On the Move
Ken Ackerman was named regional vice president, branch operational support for Founders Federal Credit Union. Shannon Blanks was promoted to vice president of the Galleria, Rock Hill and Arrowood, Charlotte offices. Daryl Bowie was promoted to regional vice president, region 1, and will be responsible for branch offices in Lancaster and Chesterfield Counties in South Carolina. Denise Helms, vice president, assumes responsibility for all Fort Mill locations. Cheryl Turner was promoted to vice president of the Anderson Road and Ebenezer Road offices in Rock Hill.
Attorney Robert Brinkley joined Womble Carlyle.
Frank Dominguez is now general manager and content director of Davidson Colleges radio station, WDAV. Following the departure of Scott Nolan, Dominguez has served as interim general manager since November.
Eric Edgison was named director of treasury management for CommunityOne Bank, N.A. Michael Henderson was named commercial relationship manager for the Charlotte market.
Lucy Goins joined Matrix Wealth Advisors, Inc. as an investment associate.
Sandee Hansen was promoted to market executive for the North Mecklenburg market by Yadkin Bank and will be located in the Cornelius branch.
Tiffany Johnson will serve as learning center coordinator at YWCA Central Carolinass Leafcrest afterschool location.
Kristin Mart joined the Lupus Foundation of America, North Carolina Chapter (LFANC) as a patient services manager.
Michael Rayfield was promoted to banquet chef at The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge.
BHS-Sonthofen Inc., a subsidiary of BHS-Sonthofen GmbH with responsibility for North America and Mexico including worldwide refinery and engineering applications, purchased a 14,000 square-foot facility in Charlotte for the US headquarters of the BHS filtration, mixing and recycling divisions. The expansion combines sales, engineering, lab testing, pilot machines, spare parts and assembly operations into one location.
Daniel Bruton, director and attorney at Bell, Davis & Pitt, P.A., earned the AV Preeminent Peer Review Ratings from the Martindale-Hubbell Rating Agency. Bruton is a 1991 graduate of Davidson College and a 1995 graduate of Wake Forest University School of Law.
Carolina Breast Friends (CBF), a nonprofit organization that provides a caring and positive environment for women diagnosed with breast cancer, announced its 2013-2014 board of directors: Joe Barbee of Mecklenburg Radiology and Karen Bentley of Novant Health, at-large members; Sarah Gass of Coca Cola Bottling Consolidated, treasurer; Melonee Hostetler, consultant, vice president; Shelby Jenkins of Duke Energy, president; Anne Marie Moore of the Charlotte Fire Department Credit Union, community liaison; Janice Moore of SeaCrest Consulting Company, past president; Danielle Murray of Ally, survivor advocate and programming; Kat Pruett of Harpoon Brewery, secretary; and Angeline Webb of American Tire Distributors, fundraising and event director.
Matthew Efird, an attorney with Robinson Bradshaw & Hinson, P.A., was elected to the North Carolina Motorsports Associations (NCMA) Board of Directors. Efird will serve a three-year term. The NCMA promotes the motorsports industry in North Carolina by providing legislative and regulatory representation at the state and local levels, supporting the development of economic impact studies for the industry in North Carolina and securing training opportunities for NCMA members through relationships at universities, community colleges and technical schools.
Elliott Davis, PLLC and Lunsford & Strickland, P.A. shareholders have voted to combine their firms effective July 1, establishing a Raleigh office for Elliott Davis, one of the largest accounting, tax and consulting services firms in the Southeast.
William Griffin, president of Griffin Home Health Care, Inc., was appointed by Gov. Pat McCrory to the North Carolina Governors Advisory Council on Aging and will serve a four-year term, effective July 1. The Governors Advisory Council on Aging makes recommendations to the Governor and the Secretary of Health and Human Services aimed at improving human services to the elderly.
Hobby Lobby Stores of Oklahoma City, OK, a privately held retail chain of arts and crafts stores, completed its newly relocated Charlotte store. The 55,000 square-foot retail facility is located at Ikea and University City Boulevards, in the recently developed Belgate Shopping Center. Scott Huffstickler continues to serve as the store manager.
Moore & Van Allen PLLCs Intellectual Property practice received top-tier recognition in the second edition of IAM Patent 1000-The Worlds Leading Patent Practitioners. Additionally, Charlotte Intellectual Property members Dickson Lupo, Kevin Ransom, Henry Ward and Mark Wilson were listed as recommended attorneys within their respective practice areas.
Morrow Insurance Agency, Inc. agents Rhonda Marshall, Jim Rasmussen, Sharon Robbins and Meredith Tidwell have been accredited as Certified Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Professionals through The National Association of Health Underwriters (NAHU).
Violeta Moser, executive director of the Latin American Womens Association of Charlotte, was appointed to the Central Piedmont Community College of Trustees. An appointee of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School Board, Mosers four-year term as a CPCC trustee runs through June 2017.
