CAREER BRIEFS

May. 05, 2013 @ 02:32 PM

New executive director named for Greater Chapel Hill Association of Realtors
CHAPEL HILL – Cub Berrian has been named executive director of the Greater Chapel Hill Association of Realtors.
While serving eight years as CEO of the Florence Association of Realtors in South Carolina, Berrian acquired his Realtor Association Certified Executive designation.
He has designed professional development programs for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C., produced Web-based and multimedia training programs for classroom instruction for George Washington University, and was the leadership development program manager for the National Association of Homebuilders.
Berrian has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Mars Hill College and a Master of Education degree from the University of South Carolina.
United Way announces senior VP of communications
MORRISVILLE – Melanie Davis-Jones has joined United Way of the Greater Triangle as the senior vice president of marketing and communications.
Most recently, Davis-Jones was director of marketing for the N.C. Museum of Art. Her prior experience also includes marketing and sales leadership at Exploris in Raleigh and account management roles at what was previously McKinney & Silver, which is now McKinney, and Tracey-Locke advertising agencies. 
In her new role, Davis-Jones will lead marketing efforts focusing on United Way’s Community Impact Plan, organizational accountability for specific goals to improve the lives of those in need in the areas of education and youth development, health and financial stability, according to a news release.
Davis-Jones will also support the organization’s community outreach efforts to increase the number of individuals and organizations engaged in United Way’s work to help improve lives and strengthen the Triangle community. The nonprofit serves Durham, Johnston, Orange and Wake counties.
She is a graduate of Duke University and a resident of Raleigh.
Durham ABC Board recognizes employees
DURHAM – The Durham County ABC Board recognized Michael Gillmer, retired operations manager, and John Lunsford, retired warehouse clerk, for their years of service at a celebration held Wednesday.
They were recognized at the board’s first Employee Recognition Celebration. The board plans to hold quarterly events to recognize employees.
Gillmer served Durham County ABC for 28 years and Lunsford served for 15 before their retirements on April 1.
“The Durham County ABC Board is only as good as the people who dedicate their time to it. Our organization excels due to our employees’ hard work,” said Kimberly Shaw, board chair, in a statement in a news release. “We are proud of our employees and want to show our appreciation for their commitment to excellence.”
The Durham County ABC Board is responsible for controlling the sale of alcoholic beverages in Durham County.
Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club director of group sales named
DURHAM – Joel Grodensky was named the new director of group sales at the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club, according to a news release.
Grodensky joined the team in March. He’s responsible for booking meetings, conferences and events by working with existing and new clients in the pharmaceutical and health care as well as entertainment and industrial businesses.
He plans to draw on the inn’s relationship with Duke University and many of the area’s entertainment venues to expand entertainment-related initiatives.
He will also focus on developing and coaching the inn’s group sales staff and its participation in industry and civic organizations.
Previously, Grodensky was the director of sales at The Franklin Hotel and prior to that, he managed group sales at the Rizzo Conference Center, both located in Chapel Hill.
He has also been in various hospitality sales management roles since attending the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.
RTI announces employee promotion
DURHAM – Philip Schwehm has been promoted to vice president of RTI International’s Governance and Economic Development Division, according to a news release.
During the past two years, Schwehm has served as senior director of the division, supporting the strategic development, integration and collaboration of division programs.
“Philip has demonstrated his superior technical, managerial and leadership skills,” said Aaron Williams, executive vice president of RTI’s International Development, in a statement in a news release. “We look forward to his continued leadership and contributions to the Governance and Economic Development Division’s success.”
Schwehm has 20 years of professional experience in the international development sector. He has served in various senior capacities managing complex development projects and designing program strategies and interventions in economic governance and public sector management based on the political, institutional, and socioeconomic conditions of developing countries.
Prior to joining RTI in 2004, Schwehm served as U.S. Agency for International Development’s senior governance advisor in Indonesia.
Triangle United Way names 2013 community outreach chair
MORRISVILLE – Kari Howe Stoltz, Triangle market president for Bank of America, has been named the 2013 community outreach and campaign cabinet chair by the United Way of the Greater Triangle.
Stoltz has worked on United Way campaigns both through her workplace and in her community.  Years ago she served as a United Way “loaned executive” in Chapel Hill.  She has been on the campaign cabinet with United Way of the Greater Triangle for three years. She joined the United Way board in 2011.
“We are delighted that Kari will lead United Way of the Greater Triangle’s 2013 campaign in support of our community impact agenda in the areas of education/youth development, health and financial stability,” said J.R. Shearin, the chair of the United Way board.
Last year’s campaign provided $5.3 million in Community Impact Funds as well as $5.3 million of donor designated funds. The Community Impact Funds support selected agency programs to achieve specific goals in the Triangle.
Studio B Architecture changes name to BuildSense Architecture, PC
DURHAM – The design firm of Studio B Architecture PC has changed its name to BuildSense Architecture.
Since 2007, the firm has provided turn-key design and build services with BuildSense Inc. in order to produce the energy efficient and environmentally responsible homes and buildings in the greater Triangle region.
Long-term care producer recognized
DURHAM – Durham resident Roberta Weinman was named a top 2012 national producer of long-term care insurance by the American Association for Long-Term Care Insurance, according to a news release
Weinman is an associate of Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company. An insurance and retirement planning specialist, Weinman helps individuals and businesses with life, disability, and long-term care insurance; annuities; and retirement planning.
She has earned the following professional designations: certified in long-term care and chartered retirement planning counselor. She is a member of the Association for Long-Term Care Insurance.
Weinstein Friedlein Architects announces design awards
CARRBORO – Weinstein Friedlein Architects was recognized with three design honors from the Triangle Section of the American Institute of Architects at the 2013 Design and
Residential Tour Awards, according to a news release.
A private residence in Raleigh, Banbury House, won a merit award for overall design excellence, and Lake Shore, a private residence in Chapel Hill, was selected for the 4th Annual Tour of Residential Architecture scheduled for Oct. 5.
In addition, Buckner Companies, a steel erection and crane rental facility in Graham, was awarded the Gail Lindsey Sustainable Architecture Award, which promotes environmental stewardship through high quality design.
Awards were announced and presented April 18 at the James B. Hunt Jr. Library at the N.C. State University Centennial Campus in Raleigh. An invited panel of jurors selected the winning entries.