Career Almanac

On the Move

Ray Blackburn was named president of Privacy Data Systems in Charlotte.

Duke University added staff members for the Murdock Study, a medical research project based at the N.C. Research Campus in Kannapolis. The study, which so far involves 11,400 adults in Cabarrus, Rowan, Stanly and Mecklenburg counties, seeks to identify links across major diseases and disorders, and find ways to treat them. The new hires are clinical data specialist Kimberly Ellis, and clinical trials assistants Sam Densen and Christopher Lewis.

Seth Glazer was named a partner of Church Watson Law of Cornelius.

Debbie Breen, a licensed clinical therapist, opened South Charlotte Family Counseling in Matthews. The practice specializes in outpatient psychological counseling and support for parents, adolescents and children facing emotional and mental challenges.

Attorney Adam Owensby joined the Mecklenburg County Public Defender's office.

SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, the corporate and investment banking arm of SunTrust Banks, named Brian Morgan managing director of financial risk management in Charlotte.

Sherra Harrison joined the Charlotte office of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP, where she focuses her practice in the areas of e-discovery and general litigation.

Robert Kirk joined the Charlotte office of SEPI Engineering & Construction as senior roadway design project manager.

Steve Bogdanoff joined Dana Rader Golf School at The Golf Club at Ballantyne as instructor.

Chuck Price joined Charlotte-based Coleman Lew + Associates, Inc., an international executive search firm, as a consultant.

The Parkinson Association of the Carolinas, based in Charlotte, has named Anne Weiss as executive director.

Victor Chen, assistant professor of international management in UNC Charlotte’s Belk College of Business, received the 2015 Young Professional Educator Award from the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals.

LS3P, an architectural design and planning firm, promoted Brian Bresg to principal and Jeffrey Del Sordo to associate principal. Both work in the firm’s Charlotte office.

This week


Eliminating LGBT discrimination:

Charlotte Business Guild sponsors a free workshop, “Transforming the Workplace,” with a panel discussing the rights of LGBT employees, how to bring changes and what to do if one feels discriminated against. 6:30 p.m., Design Within Reach, 4310 Sharon Road.


Helping homeless women transition to independence:

The Legends Foundation, an organization assisting homeless women transition to independence, holds its 8th annual grassroots legends luncheon to celebrate women’s service to one another. Guest of honor is Janine Davis, founder of Girl Talk, which empowers middle and high school girls; speaker is Sonja Gantt of WCNC-TV. 12:30 p.m. at YWCA, 3420 Park Road. $13. Contact Juliette Wilson at 704-756-2368.

May 7

2015 Small Business Summit:

Pride Public Relations announces the 2015 Small Business Summit, “Create, Innovate, Dominate.” 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Wake Forest University School of Business-Charlotte Uptown Campus, 200 N. College St. The event’s focus is to educate new and potential business owners about the best practices and provide them with resources from Wells Fargo and other organizations. Free. Details:

May 16

Leadership Conference

One-day conference at the Mint Museum on Randolph Road will feature national speakers is designed to help attendees learn from successful entrepreneurs. Speakers include Dan Caldwell, founder and creator of Tap Out Industries. Fee: $149. For details and to register:

May 19

Charlotte Small Business Month:

Join and CPCC’s Small Business Center for the “Staying in the Game” networking event, which includes a keynote and Q&A featuring former N.C. State and NFL stars Torry and Terrence Holt of Holt Brothers Construction, Inc. Jacinda Garabito, NBA Arena Host for the Charlotte Hornets, will host. Cost: $20. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at BB&T Ballpark, 324 S. Mint Street, Charlotte. Details:

May 21

Opportunity Exploration:

Have you seen a product or service and then wonder, “How did they think of that idea?” Use this seminar to find ways to quickly identify unmet market needs and to use your scanning skills to identify and evaluate what could be the next big thing. Free. 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. at Central Piedmont Community College Small Business Center, Hall Building, Room 215, 1112 Charlottetowne Ave., Charlotte. Details: