Alex Fernandez was promoted to technology lead of the Web and mobile development team at The Idea People. Adam Frazier was hired as a senior content writer and researcher. Matt Stvartak was promoted to front-end development lead on the Web team. Harold Weaver was promoted to UX lead of the Web design and user experience team. Lucas Weber was promoted to vice president, agency services.
Pam Gilmore was named vice president, eCommerce for Founders Federal Credit Union.
Ellen Huffman was promoted to senior art director in the creative department of Luquire George Andrews, an advertising and public relations agency.
Sharon Love joined SOS Intl., a Charlotte-based power industry training and consulting provider, as an instructional designer. Susan McGowan was promoted to an instructional designer. Diana Rayburn joined the team as administrative assistant.
Paul Martino was appointed executive director of Let Me Run, a nonprofit running program for young boys.
Miki Nikolic was promoted to general manager for e2 Emeril’s Eatery.
Aaron Patel was promoted to senior tax manager, audit and tax services department, and will transfer to the Charlotte office of Rives & Associates LLP, a full-service public accounting and consulting firm. John Parsley is the firm’s new director of operations, tax services department.
Don Rothwell was promoted to executive vice president, North America and Canada, for Schleich North America Inc., the German-based market leader in soft plastic figurines and collectables.
Jim Storey was named vice president of investor relations for Premier Inc., a national health care performance improvement company.
The Charlotte Association of Health Underwriters recently received the Pacesetter Award at the National Association of Health Underwriters’ annual convention in Atlanta. The Pacesetter Award honors local association chapters for outstanding achievements in service to their members, the industry and the public. This is the third year in a row that the Charlotte chapter has been recognized with this award.
Arthur Cotton and Roger Parham, Realtors in Allen Tate Company’s University office, have been elected to the 2014 board of directors of the Charlotte Regional Realtor Association.
David Cunningham, senior mortgage consultant with Cunningham & Co., was named 2013 Mortgage Banker of the Year by the Mortgage Bankers Association of the Carolinas.
Participants graduated from the Gaston Regional Chamber of Commerce Candidate Academy run by the Institute of Political Leadership. The 2013 Gaston Regional Chamber Candidate Academy graduates: Jeff Cash, Jeff Clark, Michael Dickson, Don Grant, Kelsey Harrington, Joyce Holfeld, Rick Houser, David Kayler, Robert Kellogg, Nancy Moore, Ryan Schrift, Rebecca Schwindeman, Daniel Ware and Jerry Willhauck.
Jeffery Paddyfote of the Principal Financial Group now provides fee-based financial planning services as an investment adviser representative with Princor Financial Services Corp.
Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP’s litigation practice was listed as “highly recommended” in the seventh annual edition of Benchmark Litigation, its highest rating. The 2014 guide is a publication of Euromoney/Legal Media Group, focused on leading U.S. litigation firms and lawyers. Parker Poe attorneys Michael Adams, Catharine Arrowood, Robert Byrd, Eric Cottrell, Melanie Dubis, William Rikard Jr. and Eric Welsh were named “Local Litigation Stars,” individuals recommended consistently as reputable and effective litigators by clients and peers. Deborah Edney was named a Future Star, a litigator expected to rise to the top in future editions.
Christina Strader was named a Fellow at The Duke Endowment. Created in 2005, the endowment’s fellowship program gives emerging leaders a unique opportunity in the philanthropic sector. Based in Charlotte, the endowment is a private foundation that strengthens communities in North Carolina and South Carolina by nurturing children, promoting health, educating minds and enriching spirits. The fellowship is a full-time, two-year experience that encourages creative thinking and leadership development. Strader will participate in hands-on grant-making and site visits.
Kimberly Whitley, a partner of Patrick, Harper & Dixon law firm, was chosen as one of the Women of Justice Awards winners for 2013, sponsored by North Carolina Lawyers Weekly. Whitley received the “Business Practitioner Award,” which is awarded to women business practitioners who strive to improve the quality of justice or who contribute to the betterment of the legal profession.
TechBreakfast CLT provides a friendly atmosphere where aspiring tech-entrepreneurs can get feedback from panelists. Free. 8:30-9:30 p.m. the second Wednesdays at The Garage at Packard Place, 222 S. Church St. Details: http://techbreakfastclt.itsbspoke.com/.
Business Before Hours
Join Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce for networking. Free. 8-9:30 a.m. at Fore! Restaurant, 12905 Rosedale Hill Ave., Huntersville. Details: www.lakenormanchamber.org.
What’s Next at UNC Charlotte?
UNC Charlotte Chancellor Philip Dubois will discuss the latest developments on campus at Charlotte Chamber’s SouthPark Chapter Luncheon. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Maggiano’s Little Italy, 4400 Sharon Road. Details: www.charlottechamber.com/events.
Lunch and Learn
Hilary Broadway will present a workshop on using iOS7 and the new Apple iPhone and iPad. Free. Noon-1 p.m. at Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce, Randy Marion Conference Room, 19900 W. Catawba Ave., Cornelius. Details: www.lakenormanchamber.org.
Meet & Greet
Join Charlotte Chamber for speed networking in a relaxed, small group environment. Free for members; $25 for nonmembers (includes continental breakfast). 7:30-9 a.m. Costco, 500 Tyvola Road. Details: www.charlottechamber.com/events.
Cyber Security Symposium
The College of Computing and Informatics will host its 14th annual UNC Charlotte Cyber Security Symposium for business continuity professionals, information technology managers, software developers, systems administrators, information security professionals, information security consultants and government leaders. 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. at the Cone University Center. Details: http://cs.uncc.edu/node/2224.
Responsible Alcohol Seller/Server Program
The North Carolina ABC Commission will offer the Responsible Alcohol Seller/Server Program for managers and staff of any business with ABC permits. The public is also welcome to attend and learn about the state’s ABC laws and regulations. The workshop is designed to address issues that affect businesses that sell alcohol. Free. 10 a.m. - noon and 2- 4 p.m. at Charlotte Fire Fighters Association, 2601 E. Seventh St. Register: http://abc.nc.gov/education/rasp.
Matthews Chamber Business Networking Luncheon
Matthews Chamber will hold a small-business panel on “Business Lessons Learned.” Cost: $15-$20. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Carmel Baptist Church, 1145 Pineville-Matthews Road, Matthews. Details: www.matthewschamber.org.
Update on the Charlotte Knights
Join Charlotte Chamber’s University City Chapter for an update on the Charlotte Knights’ move to Charlotte. Scott Brown, general manager, will discuss the economic impact for the community. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Hilton Charlotte University Place, 8629 JM Keynes Drive. Details: www.charlottechamber.com/events.
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