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Career Almanac 12.15.13

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On the Move

Tonia Alexander joined Bissell as property accountant.

Bernadette Chepega joined as an account executive in the Charlotte office of Largemouth Communications, a full-service public relations firm.

Mary Cloninger was appointed chief executive officer of Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates’ regional neurosurgery practice.

Chuck Cox joined Capitala Finance Corp. as a director of portfolio management. Randall Fontes and Mario Shaffer joined as directors of business development.

Bart Edge joined Newport Board Group, a national professional services firm, as a partner in its Carolinas practice.

Peter Fridrich was hired by Griffin Automotive Group as general manager at Griffin Motor Company Buick GMC.

Justin Gold was appointed manager of AT&T’s Pineville location at 9433 Pineville-Matthews Road. Lia McCombs was appointed manager of the Epicentre location at 210 E. Trade St. Douglas Taylor was appointed manager of the Monroe location at 2943 Monroe Way.

Wanda Jones was promoted to youth learning center coordinator of the Park Road afterschool center for YWCA Central Carolinas.

Notable Items

Burke Communications recently created a new logo and branding image for Friendship Missionary Baptist Church. The rebranding included a new logo, guest brochure, church membership materials and interior signage.

Catawba Valley Brewing Co. will deploy new labels, tap handles, electronic and social media, logos and a simplified company name this quarter. The new corporate logo, a stylized blue landscape, depicts mountains, wide-flowing rivers, and the Blue Ridge Parkway. The company also released its King Winterbolt Winter Ale in kegs and cans.

Cushman & Wakefield Thalhimer was selected by Maersk, Inc. for the leasing assignment of its 325,000-square foot regional office located in Arrowpoint Business Park at 9300 Arrowpoint Blvd. Meredith Dickerson and Mark Holoman of Cushman & Wakefield Thalhimer are the exclusive leasing representatives for the building.

Horack Talley attorneys John Bowers, Thomas Cannon, Clayton Curry Jr., Elizabeth Hodges, Elizabeth James, Mitchell Kelling, Robert McNeill, Gena Morris, Kristen Ogburn, David Powell, Cheryl Steele, Tate Sterrett, James Talley Jr. and Robert Turner III were selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2014. The firm is headquartered in Charlotte.

The Johns Hopkins Health System has expanded its relationship with Charlotte-based Premier Inc. to support systemwide improvements in supply chain efficiency. The expansion means that all six hospitals in the health system will use Premier's suite of integrated supply chain services and will have the opportunity to participate in additional programs for analytics and performance improvement services.

The N.C. Podiatric Physicians and Surgeons Group successfully completed the Practice Wellness Grant Program under the North Carolina Medical Society Employee Benefit Plan and earned a $9,200 grant. NCMS has been providing group benefit solutions to medical practices in North Carolina since 1998.

OMG Inc., a manufacturer of fasteners and building products for commercial and residential construction applications, acquired PAM Fastening Technology Inc. of Charlotte in a stock purchase. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. OMG will continue to operate PAM from its existing facilities in Charlotte initially, but plans to transition the business to Massachusetts over time.

Tom Pearson, a builder/developer from Charlotte, was selected as an inductee to the Housing Hall of Fame for his leadership in advocating for the home building industry.

Several area physicians were recently selected into the North Carolina Medical Society Foundation’s 12th annual Leadership College. They are Dr. Maeve O’Connor of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Relief in Charlotte, dermatologist Dr. Susan Sanders with Dermatology Group of the Carolinas, and Dr. Simon Ward III, an obstetrician/gynecologist with Rankin Women’s Center and Novant Medical Group.

The Greater Charlotte Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists has chosen officers for 2014. Frank Barrows, a writer and educator, is president for a second term; Keith Cannon, the John B. Ashcraft professor of journalism at Wingate University, is vice president; April Bethea, a producer at The Charlotte Observer, is secretary, and Corey Inscoe, a sportswriter for the Observer, is treasurer. With 8,000 members and 200 chapters, SPJ is the nation’s largest organization of journalists.

This week

Monday

‘Aviation Committee’

Charlotte Douglas International Airport will soon become the second-largest hub of the world’s largest airline. Brent Cagle, interim aviation director for the airport, and Chuck Allen, managing director of government and community relations for US Airways, will provide updates at the Charlotte Chamber Aviation Committee meeting. 8-9:30 a.m. at Charlotte Chamber – Bank of America Briefing Center, 330 S. Tryon St. Details: www.charlottechamber.com/events.

Tuesday

‘World Affairs Council of Charlotte’

Join the World Affairs Council of Charlotte and the Charlotte Eric M. Warburg Chapter of the American Council on Germany to learn more about the impact of the NSA revelations and discuss what this means for both countries. Presented by Christoph von-Marschall, chief diplomatic correspondent, Der Tagesspeigel. Cost: $15 for WACC members; $25 for nonmembers. 8-9:30 a.m. at Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP, Three Wells Fargo Center, 401 S. Tryon St., Suite 3000. Register: www.worldaffairscharlotte.org.

‘Affordable Health Care Act’

Heather Haebler, an independent insurance agent representing multiple companies, will present a seminar on the Affordable Health Care Act. Free. 1-2 p.m. in the Randy Marion Conference Room, 19900 W. Catawba Ave., Cornelius. Details: www.lakenormanchamber.org.

‘NAWBO Holiday Party’

Enjoy networking in an elegant, festive environment at NAWBO Charlotte’s Holiday Party. Cost: $40-$50 for members; $50-$60 for nonmembers. 6-9 p.m. at One Wells Fargo Center, 41st Floor, 301 S. College St. Details: 704-367-3454; nawbocharlotte.org

Wednesday

‘HOHT Seminar’

Helping Others Help Themselves will present a seminar on speaking skills with Barney Barnum. Free. 7-8:30 p.m. at Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce, Randy Marion Conference Room, 19900 W. Catawba Ave., Cornelius. Details: www.lakenormanchamber.org.

‘Business After Hours-Matthews’

Matthews Chamber celebrates the holidays with networking, co-hosted by the Matthews Historical Foundation and The Southern Gourmet. Free. 5-7 p.m. at Reid House, 134 W. John St., Matthews.

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