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Career Almanac 02.15.14

On the Move

Audrey Bell was promoted to assistant front office manager at The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge.

Steven Canipe joined Carolina First Associates, LLC as a new associate.

Samantha Colletta is the new client success manager at Command Partners, a digital marketing agency.

Dr. Brian Curtin joined OrthoCarolina. Curtin is fellowship trained in hip and knee orthopedics and will see patients at OrthoCarolina’s Hip & Knee Center.

Christopher Durham was named vice president of retail brands at Charlotte’s Theory House, a retail branding agency.

Ann Hodges, owner of Sensible Space, joined Gold Star Senior Transitions as senior move manager.

Dr. Matthew McGirt joined Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates. He is seeing patients at the Huntersville and Charlotte offices of the practice.

Notable Items

Allen Tate Realtors announced that the following individuals graduated from the company’s Winner’s Edge real estate training in the Charlotte region: Mary Banks, Daniel Britton, Kam Campfield, Stacy Carrier, Debbie Carrillo, Andrew Cassano, Brian Connolly, Jordan Cook, Michael Cornwell, Kathryn Daniel, Jenn Grandey, Walter Harvey, Kerry Johansen, Jennifer Joiner, Erwin Jones, Brit Jordan, Tricia LaFrate, Keithalee Lauson, Keary Martyn, Lisa McMillion, Ashley McNulty, Ryan Miller, Malcolm Murray, Bob Norbury, Theresa O'Kelley, Antonio Phillips, Giancarlo Pozos, Tom Robisky, Mini Singhal, Jamie Stewart, Allan Tamarkin and Amber Whitaker.

Association Management Solutions (AMS) was awarded the commercial management agreement for Steele Creek Business Park. AMS was also selected to manage the King William Condominium Owners Association (COA), located in the Myers Park area of Charlotte.

Louis Bledsoe III, Heyward Bouknight III, Everett Bowman, Martin Brackett Jr., Peter Buck, Stokely Caldwell Jr., Garland Cassada, Steven DeGeorge, Robert Fuller III, Karen Gledhill, Julie Griggs, Robert Harrington, Edward Hennessey IV, Thomas Holderness, Graham Holding Jr., Douglas Jarrell, Charles Johnson, Jonathan Krisko, Haynes Lea, Christopher Loeb, Edwin Lucas III, Stephen Lynch, Kent McCready, Ward McKeithen, Mark Merritt, John Miller, Lawrence Moore III, Jane Ratteree, Christy Reid, Allen Robertson, Russell Robinson II, Graham Robinson, Blaine Sanders, David Schilli, Caroline Sink, Robert Sink, Herman Spence III, William Toole, Brent Torstrick, Angelique Vincent-Hamacher, John Wester, David Wright III and Julian Wright Jr. of Robinson Bradshaw were selected among the 2014 North Carolina Super Lawyers. Carl Beattie, Justin Brittain, James Cass, Nathan Chase Jr., Brian Church, Cary Davis, Matthew Efird, Jessica Hardin, Ashley Hedgecock, Pearlynn Houck, Susan Huber, Jennifer Hutchens, Brandon Lofton, Kate Payerle, Henry Riffe III, Ty Shaffer, Emily Sherlock, Andrew Tarr and Matthew Tilley were named North Carolina Rising Stars. In addition, five shareholders – Robert Fuller III, Stephen Lynch, Mark Merritt, John Wester and David Wright III – were named to the Top 100 listing of North Carolina Super Lawyers. Christy Reid was named to the Top 50 Female North Carolina Super Lawyers.

Kentra Byrd, owner of Paisley Blaise Staging & Design, was named president of the Charlotte International Association of Home Staging Professionals Regional Chapter for 2014-2015. Byrd is an Accredited Staging Professional specializing in the art of custom designed home staging and interior design.

Charlotte Venture Challenge, the business innovation competition, is accepting applications from early-stage entrepreneurial companies through March 3. UNC Charlotte’s Charlotte Research Institute and Ventureprise organizes the competition. Judged by innovation executives and tech scouts from Fortune 500 companies, angel investors and venture capitalists, the challenge is seeking applicants in six categories: New Energy and High Tech, IT and Informatics, Health IT and Biotech Sciences, Consumer Products and Services, Student Undergraduate Ventures and Student Graduate Ventures. Students enrolled in community colleges or four-year institutions must compete in the undergraduate and graduate categories. In its 13th year, the Charlotte Venture Challenge is open to companies in the Carolinas, Tennessee, Virginia, Georgia and Washington, D.C. A series of workshops for registered start-ups will begin on Tuesday. The finals and awards will be held on May, 6. Details: charlotteventurechallenge.com.

Fontaine Modification, a provider of truck modification services for dealers and fleets, has established two new business units. Fontaine Modification Fleet Services will handle on-highway truck modifications and be led by Jamil Young. Auto transport, street sweeper and refuse vehicle modifications will be completed by Fontaine Modification Vocational Services, led by Steve Boyer.

Griffin Home Health Care, Inc. launched a new division called Griffin Sports, Health and Wellness, which is housed at Griffin’s Charlotte location at 4231 Monroe Road.

James Hardin III, a Charlotte attorney who is board certified in estate planning and probate law in both North and South Carolina, was selected to the 2014 North Carolina Super Lawyers list.

InChem Corp., headquartered in Rock Hill, is continuing the expansion of its custom and toll chemical manufacturing operations with the purchase of a third chemical manufacturing site in the Carolinas, including a $15 million investment commitment in plant, real estate and equipment, and creating 40 new jobs over the next three years. The company has already installed chemical manufacturing infrastructure at the new site, located at 12345 Steele Creek Road.

