That's Jeff Elder, ‘The Insider.’ He is always looking for gossip about Charlotte's business community for his column in the Charlotte Observer. We recently met to discuss some of the happenings at Union (formerly Studiobanks), as well as some of the exciting things he will be studying during his upcoming fellowship at Standford. Here is an excerpt from his column in today's paper.
Speaking of social networking, there's an interactive experiment on the way – a look at the future of the city, especially regarding race relations. Union, the edgy SouthEnd interactive firm, is building the new Crossroads Charlotte site, and Foundation for the Carolinas and others are behind it. You'll be able to go online, connect with people, and share your experiences. The goal is to bring separate communities closer together.
Things are booming for Union CEO Banks Wilson. The UNCC grad is returning to his alma mater this fall to teach a course on animation and interactivity. And the company is taking on new projects, like Find Your Center, the events site for Center City Partners. He credits his creative people, such as new hire Alexis Acosta and masterful operations manager Christy Vannetta. Look for another big announcement from the company soon.