Career Almanac

Three new designers joined LS3P’s Charlotte office: Elsa Dougherty, Kyle Emme and Emily Van Court.

Giving Tree Realty hired Mona Kile as director of recruiting and retention, and added new sales agents Deanna Creel, Christine Gray, Thomas Miller, Frank Photopoulos, Steve Robinson, Josie Santiago and Daniel Zambrano.

Business law firm Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP, hired Heidi Holquist Team as chief business development officer.

Raleigh-based 919 Marketing opened an office in Charlotte and named Danielle Durange senior media strategist here.

James McDonald, based in Charlotte, was promoted to managing director at global consulting firm Protiviti.

Lea Manolagas joined Hatcher Law Group, P.C., as a family law attorney.

Kelly McKay joined Dana Rader Golf School as director of sales and marketing.

Brent Bowman joined the Carolinas office of Holliday Fenoglio Fowler, L.P., a commercial real estate agency.

Phase 3 Marketing and Communications added Andrea CinqMars as director, integrated marketing, to its Charlotte staff.

MPV Properties hired Stephen Pharr as managing director; Robbie Branstrom as a broker, and Melissa Nichols as brokerage assistant.

Notable items

The Allen Tate Companies took top honors at the 2016 Leading Real Estate Companies of the World National Conference. Allen Tate won the Diamond Award, the highest member honor. Allen Tate has won the award six times. The Charlotte-based firm also received the Crown of Excellence Award for the 16th time.

Three associates from Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices York Simpson Underwood Realty, a real estate firm, received the Chairman’s Circle Platinum Award: John Siddons, Michael Laine and Laura Bowman-Messick.

Rock Hill, S.C.-based Legacy 4 Vending, a family-owned company providing Naturals2Go in vending machines, expanded in Mecklenburg, York, and Lancaster counties.

This week


Retain Talent:

Nonprofit Insights Series, sponsored by Apparo, addresses how organizations can retain top talent. 9:30-11 a.m. at the Microsoft campus, 8055 Microsoft Way, Building AP2, Mt. Everest Room. Register: 704-716-7767 or


Lunch & Learn for Nonprofits:

David Raye, CPA, speaks on how to prepare your 2015 taxes. 11:30 a.m., Casa Rita’s, 9727 E. Independence Blvd., Matthews. $15 includes lunch. Register:

March 22

NC WARN Addresses Federal Employees:

Nick Wood, lead organizer for NC WARN, discusses the climate crisis at a brunch meeting of the Charlotte chapter of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees. 11 a.m. at Golden Corral Restaurant, 11025 E. Independence Blvd., Matthews. Meeting is free; brunch is $8. Details: 704-846-1945.

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