Business Buzz; 11/9/11

November 9, 2022


On the 20th anniversary of the Tocqueville Society Community Service Award, United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County celebrated the leadership and contributions of Suzanne and David DeFerie in our community as a couple and Suzanne’s decades-long contributions as a leader and volunteer with the organization. Ms. DeFerie is known by many in Buncombe County and the region as having a 40-year career in the financial services industry, where she provided both organizational and community leadership. When she joined Asheville Savings Bank in 1991 as Chief Financial Officer, she was the first female executive hired by the bank. DeFerie became President and CEO of Asheville Savings Bank in 2008 and even then was one of only two female bank CEOs in North Carolina. She went on to successfully lead the bank through the Great Recession and through the initial public offering for ASB Bancorp. In 2017, when Asheville Savings Bank merged with First Bank, Suzanne became EVP & Regional President for First Bank’s Western Region, retiring from the position in the fall of 2019. Read more.


Ingles Markets is again launching the annual Ingles Giving Tree, a benefit for MANNA FoodBank and neighbors across WNC struggling with hunger. Right now, MANNA and their partner network of nonprofit organizations are serving more than 120,000 people each month with emergency food support.  To kick off the holiday season, this year’s Ingles Giving Tree will feature the return of live holiday music, an Ingles gift card giveaway, and a celebration of the incredible thirty-year impact of this much-loved tradition. The tree lighting event will take place on Monday, November 21, from 5:00 to 6:00pm, in the Food Court of the Asheville Outlets, with Mrs. Laura Ingle on hand to light the tree in person. The lighting will be broadcast live on WLOS, between 5:30 and 6:00pm, and streaming live on WLOS’ website.   This year, thanks to the incredible generosity of Ingles Markets, every person who brings a donation of non-perishable food items on Monday, November 21, between the hours of 5:00pm and 8:00pm, or Tuesday, November 22, between the hours of 10:00am and 8:00pm, will be entered to win a $500 Ingles gift card! Read more.


AdventHealth has welcomed Angela Trogdon, MSN, MPH, FNP-C to its team at AdventHealth Medical Group Family Medicine at Parkway*. Trogdon is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner who is passionate about providing excellent care to her patients with a focus on prevention and wellness, and disease management. Trogdon has more than 30 years of experience as a registered nurse in critical care, emergency medicine, and management. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Nursing from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC. She went on to earn her master’s degree in Nursing and completed her Family Nurse Practitioner program from Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC. Read more.