Harrison Lord, of Bernhardt and Strawser, P.A., was selected to the 2014 North Carolina Super Lawyers Rising Stars list. Lord is a trial lawyer focusing his practice on creditors' rights, commercial litigation, insurance subrogation and debt collection.

Julie Mauney, an RN in Lake Norman Regional Medical Center’s Women’s Services department, was selected to receive the DAISY Award for outstanding nurses for third quarter 2013.

Pat Rodgers, president & CEO of Rodgers Builders, was selected by Charlotte Center City Partners’ board of directors as the recipient of the 2014 Vision Award, which recognizes the contributions of a community leader whose efforts have made the center city a more vibrant urban core.

Aaron Thomas, president and CEO of Metcon Inc., a Carolinas-based general contracting and construction management firm, was selected as a Top 20 under 40 recipient by Engineering News & Record (ENR).

Jim Weichert, founder and president of Weichert, Realtors, and Marty Rueter, president of Weichert Real Estate Affiliates, were selected for the Swanepoel Power 200: The Most Powerful People in Residential Real Estate in 2013. Weichert and Rueter were ranked No. 20 and No. 85, respectively.

Weichert, Realtors Rebhan & Associates announced the company’s sales leaders for October through December of 2013. Topping the list for the fourth quarter were (by rank): Bill Allen, Gary Espin, Denise Chavanne, Tommy Williams and Carrie Brighton.

John Wester, a litigator with Robinson Bradshaw & Hinson, P.A., was named for the second consecutive year to BTI Client Service All-Stars, attorneys recognized by corporate counsel for client service excellence. Robinson Bradshaw & Hinson was named to the 2014 Honor Roll in the BTI Client Service A-Team survey.

WFAE’s board of directors, University Radio Foundation, Inc., has elected executive officers and new directors to its governing body. Officers include: Chair, Nash Long III, Hunton & Williams, LLP; vice chair, Jonathan Buchan, McGuireWoods, LLP; treasurer, Martha Schweppe, Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC; secretary, Cyrus Johnson Jr., Womble Carlyle; and president, Roger Sarow, WFAE. Directors include: Rosalyn Allison-Jacobs, La Piana Consulting; Kobi Brinson, Bank of America; Lawrence Cruciana, Corporate Information Technologies; Linda Greenwell, community volunteer; Ronald Lamberth, Cherry Bekaert LLP; Barbara Laughlin, community volunteer; Melissa McGuire, Sherpa; John Orgain, Alex Lee, Inc.; Bilal Soylu, Verian Technologies; Stephen Ward, UNC Charlotte and Ed Williams, community volunteer.

Evan Wolkofsky, a Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney shareholder, was selected to the 2014 North Carolina Super Lawyers List. Wolkofsky’s focus areas include of commercial lending, corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions.

This week

Monday

What Are Hire Standards:

Join Charlotte Chamber’s Workplace Issues and Workforce Development & Education committees to learn more about the N.C. Chamber Foundation’s Hire Standards initiative. 8-9:30 a.m. at Charlotte Chamber - Bank of America Briefing Center, 330 S. Tryon St. Details: www.charlottechamber.com/events.

Tuesday

Matthews Meet & Eat:

Join Matthews Chamber for networking. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at Fuddruckers, 1643 Matthews Township Parkway, Matthews. Details: http://www.matthewschamber.org/.

2014 Economic Outlook:

Charlotte Chamber’s East Chapter will present Michael Wolf, an economist with Wells Fargo Securities, who will provide a general overview of the U.S. economy and examine the various drivers of growth. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the VanLandingham Estate, 2010 the Plaza. Details: www.charlottechamber.com/events.

The Incumbent Workforce Development Grant Program:

Charlotte Works will host an IWDG orientation information session. IWDG offers funds that qualifying businesses can use to improve the skills of their employees. Free. 2-4 p.m. at the Employer Engagement Center, 1401 W. Morehead St. Suite 100. Register: www.charlotteworks.com/Employers/Workforce-Solutions/Incumbent-Workers.

Wednesday

NAWBO Charlotte:

Steve Gatter will talk about maximizing your presence on LinkedIn at the NAWBO South Breakfast Meeting. 8-9:25 a.m. at Carolina Premier Bank, 13024 Ballantyne Corporate Place. Register: 828-399-1721; http://www.nawbocharlotte.org/.

Take a Day to Work on Your Business:

Attend an interactive workshop for business owners, by business owners, presented by Milestone Partners in conjunction with GreerWalker LLP and the Business Innovation and Growth Council. 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the Carrillon Building, 227 W. Trade St., 3rd Floor Conference Room. Register: www.milestonex.com/workshops/video.html.

LACCC Monthly Luncheon:

Carolyn Flowers, CEO Charlotte Area Transit System, is the guest speaker at the Latin American Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon. Register by Monday. Cost: $20 for members; $35 for nonmembers. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Label, 900 NC Music Factory Blvd. Register: http://lacccharlotte.com/.

Member Orientation & Open House:

Charlotte Chamber will present a brief overview by the senior management team, and attendees will also have the opportunity to work directly with chamber staff and volunteers to take steps to maximize membership dollars. 3:30-5:30 p.m. at Charlotte Chamber – Belk Action Center, 330 S. Tryon St. Details: www.charlottechamber.com/events.

Thursday

Health Care in the NorthWest Corridor:

Join the Charlotte Chamber NorthWest Chapter for a panel discussion on health care in the northwest corridor of Charlotte. Learn what’s new and upcoming at Novant Health Huntersville Medical Center and Carolinas Medical Center-Huntersville at this luncheon from Katrina King, senior director of patient care services at Novant Health, and Monifa Drayton, hospital administrator at Carolinas HealthCare System. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Drury Inn & Suites Northlake Mall, 6920 Northlake Mall Drive. Details: http://www.charlottechamber.com/events.

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