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Business in Brief: Cheryl Rolland joins Country Bank as Sr. Business Development Officer

Cheryl Rolland

Cheryl Rolland

Cheryl Rolland joins Country Bank as Sr. Business Development Officer

Cheryl Rolland has been hired as Senior Business Development Officer at Country Bank. Her primary role will be to partner with local business owners to find the correct banking products to fund current operations, finance growth, manage cash, and achieve other objectives.

Rolland studied at Yavapai College and Northern Arizona University and brings over 20 years of experience in the banking industry, according to a news release.

“I am excited to be joining Country Bank as they are such a strong advocate of the community and have local decision-making power,” she said.

Chief Operating Officer Randy Austin said, “Cheryl’s enthusiasm and diverse banking experience will be a great fit with the Country Bank team and an asset to our business customers.”

Airline ‘bumping’ of passengers falls to lowest rate ever

Airlines bumped passengers off flights at the lowest rate on record last year after United Airlines was pilloried when a passenger was dragged off a full plane.

The Transportation Department said Thursday that airlines bumped about one passenger in every 29,000 in 2017, roughly half the rate of the year before.

The figures don’t count passengers who accept travel vouchers or other offers to voluntarily give up their seat on an oversold flight.

Meanwhile, there were 117 long delays in December during which passengers were trapped in planes on the ground. A few planes were stuck as long as seven hours, and most occurred in Atlanta on Delta flights.

United vaulted to the top of the government’s latest ratings for on-time flights. Delta and Alaska Airlines were next, respectively. JetBlue Airways had the worst record.

Southwest Airlines accounted for about one-third of bumped passengers, 8,279 in all; Spirit Airlines had the highest bumping rate, at one in every 12,000 passengers.

Twitter makes money for first time ever, but problems remain

NEW YORK (AP) — Twitter made money for the first time in its nearly 12-year history, a milestone that satisfied investors in the short term but might not resolve the company’s broader problems any time soon.

The company is still struggling to get people to sign up, despite the attention President Donald Trump’s no-holds barred tweets have drawn to the service. One problem: Anyone can read tweets without signing up. As a result, Twitter’s user base pales compared with Facebook and the Facebook-owned Instagram.

And that means fewer advertising opportunities.