Career Almanac

On the Move

Laura C. Cook joined the law firm of James C. Hardin III, PLLC, as an associate attorney, focusing on estate planning, trusts, taxation and nonprofit organizations.

M/I Homes hired Beth Vogl as a sales associate for its new Fort Mill, S.C., communities of Hawk’s Creek, Cameron Creek and Sutton Mill; Susan Smith as a consultant at Heritage at Neel Ranch in Mooresville; and Jerry Maschke as a consultant at Blume in Harrisburg.

Technekes LLC, a marketing agency that leverages technology to create demand for its clients’ products and services, hired Winn Maddrey as vice president of marketing.

Creative marketing communications agency Wray Ward hired Gerland van Ackere as an account lead and Vivian Mize as vice president and creative director.

Robin Price was named president of Allen Tate Insurance, part of the Allen Tate family of companies.

Notable Items

J. Gregory Hatcher, managing partner of Hatcher Law Group, was selected as a Fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. He is one of only 35 family law attorneys in North Carolina earning this honor.

Mike and Elizabeth Crippen, owners of MilliCare by CFS (Commercial Flooring Solutions), were honored by the International Franchise Association’s as Franchisee of the Year award. Now in its 20th year of operation, MilliCare by CFS is the largest franchise in the system with ten markets across the country.

The Independent Insurance Agents of North Carolina elected Ray Tedder, Jr., CPCU, vice president of BB&T Insurance Services of Charlotte, to its board of directors.

John Murphy, president and CEO of Furnace Rebuilders, Inc., of Denver, N.C., became the sole owner of the business. Former partner Tim Smith, Sr., who retired, remains active in the company as a consultant.

Fisher & Phillips LLP was named 2016 Law Firm of the Year for Labor Law - Management by the publication U.S. News - Best Lawyers. The firm’s Charlotte office received a Metropolitan Tier 1 ranking in that category.

For the sixth consecutive year, the publication U.S. News – Best Lawyers included the Charlotte office of Smith Moore Leatherwood in its best law firms listings. The office earned 2016 Metropolitan Tier 1 rankings in the areas of antitrust law, commercial litigation, litigation – antitrust, litigation – securities, mass tort litigation/class actions – defendants, and trusts and estates law.

Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C. was named a 2016 Law Firm of the Year in the practice area of employment law – management by U.S. News – Best Lawyers. Ogletree Deakins’ Charlotte office earned Metropolitan Tier 1 ranking in the legal categories of employee benefits, employment – management, immigration, labor law – management, litigation – labor and employment and construction.

Robinson Bradshaw & Hinson ranked as a National Tier 1 firm for its corporate law and venture capital law practices in the 2016 Best Law Firms rankings by U.S. News – Best Lawyers. The firm also ranked Tier 1 for 38 practice areas in the Charlotte Metropolitan region.

McGuireWoods earned first-tier national rankings in 21 practice areas, including Law Firm of the Year in the category of Litigation - Banking and Finance in the 2016 edition of U.S. News - Best Lawyers. The firm also placed among the top 20 U.S. firms with the most Metropolitan Tier 1 rankings in the annual report, which is based on client feedback. The firm’s Charlotte office earned Metropolitan Tier 1 rankings in 23 practice areas.

Lynn Erdman of Charlotte received the 2015 Distinguished Alumna Award from the School of Nursing of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Erdman is Chief Executive Officer of the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses, a national nursing organization.

Bob Clay, partner in Coldwell Banker Commercial MECA’s office in Gaston County, received two awards: Gaston Regional Chamber’s Spirit of the Carolinas Award and the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, North Carolina’s highest civilian honor, presented by the Governor.

Hedrick Gardner Kincheloe & Garofalo LLP was recognized in the U.S. News – Best Lawyers report for the fifth consecutive year. The firm’s Charlotte office was ranked for its work in personal injury litigation, product liability litigation, medical malpractice law and mass tort litigation/class actions – defendants and workers' compensation – employers.

This week


Matthews Chamber:

Learn to manage realities successfully as Bert Freeman of T.A.L.K. Associates speaks on “Taking Charge of YOUR Positive Direction” at the Chamber’s monthly business luncheon. Networking at 11 a.m., lunch and program 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Carmel Baptist Church, 1145 Pineville-Matthews Rd., Matthews. $15 members; $20 non-members. Reservations:

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