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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 704-363-9016.
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: 704-879-2394,, 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.
RiseFuel, 844-736-4249, Inbound Marketing | RiseFuel
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, 704-375-8429,"
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 704-567-1233 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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