The new boss at Burt's Bees made his public debut in the Triangle this week.
This morning in downtown Raleigh, general manager Nick Vlahos helped kick off the Planet Earth Celebration. He competed against Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker in a contest that involved making a strawberry-lemonade smoothie using a blender powered by a stationary bicycle. (Meeker won.)
Part of Vlahos' job at Durham-based Burt's is to reinforce the company's image as an environmentally friendly and socially conscious business. The company sells lip balms, lotions and other personal-care products made from honey and other natural ingredients.
Correction: Vlahos didn't help build a Habitat for Humanity house on Tuesday.