Career Almanac

On the Move

Andrew Bardsley joined Wastequip as vice president for its Toter brand.

Larry Bishop, Wes Morgan, Kim Raymond and Carolyn Tibbetts joined Keller Williams Realty’s SouthPark office in Charlotte.

Brian Cockman was appointed senior vice president of public relations for AC&M, a multicultural marketing firm.

Alex Daniels joined Knowmad, a Charlotte-based marketing agency.

Patrick Flanagan joined Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP’s management team. He is based in Charlotte.

Charlotte native Stephanie Niblack was promoted to vice president of McKeeman PR, a Raleigh-based agency specializing in marketing communications and strategic business solutions.

Michael Vander Baan was named the new chief operating officer of Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates.

Notable Items

Bryan Adams, a partner in the law firm of Van Hoy, Reutlinger, Adams & Dunn, PLLC was selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America 2015.

Allen Tate Company opened an office at 203 Glenway St. in Belmont.

John Barringer, John Jeffries, John Morris and Andrew Ussery of McAngus Goudelock & Courie’s Charlotte office were included in the 2015 edition of Best Lawyers in America.

Tim Britt of Wells Fargo, John Harris III of Lincoln Harris, Kati Hynes of Charlotte Chamber, Stuart Parks of the Arden Group and Lat Purser Jr. of Lat Purser and Associates were appointed to the University City Partners board. University City Partners is engaged in economic development, planning, branding and advocating for University City’s commercial core including UNC Charlotte, CMC University and the University Research Park.

Stephanie Fessel, director of professional development for Allen Tate Realtors, was recently a featured panelist at the Career Gold conference for real estate education leaders, sponsored by Leading Real Estate Companies of the World in Chicago.

David Furr was named board chairman of Charlotte Wine & Food Weekend for the 2014-16 fundraising season. Furr is a senior partner and shareholder with Gray, Layton, Kersh, Solomon, Furr & Smith, P.A. in Gastonia. Before being elected board chairman, he served as a member of the board of Charlotte Wine & Food Weekend.

Meghan Herrington of Carolina Speech Therapy recently received a Level 3 TalkTools Certification in advanced speech and language sciences.

Sally Higgins and Ray Owens of Higgins & Owens, PLLC were included in the 2015 edition of Best Lawyers in America.

McGuireWoods Charlotte attorneys Stephen Allred, Brian Barger, Kenneth Bell, Irving Brenner, Herbert Browne Jr., Jonathan Buchan, Boyd Campbell Jr., Jeffrey Capwell, Peter Covington, Robert Cramer, Larry Dagenhart, Douglas Ey Jr., John Fennebresque, James Guterman, James Hedrick Jr., Matthew Hoefling, Benne Hutson, Trevor Johnston, Bradley Kutrow, Lynwood Mallard, Harrison Marshall Jr., John McDonald, Graham McGoogan Jr., Malloy McKeithen, Paul Navarro, Robert Pryor, Christian Scheurer, L.D. Simmons II, Robert Simmons, Bruce Steen, Catherine Thompson, Scott Vaughn, Richard Viola, Landis Wade Jr., Kent Walker Jr., David Whelpley Jr., Michael Wilson and Elizabeth Wren were selected for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America for 2015. Charlotte partners Bell, Campbell, Ey, Kutrow, Pryor and Wren were named “Lawyers of the Year” in their respective practice areas.

Kathy Pearce will serve a two-year term and Jim Weiland will serve a one-year term as officers of Charlotte SCORE, a nonprofit organization that helps businesses meet challenges through mentoring and training.

Raul Peralta, director of business development for ECS Carolinas, LLP, was elected to the North Carolina’s Downtown Development Association (NCDDA) board as the regional director of region 7 (Western Piedmont). ECS Carolinas, LLP also won a 2014 ZweigWhite Marketing Excellence Award.

Charles Sawicki received the Dick O’Brien Award, Charlotte SCORE’s highest recognition of volunteer service attainable by a chapter member.

Rock Hill attorney Henry Sipe III of Sipe Law Firm, LLC was selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2015 Edition of Best Lawyers in America.

This week


‘QuickBooks Level 1’

Discover how to manage and maintain your business finances by automating your accounting and financial reporting functions. Prerequisite: knowledge of Windows and basic accounting. Cost: $169. 8-11 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, through Sept. 11, at CPCC Levine Campus, 2800 Campus Ridge Road, Matthews. Register: 704-330-4223;

‘Social Media Seminar’

Lake Norman Chamber and Kerry Burd of Social Media Consultants present a workshop on “Managing Your Social Media from Your Smart Phone Apps.” Free. 9-10 a.m. at Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce, Randy Marion Conference Room, 19900 W. Catawba Ave., Cornelius. Details:

‘Charlotte Chamber SouthWest Chapter Luncheon’

Join the Charlotte Chamber 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:

‘Referability is a Long-Term Game, but Are You Even Playing?’

Randall Research founder and chief consultant Stacey Randall will discuss referability at the NAWBO (National Association of Women Business Owners) Charlotte meeting. Cost: $30-$50. 7:30 p.m. at Byron’s South End, 101 W. Worthington Ave., Suite 110. Register: 704-367-3454;

‘The Mechanics of Importing’

Discover the fundamental processes for importing foreign goods into the United States, including documentation, regulations, compliance, tariffs and more. Cost: $159. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, through Sept. 11, at CPCC Central Campus, 1112 Charlottetowne Ave. Register: 704-330-4223;


‘NC Insurance Commissioner Speaks at CAHU Meeting’

The Charlotte Association of Health Underwriters (CAHU) welcomes N.C. Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Crowne Plaza Executive Park, 5700 Westpark Drive. Cost: $10 for members; $20 for nonmembers. Details:

‘The DNA of an Entrepreneur’

Learn what skills are required to be a successful entrepreneur with the Entrepreneurship Skill and Competency Assessment. Free. 6:30-8 p.m. at CPCC Harris Campus, 3210 CPCC Harris Campus Drive. Register: 704-330-4223;


‘Why Charlotte? Why Ballantyne?’

Hear from representatives of MetLife, XPO Logistics and Publix about why they chose to relocate to, remain in or expand into Charlotte and Ballantyne at the Charlotte Chamber Ballantyne Chapter Luncheon. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge, 10000 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy. Details:

‘Lifecycle Marketing: How to Automate and Dominate your Market’

Discover how to make automation a reality in your business with speaker Thomas Blackwell, who will discuss lifestyle marketing at this eWomen network event. Cost: $35-$45. 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at Crowne Plaza, Charlotte Executive Park, 5700 Westpark Drive. Register:

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