Leadership Lake Norman celebrates graduates

CORNELIUS – Class XVII of Leadership Lake Norman graduated 27 business leaders on May 16 at the Pearl Event Center.

Chamber Board Chair Hilary Broadway commended graduates for enriching their awareness of the community encouraged them to take an active leadership role.

Graduates were Cathy Acuff, Captain David Baucom, Mark Becker, Chris Brewer, Robin Byrd, Jean Cronkhite, Lisa Fletcher, Greg Greer, Laurie Griswell, Kendall Heath, Amy Holthouser, Bill Ingram, Susan Johnson, Shawna Madison, Ernest Massey, John McHugh, Miranda Miller, J.J. Morse, Andrew Pavlin, Sue Patterson, Lauren Petervary, Darla Redmond, Susan Sells, Corey Slovick, Zac Snyder and Dillard Williams.

McHugh and Slovick will co-chair the 2014-2015 program. Acuff and Redmond will co-chair Junior Leadership Lake Norman for rising high school juniors.

Leadership Lake Norman develops people capable of providing visionary and progressive leadership for the region.

Details: www.lakenormanchamber.org. or 704-892-1922.


Rolle appointed to sports medicine team

CORNELIUS – Dr. Richard Rolle Jr., was appointed to the Charlotte 49ers Sports Medicine Team as the official Oral Surgeon of Athletics.

Rolle will provide medical services to the university’s 400-plus student athletes while educating them about good health practices and injury prevention.

“As a former college athlete, I am ecstatic to be working with the UNCC 49er athletes here in my own backyard,” said Rolle, who played football for four years at Notre Dame under Lou Holtz.

Rolle sees patients at his office, 9615 Caldwell Commons Circle, Suite B. Services include wisdom teeth extractions, impacted canines, dental implants, oral pathology and Botox treatments, as well as treating migraine headaches, sleep apnea and face trauma.

Details: www.RolleOralFacialSurgery.com or 704-892-9500.


Restaurant deemed family-friendly by website

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. – Restaurant.com included Kobe Hero Japanese Steak & Sushi in Cornelius on its list of the top 50 family-friendly restaurants.

The list was compiled based on feedback and certificates sold through the website.

Kobe Hero is located at 20465 Chartwell Center Drive.

Details: www.kobeherolkn.com or 704-896-7778.


Seminar focuses on small business

DAVIDSON – Project for Innovation, Energy & Sustainability, along with The Business Center@South Main Square, will present the Coffee & Chat Finance 101 for Small Business, a part of its small business networking and education series May 30.

The seminar will feature three speakers: Marty Halloran, CPA; Robert Aldrich, Aldrich CFO Services; and Holly Dimmitt, Bookkeeping Services.

The seminar takes place 8:30-10:30 a.m. May 30 at the Kaleidoscope conference room at The Business Center @South Main Square, 442 S. Main St. Register by May 23.
Details: www.pies-northcarolina.org/contact-us.html

Green Drinks hosts Ingersoll Rand director

DAVIDSON – Gretchen Digby, director of global sustainability programs for the Center for Energy Efficiency & Sustainability at Ingersoll Rand, will discuss sustainability at the next Green Drinks event.

Digby is focused on establishing world-class sustainability training programs as well as leading global engagement activities for the company’s 39,000 employees.

She joined Ingersoll Rand in 2001 as a corporate environmental, health and safety leader.

Green Drinks Lake Norman brings interesting speakers and topics, introduces new and growing companies, and builds the network to include more professionals in the green, energy and sustainable sectors.

PiES, a green business incubator, hosts the event 5:30-7 p.m. May 29 at Campania Café, 416 S. Main St.

Details: www.pies.northcarolina.org.


Rain doesn’t dampen networking

HUNTERSVILLE – Sporting raincoats or carrying umbrellas, nearly 200 guests enjoyed food under tents and networked in the picnic shelter May 15 at the EnergyExplorium’s 24th annual Business After Hours.

Guests sampled freshly made ribs, pork barbecue, crab fritters, chips and dips, sandwiches, spring rolls and chicken wings provided by area restaurants and caterers. A scenic boat ride around Lake Norman was offered on the Catawba Queen yacht.

The annual event is held in partnership with the Lake Norman, Lincolnton-Lincoln County and Mooresville-South Iredell chambers of commerce.


Bank of the Ozarks enters lake market

CORNELIUS – Bank of the Ozarks has opened a new full-service banking office at 19811 W. Catawba Ave., its second office in Mecklenburg County. 

Tom Dutton, senior vice president, said the expansion with allow the bank to serve a new market while being close to existing offices.  

“Lake Norman’s vibrant business climate and outstanding quality of life are very attractive to Bank of the Ozarks,” Dutton said. “Our style of friendly, professional community banking is a great fit for this area.”

The 3,700-square-foot office includes drive-through teller lanes and a drive-through ATM.

Bank of the Ozarks offers deposit and loan services at the location, as well as small business, commercial and real estate lending. The bank will add home mortgage lending to its offerings.

Bank of the Ozarks has 166 offices in nine states.

Details: www.bankozarks.com.


Seafood market opens May 30

HUNTERSVILLE – Tyrian Blue Premium Seafood Market celebrates its grand opening May 30. 

The market opens 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays at 9525 Birkdale Crossing Drive.

Details: www.tyrianbluemarket.com.