Artex Steps Forward Charlotte, NC

Nov 08, 2020

Welcome to Charlotte, NC

The 14th stop in our walk around the world.

We’ve arrived at the 14th stop on our walk around the world: Charlotte, North Carolina.

We walked 757 miles to get here from Vermont and have less than 6,500 miles to go before we complete our trip around the world. Rodney Davies, chief technology officer for Horseshoe, leads a team of 11 operating out of the Charlotte office, and he’s been with the company for 12 years. Charlotte team members cover a variety of areas, from fund service operations to private equity fund administration and operations support. Rodney’s technical team supports the accounting, reporting, data, and design and workflow tools that support the entire Horseshoe organization.

When giving advice to those starting their first job, Rodney’s knowledge comes from a wise source. “I’ve always liked a quote from Sir Winston Churchill: ‘The empires of the future will be the empires of the mind.’ My version is, ‘The empires of the future are the empires of the mind.’ We live in a knowledge-based world, so strive to gain as much knowledge as possible about your given subject. This gives you power and the voice to speak authoritatively and confidently.” However, he adds, “Remember book smart is not street smart!”

When he’s not in the office or spending time with his wife and daughter, you’ll find Rodney on his bicycle. As an avid cyclist, he is out and about five to six times a week, as part of a local bike club, on organized rides through the local bike shop or on his own. Rodney and his wife are both ardent supporters of a local charity called Charlotte Heptathlon, where they provide IT and accounting assistance to the organization. Each year their annual sporting event raises funds that support low-income families by providing them with financial support for child care while they work.

Fun facts about Charlotte:

  • Charlotte is the pimento cheese capital of the world. Ruth’s Salads is the premier producer of pimento cheese, topping in at 45,000 pounds per week. Almost every restaurant in Charlotte features pimento cheese on their menu.
  • Charlotte doesn’t have a downtown area. Instead what would typically be referred to as downtown is called Uptown. Indeed, Uptown really is up ― it is at a higher elevation that other parts of the city!
  • Charlotte is often referred to as Queen City. This is because it was named after King George III’s wife, Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, who was the queen of Great Britain at the time the city was founded. The city’s other nickname is the Hornet’s Nest. This refers to British General Charles Cornwallis, who called Charlotte a “hornet’s nest of rebellion” in 1780. The hornet is now the mascot for the Charlotte NBA team, and the hornet nest logo is on the city’s police vehicles.
  • Charlotte was the site of the very first gold rush in the United States. To this day, it is a top financial hub within the country and one of the country’s largest banking centers behind New York City.
  • NASCAR (the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing) is huge in Charlotte. Here you can find its 150,000-square-foot Hall of Fame, and in a neighboring town you’ll find Charlotte Motor Speedway, which hosts three of NASCAR’s biggest annual events.
  • The Charlotte metropolitan area is the largest in the United States without a zoo ― it is about an hour’s drive from the city.


Looking for family-friendly activities?

  • Charlotte is known for their barbecue. It’s the smoking, not the grilling, that makes it special. Here is a local recipe.
  • Not sure what pimento cheese is? Here is a local recipe. Or if you’re into biscuits, this recipe was featured on a local TV channel.


Follow our journey, including our milestones, as we trek nearly 28,000 miles around the globe here.