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HAECO Inks Strategic Agreement With Aircraft Interiors Leader Diehl Aviation

HAECO Cabin Solutions, a specialist in aircraft seating, interiors and cabin reconfiguration, has entered into a preferred strategic commercial agreement with Diehl Aviation, delivering a range of aircraft cabin projects as an integrated supplier.
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Southern Coalition for Social Justice’s Youth Justice Project students explain why they protest school resource officers

June 7, 2021
WUNC Tested Podcast invited three YJP students to examine the ongoing push to rethink the role of school resource officers in North Carolina’s public schools.
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Bennett College announces its plans for a return to campus in the fall

June 1, 2021
Bennett College is planning for students, faculty and staff to return to campus in the fall after being away for more than a year.
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West Marine positions itself as a thought leader in boater safety leading up to Memorial Day

May 28, 2021
RLF client West Marine committed itself to spreading awareness and education on boater safety leading up to National Safe Boating Week and Memorial Day. RLF secured several local California TV interviews including this one on Good Day LA.

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UNC Greensboro’s Chancellor Dr. Franklin D. Gilliam Jr., reflects on the death of George Floyd, diversifying campus communities and COVID-19 responses

May 27, 2021
Dr. Franklin D. Gilliam Jr., chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG), joined ‘In the Margin’ host, David Pluviose for a deep-dive conversation into the Black Lives Matter movement, diversity, equity, and inclusion work in the higher ed landscape and other insights around racial equity.
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RLF amplifies story of high schooler’s hair discrimination nationwide

May 15, 2021
RLF has been working with client Southern Coalition for Social Justice to tell the story of Nicole Pyles, a 16-year-old Black softball player who was forced to remove her braids to continue playing in an April softball game. The story has raised awareness of racial hair discrimination and has garnered national attention including TODAY, the Washington Post, the New York Times, Yahoo! Sports  People, Good Morning America and CNN.


Bennett College selects the entire senior class as its commencement keynote speaker

May 12, 2021
Unlike most college commencements feature just one keynote speaker, Bennett College will have several times more keynote speakers.
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NC State professors’ expertise sought after on Apple’s move to RTP

May 5, 2021
Two North Carolina State University professors were interviewed as accounting and tax experts and asked to review Apple’s announcement of an East Coast campus in Research Triangle Park. Read more from Raleigh’s WNCN here.


NC State professor’s COVID study center of WNCN story

April 30, 2021
NC State Poole College of Management professor Dr. Nathan Goldman’s research on COVID-19 restrictions, tax rates and revenue was the focus of a story from Raleigh’s CBS affiliate.
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HAECO Cabin Solutions receives FAA approval for Vector Light seat

April 9, 2021
The Triad Business Journal and several aerospace trade media reported that HAECO Cabin Solutions has received FAA certification to manufacture Vector Light, a new “design-forward” economy class seat. Read More


Bennett College’s role in the Civil Rights Movement

March 15, 2021
For decades, Bennett College has championed racial equality and social justice. Through protesting and demonstrating, Bennett Belles have propelled the civil rights movement and more. Read more


What Vice President Harris means to Bennett Belles and HBCUs grads

January 21, 2021
Students, professors and sorors noticed and matched Harris’s pride as the first HBCU graduate in the White House. Read more


Brooks Pierce attorney quoted in Forbes

January 18, 2021
Forbes reported on employers incentivizing employees to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. The article includes comments from Brooks Pierce labor and employment attorney Natalie Sanders on the legal and logistical risks that can come from incentivizing and requiring the vaccine. Read more.


Southern Coalition for Social Justice featured in USA Today

December 28, 2020
In an analysis on if the 2020 General Election expanded voter access, USA Today included comments from Allison Riggs, chief voting rights attorney and interim executive director for the Southern Coalition for Social Justice. Read more.



Washington Post quotes SCSJ’s Allison Riggs

December 24, 2020
The Washington Post interviewed Allison Riggs, chief voting rights attorney and interim executive director of the Southern Coalition on Social Justice for an article on the challenges the USPS was facing in handling holiday mail as well as the mail-in ballots for Georgia’s U.S. Senate run-off elections. The article focuses on a deal reached to fast-track ballots to help make sure they arrive before the deadline. Read more.


CNN on HAECO Cabin Solutions’ making passenger cabin cargo possible

December 3, 2020
In response to COVID-19 and declining passenger travel, HAECO developed novel solutions to allow airlines to carry cargo in empty passenger cabins. One of the first customers, Alaska Airlines, relates its experience with these solutions. read more.


