Career Almanac

On the Move

Donald R. Payne, Jr., joined MBL Advisors, a boutique financial services firm, as managing director.

Five attorneys joined the Charlotte office of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP: Corby Anderson and Christopher Lam as partners, Ted Pearce as counsel, Matthew DeAntonio as senior attorney, and Jonathan Schulz as associate.

Mandy Drakeford joined Pivot PR as account director.

Shonnie Thomas joined Wilson Realty as an agent.

Marshall Walker joined Bissell as a property assistant.

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Carolinas Realty added sales associates Susan Ziker at its Ballantyne office, and Brittany Williams at Lake Norman.

Messer Construction Co., a commercial building contractor, transferred Zach Bornhorst to its Charlotte office as a senior project manager.

Coldwell Banker Commercial MECA named Ross Levin as commercial brokerage associate.

Notable Items

Jennifer Maier, President and CEO of Women’s Distribution Services Inc., of Lake Wylie, S.C., was named as a 2016 star by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council. She has expanded her business to include 22 local service hubs for customers in food processing, medical and technology industries throughout the U.S. and Canada.

As part of Earth Day, Sustain Charlotte, a nonprofit addressing the community’s sustainability challenges, honored 71 businesses, agencies and fellow nonprofits for their environmental efforts. First place winners and their categories were Damon Barron of TreeCycle America, individual leadership; energy, Central Piedmont Community College; food, Atherton Market; land use, Carolina Thread Trail; social equality, Informative Technologies; transportation, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation; sustainable economy, Recover; waste reduction, Promising Pages; water, Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation.

The Arthritis Foundation named Brian Curtin, M.D., of OrthoCarolina its medical honoree of the 2016 Charlotte Walk to Cure Arthritis event.

This week

May 10

Life-stage design for business owners:

Dan Sullivan of Waddell & Reed Financial Advisors presents a seminar on creating a road map to matters such as compensation, insurance, retirement income and business succession, plus a complimentary business valuation. 12 noon -1:30 p.m. at Matthews Chamber of Commerce, 120 Matthews Station St. Register at or call chamber office, 704-847-3649.

May 17

Sports and Business Networking:

Pro Football Hall of Fame member and former Panthers general manager Bill Polian speaks at the monthly Charlotte Sports+Business networking event. 7-9:30 a.m. at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Free but RSVP is required to More details at