On the Move
Suzie Albright was promoted to vice president of operations for Ram Realty Services, a developer and real estate investment manager throughout the Southeast. Hugo Pacanins was named partner and promoted to managing director – multifamily. Jim Stine was promoted to president. Jennifer Stull was named partner and promoted to managing director – asset management.
Justin Carroll joined STV/Ralph Whitehead Associates as a senior traffic engineering operations manager in Charlotte.
Rosanne Jantzi joined Blue Ridge Architects as the firm’s first COO/CFO. Kevin Bailey joined Blue Ridge Architects as construction manager for R+D, a subsidiary of Blue Ridge Architects and the construction arm of the firm. Michael Maloney joined the firm as a building information modeling manager in Charlotte. Paul Boaz and Michael Wittig joined the firm as project managers.
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Jennifer Kim was hired as senior paralegal for Garfinkel Immigration Law Firm.
John Lair was promoted to director of environmental services for ECS Carolinas LLP, a provider of engineering and construction services.
Mark Langenfeld joined Spiroflow Systems Inc.’s robotics automation team. David Moses and Christopher Sales joined the engineering team as project design engineers.
Julie Maryniak joined Northwestern Mutual as technology coach. Brian Murphy and Steven Shak were hired as financial representatives.
Hailey Rorie joined Bissell as community director of Ballantyne Corporate Park.
Vivian Smith joined Banyan Consulting Group, an employee benefits firm.
Attorney Andrew Spence joined Womble Carlyle’s high technology patent team in the firm’s Charlotte office.
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP was “recommended” in North Carolina in the 2015 edition of Benchmark Litigation. In addition, the guide recognized the firm’s Charlotte attorney Dana Lumsden as a litigation “star.”
Ronnie Bryant, Charlotte Regional Partnership’s president and CEO, received an Economic Development Leadership Team Award. GIS Planning Inc. of San Francisco, in partnership with fDi Intelligence, a division of the Financial Times in London, presented the award, which recognizes Bryant for his contributions to the field of economic development, including improving the profession and organizing successful initiatives.
Eric Mower + Associates, a marketing agency, is combining with Middleton & Gendron, a public relations and brand communications agency in New York City. This combination continues EMA’s growth as a national agency and extends the public affairs reach of its Albany office. M&G will continue operations as M&G/Eric Mower + Associates until the end of 2015 and then adopt the EMA name.
Griffin Brothers Tires, Wheels & Auto Repair will open its 10th location at 15054 Idlewild Road in Matthews. The grand opening is slated to take place in early to mid November.
Aaron Marshall, a real estate professional with Keller Williams Realty, was awarded the Seller Representative Specialist designation by the Council of Real Estate Brokerage Managers. The SRS is recognized as the premier credential in seller representation by the National Association of Realtors.
Hunton & Williams LLP partner Robert Hahn was elected to a three-year term on Legal Services of Southern Piedmont's board of directors. Hahn is a partner in the firm's structured finance group.
Gary McDermott, a longtime Charlotte-area leader in corporate, financing and real estate law, has launched his own practice, McDermott Law, PLLC. The McDermott Law team also includes paralegal and office manager Jamie Brant.
Attorney Jason McGrath, managing partner at McGrath & Spielberger PLLC, was appointed to the Mecklenburg County Bar Social & Networking Committee.
Teresa Mutakabbir of Weichert, Realtors - Rebhan & Associates in Charlotte, has obtained the Quality Service Certified professional designation. Mutakabbir attended the certification program, passed a written examination and signed a commitment to follow a procedure that is shared in writing with home sellers and buyers.
Dr. Kaaren Sailer, medical director at Care Ring, received the company’s Maribelle Connerat Award. Care Ring is a nonprofit health organization serving uninsured and underinsured Mecklenburg County residents.
Simon Roofing, a national commercial roofing company with a service center in Charlotte, was named the 10th-largest roofing contractor in the United States by Roofing Contractor magazine.
