Architectural firm earns national award for design

DAVIDSON – Roger Layman Architecture recently earned national distinction as a Merit Award Winner in Veterinary Economics’ 2014 Hospital Design Competition.

The firm was one of 12 animal health facilities selected for the design award for its work on the Rowan Animal Clinic.

Rowan Animal Clinic was founded in 1977 but suffered a tragic loss when the building and nine dogs were overcome by a fire in February 2012. Rowan Animal Clinic owner R.B. Lowe vowed to rebuild on the same site.

He turned to Roger Layman.

“The opportunity to create a modern veterinary practice, both in design and technology, in a rural setting was an exciting and challenging creative process,” Layman said.


Tier 1 Graphics merges with Image Signs

CORNELIUS – Tier 1 Graphics recently merged with Image Signs, a 5,000-square-foot state-of-the-art building in Mooresville.

“This is and will remain a family-run business,” said Matt Dinkel, president of Tier 1 Graphics. “Our customers will see the same friendly faces and receive the same high level of customer service and attention to detail at both Tier 1 Graphics locations. My father has built a great name in the Mooresville area for over 12 years. Our customers have come to expect great personalized service which I intend to expand upon for years to come.”

Tier 1 Graphics recently hired wrap designer Cory Krasel with more than 20 years of experience. In addition to automobile wraps, Krasel will design wraps for specialty vehicles and custom accessories. 

Details: or 704-625-6880.


M/I Homes includes thermostat with home purchase

CHARLOTTE – M/I Homes of Charlotte has made it easier for homeowners to save energy. Every home that M/I sells through March 31 will come with a Nest Learning Thermostat.

The Nest, which helps customers save on heating and cooling bills, "learns" the patterns of the homeowner’s lifestyle: when they’re awake, when they go to sleep, when they’re home and when they’re not.

It programs itself so when the homeowner is away, it automatically adjusts the temperature to save energy.
"The Nest Thermostat is a perfect fit for M/I Homes," says Tamara Lynch, vice president of sales and marketing. “We see Nest as a way for consumers to take full advantage of the efficiencies we’ve built into our homes."


Attorney named to Rising Stars list

CORNELIUS – Kary Church Watson, of Church Watson Law, has been named to the 2014 North Carolina Rising Stars list by Super Lawyers for the sixth consecutive year.

The list recognizes attorneys who are under 40 years old or have been in practice for less than 10 years.

Attorneys get on the list after a process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers and peer reviews by practice area.

Details: or call 704-200-2489.


Kight joins real estate firm

CORNELIUS – Dave Kight has joined The Marshall Team at Keller Williams Realty as a buyer specialist. Kight will specialize in assisting The Marshall Team’s Homes for Heroes clients when they buy real estate in the greater Charlotte area. As a Homes for Heroes Realtor affiliate, The Marshall Team offers buyer and seller discounts to active and retired military personnel, law enforcement, firefighters, first-responders, health-care professionals and teachers.

Dave brings more than 30 years of experience in sales and marketing to The Marshall Team. He was most recently the vice president of sales and marketing for the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce.

Jackrabbit expands support, development and sales teams

HUNTERSVILLE – Jackrabbit Technologies, leading provider of online class management software for youth activities centers, recently added 10 new members to its support, development and sales teams.

The additions are in response to the growth in new customers that the company continues to experience across the eight market segments that it serves.

Jon Hickman, Greg Bronzert and Michael Bost have been hired as part of the development team.

Kristin Stoutz has been hired for the sales team and is supporting the specific needs of potential customers in each of Jackrabbit’s business sectors.

Donna Martinelli, Kathryn Maddox, Jennifer Cantelmo and Gwen St. Pierre have joined the support team and will be based from the company’s East Coast headquarters. Cay Carlson and Graham Bingham will join the West Coast support team.