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Carmin Black with HALF UNITED Foundation and Douglas Tarble with the Small Business Center at CFCC

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Carmin Black-HALF UNITED

Carmin Black is one of the founders of HALF UNITED. Carmin and her brother Christian started HALF UNITED, a socially conscious business based here in Wilmington that sells accessories for men and women and then gives HALF of all of their net profits to feed children in need. These two started their business with $200 and the dream of fighting and ending hunger. As a former journalist herself, Carmin loves that she gets to not only feed children in need, but share their stories of triumph with HALF UNITED supporters and customers world wide. To date, HALF UNITED has given away over 100,000 meals to children in Wilmington, Fiji, Cambodia, Haiti and Liberia. They are sold in shops all over town as well as nation wide in Nordstrom and in North East Barnes and Noble campus stores.

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Douglas Tarble- The Small Business Center at Cape Fear Community College

Douglas Tarble is a native New Englander, born in Woonsocket, Rhode Island in 1950. He received his BS in Management Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA, in 1973 and his MBA from Iona College in 1976. He has 20 years of manufacturing management experience with large and small companies including the Clairol Division of Bristol Myers and a division of RJR Nabisco. In 1991 he became the General Manager of a US division of a Canadian packaging company in Rochester, NY.  He also owned and operated his own small business, a general contracting company specializing in insurance restoration repairs, from 1994-2007 before relocating to southeastern NC and joining Cape Fear Community College.

He has been married to his wife Lynn for 40 years and resides in Bolivia, NC. They have one son, Michael who is married and lives in Wilmington, NC with his wife and their 5 year old son, Aiden.


David Benford and Brian Moxey with Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage

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David Benford

David has lived in Wilmington since 1988 and became involved in Real Estate in 1989.  He has owned a company, sold, and developed real estate.  His current role allows him to direct several departments within the organization and his vision has been a game-changer for the forward direction of Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage.

David is married and has two sons—one had graduated from Ole Miss and the other is a junior at Auburn.  His hobby is politics, at local, state, and national levels.

Brian Moxey

Brian came to Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage 5 years ago from their parent company, Realogy.  His role is to bring in new revenue opportunities for the company, both from individual agents as well as new markets.

Brian is the company’s Ironman—several times over—and continues to compete in triathlons near and far.  Brian was nominated for Philanthropic Volunteer of the Year for 2013, primarily for his sponsorship of the annual Dolphin Dip at Surf City, now in its’ 12th year, whose proceeds all benefit Hope for the Warriors.





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Councilman Kevin O’Grady and Joan Loch Co-Owner of Crescent Moon NC


Kevin O’Grady/ Wilmington City Councilman

Downtown Wilmington resident Kevin O’Grady was elected to a four-year term on Wilmington City Council in 2009 in his first stab at elected office in Wilmington. He was re-elected for his second term in 2013.  A retired attorney, O’Grady serves on the council’s Evaluation, Vision 2020, and Cape Fear Public Utility Authority. His priorities on council include downtown historic preservation, trying to improve standards in downtown nightlife and protecting the quality of life in existing neighborhoods. O’Grady formerly served on the boards of the Historic Wilmington Foundation and Wilmington Downtown Inc. He is past president of the Residents of Old Wilmington.


Joan Loch/Crescent Moon NC

Joan is co-owner of Crescent Moon at 24 N.Front along with her husband Mike Loch, currently full time dock master at Wilmington Marine Center.  She is also a member of the Downtown Business Alliance and current chairperson of the Bring It Downtown marketing initiative.  She has an extensive business and consulting background, but has found her love in retail with marketing and selling hand craft from American artists. Read more of their bio on the About Us page of