Career Almanac

On the Move

Carol Allen is vice president and business center manager for Peoples Bank in Maiden.

Annie Arntz joined Bissell as graphic designer.

Joe Diggs was named managing director of SBA Lending, and Misty Mobley was appointed the chief loan review officer for CommunityOne Bank in Charlotte.

Alice Hicks joined Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton’s Charlotte office as an associate on the employee benefits team in the firm’s corporate, finance and real estate department.

Stephanie Hinrichs joined Womble Carlyle as the firm’s sales director in the Charlotte and Greenville, S.C., markets.

David McConnell was named a director of business recruitment and retention for Charlotte Center City Partners. McConnell succeeds Chris Hemans, who has become the organization’s new director of retail.

Courtney Ottelin was hired as a digital project manager in the client services department for Luquire George Andrews, an advertising and digital and public relations agency.

Virginia Wooten joined Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP in Charlotte as an associate attorney.

Andrea Bierce, managing director at Gupton Marrs International, was named a trustee for the Committee of Economic Development in Washington, D.C. The CED addresses national priorities that promote sustained economic growth.

Jody Carpenter and William Culp Jr., of Culp Elliott & Carpenter PLLC, were named Best Lawyers’ 2015 Charlotte in their respective practice areas. Curtis Elliott Jr., Paul Hattenhauer and Mark Richardson were selected for inclusion in the 2015 edition of Best Lawyers in America.

Nancy Gutierrez, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at UNC Charlotte, and Paul Kurzeja, assistant general counsel at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, have been appointed to the Charlotte Museum of History board of trustees.

Carl Howard, chief operating officer of Charlotte-based Autobell Car Wash Inc., was elected to the board of directors of the International Carwash Association for a three-year term beginning Jan. 1.

Stratford Kiger, a partner at the law firm of Kiger Waple Houk PLLC, earned the Certified Divorce Financial Analyst designation from the Institute for Divorce Financial Analysts.

Attorney Jason McGrath, of McGrath & Spielberger, who serves as the chair of the City of Charlotte Civil Service Board, was recently reappointed to the board for another three-year term.

Angela McIlveen from Gastonia's McIlveen Family Law Firm was chosen as an honoree for the North Carolina Lawyers Weekly’s 2014 Leaders in the Law and is in the running for the Lawyer of The Year Award.

Moore & Van Allen attorneys Karin McGinnis and Cabell Clay were appointed to serve in leadership roles on local philanthropic boards. McGinnis was elected the Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina board of directors chair. Clay was named to the Council for Children’s Rights board of directors.

Thomas Venzen, a financial adviser with Edward Jones, announces the grand opening of his new office at 975 N. Main St. in Mooresville. He was formerly located in Cornelius.

Jim Vogel recently moved his business, I.M.U. Social Media LLC, from Apex to Davidson. Vogel’s business focuses on social media content creation and strategy for other small businesses.

This week


Market Research Tools:

Discover the variety of market research tools such as statistical websites, questionnaires, focus groups and observational research that will give you critical information about potential opportunities and threats in your industry. Free. 6:30-8 p.m. at CPCC Central Campus, 1112 Charlottetowne Ave. Also available online. Register:


A New Mission: How Military Women Become Entrepreneurs:

Join the Women’s Business Center of N.C. and CPCC’s Small Business Center to hear a panel of successful female veteran business owners and learn about the business resources available to veterans. Free. 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at CPCC Harris Campus, 3216 CPCC Harris Campus Drive. Register:

Power Up Chapter Challenge:

Be a part of the next great thing by participating in the Charlotte Chamber’s Metro Chapter Power Up Challenge. Competing for a cash prize and package of in-kind services, local entrepreneurs and small-business owners will present how their businesses can support the growth of Charlotte's economy through innovation and entrepreneurial skills. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Hilton Charlotte Center City, 222 E. Third St. Details:

Setting Up Your Books - Taxes and Record Keeping:

Learn basic steps toward creating a manageable record-keeping system for the efficiency that can mean a big difference to your bottom line. Free. 5:30-7 p.m. at University City Library, 301 E. WT Harris Blvd. Register:


Land Use Committee Meeting:

The Charlotte Chamber Land Use Committee will host Dena Diorio, Mecklenburg County manager, who will provide an update on permitting process improvements. 8-9:30 a.m. at Charlotte Chamber – Bank of America Briefing Center, 330 S. Tryon St. Details:


University City Taste:

Charlotte Chamber University City Chapter will host its signature event, featuring live entertainment, samples from area restaurants, free paddle boat rides and more. 5:30-8 p.m. at Shoppes at University Place, 8929 JM Keynes Drive. Tickets:

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