Being Bruce -: NBCC Business Expo January 2009

Sunday, January 25, 2009

NBCC Business Expo January 2009

[Warning This is a VERY long blog post - 76 photos with captions. If you're not from around here and don't know these folks, you probably oughta skip this one. Note, I didn't get to all the booths and I did my best with the names.]

OK, here we go. Last Saturday was the long-awaited day for the North Brunswick Business Expo. We had almost 80 booths and lots of visitors. I don't know the official count. I do know the day was successful for me. Most folks I spoke with agreed.

Craig Spafford and I did most of the setup and takedown of the Sea Coast Realty booth. He's a good guy.

Setting up is always fun, but sometimes the temptation to talk with freinds slows you down. Here Justin Williams talks with folks.

The North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce booth was ably handled and staffed by volunteers - thanks to all.

Matt Trostle and Bob Jenkins discussed social media and Internet marketing while setting up the BobtheTeacher booth.

Brian and John of Logos Direct acting like the Beatles while setting up their booth.

Brook and the graphics guy (ouch gotta find out his name) joined the fun.

Erin and Cynthia Alderman and Owen schlepped in materials for Cynthia's booth.

Owen helped Cynthia Alderman set up.

Meanwhile, out at the registration table, the volunteers kept everything moving. The guy leaning over the table is Don Gilbert, who was the chair for the Business Expo - thanks, Don.

Carolyn Pirnat of Asset Storage stopped for a moment to smile.

Sea-Comm media was a major sponsor for the Business Expo and Amy Besterfeldt hosted their booth. Thanks Sea-Comm.

Margie and Patrick Fairbrother of Brunswick County Today.

Lively Donna Baxter was at the Plus5 booth.

Frank Williams of Pioneer Strategy.

Tina and Albert Sikes of the Leland Copy Center.

Laura and George Patterson of Mulch & More with Michael Coufal of Creative Landscape and Aquascape Design (the guy in the yellow shirt).

Jim Tuzzeo of JT Financial Services answers questions.

Sloan Bodford of Harley & Associates. (I love her name, makes me think of a movie character, like, "Sloan Bodford, Private Eye" or something like that. Maybe she should consider?)

Just for Dogs dog gourmet shop in the Waterford shopping area is a family-owned and run business.

Cindy Kent, Lynne, and Tiffeney Bonhotel of U.S. Cellular.

Noel Schuler and Mike Wyckoff of Flying Carpet Cleaning Services.

Anna Murphy, Angela Milliken, and Tony Bryant of Brunswick Cove Living Center.

Sonny Russell and Jamie Thornton of Port City Fence.

Dr. Kevin Price and Alison Metts of Cascade Primary Medicine.

Erin and Cynthia Alderman at the Alderman & Alderman booth.

Kimberly Phillips and Beth McCorkle of JW Benefits.

John, the Graphics Guy, Brook, and Brian of Logos Direct - great, fun folks, super company, good products fast and at surpisingly low prices.

Joni Mitchem and Edie Walls of Brunswick Antiques. (Ethan Hall of Atlantic Coast Landscaping was visiting)

Dave Foster of Holmes Electric Security Systems.

Farm Bureau Insurance.

Vince Lutheran of Cape Fear Engineering.

Lisa Venek and Jack Heeter of Alco Home Improvement.

John Grimes of Leland Fire & Rescue visited with Karen Phillips of ATMC.

Julie Hampson at the PC Solutions booth.

Debbie Richards, Melanie Myrick, and Victor Pearsall from Security Savings Bank.

Jane and John Crowder, Faye Burckhalter and Diane Statler of the Local News Review.

Bruce Brown (hey, that's me!) and Bob Jenkins (hey, that's him!) in front of the Logos Direct booth.

WWAYTV3 Reporter Margo Gray was doing double duty as camera operator and reporter.

Sarah-Gray Edwards and Stewart Davis of Palmetto Publishing.

Good buddy Angela Batchelor of Pointe South Realty. They market major new home communities including Waterford of the Carolinas, Palmetto Creek, and Compass Pointe. Angela works hard and does a great job.

Marilyn Turner of Walker Jackson Mortgage Corp.

Art Klien of V2K Window Decor and More.

Jennifer Henthorn and Drew Roper of BB&T bank.

Elaine Williams of Riegelwood Federal Credit Union.

Jeff Hardison of American Vinyl.

Kimberlee Carter and Lee Roseburgh of On the Level Contracting & Design. Their booth won the award for Best of Show!

Scott Hardee of Hardee's Grassworks.

Terrific threesome Kristy, Ava, and Justin Williams of NBM Magazine (for some reason Justin leaned waay forward).

So in this shot Justin leaned waaay back. Busy guy, that Justin, can't even stand still. Good thing Kristy is calmer (good for Ava anyway).
That would be THE Ava Grace Williams, by the way, still #1 on Google searches. Has been since birth.

Dale Albrecht of Atlantic Seaboard Corporation.

Chase Brewer and Zed Wampler of The Sunroom Store.

So Laura Patterson (of Mulch & More) stopped me and said, "You're taking everyone else's picture. Stop and I'm going to take yours." So she did. And here it is.

Two companies, three guys:
Doug Hill, Tim DeGrechie, and Ethan Hall of Atlantic Pool and Spa and Atlantic Coast Landscaping.

Diane Merritt of Manna Ministries

Extremely good guy Randy Rhodes of Rhodes Law Offices.

Jim Fagan, Jenny Elliott, and MaryAnne Marion of Southeastern Healthcare.

Manager Dennis Boswell and Robert McIntosh of Dominos. (Try the Philly Cheese Steak pizza, wow!)

Shauna Guyton of Therapeutic Kneads.

Dawn Baldwin-Ivey of the Brunswick County Literacy Council.

Chad Nimz and Louisa Hickman from Brunswick Community College and their awesome new Aquatics Center - Wow, did we need that! Check it out.

David Shell of The Essential Home Handbook.

SCORE was ably represented by Sara Raleigh, John Cowan, and Louis Tranzillo. Fine folks. Great resouce for small businesses.

Two Janets.
Janet Wester and Janet Caviggia of WellCare.

Lieutenant James Williamson of Leland Fire and Rescue - essential folks in service of our community. Thank you.

Bluegrass band.

1o1 Stone Chimney Place - a major meeting and conference facility in our area. Hey, you can even get married there! Sabrena Reinhardt and Cynthia Hansen.

Madge Matteo of Prep Ups - painting and more.

The ever-helpful Monica Clark of PrePaid Legal. If you need a dose of positivity and good will, call Monica.

John Fonvielle of 1-800-Pack-Rat. Good company, great guy.

Jo and Donald Barnhouse of DB Plumbing, Inc. A plumber with a sense of humor. Very pleasant people.

John Norwood of Carolina Solar Security. Our company uses them for window protection and insulation.

Drs. Amy Betz and Chris Rizzo oof North Brunswick Chiropractic and Accupuncture.

Cromshaw Chiropractic Center

So I created this very long blog post, knowing I'd get some heat for it, but wanting to try it out. Comments welcome.