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Business Notebook for Nov. 27

A roundup of business news in Fayetteville and Cumberland County


Mega Force Staffing celebrates 40 years

Mega Force Staffing celebrated its 40th year in business with a ribbon-cutting on Nov. 17 at its offices, 1001 Hay St.

President and CEO Jerry F. Stone and Director of Operations Heath Stone marked the anniversary with their staff. 

In 1969, founder Ronald Stone began providing professional placement services in Fayetteville under the name Nationwide Personnel Services, according to the company’s website. In 1982, he expanded his business to include temporary staffing, starting Mega Force Staffing. 

By 1989, he had opened 11 Mega Force offices. In 1990, his brother, Jerry Stone, took the lead at Mega Force as a 50/50 partner and adding 15 offices, the website says. In 2019, Jerry Stone purchased the remaining 50% of the company, becoming the sole owner and expanding into other states.

Mega Force is now one of the largest privately owned staffing services in the Southeast, and the company continues to grow, according to the website.

More information is at https://www.megaforce.com/

FSU names Raines assistant vice chancellor for marketing and creative services 

Fayetteville State University has named Tina Raines as its inaugural assistant vice chancellor for marketing and creative services, effective Nov. 18. Raines has served FSU as director of marketing since 2016.

“Tina has led FSU through many marketing enhancements over the past six years. We are making extraordinary strides in the Office of Strategic Communication and are fortunate to have a marketing professional of her caliber and experience leading our marketing and creative services efforts,” Joy Cook, associate vice chancellor for strategic communication and chief communications officer, said in a release. “Her wealth of experience, creativity, passion and talent inspire our team and help highlight the best FSU has to offer. In her new role she will also manage our creative services staff.”

As director of marketing, Raines conceptualized and implemented Fayetteville State’s integrated marketing plan aimed at engaging internal and external audiences to boost attendance and support for the university, the release said. The integrated marketing plan includes official branding, recruitment marketing, fundraising marketing, internal and external communication, and event marketing, the release said.

“It’s incredibly rewarding to integrate my passion for education and storytelling into marketing initiatives that will help FSU grow and continue its phenomenal momentum,” Raines said in the release. “I love hearing stories about the journeys that led students and supporters to FSU and contributing in some small way to helping them realize their dreams.’’

Raines also introduced advertising campaigns focused on recruiting traditional and non-traditional students, the release said. 

The university saw historic enrollment in fall 2022, including military-affiliated students as well as first-year, first-time students, the release said.

Raines has a bachelor of arts degree from the Hussman School of Journalism and Media at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a master of arts in organizational leadership from Gonzaga University of Spokane, Washington.

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