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On the Move

Jen Alessi was promoted to regional marketing manager for Flywheel Charlotte and the Carolinas.

Stephanie Gossett was named area manager of Allen Tate Company’s Lake Norman region.

Katrina Richards was named area manager of the company’s South Charlotte/South Carolina region.

Devon Chandler was hired as video production manager and Laura Dixon as video content developer for Wray Ward, a marketing communications agency. Aaron Putnam was promoted to video content producer.

Don DeBouse and Kyle Edmiston joined Keller Williams Realty SouthPark office.

Kerry Grueneich was named technical consultant for Spirit Communications, a provider of voice, data and Internet services in the Carolinas.

Ken Hercenberg joined LS3P, an area design firm, as senior specifications writer.

Erik Horstmann joined Cherry Bekaert LLP, a public accounting firm, as managing partner in Charlotte.

Broker associate Robert McGhee has joined the sales team of Weichert, Realtors-Rebhan & Associates. Broker associate Dorothy Shapiro was named director of senior preferred services, the newly formed senior services division of Weichert, Realtors-Rebhan & Associates.

Kelly Morrow was promoted to executive chef at The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge.

Karen Price joined Shiel Sexton, a construction management and general contracting firm, as director of community relations for the Carolinas region.

Paul Vanderwal was promoted to public relations director at HMH, a full service marketing communications firm in Charlotte, and Portland and Bend, Ore.

Jingjing Zhao joined Northwestern Mutual as a financial representative.

Notable Items

Edward Hennessey IV, an attorney with Robinson Bradshaw & Hinson, P.A., was confirmed as the 37th president of the North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys.

Mary Holdorf, director of administration for Northwestern Mutual, recently completed the Senior Professional in Human Resources study program and earned the SPHR Designation.

Steve Horowitz and Garth Dunklin, attorneys from the Charlotte office of Wishart Norris Henninger & Pittman, P.A. will be listed in the 2014 Super Lawyers Business Edition.

Insurance underwriters Scott Pelin and Tyler Turnbull launched Catalyst Surety Partners, which provides surety bonds for companies throughout the southeast.

Robinson Bradshaw & Hinson received No. 1 rankings, which identify the firm as a leader in the state, for exceptional work in antitrust, bankruptcy/restructuring, corporate/M&A, litigation, general commercial, real estate by Chambers USA: America’s Top Leading Lawyers for Business. The following attorneys from the firm were recognized as leaders in their respective fields: Everett Bowman, Peter Buck, John Carmichael, Garland Cassada, Robert Fuller, Thomas Gates, Karen Gledhill, Charles Johnson, Haynes Lea, Christopher Loeb, Edwin Lucas, Stephen Lynch, Ward McKeithen, Mark Merritt, Lawrence Moore III, Jane Ratteree, Allen Robertson, Graham Robinson, Russell Robinson II, David Schilli, Emily Sherlock, Robert Sink, William Toole, Brent Torstrick, John Wester, David Wright III and Julian Wright Jr.

Executive recruiter Brianna Russ, of Charlotte-based recruiting firm, CEO Inc., has earned her Certified Personnel Consultant certification from the National Association of Personnel Services.

This week

Tuesday

Social Media Marketing Seminar:

Lake Norman Chamber and Kerry Burd of Social Media Consultants present a seminar on Google+ and Google Drive. Free. 9-10 a.m. at Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce, Randy Marion Conference Room, 19900 W. Catawba Ave., Cornelius. Register: www.lakenormanchamber.org.

Financial Advice from a Fellow Entrepreneur:

Rodney Pitts, president/CEO of Southern Elevator, will speak to NAWBO Charlotte. 11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m. at Byron’s South End, 101 W. Worthington Ave., No. 110. Register: www.nawbocharlotte.org.

SouthWest Chapter Luncheon:

Join Charlotte Chamber’s SouthWest Chapter for its monthly luncheon, where featured speakers address and provide updates on topics that affect businesses across the chapter’s geographic footprint. 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:

Charlotte SCORE will present a seminar to help evaluate whether starting a business is feasible and to provide guidelines for the development of a marketing/business plan. Free. 5:45-9 p.m. at Packard Place, 222 S. Church St. Register: charlotte.score.org/localworkshops.

Wednesday

Workforce Development & Education Committee:

Professor and UNC Charlotte Dean of the College Of Education, Ellen McIntyre, will speak to Charlotte Chamber’s Workforce Development & Education Committee about the UNCC College of Education. 8-9:30 a.m. at Charlotte Chamber – Bank of America Briefing Center, 330 S. Tryon St. Details: charlottechamber.com.

Queen City Forward’s ImpactU Accelerator Demo Day:

Queen City Forward’s Demo Day is the culmination of the ImpactU accelerator program for college entrepreneurs. Eight college entrepreneurs will have five minutes to pitch their innovative business models to the startup community. Free. 5:30-8 p.m. at Johnson & Wales University, 801 W. Trade St. Details: 704-975-5384

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