Piedmont Business Leaders is a Greensboro Networking Group of 40+ highly motivated professionals. We help bring referrals to dedicated leaders who want to expand their business and network among other local professionals.
PBL was established in 2011 and has now grown to more than 40 members strong. We meet every Wednesday morning at the BMC – Building Materials & Construction Solutions at 1621 Battleground Avenue in Greensboro, NC.
Not your ordinary leads group…
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Eric C. Hecht is the father of two awesome children: Baker, 5; and Eva Grace, 16; and husband of 18 years to Leslie. They have a Shitzu named “Frankie One Eye” who rules the roost . Eric was born in Goldsboro, NC, in 1975. At the age of 5, he moved with his family to Long Island, NY. Eric grew up in New York with his two sisters and three step brothers. Eric enjoyed traveling with family, boating in the waters off Long Island, surfing, playing lacrosse, mountain biking, and going to the beach.
Eric found his way back to the South in 1993 at the age of 17 when he enrolled in Greensboro College. He found his beautiful wife, Leslie, while attending GC and graduated in 1997. Eric and Leslie moved back to Long Island briefly so Leslie could attend and get her associates degree from the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC. Eric worked as a Property Manager for Cruse REO with his family. Once she graduated, they both moved back to North Carolina. Eric worked for Enterprise Rent A Car for four years until he began his career with First Citizens Bank and Trust in June of 2004, where he still works and enjoys his role as a personal banker working with his clients in all areas to ensure their financial success.
Leslie is a Real Estate professional at Berkshire Hathaway Yost and Little since 2002. Eric and Leslie also own and operate TriCity Property Management, LLC, a residential property management company since 2005.
Eric enjoys spending time with his kids, mountain biking, and relaxing at the beach. He is active in the men’s boot camp workout group called F3, which stands for Fitness Fellowship and Faith. He volunteers his time to serve his community through several local organizations, including Community Housing Solutions, Red Cross, Grace WE Men’s Shelter, and the Guilford Rotary Club.
A North Carolina native, Nicole N. Kaufman graduated from UNC-Chapel in 1993 with a BA in Speech Communication, emphasis in Public Relations. She held sales positions in retail, automotive, and mortgage industries in the mid to late 1990s. Always eager for more education, Nicole returned to school in 1997, completed an English Degree and became certified to teach high school English.
From there, Nicole briefly taught public school and pursued a field sales career with Scholastic Publishing. After having her son, Samuel, in 2004, Nicole obtained her North Carolina Real Estate License. She sold residential real estate for over 15 years, returning to school once again in 2012 for a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling. Nicole completed her degree internship at Center for Brain, one of the premier Neurofeedback clinics on the East Coast. In 2015, she opened her private practice in West Palm Beach, Florida. She now resides in Greensboro, NC, with offices in Greensboro and Kernersville. Nicole is an active member of Piedmont Business Leaders, was clinical contact on ABC’s “Face the Truth,” and has an e-book in its editing phase.
In early 2016, Maribel became a Business Development Manager for Onin Staffing, a regional staffing firm based in Birmingham, AL. Maribel quickly learned the business, and by December of that year she had closed $75,000 in new business.
With understanding the staffing business and working with the best staff in the Triad, Maribel went to break her own record. By December 2017, she sold $1.2 million dollars. Now with three offices that she staffs full time, Maribel closed 2018 with more than $2 million.
Maribel Gonzalez moved to North Carolina in late 2014; her husband’s employment brought them here with their two children. She enjoys spending time with her family, going to Disney, and traveling as well as working out and reading books.
Tom was born and raised in St. Petersburg, Florida. After attending Eckerd College and St. Pete College, Tom began his career with NCR Corporation in their accounting department. He spent eight years crunching numbers before deciding to try something a little more challenging. After taking a sales position selling business forms and printing with NCR Systemedia, he quickly decided this was much more fun… and he has been in sales ever since. After 15 years with NCR, he accepted a sales position with Reynolds and Reynolds Company selling computer systems to automobile dealerships. This was fun for 15 years until Tom and his wife decided to move from Florida to North Carolina in 1991.
Upon their arrival in NC, Tom began working for a software company that sold computer systems to Banks and mortgage companies. He spent two years there before starting his own forms and printing company in 1993, calling on hospitals, doctors’ offices, and medical equipment companies. After cruising and travelling to exotic places for the past 40 years, Tom decided in 2000 to jump into the travel industry.
Tom and his wife, Ann, own the Dream Vacations franchise in Greensboro. And it has proven to be quite successful (consistently in the top 10% of over 1,100 offices nationwide). Owning and operating their own travel agency has given Tom and Ann the opportunity to experience more world travel. They celebrated Tom’s birthday and their wedding anniversary a few years ago trekking around Peru and climbing Machu Picchu.
Remember: “The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.”