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Monday, February 12, 2018

Stott named 2017 Realtor of the Year

Liles Stott, Realtor, broker, ABR and co-owner of Real Living Duffus Realty has been awarded the 2017 REALTOR of the Year by the Greenville-Pitt Association of Realtors.

Stott has been a realtor in Greenville for 34 years. Duffus Realty, Inc. was founded in 1975 by Stott’s mother, Anne Stott Duffus, and stepfather, John D. Duffus. Since 1984, Stott has worked alongside his family.

Past achievements include serving as secretary/treasurer of the Greenville-Pitt Association of Realtors from 2016-18, the Presidents Award in 2006, REALTOR of The Year in 1993, and the Presidents Award in 1993. Stott is a member Greenville-Pitt Association of Realtors and served as Multiple Listing Service Committee Chairman in 1991, 1995, 1996, 2006 and 2007.

Stott served as director of the Greenville-Pitt Association of Realtors in 1994, 2006 and 2007, and is an active Notary Public.

Cruz joins sales team at CopyPro

CopyPro, Inc. has announced the addition of Robyn Cruz to itsr sales team.

Prior to joining the sales team, Cruz was the Leasing & Maintenance contract supervisor in the company’s corporate office in Greenville. She joined the CopyPro family in 2005, and began as a leasing administrator.

“We are excited for Robyn as she embarks on her new career. Her knowledge of our business and its operations will make her a tremendous asset to the sales team. We wish her success in her new position,” said Jason Jones, COO.

Cruz’s territory will consist of Craven and Pamlico counties. She and her husband, Ric, have two children and live in the Greenville area.

CopyPro, Inc. has been providing the technology and expertise needed to help businesses run smoothly and efficiently since 1971.

Pitt County residents serve on ECU Board of Visitors

Several Pitt County residents are serving on the Board of Visitors at East Carolina University.

They are Michele Whaley of Ayden; Jonathan Brooks, Brian Brown, Doug Byrd, Shirley Carraway, Phillip T. Dixon, Mark Garner, Will Litchfield, Justin Mullarkey and Scott Shook of Greenville; and Jennifer King Congleton and Donna Phillips of Winterville.

The board is composed of volunteer ambassadors and advocates for ECU. They are appointed by the ECU Board of Trustees for a four-year term with the option of serving a second term. They advise and assist the chancellor and the Board of Trustees in advancing ECU’s priorities across North Carolina and beyond.

“It’s an honor for me to serve with such dedicated and engaged ECU alumni and friends who continue to tell the story of the university’s impact on their communities and state,” said Sabrina Bengel, chair of the Board of Visitors.

Strategic priorities of the Board of Visitors include university engagement, advocacy and philanthropy. Board members strive to maintain and improve the excellence and effectiveness of ECU while informing university leadership of the attitudes, beliefs, concerns and expectations of the people of North Carolina.

Robinson named to Legal Elite Hall of Fame

Local attorney Les Robinson recently was named to Business North Carolina Magazine’s Legal Elite Hall of Fame.

Robinson has been named to Legal Elite in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. As the top vote-getter in the Criminal Law category in 2018, Robinson has now become a member of Legal Elite’s Hall of Fame.

Legal Elite is a listing of the state’s top lawyers in business-related categories. This prestigious recognition is awarded to a select few of North Carolina’s finest legal practitioners. The voting ballots are distributed to more than 20,000 attorneys who live in the state and are members of the North Carolina State Bar.

Only about 3 percent of the state’s practicing attorneys are selected as Legal Elite, and of that 3 percent the top attorney from each category is named to the Hall of Fame. Once an attorney becomes a member of the Hall of Fame, they are ineligible to win again, but will remain in the Hall of Fame and recognized as the top vote-getter for that year.

Voting legal peers are asked to select an attorney who they consider the best in their chosen field, based on hands-on observation and experience. Attorney Les Robinson is known for his exceptional leadership skills and steadfast commitment to vigorously protect the rights of the criminally accused and charged.

