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Career Almanac 12.01.13

On the Move

Meredith Barnette and Hannah Little were promoted to partner at Garfinkel Immigration.

Dani Burns was named managing supervisor of FleishmanHillard International Communications, a public relations firm. Richie Goodman was promoted to senior account executive.

Theresa Calloway joined The Spa at Ballantyne as spa operations manager.

Brian Craver joined Cushman & Wakefield Thalhimer’s retail practice in Charlotte.

Joel Dinkel was promoted to senior digital designer and Amanda Williams to account lead in public relations for Wray Ward, a Charlotte marketing communications firm.

David Goldschmidt joined Velodyne, a manufacturer of high-performance audio products, as its national sales director.

Col. John McCain was hired as chief operations officer for The Community Blood Center of the Carolinas (CBCC).

Eric Reilly, a banking and finance attorney in Mayer Brown’s Charlotte office, was promoted to partner, effective Jan. 1.

Notable Items

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP was recognized as a leader in client service in The BTI Consulting Group’s Client Service A-Team 2014. The survey ranked the firm 53rd among 650 law firms that serve large companies.

Jean Bridges and Joan Hoffman with the Allen Tate Co. were awarded the Seniors Real Estate Specialist designation by a council of the National Association Of Realtors.

Burke Communications created a new integrated campaign for Charlotte-based Century Contractors, showcasing the mechanical contracting firm’s commitment to sustainable energy development. The campaign includes a new landing page, www.centurycontractors.com, highlighting the firm’s renewable energy projects.

Jeff Carlson, a Charlotte financial representative affiliated with Worrell Agency, was honored by Northwestern Mutual with membership in its 2013 Forum group, which recognizes individuals for an outstanding year of helping clients achieve financial security.

Cavanaugh & Associates, P.A., a consulting engineering firm, was awarded the 2014 honor award for engineering excellence by the N.C. American Council of Engineering Companies for a water conservation training program they developed and executed in the state of Georgia.

Steve Clark, director of classroom support at UNC Charlotte, was among the state workers honored with the Governor’s Award for Excellence, the highest honor bestowed a state employee.

Robyn Crigger, CEO of Compass Career Management Solutions-OI Partners, was added to the Crown Point Business Owners Board for the Crown Point Business Park in Charlotte. Her company, a human resources firm providing career strategy and transition management, has owned their building since 2001.

Lawton Hatley, an attorney with Wells Fargo Reinsurance, received the American Diabetes Association’s national ACT Advocacy Award for his volunteer work to affect diabetes policy change in North Carolina and to protect the rights of those with diabetes. Hatley is the ADA Central Carolinas chair of the community leadership board and co-advocacy chair.

HF Financial, a general agency of Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company, became an accredited member of the Better Business Bureau.

MBP Carolinas Inc., a multi-disciplined construction consulting firm and subsidiary of McDonough Bolyard Peck, Inc., opened a new office at 301 McCullough Drive, suite 400, in Charlotte.

Moore & Van Allen PLLC was a recipient of Profiles in Diversity Journal’s 2014 diversity leader award, which recognizes organizations that put their commitment to diversity and inclusion into action with employees, customers, partners and the community.

Doug Rembold, manager/operator of digital indigo production at Classic Graphics, was named top contributor of Dscoop.org. The Digital Solutions Cooperative is an independent global community of graphic communications business owners and technical professionals.

Hussein Sadek, president and chairman for Technologies Consulting International, Inc. (TCI, Inc.), a consulting and engineering firm in Matthews, received the American Society for Nondestructive Testing Robert MacMaster Gold Medal.

This week

Tuesday

‘Business Before Hours Before the Holidays’

Network with Lake Norman Chamber. Free. 8-9:30 a.m. at Lenox Salons Birkdale, 16623 Birkdale Commons Parkway, Huntersville. Details: www.lakenormanchamber.org.

‘SouthWest Chapter Luncheon’

Join the Charlotte Chamber SouthWest Chapter for its monthly luncheon where featured speakers address and provide updates to topics that affect businesses across the chapter's geographic footprint. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Crowne Plaza Charlotte Executive Park, 5700 Westpark Drive. Details: www.charlottechamber.com/events.

‘Business Plan Basics’

Turn your business ideas into a solid plan for financing. This seminar provides a general overview of a typical business plan, marketing, operations and finance. Free. 5:30-7:30 p.m. at University City Regional Library, 301 E. WT Harris Blvd. Register: 704-330-4223; or follow the seminars and workshops link at www.cpcc.edu/sbc/register.

‘Charlotte Chamber Annual Meeting’

Join Charlotte Chamber for an annual meeting, themed “Flourish.” Celebrate the successes accomplished over the past year under the leadership of Brett Carter, chief distribution officer of Duke Energy, and look ahead to 2014 with incoming chairman Michael Tarwater, CEO of Carolinas HealthCare System. 6:30-9:30 p.m. at NASCAR Hall of Fame, 400 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Details: www.charlottechamber.com/events.

Wednesday

‘Getting the Word Out About Your Business’

Learn tips and tools successful marketers use to turn ordinary sales and marketing into powerful promotion and brand recognition. Free. 6:30-8:30 p.m. at CPCC Central Campus, Charlottetowne Avenue. Register at the seminars and workshops link at www.cpcc.edu/sbc/register.

Thursday

‘eWomen Network Holiday Extravaganza’

Experience Accelerated Networking, a unique eWomenNetwork process that presents opportunities to promote who you are and what you do, ask for what you specifically need from others, develop new business alliances and friends and learn new ideas and strategies for promoting your business and generating revenue. Cost: $30 for members; $40 for nonmembers. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Hilton Charlotte Executive Park, 5624 Westpark Drive. Register: 704-560-6788; or follow the events link at http://www.ewomennetwork.com/chapterHomePage/chapterEvent.php?chapterCode=NC105.

‘Networking With Holiday Spirit’

Join us for the Charlotte Chamber Ballantyne Chapter for networking and an opportunity to give back to the community with a Toys for Tots collection. A local high school will entertain with jazz-inspired carols. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge, 10000 Ballantyne Commons Parkway. Details: www.charlottechamber.com/events.

‘Are You Ready for Coaching?’

The value of coaching is well established, and the popularity of coaching continues to grow. John Bennett, McColl School faculty member and author of the book “Coaching for Change,” will present this session, and he will be available for a book signing after the presentation. Free; lunch is provided. Noon-1 p.m. at Queens University of Charlotte Sports Complex, 2229 Tyvola Road. Register: http://bit.ly/1ag11pN.

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