This Week’s Business Buzz: 6/14/19

June 17, 2019

Congrats to Johnson Price Sprinkle, Champion Credit Union, Forrest Firm PC and Edward Jones on being honored as one of 2019 Best Employers in North Carolina. In other news, Buncombe County has selected Dakisha Wesley and Sybil Tate as Assistant County Managers. And after a national search, Asheville City has named Chris Bailey as its next Police Chief.


  • Johnson Price Sprinkle PA (JPS) is honored to be named one of 2019 Best Employers in North Carolina.  Only 34 companies in the small to medium category (15-249 U.S. employees) were chosen. Of this group, JPS was ranked #17 in the state and celebrates being one of four companies based in Western North Carolina.  For the 2019 employers that made the list, it was evident the emphasis of work-life balance is key.
  • Champion Credit Union, Forrest Firm PC and Edward Jones were also recognized by Business NC as Best Employers in North Carolina.
  • UNC Asheville professor Agya Boakye-Boaten has received a Fulbright Award for research on the role of culture in child trafficking + child labor in Ghana. Professor Boakye-Boaten is the Chair and Associate Professor of Africana and Interdisciplinary and International Studies. He will be teaching and researching for 10 months at the University of Cape Coast.


  • The Village Potters Clay Center is excited to present David Voorhees in a weeklong, hands-on intensive workshop in their new hands-on workshop facility. This intermediate to advanced level workshop will focus on working with porcelain, primarily on the potter’s wheel, and will cover many forming and decorating aspects of handling this magical clay up to the bisque firing stage. No firing is included with this workshop, allowing all time to be dedicated to exploring and improving form and finishing.
  • Pardee UNC Health Care announced today three new members of its 15-person board of directors: Deborah Bell, a retired sales manager for the commercial and industrial lighting industry; Brittany Brady, president and CEO of the Henderson County Partnership for Economic Development (HCPED); and Thomas Eisenhauer, M.D., F.A.C.S., a general, thoracic and vascular surgeon at Pardee Surgical Associates. Bell will fill the seat left vacant by Jack Summey; Brady and Dr. Eisenhauer will fill seats left vacant by Dr. Bill Medina and Hall Waddell. Each new board member will serve a three-year term.


  • The AdventHealth Hendersonville Foundation is excited to announce it has been awarded a grant from the Community Foundation of Henderson County to fund technology that is vital to the care of newborn and adult patients in need of breathing support and relief. This funding will go toward the purchase of two New Vapotherm Respiratory Units.


  • Carolina Mountain Sales Real Estate is proud to announce that Mukunda Pacifici has joined as Broker-In-Charge of its Asheville office. Mukunda brings an experienced and progressive leadership approach that will focus on increasing Carolina Mountain Sales’ market share and brand presence in Asheville and throughout Western North Carolina, while attracting dynamic, service-led real estate producers to the team.
  • After a months-long national search, Buncombe County Manager Avril Pinder is pleased to announce Dakisha Wesley and Sybil Tate have been selected as Assistant County Managers. Dakisha (DK) Wesley comes to Buncombe County with more than 19 years of local government experience and a strong commitment to building and leading diverse teams of professionals. Sybil Tate is the current Assistant County Manager in Person County. Sybil joined Person County Government in 2012 where she oversees Recreation, Inspections, Library, Cooperative Extension, Person Industries, Soil & Water Conservation, and Planning & Zoning


  • Tukit Tour Co is looking for drivers/tour guides with flexible schedules to not only drive an all electric Tuk Tuk, but to also serve as a tour guide as needed.  The Tuk Tuk has 6 passenger seating and is used for brewery / city tours, and Biltmore Experience Ride through the property. They will also be doing events and weddings renting by the hour.  So they need drivers who have familarity of Asheville, can create/tailor tours per a customers request, and who are excited to have fun and make money on this new adventure. Must have a valid NC drivers license and a good driving record.  Please call their office at 828-712-1800 or email your question or resume to
  • Capital Bank is hiring all over town! They are looking for a Financial Center Manager, Retail Administrative Assistant, Teller, and Financial Services Representative. All applicants can apply at
  • Friday Services is hiring several positions in the Asheville area including: Assembly, Machine Operator, Material Handler, Warehouse Laborer, Sorter, Order Picker, General Office, Data Entry, and more! They offer fair wages and comprehensive benefits. If you are looking for work, or looking to hire talent, give Friday Services a call today at (828) 684-8700, and discover why Fridays has been the premiere employment solutions provider in Western NC since 1980.


  • Asheville Wellness Tours is running a “We love locals” special for its Downtown Wellness Walking Tour and Yoga on the Mountain Hike.  Bring two or more guests at regular price and you go for free!
  • Craft Centric’s in-house brewery Fermented Nonsense, will be releasing two new beers in the coming week. Yass Kween Cherry Lime Wheat Beer will be released Tuesday June 11th in time for the Broad City Trivia night. Beauty in the Rains That I See Amber Ale  will be released Tuesday June 18th in time for The Office trivia night.
  • Asheville Mall is ringing in the first weekend of summer with a special “Shop Local Summer Kick-Off Celebration” on June 21st – 23rd. All weekend long, locally owned shops and eateries that call Asheville Mall home will have exclusive offers, giveaways, entertainment, and more! From free cookies to prize wheels, BOGO deals to special vendors, there’s something for everyone offered over the 3 days.


  • After 38 years of service, Blue Ridge Public Radio Program Director Barbara Sayer will retire at the end of July. Barbara started working at the station as a volunteer when it was headquartered at UNC Asheville. A job search is underway to fill her position.