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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.


June 10, 2019

The following new corporations in Pitt and neighboring counties filed May 30-June 5 with the N.C. Secretary of State’s office:

■ 3 Peterson Brothers Tire and Auto LLC, agent Melvin Peterson, 301 S. Elm St., Williamston.

■ A Safe Place to Land, nonprofit, agent Christie W. James, 345 Vineyard…

June 10, 2019

Moody's Investor Services has upgraded Greenville Utilities Commission's credit rating to 'Aa1' with a stable outlook in advance of upcoming bond sales.

Fellow global rating agency Fitch Ratings affirmed GUC's credit rating of 'AA-'. Both ratings are considered "High Grade" and should help GUC at…


June 10, 2019

Greene County educator wins arts contest

Daphanie Jones, a teacher at West Greene Elementary School, is a state winner of the North Carolina Association of Educators’ Human and Civil Rights Multicultural Arts Contest.

Jones won first place for her poem “Pass Me the Torch,” in the…

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June 10, 2019

TUESDAY: The Pitt Community College Small Business Center is hosting a free seminar from 6-7:30 p.m. titled “Create Stunning Graphics with Canva.” This step-by-step session will demonstrate how to create professional looking graphics in Canva that you can upload to your website and all…

June 10, 2019

A nurse specialist in pediatrics has been selected by her peers as the 2019 Nurse of the Year at ECU Physicians, the medical practice of the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University.

Megan Taylor, a Chocowinity native, works in pediatric pulmonology at ECU Pediatric Specialty Care. The…


June 03, 2019

The following civil lawsuits were filed Feb. 14-27, 2019, in Pitt County:

■ Barclays Bank Delaware v. Tim Bogenn, contract, Feb. 14; notice of voluntary dismissal without prejudice by plaintiff, April 2; 19CVD 478.

■ Tameka Rachedia Frazier v. Kristina Carmon and Shameka Renee Moye, motor vehicle…

June 03, 2019


The City of Greenville Inspections Department issued the following permits for April 30-May 27, 2019:

■ Phelps Chevrolet, 3325 S. Memorial Drive, commercial addition, $200,000.

■ Walmart, 210 S.W. Greenville Blvd., commercial alterations, $20,000.

■ Venture Properties I LLC,…

June 03, 2019

With the help of Pitt Community College and ApprenticeshipNC, ECVC, Inc. (Eastern Carolina Vocational Center), started a Custodian Apprenticeship Program on April 1.

It is one of the first types of apprenticeship programs in North Carolina and supports ECVC’s mission, as well as Gov. Roy…


June 03, 2019

 With 1 in 8 neighbors, including 1 in 6 children, facing hunger across its 10-state footprint, Food Lion set out to help its neighbors by launching Food Lion Feeds, the company’s hunger relief initiative, in 2014. After committing to donate 500 million meals by the end of 2020, Food…

June 03, 2019

Kendall joins LBA’s in-house marketing team 

LBA Group, Inc. is growing its group marketing resources with the appointment of Paul Kendall as web developer. Kendall will focus on continuing to build the LBA brand with strategic technical and creative development of its web presence.…

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