Dandelion Eatery - Special Guest

Today I had the great fortune of sharing lunch with Laresa Griffin and Michael Elis at Dandelion in downtown Hendersonville. Michael is the founder of Comedy at the Rock, and his team will be hosting their Grand Opening showcase at the historic Flat Rock Playhouse on April 28th with celebrity headliner, Emo Philips. Equally important, Michael is an ardent fan of Safelight's intern program and the warmth it brings to the Dandelion experience.

To learn more about Comedy at the Rock, or to explore sponsorship opportunities, please visit their Facebook page: facebook.com/comedyattherockhendo

To learn more about Safelight's intern program, please contact Wendy McEntire at (828) 693-3840 or visit Dandelion online: safelightfamily.org/dandelion

Laresa Griffin & Michael Elis

Laresa Griffin & Michael Elis

TeamWork WNC Interview - Greater Asheville Regional Airport Authority

Intriguing TeamWork WNC interview this morning with Tina Kinsey ~ Director of Marketing, Public Relations, and Air Service Development for the Greater Asheville Regional Airport Authority. With an enduring foundation of top-quality aviation management, strategic technical innovation, and masterful expansion planning, their contribution to the local economy is awe inspiring. To learn about career opportunities, please visit the Asheville Regional Airport website: flyavl.com

Tina Kinsey (GARAA)

Tina Kinsey (GARAA)

TeamWork WNC Interview - LRU Asheville Center for Graduate Studies

Enlightening TeamWork WNC interview this morning with Dr. Michael Dempsey, Dean and Director of Lenoir-Rhyne University's Center for Graduate Studies of Asheville. We discussed the unique history and purpose-driven culture that guides their commitment to educational excellence and adaptive career preparation. With an academic framework formed on liberal arts and sciences, their brand of practical analysis, self discovery, and community leadership serves as a launching ground for lasting prosperity. To learn more, or to schedule an individual campus tour, please visit the Lenoir-Rhyne University website: www.lr.edu

Dr. Michael Dempsey (LRU)

Dr. Michael Dempsey (LRU)

TeamWork WNC Interview - AMOS

Motivating TeamWork WNC interview this morning with Anna Priest, Executive Director of the Asheville Museum of Science. Her organization inspires STEM knowledge through innovative onsite exhibits and interactive partnerships with educational institutions. From daylong field trips to college-level internships, there are many ways to support the Asheville Museum of Science in their mission to enhance our understanding of the world around us. And it is important because a continuously improving quality of life for Western North Carolina's future generations can only be achieved through environmental awareness and advanced career readiness.

To learn more about the Asheville Museum of Science: www.ashevillescience.org

Anna Priest (AMOS)

Anna Priest (AMOS)

TeamWork WNC Interview - UNC Asheville FBF

Educative TeamWork WNC interview this morning with Cindy Clarke (Executive Director) of the UNC Asheville Family Business Forum. Her organization provides interactive learning opportunities for family-owned companies to help them overcome challenges that are unique to their operational structures and managerial cultures. With an impressively diverse and highly accomplished network of members, it is clear that the UNC Asheville Family Business Forum delivers top-quality results. To learn more, please visit their website: fbf.unca.edu

Important Note: Cindy Clarke expertly identified a growth trend among staffing firms in our region. This is a very encouraging indicator of expansion across all economic sectors.

Cindy Clarke (UNC Asheville FBF)

Cindy Clarke (UNC Asheville FBF)

TeamWork WNC Interview - Safelight Employment Referral Partner (Cascades Mountain Resort)

Enlivening TeamWork WNC interview this morning with Roy Dickerson, Sales Director of Cascades Mountain Resort in Hendersonville. With extraordinary ambition and commitment, business owners David and Marybeth Day have transformed a vacant and tragically neglected hotel on Sugar Loaf Road into a wonderful family-friendly retreat. Thus far, they have employed 40+ workers and expect to hire more as their bookings grow. Further, they are enthusiastic supporters of the Safelight intern program as a source of recruitment for future job openings, and that means greater positive momentum for our community.

www.cascadesmountainresort.com

To learn more about the Safelight intern program, and how your company can become an Employment Referral Partner, please contact Wendy McEntire at (828) 693-3840.

Special thanks to Nathan Ramsey and Barbara Darby of the Mountain Area Workforce Development Board for educating Safelight's leadership group on the advanced training resources available through Blue Ridge Community College and the NCWorks Career Center in Flat Rock.

TeamWork WNC Interview - Park Ridge Health

Spirited TeamWork WNC interview this morning with Victoria Dunkle, Communications Director of Park Ridge Health. We talked about her organization's perceptive and inventive culture of service advancement and enthusiastic community involvement. From emergency care to comprehensive wellness programs and collaborative training outreach, Park Ridge Health ranks among the most deeply compassionate and professional employers in our region. To explore career opportunities, please visit their website: www.parkridgehealth.org

Victoria Dunkle (Park Ridge Health)

Victoria Dunkle (Park Ridge Health)

Safelight Intern Program - Wendy McEntire

Uplifting introductory meeting this morning with Safelight's new Job Training Program Director, Wendy McEntire. Her role, in large part, will be to expand our employment referral relationships with Henderson County businesses. Through a structured educative process, Safelight interns develop a winning blend of practical skills and appreciation for teamwork. This preparation makes them ideal for companies that want to hire qualified candidates while also showing heartfelt support for their community. To learn more, please contact Wendy McEntire at (828) 693-3840.

Wendy McEntire & Laresa Griffin (Safelight)

Wendy McEntire & Laresa Griffin (Safelight)

TeamWork WNC Interview - UNC Asheville

Engaging TeamWork WNC interview this morning with Joseph Urgo (Provost & Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs) of UNC Asheville. As an accomplished graduate of this nationally celebrated liberal arts institution, I was proud to host such a distinguished educational leader. We discussed the synergistic relationship between the college's academic approach and the evolving needs of foward-thinking employers throughout our region. From a workforce development perspective, Dr. Urgo provided expert analysis of the value of intellectual discovery and focused community involvement. To learn more, please visit the UNC Asheville website: www.unca.edu

Dr. Joseph Urgo (UNC Asheville)

Dr. Joseph Urgo (UNC Asheville)

TeamWork WNC Interview - Homes For Youth

Impactful TeamWork WNC interview this morning with Dr. Kathleen Lambert (Board Chair) of Homes For Youth. As a burgeoning nonprofit organization in Henderson County, their mission is to provide secure living space for displaced adolescents. Further, they are working to develop educational resources such as job-skill training and financial independence coaching. Beyond the goal of protecting vulnerable young people from the dangers of life without appropriate mentors (e.g., drugs, violence, etc.), Homes For Youth seeks to equip them with the necessary tools to build a positive future. To learn more, please visit their website: www.homesforyouth.org

Dr. Kathleen Lambert (Homes For Youth)

Dr. Kathleen Lambert (Homes For Youth)