Career Almanac

On the Move

Jane Singleton was named executive director of The First Tee of Greater Charlotte, a nonprofit providing education programs to promote healthy life choices through golf. Ike Grainger was appointed development director.

The new law firm of Bass, Dunklin, Little, McCullough & Smith PLLC is open at 6302 Fairview Road, Suite 580, with founding partners Eric Bass, Garth Dunklin, Danica Little, Andrew McCullough, Gary Smith and Megan Sadler. The firm handles primarily estate and tax planning, commercial real estate, business/corporate transactions, employment law and litigation.

Tyler Lowery, Shannon Hoops and Angela Nichols joined Prodigy Voice and Data, a Hickory-based business IT and telecommunications company, as part of its expansion to serve the Charlotte, Mooresville and Lincolnton markets.

Marketing communications agency Wray Ward hired Nalee Thao as production designer and promoted Katie Fisher to senior writer.

Josh Dernosek joined Aldo Products Co. of Kannapolis, a manufacturer of commercial roof coatings, as business development associate.

Kerry Brown joined Peoples Bank as a mortgage loan originator for the company’s Denver region.

Alma Jacobs, previously with SunTrust Mortgage, joined Atlantic Bay Mortgage Group as business development manager to work with builders, Realtors and members of the real estate community in North and South Carolina.

HF Financial, formerly Hinrichs Flanagan Financial, a general agency of Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co. (MassMutual), hired Lauren Barbee as a sourcing specialist.

Kate Civali joined Luquire George Andrews, the advertising and public relations agency, as a media buyer/planner.

Jeremy Haycock joined Direct ChassisLink as senior vice president and chief marketing officer to direct business growth and new product development.

The Homebuilders Association of Charlotte named Eastwood Homes its Builder of the Year. Eastwood’s Gene Cable, Kathy Choy, Koby Koblish and Leah Long earned Silver Awards for sales of more than $2 million; Nate Daniel, Jason Everakes, John George, Robert Rosenberger, Keefe Royal, Barry Ryalls, Jessica St. John and Elaine Washburn earned Gold Awards for sales of more than $5 million, and John Rhinehart, a Platinum Award for sales of more than $10 million. The Homebuilders honored Kathy Settlemyre with the Shining Star Award for her commitment as a behind-the-scenes industry superstar.

Laura Barksdale joined Frenzel Properties, a residential real estate firm, as social media manager.

Gov. Pat McCrory reappointed John Collett of Mecklenburg County, founding partner of Collett & Associates, and Jake Alexander of Rowan County, sales director of Genan Inc., to the N.C. Turnpike Authority. Also, McCrory appointed Dr. Jenny Haines of Matthews, clinical director for Pfeiffer Institute of Marriage and Family Therapy, and reappointed Sherman Childers of Cabarrus County, director of human resources and corporate training at Philips Medical Systems North America, to the N.C. Marriage and Family Therapy Licensure Board.

Notable Items

Julia Austin, owner of Fifi’s Fine Resale Lake Norman of Cornelius, and store manager Jennifer Harrison participated in the National Association of Resale Innovators spring conference to learn from consignment experts and other industry practitioners from throughout the country.

National Gypsum Co., a leading supplier of gypsum wallboard, interior finishing products and cement board, named its Mount Holly wallboard facility as its Quality Plant of the Year. The plant shipped more than 20,000 truckloads of wallboard and 500 railcars without a loading error.

Charlotte political consultant Brice Barnes was honored by the American Association of Political Consultants as one of the 40 best and brightest campaign professionals younger than 40. She now heads her own firm, Greenprint Strategies in Raleigh.

Dr. F. Michael Campbell was recognized by Lake Norman Regional Medical Center in Mooresville for 30 years’ service to the hospital, community and medical profession.

Interstate Roofing Co. earned the 2015 Master Contractor Award from Firestone Building Products Co., LLC.

This month

April 21

Surviving the Holocaust:

Holocaust survivor Irving Bienstock, a native of Germany, speaks about his experiences as a young child after Hitler came to power, including what happened on Kristallnacht, at the monthly Tuesday Topics Speaker Series sponsored by Business Leaders of Charlotte. Networking and lunch begin at 11:30 a.m. at Covenant Presbyterian Church. Minimum donation of $5 appreciated. RSVP to