Clayton News-Star

Business Briefs for Feb. 27

WakeMed honors Johnston County employees

Several Johnston County residents are among the 98 WakeMed employees who received Circle of Excellence Awards recently.

WakeMed employees nominated their co-workers for this award. Selection was based on the employee’s outstanding performance.

This honor is usually given to employees who “fully embrace WakeMed’s policies and culture of safety, produce quality work in an efficient manner, communicate clearly and participate in process improvement initiatives,” said Kristin Kelly Gruman, a spokeswoman for WakeMed.

The Clayton residents honored are, Trude Blinson, Jill Cooper, Jennifer Jones, Lisa Ann Kennedy, Ronald Lewis and Marsha Eden, Lisa Lassiter.

Mudcats welcome new additions to front office

Janell Bullock joins the Mudcats this year as Director of Ticket Operations. Bullock graduated from East Carolina University in 1999.

Gordon Buchanan is the new Promotions Director. The Nashville, Ind., native has a journalism degree from Indiana University with a degree in journalism.

Joel Chavez also returns to the Carolina League after spending summers with the Gwinnett Braves and Potomac Nationals. Chavez, a 2009 graduate of James Madison University, is a member of the Stadium Operations staff.

Jordan Buck and Juan D. Toro is a new sales associate. Buck, originally from Chapel Hill comes to Five County Stadium after three seasons with the Gwinnett Braves. She graduated with a degree in Sports Management from N.C. State University. He has a Sports Management degree from NCSU.

Other staff changes include Sean Nickelsen’s move to Director of Group Sales and Marketing. Britni Holman was promoted to Director of Merchandising and Lindsey Lynch was named Director of Community Relations.

The Carolina Mudcats will open their second year as members of the Carolina League on April 5 at Five County Stadium against the Winston-Salem Dash.

U.S. Cellular to offer 4G LTE service soon

Johnston County residents will be able to receive high-speed 4G LTE services by the end of the year, according to Dee Taylor, director of sales in eastern North Carolina.

Eastern North Carolinians will enjoy access to 4G LTE speeds that are up to 10 times faster than 3G and similar to a cable Internet connection, according to Taylor.

Taylor says 4G LTE speeds provide an enhanced wireless experience with fast web browsing, smooth video streaming, video chatting with no buffering and speedy app downloads.

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