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Kathy Sprau


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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December 17, 2018

TODAY: The City of Greenville Community Development Department Housing Division will host the next class in the FDIC Money Smart Series on Monday, December 17, from 5-7 p.m. at Sheppard Memorial Library, 530 Evans Street. The next class will focus on "Financial Recovery". Contact Sylvia Brown at…

December 17, 2018

The North Carolina Department of Revenue's (NCDOR) taxpayer assistance service center in Greenville is moving to a new office located at 300 Beacon Drive, Winterville.

The existing office at 2995 Radio Station Road in Greenville was closed for the move during the week of Dec. 10-14, with the new…

December 17, 2018

Bad online reviews can discourage potential customers, but sticking your head in the sand by ignoring a bad review is not your best option.

In fact, responding to customer reviews can result in better ratings and improve your business’ online reputation.

A study analyzed tens of thousands of…


December 17, 2018

Entrepreneurs who believe they have the next great business idea once again have a chance to get grant funding to assist with it as part of the City of Greenville's Small Business Plan Competition.

The City is currently accepting applications for the competition, which awards grants of up to $30,…

December 17, 2018

For the seventh-straight year, VA purchase loans increased year-over year, with volume for fiscal year 2018 up 59 percent compared to five years ago, according to the annual VA loan statistics map released by Veterans United Home Loans, the nation’s largest VA lender.

VA purchase loans in…

December 17, 2018

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross has announced that 40 organizations — including nonprofits, institutions of higher education, and entrepreneurship-focused organizations — from 28 states and two territories will receive $21 million to create and expand cluster-focused…

December 17, 2018

The Farm Credit Associations of North Carolina announce a donation of $200,000 to the NC Baptist on Mission. Of this donation, $150,000 will be designated for Hurricane Florence relief efforts in North Carolina and $50,000 will be designated for Hurricane Michael relief efforts in Georgia and…

December 17, 2018

Ayden therapist named to state licensure board

Gov. Cooper has appointed a Pitt County resident to the North Carolina Marriage and Family Therapy Licensure Board.

Tammy Whitten of Ayden is a marriage and family therapist. Whitten has been a solo practitioner as a marriage and family…


December 17, 2018

FARMVILLE — Artist Alex Hudak wants others’ visions to come through his work.

The 23-year-old showcased his first-ever solo show Thursday at the 3856 South on Main event space.

The 12-piece exhibit featured abstract mural paintings.

“The focus of this exhibit is perspective. The…

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December 17, 2018

FARMVILLE — The Biscuit and The Bean Café opened its doors two months ago in Farmville, and has already made a lasting impression.

The new coffee shop garnered the Farmville Chamber of Commerce’s Merchant of the Month award for December.

“It is an unusual choice since it is…

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