People in the News
Monday, August 13, 2018
CVB hires assistant director of sports development
The Greenville-Pitt County Convention & Visitors Bureau has hired of Paul Sheehan as the new full-time assistant director of sports development. With the sports market being the fastest growing segment of the travel and tourism industry, the bureau is increasing its efforts to be competitive as a sports destination in the state and region.
In fiscal year 2017-18, the visitor’s bureau booked and provided services for a total of 54 sporting events, which generated a total estimated economic impact in Greenville-Pitt County of $14.8 million, an increase of 34 percent from $11.1 in estimated economic impact from sports events in fiscal year 2016-17. This impact is generated through hotel room nights, food and beverage purchases, and entertainment, as well as other travel, hospitality, and personal expenditures, which have an economic ripple effect throughout the community.
“We are excited to add Paul to our team in the position of assistant director of sports development,” said Andrew Schmidt, executive director of the visitor’s bureau. “Paul will have a strategic role in solidifying Greenville and Pitt County as a preferred sports destination across the Southeastern United States.”
Sheehan graduated from East Carolina University in 2018 with a dual master of business administration and master of science in kinesiology with a concentration in sports management. In his new job, Sheehan will fulfill sports tournament services, assisting with representing the visitors bureau at sports trade shows, recruiting sports tournaments and events, and other projects designed to further develop and promote the area as a sports destination.
“Paul has already played a major role in our success this past year,” stated Gray Workman Williams, director of sports development for the visitor’s bureau. “I am thrilled to grow our team and for the future development of our sports tourism industry in Pitt County.”
Sheehan interned with the bureau during fall 2017 before being hired as a part-time sports sales assistant in January.
"I am beyond excited to begin my professional career here in Greenville. The growth this city has experienced in the past two years alone makes me extremely excited for what the future holds,” stated Sheehan. “This city has become a great place for a young professional to not only work, but live as well."
Advance Mechanical’s manager featured in magazine
Rachel Davis, manager of operations at Advance Mechanical Heating and Air Conditioning Inc. in Greenville and daughter of owners Randy and Vickie Riddle, recently was highlighted in the July 2018 issue of Business North Carolina Magazine. Davis, along with six fellow North Carolina business experts, took part in a round table discussion entitled “Family Affair”, sharing their insights about the joys and pitfalls of working in a family business.
Discussion topics included succession planning, grooming the next generation for family business leadership, and how to make a family business work.
When asked, “How do you handle some of the day-to-day issues of working with family?” Davis said, “What I found I have to do is bring numbers; everything has to come back to numbers.”
Davis’ father and Greenville native Randy Riddle started Advance Mechanical Inc. in 1986 in a garage behind Diener’s Bakery with only one truck and a partnership with an electrician. Since then, the company has moved physical location three times to accommodate the addition of staff, trucks and equipment.
After completing graduate school and being in the workforce for a few years, Davis came back to work with her parents at the family business. In the article, Davis recalls growing up in the family business,
“On Saturdays, I had my own little coveralls and I went under the houses with my dad,” Davis said.
Nurse practitioner earns dermatology certification
A nurse practitioner with ECU Physicians has earned a certification in dermatology.
Erin McGillicuddy Hurd has been awarded the Dermatology Certified Nurse Practitioner (DCNP) designation by the Dermatology Nursing Certification Board (DNCB) — a certification held by only two others in the state and 270 individuals nationwide. While many nurse practitioners and physician assistants work in specialized fields, only a small percentage of them are board-certified in their specialty.
For the past four years, Hurd has worked in ECU Physicians’ dermatology clinic, seeing patients from across eastern North Carolina.
The Greenville native holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from Wake Forest University, a bachelor’s in nursing from ECU’s College of Nursing and a master’s from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
“Erin has been an incredible addition to ECU Dermatology,” said ECU dermatologist Dr. William Burke. “Her compassionate care as well as her tremendous increase in knowledge of dermatology has been a welcome help in meeting the high demand for dermatologic patient care in eastern North Carolina.”
“I want my patients here at ECU to know that I was trained by the most amazing teachers North Carolina has to offer,” said Hurd. “I want to truly show what an amazing program ECU Dermatology is, and me passing the certification test is just a testament to that. I am ecstatic to be a part of this prestigious group.”
Edmondson to lead ECC Small Business Center
Katelyn Whitehead Edmondson, an entrepreneur and college instructor, has been named director of the Small Business Center at Edgecombe Community College.
The Small Business Center is part of a statewide network designed to promote and support small business ownership. In her new position, Edmondson will develop and direct Small Business Center seminars and initiatives.
“We are pleased that Ms. Edmondson has joined Edgecombe Community College to lead the Small Business Center,” said Michael Starling, dean of Business, Industry and Technologies at ECC. “She has worked at several small businesses and has taught business courses at the college, so her experience is an ideal blend that will greatly benefit our Small Business Center clients and programs.”
The Small Business Center offers seminars and workshops designed to support prospective and current small business owners. Free, one-on-one counseling also is provided by appointment at both the Tarboro and Rocky Mount campuses.
“I’ve always had a passion for small businesses, as I know firsthand the dedication and hard work required to be successful,” Edmondson said. “I’m continually inspired by those who have the courage to create their own businesses, and I look forward to growing with the small businesses of Edgecombe County through the outreach of the ECC Small Business Center.”
Edmondson has worked at several small businesses, including a clothing boutique, an online box subscription service and an insurance agency. She also has served as an adjunct business instructor at ECC, teaching courses in management, marketing and business math.
She attended Meredith College, earned a bachelor’s degree in agriculture business management with a minor in economics from N.C. State University and earned an MBA from East Carolina University. She also holds a North Carolina Property and Casualty Insurance License.
A native of Scotland Neck, Edmondson lives in Oak City with her husband, who manages the family farm.
WCC top chef receives national honor
Chef Peter Spear, the culinary instructor at Wilson Community College, has received the prestigious Presidential Medallion from the American Culinary Federation.
The organization, largest in the United States, represents more than 15,000 chefs and cooks. It was founded in 1929 and is considered the leading association for professionals in the culinary field.
The award was present by ACF National President Stafford DeCambra in New Orleans, Louisiana last week.
“I am very honored and very humbled,” Spear said. “Being in the industry so long and being recognized like that, it was truly humbling to finally be recognized for what I have been trying to give back to the community as a chef. It is the highest award that can be bestowed to you by the president of the ACF.”
Spear, 45, is a native of Chicago and has been the leader of the WCC culinary program for the last two years.
“Receiving it was odd at first because I was like ‘Did they get the right person?’ I have been doing this so long and this is the first time that I have received this type of recognition,” Spear said. I am very active in competition, so that shows them that I am around. It shows that commitment that I have for the federation doing what I am doing.”
Spear is the secretary for the ACF’s Raleigh chapter. He travels to the state capital once a month for board meetings.
Spear is a certified executive chef with the American Culinary Federation, a world-certified executive chef through the World Association of Chefs Society and pro chef Level II from the Culinary Institute of America/Hyde Park.