The top people in Charlotte to watch in 2019


There’s been plenty of changes for the better in Charlotte over the past year. Here’s who we think you should keep an eye on in 2019.

See below for a sneak peek — or listen to the CharlotteFive Podcast for our full list of who to watch in the New Year.

Ryan Pitkin

Who: Former editor of Creative Loafing

Now: Editor-in-chief of QC Nerve, a brand new alt weekly print publication and digital media platform. The company also includes publisher Justin LaFrancois and sales director Aaron Stamey.

Pitkin says: “It’s not secret that alt weeklies around the country have been struggling to survive, but the team at QC Nerve believes that an antiquated approach has been holding many outlets back.”

C5 says: There’s great journalism in this city, and that doesn’t need to stop. We’re wishing them the best in 2019. Can’t wait to pick up a copy of QC Nerve.

Katie Grissom

Who: Director of Merchandising and Leasing at Asana Partners

What: This 27-year-old is responsible for securing some of South End’s hottest businesses including Superica, Jeni’s Ice Cream, plus the upcoming Flower Child.
C5 says: It will be interesting to see what moves Grissom and Asana Partners will make in the upcoming year. Will they continue to build out South End or are they eyeing another neighborhood in the Queen City?

Listen to the podcast for more people to watch in 2019.

The CharlotteFive Podcast — powered by OrthoCarolina — is a weekly city guide podcast that aims to deliver interesting and useful news about Charlotte. It’s hosted by Sallie Funderburk and Alicia Thomas and is a production of The Charlotte Observer and Brian Baltosiewich. You can follow us on Twitter @CharlotteFive, on Instagram @cltfive, and on Facebook. If you have any feedback, shoot us an email to

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