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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.”

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