Career Almanac

On the Move

Jeremy Cohn, Rebecca Coté, Matthew Lake-Nestor and Renee Santoro joined Keller Williams Realty SouthPark office.

Luquire George Andrews public relations agency promoted Taryn Dietrich to assistant account executive.

U.S. District Judge Robert Conrad Jr., Class of 1980, received the Clemson University Alumni Association’s Distinguished Service Award, the association’s highest alumni honor.

The following attorneys at Johnston Allison & Hord were selected as 2015 Rising Stars by Business North Carolina magazine: Kyle Agee, who practices in the field of estate and probate; Mark Hanson, health care; Michael Hoefling, business litigation; Ryan Hoffman, general litigation; William Isenhour, business/corporation; and Brian Koontz, banking.

Sixty-two Robinson Bradshaw & Hinson P.A. attorneys were named 2015 North Carolina Super Lawyers, 41 of whom are in the firm’s Charlotte office. An additional 19 attorneys from the local office were recognized as Rising Stars. Further accolades were earned by Mark Merritt and John Wester, named on the list of Top 10 N.C. Super Lawyers. Top 25 Charlotte Super Lawyers include Merritt, Wester, Robert Fuller III and David Wright III. Caroline Wannamaker Sink and Angelique Vincent-Hamacher were named among the Top 50 Women Super Lawyers in the state. Stephen Lynch was named to the Top 100 N.C. Super Lawyers.

Benjamin Kallenbach joined The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge as executive pastry chef.

Victoria Speer, a residential real estate broker, joined TRIPP Commercial LLC as a tenant representative handling retail and corporate services accounts.

Dave Scott, whose territory is the greater Mecklenburg County area, received an award of excellence from the Legacy Life Agency of Lincoln Heritage Life Insurance Co. He placed third in North Carolina for sales in 2014.

Karen Epps, account manager with Aquesta Insurance Services in Huntersville, was awarded the agency's 2014 President's Service Award for her outstanding performance and commitment to excellence.

Griffin Home Health Care Inc. was accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Health Care for its durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics and supplies program.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina named Michael Restaino director of community relations in Charlotte, replacing Ellison Clary, who retires.

Basil Lyberg returns to Charlotte-based The Ability Experience, formerly Push America, as chief executive officer. He oversees operations for the national nonprofit that uses shared experiences to support people with disabilities and develop the men of Pi Kappa Phi fraternity into servant leaders.

Jim Rogers, longtime business and civic leader, was honored by the North Carolina chapter of certified commercial investment members with its first Lifetime Achievement Award at the annual Charlotte CCIM commercial real estate market forecast meeting.

Pearlynn Houck, an attorney with Robinson Bradshaw & Hinson P.A., was named one of Charlotte’s “Forty Under 40.” She specializes in commercial litigation, focusing on business disputes, securities, employment and labor law, and construction.

John Gettys Jr., one of the founders of the law firm of Morton & Gettys of Rock Hill, joined the advisory board of South State Bank.

Matthew Jameson and Matt Pugh joined the staff of the accounting firm of BGW CPA PLLC, formerly known as Boatsman Gillmore Wagner PLLC. Partner Dale Gillmore left the company to form a management consultant firm.

Ben and Betsy Knight, who own Fastsigns of Charlotte, received the Pinnacle Club Award at the 2015 Fastsigns international convention.

RE/MAX Executive Realty recognized Leigh Brown and Associates as one of the Top 100 RE/MAX teams in the U.S. and one of the Top 100 RE/MAX teams in the world, the second year in a row the team was so cited.

This week


Smart Cities Conference:

Sponsored by Itron and hosted by the city of Charlotte and Envision Charlotte, the quarterly Smart Cities Council forum will beMonday and Tuesday at the UNC Charlotte Center City campus in uptown Charlotte. The Smart Cities Council is a global organization that promotes the move to smart, sustainable cities. The “Smart City” designation recognizes the ongoing efforts of cities around the world to use technology and data to implement sustainable initiatives that help grow the economy, improve delivery of services and improve quality of life for residents, businesses and visitors. The conference will include a Smart Cities “hackathon,” sponsored by Itron, which will focus on gathering innovative ideas about how to make Charlotte the smartest city in the world. The hackathon will be 8 p.m. Sundayat UNCC’s Center City Campus. For details, go to


One bar of soap at a time:

Derreck Kayongo will share his journey from child refugee in Uganda to entrepreneur and motivational speaker in a presentation, “Tapping your Power to Create Social Change,” based on his Global Soap Project, founded by Kayongo and his wife in 2009. The project receives donations of partially used soap from more than 1,500 hotels in the U.S., including 13 hotels in the Charlotte area, and then reprocesses them to be distributed in Third-World countries all over the world – an average of 30,000 new bars of soap each week. Kayongo was honored as a CNN “Top Ten Hero” for his work in promoting hygiene to prevent disease, especially among children. Begins at 7:30 p.m. at Wingate University’s Batte Center, 403 N. Camden Road, Wingate. Free and open to the public. Details:

April 13

German-American business ties:

The third German Mittelstand – Southern SME Forum for small and medium size German enterprises offers a platform to exchange ideas while building relationships with new business partners, gain insights into innovative business practices, and strengthen your presence within the U.S. market. April 13 at Omni Charlotte Hotel. More details: