Career briefs

Aug. 02, 2013 @ 11:35 AM

Carrot-Top Industries announces promotions
HILLSBOROUGH -- Carrot-Top Industries, a retailer of patriotic, special events and custom products, has announced the internal promotions of several employees.
John Tatum was promoted to finance manager. He started with Carrot-Top in February 2011 as a seasonal warehouse employee and transitioned into a full-time outbound sales position by the end of the year.
The company said in a release that his work through Carrot-Top’s contact center, accounts payable and purchasing positions have prepared him for his promotion.
Tabetha Carnahan serves as the web marketing coordinator and is taking on the challenges of social media campaigns. She started with the stock contact center team in February 2010, and gained knowledge of the company’s products and production processes to become a customer representative.
Niesha Whitted recently transitioned to the contact center manager. She has been with Carrot-Top since 2007 beginning in the company’s contact center. She has worked as a customer service representative and has also taken on training tasks for new software and development training manuals for custom representatives.
Carrot-Top, in business since 1980, is a retailer of patriotic, special event and custom-made products. The company offers flags, banners, tents, mats and trashcans to businesses, government offices, schools and other institutional buyers.

Chimerix announces board member
DURHAM -- Chimerix Inc. a biopharmaceutical company developing oral antivirals, announced that Rodman L. Drake has been elected to the company's board of directors. He will serve as the compensation committee chairman.
Drake is an experienced corporate director and former CEO with more than 30 years of experience in management consulting, private equity, financial services, infrastructure development and biopharmaceuticals, according to a news release.
He is currently chairman of the Columbia Atlantic Funds, sponsored by Columbia Management, and the Brookfield and Helios Funds, sponsored by Brookfield Investment Management.
Chimerix’s proprietary lipid technology has given rise to two clinical-stage nucleotide analog lipid-conjugates, CMX001 and CMX157. CMX001 has shown broad-spectrum activity against double-stranded DNA viruses, including herpesviruses, adenoviruses and polyomaviruses, according to the release.
Chimerix anticipates beginning a Phase 3 trial in the third quarter for the prevention of cytomegalovirus infection in hematopoietic stem cell transplant recipients.
The second product candidate, CMX157, an oral nucleotide analog for the treatment of HIV infection, was licensed to Merck in July of last year.

Veterinary specialist joins NIEHS research team
DURHAM -- The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences announced Kathy Laber as its Comparative Medicine Branch chief as an attending veterinarian and animal program director.
An expert and professor in the field of laboratory animal science and medicine, Laber is shifting gears from the classroom to working in a research facility.
She’s a Michigan native and a graduate of Michigan State University. Before joining NIEHS, she served as an instructor at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, and earned her master’s degree from Wake Forest University in Winston Salem.

National Pawn announces sales leader
RALEIGH — A sales associate in Durham was named by National Pawn as one of the top 10 sales associates for June 2013.  
Leslie Yeary of the store location on North Roxboro Street in Durham was announced as one of the top sales leaders alongside other associates who work in stores in Raleigh.
National Pawn has nine stores throughout the Triangle and Wilmington.

Fonville Morisey Realty announces sales associate
DURHAM- Laura Peterson has joined Fonville Morisey Realty as a full-time sales associate of the Croasdaile office, according to a news release.
She attended the University of Vermont and earned a master’s degree in education from Fairfield University. Prior to joining Fonville Morisey, she was the dean of students and taught math at Durham Academy for more than 10 years.
She is a member of the Durham Association of Realtors, the N.C. Association of Realtors, and the National Association of Realtors.

Pierce joins M&F Bancorp, Mechanics and Farmers Bank boards
DURHAM – M&F Bancorp Inc. announced that Raymond C. Pierce, a partner with the law firm of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, has been elected to the boards for the holding company and its wholly owned subsidiary, Mechanics and Farmers Bank.
Pierce was recognized formally July 23, when both entities held their board meetings at the corporate office in Durham.
Pierce is a member of the Nelson Mullins’ corporate practice group in Raleigh, where he currently focuses on acquisitions, corporate governance and financial institutions. He is also a member of the Nelson Mullins Government Relations Group based in the firm's Washington D.C. office.
His previous experiences include having served as dean of the N.C. Central University School of Law, among other roles.

Triangle United Way announces new VP
MORRISVILLE – The United Way of the Greater Triangle has announced that Allison Warren-Barbour is the organization’s new vice president of workplace relations and engagement. 
Her duties will include outreach and engagement efforts to companies throughout the Triangle as she manages workplace volunteers, company campaigns, and United Way’s customer database, according to a news release.
She was most recently was senior development manager for United Way of Greater Atlanta, where she oversaw 11 development officers responsible for raising over $36 million of the organization’s revenue. 
Prior to her United Way work, she served as a development officer for Operation Hope Inc. in Atlanta.
She has a master’s degree from Princeton Theological Seminary and a bachelor’s degree in business management from Miami University of Ohio.