by Jordan Green

Monitoring the economic pulse of the Triad

Court of appeals upholds harrison conviction

A three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has upheld the conviction of Greg Harrison, a Greensboro resident who operated a national chain of temporary labor agencies in the 2000s while financing movies, nightclubs and boxing matches.

US District Court Judge James A. Beaty sentenced Harrison to 12 years in prison and ordered him to pay $43.2 million in restitution in 2012 following his conviction for payroll tax fraud.

The court summarized the case in its Oct. 3 ruling: “Although Harrison employed a large workforce, he failed to file required Internal Revenue Service forms” and failed to collect and withhold payroll taxes.

“In late 2006, Harrison sold the staffing companies to two employees,” the ruling continued. “While those employees operated the companies, the payroll taxes were paid and employment tax returns were filed. In 2008, Harrison reacquired the companied and again stopped paying payroll taxes. Harrison used these withheld payments to fund his lifestyle, including the purchase of a luxury beach house and the production of two motion pictures, National Lampoon’s Pucked, featuring Jon Bon Jovi, and Home of the Giants.”

The court found that the case was adequately presented in written materials, and determined that oral arguments were not necessary to render a decision.

Greensboro farmers market looking for new manager

The nonprofit that operates the Greensboro Farmers Curb Market is seeking a new manager and executive director. Elizabeth Gibbs, the current manager, puts in her last day on Oct. 31. Gibbs helped steer the organization after it took over operations from the city of Greensboro in January 2012 and implemented a new program to allow vendors to accept federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or food-stamp benefits.

Special Events Coordinator Donna Meyers will serve as interim manager until Gibbs’ replacement is found. Interested applicants should contact David Hammer at davidhammer1@

Regional pottery festival takes place in Greensboro

The tables at the Greensboro Farmers Curb Market turn over from freshly harvested produce to recently fired ceramics for the 17 th Annual Triad Area Fall Pottery Festival on Sunday, Oct. 20 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

In other commerce news, the Around We Go Indie marketplace will be held at Deep Roots Market in downtown Greensboro through every Saturday through mid-December. The purpose of the market is to raise awareness about Deep Roots and build a stable market for handmade goods by local artisans.