The Who's Who The Carolinas Article Archive

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Focus on Habitational Contracting
Fall/Winter 2021

Mention affordable housing anywhere in the Carolinas and the WEAVERCOOKE name will typically be part of the conversation. This Greensboro, North Carolina-based company has been designing and building housing wherever it was most needed for more…

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Building Windows on the World
Fall/Winter 2021

Rock Hill Glass Co. in Rock Hill, South Carolina, will do anything from cutting and polishing a $6 piece of glass for a mirror to a half-million-dollar job fabricating and installing glass curtain walls in multistory buildings, says Owner and…

Partners You Can Count On
Fall/Winter 2021

HKA Enterprises understands the frustrations its customers face with human resources (HR) issues. When two large shipbuilding companies were having trouble finding experienced welders at their home site of Mobile, Alabama, the team members at…

The Road to Success
Fall/Winter 2021

Paving roads in the western North Carolina mountains means facing extraordinary challenges. Curving roads can obscure construction workers until the last minute, making safety a major concern. When winter weather sets in in January, paving work…

Innovating With Glass Depots
Spring/Summer 2021

Glass Depots started out 18 years ago as a one-person operation. Today, it is a thriving company, providing glass and storefront installation and custom-fabricated bi-fold doors primarily in Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

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"Your Fence Is Our Fence"
Spring/Summer 2021

If you see a fence in the Charlotte, North Carolina, area, chances are American Fence and Supply Co. has been a part of it, says General Manager Michael Boyette. That’s the kind of company it is, with deep roots and longevity in the community.

Bring on the Power
Spring/Summer 2021

From a dream of starting his own business, Mike Woods and his wife, Kimberly D. Woods, have built M-W Electric, Inc. into a diversified electrical contracting company that will celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2022.

Entrepreneur, Advocate, Partner, Volunteer
Spring/Summer 2021

Judy Cagle brought heart to Rockingham, North Carolina. The dynamic local business owner and animal advocate, who passed away on July 4, 2020 at the age of 63, is fondly remembered as a force of nature by all who knew her.

Nod to Past with Eyes on Future
Spring/Summer 2021

When Bob Morris was ready to break ground on his Ziebart of the Midlands automotive services shop near Columbia, South Carolina, he knew exactly which general contractor he wanted for the job: Hill Construction Co. LLC, a commercial construction…

A Lifeline for Patients
Fall/Winter 2020

When the team at Jordan Piping, Inc. arrive on a job site, they are all business. They have to be, according to President James Jordan. They hold people’s lives in their hands.

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Clear Focus on Quality
Fall/Winter 2020

Unlike any other building material, glass requires a refined expertise for proper installation. A company that has been doing this work since 1872 is Binswanger Glass (Binswanger), with 60 locations in 13 states in the Southeast and Midwest.

Reducing the Skilled Trades Shortage, One Person at a Time
Fall/Winter 2020

Michelle Lewter, President and CEO of Connect for Success NC (Connect for Success), has a passion for filling the construction workforce pipeline. Her focus on addressing this challenge goes back several years. During her long career as an executive…

Fueled by Flexibility
Fall/Winter 2020

If there’s one thing that Scott Bailey, Owner and President of Statewide Sheetmetal and Roofing (Statewide), in Elm City, North Carolina, has learned since buying the company in 2017, it’s this: When opportunity comes knocking, answer the door.…

A Very Good Sign
Fall/Winter 2020

Whether you require a large, exterior lighted sign to brand an office tower or small interior signage, RP Signs of Charlotte, North Carolina, can meet your needs.

