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Career Almanac

Glenn Baker, co-founder of the forensic engineering and product testing firm, S-E-A., moves to chairman. His son, Jason Baker, was promoted to president. Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, S-E-A has a regional office in Charlotte.

Meredith Brassil was hired as a recruiter for HF Financial, a general agency of Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual).

Bruce LaRowe stepped down as executive director of Children’s Theatre of Charlotte. The board has named Linda Reynolds, managing director of development, marketing and sales, as interim executive director. The theater will launch a search for a new executive director in January.

Marianne Schild was promoted to director of donor relations for the YWCA Central Carolinas.

Notable Items

Crescent Communities, a Charlotte-based real estate investment and development company, invested more than $100 million to expand its Inn at Palmetto Bluff located in Bluffton, S.C. Crescent also announced that luxury hotel management company Montage Hotels & Resorts will become the new operator of the expanded Inn, effective Feb. 1, after which time the inn will be marketed as The Inn at Palmetto Bluff, a Montage Resort. The expansion will add 150 luxury rooms to the inn's 50 individual cottages.

Ryan Mumy, of Mumy Financial Advisors, LLC in Hickory, was awarded the Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF) Designation from the Center for Fiduciary Studies, the standards-setting body for fi360. The AIF designation signifies specialized knowledge of fiduciary responsibility and the ability to implement policies and procedures that meet a defined standard of care.

RE/MAX Executive RealtyCommercial Division announced the recent sale of 111 Matthews Station in Matthews, for $1 million. Eddie Blanton represented the buyer, LeFebvre Living Trust, in completing this transaction with Patricia Dowdy of the Restaurant Group who represented the seller, 111 Mat, LLC. The company also announced the sale of 96 acres on Unionville Indian Trail Road in Indian Trail. This property sold for $1.3 million. Jan Ringeling represented the seller, Wells Fargo Bank, in completing this transaction with Chris Micci of the Bayard Group who represented the buyer, Trinity Capital Partners.

Swisher Hygiene Inc., a provider of hygiene and sanitizing products and services, has completed the sale of its Savoy Linen Services operations for $2.3 million in cash, plus purchased accounts receivable.

Coming Up

Monday

‘Introduction to Finding Funders’

Learn to find funders for your 501c3 nonprofit with the Foundation Center’s comprehensive funding research tool, the Foundation Directory Online. Familiarity with computer basics and Internet use required. Registration begins Monday. Free. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Independence Regional library — IB Community Room, 6000 Conference Drive. Register: 704-416-4800, option 4; http://www.cmlibrary.org/programs/.

Jan. 7

‘The Impact of Technology Companies in Southwest Charlotte’

Join Charlotte Chamber’s SouthWest Chapter for a 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.

‘Introduction to the Charlotte Startup Scene’

Get connected and get a primer on startup activity in Charlotte. Free. 5-6 p.m. at Packard Place, 222 S. Church St. Details: http://bit.ly/1fB5zeU.

Jan. 9

‘Project Management Information Session’

Learn about UNC Charlotte’s Project Management Certificate Programs from instructors, who will provide an overview and answer questions. Free. Noon at UNC Charlotte Center City. Also offered 6 p.m. Jan. 21 and through online information session. Details: 704-687-8900; http://continuinged.uncc.edu/.

‘Organization Development Information Session’

Attend an information session, in-person or online, to learn more about UNC Charlotte’s Organization Development Certificate Program. The program is designed for individuals who are vice presidents, directors and managers of organizational development, consultants, human resource directors, and others. Free. 6 p.m. at UNC Charlotte Center City. Details: 704-687-8900; continuinged.uncc.edu.

Jan. 15

‘Business Analysis Information Session’

Attend an information sessions to learn more about UNC Charlotte’s Business Analysis Certificate Program. Free. Noon at UNC Charlotte Center City. Also available online. Details: 704-687-8900; continuinged.uncc.edu.

Jan. 19

‘MicroMasters in Digital Marketing’

From tablets to smart TVs, consumers have access to more information. How do you as a marketer reach your target audience? Cost: $795. 6-8:30 p.m. Jan. 19-April 16, live streamed webinar sessions; 5-9 p.m. May 7, in-class at Central Piedmont Community College, Central Campus, 112 Charlottetowne Ave. Details: www.cpcc.edu/sbc/temporary-spring-brochure.

Jan. 23

‘MicroMasters in Continuous Strategic Innovation’

Discover how to ignite innovation and align your business to meet growth challenges. Cost: $525. 6-8:30 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 23-May 8 at CPCC Central Campus, 1112 Charlottetowne Ave. Details: www.cpcc.edu/sbc/temporary-spring-brochure

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