Career Almanac

On the Move

Tandy Blackburn, Deven Gray, Kelly Eisenlohr-Moul and Nader Raja joined the Moore & Van Allen PLLC litigation practice group in North Carolina.

Bradley Lingo was made partner in King & Spalding’s Charlotte office.

Greg Sommer was hired as project manager for Edwards Construction’s Southeast regional office in Charlotte.

Notable Items

Shelley Coleman, of Hedrick Gardner Kincheloe & Garofalo LLP, was honored by N.C. Lawyers Weekly with the 2014 Women of Justice Litigation Practitioner Award. The Women of Justice award is based on nominations and recognizes women across the state of North Carolina who have demonstrated leadership, integrity, service, sacrifice and accomplishment in improving the quality of justice and exemplifying the highest ideals of the legal profession.

Founders Federal Credit Union announced the opening of its new location at 11115 S. Tryon St. in Charlotte.

Ivester Jackson Christie’s International announced the opening of the firm’s Charlotte office. The luxury real estate firm recently leased space in the Siskey Building in SouthPark. Matthew Paul Brown, formerly of Sotheby’s, joined the firm to head the new SouthPark office.

Holiday Inn Charlotte University earned top honors at the 2014 IHG Americas Investment & Leadership Conference. Charlotte University general manager, Mike Masri, accepted the 2014 Renovation Award. The hotel is owned and managed by an operating affiliate of GF Management.

Kevin Joyce, North Carolina state legal counsel and vice president of Master Title Agency LLC, was certified by the N.C. State Bar as a specialist in residential real property law.

McKim & Creed Inc., an engineering firm with two offices in Charlotte, has received two Grand Engineering Excellence Awards from the American Council of Engineering Companies of North Carolina.

Valerie Mitchener, owner and broker-in-charge of HM Properties, is purchasing a 7,000-square-foot building at 6857 Fairview Road in the Colony on Fairview II office complex. A complete renovation of the two-story building will begin after the closing in mid-January. The company is expected to move in by Aug. 17.

Evan Wolkofsky, of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC, was honored by his peers and selected to this year’s 2014 Super Lawyers Business Edition list under the Business & Transactions category.

This week


Southwest Chapter Luncheon:

Join Charlotte Chamber’s Southwest Chapter for a membership luncheon featuring networking, lunch and programming designed to provide community awareness and education to help with your business needs. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Crowne Plaza Charlotte Executive Park, 5700 Westpark Drive. Details:

Simple Steps for Starting Your Business:

This seminar, held monthly, 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 p.m. at SCORE Office, 6302 Fairview Road. Register: 704-344-6576;


C3 Luncheon:

Learn a successful business model that can turn around your business from Charlotte Christian Chamber’s guest speaker Dustin Swinehart. Cost: $29. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Project 658 Headquarters, 3646 Central Ave. Register:

State of the Chamber:

Bob Morgan, Charlotte Chamber president and CEO, will give an informative presentation to the University Chapter on the chamber’s program of work for 2015. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Hilton Charlotte University Place, 8629 J.M. Keynes Drive. Details:

eWomenNetwork Accelerated Networking Luncheon:

Stephanie Dawkins, an international executive, author and CEO of Stephanie R. Dawkins International, will discuss how to prepare you to sacrifice for success in business. Cost: $45 for members; $35 for nonmembers; $55 for all late registrations, beginning Jan. 7. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at Crowne Plaza Charlotte Executive Park, 5700 Westpark Drive. Register: 704-560-6788;

Startup Basics:

This popular seminar is packed with valuable information to help you start your business right and increase the odds of success. Free. Offered 6:30-8:30 p.m. online. Register:


Monthly BIG Ideas Exchange:

Bruce Fritch will facilitate the BIG Ideas Exchange. Free to members and guests of BIG. 8:30-11 a.m. at, 3325 S. Tryon St. Details:;

Jan. 13

Second Friday Speed Networking:

Lake Norman Chamber will host a speed networking event. Free. 7:30-9 a.m. at Sam’s Club, 646 River Highway, Mooresville. Register:

Charlotte Sports+Business:

This monthly networking event connects members of the Queen City sports industry. The event will feature a keynote from F3 Nation founders Dave Redding and Tim Whitmire, as well as opportunities to engage with prominent members of Charlotte’s sports business community. Free. 7:30-9:30 a.m. at Johnson & Wales University. Details:

Business Works:

Colleen Lloyd-Roberts, co-founder and senior vice president of sales for the Brandgarden, will discuss how to achieve your career goals. Free. 8-9:30 a.m. at Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce, Randy Marion Conference Room, 19900 W. Catawba Ave., Cornelius. Register:

LACCC Tapas:

Join the Latin American Chamber of Commerce for tapas and networking. 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Mint Museum Uptown, 500 S. Tryon St. Cost: Free for members; $10 for nonmembers. Register: 704-343-2525;

How to Do Business with Mecklenburg County:

Business opportunities with Mecklenburg County include purchasing opportunities, construction projects, professional services and procurement programs. Find out how to become a registered minority, woman and/or small-business enterprise vendor, and how to prepare to take advantage of the numerous business opportunities with Mecklenburg County. Free. 6:30-8:30 p.m. at CPCC Central Campus, 1112 Charlottetowne Ave. Register:

Lake Norman Chamber Young Professionals Meeting:

Lake Norman Chamber members from ages 21 to 39 are invited to join the Young Professionals to discuss upcoming events and programs. Free. 7-8:30 p.m. at the Pearl Event Center, 19501 W. Catawba Ave., Suite F, Cornelius. Register:

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