include auto, homeowners, life, disability and long-term care insurance.
Month of March 2018
From David Pfleeger: I want to reiterate my offer of an executive desk, 3x6 feet with 7 drawers (2 for hanging files).  I can send pics.  No charge -- you just need to come get it.  704-661-9797
Tim Baier of Spiracle Media was named as one of Charlotte Agenda's inaugural Small Businesspersons of the Year finalists.
FirstLight Home Care of Greater Charlotte has opened its second office. The new office is in Fort Mill, S.C., and is focused on serving the Fort Mill, Rock Hill, and Tega Cay areas of South Carolina, as well as the Steele Creek area of Charlotte. FirstLight has hired Dawn Hodges, an industry veteran with more than 20 years of experience in the health care field, to manage the new office. A grand opening celebrating the new office is planned for May 2nd at The Pump House Restaurant in Rock Hill. Look for an invitation soon. MBC member Ken Fleming is President of FirstLight Home Care of Greater Charlotte. For more information: ,, 1135 Four Lakes Drive Suite C, Matthews, NC 28105
Month of January-February 2018
Donald Haack Diamonds is giving away a pair of Diamond Earrings. All the details are in the link below.
From Tim Baier: Spiracle Media has launched a sub-brand called Aerial Buzz, offering drone video, photography and mapping. Please feel free to share the video introducing the brand:
From David Erdman: Attorney David Erdman will be featured speaker at a special program, “Saving & Remembering Charlotte’s Architectural Treasures,” at The Duke Mansion in Myers Park on Sun., March 18 at 3 p.m. The event is free, but you needed to make a reservation and it was a “sell out” in less than 24 hours. The program, which will be hosted by local historian Dr. Tom Hanchett, is part of the Rosalie Reynolds Explore History! Series, presented to the community by Wells Fargo Private Bank. David will share insights and images from his new book: 100 Lost Architectural Treasures of Old Charlotte. The Duke Mansion is located at 400 Hermitage Road, Charlotte, NC 28207. A partnership with The Duke Mansion, Levine Museum of the New South, and the North Carolina Chapter of the Institute of Classical Art and Architecture.
David, who is one of Charlotte’s leading advocates for historic preservation, published an op/ed piece in the Charlotte Observer on Feb. 6 about the importance of saving the Polk Building in Uptown Charlotte. Built as the Coddington Building in 1925, the Polk Building façade is one of only seven major pre-Depression era structures left in Uptown Charlotte, other than churches and government buildings.
Bridge Mergers and Acquisitions is the presenting sponsor of Metrolina Christian Academy’s 18th Annual Golfer’s Challenge, Friday April 27, 7:30 a.m. at StoneBridge Golf Club (2721 Swilcan Burns Drive, Monroe, NC 28112). Diana Miles is seeking to fill a four-some spot with mulligan packs (no charge to the golfers) from within MBC. So far, she has Greg Davis signed up and is hoping to invite three others from MBC. Both breakfast and lunch will be provided, and there will be giveaways and contests. Contact Diana at  
Mitchell Kearney played a gig at Smokey Joe's on Friday, February 16, opening for the Mannish Boys. Sidewalk Bob and Suitcase Slim (Mitchell) played Mississippi Delta Blues. Stay tuned for future performance dates!
Month of November 2017
From Lyndsay Moyles, Carolina Office Solutions: Carolina Office Solutions will run an “End of Year Sale, exclusively for MBC members – Buy 1 Get 1 FREE on all pre-owned items! Just give Customer Service the sale code “MBC” at checkout. (Herman Miller Aeron chairs excluded). 704-587-5411,
From Heidi Drummond: Hi all MBCers, if you attended our last breakfast you heard me share that I will participating in a bowling fund raise to support local families this Holiday season.
In addition to MBC, I also belong to the BLOC group, Business Leaders of Charlotte. We’ve had an annual fundraiser for 16 years to adopt local families and donate to a local charity.
In addition to adopting local families, half of the proceeds this year will go to Charlotte Area Fund, Inc. (CAF), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that was established in 1963 “to do such things as are necessary or desirable for advancing the general welfare of the people in the area of Charlotte, NC.” The Charlotte Area Fund is dedicated to helping the poor get out of poverty and establishing programs and services for a sustainable community.