Yes, It’s Personal!
Fall/Winter 2020

Earlier this year, when it was time to freshen the company brand, JH Batten, Inc. brought on a new marketing firm. “They asked a lot of questions,” says Steve Doby, Operations Manager for the design-build firm. “They asked how we define a win…what…

Air Flows & Opportunity
Spring/Summer 2020

A decade ago, three individuals saw a growing problem in the world of commercial HVAC and mechanical systems—and set out to do something about it. Karl and Marsha Nivison and Scott Dunn established Raleigh-based Carolina Commercial Systems with…

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Service to the Core
Spring/Summer 2020

Stephen Gazo was working for a foundation equipment distributor in South Florida in 2007 when he began hearing more about the lack of technicians for the large, specialized equipment they used. Gazo, a highly trained technician, recognized an…

It’s a Matter of Progress
Spring/Summer 2020

Protégé Mechanical Labor Solutions (Protégé) works with mechanical contractors who need skilled labor support and general contractors who need general labor support in commercial and industrial construction. Based in Winston-Salem, North Carolina,…

Tackling the Toughest Projects
Spring/Summer 2020

When a local bottling company needed its pipes replaced—8 feet beneath the production line—Catalyst Construction (Catalyst) was called in to bid on the job and estimate how long the line would have to be down for the repairs. Catalyst Founder…

Maintaining Facilities and So Much More
Spring/Summer 2020

We always do what we say we’re going to do. For Danielle Painter, Operations Manager at Gatekeeper Maintenance, Inc. (Gatekeeper), this sentiment sums up why the company continues to achieve success with major retail, commercial and developer…

Perseverance Pays Off
Fall/Winter 2019

At 30 years old, husband and father of two Jordan Snipes was restless. He’d been a sales manager since he graduated from college but hadn’t really found his place in the world professionally. “I didn’t always want to work for someone else,”…

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Hard Work and Daring Actions
Fall/Winter 2019

Nothing ventured, nothing gained. This common saying isn’t just an old adage for Steven, Karina and Melissa Rojas. As the children of Ralph Rojas, President of MR On Time Construction Inc., they have seen firsthand that risk-taking, persistence…

Human Resources with a Human Touch
Fall/Winter 2019

Adam Doman, President of PathGoal Employer Services (PathGoal), is passionate about helping businesses grow. His company, based in Raleigh, North Carolina, functions as a human resources (HR) department for small to midsized business and government…

It Pays to Be Honest and Fair
Fall/Winter 2019

Bob Marolf, President of Marolf Construction, Inc., believes that running a family-owned business is different from providing a family atmosphere. The company he founded in 1989 may be family-owned, but its foundation for success centers on…

Custom Covered
Spring/Summer 2019

Founded in 1880 in downtown Charlotte, North Carolina, the Charlotte Tent & Awning Company legacy spans a vast range of economic, political and social evolution. From developing the American West with covers for wagons, to supporting military…

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Crafting a New Brand
Spring/Summer 2019

In just five years, Thompson Millwork has evolved from a one-man operation working out of a 500-square-foot garage bay to a company with 30 employees, a $5 million capital investment program and an anticipated annual revenue of $10 million in…

Resilience, Vision and Ingenuity
Spring/Summer 2019

Scott Tart was running an all-purpose store in Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina, selling everything from tools to jewelry, and cooking up hotdogs outside for customers on nice days, when he was struck with a vision to start a new company. His idea…

Ahead of the Curve
Spring/Summer 2019

Morgan Mechanical Contractors, Inc. (Morgan Mechanical) has changed quite a lot over the years. The company, started in 1971 by Jack and Jessie Morgan, husband and wife, was a small family-owned business focused on piping and plumbing. In the…

Building Long-term Partnerships
Spring/Summer 2019

Building trust starts with that first handshake, according to Paul Newton, President of Newton Construction Services, LLC. “There are many who look at the construction industry as inherently untrustworthy,” Newton says. “I encourage clients…

‘Know How. Can Do.’
Fall/Winter 2018

Jim Sobeck wrote the book on business. Literally. His book, “The Real Business 101: Lessons From the Trenches” (available on Amazon.com), is full of idioms and business tips on how to successfully run a company. So it’s no wonder that the growth…

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The True Test of Integrity
Fall/Winter 2018

In the world of electrical contractors, the President of Ogburn Electric Company, Inc. and an NC Unlimited License holder since 1981, is making waves—Sam H. Ogburn wants his clients to expect more. In fact, he makes sure that his staff overdelivers,…

