Recent news about RLF and RLF clients.

“UNC Greensboro professor and researcher featured in Q&A about raising anti-racist kids.”

June 10, 2020
UNCG professor Dr. Gabriela Livas Stein shares ways parents can ensure their own lives lead children to respect diversity. Read more here.


Bennett College Featured in AP Article “Historically black colleges work to help students amid virus”

May 15, 2020
Bennett College sophomore Ja’nayla Johnson and President Walsh share how the college has helped students during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more here.


Ramsey Hamadi discusses the challenges of opening a bank during a pandemic

May 11, 2020
Ramsey Hamadi, CEO of client Triad Business Bank, spoke to Banking Dive about the challenges of starting a new bank on the brink of the COVID-19 pandemic. “I joke with people and say it was a little like watching Harrison Ford run out of the Temple of Doom, and watching the whole thing collapse behind him,” he says. Read the full article here.


Brooks Pierce attorney discusses preparing workplace for post-COVID world with Business Insider

April 20, 2020
Brooks Pierce attorney Natalie Sanders talked to Business Insider about some of the things businesses need to consider as they prepare to bring workers back, including evaluating if they need to provide protective gear and changing any workplace policies as a result of the pandemic. Read more here.


Triad Business Bank Supports 200 Local Businesses With PPP Act Funding

April 20, 2020
Local CBS affiliate WFMY talked to Triad Business Bank about the work it has done to meet the needs of small businesses throughout the region during the COVID-19 pandemic. Much of the piece focused on the bank’s efforts to help nearly 200 businesses secure loans through the Paycheck Protection Program. Watch the story here.


News & Record highlights importance of early childhood development

April 19, 2020
The News & Record published an op/ed written by leaders with RLF clients Ready for School, Ready for Life and the Basics about the importance of early childhood development. The op/ed stressed the role every member of the community has in helping young children enter school prepared to learn. Read more here.


Triad Business Bank poised to provide Paycheck Protection Loans

April, 17, 2020
Client Triad Business Bank is poised to provide $55 million in Paycheck Protection Loans to 200 businesses. The Triad Business Journal reported on the bank’s efforts and the importance this loan will make in sustaining one of their clients. Read the full article here.


RLF client featured on SHRM website

April 14, 2020
Brooks Pierce attorney Sarah Saint was featured in an article for the Society of Human Resource Management on how companies can offer a diverse group of non-traditional benefits that appeal to both older and younger workers. Read more here.


RLF client discusses what makes a business “essential”

March 31, 2020
Alex Elkin, a partner with RLF client Brooks Pierce, was interviewed by the Triad Business Journal about how governments determine what businesses are essential during shutdowns and shelter-in-place orders related to COVID-19. Read the article here.


Brooks Pierce attorney outlines what employers need to know about COVID-19

March 20, 2020
Brooks Pierce attorney James Bobbitt was interviewed by the Triangle Business Journal about unique employment issues that have come up as companies try to navigate COVID-19. Read the article here.


Brooks Pierce attorney interviewed on benefits of small business stimulus

March 19, 2020
Business North Carolina interviewed Brooks Pierce partner Beth Langley on how state and federal changes to unemployment benefits and sick leave requirements would impact small businesses during the coronavirus pandemic. Read the article here.


Brooks Pierce attorney discusses COVID-19 in the workplace with the News & Observer

March 12, 2020
Brooks Pierce labor and employment attorney Natalie Sanders was featured in an article in the Raleigh News & Observer on what employers needed to know about keeping their employees safe and engaged during the COVID-19 pandemic. The article also ran in the Charlotte Observer. Read more here.


Brooks Pierce attorney discusses handling coronavirus in the workplace

March 11, 2020
Brooks Pierce employment attorney Natalie Sanders spoke with the Triad Business Journal about laws governing the rights of employers and employees amid the growing threat of the coronavirus. The full story can be read here.


Bennett College recognized with two awards

March 11, 2020
Bennett College was recognized with two awards and its institutional advancement staff was invited to make two presentations during the 2020 CASE (Council for Advancement and Support of Education) District III annual conference in Orlando.

During the organization’s awards celebration on Tuesday, Feb. 11, Bennett received a Bronze Award in the Fundraising Video category for “#StandWithBennett Thank You Video.” Among the CASE Platinum Awards, which recognize the best-of-the-best programs and practices in educational advancement, Bennett received an Honorable Mention for the “#StandWithBennett Campaign.”

Vice president of institutional advancement LaDaniel Gatling, assisted by Yolande Johnson and Aziz Peregrino-Brimah, presented “#StandWithBennett: A Campaign to Save Bennett College,” and Peregrino-Brimah, assisted by Gatling, presented “#StandWithBennett: Using Social Media to Create a Movement.”


Quantum joins textile industry in aiding U.S. manufacturing

February 26, 2020
Quantum Materials, a vertically integrated textile manufacturer, accelerates Cap Ex to help U.S. manufacturers.

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Triad technical fabric maker, Quantum, to invest $3.5 million in expansion

February 25, 2020
Triad Business Journal highlights Quantum as one of the first to respond to supply chain disruptions.

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HAECO Cabin Solutions seating featured in Aircraft Interiors International

February 7, 2020
HAECO Cabin Solutions’ Eclipse seating system redefines premium economy with business class comfort and amenities.

