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Ilieva Ageenko joined Grant Thornton LLP as a managing director and leader of its financial services advisory model risk management practice, based in Charlotte.

Lester Barnes, a LEED Green Associate, joined Site Solutions in Charlotte.

Gary Chadwick was promoted to vice president, resale, for Carowinds. Mike Fehnel was appointed vice president and general manager and will oversee all aspects of Carowinds operations and its planned expansion.

Meredith Gill was hired for retail client services by Classic Graphics, a privately held commercial printing company with offices in Charlotte and Research Triangle Park. Ken Kumpe was hired as senior account executive.

Susan Gleason was named chief operating officer for Piedmont Trust Company, a wealth management firm headquartered in Greensboro with an office in Charlotte. Michael Shields was named president and CEO and was elected to the Board of Directors.

Jack Holladay, senior vice president of wireless and Internet group for Fort Mill-based Comporium, will become executive vice president – planning and development, effective Nov. 1.

Derrick Kiker, Steve McAlpin and Amber Micale joined Keller Williams Realty SouthPark office in Charlotte.

Lindsay Kosma joined Charlotte-based Sherpa, a staffing and consulting firm, as a staffing manager in their accounting & finance practice.

Physiatrist Dr. Sanjiv Lakhia joined Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates’ Ballantyne and Rock Hill offices.

David Meisinger was hired as vice president, energy portfolio supply and regulatory affairs, for EnergyUnited, an energy services company based in Statesville.

Ian Patrick joined LS3P’s Charlotte office as project architect.

Dara Ross joined Ability Prosthetics & Orthotics in Charlotte.

Notable Items

Mark Antonich, private wealth adviser and Certified Financial Planner with Ameriprise Financial, qualified for and attended the 2014 National “Circle of Success” Conference, held in Boston.

Ballantyne Corporate Park’s seventh annual Color the Park Marker Drive collected 16,266 packs of markers and 930 other school supplies for Classroom Central. The drive ran from July 28-Aug. 1.

Arthur Gallagher, president of Johnson & Wales University Charlotte Campus; Paul Hendershot, director of research for the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce; and Tracy Montross, director of government affairs for American Airlines have been appointed to the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority Board of Directors by Charlotte City Council and Charlotte Mayor Dan Clodfelter to serve a three-year term beginning in the 2015 fiscal year.

George Laughrun II, of the Law Firm of Goodman, Carr, Laughrun, Levine & Greene, was named one of the Best Lawyers in America in the area of DWI defense. He was also named the Best Lawyers’ 2015 Charlotte DWI Defense “Lawyer of the Year” by his peers and Best Lawyers in America.

LS3P was ranked number 40 on Architectural Record’s list of Top Architecture Firms, climbing from number 52 in last year’s rankings. LS3P was ranked number 16 for architecture-only firms.

Aaron Marshall, of Keller Williams Realty, earned the Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist designation in recognition of his experience, knowledge and expertise in the luxury home market.

McGuireWoods LLP was selected as one of the 2014 “50 Best Law Firms for Women” by Working Mother and Flex-Time Lawyers. This is the sixth time the firm has been named in the survey, now in its seventh year.

Moore & Van Allen PLLC’s Intellectual Property patent practice received top-tier recognition in the third edition of IAM Patent 1000 2014 – The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners. Dickson Lupo, Kevin Ransom, Henry Ward III and Mark Wilson were listed as “recommended” attorneys in their fields.

Curtis Watkins, an energy advocate who works in the emerging technology office at Duke Energy, was appointed to New Energy Technologies, Inc.’s advisory board.

This week

Monday

Small Business Operations: How to Save Time, Money & Frustration:

Lake Norman Chamber and John McCann & Associates will host a seminar for small business owners. Free. 3-4:30 p.m. at Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce, Randy Marion Conference Room, 19900 W. Catawba Ave., Cornelius. Register: www.lakenormanchamber.org.

The DNA of an Entrepreneur:

This entrepreneurial competency assessment will measure your strengths and weaknesses related to specific traits and skills demonstrated by entrepreneurs. Free. 6:30-8 p.m. at CPCC Central Campus, 1112 Charlottetowne Ave. Register: 704-330-4223; www.cpcc.edu/sbc/schedule.

Tuesday

Imagine, Plan and Create Charlotte’s Future:

Discuss the City of Charlotte’s Community Investment Plan, a long-range investment program designed to meet the needs of the growing community, at the Charlotte Chamber East Chapter Luncheon. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the VanLandingham Estate, 2010 the Plaza. Details: charlottechamber.com.

Simple Steps for Starting Your Business:

Charlotte SCORE will present an introductory workshop focusing on the basics of testing your business idea and identifying the key factors that influence startup success. Free. 5:45-9 p.m. at Packard Place, 222 S. Church St. Register: charlotte.score.org/localworkshops.

Wednesday

SBA Program for Women-Owned Businesses:

The Charlotte ChallengeHER event will educate women entrepreneurs about the Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contract Program and provide resources and knowledge to help grow businesses through federal contracting. The event is designed to bring more women-owned firms into the federal government’s supply chain and to provide an avenue for government agencies to meet qualified women-owned contractors. Free. 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Federal Reserve Bank, 530 E. Trade St. Register: 704-344-6787; http://bit.ly/1l1lswZ.

NAWBO South – Eating for Entrepreneurs:

Eating on the run? Skipping meals? Caffeine boosts throughout the day for energy? These are common occurrences in a busy person’s life. Lisa Woodie, owner and chef at Homemade Fresh Chef Service, will discuss the importance of nutrition and making good food choices. NAWBO members, $10; $15 others. 8-9:30 a.m. at Carolina Premier Bank, 13024 Ballantyne Corporate Place. Register: http://conta.cc/1AIpO60.

LACCC Monthly Lunch:

Coca-Cola multicultural marketing director, Reginald Bean, will be the guest speaker at the Latin American Chamber Of Commerce’s monthly luncheon. Cost: $20 for members; $35 for nonmembers. Register by 5 p.m. Monday. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Chima Brazilian Steakhouse, 139 S. Tryon St. Register: 704-343-2525; lacccharlotte.com.

Starting & Growing Your Small Business:

Get advice about business plans, developing your business and SCORE support services. Free. 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Charlotte Mecklenburg Library-Main Library, 310 N. Tryon St. Register: 704-416-0101; www.cmlibrary.org/programs.

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