Talented & Influential People from Charlotte

Emily Breeze Ross

Emily’s love of running, yoga, and Crossfit led to an interest in Thai Yoga Bodywork. Specialising in working with both professional and competitive high-level athletes, her practice places an emphasis on increasing flexibility and range of motion in all areas of the body. Trained and certified in yoga and Crossfit mobility, she owns ‘Moga’, a performance-based yoga and mobility program. The company provides high quality bodywork through deep stretch yoga that will enhance long term performance and improve quality of life.emily breeze ross yoga trainer from Charlotte

Cam Newton

Quarterback for the Carolina Panthers, Newton enjoyed arecord-breaking rookie season in 2011 but insisted he still wanted to improve. Just working on being great,” Newton told The Charlotte Observer about his preparations. “It’s the little things. Everybody wants to win the big hoo-rah, the Super Bowl. But let’s worry about today.” Newton trounced Peyton Manning’s rookie passing record with 4,051 yards – 10th most in the league – and threw for 21 touchdowns. He also added a staggering 706 yards and 14 touchdowns on the ground to capture AP Offensive Rookie of the Year honours.

James Thomas Broyhill II

This Investment & Land Specialist at the Robert Pittenger Companyconcentrates on working with undeveloped land assets located within economically resilient regions of the country. Outside of his work though, Broyhill also serves as a board member for a youth foundation, fostering academic achievement, community involvement and health/wellness. He also enjoys the unique hobby of creating furniture out of reclaimed bourbon and wine wood barrels.

Jay Johnson

Certified personal trainer Johnsonhas been working out for nearly ten years and training for seven of them, bettering the bodies of a wide variety of clientele, from former Miss USAs to top strength and endurance athletes. Johnson has written about bodybuilding on various websites, and his newest project, Muscle Lab Performance offers more condensed and efficient methods to create better bodies everywhere.

Jed Hartigan

Hartigan owns and operates Velocity Sports Performance, an affordable training facility that offers training by world-class performance instructors who have coached professionals and Olympic-level athletes. At VSP, athletes train their bodies for power, functional strength and speed. Velocity Sports Performance uses the same methods and techniques on everyone who trains there – from those looking to improve on their athletic abilities, to young athletes and world-class athletes alike.

Jim Powderly

The president of Powderly CPA, Powderly earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and a Bachelor of Science in Finance/Economics at Florida State University.   His career started in Public Accounting,engaging in both Internal and External Audit projects where he received international work experience. Jim has obtained a strong background in the areas of corporate and personal income tax, as well as broad knowledge of the healthcare, real estate, and finance industries.

Webb Simpson

Simpson is US golf’s most recent major winner, landing the US Open in June when Jim Furyk stumbled in the final round. Simpson also won twice on the PGA Tour in 2011, and almost pipped Luke Donald to the title of money-list winner on the US circuit last year, and could yet play a role in the USA’s Ryder Cup campaign this year.

John Swindell Freeman

Freeman is owner of the Johnny Fly Clothing company, which he describes as ‘a lifestyle integrated into a wearable piece of artwork’.  The clothes take inspiration from images and icons from everyday lives and blend them into urban clothing. He is also involved in the family business, Freeman’s Car Stereo, managing a variety of duties including web site, graphic design, promotions, special projects, online and social media presence, and marketing.


Marketing co-ordinator with the Charlotte Bobcats, Ulma previously worked for the Carolina Hurricanes, and in her career has already tried her hand at multiple ventures, customising a real-time, web-based program designed to manage sports sponsorships for the Hurricanes. She has also assisted in inventory management, and organised sponsor-related events.

Zach Galifianakis

The bearded, off-beat star best known for the Hangover, Galifianakis is a stand-up comic as well as an actor, and has appeared in various comedies such as Due Date and The Campaign, as well as acclaimed television show Bored to Death. He once appeared on a late night tv show debating the merits of legalising cannabis, and apparently smoked a doobie while debating the issue.

Jaime Pressly

This actress and model will be familiar to viewers of the short-lived sitcom My Name Is Earl, where she won an award as best supporting actress, as well as the cult classic videogame adaptation DOA: Dead Or Alive. She currently appears in the Fox network’s sitcom I Hate My Teenage Daughter.

JB Smoove

The Smoove name is actually a pseudonym for Jerry Brooks, an African-American actor best known for his role as Larry David’s foul-mouthed confidant Leon Black in Curb Your Enthusiasm, though he has also worked as a writer for US comedy institution Saturday Night Live.

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