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Jimmy Pierce with Kids Making It and George Edwards with Historic Wilmington Foundation

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Hand made earrings by Kids Making It

Jimmy Pierce- Kids Making It

Jimmy Pierce is a native of North Carolina.  He received his BA degree in 1975 from the University of North Carolina, his JD degree in 1979 from the LSU law school, and is a member of both the North Carolina Bar and the Louisiana Bar.  Inspired by his sons, he left his successful law practice in 1996 to establish the Kids Making It Woodworking Program, a national award winning program now open 7 days a week, year-round, serving youth from 8 – young adulthood in a long-term mentorship program, teaching vocational skills, providing entrepreneurship opportunities for youth to earn income, and entry-level paid employment to youth transitioning into successful adulthood through the KMI Apprenticeship Program, designing and creating custom woodworking products in quantity utilizing traditional cabinet shop tools and three production machines, a laser engraver, CNC router, and hydraulic copy lathe.


George Edwards-Historic Wilmington Foundation

George W. Edwards joined the Historic Wilmington Foundation as their 6th Executive Director in November of 2004.  Edwards is a professional preservationist with more than 28 years of experience in managing local and statewide nonprofit preservation and downtown revitalization groups.  He directed Main Street and economic redevelopment programs in Arkansas, Wisconsin, and Virginia.  In addition to these experiences, Edwards served as the chief executive for the Atlanta Preservation Center, the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota, and the Preservation Alliance of Virginia.

The Historic Wilmington Foundation is a non-profit historic preservation organization with more than 800 members that focuses its efforts on preserving the architectural heritage of Wilmington and the Lower Cape Fear region. Since its formation in 1966, the Historic Wilmington Foundation has successfully saved more than a 100 historic properties from demolition.  Their mission is to protect and preserve the irreplaceable historic resources of Wilmington and the Lower Cape Fear Region through educational programs, workshops, advocacy and community involvement, a preservation easement program and revolving fund activities.  Edwards has initiated an annual most threatened historic places program with HWF, which also includes a traveling exhibit seen annually by more than 40,000 people.  He also has created a partnership with the New Hanover County schools that trains and provides guides for the third graders’ Tar Heels Go Walking program which recently completed its fifth year of leading students on tour of downtown.  The tours have introduced 12,000 third grade students, 500 teachers and 1000 parent volunteers to our history, architectural and cultural resources.

Historic Wilmington Foundation is the regions only professionally staffed historic preservation education and advocacy organization and it partners with local government, property owners and developers to promote historic preservation as a community value and quality of life issue.  The restoration of private property in the City has conservatively resulted in more than $50 million dollars of private investment over the last forty years and the creation of thousands of jobs.  Government, churches and non-profits have also spent millions on the restoration of buildings.  The rehabilitation of property has generated millions of dollars of new tax revenue and substantially raised the value of property throughout the City.  Renewed historic residential and commercial areas helps the City present a vibrant and vital image to prospective new residents and businesses and helps make the City very attractive to visitors, tourists and convention business


Fanny Slater with Fanfare Catering and Danielle Boisse with Manifest Design

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Fanny Slater-Fanfare Catering

From handcrafted lunches to homemade dinners, Fanfare is your resource for all things FOOD.  Specializing in one-of-a-kind gourmet sandwiches, Fanny adds unique flare to your everyday fare.  Forget the turkey on white and let me take you into a world where Balsamic Fig Jam meets Orange-Whipped Goat Cheese.

This is not your typical catering company, this is an “ENTREE-preneur“ on a mission to nourish the stomachs and hearts of Wilmington.

Where does the inspiration for her scratch-made cooking come from?  The moments that make up her life are a feast of cherished culinary encounters.  Fanny believe that each person carries their very own anthology of deliciously rich memories and that in order to honor those experiences—they must be brought back to life.  This passion for recreating those tastes of childhood influences her culinary vision.  With well-seasoned techniques and an epicurean flare, Fanny’s recipes recast her nostalgic classics and transform them into sophisticated fare.  Or Fanfare, as she like to call it.

No food memory left behind.

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Danielle Boisse- Manifest Deisgn

Danielle Boisse is an Interior Designer for Manifest Design located in historic downtown Wilmington. She is a motivated young professional who four years ago picked Wilmington on a map. Danielle graduated with her Bachelor of Science Degree in Interior Design and a concentration in Sustainable Design from Endicott College in Beverly, Massachusetts. Danielle specializes in custom design work such as window treatments, bedding, tile design, and millwork. Danielle loves building relationships with her clients and helping to create an emotional connection between a client and their home and/or business. In her spare time Danielle enjoys spending time at the beach, being outdoors, traveling, and playing with her dog Cooper!

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Lindsay Smith with Greene Resources and David Spetrino with Plantation Building Corporation


Lindsay Smith-Greene Resources

Lindsay Smith, Director of Client Development for Greene Resources, is a Georgia native. She received her BS degree in Business from Auburn University, with concentration in Personnel Management and Industrial Relations. She moved to Wilmington, NC, 3 years ago in partnership with a payroll company in Hickory NC.  She had the opportunity to become a part of the Greene Team a little over a year ago and is truthful in saying that this is the most fulfilling job she has ever had.  Lindsay is involved in Wilmington as a Stephen Minister with First Presbyterian Church, Wilmington Symphony Board of Directors, Wilmington Chamber of Commerce, North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce, Lower Cape Fear Human Resources Association , volunteer for Alzheimers NC and The Ministering Circle.  Greene Resources is an employment solutions company that helps companies locate land and develop the talent critical to the success of their organizations. We offer solutions that produce results, provide accountability, mitigate risk, and maximize the return on your investment. Raleigh native, Gary Greene, started Greene Resources in January of 2000.  The drive to start Greene Resources was more of a customer service-driven decision than an entrepreneurial-driven decision.

This vision has led to a growing list of client partners as well as both local and national recognition, including Entrepreneur Magazine’s 100 Hottest Companies in America.  Today, Greene Resources is an award-winning employment solutions company with a mission of creating life-fulfilling moments within the careers of its clients, applicants and staff. Greene Resources sought the opportunity to expand and serve the Wilmington market in 2012 through a partnership with A&B Personnel, later to become Greene Resources, Wilmington division. Greene Resources is committed to delivering services to their customers that reflect a deep understanding of their goals, their requirements and their culture. Whether it’s recruiting, pricing or simply servicing their needs, Green’s creative and flexible approach is unique and non-traditional.

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David Spetrino- Plantation Building Corporation

Dave Spetrino is the President of Plantation Building Corporation, a full service home builder based in Wilmington, NC. Dave has been building custom homes along with major renovations in the Wilmington area since 1997. He has more than eighteen years of experience in the construction, real estate, and development industries. Their offices are located in the Historic District, but their projects are located in Northern Brunswick County, New Hanover County and Southern Pender County. Dave lives with his wife Kathy, their two boys, Nic and Lane, and their ‘schnoodle’ Molly.

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