Boatsman Gillmore Wagner PLLC Recognized with Spirit of Entrepreneurship Award from the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce

 

Pictured left to right: Bill Russell, Larry Wagner, Adam Boatsman, Jack Salzman, and Susan Medlin

Pictured left to right: Bill Russell, Larry Wagner, Adam Boatsman, Jack Salzman, and Susan Medlin

The accounting firm of Boatsman Gillmore Wagner PLLC has been selected with the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce’s first Sprit of Entrepreneurship Award at the Chamber’s Annual Meeting January 24th at the Havana Banquet and Ballroom.  Founding partners Adam Boatsman and Larry Wagner were on hand to receive the award which was presented by Susan Medlin, former Mayor Pro-tem of Cornelius and founder of Vintage Marketing, 2013 Chamber Chairman Jack Salzman, and Chamber President Bill Russell.  Wagner Noble & Co. recently merged with Boatsman Gillmore PLLC to combine their accounting, tax and advisory practices into one firm with offices in Charlotte and Huntersville.

Adam Boatsman credited the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce for helping the original office of Boatsman Gillmore PLLC to establish itself in the Lake Norman market.  Boatsman stated, “Dale Gillmore and I conducted initial market research using the Lake Norman Chamber’s website and determined that there was a market that we could service – namely growth oriented companies in the Lake Norman community that were utilizing either out-of-state or Uptown Charlotte based CPA firms.  We quickly bought into the live-work-play mindset and largely credit the chamber for assistance in launching the original CPA practice.”

Interestingly, its founder, Larry Wagner, started his firm at about the same age and point in his career as Boatsman and Gillmore.  Similar to his partner’s story, Wagner identified an underserved niche in the market and created one of the most well respected audit practices in the Charlotte area.

Today Boatsman Gillmore Wagner PLLC is one of the largest locally owned accounting firms in the Charlotte region. The firm has a talented team of 40 accounting and business professionals and revenues of approximately $5 million. In addition, the partners have plans to double in size and expand into other markets.

Boatsman added, “The Chamber was integral to the success of launching our firm and gave us the platform to meet other professionals and business leaders in the community.  The Chamber doesn’t necessarily bring anyone business, but it does provide an environment where if you want to help yourself and grow, you can.”

For more information on the Lake Norman Chamber visit www.lakenormanchamber.org.

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Bob McIntosh and Bill Ellison, partners with the McIntosh Law Firm receive the Duke Energy Citizenship and Service Award from 2012 Chamber Chairman Jack Salzman and Tim Gause, Region Director, Government and Community Relations for Duke Energy.  Pictured left to right: Bob McIntosh, Jack Salzman, Bill Ellison, and Tim Gause.

Bob McIntosh and Bill Ellison, partners with the McIntosh Law Firm receive the Duke Energy Citizenship and Service Award from 2012 Chamber Chairman Jack Salzman and Tim Gause, Region Director, Government and Community Relations for Duke Energy. Pictured left to right: Bob McIntosh, Jack Salzman, Bill Ellison, and Tim Gause.

The McIntosh Law Firm, located in the Historic Davidson Cotton Mill, was selected by the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce as the 2012 Duke Energy Citizenship and Service Award at the Chamber’s Annual Meeting.  Representing the firm were Firm Partners Bob McIntosh and Bill Ellison along with several other firms attorneys.

The award was presented by Tim Gause, Region Director, Government and Community Relations for Duke Energy and 2012 Chamber Chairman of the Board Jack Salzman.  Gause pointed out that by definition, the award is a tribute to those who make a difference in their communities or places of work by using their time, talents and philanthropy to positively impact the lives of others.

Gause told a sold out crowd of business leaders, “The McIntosh Law Firm is in itself the definition of this award.  The principles of the Firm, Bob McIntosh and Bill Ellison, set the tone in their office.  The Firm writes the checks but the people behind that piece of paper make the difference.  All members of The McIntosh Law Firm are encouraged to find some way to give back to their community.  Many of the attorneys sit on non-profit or town government boards and a good number of the remaining staff volunteer their time to various other organizations.”

Gause added, “It is not uncommon to see any one of The McIntosh Law Firm employees flipping pancakes for Civitan, grilling hot dogs at Big Day at the Lake, handing out popcorn at Christmas in Davidson, shooting hoops at a Davidson College basketball game or playing golf alongside Special Olympians at a golf tournament.  It would be difficult to attend any local school event in North Mecklenburg County without seeing a sign or banner displayed with the Firm’s logo in support of scholastic sports and education in general.”

Founded in November, 1997, The McIntosh Law Firm has been dedicated to fostering an environment in which families, businesses, and the community at large can prosper. The Firm strives to support local artistic, athletic, charitable, cultural and educational institutions. By working to further these cultural and academic interests, the Firm hopes the community from which it draws its clients and employees will become enriched for many generations to come.

For more information on the Lake Norman Chamber visit www.lakenormachammber.org.

