HOHT Bods-51-logo reduced for website H.elping O.thers H.elp T.hemselves is the brainchild of former Chairman of the Lake Norman Chamber Ambassadors, Joe Carbon. Joe, as the rest of the country, has witnessed the decline of our economy and the loss of jobs by the masses. In 2010, Joe heard about a job opportunity available with one of our Chamber members, Country Suites. Knowing that one of his Ambassadors was in need, he referred him for a position as a part-time shuttle driver. A year and a half later, he became the Events Manager for Country Suites in Huntersville, NC. Today, he is the General Sales Manager!

Later that year, Joe met Vickie Stevens, owner of “CONCIERGE of Lake Norman”. While servicing her vehicle he met her husband Jack Stevens, a retired bank president. Jack has a contagious people-oriented personality and a skill set that just cannot be taught. Joe was floored that a man of Jack’s talents, experience, and maturity (age 75) was being overlooked and keeping him from getting a job utilizing his skills and abilities.

Knowing the Chamber office was temporarily shorthanded, Joe referred Jack for a position. Today, Jack is and continues to be the face and voice of the Chamber to all who visit or call. He is the “Jack of all trades” in the Chamber office, sold more Chamber memberships than anyone, and is one of the first faces you see at any Chamber event.  Joe refers to Jack as “the Lake Norman Chamber’s secret weapon”, because all who meet him take an immediate liking to him.

As a result, in January 2011, H.O.H.T. was born to help Lake Normanders get back to work. Simply, H.O.H.T. is an exclusively Lake Norman free job bank pairing employers with job seekers. Joe enlisted the help of co-sponsor Vickie Stevens to help facilitate the program.


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Our job seekers asked and who were we to refuse? They wanted a special place to go where they could let out their feelings and frustrations about what effects a job loss had on them.

Another great resource was born: H.O.H.T. “Safe Haven” to the rescue!

Former Job-seekers (now employed) Mark Swatek and Terri Genshock are opening up the floor to you, to ask questions, get advice and get encouraged about what you’re accomplishing. It’s a “Safe Haven” to be relaxed, feel empowered, have a partner and cheerleader in between sessions; have another set of eyes and ears to help you network and get opinions!

                                                  2nd Wednesday Of Each Month: 6:45PM-8:45PM
                                    Water Bean Coffee, Huntersville,   9705 Sam Furr Road, Suite A
                                        North Cross Shopping Center   (Behind Verizon Wireless)
                                                     We’re here to listen and help. Please join us!