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Business Notebook for Nov. 20

A roundup of business news in Fayetteville and Cumberland County


Alex McFadyen of Coldwell Banker Advantage wins national “Rookie of the Year” award 

 Alex McFadyen, an agent with Coldwell Banker Advantage in Fayetteville, was named RISMedia’s inaugural “Rookie of the Year” national award winner on Nov. 11 at the annual conference of the National Association of Realtors. 

 According to RISMedia, hundreds of agents were nominated from throughout the United States. The field was narrowed to 10 finalists. In a ceremony at Rosen Centre in Orlando, McFadyen, 27, was announced as the honoree by Jennifer Dixson Hoff, president of Colibri Real Estate, sponsor of the award. 

 “I’m honored and a little surprised,” McFadyen said in a release. “It feels good to be recognized for all the hard work of the past year.” 

 McFadyen’s win was based on achievements for his clients in 2021. He closed 86 units for $19.7 million in production for the year. In 2022, he is presently at 81 units and $22 million in closed sales, the release said.    

 McFadyen recognized his mentors, including company CEO Ralph Huff and president of the Sandhills division, Lisa Geddie. He also thanked Alan Tucker, his Fayetteville broker-in-charge, now general manager for the Southern Pines office/director of marketing; Malcolm McFadyen, a long-time, top-producing broker at CBA who is his uncle; and CBA trainer Megan Gerber. Another uncle, Bill McFadyen, works in commercial real estate. 

 McFadyen earned his real estate license in the final semester of his senior year at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. He graduated with his bachelor’s in communications with a minor in business administration in December 2019. One month later, he went to work for Coldwell Banker Advantage in his hometown of Fayetteville, the release said. 

 When asked the key to his success, he replied, “Always put your clients first, to make sure their interests are met, that they’re making a good investment. And grow your relationships.” 

 FTCC welcomes two new trustees, three returning trustees

Tammy Thurman and Suzannah Tucker have joined the Fayetteville Technical Community College board of trustees. 

Thurman, the community relations manager for Piedmont Natural Gas, replaces Delores Ingram, who left the board because of health reasons. She was appointed by the Cumberland County Board of Education. Her term runs through June 30, 2025. 

Tucker, a retired educator, rejoined the board after a one-year hiatus. She replaces Elaina Ball, former CEO of the Fayetteville Public Works Commission, who has relocated to Texas. Tucker, who also was appointed by the Board of Education, will serve through June 30, 2024. 

Three current members of the board have been resworn for new four-year terms: Charles Koonce, Chandan Shankar and David Williford. Williford is now in his second year as chairman of the board. 

Carter inducted into Cumberland County Agricultural Hall of Fame

Johnny A. Carter was inducted into the Cumberland County Agricultural Hall of Fame in a ceremony held at the Judge E. Maurice Braswell Cumberland County Courthouse on Friday.

Carter was recognized during the annual Farm City event hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Fayetteville. Carter’s official portrait was unveiled during the ceremony and will hang on the wall with those of past inductees in the I.B. Julian Auditorium of the Cooperative Extension office at the Charlie Rose Agri-Expo Center on East Mountain Drive.

Carter grew up in the Wade community and was active in the FFA at Central High School. He served in the North Carolina Army National Guard and worked in the trucking industry, according to a county news release.

In 1971, Carter began farming part-time, working with his uncle, Jim Scoggins, and brother-in-law, J.R. Vann, the release said.

 During the mid-1970s, Carter built a small hog operation that laid the framework for a long and rewarding career in agriculture. In 1979, Carter became a full-time farmer and entered the hog business with his brothers-in-law, Johnny and Curtis Smith. Together, they established Folly Hog Farm, an independent farrow-to-finish hog operation, the release said.

 For nearly 20 years, Carter worked in the family hog business, while also developing an extensive row crop operation. Carter has said that he farmed “the most that he could with the least possible workforce.”

 During his 51 years in agriculture, Carter produced corn, soybeans, wheat, oats, sorghum, millet, cotton, watermelons and raised beef cattle. In 1999, Carter ventured into chicken farming and became a contract pullet grower for Tyson Foods, the release said.

 Carter was one of the first farmers in Cumberland County to diversify his farming operation, from swine to row crops, and eventually to poultry, the release said.

 Carter now farms with his son, Adam Carter, and his grandson, Mason Canady. They own and operate J & A Farms, with farming operations in the Eastover, Godwin and Wade areas, the release said

“It is an honor to recognize Mr. Johnny Carter for his outstanding leadership and contributions to agriculture,” said Cooperative Extension Director Lisa Childers. “Johnny’s most significant contribution to agriculture has been his commitment to mentoring and promoting agriculture to our younger generation.”

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