SkillsUSA Honors Mastrone with Its Highest Award, 377

HUNTERSVILLE – Nick Mastrone was recognized as a National Honorary Life Member of SkillsUSA at the 50th Annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Kansas City, Mo.

Mastrone is the vice president of trade marketing for IRWIN Tools, and his strategic vision is to establish IRWIN as the tool brand that recognizes the important contributions of trade professionals.

Mastrone joined SkillsUSA’s board of directors in 2011.

“Nick has selflessly connected SkillsUSA to other companies within his industry, connections that have resulted in even more support for the organization,” said Tim Lawrence, executive director of SkillsUSA.


Pizza joint gives away 496 pizzas

HUNTERSVILLE – Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint made a big splash at its Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting by serving 496 free pizzas 11 a.m.-2 p.m. July 12 at 10109 Northcross Center Court Drive.

Manager Jerry Licari said Uncle Maddio’s does normal call-in or drop-in service but their specialty is made to order on one of three different crusts that customers can watch being made in six minutes. 

The company is known for homemade pizza and gourmet salads. 

Details: 704-997-8524.


Falcone wins Rotarian of the Year

CORNELIUS – The Rotary Club of North Mecklenburg presented Sue Falcone with the 2013-14 Distinguished Rotarian as well as Rotarian of the Year.

Falcone directs corporate retirement plans for Davidson Capital.

In her second year as service chairperson, Falcone was instrumental in taking on the Rotary club's largest project ever – a $25,000 renovation of the Ada Jenkins Free Clinic of Our Towns in Davidson. 

Falcone applied for and received a grant of $12,500 to match the club's own fundraising of $12,500 for the project. The club raised funds from the group’s annual golf tournament.

The renovation included the addition of private medical offices, sinks and a new HVAC system.

The Rotary Club of North Mecklenburg meets at noon Wednesdays at the Peninsula Club in Cornelius.



Aquesta Bank opens downtown branch

CORNELIUS – Aquesta Bank opened a its fifth location in downtown Cornelius in July with a ribbon cutting by the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce.

The bank will open its sixth in Huntersville in September. 

Susan Miller, who administers the Exit 33 branch, will serve as manager of the downtown Cornelius branch at 20121 N. Main St.

The bank, which opened in 2006, has two branches in Cornelius and Mooresville, as well as one in Davidson. 

Details: 704-439-1420.


Lake Norman Winery cuts ribbon

CORNELIUS – Lake Norman Winery celebrated its opening at 10508 Bailey Road with a Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting on July 16.

The owners, Joel and Jayme Lemke, with their son, Jeff, have brought together some of the finest California wines. They sell primarily to local restaurants and by holding wine tasting events in their temperature- and humidity-controlled storage room. 

The winery will host Business AfterHours networking at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 21.

Details: 704-953-0996.


Hagood wins CIO of the Year award

DAVIDSON – The Charlotte Business Journal presented Steve Hagood the CIO of the Year award for his contributions to Ingersoll Rand’s bottom line.

Hagood is the vice president and chief information officer for Ingersoll Rand. He develops and executes Ingersoll Rand’s information technology strategies.

“Steve is a highly respected role model with a strong commitment to professional excellence,” said Michael Lamach, chairman and CEO of Ingersoll Rand. “He has helped enable Ingersoll Rand’s growth and productivity through business-focused technology products and services.”


Mooresville CVB celebrates move

MOORESVILLE – The Mooresville Convention & Visitors Bureau will host a grand opening for its recent move from downtown to LangTree Lake Norman.

The event takes place 11 a.m.-noon July 24 at 130 Landings Drive. 

The move came about after a study on the effectiveness of MCVB determined that one of the top priorities for improvements would be to move closer to I-77. 

“The study showed that we could better capitalize on the 55,000 drivers that pass through Mooresville daily by moving to a gateway location immediately off the interstate,” Executive Director Leah Mitcham said. “Our new site offers a more advantageous visitor access point, and enables us to more effectively direct visitor dollars to local hotels, restaurants, retailers, attractions, and businesses.”