Business briefs for Feb. 9

Capt. Christopher Rayner, Lt. Ryan Hanes, Chief Rob Kinniburgh, and Capt. Chris Mollema lead the Matthews Fire & EMS. Photo courtesy of Town of Matthews

Fire chief promotes three

MATTHEWS – Matthews Fire & EMS Chief Rob Kinniburgh promoted Chris Mollema, Christopher Rayner and Ryan Hanes to leadership roles.

• Mollema was promoted to captain. He joined the department in 2008 as a firefighter/EMT. Mollema was previously promoted to lieutenant in July 2014. He has been in fire service since 2002.

• Rayner was named captain of recruitment and training, a newly created position. He joined the department in 2017 as a firefighter. He has been in fire service since 1996 and an instructor since 2008.

• Hanes has been promoted to lieutenant. He’ll be responsible for fire and life safety education and public relations. He joined the department as a firefighter/EMT in February 2016. Hanes has been in fire service for 10 years, four of those on active duty in the Air Force.

Dental firm names Martinez employee of the year

CHARLOTTE – Dentistry of the Carolinas named Sandy Martinez as its 2017 Employee of the Year.

Martinez joined the company in 2015 as a team member. She was promoted to team leader of the East Charlotte office, where she serves as an administrator and front desk associate.

She was among 17 employees nominated for the award, which honors a staff person for being productive, committed, dependable, reliable, positive and provider of excellent customer service.

“In addition to being the backbone for our East Charlotte location, she keeps the team motivated and successful, is an extremely hard worker and our patients love her,” said Clark Hammock, executive vice president.

The East Charlotte is located at 6708 Albemarle Road. The firm has eight locations, including Monroe, as well as Dilworth and SouthPark.

Health systems seek cleaner construction practices

CHARLOTTE – Clean Air Carolina, a statewide clean air advocacy group, has partnered with Novant Health and Carolinas HealthCare System to implement clean construction practices at future facilities.

The two medical systems joined together to improve air quality on their construction sites by requiring the use of low-emission equipment and discouraging unnecessary idling. These measures will help protect the health of patients, hospital visitors, staff, construction workers and neighbors.

In 2016, Clean Air Carolina worked with Novant Health on a study to demonstrate the impact hospital construction projects can have on air quality during the construction of Novant’s Women’s Center in Matthews. The study estimated the use of newer equipment with diesel particulate filters along with anti-idling signage reduced particle pollution by 33 percent.

Workout Anytime opening new gym in Mint Hill

MINT HILL – Chris Grove is opening a Workout Anytime location this month at 6273 Wilson Grove Road.

Grove also owns Workout Anytime locations in Kannapolis and Indian Trail.

The concept allows members 24/7 access to high quality fitness machines.

HomeUnion: Rental property a bargain in winter

IRVINE, Calif. – HomeUnion released a list of the biggest seasonal bargains for investment housing and found the winter off-peak period can be the best time of the year to acquire single-family rentals.

Charlotte wound up 16th on the list with a price savings of 18.1 percent, as single family rentals average at $127,000 in the winter and $155,000 in the summer, according to the online real estate firm.

“For the second year in a row, our study found that the wintertime is the best season to acquire rental properties,” explains Steve Hovland, director of research for HomeUnion.

“Home prices are seasonal as many buyers and sellers delay an acquisition or disposition to avoid a move during a school year. As a result, smaller homes occupied by empty-nesters or childless families are more likely to change hands.”

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