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Career Almanac

Gregory Bracht joined Showcase Realty as director of real estate investments. Rebecca Ham joined as marketing and social media coordinator. Dana Hefner joined as marketing administrator. Jess Kasimov joined as director of recruiting and training. Deanna Smith joined as Fannie Mae coordinator in the REO department. Terry O’Neal, Ed Peugh and Cathy Sedlacek-Lewis joined as broker/Realtors in residential sales.

Tim Braun and Chase Gregory joined Red Moon Marketing as account executives.

Sarah Carpenter joined Rodgers Builders Inc. as marketing manager. Todd Joyce joined as senior vice president of construction operations.

Robert Grajewski II was appointed president of Edison Nation Medical, a medical device incubator and health care innovation portal. Blake Marler comes to the company as its marketing communications and public relations manager. Kseniya Martin joined as social media and content marketing manager. Shante Williams joined as the company’s newest business development associate.

Leilani Johnson was promoted to project supervisor at Eric Mower + Associates.

Bruce LaRowe, executive director of Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, will step down at the end of December. Jami Farris, Children’s Theatre’s board chair and a partner at Parker Poe, will coordinate a transition and search process with the Theatre’s board of directors.

Laura Matheson is the new branch manager at the Yadkin Bank office on Williamson Road in Mooresville.

Michelle Reino was hired as an account coordinator in the public relations department for Luquire George Andrews, an advertising and public relations agency.

Jack Rockstad joined Imperial Brown as vice president of manufacturing for the East Coast Division. Rockstad will oversee manufacturing at the East Coast plant in Salisbury.

James Thompson is president of Greenway Chemical Systems & Services, a turnkey industrial water treatment company serving the greater Charlotte metro area.

Cornelius native Maren Werts joined the McIntosh Law Firm as an attorney.

Notable Items

Rachel Blunk, Wishart Norris Henninger & Pittman, P.A. attorney, was elected vice president to the board of the North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys for 2014. NCAWA works to increase women’s participation in the justice system, in public office and within the legal profession. Blunk was also honored as Young Lawyer of the Quarter for summer 2013 by the North Carolina Bar Association’s Young Lawyer’s Division.

Eastwood Homes was named one of the top 100 privately held companies in North Carolina by Grant Thornton LLP. The list of companies, published in the October 2013 issue of Business North Carolina Magazine, highlights only privately held businesses. Eastwood Homes, the only residential builder on the list, holds the 60th position.

Mary Langhorne, financial planner at MGL Financial LLC in Huntersville, was authorized by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards to use the Certified Financial Planner and CFP certification marks in accordance with CFP Board certification and renewal requirements.

Perry’s Fine, Antique and Estate Jewelry received a 2013 APEX Award in the category of “marketing and PR campaigns, programs and plans” for its 10 Weeks of Giving campaign that raised more than $44,000 for Charlotte-area nonprofits. The award recognizes excellence in graphic design, editorial content and overall communications effectiveness. Ernest Perry will also serve as honorary chair and will receive an award of appreciation at the International House 25th Annual Benefit Gala.

S.T.A.R. Resources was contracted by CRR Global to be its Corporate Outreach Partner. Mary Elizabeth Murphy, chief executive officer of S.T.A.R Resources, will play a lead role in the partnership by serving as a liaison between CRR Global and its clients who are interested in Relationship Systems Coaching.

Bill Trahan with Carroll Financial Associates was appointed to the board of directors at Aldersgate United Methodist Retirement Community after serving three years on the finance committee.

WebsiteBiz, a digital marketing agency, provided sponsorship for the Camp LUCK “Open Your Heart” Auction and Dinner. The event raised more than $63,000, and all proceeds from the event went to Camp LUCK, a medically supervised camp for children with a significant heart disease.

This week

Tuesday

‘How to Sell to Anyone’

Carolina Business Coach presents this seller’s workshop, facilitated by certified business coach, Harvey Smith. Cost: $399. 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Foundation of Shalom Park, 5007 Providence Road. Details: www.matthewschamber.org

‘Webinar: Understanding the Ins and Outs of Funding Your Small Business’

Join the U.S. Small Business Administration and AARP for this webinar and learn how to fund your small business. Free. 2 p.m. Register: http://bit.ly/1bCNPOd.

‘Simple Steps for Starting Your Business’

This introductory workshop focuses on the basics of testing business ideas and identifying the 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. 6-9 p.m. at Ben Craig Center, 8701 Mallard Creek Road. Register: http://conta.cc/1aSllz2.

‘Latin Americans on the Road to Retirement’

The Latin American Chamber of Commerce will host a seminar on preparing for retirement. Free. 6:30-8:30 p.m. at CPCC Harris Campus, 3210 CPCC Harris Campus Drive, Room 1120. Details: 704-343-2525; http://lacccharlotte.com/.

Wednesday

‘Workforce Development & Education Committee’

Charlotte Chamber’s Workforce Development & Education Committee will meet to hear about the bond campaign that is underway. Visit www.voteyesforbonds.com to learn more about projects in your district or sign up as a volunteer or supporter for the campaign. 8-9:30 a.m. at Charlotte Chamber-Bank of America Briefing Center, 330 S. Tryon St. 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. fourth Wednesdays at Charlotte Export Assistance Center, 521 E. Morehead St., Suite 435. Details: 704-333-4886; or email greg.sizemore@trade.gov

‘Mayoral Candidate Discussion’

Get to know the mayoral candidates as they discuss issues most important in Charlotte at the Charlotte Chamber’s Metro Chapter Luncheon. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at The Westin Charlotte, 601 S. College St. Details: www.charlottechamber.com/events.

‘Bastiat Society of Charlotte’

Join the Bastiat Society of Charlotte and Peter Frank, associate professor of economics at Wingate University, for a discussion about polycentricism, dispersed knowledge and social entrepreneurship. 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Dunhill Hotel, 237 N. Tryon St. Details: bastiatsociety.org.

Thursday

‘Busopoly Tour’

Join Charlotte Chamber’s NorthWest Chapter for its inaugural bus tour, Busopoly. Prepare for a guided onsite, interactive Monopoly-style bus tour of the NorthWest Chapter footprint and area businesses. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Northlake Mall, 6801 Northlake Mall Drive. Details: www.charlottechamber.com/events.

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