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Career Almanac

On the Move

Maureen Ball was hired as office manager at LandDesign Inc. Michael Benson, Reginald Howell, Peter Kisicki, Lori Race and Claire Ritchey were hired as designers-landscape architecture group. David Booth was rehired as a senior landscape designer. Brian Crafford was hired as an engineer intern. Ashley Landis was hired as an associate, PE. Randi Gallina, Timothy McGinnis and Mellisa Rivera-Argo were hired as designers-engineering. Matt McLaren was hired as a senior associate, PE. Andre Rutland was hired as IT manager, and Aaron Wagoner was rehired as an engineer intern.

Ted Boyd, director of Historic South End for Center City Partners, has accepted an offer to become the downtown development manager for the Town of Cary. Boyd’s last day with CCCP is Sept. 27.

Danny Florian was hired as a front-end developer and Griffin Glaze as production designer for Wray Ward, a Charlotte marketing communications agency.

Joey Ham was promoted to estimator and will be running pre-construction efforts for J.D. Goodrum Co., general contractors of Cornelius. Dee Jones joined J.D. Goodrum as a project manager.

Dr. David Kang and Dr. Daniel Linn joined Urology Specialists of the Carolinas at their new office at 1328 Patterson St. in Monroe.

Bob Mitchell joined Dunavant Transportation Group as vice president of operations for east coast operations.

Ryan Shine was named a mortgage loan officer for CommunityOne Bank, N.A. in Charlotte.

Notable Items

Catherine Bessant of Bank of America and Theresa Drew of Deloitte will join UNC Charlotte’s leadership as new members of the Board of Trustees. Gov. Pat McCrory appointed Bessant and also reappointed current trustee David Hauser to a second term on the board. The UNC Board of Governors appointed Drew. Trustees Karen Popp, Mary Ann Rouse and Michael Wilson were also reappointed by the Board of Governors to four-year terms.

Bill Brock of Belmont was reappointed to the N.C. State Board of Opticians by McCrory. His term will run until June 30, 2016.

Carolinas HealthCare System opened Carolinas Psychiatry and Behavioral Wellness, 9601 Holly Point Drive in Huntersville, to patients Tuesday. Services include diagnostic evaluations, consultative services and medication management. The center is staffed by Dr. Cheryl Dodds and Dr. Rachel Thommen, board-certified psychiatrists.

Jay Curran was named vice president for Charlotte-based Crescent Communities’ multifamily development in Georgia and Florida.

Mel Garofalo of Hedrick Gardner Kincheloe & Garofalo LLP was recognized as Best Lawyers’ 2014 Charlotte Product Liability Litigation-Defendants “Lawyer of the Year,” and Martha Surles as Best Lawyers’ 2014 Charlotte Workers’ Compensation Law-Employers “Lawyer of the Year.”

Paul Hattenhauer and Mark Richardson, partners at Culp Elliott & Carpenter, PLLC were selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2014 in the field of tax law.

Chris Lam, a Nexsen Pruet attorney, was chosen as an honoree for N.C. Lawyers Weekly’s 2013 “Leaders in the Law” awards. The publication presents the awards to honor 25 of the state’s legal professionals for their accomplishments and leadership in the industry and their communities. Lam also was appointed by the president of Duke University to a three-year term on the Board of Visitors for the Sanford School of Public Policy.

Jack Vanston, managing partner of the LongHorn Steakhouse in Concord, was presented with the company’s top leadership honor, the Best of the West award, which recognizes managing partners throughout North America.

This week

Monday

Social Media / Internet Marketing Workshop

Presenter Kevin Smith will discuss Internet marketing using Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, blogging and Google. Free. 3-4 p.m. at Charles Mack Citizen Center, 215 N. Main St., Mooresville. Details: http://bit.ly/1dJFoV6.

Tuesday

Business Opportunity and Outreach Symposium

Charlotte Area Transit System will solicit bids for several contracts in the fall for the LYNX Blue Line Extension. Learn about future CATS business opportunities, how to locate subcontractors and how to meet federal bidding requirements. Free. 9 a.m.-noon at Charlotte Mecklenburg Government Center, Council Chamber, lobby level, 600 E. Fourth St. Register: http://bit.ly/15BH4hf.

‘How the Affordable Care Act Will Impact Small Business’

Join Charlotte Chamber for the SouthPark Chapter Luncheon with guest speaker David Romero of Rutherfoord, a Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC company, who has more than 17 years of industry experience providing employers with benefit consulting on health and welfare programs. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Maggiano’s Little Italy, 4400 Sharon Road. Details: www.charlottechamber.com/events.

Quarterly Economic Forecast

UNC Charlotte economist John Connaughton will give his quarterly forecast for the North Carolina economy at a luncheon and press conference. Free. Noon at UNC Charlotte Center City. RSVP by Thursday. Details: www.uncc.edu.

‘Simple Steps for Starting Your Business’

This introductory workshop focuses on the basics of testing business ideas and identifying key factors that influence start-up success. Start-up Basics provides an overview of the skills and tools needed when deciding to start a business. Cost: $25. 1-4 p.m. at Small Business Administration, 6302 Fairview Road, Suite 300. Register: 704-344-6576; www.charlotte.score.org.

LACCC Tapas

Join the Latin American Chamber of Commerce for tapas and networking. 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Chima Brazilian Steakhouse, 139 S. Tryon St. Free for members; $10 for nonmembers. Register: 704-343-2525; www.lacccharlotte.com.

BB&T Distinguished Leaders in Action Series

Join Queens University of Charlotte’s McColl School professor Will Sparks for a leadership conversation with Laura Schulte, president of Wells Fargo’s Eastern Community Bank. Free. 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Queens University of Charlotte, McColl School of Business-Sykes Learning Center, Ketner Auditorium. Register: 704-337-2452; www.mccollschool.edu.

‘How to Start a Small Business’

This workshop touches on business basics, including the development of a business plan, anticipated expense and projected income. Cost: $25; materials will be provided. 6-8 p.m. at Winthrop Regional Small Business Development Center, Thurmond Building, room 208, Park Avenue, Rock Hill, S.C. Register: 803-323-2283; www.eventbrite.com/event/7397093907/eorg.

Wednesday

Meet & Greet

Enjoy speed networking in a relaxed, small group environment with Charlotte Chamber. Cost: free for chamber members, $25 for nonmembers. 7:30-9 a.m. at Costco, 500 Tyvola Road. Details: www.charlottechamber.com/events.

‘Matthews Chamber Business Networking Luncheon’

Matthews Chamber will host a networking luncheon with an update on Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools from Heath Morrison. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Carmel Baptist Church, 1145 Pineville-Matthews Road, Matthews. Cost: $15-$20. RSVP by noon Tuesday. Register: http://members.matthewschamber.org.

Thursday

Inventors’ Network of the Carolinas

Inventors’ Network of the Carolinas will hold a general meeting with guest speaker Cary Harwin of FundaGeek, who will discuss crowd funding. Cost: $20. 6-8:30 p.m. second Thursdays at Inventors’ Network of the Carolinas, 520 Elliot St. Details: www.inotc.org.

Friday

Technology Summit

Join the Charlotte Chamber’s Technology Summit to hear and discuss the impact of technology across diverse industries in Charlotte. Learn more about the business of data mining and software design, and how they cross every discipline, as well as how area companies are making use of the latest technology trends. 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at The Westin Charlotte, 601 S. College St. Details: www.charlottechamber.com/events.

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