Career Almanac

On the Move

The trustees of The Duke Endowment named Rhett Mabry president to succeed Gene Cochrane, who retires in June.

Rack Room Shoes promoted Laryssa Grant to women’s buyer, and Adam McDermott to senior project manager.

Bobby Williams was hired as town manager of Harrisburg.

Attorney Matthew Lilly joined Bradley Arant’s Charlotte office as an associate in the construction and procurement practice group.

Daniel Durham joined Novantas, a financial services advisory and technology solutions firm, as a managing director in the Charlotte office.

Hunton & Williams LLP partner Mike Kerrigan was elected to a three-year term on the firm’s executive committee.

Truliant Federal Credit Union named Heather Osterweil to the role of business services officer/commercial relationship manager.

Notable Items

NAIOP, the commercial real estate development association of North Carolina, named GreerWalker partner Barry Leasure member of the year from Charlotte.

Scott Welton, a financial adviser with MassMutual Carolinas, a general agency of Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company, celebrated 50 years of service with the firm.

Dottie France of Fort Mill, S.C., executive of the Piedmont Regional Association of Realtors, was honored by the National Association of Realtors with the Realtor Certified Executive designation.

Among the winners of the 2016 University of South Carolina’s Darla Moore School of Business awards is William (Trey) Ackerman III, market managing partner of the Charlotte office of Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP, who is recognized as Distinguished Young Alumnus.

The annual REAL Trends 500 report, which ranks the country’s residential real estate firms, lists Allen Tate Company as the top firm in the Carolinas, ranking sixth among the country’s largest independently owned, non-franchised brokers, and 13th among all brokers based on closed transactions sides for 2015.

This week


‘As The World Turns’ INTA Roundtable:

Brandsymbol, a global branding agency, and the International Trademark Association host a roundtable on international trademark development moderated by Brandsymbol’s president and CEO Clayton D. Tolley. 12 noon to 2 p.m. at Brandsymbol’s office, 8845 Red Oak Blvd. Cost: $50. For details and to register, go to or call Casey Peebles at 704-879-2503.


Business After Hours:

Matthews Chamber monthly networking event, 5-7 p.m., at Matthews HELP Center, 119 N. Ames St. Free, but RSVP required:; 704-847-3649.

Starting Thursday

Want to start up or expand a small business?

Charlotte SCORE, a volunteer organization offering assistance to people with new business ideas, offers a series of two-hour workshops this quarter – “Simple Steps for Starting Your Business.” Free. Various times and locations. Full details at or call 704-344-6576.

Starting Friday

In-Business Power Series: Charlotte SCORE offers sessions on topics such as cause marketing, crowd funding, company culture, and social media to strengthen your business. $10 fee covers breakfast or lunch, which is provided. Various times and locations through June 17. Full details at or call 704-344-6576.

April 25

Financial Basics:

The American Library Association and Ally Financial offer a program on the basics of personal finance for anyone, age 12 and up. Free. 6-7 p.m. at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Library’s Mountain Island branch, 4420 Hoyt Galvin Way. For details, go to

May 13-14

Empowerment for nonprofits:

The second annual nonprofit empowerment conference addresses topics such as networking, social media, long-range planning, grant writing, internet marketing and more. Sponsored by JAJ Nonprofit Resource and the Small Business Center at host site South Piedmont Community College, 4209 Old Charlotte Highway, Monroe. Early-bird discounts through April 15. For details: