Career Almanac 02.08.14

On the Move

Mark Ashburn was hired as vice president of the recently formed Multifamily Division at Professional Builders Supply. Ken Bagot joined as an account manager.

Emily Bist joined The First Tee of Charlotte as program coordinator.

Mitch Bonner was promoted to front desk manager at The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge.

Stephanie Bunting was promoted to account executive in the Charlotte office of HMH Agency, a full service marketing communications firm. Lauren Dixon was promoted to account coordinator. Amanda Lax was promoted to designer.

Mona Elias was named director of recruitment and selection for the Worrell Network Office of Northwestern Mutual.

David Henderson and Jason Sullivan joined Dixon Hughes Goodman as tax advisory partners in the Charlotte office.

Craig Miller joined the television network INSP as vice president of original programming.

Dr. David Nowicky joined Piedmont Plastic Surgery and Dermatology. He will split his time between the practice’s Gastonia and Hickory offices.

Broker associate Deana Page of Waxhaw joined the Charlotte sales team of Weichert, Realtors – Rebhan & Associates.

Jenny Ross, a Charlotte native, joined e2 emeril’s eatery as sales manager.

Michelle Zeller was hired as vice president, director of client engagement for Wray Ward.

Notable Items

Alston & Bird LLP was ranked 40 on Fortune’s 2014 “100 Best Companies to Work For” list. It is the first law firm to be listed for 15 consecutive years. The list recognizes companies that have exceptional workplace cultures.

Carol Bowen, Jefferson Brown, James Clarke, Daniel Clodfelter, Ernest Delaney III, David Eades, Beauregarde Fisher III, David Fox, Jeffrey Glenney, Alton Gwaltney III, Ben Hawfield Jr., Richard Hazlett, Stephen Hope, Mark Horn, James Hovis, Joseph Joyner Jr., Anthony Lathrop, Hal Levinson, Dickson Lupo, Neill McBryde, Valecia McDowell, James McLoughlin Jr., William Moore Jr., Gregory Murphy, Christopher Oates, Paul Peralta, Alan Pope, Scott Syfert, Scott Tyler and Reich Welborn of Moore & Van Allen PLLC were named to Super Lawyers in North Carolina. Cabell Clay, Kathryn Cole, John Gilson, Benjamin Huber, Drew Kifner, Luis Lluberas, Renee Miller, Benjamin Pickett, Charles Rayburn III, Edward Stukes, Melinda Vervais, Jonathan Watkins, Caroline Yingling and William Zimmern were named North Carolina Rising Stars.

Thomas Buckley, Mel Garofalo, Douglas Grimes and Patricia Shields of Hedrick Gardner were voted by their peers for inclusion in Business North Carolina’s 2014 Legal Elite.

Lynn Chandler, Terrill Harris, Jonathan Heyl, Robert Marcus, Patti Ramseur, Larry Sitton and Fred Wood Jr. of Smith Moore Leatherwood’s Charlotte office were honored as North Carolina Super Lawyers. Bailey King Jr., Heather White and John Zimmer were named North Carolina’s Rising Stars. In addition, Ramseur was recognized as one of the top 50 women honored as North Carolina Super Lawyers.

Lois Colbert of Kilpatrick Townsend’s Charlotte office was recognized by North Carolina Super Lawyers in the area of Employment Benefits/ERISA.

DC Electronics in Mooresville was recognized in the eighth annual NCMA Awards (North Carolina Motorsports Association). The award highlights DCE’s contribution to the racing industry since opening its first U.S. production facility in Mooresville two years ago.

Nicole Goolsby of Rion Homes in Cornelius has completed the 72 hours of course work necessary to meet the requirements for the Accredited Remodeler designation. Goolsby is a member of the Lake Norman Home Builders Association.

