What are your most important resolutions or professional and personal goals for 2013?

“The New Year is a great opportunity for a fresh start, and I try to take advantage of that every year. Goals work better than resolutions for me and my three goals for 2013 are:

1. Listen more than I speak ... terribly hard for us Irish.

2. Remember that everyone is fighting their own battle and to be more patient.

3. Be a better husband to my lovely wife of 20 years and a better father to my awesome 14-year-old daughter.”

– Pat Jackson, president, Master Title Agency, Charlotte

“Professionally, I want to continue working in the community helping the less fortune. Mental health is an area of concern. Volunteering at the homeless shelters has made me see some real problems in the area of mental health.

The mass tragedy in Connecticut gives me more energy and a stronger desire to help solve mental health and gun problems in our country.

Being a member of the Lake Norman Chamber and Lake Norman Political Association and serving on the boards of Barium Springs Home for Children and MLN United Way has given me a platform for these causes.

Personally, I want to spend more time with family and continue to grow our business.”

– John Foster, owner, Foster’s Frame & Art Gallery, Huntersville

“I don’t believe in New Year’s resolutions. They focus too much on re-doing, correcting or changing. I believe in New Year’s evolutions, because this focuses on evolving and growing in all that you are and can be in work and life, building upon the positive and empowering aspects versus what is wrong.

For 2013, my business is evolving in a big and exciting way, with the goal to continue to expand nationally.

Personally, my most important goal is to continue to give and show appreciation each and every day in action and not just words.”

– Sheree L. DeMao, author and owner, SLD Unlimited Biz Growth Inc., Denver