Crush, Grind, Haul and Dump
Fall/Winter 2018

A-1 Sandrock Inc. is a family-run business in the Piedmont Triad, a north-central region of North Carolina that is home to an extensive freeway network. Currently, four major interstate highways and numerous secondary interstate routes and U.S.…

An Elite Approach to Safeguarding People and Assets
Spring/Summer 2018

Founding father Benjamin Franklin once said, “Distrust and caution are the parents of security.” It is no secret that the world today is fraught with all sorts of hazards, creating a need for heightened awareness and vigilance. That is why RICE…

Recipe for Success
Fall/Winter 2018

From humble beginnings often spring the greatest success stories. Meet Shane Trent, owner and founder of the booming construction company AKR Builders, Inc. in Greensboro, North Carolina. Eighteen years ago, Trent decided to ring in the new…

Born to Run
Spring/Summer 2018

Starting out as a delivery driver and working in the courier industry for eight years exposed Marvin Walker, founder and CEO of Day Runner, Inc., to unfair and unethical treatment that needed a remedy.

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Building Training & Apprenticeship Programs
Spring/Summer 2018

Finding qualified workers to tackle construction in the Carolinas has been one of the major roadblocks in completing projects since the economic downturn of 2008. That’s why the Carolinas chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC)…

Three Generations in Glass
Spring/Summer 2018

Few stories in our free enterprise system resonate like those of people who start a business from scratch, work hard to make it successful, and then pass it down to their children who pass it down to their children. Those tales are, in many…

Keeping It All Together
Spring/Summer 2018

There is a certain satisfaction JR Boyles gets when he passes by much of the infrastructure around his hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina. “I grew up here and it’s kind of cool to look at the office buildings, parking lots and other structures…

Four Decades Strong
Spring/Summer 2018

According to Jerry Coram Jr., President of J.G. Coram Company, Inc., a general contracting firm based in Mount Airy, North Carolina, his company’s long-term stability and steady growth is due, in large part, to the careful planning he and his…

Applying Smarts To Everything They Start
Fall/Winter 2017

Switching from hard hat to the proverbial thinking cap—and then back again—comes naturally for Maged Tarazi. In fact, he does it many times a day.

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Seizing the Opportunity
Fall/Winter 2017

Sometimes, the growth of a business sprouts from a single opportunity, success traced to a single chance taken or missed. For Jason Tate of Steve Tate & Son Plumbing, Inc., that chance came 10 years ago. He took it, and hasn’t looked back.

A Fateful Walk from Wall Street
Fall/Winter 2017

In just four years, the present owner of Alarm Service Co. of America, Inc. (ASCA), André Conway, has relocated ASCA’s corporate offices from Philadelphia, Pa., to Greensboro, N.C., transformed ASCA into a national player in the security alarm…

A Window into a Family
Fall/Winter 2017

Since starting his company AllPro Window Films, Inc. in 1991, Keith Garwood—the founding partner and President of the film products and services provider—has grown the company while increasing his family’s participation in the business. Andrea…

Pride in Perfection
Fall/Winter 2017

Like a lot of young actors who move to Los Angeles, Ted Cashwell dreamed of finding glitz, glamour and fame in show business.

WeaverCooke Builds Winning Combination
Spring/Summer 2017

In 1939, William “Herman” Weaver, previously a lumber company bookkeeper, founded W.H. Weaver Construction Co. and built single-family homes in North Carolina’s rapidly growing Triad area. From day one, he measured his company’s success on both…

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At Home Doing the Right Thing
Spring/Summer 2017

Building dreams and enhancing lives. This is the lofty promise of David Weekley Homes, a privately owned, national homebuilder operating in 22 markets across the United States. But what does this pledge mean - and how is it achieved, on the…

From One Scrap of Metal...
Fall/Winter 2016

When a 19-year-old David H. Griffin Sr. coordinated the demolition of an old church building in his hometown of Greensboro, N.C., he probably wasn’t thinking about the legacy he was starting to build for himself and his family.

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