On the Move
Kimberly Baucom was promoted to officer at Fifth Third Bank. Courtney Lewis was promoted to assistant vice president. Ethel Milliken rose to vice president.
Patrick Ellrich joined Dunavant Transportation Group as the terminal manager of its Charlotte location.
Robert Griffin was promoted to chief operating officer at Shield Engineering Inc., an environmental engineering consulting firm. Thomas Witner was promoted to environmental department manager.
Jose Rodriguez joined the Dixon Hughes Goodman Transaction Advisory Services practice as a director in the firm’s Charlotte headquarters.
Heather Sackett was hired as communications manager for 24 Hours of Booty Inc., an organization for integrating community fundraising and cycling to support cancer survivorship and navigation programs.
Bob Small joined Truliant Federal Credit Union as senior business service officer and will work out of Truliant’s Uptown Member Financial Center and be responsible for Charlotte and surrounding areas.
Ellen Smith joined Thompson Financial Group, an office of New England Financial, as a financial representative in Charlotte.
Leigh Brown of Leigh Brown and Associates was named one of the Top 100 RE/MAX agents worldwide and was named to the Top 250 teams by the Wall Street Journal.
Charlotte resident Ronald Campbell of All-American Moving Group LLC was honored as Van Operator of the Month for November 2013 by the nationwide moving company Mayflower Transit. The recognition acknowledges exceptional performance in the areas of operational proficiency, cargo claims prevention, customer service and safety.
Curtis Elliott Jr., a partner at Culp Elliott & Carpenter PLLC, was selected for inclusion in the 2014 North Carolina Super Lawyers list.
Rodney Gaddy, vice president of administrative services for Duke Energy, was elected to the board of directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Charlotte. Gaddy was instrumental in the implementation of Beyond School Walls, a workplace mentoring partnership between Big Brothers Big Sisters and Duke Energy, which matches students from Walter G. Byers School with Duke Energy employees at their corporate office.
Walter Harvey III, a Realtor in the Allen Tate Realtors Lake Norman office, earned Tate’s master’s designation, awarded to associates who have furthered their professional real estate education through a comprehensive program of specialized, in-house coursework.
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP partner Dana Lumsden was named to On Being a Lawyer of Color Magazine’s “Power List” for 2014. The annual list identifies the nation’s most influential minority attorneys.
Todd Pierce, general manager of the Matthews office of AmeriLife & Health Services insurance agency, was named to the President’s Club of AmeriLife, a national insurance marketing group.
Senn Dunn Insurance was named a 2014 Best Employer in North Carolina by Business North Carolina in partnership with Best Companies Group and the North Carolina Council of the Society of Human Resources Management. Senn Dunn Insurance is a privately-owned independent insurance agency in the Carolinas with offices in Greensboro, High Point, Raleigh, Wilmington and Charlotte.
Choosing Your Legal Structure:
Which legal structure is best for your business? Know the right questions to ask when choosing a legal structure and understand the benefits and disadvantages of each. Free. 6-8 p.m. at CPCC Central Campus, 1112 Charlottetowne Ave. Register: 704-330-4223; www.cpcc.edu/sbc/temporary-spring-brochure.
Design a Business Website with WordPress:
This interactive course will guide you through setting up a business website using WordPress. Learn how to customize the look and feel of the site, add widgets and drive traffic. Cost: $129. 6-8:30 p.m. Mondays, through March 31, at CPCC Central Campus, 1201 Elizabeth Ave. Register: 704-330-4223; www.cpcc.edu/sbc/temporary-spring-brochure.
Manufacturers Council Quarterly Meeting:
Join Charlotte Chamber’s Manufacturers Council for a meeting, featuring a tour of the Flextronics facility. 10:30 a.m.-noon at Flextronics, 6800 Solectron Drive. Details: www.charlottechamber.com/events.
SouthPark Citizen of the Year:
The Charlotte Chamber SouthPark Chapter will recognize Peter Pappas, founder and president of Pappas Properties, as the 2014 SouthPark Citizen of the Year. Bob Morgan, chamber president, will talk with Pappas about Charlotte’s development activity and the SouthPark area’s transformation over the years. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Maggiano’s Little Italy, 4400 Sharon Road. Details: www.charlottechamber.com/events.
Hiring and Interviewing:
Kenny Colbert, president & CEO of The Employers Association, will discuss hiring and interviewing at Lake Norman Chamber’s lunch and learn event. Noon-1 p.m. at Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce, Randy Marion Conference Room, 19900 W. Catawba Ave., Cornelius. Details: www.lakenormanchamber.org.
Join the Latin American Chamber of Commerce for networking and tapas. Cost: Free for members; $10 for nonmembers. 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Gold’s Gym Elite Epicentre, 210 E. Trade St. Register: http://lacccharlotte.com/.
The Business of Public Policy:
Charlotte Mecklenburg Black Chamber of Commerce will present a discussion with Joel Ford, who will share strategies for moving your business or professional career forward as it relates to public policy. Cost: Free for CMBCC members; $10 for nonmembers. 6-8 p.m. at Charlotte Chamber of Commerce Belk Action Center, 330 S. Tryon St. Details: www.cmbcc.org
TechBreakfast CLT provides a friendly atmosphere where aspiring tech-entrepreneurs can get feedback from panelists. Free. 8:30-9:30 a.m. second Wednesdays at The Garage at Packard Place, 222 S. Church St. Details: http://techbreakfastclt.itsbspoke.com/.
Matthews Chamber Monthly Business Luncheon:
Matthews Chamber hosts Richard Morris, president of International Construction Equipment, who will discuss “Entrepreneurship Lessons That I Didn’t Learn at Harvard.” Cost: $15 if registered before Tuesday; $20 otherwise. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Carmel Baptist Church, 1145 Pineville Matthews Road, Matthews. Register: 704-847-3649; www.matthewschamber.org.
Charlotte Chamber Young Professional:
Charlotte Chamber Young Professionals will host a mixer. Network with some of Charlotte’s top young professionals. CCYP events are open to 21- to 39-year-old young professionals throughout the Charlotte area. 5:30-7:30 p.m. at BlackFinn American Saloon, 210 E. Trade St. Details: www.charlottechamber.com/events.
What’s New With UNC Charlotte 49ers Football:
Attend the Charlotte Chamber University City Chapter Luncheon to hear an update from UNC Charlotte 49ers head football coach, Brad Lambert, who will recap the 49ers first season and discuss the recently signed recruiting class and his expectations for the 2014 season. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Hilton Charlotte University Place, 8629 JM Keynes Drive. Details: www.charlottechamber.com/events.
Legislative Agenda Task Force #2:
The Task Force will meet to set the Charlotte Chamber’s legislative agenda, which dictates issues the chamber will advocate for on behalf of the Charlotte business community. Meetings are scheduled for Thursday, as well as March 18 and March 20. Voting day will be March 25. 4:30-5:45 p.m. at Charlotte Chamber - Belk Action Center, 330 S. Tryon St. Details: www.charlottechamber.com/events.
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