Career Almanac

On the Move

Erin Hinson joined Technekes, a tech firm developing digital marketing solutions.

Luquire George Andrews, the advertising and public relations agency, promoted Christine Eubanks to senior vice president/management supervisor and Scott Gilmore to senior vice president.

Realtor Scott Regene of Allen Tate Company’s Lake Norman office earned Allen Tate’s Master’s Designation after completing an in-house course in real estate practices and skills.

The following professionals graduated from Allen Tate Realtors’ Winner’s Edge training program: Jeff Cline, Linda Dolan-Ruggiero, Rena Hawkins, Cathy Miller, Esteban Pena, Michael Shrum and Eric Thompson, Charlotte-Ballantyne; Teresa Orr, Charlotte-SouthPark; Rosa Brooks and Cherri Lewis, Charlotte-Steele Creek; Drew Mullee, Concord; Tim Whitten, Fort Mill; Kelly Melerine, Gastonia; Dan Wingold, Huntersville; Michael Lieberman, Lake Norman; Allen Valentine, Matthews/Mint Hill; Rockey Joshi, Mooresville/Lake Norman; and Ashley Hall Pettit, Gina Tibbs and Margaret Wells, Rock Hill.

In other Allen Tate news, Diane Kuiper was named sales manager of the company’s Ballantyne office, 13526 Johnston Road.

Karen L. Dortschy established a pet portrait painting business based in Huntersville. Haute Dauge Portraits offers hand-drawn and hand-painted portraits from clients’ photos of their dogs, cats and horses.

Dentistry of the Carolinas teamed up with the Charlotte Hounds again as official dentist for the Charlotte Major League Lacrosse team.

Travis W. Vance joined the Charlotte office of labor and employment law firm Fisher & Phillips LLP.

Danny Sellers joined Northwestern Mutual as a financial representative.

Tara Huddleston joined NWN Corporation as an account executive. She will focus on data center infrastructure, networking, and collaboration in NWN’s cloud technology services.

Krista Nuzum joined Red Moon Marketing as an account executive.

Marketing communications agency Wray Ward hired Scott Larmee as account lead, Dana Williams as project manager and MaryJo Scott as project management coordinator. All three are part of the agency’s client engagement group.

Maria Wilson was named vice president of insurance operations of Aquesta Insurance Services, Cornelius.

Scott Garand joined the Charlotte office of the architectural firm BBH Design as a principal overseeing client management for healthcare systems.

Notable Items

Pinku Mukherjee, Irwin Belk Endowed Professor of Cancer Research at UNC Charlotte, received the O. Max Gardner Award, the highest faculty accolade given by the Board of Governors of the University of North Carolina. Dr. Mukherjee founded OncoTab, Inc., a biotechnology company offering tools for diagnosis and treatments for breast, prostate and pancreatic cancers.

Among the 35 North Carolina communities earning 2015 accreditation by the National Main Street Center were Albemarle, Belmont, Concord, Hickory, King’s Mountain, Lenoir, Monroe, Morganton, Salisbury and Statesville. The program is part of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s initiative to revitalize communities, generate jobs and strengthen their economies while maintaining their historic character.

Two educational software modules marketed by Apperson, Evo Academic and Evo Social & Emotional Learning, were named finalists in the 2015 Software and Information Industry Association CODiE Awards competition. Apperson’s East Coast office is in Charlotte.

Paladin Industries of Hiddenite, specializing in custom upholstery, was named Vendor of the Year by Havertys Furniture from among 120 Havertys locations.

Dr. Amir Marashi, founder and medical director of Greater Charlotte Oral & Facial Surgery, was appointed to the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Examination Committee.

This week



N.C. Attorney General’s office and the Better Business Bureau sponsor a safe way to dispose of old documents in a series of free shred-a-thons across the state in April and May. Beginning at 10 a.m. at Piedmont Natural Gas, 4720 Piedmont Row Drive. Also Saturday, April 25, at 9 a.m. at Church Street Parking Lot in Monroe.

Celebrate Sustainability on Earth Day:

Sustain Charlotte hosts its fourth annual celebration of sustainability leadership by honoring 100 businesses, nonprofits, neighborhood organizations and individuals for their environmentally-friendly efforts. 5:30 p.m., The Historic Palmer Building, 2601 E. 7th St. Visit for award nominees and event details.

May 5

Empowering Blacks in Energy:

The American Association of Blacks in Energy sponsors an Energy Entrepreneurs Forum as part of its annual national conference. Open to small business owners and entrepreneurs who want to learn about raising capital, market trends, technological innovations and networking with large corporations in the field, such as Duke Energy and Tennessee Valley Authority. 1-6 p.m. at Sheraton Hotel Charlotte, 555 S. McDowell St. Registration required: