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First-ever employee relations position created at WCU
Western Carolina University has named Albert “Rusty” Marts as its director of employee relations, training and development.
A new position at WCU, the director of employee relations, training and development was identified by Chancellor David O. Belcher last August as a way to improve the work-life environment for faculty and staff.
“His focus on services aimed directly at supporting our staff and faculty will be invaluable, and it aligns well with our commitment to ‘invest in our people’ as outlined in the university’s strategic plan,” said Kathy Wong, WCU director of human resources.
He was most recently the director of employee relations and affirmative action at UNC-Asheville. Marts is a resident of Cullowhee who passed WCU everyday on his way to Asheville.
Women’s group rewarded for community involvement
The Women of Waynesville, a fundraising group that helps civic organizations and those in need, has raised more than $11,000 for Haywood County non-profits such as REACH, KARE and The Power of Pink Foundation, provided I-Heaters to five needy families in Haywood County and donated large containers of food to unsuspecting families in need.
“We are excited about our 2014 year and we are looking forward to continuing on our path of raising money, bringing awareness, building community relationships, having a lot more fun and drinking a lot more wine,” said Nikki White, president and founder of the organization.
Harrah’s Murphy casino selects manager
Lumpy Lambert has been named general manager of Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River Casino Hotel near Murphy.
Lambert, an enrolled member of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation, was most recently assistant general manager of casino operations for Harrah’s Cherokee Casino, where he began his gaming career in 1997 as a casino operations supervisor before quickly rising through the ranks.
“Lumpy is widely respected by his peers and Tribal leaders, and has proven his continuous commitment to ensuring the success of the gaming business on behalf of the Eastern Band,” said Brooks Robinson, general manager of Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort.
Building a new casino is nothing new to Lambert, who helped lead the Cherokee property through a six-year $650 million dollar expansion project.
The $110 million dollar casino is expected to create more than 900 jobs on-site, inject up to $39 million dollars in wages into the surrounding area and be a significant economic development project for Cherokee County and its residents.