Wake Forest 27587 Magazine

Fall 2018

The quarterly 27587 MAGAZINE is a must-read, in-you-hands publication that strives to give a deeper identity to rapidly growing Wake Forest, N.C. It highlights in-depth stories, targeting higher-income households.

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Wake Forest 27587 Magazine | Autumn 2018 13 It turns out young Byrd has a conversation piece this evening: an arm in a sling, the result of a "bone bruise" sustained on a month-long hiking expedition. "How'd that happen?" he said of an inquiry from one caring arrival. "Oh, I fell off a mountain," he said with a smile of his response. The exchanges, too, include some compliments directed at the "show- stoppers." "I like your hat," said one young lady. As for Robert Garrison of Durham, the evening's other 18-year-old greeter, he — like Byrd — is drawn to the job for the people factor. "My aunt said it's very social," he said of a job where smiles are exchanged in unprecedented numbers, "and I'm a social person myself." Behind the scenes, meanwhile, MW+VMJ½R1EXXLI[W[LSEWERMRGSQMRK NC State senior studying business administration and "event management intern" is getting exposure in how a live-entertainment venue operates. Not many years ago, he was studying at Heritage High School in Wake Forest and has run into acquaintances during his stint at DPAC. "I've seen a few actually from around my neighborhood," he said. "They do a triple-take at you." Missing this evening is Sedrick 1G'EPPYQ[LSEQSRKXLI½ZIIPMXI "showstoppers" has the longest tenure, hired on Nov. 22, 2008. "That smile," said Michael Louthan, DPAC's director of event services. "He is 'the face!'" said Jennie Lanning, DPAC's assistant director of marketing — Broadway. "He is probably the most recognized employee at DPAC." Yet, in the end, getting the job is no shoo-in. There are hurdles amid DPAC's ±KYIWXW½VWX²TSPMG] "You have to re-apply every year," Louthan said. "We want the best of the best." PHILIP M. READ Patrick Byrd, arm in a sling after a hiking trip, nevertheless manages to welcome guests with a display of some fancy footwork.

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