Notable Locals

Get to Know Your Neighbors

Photos by Raymond J Photography

Faces introduces you to people who make Ballantyne lively and interesting. In this edition, meet Carla J. Bryson, Ron Everett and Martha Grant. Responses have been edited for clarity and brevity.

Ron Everett

Hometown: Raleigh, North Carolina

Job: Senior Vice President, East Region Servicing and Global Deposit Operations, Synchrony

Typical day

Meetings, cycling, a shower and then Netflix bingeing before bed.

Ballantyne resident?

I live in the Rocky River area of Charlotte, but I work in and frequent Ballantyne for dining and cycling.

Favorite beverage


Carla J. Bryson

Hometown: Gastonia, North Carolina

Job: Managing Attorney and Owner, Bryson Legal Services, PLLC

Typical day

I wake up before the sun rises. My goal is to be out the door by 8 a.m. to start the workday. As a real estate attorney, my day varies based on the demands of clients and those I work closely with. After a productive day, I look forward to relaxing with a good book and conversation.

Ballantyne resident?

I moved to Indian Land, South Carolina, two years ago with the intention of being near Ballantyne.

Favorite beverages

Coke Zero. After 5 p.m., I add a little rum.

Martha Grant

Hometown: Nashville, Tennessee

Job: Membership Director, Sara’s YMCA, Group Exercise Instructor, Morrison Family YMCA

Typical day

Wake at 4:15 a.m. and get to the gym by 5 a.m. for a fun YMCA class or a run. Then back home to shower and out the door to Sara’s Y for the day. I not only assist with membership needs but also with health journeys and relationship building. Then, it’s back home for a walk, dinner and early to bed.

Ballantyne resident?

Yes, for 15 years.

Favorite drink

Oat milk cappuccino.