This Week’s Business Buzz: 5/11/18

May 11, 2018

This week in AVL Biz, we offer our congrats to Johnson Price Sprinkle for being named one of the 2018 Best Employers in North Carolina, and to OneWhoServes for celebrating its 18th anniversary in Asheville. Read on for news about expansions, promotions, and another announcements in the Chamber Biz world.


  • Johnson Price Sprinkle PA (JPS) is honored to be named one of 2018 Best Employers in North Carolina, based on workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems, and demographics analyzed and determined by Best Companies Group. This is the fifth consecutive year JPS has been named as one of Best Employers in North Carolina.  
  • Carolina Day School Grade 4 teacher Jan Brabham has been invited to be a fellow at the Project Zero Classroom (PZC) Fellows Program, July 16-20, at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education in Cambridge, Mass. Educators attending this program will spend the week studying and networking with top professionals in education.]
  • OneWhoServes, Inc. just celebrated its 18th anniversary in Asheville.  Gordon Walton, President and founder, would like to thank the businesses of WNC for trusting them with one of the most critical aspects of business productivity, the IT infrastructure.  OneWhoServes will continue to maintain their long-standing relationships as well as develop new ones in the years to come.


  • The UNC School of Medicine (SOM) Asheville Campus at MAHEC is pleased to announce the election of Robyn Latessa, MD, director and assistant dean at the UNC SOM Asheville Campus, and four of the program’s students for membership in Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA), a national medical honor society that recognizes excellence in scholarship, research, service to others, and professional and community leadership.
  • Recently, French students from Lycée Notre Dame in Dijon visited Carolina Day School as part of a cultural exchange program. This is the tenth year of the exchange program—the year in which the Lycée Notre Dame students come to Asheville.
  • Lisa Richmond of Arcadia Beverage has been promoted to Vice President of Human Resources. Over the past 12 months she has been instrumental in the company’s transition to a predominantly full-time employee workforce, successfully transitioning them to a fantastic Healthcare Program, and implementation of a most successful 401k program. Congratulations, Lisa!
  • Officials at Gardner-Webb University are thrilled to announce that Dr. Prince Bull has been appointed as the new dean of the GWU School of Education beginning July 1. Bull replaces Dr. Doug Eury, who retired from the post last summer. Assistant Professor of Education Dr. Bruce Boyles has served as interim dean since last August.


  • Asheville School is excited to announce the official groundbreaking on the new $3 million multi-purpose athletic complex with lights. The community will gather on Monday, May 14 to celebrate as construction begins on the new facility, which includes a new multi-purpose artificial turf field, lights, a new track matching the school’s navy blue and white colors, stadium seating for 500 fans, a new press box and field-level restrooms. Asheville School thanks all those who donated funds to support the new facility, which will allow the community to come together and cheer on the Blues!


  • This week, the Asheville Sports Commission will host the Haute Route Cycling Event which runs Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  Volunteers are needed for the event, in addition to Wednesday and Thursday. If you are interested in getting involved, e-mail Madison Davis at