Jill Huse, director of marketing for Moore & Van Allen in Charlotte, was announced as president of the 2014 board of directors for the Legal Marketing Association’s (LMA) Southeastern Chapter. Amy Norris, business development manager for McGuireWoods LLP in Charlotte is director of sponsorships. The Southeastern Chapter is the largest in the international organization of LMA, covering nine states and serving nearly 400 members throughout the region.

George Laughrun II of Goodman, Carr, Laughrun, Levine & Greene was named one of the top 100 lawyers in North Carolina and was designated a Super Lawyer in the area of criminal defense/DUI. Michael Greene was named a Super Lawyer in the area of criminal defense.

David Schilli, an attorney with Robinson Bradshaw & Hinson, P.A., was elected to a two-year term as president of the Carolinas Chapter of the Turnaround Management Association. TMA is an international non-profit association with more than 9,000 members who are dedicated to corporate renewal and turnaround management.

Judy Simmons of Keller Williams Realty will serve as the 2014 president of the Central Carolina Association of Realtors.

Jim Smith of Nexsen Pruet’s Charlotte office was named to the 2014 edition of North Carolina Super Lawyers. Grainger Pierce, Will Terpening and Tracy Vann were named North Carolina Rising Stars.


Start Your Business Now:

This seminar is packed with information to help you start your business off right and increase the odds of success. Free. 5:30-7:30 p.m. at North County Regional Library, 16500 Holly Crest Lane, Huntersville.


Lake Norman Chamber - Lunch and Learn:

Speaker Jay Lesemann Jr., a managing member of Lesemann & Associates, PLLC, certified public accountants in Huntersville, will examine the preparation of business and individual taxes. Free. Noon at Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce, Randy Marion Conference Room, 19900 W. Catawba Ave., Cornelius. Details:

Webinar - Success with Online Reviews:

U.S. Small Business Administration and Yelp are partnering to provide small businesses with the information to successfully engage with online reviewers and tips for monitoring their online reputation. Free webinar. 2-3 p.m. Register:

LACCC Tapas:

Join the Latin American Chamber of Commerce for tapas and networking. Free for members; $10 for nonmembers. 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Gold’s Gym Elite Epicentre, 210 E. Trade St. Register:


TechBreakfast CLT:

TechBreakfast CLT provides a friendly atmosphere where aspiring tech-entrepreneurs can get feedback from panelists. Pitchsters: Mark Pauley, Keyia Hawkins and Alex Dowlin. Free. 8:30-9:30 a.m. second Wednesdays at The Garage at Packard Place, 222 S. Church St. Register:

Responsible Alcohol Seller/Server Program:

The North Carolina ABC Commission will offer Responsible Alcohol Seller/Server Program (RASP) for managers and staff of any business with ABC permits. The public is also welcome to attend and learn about the state’s ABC laws and regulations. The workshop is designed to address issues that affect business that sell alcohol. Free. 10 a.m.-noon and 2-4 p.m. at Charlotte Fire Fighters Association, 2601 E. Seventh St. Register:

Matthews Chamber - Networking Luncheon:

Hear updates on the new Charlotte Knights stadium and the 2014 season from the team’s general manager, Scotty Brown. Cost: $15 if registered by noon Tuesday; $20 after. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Carmel Baptist Church, 1145 Pineville Matthews Road, Matthews. Register: 704-847-3649;

Tips from Business Leaders on Growing Your Company:

Hear from a panel of area entrepreneurs about their successes and challenges at the Charlotte Chamber SouthPark Chapter Luncheon. Dan Roselli, co-founder of Packard Place, will moderate a discussion with the 2013 Power Up Challenge winner Justin Gaither of eCampus. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Maggiano’s Little Italy, 4400 Sharon Road. Details:


What’s New With Electrolux:

Hear from Jack Truong, president and CEO of Electrolux Major Appliances North America and executive vice president of AB Electrolux, on the company’s recent expansion, continued job growth and overall economic impact to the area at Charlotte Chamber’s University City Chapter Luncheon. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Hilton Charlotte University Place, 8629 J M Keynes Drive. Details:

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