With more than 30 years of in-depth legal experience as a Greenville criminal defense lawyer, Robinson has handled a broad range of criminal cases, with an emphasis on cases involving alcohol and drug offenses. He wrote “The Ultimate DWI Checklist,” which is widely-used among law practitioners. Robinson is also a continuing legal education (CLE) speaker for both the North Carolina Bar Association and the North Carolina Advocates for Justice where he shares his extensive wealth of knowledge.

Robinson was born and raised in Greenville, North Carolina. He graduated from East Carolina University and attended Campbell University School of Law where he received his Juris Doctorate degree in 1986.

After graduating from law school, he returned to Greenville where he entered into private practice in August 1986. Since that time, he has tried more than 3,000 bench and jury trials throughout eastern North Carolina.

He has been repeatedly elected by his peers to leadership positions in local, district and state bar organizations. He served for nine years as the elected Bar Councilor representative to the North Carolina State Bar. As Bar Councilor, he served on numerous committees in the capacity as committee member, vice chairman and chairman.




Humans of Greenville


Local photographer Joe Pellegrino explores Greenville to create a photographic census of its people.


September 24, 2018

Dr. N. Yolanda Burwell has received the East Carolina University School of Social Work 2018 Distinguished Faculty Legacy Award.

Burwell will be honored at the school’s annual Alumni and Friends Celebration on Friday, Oct. 26, at the Greenville Hilton. The Outstanding Alumni Award and A Rising…


September 24, 2018

The U.S. Marine Corps has purchased PLP Lightning Mast systems designed and manufactured by Greenville-based LBA Technology Inc.

These portable systems, that are part of the company’s StrikeMaster line of lightning mast protection systems, are being used to safeguard the F-35 Joint…


September 24, 2018

TODAY: The Pitt Community College Small Business Center is hosting a free seminar from 6-9 p.m. entitled “What is a Cash Flow Statement?” Learn how the cash flow statement works, what it contains, and where the numbers come from. Contact Wendy Dunbar at 493-7528 or wdunbar@email.pittcc.…

September 24, 2018

FARMVILLE — It is a place to unwind, find solace and feel pampered.

The Farmville Chamber of Commerce presented its Merchant of the Month award for September to Verde Spa.

“I absolutely feel unworthy of such a great honor,” owner Tracie Durrett said. “I am thrilled. I love…


September 24, 2018

In response to the damage left by Hurricane Florence, McDonald's Corporation has pledged $500,000 to the American Red Cross in support of the immediate local relief and recovery efforts for communities, families and individuals impacted by the storm.

“The hearts and minds of the entire…

September 24, 2018

The City of Greenville and Greenville Utilities Commission are gearing up for the annual celebration of minority and women-owned businesses known as Minority Enterprise Development Week.

This year's MED Week is scheduled to take place today through Friday with events and activities held throughout…


September 24, 2018

The following civil lawsuits were filed July 26-Aug. 7 in Pitt County:

■ Jackie Marie Slayton v. Lauren Michelle Turner, motor vehicle negligence, July 26, 18CVS2161.

■ Bank of America N.A. v. Craig Alan Shaw, collection on account, July 26, 18CVD2168.

■ Wells Fargo Bank N.A. v. Hope…

September 24, 2018

Sheetz, one of America's fastest growing, family-owned and operated convenience store chains, has announced the company’s Made-to-Share program is providing hunger relief across every state in which Sheetz operates, including Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio and…

September 24, 2018

Advancing NC Whole Health, a coalition of three high-performing local management entity/ managed care organizations — Vaya Health, Trillium Health Resources and Alliance Behavioral Healthcare — has announced that it has entered into an agreement with UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of…

September 24, 2018

I’ve noticed that business owners tend to fall into two camps — first generation and later generation. Business families and their advisors who don’t take the time to understand the differing management styles, communication styles and expectations often run into trouble down the…

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