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inthisissue August 2006
A Triple-header for Charlotte
Last spring, Michael Smith came on board as president of CCCP. In just over a year, Smith and his colleagues have engineered a complex plan involving land swaps, relocations and the construction of a new baseball stadium. The ambitious plan on maps and the bulleted list of transactions make you wonder how it can possibly succeed. Speaking to Michael Smith, though, makes you wonder why anyone doubts it will.
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[Bank of Granite]
Still the Best Little Bank in America?
In October of 1906, a group of Granite Falls residents decided to start a bank in their community. They invested $8,000; little did they imagine that their bank would serve the western half of North Carolina for the next hundred years. While times and technology has changed, Bank of Granite’s commitment to customer service remains deeply embedded in its culture.
[Peninsula Yacht Club]
Getting Their Feet Wet
For Stephen and Dave Benson of Morningstar Properties, their first launch into the marina business has been a splashing success. Observing the similarities between the storage business and the way marinas operate, this father and son team is using a parallel strategy to make a success of the marina business. So far it has been smooth sailing.
[Lorenz Architecture, PA]
Designing His Way Around
Paul Lorenz wanted to serve clients in his own fashion. Throughout his career, Lorenz says, he could see better ways for operating an architecture practice. In its fairly short life, the company is growing by 50 percent a year, and Lorenz believes that growth will continue because he and his associates provide personal attention and value for their clients.
[The Cycle Xchange, LLC]
Born to Ride
Owners and siblings, Brian and Jeff Clark, created TCX with a determination to harvest and merge the best genes from motorcycling and NASCAR: they have an intimate familiarity with both passions. They have built TCX into a stable of maximum horsepower, high-performance thunder rigs, combining muscle with striking designs to impressive effect.
 
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