Table of Contents September 2013
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 …
By Laura Baverman
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?’”
The world's largest computer-maker is based there - but in a reversal of roles - makes some here.
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.
Call it what it is
How the economy turns.
John Hood — Free & Clear
Lessons from the session
Scott Mooneyham — Capital Goods
Businesss changes course on education