In 2016, BLOC raised more than $28,000 and we hope to raise even more this year so we will be able to provide for the needs and wishes of more families in need with gifts, a holiday meal and groceries.
You can sponsor me and my team, The UnBOWLievables, and help local families have a better Christmas with your generous donations. This link takes you to the donation page It’s easy, fill out the form, enter you donation amount and pick the team The UnBOWLievables - then click 'PAY' to finish making your donation. You will automatically receive a tax deduction receipt of you donation!
Thank you for your support.
From Tony Shannon: RiseFuel has achieved Silver Certified Agency Partner status with HubSpot, the world’s leading inbound marketing and sales platform that works hand-in-hand with Agency Partners to grow their businesses through inbound software, services, and support.
Of the announcement, HubSpot Channel Account Manager Frank Antonucci said, “We are thrilled to see RiseFuel’s growth and fast advancement within the HubSpot’s Partner Program. Their rapid growth and success has been inspirational, and their innovative approach to inbound makes them a company that businesses everywhere can learn from. Watching them grow their agency with inbound has been a rewarding experience!”
Over the past year, RiseFuel has grown its business by incorporating inbound strategies to attract, engage, and delight customers. While focusing on Dentists, Manufacturers, and Tech companies RiseFuel has gained new clients and is delivering great results with HubSpot for their clients.
•           300 percent growth from 2016 to 2017
•           175 percent growth in agency size in last year
•           100 percent client satisfaction success
RiseFuel is a search marketing agency drawing on years of experience from within the world of digital marketing and in business operations. One of their unique competitive separators is that they are led by a 30-year veteran small business owner who understands business smarts and ROI.
Month of October 2017
From Julie Haack: Donald Haack Diamonds will host a Holiday Open House Nov. 30-Dec. 2, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Donald Haack Diamonds
3900 Colony Rd. E., Charlotte, NC 28211
Open House Event Exclusives:
*Free gift with purchase
*Be the first to see and select from our Vast Holiday Inventory
*15-20% discount during the Holiday Open House (exclusions apply)
*Special Holiday Financing: 12 months interest free on qualifying purchases, upon approval
Contact Julie Haack at for more information.
Dr. William Linger, current MBC President, has been elected President of the Academy of Microscope Enhanced Dentistry (AMED.)  The Academy is an international non-profit organization with members in 35 countries. Dr. Linger is one of the few dentists in the world using the dental operating microscope, and has donated his time and experience to helping AMED train dentists, students and dental school faculty about the benefits of its use. The academy is an organization to encourage, inspire, and educate the dentist and the public as to the benefits of microscopic dentistry and to grow from its combined wealth of experiences.
From Jim Riggins (President/CEO, Technocom USA), on the three finished portraits of Starsky and Hutch for the Orvis Dog Book: “Mitchell and Connie Kearney crushed it. Amazing talent.” 
David Erdman and some of his “friends” had lunch recently as a result of MBC’s “draw-a-name-networking” initiative. A smart looking group for sure. "The Beatles," David suggests. 
Month of September 2017
From Pete Marriott: "You are cordially invited to attend a unique “Boot Camp” regarding a wide range of employee benefits topics, 8:15 a.m.-3:40 p.m., Tuesday, October 17, 2017, NFP Corporate Office, 1901 Roxborough Road, Suite 300, Charlotte, NC  28211. Two individuals from your company may attend for free. Additional co-workers may attend at a cost of $50, payable in advance of the seminar. The program level is basic with no prerequisites and no advance preparation. This program has also been approved for 4.75 credit hours. Subject matter of the program fall under the Compensation and Benefits functionality area of the HR Certification Institute PHR/SPHR Exam Body of Knowledge. You may register or get more information by emailing Pete Marriott at"
From David Pfleeger: “I regret missing the last several meetings. My new project has been demanding and I have to drive to the University area for early meetings. Now that our group dynamics have moved from storming to norming, I’ll get back to attending MBC meetings. I wish Paul P. the very best as he navigates the future.”
