Career Almanac

Realtors Dana Beck, Toni Olin and Tonya Rose joined Keller Williams Realty’s new office in the southeast Charlotte/Matthews area.

Jennifer Bihn was hired as grants manager for the John M. Belk Endowment, a private family foundation based in Charlotte that supports higher education.

Kyle Bilafer joined Bissell as property manager.

Donnell Dawson was named vice president, SBA loan specialist for HomeBanc in Charlotte.

Tracy Dodson joined Lincoln Harris, a full-service real estate firm based in Charlotte, as vice president of brokerage and development.

Jennifer Errington is the newest attorney to join the McIntosh Law Firm.

Jose Espaillat joined HF Financial, a general agency of Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company, as sales manager.

Notable Items

Bryan Adams, a partner in the law firm of Van Hoy, Reutlinger, Adams & Dunn, PLLC, was named to Chambers USA’s 2014 America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in the area of labor and employment law.

Mason Alexander, managing partner of the Charlotte office of the labor and employment law firm Fisher & Phillips LLP, is one of the firm’s 48 attorneys nationwide featured in Chambers USA. The firm is ranked as one of the top labor and employment law firms in the United States.

Allen Tate Realtors announced the following agents from the Charlotte area have graduated from the company’s Winner’s Edge real estate training program: David Bolinger, Heather Brown, Tina Butcher, Monica Carlyn, Kevin Carnes, Nancy Connolly, Fran Corda, Van Cuthbertson, Kim Douglas, Rob Dove, Chip Galloway, Justin Gay, Nia Harmon, Jennifer Hathaway, Paul Hezar, Cynthia Holiday, Janet McNeil, John Melton, Nancy Monelus, Julie Newman, Robin Northey, Michele Plaisance, Amelia Ravan, Andrew Rosen, Evan Selzer, Amy Sterner, Christopher Tillery, Marlene Warren, Lisa Weck and Sara Wissinger.

Charlotte School of Law is partnering with the largest law firm in the Asian-Pacific region to provide a comprehensive educational program in U.S. law for Chinese lawyers. The venture with Beijing-based Yinkge Law Firm, is in collaboration with U.S. Legal and iLaw Ventures.

Loren Fauchier, Providence Day School’s global education director, received the National Association of Independent Schools’ 2014 Global Citizen Award, which is presented annually to an individual for outstanding contributions to global education.

McNair Law Firm, P.A. was ranked a leading firm in the 2014 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. Eight of the firm’s attorneys earned recognition as leaders in their field: Russell Brinson, Sidney Boone Jr., David Brown Jr., John Currie, Joel Gottlieb, Celeste Jones, Judith McInnis, William Musser. McNair received recognition in North and South Carolina for work in the areas of litigation: general commercial and real estate. The firm was also ranked for its work in corporate/M&A and corporate/M&A: banking & finance.

LeeAnn Shattuck, co-owner of Women’s Automotive Solutions was named the 2014 Woman Business Owner of the Year by the Charlotte Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners.

James Spears Jr., a shareholder in Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.’s Charlotte office, was included in the 2014 edition of Chambers USA. Ogletree Deakins’ Charlotte office also earned the highest ranking in labor and employment practice law.

Evan Wolkofsky, a Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney shareholder, was recognized among America's Leading Business Lawyers by Chambers USA in the practice of banking & finance.

This week


Surviving and Thriving in a Family Business:

Keeping the family baggage out of the family business is critical for success. Learn how to avoid pitfalls that endanger both the family and the company. Gain the knowledge and skills needed to minimize conflicts, maximize wealth and assure a legacy of continuity for future generations. Cost: $149. 6-9 p.m. Monday and Wednesday at CPCC Central Campus, 1112 Charlottetowne Ave. Register: 704-330-4223;


Social Media Consultants Seminar:

Kerry Burd of Social Media Consultants presents “Looking Beyond Social Media Into Print And Your Website.” Free. 9-10 a.m. at Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce: Randy Marion Conference Room 19900 W. Catawba Ave., Cornelius. Register:

SouthPark Chapter Luncheon:

Join Charlotte Chamber for a discussion about the future of Charlotte and the importance of continued economic growth in the SouthPark area. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Maggiano’s Little Italy, 4400 Sharon Road. Details:

Time Management:

Managing time is one of the biggest challenges facing small business owners. Learn quick and easy ways to organize each day and become more efficient. This seminar will provide strategies, techniques and tips to set priorities and manage the daily pressures of operating a small business. Free. 2-4 p.m. at CPCC Central Campus, 1112 Charlottetowne Ave. Register: 704-330-4223;

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 Latin Fusion Bar & Bistro, 1920 Sardis Road North. Register:


Matthews Chamber Monthly Business Luncheon:

Join Matthews Chamber for a networking lunch and economic update from Matthews Mayor Jim Taylor. Cost: $15 if registered by Tuesday, $20 after Tuesday. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Carmel Baptist Church, 1145 Pineville Matthews Road, Matthews. Register: 704-847-3649;

Charlotte Chamber Young Professionals Luncheon:

Join Charlotte Chamber’s Young Professionals for a conversation on leadership brand development and professional ethics. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Westin Charlotte, 601 S. College St. Details:

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