Robert B. Albert worked twenty-five years with J.C. Penney, then decided he wanted to be his own boss. Precision Tune, founded in 1975, seemed the right fit for him. He opened his first center in Raleigh in 1979 and is the sub-franchisor for all of North Carolina east of Asheville. He and his son-in-law currently own sixteen centers with combined sales of over $11 million.
Gaston County Dyeing Machine Company, a family-owned business located in Stanley, began operations in 1921. The company is one of the world's leading manufacturers of textile wet processing equipment which is marketed in more than eighty countries. The company recently celebrated the stamping of its 20,000 coded pressure vessel.
Bob Page is president of Greensboro-based Replacements, Ltd., the world's largest supplier of discontinued china and crystal. Since 1981, Replacements has grown from an attic operation with one part-time employee to eighty-five employees and sales of over $9 million.
Hugh E. Carr is president and chief executive officer of Sanford-based Trion, Inc. The company designs, manufactures, and distributes a variety of electronic air cleaners. We the People of North Carolina magazine features Carr in its Businessman in the News section.
Harrelson surveys North Carolina's convention and visitors bureaus, including what bureaus in major cities provide, number of guest rooms, total meeting rooms, and capacity of the largest banquet room.