Bill Smith Jr., chief executive of Red Rock Developments, was named this year's recipient of the Brian Dawkins Lifetime Achievement Award from the Clemson University football program. The award honors performance on the field along with contributions in leadership and community service.
Ronald Tober, a senior adviser in the Charlotte office of Parsons Brinckerhoff, has been inducted into the Hall of Fame of the American Public Transportation Association.
Attorney Heather White of Smith Moore Leatherwoodwas selected by North Carolina Lawyers Weekly as a 2014 Women of Justice honoree. The Women of Justice Awards recognize women across the state of North Carolina who demonstrate leadership, integrity, service, sacrifice and accomplishment in improving the quality of justice and exemplifying the highest ideals of the legal profession.
Matthews Chamber Fall Golf Classic:
Join Matthews Chamber on the beautiful course of Olde Sycamore Golf Plantation for the Matthews Chamber Fall Golf Classic. Cost: $100 for individuals; $400 for foursome. 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. (tee time is noon) at Old Sycamore Golf Plantation, 7500 Olde Sycamore Register: 704-847-3649; www.matthewschamber.org.
Lake Norman Chamber, Statesville and Mooresville chambers will host a joint mixer. Free. 5-7:30 p.m. at Springhill Suites, 121 Gateway Blvd., Mooresville. Register: www.lakenormanchamber.org.
Startup Grind is a global startup community powered by Google for Entrepreneurs and designed to educate, inspire and connect entrepreneurs. Adam Hill, director of Packard Place, will speak at the group’s first Charlotte meeting. 6-9 p.m. at Packard Place, 222 S. Church St. Details: http://startupgrind.com/charlotte/.
World Affairs Council of Charlotte:
Join the World Affairs Council of Charlotte for a panel discussion with Emmanuel Gonzalez-Revilla, Ambassador of Panama to the U.S., and Jonathan Farrar, U.S. ambassador to the Republic of Panama. They’ll share their perspectives on the 150 years of history and strong cooperation between Panama and the United States as it relates to global commerce and competitiveness, regional defense and security and political cooperation. Cost: $25 for WACC student/educator/TMS members; $45 for WACC members; $60 for nonmembers. 11:30 a.m.-noon at Westin Charlotte, 601 S. College St. Register: 704-687-7762; www.worldaffairscharlotte.org.
Metro Chapter Luncheon:
Join the Charlotte Chamber Metro Chapter for its monthly luncheon featuring Michael Tarwater, CEO of Carolinas HealthCare System and 2014 Charlotte Chamber chair, who will discuss how healthy partnerships, healthy lifestyle choices and a healthy business climate impact our community. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Hilton Charlotte Center City, 222 E. Third St. Details: www.charlottechamber.com/events.
How to Do Business With Mecklenburg County:
Business opportunities with Mecklenburg County include purchasing, construction projects, professional services and procurement programs. Find out how to become a registered Minority, Woman and/or Small Business Enterprise vendor and how to prepare to take advantage of the numerous business opportunities with Mecklenburg County. Free. 2-4 p.m. at CPCC Central Campus, 1112 Charlottetowne Ave. Register: 704-330-4223; www.cpcc.edu/sbc/schedule.
GreenWorks Committee Fourth Quarterly Meeting:
Join Charlotte Chamber for a tour of UNC Charlotte's Jerry Richardson Stadium, a zero-waste facility; McColl-Richardson Field; and the Judy W. Rose Football Center. Dave Cable will also provide an update on the TreesCharlotte initiative. 3:30-5 p.m. at UNC Charlotte, 9201 University City Blvd. Details: www.charlottechamber.com/events.
Navigating Difficult Conversations for Business Owner:
Difficult conversations are inevitable in the business world, just as in life. Use these tools and strategies for effective communication and set a positive tone in the workplace even in the most trying circumstances. Free. 6:30-8 p.m. at CPCC Central Campus, 1112 Charlottetowne Ave. Register: 704-330-4223; www.cpcc.edu/sbc/schedule.
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