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BALLANTYNE | faces JOHN CASH Birthplace: Washington, D.C. Job: Sports and Entertainment Marketing Executive; Adjunct Professor, Johnson C. Smith University. What do you like most about your job? I enjoy developing marketing, sales and sponsorship strategies and programs that drive profitable revenue and increase brand consideration and equity at the expense of the competition. What are your guilty pleasures? Golf, cigars and dessert. Do you live in Ballantyne? Yes (walking distance to my daughter's school). What is your favorite Ballantyne‑area restaurant? Chopt (gotta balance out the guilty pleasures). I love how Chopt rotates in new menu items. Describe your dream vacation. As an Air Force veteran and officer, I have visited a few places, but I still love the Caribbean Islands (the people, sun, beaches, food and golf). What would your theme song be for walking into a room? "Superstar" by rapper Lupe Fiasco, featuring Matthew Santos. What is your favorite news source? NPR. I would rather be caught dead than wear_____. Clip-on suspenders. What charitable organizations are you involved with? I am the marketing chairperson for the Charlotte Boys & Girls Club. When I was growing up in D.C., the Boys & Girls Club helped me stay on the "straight and narrow." I also support Transformation Educational Services, which provides tutoring services to African immigrant youth in the Charlotte area. What is your biggest pet peeve? Rude people. What is a hidden gem in Ballantyne? The backgrounds, nationalities and cultures of the residents. I appreciate the effort people make to be objective and accepting. Share something that someone would never guess about you. I am great at household chores. 32 BALLANTYNE MAGAZINE FALL 2016