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North Carolina de novo on track to open in March

February 5, 2020
RLF client Triad Business Bank will open next month after receiving approval from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. Read the full article in American Banker here.


Triad Business Bank raises $51M

February 2, 2020
Triad Business Bank has raised $51 million, largely from local investors, making it one of the largest new banks in the U.S. formed since the recession of 2007-09. Read the full article in Business North Carolina here.


Q&A with CEO Ramsey Hamadi

January 27, 2020
CEO Ramsey Hamadi of RLF client Triad Business Bank (in organization) spoke to the Triad Business Journal about the journey to get Triad Business Bank up and running. Read the full article here.


Triad Business Bank receives charter

January 22, 2020
Triad Business Bank (in organization) received regulatory approval from the North Carolina Commissioner of Banks and the N.C. Banking commission, putting it one step closer to its March opening. Read the full article from the Triad Business Journal  here.


Triad Business Bank names head of High Point market

January 14, 2020
Triad Business Bank (in organization) has named veteran banker and community leader Leah Price as head of its High Point Market. The bank is expected to open in March 2020.  Read coverage from the High Point Enterprise here. 


RLF Communications completes intensive Worldcom Public Relations Group peer review process

December 16, 2019
RLF Communications, a full-service public relations agency, recently received high marks for its client service, business and agency management process in a rigorous peer review conducted by Worldcom Public Relations Group. The Worldcom Peer Review is the communications industry’s most comprehensive peer review process and ensures partners satisfy the Group’s measurement criteria for overall quality and professionalism. This was the fourth time the agency underwent the process since earning Worldcom partnership status in 2010. Read more here


Brooks Pierce attorney pens article on holiday parties for Triad Business Journal

December 11, 2019
Beth Langley, a labor and employment attorney with Brooks Pierce, wrote an article on potential issues companies could face with their holiday parties for the Triad Business Journal. Read more here

Advanced Home Care sells HME business

December 10, 2019
Triad-area media reported on signing of an agreement to sell Advanced Home Care’s home medical equipment business to national home healthcare leader AdaptHealth. Read the full Triad Business Journal story here.

Triad Business Bank adds to team

Oct. 29, 2019
The Triad Business Journal reported on the addition of Jed Orman and Hollie Shelton to the commercial banking team of client Triad Business Bank. Read the full article here.

Bennett College Featured in NY Times Special Report

Oct. 27, 2019
The American Road Trip
This summer, four photographers and four writers drove around the United States. Each pair was guided by a unique theme — patriotismtraditioncommunityyouth — and a unifying question: What does America look like now?

Bennett College’s Belle & Co. Downtown GSO featured on Fox 8

Oct. 25, 2019
Bennett College’s pop-up shop Belle & Co. Downtown GSO featuring clothing and accessories from Zage Apparel, was featured on local Fox affiliate WGHP. Aariella Houston, a Bennett College junior, is the founder and CEO of online clothing store Zage Apparel. Watch the video clip.

Bennett College’s Belle & Co. Downtown GSO mentioned by the News & Record

Oct. 23, 2019
Bennett College’s pop-up shop, Belle & Co. Downtown GSO featuring Zage Apparel, was mentioned on the News & Record’s Retail Therapy blog. Read the blog post here.

Brooks Pierce Attorney Discusses Esports with Business North Carolina

Sept. 17, 2019
Ryan Fairchild, an attorney with Brooks Pierce, has a growing e-sports practice. He shared his thoughts on the growth of e-sports and the challenges facing the industry with Business North Carolina. Real the article here.

Brooks Pierce Partner Quoted in Law360 Article on E-Scooter Legal Issues

Aug. 12, 2019
Brooks Pierce partner and Greensboro City Councilman Justin Outling discussed the rising legal issues communities are facing with the growing popularity of e-scooters. Read the full article here.

Brooks Pierce Attorney Discusses Esports Lawsuit with

May 23, 2019
Brooks Pierce attorney Ryan Fairchild was interviewed by about the growing number of lawsuits facing competitive video game players. This article focused largely on a contract dispute between professional Fortnite player Tfue  and esports organization FaZe Clan. Read the full article here.

CNL Healthcare Properties closes on sale of $1.25 billion portfolio

May 16, 2019
RLF client CNL Healthcare Properties completed the sale of 55 medical office buildings to public REIT Welltower for $1.25 billion, one of the largest healthcare real estate transactions in history. Read Yahoo! Finance’s coverage of the sale here.

Brooks Pierce attorney talks to Triad Business Journal

April 12, 2019
Brooks Pierce attorney Kim Marston was interviewed by the Triad Business Journal for an article on shifting trends in young attorneys pursuing partnership. Marston spoke about why she is interested in becoming a partner at the firm. Read the article here.

News & Record reports on Guilford Basics launch and initiative

April 11, 2019
The News & Record reported on the launch of the Guilford Basics initiative and the efforts of the program to introduce all parents in Guilford County to simple things they can do to help young children be better prepared for school and life. Read the article here.

WGHP highlights launch of Guilford Basics initiative

April 10, 2019
Local Fox affiliate WGHP covered the launch of the new Guilford Basics initiative, a program to introduce five simple things parents and caregivers can do to help all children grow and thrive. See the coverage here.