Chamber Founder John Cherry Receives North Carolina’s Highest Honor

A number of Lake Norman Chamber past Chairmen of the Board were on hand to congratulate Chamber Founder John Cherry on receiving the coveted North Carolina Order of the Long Leaf Pine.  From left to right first row: Robert Reed, Randy Marion, John Cherry, Jack Salzman, Gary Know, and Joni Davis.  Second row: Richard Wilson, Woody Washam, Donna Moffett. John Hettwer, Bob McIntosh, and Mike Foster. Photo by Deborah Young Portrait Studio

A number of Lake Norman Chamber past Chairmen of the Board were on hand to congratulate Chamber Founder John Cherry on receiving the coveted North Carolina Order of the Long Leaf Pine. From left to right first row: Robert Reed, Randy Marion, John Cherry, Jack Salzman, Gary Know, and Joni Davis. Second row: Richard Wilson, Woody Washam, Donna Moffett. John Hettwer, Bob McIntosh, and Mike Foster. Photo by Deborah Young Portrait Studio

John Cherry, president of John Cherry State Farm Insurance and founder of the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce received the coveted Order of the Long Leaf Pine, North Carolina’s highest honor.  It was presented by 2005 Lake Norman Chamber Chairman Joni Davis, Vice President, Large Business Customer Relations at Duke Energy, at the Chamber’s 2013 Annual Awards Meeting Thursday, January 24th at the Havana Banquet and Ballroom.

Davis cited a brief history of the Chamber which celebrated its twenty-fifth anniversary before reading a letter from North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis.  Speaker Tillis stated: As a resident of North Mecklenburg and the Lake Norman region myself, we are all indebted to the men and women who have served on the Board of Directors of the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce  for the past 25 years.  We deeply appreciate their commitment to our community and in particular John Cherry, the founder, whose vision and leadership has left a lasting legacy for our region.

It is in that spirit that Governor Patrick McCrory bestows on John R. Cherry, the greatest honor of our state – The Order of the Long Leaf Pine according him all rights and privileges thereof. I’m told this is the very first Long Leaf Pine of Governor McCrory’s term, and I can think of no greater recipient.

Thank you John!  And thank you to all the members of the Chamber for the work you do to make our community and state a great place to live and work!

Speaker Tillis joined the meeting later in the meeting and met with Cherry and members of his family who were on hand to witness the presentation.

Abigail Jennings Recognized by Lake Norman Chamber as Business Person of the Year

Abigail Jennings, President of Lake Norman Realty Inc receives the coveted Lake Norman Chamber Cashion Business person of the Year.  From left to right:  Shantae Brown, Debbie Monroe, Randolph Lewis, Abigail Jennings, Jane Getsinger, Celeste Colcord, and Denise Richards. Photo by Deborah Young Portrait Studio

Abigail Jennings, President of Lake Norman Realty Inc receives the coveted Lake Norman Chamber Cashion Business person of the Year. From left to right: Shantae Brown, Debbie Monroe, Randolph Lewis, Abigail Jennings, Jane Getsinger, Celeste Colcord, and Denise Richards. Photo by Deborah Young Portrait Studio

In a sign that the Lake Norman real estate market is making a recovery from a lingering slow down and national recession, a local realtor has been selected as the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce’s Business Person of the Year.  Abigail Jennings, president of Lake Norman Realty, Inc received the prestigious Robert T. Cashion Award at the Chamber’s Annual Awards Banquet Thursday, January 24th.

Lake Norman Realty is the oldest Lake Norman real estate firm, with offices located Cornelius, Davidson, Denver, Mooresville and Statesville.  The agency is currently celebrating their 35th anniversary.  John Bradford, a Cornelius Town Commissioner and recipient of the 2011 Cashion Business Person of the Year presented the award along with Lake Norman Chamber Chairman Jack Salzman.  Bradford cited that in 2012 the agency was recognized as one of the Charlotte region’s largest real estate companies and the largest female owned real estate companies according to The Charlotte Business Journal.  Lake Norman Realty, Inc. was also ranked 4th overall in Charlotte as a Best Place to Work and a top finalist for the 6th year in a row.

Lake Norman Realty, Inc.’s Luxury home division made regional real estate history with two record-breaking sales at $4.4 million and $7.5 million. Their Commercial Division increased 29% in sales volume, property management a 9% increase, and overall sales volume 60% over 2011.  Most importantly their customer satisfaction rate was 99.5% from surveyed seller and buyer clients.

In addition, Jennings is the co-founder and financial director for the Pioneer Springs Community School which opened this past August; Vice President of the South Iredell Community Development Corporation; Board member for blueharbor bank; and President of the Lucky Cat Program for stray or abandoned cats as well as many more local community projects and programs.

In accepting the award, Jennings said, “I am honored and grateful for this award.  Without the support of my husband, Randolph Lewis, my Mom, Jane Getsinger, and Lake Norman Realty’s stellar team of associates, I would not be here today.  I’d like to also thank my Dad and mentor, James Jennings, who laid the foundation of Lake Norman Realty in 1978.  Adaptation and perseverance are how we’ve made it through our recent market downturn, making this award  especially meaningful as we enter our 35th year serving Lake Norman.  Thank you also to the Chamber for the wonderful work you have done over the past quarter century.  We are proud to have been a charter member and believe in the power and synergy the Chamber brings to this community.”