2007-09

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Admiral takes helm of leadership center

John Ryan isn’t just president of the Center for Creative Leadership, he’s a former customer. In 2001, Ryan, then a Navy admiral, took a course while examining executive-education programs for top brass. “I was supposed to go see five other organizations, but I called the head of the Navy and said I had found the right place.”
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For what it's worth

Jim Rogers made more than $3 million in salary and bonus as chief executive of Cinergy Corp. in 2005, the year before the Cincinnati-based electric utility merged with Charlotte-based Duke Energy Corp. When he agreed to work for stock and options as Duke’s CEO last year, it made a good impression on shareholders but not his wife. “I can’t honestly say there wasn’t a comment from the other part of my team,” he admits.
2007-09

Foul weather

Rising over his shoulder, the sun tints the sky east of Teaches Hole the color of ripe peaches. Skirting Ocracoke Inlet, Bill Evans points his 24-foot skiff toward Portsmouth Island. Evans, 38, has done this since high school, but he never tires of mornings like this. Playing nature’s lottery, a fisherman never knows what swims beneath the glassy green surface.
2007-09

Green is good for venture capitalist

When SJF Ventures pumps money into some touchy-feely, Earth-friendly business that recycles computers or installs solar-powered water heaters, it’s partly because of David Kirkpatrick’s liberal-arts education at Duke University. His bachelor’s in physics and history got him “looking at how we can change the world for the better.”
2007-09

Heroes worship

“Superman, thank you! You saved my life! How can I ever thank you enough?”

”Well, Lois, there are a million comics for sale in endless rows of boxes at the 25th anniversary Heroes Convention!"
2007-09

Parts will boost his company's sum

Now that Robert Skillen has his aircraft company off the ground, he hopes it will fly well enough to lure hundreds of jobs to a county that needs them and make western North Carolina a hub for aerospace parts. But it hasn’t gained altitude as quickly as he had hoped.
2007-09

State recruiting efforts get a dose of court aid

The legal climate for business in North Carolina is better than you might think — better than in all but five states, says The American Justice Partnership, a Lansing, Mich.-based lobbying group formed in 2005 by the National Association of Manufacturers.
2007-09

Twice-told tale

Maury Faggart drove some 1,300 miles, from Charlotte to Carteret County’s Down East extremity, then up and down the length of the Outer Banks twice, to take the photos that accompany this month’s cover story. Part of his trek was retracing Ed Martin’s trail reporting the piece, but when conditions weren’t right or the people Ed had talked to weren’t available, Maury had to double back to be there when they were.
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