Business Buzz: 2/9/22

February 9, 2022


  • Mars Hill University’s board of trustees recently extended the contract of President Tony Floyd through May 2025. Floyd became the university’s 22nd president—and only the sixth since 1897—in 2018. During his presidency, the university has added new academic programs and new athletics teams and is in the preliminary phase of a capital fundraising campaign to build a new student center. Floyd emphasized the university’s commitment to serving students from the region—establishing scholarships such as the Local Lion Promise and Tennessee Neighbor Promise for students from the surrounding counties—while also welcoming students from 34 states and 27 countries in 2021. Read more here.


  • Management and the Board of Directors at Mountain Credit Union (MCU) have announced the recent promotion of Cody Rodgers as the Branch Manager in Franklin, NC, effective in December of 2021. Rodgers has been with MCU since 2015. He started as a part-time Member Service Representative and after going full-time, became Account Products Specialist, Loan Processor and then Assistant Branch Manager in Sylva, NC. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Biology / Pre-Med from Western Carolina University in 2017 while also working at MCU. Another promotion involves a new position that has been filled with a veteran employee. Chris Angel recently accepted the promotion to Vice President of Marketing and Business Development. A Haywood County native, Chris recently received his Associates in Arts – Liberal Studies from Leeward Community College and is currently working toward his Bachelors in Business Administration/Marketing at UNC-Pembroke. He holds several positions in leadership, plus many designations and certifications within the Credit Union industry. Chris began his MCU career in 2002 as a Loan Officer, then became Branch Manager in Fletcher, NC in 2005. He held the title of Business Development Director for nine years before this new role.


  • This February 12 & 13, a sweet gift for your sweetheart will also benefit the good works of the MANNA FoodBank. For each pound of candy purchased on these two days, the Mast General Stores in Asheville, Hendersonville, and Waynesville will make a $1 donation to put food on the tables of our neighbors. If you’re shopping at the store February 7 – 14, you can round up your purchase to the next dollar to make a donation directly to MANNA FoodBank.


  • Internationally renowned for its innovation, creativity and electrifying performances, PHILADANCO! The Philadelphia Dance Company and its superbly trained dancers carry forward a decades-long legacy of breaking barriers and building bridges across cultural divides. Originally founded to provide opportunities for Black dancers, the company continues to serve as a beacon of opportunity, inclusion and hope in its 51st season. At the Wortham Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday, Feb. 17 and Friday, Feb. 18 at 8 p.m. Tickets: $55 Regular; $50 Student; $20 Child; $10 Day-of Student Rush. Box office: 828-257-4530 or (Featured photo above of PHILADANCO! from Julianne Harris)
  • Curbside Revival Asheville Gallery Show is taking place at Archetype Brewing – North (Tap Lounge & Venue) 174 Broadway St, Asheville, NC 28801 on Friday, March 11 & Saturday, March 12 2022 from 6:30 – 10 pm. Archetype Brewing has donated the space for this special weekend event that will showcase how establishments, captured by Carol Spagnuola of Carol Spags Photography, persevered through the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic. The strength and resiliency of Asheville businesses during this challenging time was captured by Carol as most businesses were forced to close and innovate in order to stay alive. This will be a ticketed event with 100% of ticket sales donated to the Asheville Independent Restaurant Association. The event will have light hors d’oeuvres catered by a few local establishments.  Beer, wine, cider, and non-alcoholic items will be available for purchase. Learn more and buy tickets!
  • The Magnetic Theatre presents its 2022 Sketch Comedy Revue, Algorithm & Blues: A Dating Sketch Show, opening March 4 -12, 2022, with performances on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm, and Sunday, March 6 at 4 pm, and Thursday, March 10 at 7:30 pm. Local writers George Awad, Katie Jones, Travis Lowe, and Jason Phillips take on everything from first dates to live-in mates, from playground friends to friends with benefits.  Directed by Phillips with savvy, spice, and #nofilter, eleven Magnetic faves and new attractions flex their sketch muscles in an ensemble extravaganza of sixty different characters. Learn more and buy tickets!