Jackrabbit Technologies celebrates 10 years

HUNTERSVILLE – Jackrabbit Technologies, a leading provider of online class management software for youth activities centers, is celebrating its 10-year milestone in 2014.

Cofounders Mark Mahoney and Mike Carper have grown the company from two people to a 34-person staff that serves more than 3,500 customers.

“The lunch Mike and I had in January of 2004 blossomed into a business that has been adopted in ways that we never imagined,” Mahoney said. “And it has enabled me to combine my passion for gymnastics with my education in information systems for what I do every day.”

The company produces enhancements at the pace of more than 100 per year in the midst of new module development, visual updates, infrastructure projects and mobile plans. The firm is regularly recognized in the INC 5000 roundup of America’s fastest-growing companies.

“Our team has been the key. We rely on their skills and their enthusiasm to provide the best product and service we possible can,” Mahoney said. “And that enthusiasm is transferred to our customers in the can-do attitude that they experience – regardless of who they meet at Jackrabbit.”


Carillon to build new senior community

HUNTERSVILLE – Carillon Assisted Living plans to build its newest assisted living and Alzheimer’s care community at 250 Commerce Center Drive.

The 4.5-acre site will break ground in April and is expected to be complete in late 2015. The two-story community will be home to nearly 100 seniors and bring more than 60 jobs to the town.

The property will feature amenities such as a café, beauty salon, media room, patios and covered porches.

“Huntersville has quite successfully carved out a unique identity for itself in the Charlotte area, one that Carillon is excited to be part of,” said Karen Moriarty, president and CEO of Carillon. ”We look forward to serving the seniors and families of Huntersville, and serving them well, for a long time to come.”

Details: 704-875-6100.



Mortgage firm opens in Birkdale area

HUNTERSVILLE – McLean Mortgage has leased 3,100 square feet at Birkdale Business Park.

McLean Mortgage closed more than 1.5 billion in mortgage production in 2013.

Todd Holzen, Sperry Van Ness Commercial Real Estate Advisors, represented the landlord. Sherry Hickman, of Ivester Jackson, represented the tenant.


Davidson alum returns to share success

DAVIDSON – Craig Carlock, president and CEO of The Fresh Market, will return to Davidson College to present a lecture, “Honor in Corporate America.”

As a graduate of Davidson College, Carlock said he has applied the honor code to his corporate practices and culture throughout his career.

Carlock worked at Procter and Gamble in various finance positions for six years.

He joined The Fresh Market in 1999 and has served as its director of marketing, vice president of marketing and senior vice president of operations. He became president and CEO in 2009.

Carlock will speak at 7 p.m. April 9 in the Alvarez College Union, 207 Faculty Drive.

Details: Amber MacIntyre, ammacintyre@davidson.edu or 704-894-2095.


Locals approved as CPAs by state board

RALEIGH – The N.C. State Board of Certified Public Accountant Examiners recently approved David Blitvich, of Cornelius, and Christina Clarke, of Davidson, for licensure as certified public accountants.

Blitvich and Clarke were two of 50 applicants approved for licensure.

Both applicants were required to pass an exam and satisfy education, work experience and moral character requirements of the board.

CPAs certified in N.C. must renew their licenses annually and complete at least 40 hours of continuing professional education including an ethics course.


Five Lake Norman personalities make 40 Under 40 list

CHARLOTTE – Five people who live or work in the Lake Norman area were included in the Charlotte Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 list.

They are as follows: 

• John Bradford, of Cornelius, owns Park Avenue Properties in Cornelius.

• David Contorno works as president and CEO of Lake Norman Benefits in Mooresville.

• Garrett Droege, of Cornelius, works at JJ Wade & Associates in Davidson as innovation risk practice leader.

• David Hoffman works at the David Hoffman Group at Keller Williams Realty in Cornelius.

• Chad Seigler, of Stanley, works as managing director of team marketing services at NASCAR.