2019: Year in Review

2019 was a big year at Cardinal and one that tops an eventful decade. Personally, I turned 50 (age, not IQ), which got me thinking about the life lessons I’ve learned over the past decade. (Read the article here.) As I am heading into 2020,...


"Should I stay or go when the RNC comes to Charlotte this Summer?"

This Week’s Podcast: Ronnie Bryant on Attracting CEO’s to Charlotte USA – Part 2 In last week’s podcast, we heard Ronnie Bryant share some behind-the-scenes during the Amazon headquarters debacle (yes, I’m calling it that). In...


Then vs. Now - A Look at eCommerce Bricks and Mortar

Listen to my latest Podcast with Ronnie Bryant Few people have had more of an impact on Charlotte than Ronnie Bryant. The list of economic development deals he landed and did not land, includes Amazon, American Airlines, Metlife, and many,...


My Brand New Podcast

Cardinal Insights – the Podcast is rolling and my guest will be no other than the real estate pioneer, Clay Grubb. Funny name – great guy. Clay is CEO of Charlotte-based Grubb Properties. Founded in 1963 by his late father, Robert...


How Gratitude Rocks

Thinking back over the past year, I am struck by how fortunate I am for the incredible new business connections formed in 2019. Truly, I am humbled by the many things I have to be grateful for. I have worked with and am working with people and...


Pop Quiz: How Many Employees Work in Uptown?

I’m working with a client on a headquarters relocation. Uptown Charlotte is an option, so we visited with Michael Smith at Center City Partners. Michael met my client and me at his offices. The presentation was impressive! Here are the...


"Is Sherwin Williams moving its HQ to CLT?"

Dear El Cardinale, I heard that Sherwin Williams is considering moving its Headquarters to Charlotte. What do you make of it? – Painting the Town Dear Painter, Cleveland has been the home of the Sherwin-Williams Company for more than a...


Tips For Faster Growth and Exceptional Quality of Life

When I was in my 40s, I participated in the Strategic Coach program. When I turned 50, I pulled out the journaling that I did as a part of the program. It took a week to distill everything down to its essence. I then used this information to...


Education: It's the one thing that can't be taken from you

My family has always been a big supporter of public education. When my dad served on the Charlotte Mecklenburg Board of Education in the early 1970s, he stood for the right for all Charlotteans to have the opportunity to get a quality...


"Do People Ever Get Mad At You?"

Dear El Cardinale, After reading your newsletters, I sometimes wonder what the people you have written about think of your pieces. What kind of feedback do you get from your sources? Has anyone ever been mad at you? – Freddie Feedback Dear...