Movers raised $14K for APS of Durham
Two Men and a Truck franchise owners Brooke and Les Wilson hosted a grand re-opening event for their new Durham office, 1816 S. Briggs Ave., to celebrate the first annual Movers for Mutts campaign, a local charity initiative that raised more than $14,000 for the Animal Protection Society of Durham.
“We’re speechless - this has meant so much to us and the animals at the shelter,” said APS exective director Shafonda Davis. “In addition to the $14,169 you helped us raise in October, you also helped us adopt out 104 dogs – representing a 25 percent increase over last October. This has truly been a blessing.”
After building seven Two Men and a Truck locations from the ground up over the past 10 years, including in Durham, “we’ve uncovered a fundamental truth to successful business ownership: It’s a marathon, not a sprint,” said Brooke Wilson.
“We have worked hard each and every day to earn our ‘movers who care’ reputation,” Wilson said. “We are proud to serve our community in every way – from serving customers to creating jobs to supporting local non-profits like the APS of Durham – and we are excited to build toward the next 10 years of success.”
Quintiles name new chairman
Pharmaceutical services giant Quintiles has named Jack Greenberg, a longtime director and former chairman and CEO of McDonald’s, as the company’s new chairman effective Jan. 1.
Greenberg succeeds co-founder and former CEO Dennis Gillings. Durham-based Quintiles announced in February that Gillings planned to step down as executive chairman of the company’s board of directors at the end of this year.
Gillings, who was 70 at the time of that earlier announcement, will remain on the board as a director.
Greenberg has been a Quintiles director since since January 2004. He has been chairman of Western Union since September 2006 and also is a director of Allstate, Hasbro and Manpower.
Greenberg was named CEO of McDonald’s in August 1998 and became chairmen in May 1999, holding both positions until he retired in December 2002. He has a business degree from DePaul University and a J.D. from DePaul’s College of Law.
Gillings, a former biostatistics professor at UNC-Chapel Hill who founded the business in 1982, is an industry pioneer who built Quintiles into the world’s largest pharmaceutical services company with nearly 35,000 employees worldwide. He was the company’s CEO from its inception until he stepped down in 2012.
“There would be no Quintiles without Dennis Gillings,” CEO Tom Pike said in a statement.
Staff writer David Ranii
App developer to expand workforce
Smashing Boxes, a Durham-based website and app developer, has unveiled ambitious expansion plans that call for it to create 85 jobs over the next five years - but those new jobs are earmarked for New Orleans.
The privately held company, which today has 65 employees, announced plans to create the jobs, which will pay an average of $75,000 a year, in conjunction with the office of Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal. Smashing Boxes also plans a $500,000 capital investment.
Founded in 2010, Smashing Boxes has been expanding rapidly, adding 17 employees since last December. The company says it’s on track on track to reach $6 million in revenue this year, up from $4 million in 2014, according to Margaret McNab, the company’s director of growth.
The positions in New Orleans will be primarily new jobs, but employees in Durham will be offered the option to relocate, McNab said.
“We’re not going to be twisting anybody’s arms,” she said, adding that the company views the opportunity to move to New Orleans as “a cultural perk” for its young workforce.
Tax incentives offered by Louisiana helped lure the company to New Orleans. However, Smashing Boxes didn’t seek a competing incentive package from North Carolina officials to boost its workforce in Durham instead, McNab said.
But, she added, “we will continue to expand in this area. It’s really not an either/or situation.”
Staff writer David Ranii