People in the News
Monday, April 16, 2018
Sprau presents sessions on work relationships
Kathy Sprau, president of Kathy Sprau Motivating Communications, speaker, author, and leadership development facilitator, recently presented one of her most requested sessions, “Are You Frazzled or Focused?: Coping with Stress On and Off the Job.” for Carteret Health Care, Onslow Memorial Hospital, and CarolinaEast Health Systems. The New Bern presentation was followed by the short session, “It Is All About You … You Can Make A Positive Difference!” which focuses on reframing what you say to others for more positive outcomes, cooperation, and creating a more positive and productive work environment.
Sprau later presented another session for Onslow Memorial Hospital, “How To Be Nice and Mean It (Empowering Others Through Praise in the Workplace.)”
Author of her a book entitled, “It Is All About Me … I Can Make A Positive Difference!,” Sprau works with organizations committed to building an atmosphere designed to achieve more positive and dynamic work relationships. The final section of her book includes scores of life and work scenarios with everyday examples of reframing negative statements to positive ones.
Since 1981, Sprau has presented educational seminars and keynotes both locally and nationally. She addresses the key leadership and professional development topics of customer service, numerous aspects of communication skills, coping with stress, all designed to equip and inspire participants for heightened work and life satisfaction.
Keller Williams hires new staff members
Keller Williams Realty Points East has hired several new staff members.
Conner Eller, a native of Raleigh, has joined the agency.
Eller is a student at East Carolina University and has lived in the Greenville area for three years.
He is single, and is new to real estate.
Denise Jones also has joined the agency. She was born in Bath and raised in Pinetown.
She has lived in Greenville for the past four years. Before that, she lived in Belhaven for more than 20 years.
Jones is single, with two grown sons, two grandchildren and one granddog. In her spare time she enjoys Harley riding, going to the beach and other outdoor activities.
She has 18 years of administrative experience in real estate.
Tykita Boyd, a native of Greenville, is another new hire.
Boyd has one daughter, and enjoys sewing, baking and arts and crafts. She is a fragrance vendor and author.
She has an associate’s degree in business and marketing.
Boyd has been in real estate for four years.
Mary Bauer has also joined the agency. She is a native of Illinois, who has lived in the Greenville area for the past 12 years.
Bauer is married with two daughters. She enjoys tennis, travel and spending time with her family.
She attended Northern Illinois University and served as a senior account manager for a large distribution company for 10 years. She has been in real esatte for one year.
Scott Chambers, a native of Massachusetts, has lived in the area for two years.
Chambers is single and has three children.
He has a bachelor’s degree in management information systems, and has worked in real estate for four years.
New Bern native Paul Gardiner has lived in the area for 18 years.
Gardiner is married and has two daughters.
He enjoys basketball, tennis, golf, bowling and attending ECU sporting events.
He received a bachelor’s degree in finance and a masters of business administration from East Carolina University.
He worked in retail management for 14 years, and is new to real estate.
Edgecombe commissioner attends Thrive summit
Edgecombe County Commissioner Viola Harris recently attended the “100 Counties: Helping Our Children Thrive” Summit hosted by the N.C. Association of County Commissioners.
The summit was part of the presidential initiative led by Brenda Howerton, NCACC president and Durham County commissioner, which is focused on identifying ways for county government to make a positive impact in children’s lives.
“I was very intrigued at the many ways our community leaders and other citizens could help our children thrive,” Harris said. “If each adult in our community would give one hour a week at a school or daycare to encouragement our children and their parents, it would make such a difference.”
The two-day summit featured counties throughout the state that offer programs to help keep kids healthy and safe, provide mentoring, parental, and family support, address academic and workforce readiness, and promote youth civic engagement and leadership. Participants also heard presentations from various grant making organizations to learn about funding opportunities for projects that help children.
“I was happy to share our the Boys and Girls Club, the Downeast Partnership Children, the Conetoe Family Center, Michaels Angels and the Community Enrichment Organizations, to name a few, partner with our school system to give our youth a fighting chance at success.” Harris said. “There’s more we need to do. If we can bring all of these partners as well as businesses together, we could move our county in a more positive direction.
“Although I was the only one from my county to attend, I have a lot of ideas I plan to share with the other partners in our community,” Harris said. “All of the county presentations left a lasting impression on me.”