Biz Roundup: Rusty Miller New Sales Agent at Jennings Insurance – Salisbury Post


SALISBURY – Jennings Insurance Agency recently hired Rusty Miller as a commercial insurance agent.

Miller brings nearly 30 years of experience in marketing and servicing commercial property and casualty businesses.

Miller brings nearly 30 years of experience in marketing and servicing commercial property and casualty businesses. He has worked as an owner / agent and for insurance companies as a commercial underwriter.

“We are very happy to have Rusty on board,” said Mark Jennings, owner of Jennings Insurance, in a press release. “His vast experience, knowledge and risk management capabilities will complement our agency. “

Miller holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Campbell University and has earned the nationally recognized Chartered Insurance Advisor designation.

In his role before joining Jennings Insurance Agency, Miller grew an independent agency from $ 1 million in annual sales to over $ 18 million.

More information is available at Jennings Insurance Agency is a full service insurance agency located at 503 Faith Road.

Call 704-637-7733 or visit during business hours Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays by appointment only.

Salisbury native wins publicity contest and other artistic accolades

Richard McGarity, a Salisbury native who now lives in the Washington DC area, recently won a flyer design contest in The Southwester newspaper, which serves riverside communities near the US Navy Yard.

McGarity designed a flyer promoting the Southwest Neighborhood Assembly scholarship program. His design will be featured in the newspaper until mid-June.

McGarity graduated from Western Carolina University, then earned an Advanced Masters in Computer Science and IT Support certification from Villanova. McGarity continued his 44-year career with Amtrak, where he rose through the ranks and eventually held the position of Office Director of Project Management and Financial Reporting for Corporate Security.

McGarity retired from Amtrak in 2018 and has since pursued passions he has maintained as a hobby throughout his career: layout and design, modeling and photography.

He has received several other awards recently. One of her photos was selected for inclusion in the Phillip Collection Museum in DC in October 2020. Another of her photos was recognized by the Capitol Hill Restoration Society competition.

McGarity’s work can be viewed online at

East Spencer Town Clerk Obtains State Certification

EAST SPENCER – Shataira Bailey, the City Clerk of East Spencer, was recently awarded the title of Certified North Carolina City Clerk from the North Carolina Association of City Clerks.

The NCAMC is a professional organization made up of city, town and village clerks from across the state. Founded in 1975, the organization is dedicated to the continued growth and development of clerks and their municipalities.

Bailey achieved the designation through the completion of a program conducted in cooperation with the School of Government at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The North Carolina Certified City Clerk Program is a five-year designation with continuing education requirements to maintain and develop the ever-evolving knowledge of the profession of city clerk.

Family Dollar gears up for Salisbury store grand reopening

SALISBURY – Family Dollar has announced plans to reopen its renovated store at 410 E. Innes St.

The store will reopen on Saturday with several improvements and a wider product offering. The “refreshed” store will now feature $ 1 Dollar Tree merchandise, additional freezers and coolers, and an expanded selection of groceries, beauty and essentials, housewares and seasonal items.

A store of this size typically employs six to 10 associates. Interested candidates can apply online at or by visiting the store location.

Family Dollar stores are open seven days a week and stock everyday items for the whole family.

North Carolina Railroad Company Announces New Chief Financial Officer

Michelle Jeng has been appointed Chief Financial Officer of the North Carolina Railroad Company.

Jeng previously served as CFO at the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority in Cincinnati and has over 20 years of experience in finance.

“We are delighted that Michelle is joining the NCRR team,” NCRR President and CEO Carl Warren said in a press release. “She brings a wealth of experience ranging from financial strategy to leadership, and her expertise will play an important role as we take a proactive approach to managing the unique asset of the North Carolina Railroad.”

As CFO of the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority, Jeng oversaw an annual budget of $ 155 million, while being responsible for financial performance, portfolio management, and financial and operations integration.

“I am delighted to take on the role of CFO of the North Carolina Railroad Company to continue to implement its priorities and strategic plan to accelerate its growth,” Jeng said in a press release. “I feel privileged to have the opportunity to serve NCRR employees, stakeholders and the many communities in the state of North Carolina.

Small Business Administration Announces New District Manager in North Carolina

Michael P. Arriola was recently sworn in as district director of the Small Business Administration in North Carolina in a ceremony on May 24.

“I am honored to continue to work with the North Carolina SBA team, our state resource partners and North Carolina small business owners,” Arriola said in a press release. “Going forward, I plan to work diligently with North Carolina entrepreneurs to continue the recovery process and ensure growth and vitality now and into the future.”

In this role, Arriola will oversee an office that stimulates economic development by helping local entrepreneurs start and grow businesses. He will also lead the implementation of SBA programs related to access to capital, business advice and government contracts.

“Mike, supported by his North Carolina SBA team, promoted essential SBA programs and services throughout the duration of the pandemic,” said Acting Southeast SBA Regional Administrator Janita R. Stewart in A press release. “Under Mike’s leadership, we look forward to the SBA continuing to provide this and other vital aids to small businesses and entrepreneurs in North Carolina as they get back on track with their regular business operations.

Last year, the North Carolina District of the SBA supported more than $ 844 million in small business loans and more than 16,000 entrepreneurs were trained and counseled through the SBA’s resource partners. The district office has also witnessed more than $ 2.2 billion in contracts awarded to small businesses across the state.

Arriola has been with the SBA District Team in North Carolina since 2004. Prior to arriving in North Carolina, he worked at the SBA Guam branch as a Loan Specialist since 1998. Arriola was for last time Assistant District Manager in the North Carolina District Office.

An investment and corporate banker by training, Arriola has worked for various banks including Chase Manhattan, Bank of Hawaii and HSBC. He graduated in 1984 from the University of California at Berkeley and in 1992 from the Advanced Bank Management program of the Asian Institute of Management. In 2010, Arriola completed her Masters in Public Affairs from Western Carolina University. He also studied economic development at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – School of Government.

Atrium Health receives Energy Star award for fourth consecutive year

Atrium Health recently received the 2021 Energy Star Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Energy for the fourth consecutive year.

The Sustained Excellence Award is the highest honor bestowed by the Energy Star program. The winners are part of a group that has a long-term commitment to the fight against climate change and the protection of public health through energy efficiency.

“Few healthcare systems have achieved this award and it is very exciting to be recognized again as a national leader in healthcare energy performance,” said Michael Roberts, director of energy services at Atrium Health, in A press release. “This recognition highlights Atrium Health’s continued pursuit of operational excellence, environmental stewardship and our mission to improve health, elevate hope and advance healing – for all.

The management of Atrium Health facilities set an internal target in 2012 of a 20% energy reduction over five years. Since then, energy reduction projects such as lighting retrofits and efficient HVAC control strategies in operating theaters have been completed. In addition, the department has developed specialized training and education to engage employees and further promote the reduction of energy consumption.

“The Energy Star award-winning partners are showing the world that delivering real climate solutions makes good business sense and promotes job growth,” EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan said in a statement. hurry. “Many of them have been doing this for years, inspiring all of us who are committed to tackling the climate crisis and leading the way to a clean energy economy.”

Winners are selected from a network of thousands of Energy Star partners. For a full list of 2021 winners and more information on the Energy Star awards program, visit


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