Table of Contents September 2013

September 2013

Cover story

Fight over flight

In the struggle for control of Charlotte’s airport, Aviation Director Jerry Orr wound up grounded. 
By Julie Rose clientuploads/Archive_Images/2013/09/Jerry-Orr-Airport copy.jpg

The light is so dim you have to squint to see him sitting on the back row of the section reserved for city employees. Arms folded high across his chest, the airport director slouches, his expression conveying a sour disposition. People who know him recognize it as his game face. Or his bored face. They look a lot alike. The City Council speeds through its consent agenda, items members have decided can be approved in a single batch. On the list is $2.6 million of spending for Charlotte Douglas International Airport: a new stretch of perimeter fencing, grading on one of its seemingly endless series of construction projects, cleaning services to keep the terrazzo flooring in high gloss …

 

 

 

Features

Calling ahead

Bandwidth has something wireless giants don’t — cellphones that make calls over the Internet.

By Laura Bavermanclientuploads/Archive_Images/2013/09/Bandwidth copy.jpg

His cycling team was only a few hours into its cross-country race when a squad of eight riders pulled alongside them. David Morken was leading a group of four amateurs in Race Across America, a 3,000-mile trek from Oceanside, Calif., to Annapolis, Md. The octet consisted of pros competing in a different division of the same event. Morken turned to his friend and business partner John Murdock and issued a challenge: Let’s ditch the old strategy and stay up all night competing against some of the fastest riders in the world for as long as possible. “We had no idea if we’d even survive,” Murdock says. “But we took the risk.” Morken’s men eventually tired and were passed — but not before building a two-hour lead on the rest of the amateurs. That was enough to win their division five days later.

 

Going to the chapels

Weddings are a marriage made in heaven for Raleigh photo-sharing app.
By Scott Huler

Justin Miller and a co-worker recently took a lunchtime stroll along trendy Hillsborough Street in Raleigh, eventually passing a group of suit-jacketed executive types. Miller, 6 feet 4 inches and heavily tattooed, turned to Andy Heyman — a co-founder of Raleigh-based Deja Mi Inc. and also plenty inked — and laughed. “Do you think they’re saying, ‘Those are the guys with the wedding-picture-sharing app?’”

Photo Feature

The China trade

The world's largest computer-maker is based there - but in a reversal of roles - makes some here.

By Vikki Broughton Hodges, Photography by Steve Exum

He shared a love of kayaking with its founders, but Boyce Greer’s role in the creation of Liquidlogic went beyond the Green River of western North Carolina. He often paddled its waters with Shane Benedict and Woody Callaway, kayak-makers who wanted to start their own company. One night, Callaway asked Greer, a banker, where they could find investors. “Boyce said, ‘Well, what are you thinking?’” Benedict recalls. “We told him, and he said, ‘I’m in. I’m your financing.’” Greer pumped several hundred thousand dollars into the startup, which is now part of Fletcher-based Legacy Paddlesports LLC and one of the most prominent brands in the world.

Departments

Up Front
Call it what it is

NC Trend
How the economy turns.

John Hood — Free & Clear
Lessons from the session

Scott Mooneyham — Capital Goods
Businesss changes course on education

Regional Report
Eastern Triangle Triad Charlotte Western

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