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Monday, January 28, 2019

Southern Bank names Boykin VP, sales manager

Southern Bank is pleased to announce the promotion of Robert “Bobby” Boykin to vice president/mortgage sales manager in its mortgage department. He has 40 years of experience in the mortgage and banking industries, serving as a Mortgage Loan Officer, Mortgage Manager and Director of Operations.

Boykin is a member of the Pitt County Home Builders Association and he is a member of the Chamber of Commerce in Greenville, Winterville, and Lenoir County. He is a past president of the Ram Neuse Lions Club of Kinston and a past vice president of the Power East Business Network International.

Boykin and his wife, JoAnn, reside in Grifton. He has one daughter, Regenia Jones of Grifton. He attends Holly Springs Free Will Baptist Church.

Founded in 1901, Southern Bank is a wholly owned subsidiary of Southern BancShares Inc. With its corporate headquarters located in Mount Olive, the Bank has total assets of approximately $2.6 billion and over 60 locations in North Carolina and Virginia. More information about the bank is available on the Internet at southernbank.com.

Xerox honors Harrison for business achievement

Xerox has recognized local Xerox agent owner Darrell Harrison for significant overachievement of his business plan and sales targets for 2018.

Harrison and his team exceeded revenue plans by substantial margins in Xerox Office products and both B/W and color production devices and received recognition for superior customer service and satisfaction in 2018.

Document Solutions East is responsible for marketing Xerox products in five counties in eastern North Carolina and Harrison has been a Xerox partner for 23 years after having previously worked for Xerox directly for 15 years , all while located in Greenville.

Harrison is a former Atlantic Coast Conference football official and remains involved in other facets of NCAA football officiating evaluations and game management. He has an MBA and BA from East Carolina University and is a longtime resident of Greenville

Harrison and his wife are longtime members of St James United Methodist Church.

ONLINE promotes Munn to sales manager

ONLINE Information Services, Inc. has announced the promotion of Scott Munn to the position of sales manager of the ONLINE Utility Exchange. In this new role, Munn will be responsible for leading the utility sales team and growing the company’s Utility Exchange and utility collections business.

With more than eight years of experience at ONLINE and over 30 years of sales experience, Munn formerly was a national utility account executive, working directly with utilities and municipalities to accurately determine their new service applicant screening and collection needs. He brings a wealth of knowledge to his new role, not only in regard to ONLINE’s products and services, but also the unique challenges that clients face in their efforts to mitigate fraud and bad debt and comply with applicable regulations, ONLINE officials said.

Munn is a West Palm Beach Florida native who now resides in Winterville.

ONLINE Information Services, Inc. is the nation’s leading developer of credit-risk assessment and bad-debt recovery solutions. They have been in business since 1956, first as a credit bureau and collection agency, and now as the provider of bad-debt management solutions for the utility, rental, mortgage, and healthcare industries.

Tyson to lead state soybean association

Jeff Tyson, a soybean producer from Nashville, recently was elected president of the N.C. Soybean Producers Association at the 52nd Annual Meeting in Durham.

As president, Tyson will seek to build an understanding of and appreciation for agriculture among consumers, while ensuring soybean farmers in North Carolina have the research-based resources they need to grow a successful crop. The soybean association invests farmers’ soybean checkoff dollars in research, market development and promotional activities to increase the profitability of soybean production.

“I look forward to serving as president of the North Carolina Soybean Producers Association and putting programs in place to help soybean farmers in North Carolina achieve the highest yields possible, as well as to educate the public about the importance of agriculture,” Tyson said.

Tyson served as association vice president in 2017 and 2018. He farms with his father and they grow soybeans, tobacco, sweet potatoes, cucumbers, cotton and peanuts in Nash, Edgecombe and Halifax counties. Tyson is also a member of the board of directors of the Nash County Farm Bureau and the Coopers Fire and Rescue Department.

The N.C. Soybean Producers Association is a statewide trade association representing all North Carolina soybean producers, responsible for research, education and promotion programs to benefit the state’s soybean farmers. The association is the qualified state board responsible for administering national soybean checkoff programs in North Carolina. The association is the state affiliate of the American Soybean Association.

For more information, call Katherine Drake Stowe, interim chief executive officer of the N.C. Soybean Producers Association, at 919-839-5700.

Bradley receives promotion at Edward Jones

Alison Hicks Bradley has been promoted to senior branch office administrator at a Rocky Mount branch office of financial services firm Edward Jones.

Bradley has been with Edward Jones for three years.

Sherlon Page, the local Edward Jones financial advisor, said Bradley is very deserving of the promotion.

"Bradley has demonstrated an outstanding ability to juggle the many complex tasks and responsibilities associated with helping run this office. I'm very pleased that her exceptional ability and dedication to the firm have been recognized and rewarded," Page said.

To be named a senior branch office administrator, a person must meet specific training requirements, demonstrate exceptional performance when completing office responsibilities, handle the complex tasks associated with running a high-volume office and typically must have at least five years experience with the firm.

"I am so pleased to receive this promotion," Bradley said. "It's terrific to be rewarded for a job well done. Of course, it can be challenging at times, but it's always educational and I really enjoy my work."

Page's office is located at 4061 Capital Drive.

Ashman joins teams at On Q Financial 

On Q Financial Inc., a national mortgage lender, recently announced industry veteran Dave Ashman has joined its eastern North Carolina team as a producing sales manager.

 “We’re excited to add a mortgage expert and great leader, like Dave, to the team,” Area Manager Jonathon Kassanove said. “His 13 years of experience originating in Rocky Mount make him a perfect fit for On Q as we continue to grow and serve as many families as possible in the region on their journey to home ownership.”

On Q’s Mission is to simplify the mortgage process to make the dream of home ownership a reality. As a top 50 national mortgage lender, On Q brings Mortgages Simplified to its clients to make the home mortgage process simpler, faster and stronger.

Sellers named senior graphic designer at Carney & Co.

Carney & Co. is welcoming Bill Sellers back to its Rocky Mount team.

Sellers is returning after 12 years to spearhead Carney & Co.’s digital marketing efforts.

“After being away for a number of years at agencies across North Carolina, the way Carney & Co. markets has changed drastically,” Sellers said. “If I had to pick one reason for returning to the agency, I would say it is their commitment to continually learn and grow in order to provide the most innovative solutions to their clients.

“Being a consummate learner, that means a lot to me,” he said. “I look forward to being a helpful addition to an already amazing team, and a trusted partner for our clients, especially with the expansion into the Triad area.”

“We are very fortunate to have Bill back,” said Skip Carney, President and CSO of Carney & Co. “Bill’s experiences have shaped and matured him for the new challenges in marketing and technology. His return enables us to hit the ground running this new year and continue providing innovative solutions to our clients.”

Carney & Co. was founded by Skip Carney in 1980.



Humans of Greenville


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


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Jones designated Premier Advisor by Well Fargo 

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April 22, 2019 - 3 minutes ago

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April 22, 2019 - 3 minutes ago

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April 22, 2019 - 3 minutes ago


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April 22, 2019 - 18 minutes ago

The following new corporations in Pitt and neighboring counties filed April 4-10 with the N.C. Secretary of State’s office:

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April 22, 2019 - 3 minutes ago

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April 22, 2019 - 3 minutes ago

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April 22, 2019 - 3 minutes ago

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