Career Almanac

On the Move

Hannah Grannemann was named executive director of Children’s Theatre of Charlotte. She will begin her role in July. She is currently the managing director of PlayMakers Repertory Company in Chapel Hill.

Jenn Hausman was promoted to associate media director for HMH Agency in Charlotte. Shawn Kelley was promoted to executive creative director.

Hailey Huffman, Jackie Little, Anita Puntch, Tonya Ryals-Lau, Litticia McCombs and Mike Stroud were promoted to bank officers at Peoples Bank, which has a corporate office in Newton. Rafael Intriago was promoted to senior vice president. Tammy Mitchell and Tandra Wilkinson were promoted to assistant vice president. Krissy Price was promoted to vice president.

Dale Jennings was appointed director of sales and marketing at Dana Rader Golf School in Charlotte.

David Palumbo was promoted to general manager for the Omni Charlotte Hotel.

Notable Items

Vivian Akins with Century 21 Real Estate Consultants in Charlotte was awarded the Seniors Real Estate Specialist designation from the National Association of Realtors.

Karen Baker-Anderson and Dawn Crocker, Anderson-Crocker Partners of Allen Tate Realtors, have earned the Seniors Real Estate Specialist designation from the National Association of Realtors.

Charlotte-based Associated Builders and Contractors of the Carolinas (ABC) awarded Shaun Birch of Watson Electrical with the gold medal at the National Craft Championships in the commercial electrical division. Lloyd Evans, also of Watson Electrical in Charlotte, was recognized with the Craft Instructor of the Year award by the National Center for Construction Education and Research and ABC National.

Jennifer Boggs of Carolinas Healthcare System was named the Carolyn Cusic Professional of the Year by the Association for Home & Hospice Care of North Carolina.

Darton Group, a boutique project management, finance and accounting consulting firm, has expanded and relocated its corporate offices to accommodate the firm’s rapid growth. The firm nearly doubled its square footage with its move to the historic Textile Mill Supply Co. Building at 1300 S. Mint St. Darton was represented by Cresa Carolinas, an international corporate real estate advisory firm that exclusively represents tenants.

Keri Drake, vice president/public relations with the advertising agency Luquire George Andrews, has earned Accreditation in Public Relations from the Universal Accreditation Board.

Kathy Drumm, executive vice president for Central Piedmont Community College, will be presented with the 2014 Distinguished Service Award at the college’s spring commencement ceremony on Thursday. This is the first time a CPCC employee has won the award, which recognizes an individual whose service and leadership have greatly benefited the college and Charlotte-Mecklenburg region.

Katie Kidd, graphic designer in Cushman & Wakefield Thalhimer’s Charlotte office, won an award for her design of The Hearst Tower pocket folder in the category of brochures and collateral in Graphic Design USA Magazine’s Annual American InHouse Design Awards.

LS3P, a local architecture firm, was named Southeast Design Firm of the Year by Engineering News Record.

Moore & Van Allen PLLC’s Charlotte and Research Triangle offices raised a combined 75,600 pounds of food during the 2014 North Carolina Legal Feeding Frenzy Challenge. Proceeds benefit the North Carolina Association of Feeding America Food Banks. The firm won its division for the second year in a row. Cabell Clay accepted the division award on Moore & Van Allen’s behalf, and served as master of ceremonies at the event. Clay was also presented with the food bank’s Friend of the Association Award from Executive Director Alan Briggs, in recognition of her leadership in support of the event.

Transition With Care, LLC of Charlotte received The National Association of Senior Move Managers Circle of Service Designation. Cindy Greer, owner and a certified relocation and transition specialist, founded the company in 2009.

This week


Staying in the Game – Unwritten Rules for Small Business Success Luncheon:

Learn best practices and interact directly with industry experts and other successful small business owners. The seminar will also feature The Perfect Pitch business competition where several businesses will pitch their venture to a panel of experts for a chance to win a package of free business services. Free. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Wake Forest University’s Uptown Charlotte Campus, 200 N. College St. Register: 704-375-9553; Norman – Small

Business Week Kick-Off Event:

This is an innovative program of leadership, integrity, strategy and tactics for small business owners. Learn more about the new Small Business Certification program in partnership between CPCC Small Business Center and Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce. Register today. Cost: $17 for chamber members; $20 for nonmembers. 11 a.m. - 1:15 p.m. at the Peninsula Club, 19101 Peninsula Club Drive, Cornelius.


Think Global, Act Global:

Take action and learn from the pros how to be a successful player in the global marketplace. Connect with members of the business community, engage in valuable knowledge sharing opportunities and begin planning. Cost: $45. 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at CPCC Harris Conference Center, 3216 CPCC Harris Campus Drive. Details: 704-330-6736

Business Before Hours:

Lake Norman Chamber will host a networking event. Free. 8-9:30 a.m. at Marina Shores Waterfront Apartments, 21222 Nautique Blvd., Cornelius.

UNC Charlotte Harnessing the Power of Data Conference:

UNC Charlotte’s Data Science and Business Analytics Initiative presents Harnessing the Power of Data, a forum that brings together experts from industry and academia to discuss the most recent trends in the technology and strategy of big data implementation. Learn how firms are integrating big data into everything they do to serve customers and create strategic advantages for themselves. This forum will also address the challenges of technology integration, and how to find the talent needed to be successful. 8:15 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte, 201 E Trade St. Register:

Lunch and Learn-Lake Norman:

Karen Dortschy of Open the Door Group will present Making a Great First Impression, a fast-paced workshop on creating your personal brand and signature. Free. Noon-1 p.m. at Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce, Randy Marion Conference Room, 19900 W. Catawba Ave., Cornelius. Register:

Mega Marketing Event for Small Business:

Constant Contact and Charlotte SCORE will present simple strategies for email and social media marketing, search engine optimizing and mobile marketing. Free. 1-5 p.m. at Renaissance Charlotte SouthPark Hotel, 5501 Carnegie Blvd. Details: 704-344-6576

LACCC Tapas:

Join the Latin American Chamber of Commerce for tapas and networking. Cost: Free for members; $10 for nonmembers. 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Pio Pio Restaurant - Ballantyne, 15025 Lancaster Hwy. Register: 704-343-2525;


TechBreakfast CLT:

TechBreakfast CLT provides a friendly atmosphere where aspiring tech-entrepreneurs can get feedback from panelists. 8:30-9:30 a.m. at the Garage at Packard Place, 222 S. Church St. Details:

Is Your Business Prepared for an Emergency?

Help protect your business from the unimaginable by attending this event for small business owners on business safety and security. Gain tips from local law enforcement on crime prevention. Find out how to protect your business from cyber-attacks. Hear from specialists about the threat of workplace violence and learn what to do in the case of an active-shooter situation. Cost: $10 (includes lunch). 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College – NCRC Campus, 399 Biotechnology Lane, Kannapolis. Register:

Matthews Chamber Monthly Business Luncheon:

Sheri Lynch from 107.9 FM will present “Why Community Matters” at the Matthews Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon. $15 if registered by noon Tuesday; $20 otherwise. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Carmel Baptist Church, 1145 Pineville Matthews Road, Matthews. Details: 704-847-3649;

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