Business

Career almanac

On the Move

John Beckman was promoted to design director at Studio Displays Inc., a full-service exhibit house in Charlotte.

Audrey Bell was promoted to director of front office at The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge.

Sheryl Brown accepted the position of healthcare marketing director at Wellmore, a Tega Cay, S.C., healthcare and wellness retirement community.

Thomas Cochran of Charlotte was named chairman of the board of directors for Richardson Properties, a private real estate investment company based in Greensboro. Cochran replaces Lunsford Richardson Jr., who retains the title of chairman emeritus.

Melissa Colley and Corey Sunstrom joined Ballantyne-based Hobart Financial Group as associate advisors.

Wendy Hadley, a licensed Realtor, joined Frenzel Properties, a residential real estate firm serving the greater Charlotte area. Hadley will be based out of Frenzel Properties’ Eastover office at 2100 Crescent Ave., Suite 100.

Scott Harris joined Peoples Bank as mortgage loan originator. Walt Joyce was named senior vice president, chief technology officer.

Emmet Howle joined Wilmar Inc. as director of sales.

Adam Karagosian was named a supervising environmental scientist in the Charlotte office of Parsons Brinckerhoff, a global infrastructure strategic consulting, engineering and program/construction management organization.

Kate Kliebert joined Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP’s financial services litigation and compliance practice group as an associate in Charlotte.

Farah Kresack joined the design firm of LS3P as an intern architect in Charlotte.

Wesley Misson was promoted to partner at Mayer Brown in Charlotte, effective Jan. 1.

Ian Morris joined Summit Park, a Charlotte-based private equity firm, as a business development associate. Houston Stokes and Kyle Taura joined as associates.

Allie Thomas joined Wilkinson ERA as director of business development, a newly created position for the real estate group.

Notable Items

Mimi Curlee was presented with an award from the Small Business Administration in recognition of her commitment to support small business counseling and to provide quality entrepreneurial training in the Charlotte Metro Area.

Dr. Simon Gregory, principal investigator for Duke University’s Murdock Multiple Sclerosis Study and associate professor at the Duke Molecular Physiology Institute at Duke University School of Medicine, was inducted into the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Volunteer Hall of Fame for his work to help end the disease that affects more than 2.3 million worldwide.

Northshore Orthopedics & Sports Medicine has joined OrthoCarolina, adding a second Mooresville location for the orthopedic group. With the addition of the new office, OrthoCarolina has more than 144 physicians at 34 locations across North Carolina. The new locations are 150 Fairview Road and 124 Welton Way in Mooresville.

Robert Lauer, Rick Montgomery, Deana Page, Kathleen Rebhan and Dorothy Shapiro of Weichert, Realtors — Rebhan & Associates completed Senior Real Estate Specialist training and are now qualified to address the needs of home buyers and sellers age 50 and older.

This week

Monday

Aviation Committee Meeting:

Brent Cagle of Charlotte-Douglas International Airport will provide an update on the airport and Tracy Montross of American Airlines will provide an update about the airline. Committee chair, John Lassiter, will lead a discussion on the future of the Aviation Committee's structure, including meeting frequency and advocacy roles. 8-9:30 a.m. at Charlotte Chamber — Bank of America Briefing Center, 330 S. Tryon St. Details: www.charlottechamber.com/events.

Tuesday

Cabarrus Connections:

Cabarrus Connections creates a comfortable and casual atmosphere that allows members to get to know each other in a smaller group setting to build trusted and long-term one-on-one relationships. 8-9 a.m. at Panera Bread, 8034 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord. Register: 704-260-8110; www.cabarrus.biz.

NAWBO North & South Holiday Networking Breakfast:

NAWBO North-Cabarrus and South Charlotte expansion groups are growing. Take this opportunity to network with other women business owners. 8:15-9:45 a.m. at Stacks Kitchen, 11100 Monroe Road, Matthews. Cost: Pay-your-own-way. Register: 704-843-4500; www.nawbocharlotte.org.

12 Creative Marketing Ideas for End of Year Success:

Learn how to reach out to your customers, bring new clients in and boost repeat and referral business. Meet other small business owners and nonprofit professionals. This session is best suited for beginners in online marketing but all skill levels are welcome. Cost: Free for members; $15 for nonmembers. 9-11 a.m. at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College — N.C. Research Campus, 399 Biotechnology Lane, Room 115, Kannapolis. Register: 704-260-8110; www.cabarrus.biz.

SCORE Series Workshop:

Simple Steps for Starting Your Business is an introductory workshop focusing on the basics of testing your business idea and identifying the key factors that influence start-up success. Start-up Basics provides an overview of the skills and tools needed when deciding to start a business. Free. 12:45-4 p.m. at Small Business Administration, 6302 Fairview Road, Suite 300, Training Room. Register: 704-344-6576; www.charlotte.score.org.

Small Business Resources:

This seminar will assist you with resources available for small businesses, including the programs and services provided by the Women’s Business Center and N.C. Institute of Minority Economic Development. Learn how to best access services as you start, grow and manage your business. Free. 6:30-8:30 p.m. at CPCC Central Campus, 1112 Charlottetowne Ave. Register: 704-330-4223; www.cpcc.edu/sbc/schedule.

Charlotte Chamber Annual Meeting:

Join more than 2,000 members of the business community for the Charlotte Chamber's 135th Annual Meeting. 6:30-9 p.m. at NASCAR Hall of Fame, 400 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Details: www.charlottechamber.com/events.

Wednesday

Which Certifications are Right for Your Business:

SBE, MBE ….Certification confusion? Learn how to get certified and why it matters. Free.10 a.m.-noon at CPCC Central Campus, 1112 Charlottetowne Ave. Register: 704-330-4223; www.cpcc.edu/sbc/schedule.

Choosing Your Legal Structure:

Which legal structure is best for your business – sole proprietorship, S-Corporation, partnership or LLC? Choosing the right business entity is an important step in setting up your business. Know the right questions to ask when choosing a legal structure and understand the benefits and disadvantages of each. Free. 6-7 p.m. at Beatties Ford Road Library, 2412 Beatties Ford Road. Register: 704-330-4223; www.cpcc.edu/sbc/schedule.

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