HAECO promotes careers for women in aviation maintenance

December 2, 2020
Aviation Maintenance magazine was among several aerospace trade publications to share the news that HAECO female team members established the first N.C. chapter of the Association for Women in Aviation Maintenance (AWAM) Read more.


American Shipper on HAECO Cabin Solutions’ making passenger cabin cargo possible

November 20, 2020
In response to COVID-19 and declining passenger travel, HAECO developed novel solutions to allow airlines to carry cargo in empty passenger cabins. One of the first customers, Alaska Airlines, relates its experience with these solutions. read more


Recycling Today; NAID News on Vecoplan’s 50th mobile shredding truck

September 17, 2020
Vecoplan recently announced a significant milestone: its 50th mobile shredding truck, introduced just last year with new, first-in-the-industry technology that incorporates a hydraulic “cyclone” tank that’s significantly lighter and easier to maintain than conventional hydraulic tanks on mobile shredding trucks. Read more here and here.

Southern Coalition for Social Justice featured in Washington Post

August 23, 2020
Voting rights attorneys with the Southern Coalition for Social Justice spoke with the Washington Post about steps that states were taking to help ensure that more mail-in ballots are counted during the 2020 General Election. SCSJ represented several organizations in a lawsuit which won North Carolina voters the opportunity to fix most problems with a mail-in ballot. Read more.


The 19th on Kamala Harris, HBCUs, and the inspiration HBCUs provide

August 21, 2020
President of Bennett College Suzanne Walsh discusses Kamala Harris’s position as running mate to bring increased visibility to smaller HBCUs in hopes they will be more commonly seen as a ‘vibrant springboard for the future.’ Read more here.


WUNC discusses virtual instruction at HBCUs:

August 07, 2020
While most historically black colleges and universities in North Carolina are welcoming students back to campus in person, Bennett College President Suzanne Walsh discusses that school’s decision to go online. Read more here.


Greensboro News & Record highlights Bennett College’s safety

August 04, 2020
Bennett College’s “health first” approach in regards to the 2020 fall semester reported on by the Greensboro News & Record. Read more here.


RLF client Brooks Pierce featured in New York Times

July 29, 2020
Natalie Sanders, an attorney with RLF client Brooks Pierce, spoke to the New York Times about the legal and business challenges retailers face when enforcing face mask policies. Read the article here.


Triad Business Journal reports on Triad Business Bank’s strong earnings

July 29, 2020
The Triad Business Journal reported on the strong second quarter earnings of Triad Business Bank, which opened in mid-March. Read the article here.


WFMY highlights The Basic “Talk, Sing and Point”

July 26, 2020
RLF client The Basics Guilford provides parents with five easy ways to help their child learn and grow. Local news station WFMY highlighted how parents can use one of these Basics, “Talk, Sing and Point” to engage with their child. Watch the story here.


WFMY discusses the impact of #Blackout2020:

July 07, 2020
Bennett professor Gwendolyn Bookman shares her thoughts on #Blackout2020 and the benefits to some Black Greensboro business owners with local CBS affiliate WFMY. Read more here.


The Washington Post on why protests could provide new opportunities for HBCUs:

July 02, 2020
Bennett College is highlighted for discussing opportunities that HBCUs have to help Black students navigate a complex world amidst a time of tension with protests in the United States. Read more here.


WFMY talks about how to keep young children engaged during the summer

June 29, 2020
As part of its ongoing coverage of RLF client The Basics Guilford, WFMY featured a segment on how parents can keep young children engaged and entertained during the summer, even as COVID-19 limits their activities. Watch the story here.


Greensboro News & Record covers North Carolina’s re-opening plans:

June 16, 2020
Bennett College was mentioned in this Greensboro News & Record’s article that provided a guide of what North Carolina’s local college re-opening plans entailed. Read more here.


“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.


WFMY highlights how to use The Basics in uncertain times

May 31, 2020
RLF client The Basics Guilford provides parents of small children with five easy things they can do to help their children grow and thrive. WFMY interviewed a member of the Basics advisory board about ways parents can help their children feel safe and secure during the COVID-19 pandemic. Watch the story here.


American Banker discusses PPP loan success with Triad Business Bank

May 17, 2020
American Banker spoke to CEO Ramsey Hamadi about the opportunities and challenges created for Triad Business Bank when we opened at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic and just a few weeks before the launch of the Paycheck Protection Program. Read the article 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.


Triad Business Journal features RLF client in article on returning to work

May 11, 2020
The Triad Business Journal spoke to Natalie Sanders, an attorney with RLF client Brooks Pierce, on steps companies can take to bring employees safely back to work during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the article 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.