Honors Area's Top Individuals
of the Year - Leaders from Alamac American Knits of Lumberton
accept awards at the Business Visions banquet. From left: Robert
Hester, vice president for finance, Doris Sampson, VP for planning,
Mark Cabral, president and Henry Griffin, VP for manufacturing.
Mark Cabral, president
of Alamac American Knits of Lumberton, accepted the Entrepreneur of
the Year award at the 6th annual Business Visions awards banquet.
The company re-opened
the Lumberton textile company that now employs 330.
A Pembroke pharmacist
who built a medical supply and home healthcare business with nearly
400 employees was named Business Person of the Year at the 6th annual
Business Visions awards dinner.
Howard Brooks and
HealthKeeperz were honored April 30 at a banquet that is hosted by UNC
Pembroke's Regional Center for Economic, Community and Professional
Development and the Small Business and Technology Development Center
(SBTDC). Corporate sponsors were BB&T, Acme Electric, CP&L,
Southeastern Regional Medical Center and Lumbee River Electric Membership.
The Spirit of Unity
Award went to Robeson Community College President Fred Williams. Mr.
Williams, who is retiring this year, guided the college through rapid
enrollment expansion and troubles, including a yearlong probation by
the Southern Association of Colleges (SACS).
UNC Pembroke's top
business students were also honored. Kelley Iverson, who serves as assistant
women's soccer coach for UNCP, was named top student in the Master of
Public Management program.
John Bullard was
named the outstanding student in the Master's of Business Administration
program. He is a Laurinburg banker, employed by Lumbee Guaranty Bank.
of Pembroke was named outstanding undergraduate business student.
Allen C. Meadors praised the collaborative efforts between business,
community and higher education.
"With the Regional
Center, the Small Business Center and our growing investment in COMtech
industry and technology park, our university is reaching out in many
ways to its surrounding community," Chancellor Meadors said. "By
2007, the university will spend $80 million in construction, making
us a growth industry and a partner in the economic development of the
Mr. Brooks, whose
company was called one of the fastest growing businesses in Robeson
County, said he remains focused on the benefits his business provides.
about is creating the resources that create income for our employees
and create positive outcomes for the people we serve," Mr. Brooks
said. "We see between 5-600 patients every day."
Cabral said the resurrection of his company was a community effort.
"We were not
certain we could make this work, but we knew we had the ability to make
this a successful venture," Mr. Cabral said. "Greg (Taylor
of the SBTDC) and many others were very important to our effort. We
had a lot of support."
RCC's Fred Williams
said his personal accomplishments are secondary.
important than the things I have done are the people I've worked with
and the lives we have affected over the years," Mr. Williams said.
"We must all learn to work as a whole."
was Dr. Warren Gulko, a professor in the Cameron School of Business
at UNC Wilmington. He was former director of the Small Business and
Technology Development Center at UNCW.
Vice Chancellor for Outreach Richard Bothel, who introduced Dr. Gulko,
was host for the evening event at Pine Crest Country Club in Lumberton.
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