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

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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

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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.

Showing Appreciation to Joyce’s Family Restaurant

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The Ministry Team at Bob Barker Company presented Joyce with a Certificate of Appreciation and a small gift. Joyce has donated a large container of vegetables every month, to the Church In the Woods Feeding Project for the homeless and less fortunate here in the Fuquay-Varina community. We appreciate her charitable giving and felt it was time to let her know.

If you’ve never tried her home style cooking buffet located on Main Street across from the Bob Barker corporate offices, you should. Support her business and let her know you appreciate her as she partners with us to faithfully support the less fortunate in our community.

Relay For Life Kick-Off Celebration

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We will be holding our annual Relay For Life Kick-Off on January 6, 2015 at 7pm in the training room at the Holly Springs Fire Department on Flint Point Lane. We would love for you to join us and see what Relay For Life is all about. Since food will be provided, we request that you RSVP by December 29th.

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Chamber of Commerce Welcomes New Executive Director Linda Frenette

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lLinda Frenette headshotThe Fuquay-Varina Chamber of Commerce is pleased to welcome new executive director Linda Frenette, who begins her tenure on December 15, 2014. She replaces Tommy Broadwell, who has led the Chamber since 2010 and is retiring on December  31st.

Board Chair Lisa Schreiner announced the hiring of Frenette saying, “After an exhaustive search process, we are very pleased to welcome Linda as the new leader of the Chamber. Her passion and experience will help us strengthen programs and expand services to our members and the community of Fuquay-Varina.”

Frenette brings a wealth of experience to her new position. She has served as executive director at a number of other nonprofit organizations in her career, including the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra and the Roxboro Chamber of Commerce. She earned her B.A.A. from Saginaw Valley State University. She also holds both an Economic Development Practitioner Certificate from the University of Michigan, and a Nonprofit Management Certificate from Duke University.

The Chamber’s Holiday Open House will be held on Thursday, December 18th from 4-6:00 pm at the Chamber office. It would be a great time for Chamber members to drop by and meet Linda in person.

Join us in welcoming Linda to the Fuquay-Varina Chamber of Commerce family!