Career Almanac

On the Move

Michelle Sullivan joined the Charlotte office of Marsh & McLennan Agency, Mid-Atlantic Region, as a client executive. She is responsible for risk management service coordination and strategy.

Susan Granson joined Bissell as interior construction manager.

Tim Zarsadias joined the McIntosh Law Firm of Davidson. He specializes in civil litigation involving personal injury and business matters.

Veteran jeweler Scott Simon opened Scott’s Karat Patch in Park Road Shopping Center.

Notable Items

A transaction brokered by Nancy Braun, owner of Showcase Realty, benefitted two of her clients, New Bethel Church and a first-time home buyer. Braun advised the church to apply for a donation of a foreclosed home from Wells Fargo. The bank agreed, and the church, including volunteers from the congregation and skilled contractors, renovated the property. With a down payment assistance program and a sale price below market value, the buyer was able to afford his first home. And the church generated $40,000 in net proceeds for the its missions and projects.

Upper Cervical Wellness Center of Indian Trail, owned by Dr. Corinne Weaver, received 2015 recognition by the Best Businesses of Award program for service to its clients and the community. Cited as an example were Dr. Weaver’s free monthly educational workshops on stress health and hormones.

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP was named a “recommended” North Carolina law firm in the 2016 edition of the publication Benchmark Litigation. Dana C. Lumsden is managing partner of the firm’s Charlotte office.

Ballantyne-based SignUpGenius, which provides online sign-ups for event and volunteer management, donated $20,000 to four N.C. nonprofits on Giving Tuesday in keeping with the company’s mission to give back to the community, bringing total charitable gifts to $55,600 for the year. SignUpGenius cofounders are Dan Rutledge and Michael Vadini; chief operating officer is Angel Rutledge.

Winners of Pride Communication’s 2015 Pride Awards, which honor outstanding achievements in Charlotte’s African-American community, were Asia McLean of Philip O. Berry High School, the Youth Empowerment Award; Kasheena Townsend of Compass Group, the Pride Triumph Award; and the Exodus Foundation, the Paths out of Poverty Award, accepted by founder and CEO Rev. Dr. Madeline McClenney-Sadler.

Four attorneys focusing on business litigation in the Charlotte office of Smith Moore Leatherwood were listed in the 2015 Super Lawyers Business Edition, a rating service of Thomson Reuters: Jonathan Heyl, Robert Marcus, Larry Sitton and Fred Wood, Jr.

Horack Talley received the Outstanding Firm Pro Bono Service Award from the Council for Children's Rights. Individual honorees were Horack Talley family law attorneys Gena Morris, Mitchell Kelling, Will Medlin, Libby James and Bree Laughrun. As volunteers for the Council’s Custody Advocacy Program, they donate their legal expertise to advocate for children caught in the middle of contested cases.

Concord-based Practical Software Solutions was named a Sage North America Million Dollar Club achiever for the ninth consecutive year. The company specializes in the sales, installation and support of Sage construction, real estate and other business management products.

Northeastern University’s Charlotte campus launched a partnership with Fort Bragg, the largest Department of Defense installation in the U.S., to offer a fast-track master’s degree to soldiers transitioning out of the military into civilian careers. Dr. Cheryl Richards is CEO and regional dean of the school.

This week



Fishbait Marketing CEO Rick Jones, an entrepreneur in the college and sports marketing industries, presents “Ten Essential Things You have to Know to Develop & Grow a Business” at the monthly Charlotte Sports+Business networking event. 7-9:30 a.m., Johnson & Wales University. Free. Details on LinkedIn at


Santa, Etc.:

In addition to networking, Matthews Chamber’s monthly Business After Hours event will feature holiday music, festive refreshments, pictures with Santa and drawings for jewelry. 5-7 p.m. at Malak Jewelers, Arboretum Shopping Center, 8042 Providence Road, Suite 1000. RSVP: 704-847-3649 or

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