From David Stollmack: "The GBNC ghostbusters of North Carolina is a civic minded group that tries to put the same fun and positivity that the 1984 movie had. The group’s mission statement is to uphold the core values of people that work together to overcome insurmountable odds. We have worked together as a team to work with special needs classes catering to physical and mental handicaps, including visits to Levine Children’s Hospital and working with groups that raise money to cure autism, cystic fibrosis and cancer. GBNC ghostbusters works with local police, sheriffs, state troopers and fire departments. We are also a big advocate of the Wounded Warrior program, as our group contains two wounded veterans."
From Carolyn Wiles: "Please reach out to check on our various sales and discounts and stay tuned for Holiday Season specials. We’d love to hear from MBC members. Fashion Flowers, 3010 Monroe Road, Suite 203, Charlotte, NC 28205, ,"
Month of August 2017
From Jack McNeary:
MBC Fly Fishing Drawing: As many of you know, I enjoy fly fishing and tying flies. Many of you have expressed interest in learning to fly fish, and last year I took Scott Hirsch and Adam Huth to the Mitchell River for a day trip of learning about fishing for trout. We had a great time and everyone caught some trout. I would like to have a similar trip this year and am having a drawing of all MBC members who are interested. Two MBC members’ names will be drawn.
So here are the details. Fish are stocked in the fall in early October and November. During the heat of the summer many fish don't survive because of the high water temperature and low oxygen levels. Prior to heading for the Mitchell River we will meet at Freedom Park or Park Road Park one morning in September and practice casting so you will not get all hung up in the trees.
On the day that we fish, we will leave early in the morning probably at 6:00 and eat breakfast at a Cracker Barrel up the road on I-77.  From there it is another 20 minutes to the Mitchell River.  It takes about an hour and 15 minutes to get to the Mitchell River from Charlotte. On the way home the ride takes longer because of traffic getting backed up on I-77. We might consider stopping along the way for a quick dinner. I will provide fly rods and flies.
1.  You will need to borrow, beg, or steal a pair of waders.  You can rent these from several of the fly shops around town.
2.  Get a one-day fishing license which you can do on-line. It is easy to do and will cost about $15.00 unless you live out of state. You will also have to have a trout stamp.
3. Bring sunglasses, a good hat, foul weather jacket, and extra cloths in case you fall in and get wet or it is just a little colder than you expect.
4.  Bring a packed lunch since it is best to eat stream side.
5.  Bring some water as you don't want to become dehydrated.
I am not a professional guide, but I will spend my time working with you to make sure you are successful. The wading is pretty easy, in fact in some places you can fish from the shore.
Get a business card to me at the next meeting or email me between now and before the last MBC meeting in September, which is September 20, 2017. We will have a drawing at that meeting.
From Debby Milhouse:
Inc. magazine ranked CEO Inc, No. 4272 on its 36th annual Inc. 5000, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic segment – its independent small and midsized businesses. Companies such as Microsoft, Dell, Domino’s Pizza, Pandora, Timberland, LinkedIn, Yelp, Zillow, and many other well-known names gained their first national exposure as honorees of the Inc. 5000. CEO Inc. is an award-winning, full-service recruitment and staffing firm that for more than 23 years has specialized in direct hire placement for senior-level sales, operational and management positions for plastics, composites, textiles and specialty chemical companies nationwide. CEO Inc. launched sister company Xcentri in 2014 to complement the rapid growth of its expanding service lines. Xcentri provides temporary staffing and permanent placement services for accounting/finance, office support, call center/customer service, and non-clinical medical positions. CEO Inc. was named to the Inc.5000 “Fastest Growing Companies” List for 2016. CEO Inc. has also been honored with the Charlotte Business Journal’s Best Places to Work Award for four consecutive years (2012-15) as well as CBJ’s “50 Fastest Growing Companies” for 2015.
From Josh Villapando at Assorted Table Wine Shoppe: 
We offer temperature and humidity controlled Wine Cellaring. We are offering special pricing on 2015 Machete From David Phinney, creator of the "Prisoner."  2012, 2013 and 2014 have all been on Wine Spectator Top 100 list.  Bottles feature 12 different racy Polaroids as labels.  Normally $57.99, will sell for $49.99, three-bottle minimum. Drop-in any Tuesday 5-7 p.m. for our Tuesday Night Wine Flights featuring unique selections!
