Career Almanac

On the Move

Andy Barbee of GreerWalker LLP’s litigation and business valuation services practice was promoted to partner.

Fred Bumgardner was hired as commercial relationship manager, vice president – middle market group at Fifth Third bank.

Maddie Chandler joined 24 Hours of Booty as event director, and Bob Zoeller joined as an accountant.

Wachs Services COO/President Glen Chick, Executive Vice President of Operations Keith Willingham and President of EHW Enterprises Rodger Soeldner were added as shareholders of the Belmont-based company, which provides services to energy industries.

Kenny Coble was named a shareholder at Willson Jones Carter & Baxley, P.A.

Colby Colson, Brittany Farrar and Beth Hahn joined Keller Williams Realty’s SouthPark office.

Cary Davis, Adam Doerr, Jonathan Eide, Jessica Hardin, Vida Harvey, Jennifer Hutchens, David Kimball and Richard Worf Jr. were named shareholders at Robinson Bradshaw & Hinson, P.A.

Frederick Faircloth IV became a partner at the law firm of James C. Hardin III PLLC.

Steve Lasch joined Walker Marketing, a full-service marketing communications agency, as chief creative officer.

George Laughrun III joined the Law Firm of Goodman, Carr, Laughrun, Levine & Greene as an associate attorney.

Robinson Lyle was named North Carolina market president for South State Bank.

Zach Marco was hired as an accounting coordinator for Luquire George Andrews, an advertising and public relations agency.

Allison Wynne joined NewBridge Bank as implementation coordinator, banking officer at the Carnegie Boulevard branch.

Notable Items

Dianne Bailey, a Robinson Bradshaw & Hinson P.A. attorney, was named to N.C. Center for Nonprofits’ CEO Advisory Council.

Charlotte-based, full-service recruiting firm CEO Inc. was recently given the “2014 Outstanding Philanthropic Small Business Award” by the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ Charlotte Chapter.

Harrison Lord, a trial lawyer with Bernhardt and Strawser P.A., received recognition in Business North Carolina’s 2015 Legal Elite in both the Litigation and Young Guns categories. Lord focuses his practice on debt collection and civil litigation.

Janelle Lyons, an attorney in the Charlotte office of Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP, was recently admitted into the 2015 class of the Mecklenburg County Bar/Mecklenburg Bar Foundation Leadership Institute.

McGuireWoods climbed to No. 5 in Thomson Reuters Loan Pricing Corp.’s U.S. Lender Law Firm league table, on 128 deals valued at $91.6 billion. The firm ranked sixth in the number of transactions for 2014.

This week


Basic Accounting with QuickBooks:

Build a solid foundation by learning the fundamentals of accounting and how it relates within QuickBooks. Understand the chart of accounts and what happens when bills, checks and invoices are entered. No accounting knowledge or QuickBooks experience is required; basic computer skills are required. Cost: $99. 8-11 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday at Levine Campus, 2800 Campus Ridge Road, Matthews. Register:

Business Plan Basics:

Turn your business ideas into a solid plan for financing and long-term success. This seminar will provide a general overview of the components of a typical business plan. Free. 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Morrison Library, 7015 Morrison Blvd. Register:

Simple Steps for Starting Your Business:

This three-hour seminar is devoted to evaluating whether starting a business is feasible and to provide guidelines for the development of a marketing/business plan. Free. 5:45-9 p.m. at Packard Place, 222 S. Church St. Register: 704-344-6576;

How to Start and Operate a Small Business:

Plan for success by gaining expert advice on the key elements every business owner must face: idea generation, financing, legal structure, marketing and risk management. Cost: $189. 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays through March 3 at CPCC Harris Campus, 3210 CPCC Harris Campus Drive. Register:


LACCC Monthly Lunch:

Join the Latin American Chamber of Commerce for their “2015 Economic Outlook” with Wells Fargo Global economist, Eugenio Aleman. Cost: $20 for members; $35 for nonmembers. Register by Monday. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Mint Museum Uptown, 500 South Tryon St. Register: 704-343-2525;

Metropolitan Business & Professional Women:

MBPW’s monthly luncheon meeting combines networking with an informative speaker the third Wednesday of each month. 11:30 a.m. at Sullivan’s Steakhouse, 1928 South Blvd. Cost: $40. Register:


Resources to Help Your Small Business Grow:

Many resources available for small businesses in Charlotte are free and designed with the small business owner in mind. Attend the Charlotte Chamber East Chapter Luncheon to learn how these key organizations can make your job easier. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the VanLandingham Estate, 2010 The Plaza. Details:


Adding to Your Business Toolkit:

Connie Rist will facilitate a discussion on the Affordable Care Act as it continues to roll out, and what employers need to know to help employees navigate both group and individual mandates and responsibilities under the laws. 11:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at SBA, Training Room, 6302 Fairview Road, Suite 300. Register:

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