Career Almanac

On the Move

Realtors Scott Blake, Sandy Howard, Frank Jernigan, Marty Mathis, Mark Moore, Jordan Perez, Susan Roldan and Gary White joined Wilkinson & Associates ERA Real Estate Company.

Kevin Fry was promoted to IT manager at Bissell.

Lind Goodman, of Rock Hill, was appointed sales manager for Builder Services Inc., Allen Tate Company’s new home sales and marketing division.

Nan Gray was named director of marketing and business development at Concord Mills.

Molly Kraus joined Theory House, a retail marketing and branding agency in Charlotte, as account director.

Trisha McGuire was hired as vice president/director of client services for Pivot PR, a full-service public relations agency in Charlotte.

Dennis Merriam was named vice president, human resources, for National Gypsum Company.

Lauren Murphree joined Preferred Carolinas Title Agency LLC as title manager in the title division of the residential real estate firm, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Carolinas Realty. Stephanie Rhodes joined BHHS as the companywide director of recruiting.

Realtor Sarah Szczodrowski was promoted to broker-in-charge for Dickens Mitchener, a residential real estate firm.

Notable Items

Achal Anekal and Debora Martogi, of ECS Carolinas, LLP, a provider of engineering facilities and construction services, passed the ICC Soils Special Inspector exams.

The annual REAL Trends 500 report, which ranks the country’s real estate firms, named Allen Tate Company the top real estate firm based in the Carolinas. The firm also ranks No. 7 among the country’s largest independently owned, non-franchised brokers, and No. 10 among all brokers.

Mark Antonich received the 2014 Premier Protection Award from RiverSource Life Insurance Company. The award recognizes Ameriprise Financial advisors who have reached outstanding benchmarks for helping clients achieve their goals through RiverSource life and disability income insurance policies.

Association Management Solutions (AMS), a property management company serving the greater Charlotte area, was awarded the HOA management agreement for Homestead Residents Association, Inc. The community is made up of 47 single-family detached homes and is located in the northwest Charlotte corridor.

Stokely Caldwell Jr., an attorney with Robinson Bradshaw & Hinson, P.A., was honored with the “TRAC Star Award” at The Racing Attorney Conference, an annual motorsports law conference presented by the Indianapolis Bar Association Sports and Entertainment Law Section and the North Carolina Bar Association.

The Embassy Suites Charlotte - Concord/Golf Resort & Spa won a third-place award for customer relationship management from the Embassy Suites Hotels Brand Awards.

Irvin Hankins III, partner in the Charlotte office of Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP, is the recipient of the UNC School of Law 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award.

Merrifield Patrick Vermillion, LLC (MPV Properties), a provider of commercial real estate services, has sold 70 acres located at Interstate 485 and Albemarle Road. Mint Hill Industrial, LLC, an affiliate of Aberdeen Carolina and Western Railway, purchased the site and plans to develop a rail-served industrial park. Ken Chapman and Bailey Patrick of Merrifield Patrick Vermillion represented the owners, Albemarle Road Associates, LLC (an affiliate of MPV Properties), with this sale and development.

Charlotte-based Movement Mortgage has won the Top Lender Award for 2013 from the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency, for originating $28 million in loans in the agency’s N.C. Home Advantage Mortgage program.

Wells Fargo Advisors named senior vice president – investment officers Michael Sowers and Michael Webber, both of Hickory, as members of the firm’s Premier Advisors Program for the ninth consecutive year.

This week


Maximize the Value of Your Business:

Wayne Bidelman of Advicoach will host an educational seminar to teach business owners how to maximize the value of their businesses. Joe Vagnone, author of “So You Want to Buy a Small Business?” will discuss how buyers evaluate businesses. Cost: $20. 6:30-8 p.m. at the Peninsula Club, 19101 Peninsula Club Drive, Cornelius. Register: 704-997-5002;


Maintaining a Powerful Supplier Diversity Program:

Corporate and government purchasing professionals will meet to discuss key strategies, issues and best practices for minority supplier programs success. Cost: $80. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Duke Mansion, 400 Hermitage Road. Details:

Creating a Simple Effective Social Media Strategy:

This Charlotte Chamber Metro Chapter presentation will offer beginner and advanced tips on how to create a simple social media strategy to strengthen your brand. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Westin Charlotte, 601 S. College St. Details:


Power Up Chapter Challenge:

Be a part of the next great thing by participating in the Charlotte Chamber's SouthWest Chapter Power Up Challenge. Competing for a cash prize and package of in-kind services, local entrepreneurs and small business owners will present how their businesses can support the growth of Charlotte’s economy through innovation and entrepreneurial skills. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Crowne Plaza Charlotte Executive Park, 5700 Westpark Drive. Details:

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