From Paul Poetzsch:
On September 10, 2003 the MRI showed a tumor near my left optic nerve. Doctor Matthews discovered it while examining the MRI for other sources contributing to a mild stroke. Bad medical news will arouse the certain fear of mortality. This discovery was conscientiously followed by more MRI’s hammering my ears and head progressively spaced at six months, then each year and in 2017 after a lapse of two years the scan revealed that the tumor had grown 50 percent, starting to limit my peripheral vision. Dr. Asher then advised seeing Dr. Roshan Prabhu, a six-foot four-inch oncologist specializing in Radiation Therapy….  That really got my attention.
His prescription and description was for a five and a half-week daily radiation regime. He asked if I had any questions. I asked Dr. Prabhu, “Is it time to buy the BMW I was admiring?” His warnings were experiencing fatigue, dizziness, blurry vison, hair loss, and skin irritation near the beam entrance sight.
The Radiation planning session was later that week. A radiation salon is a huge dark room containing in the center a giant, hurricane gray, multi-headed isotope firing monster that would circumnavigate my head while firing death rays at the tumor. The planning session started by heating a plastic mesh ‘Helmet’ intended to immobilizing my head in a prone position on my back. All of the technicians are young females and it was perplexing when they asked, “Are you ready; meaning they were going to stretch the heated mask over my face, bolt it to the sled like positioning table and let it harden in place. The bottom mask edge choked my Adams apple so that if I could talk, I would sound like Donald Duck.
Red lasers are located in the ceiling and each of three walls so that the girls could “zero” me in to the X, Y and Z axes of the room then X-ray my skull to have a reference image for each daily radiation session for five and a half weeks. Dr. Prabhu assured me that my brain tumor was receiving the maximum radiation benefit to within one millimeter and he did not think he would kill any of my slow running brain cells.
I settled into the routine of hospital arrival at 8:00 each morning (where it is obvious that a hospital is where the money is and not at the bank) and being glumly welcomed by one on “my” girls for treatment. It was obvious that the girls are dedicated to their work, though on the sober side of patient engagement. So to break the ice, every other morning I brought a treat selection to thank them and cheer their spirits. I thought humor might also evoke a smile so when they bolted my head to the table I asked them, “Have you ever had any escapees?”  This always brought a big laugh. Another favorite every morning, “Are you feeling at the top of your game?” or “Hey, I am not too sure about you bolting my head down and then running behind that lead lined, two-foot thick steel door and leaving me here!” One morning I had a golf tee time so I said, “I am playing golf today, so…..Just set it on ‘stun.’ ”
Then, getting to know them, I asked if they could handle an off-color joke about Mickey seeking a divorce from Minnie. In court the judge said “Mickey you can’t divorce Minnie just because she is crazy,” and Mickey responded, “You don’t understand Judge. I didn’t say Minnie was crazy, I said she is f--king Goofy!”
After five and a half weeks came graduation day and the girls and I all hugged and they wished me well as I thanked them for doing God’s work and will know more about my tumor through a new MRI in three months.
Until then stand back…. I am radioactive!
Month of July 2017
From Bill Bowers: Bill Bowers is selling 2017 Carolina Panther tickets. Section 553, Row 2, seats 1 and 2. Great aisle seats on row 2 of the upper deck. $1864 for the pair, all 10 home games. Bill is also seeking to sell his PSLs for the same seats, either with or without the season tickets. Anyone interested could get in touch or forward questions to  or for price or information.
From Zane Odom: Harrison Zane Odom was born 7/10/17 at 11:38am (7 pounds, 6 ounces, 20 inches long). Zane and his wife, Stefanie are excited to have their son home and feel very blessed to be his parents!
From Bert Woodard: Bert Woodard was one of 25 honorees during the Charlotte LGBT Chamber of Commerce’s 25th Anniversary celebration on July 25 at Le Meridien hotel in uptown Charlotte. During Bert’s two-year tenure as president of the organization, then known as the Charlotte Business Guild, he increased membership, improved membership diversity, and facilitated the Business Guild’s partnership with the Charlotte Chamber, which still exists today.
