Career Almanac

On the Move

Bonnie Zelwak was hired as vice president for HomeTrust Bank’s Cleveland and Gaston County markets.

John Moravek of GCG Wealth Management qualified for the 2015 Million Dollar Round Table, the premier association of financial professionals.

David McPherson, a hydraulics specialist in large diameter pipeline and pump station design, joined the engineering firm of HDR as a principal conveyance project manager.

Sri Burugapalli was appointed CEO of Asia America Corporation & Component Sourcing International, LLC, a global supply chain service provider.

Erin Wemple joined Cushman & Wakefield / Thalhimer’s property services group as portfolio manager.

The Construction Professional Network of N.C., a statewide nonprofit organization of business and professional leaders in design, construction and related services, elected officers for 2015. Among them were Charlotteans Chuck Cardwell of SKA Consulting Engineers, secretary, and Jeanine Bachtel of University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Ron Leeper of R.L. Leeper Construction Co. and Erik Rosenwood of Hamilton, Stephens, Steel and Martin, directors.

Michael Vories, M.D., a hair transplant surgeon and medical director of Carolina Hair Surgery of Fort Mill, S.C., was accepted into the International Alliance of Hair Restoration Surgeons.

Grant Thornton LLP hired Ann Marie Schmitz Williams as a partner and the Mid-South private wealth services practice leader, and Tom Joseph as managing director of the firm’s financial services advisory practice.

The Charlotte office of Frampton Construction added John Cunningham as site superintendent and Jason Anthony as assistant project manager.

Kimberly Kendall and Rett Turner were named vice presidents at Bissell, and Rhonda Walcott was appointed vice president and controller.

Johnston, Allison & Hord, P.A., hired Jonathan Polking as an associate in the firm’s financial services and real estate groups, and attorney Patricia Koch to practice in trusts and estates.

Notable Items

The Cabarrus Regional Chamber of Commerce awarded S&D Coffee & Tea its 2014 Environmental Excellence & Sustainability Award for the company’s efforts in waste reduction.

The Construction Professional Network of N.C. (CPN) presented its 2015 Star Awards. In the category of Project under $20 million, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro won for its railroad pedestrian underpass, on whose team Max Richardson of Rutherford, Inc., and Keith Wayne of Wayne Brothers, both Charlotte firms, were key participants. CPN’s winning Project over $20 million was the Portal Building at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Team members, all of Charlotte, were Tod Creech of Edifice, Jeanine Bachtel of UNCC, Mike Link of Wells Fargo and Gary Welch of Johnson, Allison & Hord, PA.

Mason G. Alexander, managing partner of the Charlotte office of the labor and employment law firm Fisher & Phillips LLP, is one of the firm’s 44 attorneys nationwide featured in Chambers USA 2015.

Denise Chavanne, Carrie Brighton and Mary Ayers of Weichert, Realtors - Rebhan & Associates achieved top closed volume honors for their first-quarter sales.

Church Watson Law, established in 2013 in Cornelius by Rush Watson and Kary Church Watson, opened a Charlotte office at 428 East Fourth St. The firm was also named by U.S. News – Best Lawyers as one of the nation’s best firms for family law for the second year in a row.

Allstate agent Alvin Green received the Allstate Agency Hands in the Community Award for his community service. On his behalf the Allstate Foundation awarded a $1,000 grant to Piedmont Adult Living Services, where Green volunteers.

Winston & Strawn LLP’s Charlotte partners were recognized by Chambers USA 2015 as leaders in their fields: Jack Cobb, Tom Cottingham and Amanda Groves, general commercial litigation; Jack Knight, white collar crime and government investigations; Wood W. Lay, labor and employment; René LeBlanc-Allman, banking and finance; and Lisa Vaughn, nuclear energy.

Robert R. Marcus, Fred M. Wood, Jr., and Larry B. Sitton, litigators in the Charlotte law office of Smith Moore Leatherwood, earned recognition in the 2015 Chambers USA Guide. Sitton was also listed as a Senior Statesman.

Three law firms with Charlotte offices, Hunton & Williams, King & Spalding and Littler Mendelson, appear on the top 25 U.S. firms in “America’s Best Corporate Law Firms,” an annual survey of general counsels of U.S. corporations by NYSE Governance Services and FTI Consulting.

Patricia L. Blackburn was named to Northwestern University’s Medill Hall of Achievement. She had held senior leadership roles at multiple major global corporations, including McGladrey, Bank of America, Goodrich and Giddings & Lewis. Most recently before retirement, she was vice president of communications, brand and public affairs for Ingersoll Rand.

JJ’s Red Hots made Fast Casual’s list of Top 75 restaurants for the second year in a row. The only Charlotte-based brand and only hot dog/sausage concept to make the list, JJ’s finished 36th in the publication’s 2015 Top 100 Movers and Shakers list, up seven spots from last year. Owner and founder Jonathan Luther accepted the award at the National Restaurant Association show with partner Melissa Luther and JJ’s director of marketing and brand development Brandy Newton.

Bill Allen and Tommy Williams of Weichert, Realtors – Rebhan & Associates won top closed volume honors for first-quarter sales.