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Monday, May 20, 2019

Fleming appointed to SECU Board of Directors

State Employees’ Credit Union  has announced the appointment of Mark Fleming to the SECU Board of Directors. Fleming will fill the seat of Jim Johnson, who served on the board from 2001 until his retirement in April.

Fleming is serving as a member of the SECU Foundation Board of Directors and previously served on the SECU Nominating Committee. He is the vice president of government affairs for BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina. Prior to his BlueCross, Fleming held the position of vice president of government relations for the 16-campus University of North Carolina System, where he became the university’s primary representative for the U.S. Congress, federal government, North Carolina General Assembly, governor and state agencies.

Before joining the University System, Fleming held leadership roles at N.C. State University, working for the university chancellor and for the dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. As executive officer, his responsibilities included all legislative efforts and management of the N.C. State Board of Visitors.

Fleming graduated from N.C. State University and received his master of business administration from Bellarmine University in Louisville, Ky.

“We are very pleased to have Mark Fleming as a member of SECU’s Board of Directors,” SECU Board Chairwoman Jo Anne Sanford said. “With his cooperative spirit of helping others, his leadership and experience, Mark will be a wonderful advocate for the Credit Union and the financial well-being of its 2.4 million members.”

Jackson receives award at Boys & Girls Clubs conference

Lorene Jackson, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Coastal Plain chief development officer, was awarded the 2019 Boys & Girls Clubs of America Masters & Mentors Award at the 2019 National Conference held in Houston, Texas.

The Masters and Mentors Award is Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s highest award bestowed on Boys & Girls Clubs professionals by the professional association. This award honors club professionals who have shown a commitment to professional growth and the highest degree of competency and performance.

“Lorene has a distinguished career serving our nation's youth and we are privileged to have her here,” said stated Kimberly Boyd, President & CEO for Boys & Girls Clubs of the Coastal Plain. “She has a legacy of not only leading great programs for youth but also in developing great leaders. This esteemed honor is well deserved.”

Jackson is a graduate of Concordia University with a masters of art in education and a bachelor of arts in psychology from University of Tennessee. Formerly national vice president at Boys & Girls Clubs of America, she also served at the national level in government relations, focused on procuring federal and state support for organizations across the Southeast. She is a proven leader through her 20-year history of working with nonprofits focused on underprivileged youth and quality programming.

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Coastal Plain promotes academic success through programs such as Money Matters and Power Hour; Healthy Lifestyles through programs like Passport to Manhood, SMART Moves, and Street SMART; and Good Character and Citizenship by offering programs such as Junior Staff and Keystone Club.

Powers qualified for financial advisor leadership conference

Jonathan Powers has qualifies for Edward Jones' Financial Advisor Leaders Conference.

This conference recognizes financial advisors who are among the leaders in the financial services firm.

Powers was among the 800 financial advisors who qualified out of the firm's more than 17,000 financial advisors in the United States and Canada.

The 2019 conference was held on May 14-17 in St. Louis.

Edward Jones, a Fortune 500 company headquartered in St. Louis, provides financial services in the United States and through its affiliate in Canada.

Southern Bank announces promotion of Anderson

Southern Bank has announced that Paul C. Anderson has been named senior vice president/commercial lender in the Winterville office. He has been in the banking industry for the past 17 years.

A native of Clyde, Anderson earned his bachelor of science degree from East Carolina University and his master of business administration from Fayetteville State University. Anderson is also a graduate of the North Carolina School of Banking, which is held at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.

Anderson serves as the treasurer of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Coastal Plain and he is a member of the University City Kiwanis.

Anderson and his wife, Mary, reside in Greenville with their daughters, Emma and Madeline. He attends Oakmont Baptist Church in Greenville.

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 more than 60 locations in North Carolina and Virginia.

Aman receives Hero Award from C12 Group

Entrepreneur Mike Aman received the C12 Hero Award while at the National Current Marketplace Leader Conference in Atlanta.

“I am humble and grateful to have received this award, but the hero is not me,” Aman said. “The hero is my wife, my family, the C12 group, and also the peers that I share this relationship with. I give ultimate credit to God and to One Source Communications for this achievement in my life.”

Aman added that being a CEO for a company has taught him not only business.

“It has taught me the proper way to run a business with God’s help, and I want to share that knowledge and faith with other CEOs and business owners."

Aman, who lives in Greenville, was a member of C12 for over a decade before becoming a C12 chairman in 2018. During his time as chairman, Aman has recruited more than a dozen area businesses to join C12. He was raised in Roanoke Rapids and graduated from East Carolina University with a BSBA and MBA. Aman is the former CEO of Once Source Communications. He sold his company in 2017.

Robert Beaman, C12 Managing Chair for Eastern NC, said “Mike Aman is a great leader, not only for C12, but the business he created. He has done significant work with the community and made a lasting impact on businesses, employees, and customers.

“This award honors people who have been C12 members for five or more years and is intended to recognize members who seek God through their business, spiritual and personal life,” Beaman said. “Aman has kept focus on the eternal perspective and pushed the envelope of the meaning of ‘ministry in the marketplace’.”

C12 was founded by Buck Jacobs in 1992. C12 is a confidential and intimate environment where like-minded peers share ideas, hold each other accountable, and encourage one another to conduct business in a God-honoring way. It is the largest network of Christian CEOs, business owners, and executives in the world. C12’s mission: “To equip Christian CEOs and owners to build great businesses for a greater purpose.”


Humans of Greenville


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


July 21, 2019

Nathan Kohan has been named regional circulation and audience director for Adams Publishing Group-ENC, President and Publisher Robin L. Quillon announced.

Kohan will oversee circulation, marketing and distribution operations for all the company's print and digital editions.

“We are fortunate…

Nathan Kohan

July 01, 2019

Members of the Young Professionals of Pitt County began their community service project with the Adopt a Street program on June 1.

Young Professionals have adopted a portion of 10th Street to encourage community pride and enhance Greenville’s quality of life through clean streets and…


July 01, 2019

ECU senior gets economic development internship

East Carolina University rising senior Jonathan Kahn has joined the university’s Division of Research, Economic Development and Engagement as part of its new RISE29 microenterprise program.

The program connects small business ideas with regional…

July 01, 2019

Adams Publishing Group LLC (APG) has announced that it has acquired The Greater Beloit Publishing Company, including the Beloit Daily News, Weekend Daily News and My Stateline Shopper.

Also included in the purchase are all associated websites and the company’s Midwest digital business.


July 01, 2019

Penco Products Inc., a North Carolina-based manufacturing company, is celebrating 150 years of growth and innovation throughout 2019.

Penco’s culture of dedicated service, quality metal lockers and storage products and commitment to continuous improvement has translated into the best fiscal…

July 01, 2019

Bailey’s Fine Jewelry is helping fight hunger in the community by donating to the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina through its Say I Do, Share the Love campaign.

For every engagement ring purchased from any Bailey’s Fine Jewelry location, Bailey’s will donate…

July 01, 2019

JULY 9: The Pitt Community College Small Business Center is hosting a free seminar from 6-9 p.m. titled “Google Tools for Business.” In this session, we will discuss several of the free Google Apps for work and how they can help your business. Contact Jim Ensor at jensor@email.pittcc.…

July 01, 2019


The City of Greenville Inspections Dept. issued the following permits for June 11-17, 2019:

■ Patheon Manufacturing Services LLC, 5900 Martin Luther King Jr. Highway, commercial alterations, $2,000,000.

■ Patheon Manufacturing Services LLC, 5900 Martin Luther King Jr. Highway, commercial…

July 01, 2019

The following deeds were recorded with the Pitt County Register of Deeds from June 13-19. Each $2 in revenue stamps is equal to $1,000 in valuation. ( No fee required)

Kevin R. Deibert, Tracy L. Deibert to Holley VH Radford, Troy Lee Radford: tract, Stantonsburg Road; 0.34 acre, Arthur Township;…

July 01, 2019

The following new corporations in Pitt and neighboring counties filed June 13-19 with the N.C. Secretary of State’s office:

■ A. Prayer’s Creation LLC, agent Anthony Prayer, 1792 O’Farrell Ave., Greenville.

■ Blounts Trucking LLC, agent David Blount, 3649 New Town Court, Farmville.…

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