Luncheon is Aug. 31
The 2016 Johnston County Economic Update Luncheon is scheduled for noon Wednesday, Aug. 31, at the Agricultural Center, 2736 N.C. 210, Smithfield. Hear from Gary Lohr, project manager for Novo Nordisk; Sergi Roura, president of Grifols; Christopher Chung of the N.C. Economic Development Partnership; and Chris Johnson, Johnston County’s director of economic development. The cost is $26 per person. To register, call Kelly Wallace at 919-934-9166 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Networking over beer
“Brewing Up Connections,” a speed networking event, is scheduled from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13, at Double Barley Brewing, 3174 U.S. 70 West, Smithfield. The cost is $15 for members of the Smithfield-Selma Chamber of Commerce and $20 for nonmembers. The event is a project of the Chamber Women’s Business Network, a division of the Smithfield-Selma Chamber. To attend, call 919-934-9166.
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Hospital vice president named to bank board
April S. Culver, vice president of planning and external affairs for Johnston Health, has been named to the board of KS Bancorp Inc. and KS Bank Inc.
Culver is as a member of the senior management team at Johnston Health, which operates hospitals in Clayton and Smithfield. In her role, she coordinates all planning activities and oversees marketing and community relations, volunteer services, spiritual care, development and the Johnston Health Foundation. She is also responsible for developing strategies for federal, state and local legislative and regulatory matters that affect the hospitals.
Culver spearheaded the planning and implementation of the capital campaign for the SECU Hospice House of Johnston Health. That campaign raised $4.8 million to build the facility. She also helped secure state funding for the hospital system’s 20-bed behavioral health unit.
Culver is a 2000 graduate of the Wake Forest University School of Law and a 1995 graduate of Wake Forest University with a bachelor’s degree in business. The Smithfield native is the daughter of Durwood and Vickie Stephenson. She and her husband, Chad Culver, have one daughter, Ava.
Culver said she was excited about serving on the bank board. “I am very grateful to the board for asking me to serve in this capacity and to the stockholders for approving my appointment,” she said. “As a lifelong resident of Johnston County, I have seen the important role that community banks have played in our area.
“I have watched the growth and progress of KS Bank over the years and have remained impressed with the commitment and dedication of the leadership to serving our community. I look forward to continuing to support the mission and values of KS Bank in my service on the board.”
Harold T. Keen is president and chief executive of KS Bank. “We are thrilled to have someone of April’s background, knowledge and connections to join our board of directors,” he said. “Her legal background and business acumen will be a great asset to help us continue to grow our franchise.”
Bank welcomes new hires
KS Bank has welcomed two new employees.
Stacy Gainey is relationship manager in the Smithfield branch, where she is responsible for deposits, loans, personnel and branch operations. William Ray is the relationship manager in the Four Oaks branch.
Gainey has worked in the financial industry for 14 years. A native of Kenly, she graduated from North Johnston High School and attended Barton College. She is the daughter of Kenneth and Donna Gainey of Kenly.
Ray has worked in the banking industry as financial services representative and branch manager. He is a 2007 graduate of N.C. State University with a degree in business management. He and his wife, Stephanie, live in Angier with their two daughters, Trishton and Harper.
McDonald’s employee earns high school diploma
Mario Perlerla, an employee of McDonald’s in Selma, has earned his high school diploma through the company’s Archways to Opportunity program.
The program helps employees achieve their education goals, whether that’s a high school diploma, college degree, academic advising or learning English.
Originally from El Salvador, 32-year-old Perlerla started with McDonald’s as a crew employee and has worked his way up at the restaurant.
“My family was excited when they heard I was going back to school to get my diploma,” he said. “They have always encouraged me to go back and gave me a lot of support.
“Getting my diploma was important to me because of the doors education will open for me in the future.”
Perlerla plans to continue his education by studying business administration.
Walmart remodels Smithfield store
Walmart has remodeled its store at 1299 N. Bright Leaf Blvd. in Smithfield. The makeover includes a revamped layout, produce section, self-check-out lanes and Vision Center.
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