Boat club wins national award, hires dockmaster

CORNELIUS  - Carefree Boat Club of Lake Norman received the 2012 Membership Excellence Award at the recent national conference of Carefree Boat Club owners.

The local club, located at Morningstar Kings Point Marina in Cornelius, won the award based on positive member feedback, member retention, market impact and community involvement.

“There is no award more important to us than the one indicating we are providing excellent service to our members,” said club owner Marc Graveline.

To maintain the club’s high standard of service, Graveline recently hired Paul Sheehan as dockmaster.

Sheehan comes with 12 years of experience as a USA Waterski Certified professional water ski instructor and managing a boat rental operation on Lake Lure. He also has extensive sailing experience, having owned a 28-foot sailboat on Lake Norman and taught sailing at the St. Thomas, British Virgin Islands Yacht Club.

“Paul’s skill and experience in the boating industry coupled with his energy, sense of humor and commitment to customer service will further our efforts to provide fantastic boating experiences for our members as we continue to grow our membership and fleet,” Graveline said.

For more information, visit www.carefreeboats.com/lakenorman or call 704-557-0848.

New employees join Lake Norman discount firm

CORNELIUS  - Megan Lynch, a business development specialist, and Yovonne Kenny, a social media marketing guru, have joined the staff of LKN Savings.com, an online community resource for consumers to find deals and discounts at area businesses.

Owner Diana Howard said Lynch will focus on business development by building relationships with new and existing advertisers as well as providing marketing ideas and strategies to help further the company’s growth.

Her previous experience included financial development director for the YMCA of Greater Charlotte and business development representative for the Mooresville-South Iredell Chamber of Commerce.  She founded and is past president of the Patriots Athletic Club for three years at Davidson Day School.

Kenny will increase the company’s social media presence and marketing on Facebook,  LinkedIn, Twitter and Pinterest pages. Her background includes website development, logo design, branding and social media.

LKN Savings’ website includes a comprehensive Lake Norman events calendar and community information as well as a weekly spotlight on a local nonprofit in their Tuesday newsletter. 

For more information, visit www.LKNSavings.com or call Howard at 704-780-4352.

Realty firm begins 10-day food collection campaign 

CHARLOTTE – Carolinas Realty, with 600 sales associates and 14 offices serving North Carolina, including Lake Norman, is continuing its 10-day food collection blitz known as "10 Days in May."

All sales associates and staff members provide grocery bags to be filled with non-perishable food items and returned to the office for delivery to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina.

Last year, Pru Carolinas donated 171,315 pounds of food to the Second Harvest Food Bank, enough to provide about 142,162 meals for residents throughout the region. 

"Our food collection initiatives are always times that our company looks forward to," said Tommy Camp, Prudential Carolinas Realty President & CEO. "The camaraderie built within our company through the participation of working together, all while benefiting our local food bank organization, is a way for our sales associates and staff to give back to this great community.”

For more information about the Second Harvest Food Bank campaign, visit www.secondharvestmetrolina.org

April home sales suggest return of seller confidence

CHARLOTTE – Preliminary data from April home sales show gains across the region, with closings up 34.5 percent compared to the same month last year.

April 2013 sales totaled 2,915, compared to 2,168 for April 2012.

Both the median and average sales prices continued to rise. The median sales price ($167,000) was up 4.4 percent over April 2012 ($159,990), and the average sales price in April 2013 ($217,166) was 1.1 percent higher than April 2012 ($214,739).

Preliminary pending sales counts for the month totaled 3,933, an increase of 56.8 percent over the previous period when contracts totaled 2,509.

New residential listings totaled 5,115, up 11.7 percent over April 2012.  Inventory declined 30.1 percent compared to April 2012, leaving the CarolinaMLS region with a 4.9-months’ supply of homes for sale.

Foreclosures and short sales are down compared to last year, accounting for 8.4 percent of new listings and 12.2 percent of all closed sales in April.

"As inventory continues to decline, motivated buyers are turning their attention toward traditional listings," 2013 Association/CarolinaMLS President Eric Locher said. "Sellers are responding and showing more confidence as new listings were up a welcomed 12 percent in April. We believe this activity will continue. These are the signs of a healthy market.”

Convention bureau hires sales manager

CONCORD – Selah Havard has been hired as sales manager for the Cabarrus County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Previously, Havard served as director of sales for the Natchez Convention and Visitors Bureau in Mississippi. She is a graduate of Mississippi State University and is certified as a travel marketing professional.