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Robin WellingsLoftus Receives the “TNT” Client Development Award

For Immediate Release

June 29, 2015

Contact: Robin WellingsLoftus


Edward Jones Financial Advisor Robin WellingsLoftus of Fuquay Varina recently received the “TNT” Client Development Award for her outstanding service efforts over the past year. Only 548 of the firm’s more than 14,000 financial advisors received the award.

The award derives its name from firm legends who, in the 1950s, traveled the Midwest from Tuesday through Thursday each week, becoming known as “TNT” brokers.

Edward Jones, a Fortune 500 company, provides financial services for individual investors in the United States and, through its affiliate, in Canada. Every aspect of the firm’s business, from the types of investment options offered to the location of branch offices, is designed to cater to individual investors in the communities in which they live and work. The firm’s 14,000-plus financial advisors work directly with nearly 7 million clients. Edward Jones, which ranked No. 6 on FORTUNE magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For in 2015, is headquartered in St. Louis. FORTUNE and Time Inc. are not affiliated with and do not endorse products or services of Edward Jones. The Edward Jones website is located at, and its recruiting website is Member SIPC.


Saving Lives starts with YOU

Even though the Relay For Life of South Wake’s event is over, the American Cancer Society must continue raising funds to meet the needs of patients, their caregivers, and their families. During the next few months, approximately 12,605 people in North Carolina will hear the words “you have cancer.” These people and their families may need information, transportation, or some form of support that the American Cancer Society can provide.

We need your help to ensure the resources the need are available, especially during the early stages of the cancer journey. To find out how you can help, please contact Ashley Wickline at or by calling 919-302-4557.

Eating Well on a Limited Grocery Budget

The Community Market Co-op & Fuquay-Varina Parks & Recreation Co-host Free Community Workshop

Fuquay-Varina, NC-May 12, 2015 – Eating a healthy, nutritious meal can have many obstacles for people, but money should not be one of them. As recently as 2014, 46 million people were on SNAP benefits (formerly known as food stamps) and millions more live on limited grocery budgets.

To help with this daily challenge, The Community Market Co-op is co-hosting “Good & Cheap: Eating Well on a Limited Budget”, a FREE community event, with the Fuquay-Varina Parks & Recreation Department on Saturday, May 30, 2015, 10:00am12:00pm at the Fuquay-Varina Community Center. Professional Chef, Cherisse Byers of will provide cooking demonstrations, tips and food tastings during the event. Based on the cookbook Good & Cheap: Eat Well on $4/Day by Leanne Brown, this program will showcase how to cook simple, nutritious and good-tasting food for just a few dollars a day, how to shop seasonally to extend your grocery budget and which pantry staples to stock in the kitchen.

Designed for people on tight budgets, particularly those who receive SNAP benefits, Ms. Brown’s book focuses on how to cook with whole foods without relying on over-processed foods that are low in nutrition and, contrary to popular belief, can actually cost more. The book also serves as a resource of ideas, delicious recipes and helpful tips for those looking to feed themselves or their family healthy foods.

In addition to the demo and food sampling, various door prizes, such as copies of the Good & Cheap cookbook, gift baskets of cooking supplies donated by volunteers and supporters of The Community Market Co-op, and tokens from the Fuquay-Varina Grower’s Market will be given away during the event. All attendees will have a chance to win, but those who pre-register will be entered into the drawing twice.

The event will be held at the Fuquay-Varina Community Center at 820 S. Main St. Fuquay Varina, NC, 27526 in the Jimmy Johnson Room. To register for this FREE event, contact Fuquay-Varina Parks & Recreation at 919-552-1430. Seating is limited to the first 80 attendees who register.

About the Community Market

The Community Market Food Co-op will be a full-service, community-owned grocery store serving Southern Wake, Harnett & Johnston counties, offering a wide selection of high quality, fairly-priced and fairly traded products. We are dedicated to supporting local farmers and producers while bringing the community together through delicious food, sustainable products, outreach services, and educational opportunities. For more information, visit

The Gilbert Company Chooses Open Sky Group and JDA Software WMS & WLM Solutions

RALEIGH, N.C. and Scottsdale, AZ, March 10, 2015 – Open Sky Group (Open Sky –, a consulting company specializing in the implementation of Warehouse Management System (WMS) software, and JDA Software, Inc. have partnered to bring The Gilbert Company, a leading third party logistics provider (3PL) specializing in the retail sector, a comprehensive supply chain software solution that includes JDA Warehouse Management, JDA Warehouse Labor Management, JDA Inventory Visibility, JDA Third Party Billing and JDA Parcel, deployed by Open Sky Group.

The Gilbert Company has been an established warehouse, distribution and transportation services provider to the retail industry for more than 25 years. The company serves customers nationwide across three market segments: big box, specialty apparel and footwear and their vendors. Superior customer service levels, anticipated growth and the ability to stay ahead of the retailers requirements were key drivers,” said Richard Gilbert, Owner of The Gilbert Company. “We looked at many WMS products and implementers over several months. We chose Open Sky Group because of their talent – they are attentive, responsive and very knowledgeable. We chose JDA WMS because of its robust and adaptable features. We’re confident we’re in good hands with the combination of Open Sky Group and JDA, and we’re looking forward to successful go-lives on the east and west coasts this year.”

“We have a long history of 3PL experience so we understand Gilbert’s business needs very well and know exactly where their evolving needs are and how to best solve them,” says Curt Sardeson, President of Open Sky Group. “Our ability to quickly and accurately configure and implement a WMS with complex client billing requirements was a critical factor in our selection and we’re looking forward to doing just that for The Gilbert Company, enabling them to better serve current customers, as well as launch new business more quickly and easily.”

Chamber Plans Annual Awards Banquet for February 27th

The Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce that its 2015 Annual Awards Banquet will be held on Friday, Feb. 27th at Bentwinds Country Club.  Beginning at 5:30 pm with a social hour and cash bar, the dinner portion of the event will commence at 6:30 pm, with award presentations following shortly thereafter. Known for its thematic awards banquets over the last several years, the Chamber is currently developing a retrospective look at the Chamber for this year, with snapshots of different decades and a look to the future of Fuquay-Varina.

More information regarding the theme, complete with the tagline and artwork will be announced in mid-January. Tickets will go on sale on or before January 15th on the Chamber’s website.

The purpose of this event is to celebrate the prior year’s hard work and successes in the business community and to present a number of awards to very deserving businesses and individuals. The highlight is the presentation of the Outstanding Citizenship Award.  Since 1956, the Fuquay-Varina Chamber of Commerce has presented this distinguished award to a resident of our area who has demonstrated a long-term commitment of service to enhancing the quality of life in our community.  Nominees for the Outstanding Citizenship Award are active in all phases of community life.  Other awards that will be presented at the awards banquet include Large Business of the Year, Small Business of the Year, the Horizon Award, Ambassador of the Year, PWLA Woman of the Year, and the Chairman’s Award. Details on the nomination requirements and links to the nomination forms for any of the publicly nominated awards can be found below.  The deadline for nominations is February 6, 2015.

Nomination forms are also available at the Chamber office, 121 North Main Street in Fuquay-Varina. Hard copies of nomination forms can be submitted in person, by mail, or via fax.

Outstanding Citizen of the Year
Horizon Award
Small Business of the Year
Large Business of the Year

If you have any questions, please contact Chamber staff at (919) 552-4947.