Horton promoted to statewide position at Youth Villages

CHARLOTTE – Youth Villages has promoted local John Horton to assistant director of development where he will oversee statewide fundraising and development.

Youth Villages provides intensive in-home services for emotionally and behaviorally troubled children and their families and transitional living services for youth aging out of foster care.

A native of Maryville, Tenn., Horton is a certified fundraising executive and member of the board of directors for the Charlotte chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Horton also serves as annual giving committee chair for the Queens University of Charlotte Alumni Association board of directors.

Youth Villages has been recognized by Harvard Business School and U.S. News & World Report, and was identified by The White House as one of the nation’s most promising results-oriented nonprofits.

Details: www.youthvillages.org.


Real estate company reports increased sales

HUNTERSVILLE – September real estate sales are up 11 percent, according to a report released by Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Carolinas Realty.

The median sale price was $240,000, according to the report. Average number of days on the market decreased to 93, a 21-percent decrease from 2012.

The number of active listings dropped 14 percent from last year, a number the realty company attributes to increased sales over the summer.

BHHS Carolinas Realty has more than 600 sales associates and 13 offices across North Carolina and is part of HomeServices of America Inc.

To watch the 60-second video detailing the market research, visit www.BHHSCarolinas.com/MarketVideos.aspx

Lime Energy promotes Procell

HUNTERSVILLE – Lime Energy has announced its promotion of Adam Procell to president and chief operating officer.

“This promotion is acknowledgement of the fact that Adam has been instrumental in building our utility programs business and positioning us as a leader in the small business direct install market,” said John O’Rourke, Lime’s CEO. 

Procell joined Lime Energy in 2009 and has served as a divisional president and as vice president of sales and marketing. He also led the development of Lime’s utility programs business. Lime Energy designs and implements direct install programs for small businesses to improve energy efficiency. 

Procell has more than 25 years of experience in energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainability, including 12 years with AECOM Energy, where he most recently served as the national director of energy efficiency and carbon management. 


Nominees sought for humanitarian award

CHARLOTTE – The Charlotte Realtor Association is seeking a worthy individual, group or organization whose work and service enhances other’s lives. The association seeks such nominations to consider for its Housing Opportunity Foundation’s 2013 Humanitarian Award.

The winner will be recognized at the association’s holiday awards luncheon and annual meeting in December. The recipient will receive a crystal award and the opportunity to designate a nonprofit to receive $2,000. Local donors provide funding for the award.

Applications and supporting documents must be submitted by Nov. 6.

Details: www.CarolinaHome.com. Search for “Humanitarian Award.”


Shred day helps ward off identity theft

CORNELIUS – Residents will have the chance to minimize their risk of identity theft by shredding personal information at Aquesta Bank's Community Shred Day.

Participants can drop off documents to be shredded for free. Examples of sensitive documents include old bank statements, credit card statements and medical documents.

Drop-off times are 9 a.m.-noon, Oct. 26 at the Aquesta Main Office, 19510 Jetton Road. Official shredding will take place 11 a.m.-noon.

Details: 704-439-4335 or lfurcht@aquestabank.com.  


Free seminar dispels fear of financial statements

DAVIDSON – Local business leaders will serve up appetizers and advice at a free seminar to help business owners manage their financial information.

“Don’t Be Afraid: Easily manage your business using your financial information” includes the following topics:

• Key areas of focus to drive and monitor business;

• Understanding financial statements;

• What, when and how to outsource essential financial activity; and 

• Templates and tools for managing information.

Wayne Bidelman is a business coach with AdviCoach, co-founder of the Carolina Business Academy and co-host of a weekly radio program, “Local Biz Now.”

Noted speaker J.A. Lesemann Jr. is the managing member of the CPA firm Lesemann and Associates, PLLC, immediate past chairman of the NC Association of CPAs and newly elected board member of the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce.

The seminar runs 6:30-8 p.m. Nov. 12 at the Business Center at South Main Square, 442 S. Main St. Advance registration is required.

Details: www.lesemanncpa.com/registration