Business Buzz: 6/1/22

June 1, 2022


  • The FIRC Group, Inc. of Asheville has announced its own Ryan Tarrant, Market Director of Sales, has won the prestigious Cambria Hotels 2022 Director of Sales of the Year Award from Choice Hotels International, Inc., franchisor of the Cambria Brand. The Cambria Hotels DOS of the Year Award recognizes an individual who has made an exceptional difference in the hotel’s overall revenue contribution. Criteria used to select the DOS of the Year are Revenue Growth, Market Share Improvement and Sales Leadership. “I am truly proud to work with all of our sales leaders for Cambria Hotels and am particularly thrilled to recognize Ryan Tarrant, as our 2022 Director of Sales of the Year for his achievements with the Cambria Downtown Asheville in 2021,” said Cathy Avant, Senior Director, Brand Operations with Choice Hotels International. “Ryan consistently looks for new ways to partner with the brand and other hotels to drive success and is a fantastic mentor to his team. All of this is clearly shown in his results – a strong RevPar Index – especially in Business Transient and Groups sectors – and a plethora of positive feedback from clients.” Learn more about the FIRC Group, Inc.


  • Asheville Outlets is hosting an All About Safety event on Saturday, June 11 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the parking lot in front of Gap Factory. The center is teaming up with The Western and Southern Life Insurance Company, to help families be more safety-conscious, understand the risks their kids might face, and recognize the steps they can take to help avoid those risks. The day will include valuable tips from several organizations including WNC Safe Kids. The non-profit will educate parents and caregivers on bike helmet safety. Attending children will receive free bike helmets (while supplies last!). In addition, Child ID kits, fire trucks, free blood pressure screenings, self-defense exhibitions, disaster training and meet and greets with local law enforcement will also be a part of the day’s activities. Children can enjoy a complimentary cereal bar and hot dog giveaway! All About Safety is complimentary and open to the public. Learn more here.
  • Business Coach Joe Novara’s day-long, immersive event, The Total Business Breakthrough, is returning to WNC on Friday, June 17, at the Cascades Mountain Resort in Hendersonville, from 9 am to 5 pm. Seats at the Total Business Breakthrough are filling up fast. The price is $97 for a single ticket, and $157 for a bring-a-friend ticket. Registration includes lunch and snacks throughout the event. Learn more and register at For questions, contact