Career almanac

On the Move

Heather Bell was hired by Horizon Eye Care as a staff optometrist.

Chad Blankenburg was hired as business development consultant for Benefit Controls.

Shay Colson, Rhonda Fussell, Krysti Lowery, Linda McCarthy and Stuart Modeen joined Wilson Realty.

Heather Edwards and Nick Vertorano joined the management team for Peoples Bank’s Lake Norman market.

Howard Long II joined Kirk Palmer & Thigpen, PA as an associate.

Jill Lutz was promoted to executive director of skills initiative at Central Piedmont Community College.

Meara Lyons joined the Charlotte marketing communications agency, Wray Ward, as public relations account manager.

Mark McCagg was appointed principal consultant for Professional Service Industries Inc.’s Phase I environmental site assessment services.

Allen Messer joined Rodgers Builders Inc. as senior mechanical, electrical and plumbing preconstruction manager.

Ted Mueller was promoted to chief information officer and vice president of operations for Bissell.

Emily Netzel joined the team at Carroll Financial Associates in Charlotte as a financial advisor.

Selin Roberts joined the Mecklenburg County Public Defender’s Office as an attorney.

Donna Wasserman joins Senn Dunn Insurance as a business insurance account manager.

Notable Items

Jeffrey Carlini of Carlini CPA, PLLC became Intuit ProAdvisor and received QuickBooks certification.

Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP attorneys Richard Boyette, Susan Burkhart, Paul Derrick, Patrick Flanagan, Dan Hartzog, John Martin, Samuel Poole Jr., Robert Sumner and David Ward were selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2014 Super Lawyers Business Edition.

Eric Mower + Associates was ranked in the top 10 on Advertising Age’s Best Places to Work list for 2014.

Charlotte entrepreneur Mike Ferretti recently purchased PostNet at The Peninsula, in Cornelius, making him the first PostNet franchisee to own four centers.

The Law Firm of Goodman, Carr, Laughrun, Levine & Greene was chosen as a Tier One Law Firm by U.S. News, Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms.” The firm focuses mostly on criminal, traffic and federal litigation.

Andy Kalbaugh, LPL Financial’s institution services managing director, has begun a term on the Charlotte Chamber’s board of directors. Kalbaugh will serve a three-year term.

This week


Small Business Seminar:

Create a strategic business plan with professional business and sales coach Diane Wagner, owner of The Growth Coach of S.C. Wagner will help you create an action plan to increase revenue, show you how to better manage your priorities, and help you set solid, attainable goals for 2015. Cost: $20 for members; $40 for nonmembers (includes lunch and meeting materials). 9:45 a.m.-1 p.m. at 116 E. Main St., Rock Hill. Register: 803-324-7500;

Babson Capital/UNC Charlotte Economic Forecast:

Belk College economist John Connaughton will present his quarterly forecast for the North Carolina economy at a luncheon and press conference. Noon-1 p.m. at UNC Charlotte Center City, 320 E. Ninth St., auditorium, second floor. Details:

Lunch & Learn – Lake Norman Chamber:

Hilary Broadway will present “The Twelve Apps of Christmas” to the Lake Norman Chamber. Bring your laptop, iPad or iPhone and discuss the apps that make you a more productive person or simply save you time. Free. Noon-1 p.m. at Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce, Randy Marion Conference Room, 19900 W. Catawba Ave., Cornelius. Register:

Simple Steps for Starting Your Business:

This seminar is devoted to helping evaluate whether starting a business is feasible and to provide guidelines for the development of a marketing/business plan. Free. 12:45-3:45 p.m. SCORE Office, 6302 Fairview Road. Register: 704-344-6576;

SouthPark Chapter Holiday Mixer Bubbles and Bites:

The Charlotte Chamber SouthPark Chapter brings you its annual Bubbles and Bites holiday mixer. The event will feature gift bags, giveaways, food, drinks and great networking. 5-7 p.m. at Dean & Deluca, Phillips Place, 6903 Phillips Place Court. Details:


Double Your Revenue in 2015:

BIG has partnered with California-based On Demand Advisors to bring this executive workshop to help you plan and double your revenue in 2015. 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at Technekes, 1927 S. Tryon St, Suite 310. Register:


You are invited to participate in an extraordinary business development experience with an intimate group of dynamic women. Cost: $55-85. 9:30-11:30 a.m. at Regus Meeting Room, Linville Building, 10130 Perimeter Parkway, Suite 200. Register: 704-560-6788;

Matthews Chamber Monthly Business Luncheon:

Mark Vitner, managing director, senior economist at Wells Fargo Securities, LLC will discuss “Predicting Our Region’s Business Future” at the Matthews Chamber monthly luncheon. Cost: $15-$20. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Carmel Baptist Church, 1145 Pineville-Matthews Road, Matthews. Details: 704-847-3649.

LACC Holiday Tapas:

The Latin American Commerce will host holiday networking and tapas. Cost: $25 LACC members; $35 for nonmembers; $40-$60 for couples. 6-9:30 p.m. at Mint Museum – Randolph, 2730 Randolph Road. Register: 704-343-2525;


Keep Your Business Safe During the Holiday Season:

Higher crime rates are noticed around the holiday season. Join the Charlotte Chamber University Chapter for a presentation by Lt. Dave Johnson of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department for tips to keep you and your business safe during the holiday season. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Hilton Charlotte University Place, 8629 J.M. Keynes Drive. Details:

Business After Hours – Lake Norman:

Join Lake Norman Chamber for networking. Free. 5:30-7:30 p.m. at McIntosh Law Firm, 209 Delburg St., Davidson. Register:

The Affordable Care Act and Small Business:

Discover what actions you need to take now to avoid expensive fines in 2015. Learn how to comply with obligations of the act, escape pitfalls and take advantage of potential tax credits. Free. 6:30-8:30 p.m. at CPCC Central Campus, 1112 Charlottetowne Ave. Register: 704-330-4223;


Monthly BIG Ideas Exchange:

Author Taffy Williams is the guest speaker for the Monthly BIG Ideas Exchange. Cost: Free to members and guests of BIG. 8-11 a.m. at, 3325 S. Tryon St. Details:;

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