Month of June 2017
From Kent Lowe: Integrity Heating & Cooling donated the HVAC system and its installation to a new home for a wounded veteran, as part of a program that Purple Hearts conducts. Integrity Heating & Cooling also coordinated the parts, equipment and installation. (
From David Erdman: Attorney David Erdman attended the 45-year reunion of the U.S. Senate Watergate investigation recently at the Watergate Hotel in Washington, and was quoted in a New York Times article on the event. Erdman’s wife, Lynn, was quoted in the article as well. While attending Georgetown University School of Law, David served on the staff of the U.S. Senate Watergate investigation in 1973. Here is the story link:  
From Bruce Voorheis: Relocation Strategies (RSI-Charlotte) was recently engaged by Mecklenburg County to project manage the phased relocations for MEDIC’s 19 departments to their new facility on Wilkinson Boulevard, and the relocation of the Board of Elections office on Kenilworth Avenue. ( (
From Bert Woodard: Bert Woodard successfully pitched a story on MBC member Andy Dinkin in Charlotte Five, the Charlotte Observer’s on-line podcast. . Other recent story placements for Woodard PR are: Charlotte Business Journal, Coldwell Banker Commercial MECA; Charlotte Observer, JHG Financial Advisors; Gaston Gazette, Forsite Development; Gaston Gazette, Coldwell Banker Commercial MECA; PBS Charlotte (WTVI), Joedance Film Festival; South Charlotte Weekly, Wesley Mancini, Ltd.; Spectrum Cable News, Joedance Film Festival;  WBTV, Forsite Development; and WBTV, JHG Financial Advisors.




Month of May 2017


From David Erdman: Attorney David Erdman was interviewed on May 22 by Mike Collins on WFAE’s Charlotte Talks program, about David’s experience as a staffer on the U.S. Senate Watergate investigation in 1973. For more information, contact David at Erdman and Hockfield LLP, 704-333-7800,,


From Chris Woodhouse: Chris Woodhouse of Hands4Hire has completed the small business leadership and business development program, Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses. The goal of the program is to help entrepreneurs create jobs and economic opportunity by providing greater access to education, capital and business support services.  The 12-week program provides intensive training that culminates in the creation of a significant growth plan designed to help break the barriers that prohibit significant growth in small businesses. Chris highly recommends this group to small business owners in MBC. For more information, contact Chris at (O) 704-896-6379,,



Month of April 2017


From William McKee: Charlotte web design company, Knowmad Digital Marketing, has been recognized by UpCity (an influential website) as a top local web designer in Charlotte. UpCity consists of a group of marketing executives that have worked at some of the world’s most-respected brands, specializing in helping small and mid-sized companies with their inbound marketing efforts. The company makes their “top” picks based on how well Charlotte companies represent themselves online; the qualifications range from the user experience of the company's website to their social media presence and prominence in organic search results. Knowmad is a boutique digital marketing agency that works with clients of various sizes across the United States and Europe to increase their visibility, grow their brands, and attract new customers. Their clients can be found in a wide range of industries and organizations, including manufacturing, B2B services, consumer services, and technology. Knowmad's services include inbound marketing, custom website design, search engine optimization (SEO), pay per click management, and content marketing. To learn more, visit or call 877-898-3403. For more information on Knowmad’s award, visit


From Marc Mataya: The patented yard debris bag product – The Leaf Burrito® – has been approved for use by the City of Charlotte, which marks another major step forward for its widespread use in the region. The Leaf Burrito® will make it easier for consumers to dispose of lawn leaves, more efficient for municipal governments to transport them, and more environmentally friendly in the process. The product is easier to use than plastic bags and better for the environment because it reduces the need and use of plastic. The Leaf Burrito® eliminates the arduous task of bagging leaves. Each Leaf Burrito® holds three-to-four large lawn bags worth of leaves and opens completely flat for instant loading and unloading. The product’s price points are: *Medium 5-foot Leaf Burrito®, $89 each (save an additional 5% for quantities of 2 or more). *Large 7-foot Leaf Burrito®, $99 each (save an additional 16% for quantities of 6 or more). *Contractor 6-Pack Leaf Burrito® (7-foot bags), $499 each. For more information on The Leaf Burrito®, contact 1-800-Burrito (287-7486) or visit

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