Business Notes: June 29

June 30, 2014 

Leadership Johnston

Here are this year’s graduates of Leadership Johnston, the leadership-development program for Johnston County residents:

•  Rene Allen, Novo Nordisk.

•  Jordan Astoske, Johnston Community College.

•  Vandolyn Bradley, Da’ Jesus Factory.

•  Ricky Byrd, Johnston Health.

•  Sherri Cannady, Four Oaks Bank & Trust Co.

•  Keri Christensen, Harbor Inc.

•  Lynn Daniels, Super 8 Smithfield.

•  David Ford, The Ford Firm PLLC.

•  Elliott Froehbrodt, Smithfield-Selma High School.

•  Tammy Godusi, Community Care of Wake & Johnston Counties.

•  Terry Hobgood, Town of Benson.

•  Chasity Irby, Willowrun Veterinary Hospital.

•  Allison Jones, Watson, Cooke & Jones PA, certified public accountants.

•  Wendy Langston, KS Bank Inc.

•  Emily Lawhorn, KS Bank Inc.

•  Vic McCormick, Johnston Community College.

•  Austin Peterson, Four Oaks Bank & Trust Co.

•  Erica Reid, Partnership for Children of Johnston County.

•  Karen Snyder, Legal Shield.

•  Chris Woodard, Johnston Community College.

Commercial lighting in Cleveland

Victory Lights, a Raleigh-based supplier of commercial lighting, has opened a store in Suite 101 at 595 Old Drug Store Road in the Cleveland community.

“Our passion for lighting and helping others is what drives us, and it is also what makes Victory Lights different from the competition,” said Chad Reynolds, owner and founder.

Victory Lights specializes in commercial-lighting supply; lighting-retrofit solutions, including LED lighting; and lamp recycling.

For more information, visit or call 919-817-2984.

Tastefully Simple

Joy Sensenig of Clayton has become an independent consultant with Tastefully Simple, a national direct-sales company that offers more than 60 easy-to-prepare foods.

Sensenig offers food samples at home taste-testing parties, along with easy ideas for everyday meals, recipes and serving suggestions. All of Tastefully Simple’s products are open-and-enjoy or can be prepared by adding only one or two ingredients.

For more information, call Sensenig at 919-761-3853.

Banker promoted

Four Oaks Bank has promoted H. Timothy Barbour to city executive for the bank’s Four Oaks market.

Barbour brings 25 years banking and commercial-lending experience to his new position. He joined Four Oaks Bank in 1999 as a commercial loan officer in the Benson office.

A native of Benson, Barbour graduated from South Johnston High School. He earned his associate’s degree in business from Johnston Community College and has completed the N.C. School of Banking at Chapel Hill.

A member of the Benson Lions Club since 1996, Barbour has served as chairman of the Johnny Morgan Memorial Golf Tournament for the past sixteen years. He is a past president of the Benson Lions Club, a past president of the Benson Chamber of Commerce and a former member of the Johnston County Tourism Authority.

Barbour and his wife, the former Evelyn Lucas, also of Benson, continue to reside in Benson. His office is at 6144 U.S. 301 South in Four Oaks. He can be reached at 919-963-2177.

Coming soon: Outlet Center Drive

Effective Aug. 1, Industrial Park Drive in Smithfield and Selma will have a new name – Outlet Center Drive. Businesses along the road will receive notices in the mail about street numbers. Also, they will receive change-of-address cards for the post office.

Corporate Solutions

Johnston Community College’s Corporate Solutions program has scheduled the following classes. For more information, visit or call Shelley Gardner at 919-209-2591.

Instant E-Commerce Options with Storefronts – 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, July 14, in Room 1031 at the Workforce Development Center. The fee is $79.

Online Fundraising Options for Nonprofits – 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, July 21, in Room 1031 at the Workforce Development Center. The fee is $79.

Niche E-Commerce – 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, Aug. 4, in Room 1032 at the Workforce Development Center. The fee is $79, and the textbook, “Starting an Online Business All-in-One for Dummies,” is available on

Overhauling Your Existing E-Commerce Site – 9 a.m.-4p.m. Monday, Aug. 11, in Room 1031 at the Workforce Development Center. The fee is $79.

Microsoft Outlook 2010 Certification Boot Camp – 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, July 22-23, in Room 1031 at the Workforce Development Center. The fee is $149, and the textbook, “MOS 2010 Study Guide for Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook,” is available on

Thornton returns to Four Oaks Banks

Jerry Thornton has returned to Four Oaks Bank after a brief absence. He was city executive and commercial loan officer in the Clayton office for 13 years.

In his new role as business banking officer, Thornton is responsible for establishing and maintaining banking relationships with businesses and real-estate investors in Raleigh and the surrounding area.

A Raleigh native, Thornton is a graduate of East Carolina University, where he earned his undergraduate and master’s degrees in business administration.

Thornton and his wife, Sandra, live in the Cleveland community with son Barrett and daughter Skylar.

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