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Kristin Arditti joined Catawba Science Center in Hickory as the director of advancement.

Janet Athey, a licensed psychologist, is a new member of the child & adolescent team at Presbyterian Psychological Services in Charlotte.

Broker associate Jimmy Bention joined the sales team of Weichert, Realtors – Rebhan & Associates in Charlotte.

Natalie Conner was hired as vice president of research and planning for the Charlotte-based Council for Children’s Rights.

Elizabeth Grymes joined Kiger Waple Houk PLLC in Charlotte as an attorney licensed in both North and South Carolina with a practice focus in the areas of estate planning, estate administration and guardianships.

Bill Reading joined Indian River Advisors, a middle market corporate development and investment banking firm, as partner in Charlotte.

David Van Horn joined Hickory-based Mumy Financial Advisors LLC, an independent financial planning firm, as an adviser.

Notable Items

Brookwood Associates’ client, Harper Love Adhesives Corporation, secured an investment from Graycliff Partners. Charlotte-based Harper Love is a manufacturer of specialty adhesive additives and provider of technical services for the global corrugated board manufacturing industry. Moore & Van Allen served as legal counsel to Harper Love.

Charlotte-based The Employers Association announced the winners of the 2014 HR Excellence Awards, honoring top human resource professionals throughout the region. The Babcock Award went to Mel Collins, vice president of human resources for Pharr Yarns LLC in McAdenville. Debbie Lawrence, human resources manager at Peak 10 in Charlotte, won the Promising HR Professional Award. Chris Peek, deputy county manager/chief of staff and chief human resources officer for the Mecklenburg County government, is the Strategic HR Leadership Award winner.

Indian Land, S.C.-based INSP has entered into a multiyear renewal agreement with Time Warner Cable. The deal includes expanding the network’s reach from TWC’s TV Essentials package to the digital basic tier. The network also finalized a new distribution agreement with the National Cable Television Cooperative, which ensures the family entertainment network will continue to be available to NCTC subscribers across more than 950 independent operators.

Geoff Kemble, a financial planner in Prudential’s North Carolina Agency located in Matthews, received the Vanguard Award in recognition of outstanding leadership in helping to meet the financial services needs of his clients.

McKim & Creed Inc., an engineering and planning firm with offices in Charlotte, was ranked No. 212 among the country’s top 500 design firms by Engineering News-Record. The 2014 listing marks the 23rd consecutive year the firm has been included on ENR’s Top 500 list.

Stan Roach of Dana Rader Golf School was honored as 2014 PING National Club Fitter of the Year, presented to authorized fitters of the golf equipment manufacturer.

Weichert, Realtors – Rebhan & Associates announced the company’s 2014 first quarter sales leaders. The top agents from January through March were (by rank): Bill Allen, Tommy Williams, Gary Espin, Tony D’Agostino and Carrie Brighton.

This week

Monday

Charlotte Debut of Startupland:

CPCC’s Small Business Center is kicking off Small Business Month with a screening of “Startupland,” a documentary series that captures the journey of five startups alongside interviews with legends of the technology industry, followed by Q&A and networking. Come early to support local food trucks onsite for this event. Free. 5:30-9 p.m. at Tate Auditorium, CPCC Central Campus. Details: www.cpcc.edu/sbc/startupland.

Tuesday

Social Media Seminar:

Kerry Burd of Social Media Consultants will present a workshop on “Creating Your First YouTube Video Testimonial.” Free. 9-10 a.m. at Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce, Randy Marion Conference Room, 19900 W. Catawba Ave., Cornelius. Register: www.lakenormanchamber.org.

Where Are They Now? Power Up Chapter Challenge 2013 Review:

The Power Up Chapter Challenge is in full swing for 2014, but what about the participants from last year? Join Charlotte Chamber SouthWest Chapter to learn about the progress of our 2013 Power Up Chapter Challenge participants. These individuals will share their stories of success, challenges and lessons learned. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Crowne Plaza Charlotte Executive Park, 5700 Westpark Drive. Details: www.charlottechamber.com/events.

Simple Steps for Starting Your Business:

This Charlotte SCORE introductory workshop focuses on the basics of testing your business idea and identifying the key factors that influence start-up success. 12:45 p.m. at Small Business Administration, 6302 Fairview Road, Suite 300, Training Room. Register: 704-344-6576; http://charlotte.score.org/localworkshops.

Thursday

Using Twitter to Increase Business:

Winn Maddrey will discuss how to use Twitter as marketing tool for your business at the Charlotte University Chapter luncheon. Twitter is a short message communication tool that allows you to engage your audience. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Hilton Charlotte University Place, 8629 J M Keynes Drive. Details: www.charlottechamber.com/events.

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