Pepsi Bottling Ventures, LLC completed its acquisition of Mecklenburg, Cabarrus, Union, Stanly, and Anson counties, in North Carolina, from PepsiCo. This territory encompasses the Charlotte metropolitan area. The financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Dr. Douglas Sheafor of Charlotte Radiology and chief of body imaging for Carolinas Medical Center NorthEast, received the 2012 Editors Recognition Award with Distinction for his efforts as a reviewer for Radiology, a monthly radiology and allied sciences journal published by the Radiological Society of North America, Inc.
Mountain BizWorks retreat
Mountain BizWorks and the Chamber of Hickory Nut Gorge are partnering to offer a one-day business planning retreat for current and prospective business owners. Participants will be guided through critical business plan concepts such as start-up and overhead costs; profit goals; cash flow; marketing; and licensing and record-keeping. Cost: $75 for Chamber of Hickory Nut Gorge members; $135 for nonmembers; includes materials and lunch. Room discounts at the Inn will be offered to retreat attendees. 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Lake Lure Inn, 2771 Memorial Highway, Lake Lure, NC. Register: 828-253-2834, ext. 27; www.mountainbizworks.org
Introduction to Finding Funders
Learn to find funders for your 501c3 nonprofit with the Foundation Centers comprehensive funding research tool, the Foundation Directory Online. Familiarity with computer basics and Internet use required. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Independence Regional, 6000 Conference Drive. Details: http://www.cmlibrary.org/programs
Which Certifications are Right for Your Business?
Learn about different certifications and how to use them for your business. With speaker Briles Johnson. 6:30-8:30 p.m. at CPCC Central Campus, Hall Building, 1112 Charlottetowne Ave. Register: Reference, SBX 8104. 704-330-4223; www.ncsbc.net/workshop.aspx?ekey=120330079
Small Business Resources
This seminar will assist you with resources available for small businesses, including the programs and services provided by the Womens Business Center (WBC) and N.C. Institute of Minority Economic Development (NCIMED). Learn how to best access services as you start, grow and manage your business with speaker Briles Johnson. Free. 12:30-2:30 p.m. at CPCC Central Campus, Hall Building, 1112 Charlottetowne Ave. Register: Reference, SBX 8048. 704-330-4223; www.ncsbc.net/workshop.aspx?ekey=120330063
Preventing Burnout in a Nonprofit Organization
Long-term stress can lead to mental and physical exhaustion, known as burnout. Discover the signs of employee and volunteer burnout, its organizational impact, and the steps you can implement to reduce or avoid burnout altogether. With speaker Faith Triggs. Free. 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Sugar Creek Library, Suite A, 4045 N. Tryon St. Register: Reference, SBX 8018. 704-330-4223; www.ncsbc.net/workshop.aspx?ekey=120330064
LACCC Seminar - Womens Study
The Latin American Chamber of Commerce will present a free seminar on Women & Money: Changing Times (A Womens Study). 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Belk Corporate Center, Overview Room, 2801 W. Tyvola Road. Details: www.lacccharlotte.com
A.M. Biz Leads
Charlotte Chamber invites you to a small group speed-networking event for morning people. Cost: Free for Chamber members; $25 for nonmembers. Includes continental breakfast. 7:30-9 a.m. at Sams Club, 8909 JW Clay Blvd. Details: www.charlottechamber.com/events
Go Forth & Export
Discover new markets for your product or service. Learn from local successful exporters along with federal, state and private sector export service providers. Free. 8:30-10 a.m. at Charlotte Export Assistance Center, 521 E. Morehead St., Suite 435. Details: 704-333-4886; or e-mail email@example.com
Becoming an Investor-Ready Entrepreneur
Becoming an Investor-Ready Entrepreneur is designed to educate and prepare growth-oriented entrepreneurs to successfully engage private equity investors. The program was developed with direct input from experienced entrepreneurs, angel investors, angel networks / fund executives, and venture capitalists, and provides an insiders look into the world of equity funding. 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. at Ben Craig Center, 8701 Mallard Creek Road. Register: http://www.sbtdc.org/investorready/charlotte/
PR Doesnt Stand For Press Release
There are many tools in the public relations tool bag; the press release is just one of them. Learn about other PR tactics used to build brand awareness at Charlotte Chambers Metro Chapter Luncheon. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at The Westin Charlotte, 601 S. College St. Details: www.charlottechamber.com/events
Charlotte Business Professionals
Mecklenburg County District Attorney Andrew Murray will address the Charlotte Business Professionals at their quarterly meeting. 5:30- 7:30 p.m. at Dilworth Neighborhood Grille, 911 E. Morehead St. Details: www.charlottebp.com
Send us your news
E-mail information about management promotions, honors, area business developments or changes in operations to the Business news department: firstname.lastname@example.org. Photos of individuals will be published only if submitted as JPEG attachments. Include your identifying information, with a phone number, in the body of the e-mail. E-mails that only include an attachment will not be opened. Limit submissions to 100 words. Deadline: Items must be submitted by 5 p.m. Monday to be considered for publication the following Sunday.
The Charlotte Observer welcomes your comments on news of the day. The more voices engaged in conversation, the better for us all, but do keep it civil. Please refrain from profanity, obscenity, spam, name-calling or attacking others for their views.
Have a news tip? You can send it to a local news editor; email email@example.com to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Charlotte Observer.Read moreRead less