Feb. 01, 2013 @ 03:10 PM

Cree director receives N.C. State alumnus award
RALEIGH – John A. Edmond, director of advanced optoelectronics at Durham-based Cree, was recently named one of the winners of the N.C. State University College of Engineering Distinguished Engineering Alumnus Award for 2012.
The other award winners were Stephen F. Angel of Ridgefield, Conn., chairman, president and CEO at Praxair Inc.; and Jimmy D. Clark of Greensboro, owner and president of Guy M. Turner, Inc.
The awards were presented by Dr. Louis A. Martin-Vega, dean of the College of Engineering, at a banquet held Jan. 24, at the Park Alumni Center on N.C. State’s Centennial Campus. The award honors alumni whose accomplishments further their field and reflect favorably on the university.
Edmond received a doctorate in materials science and engineering from N.C. State in 1987. While a student, he teamed with a group of other graduate students and young faculty on some promising silicon carbide research, and upon graduation they co-founded what became Cree Inc.
Today, Edmond is director of advanced optoelectronics for the Durham-based company, which makes energy-efficient LED lights and lighting components and employs more than 5,000 workers. The company is among the world's top LED manufacturers.
Since Cree’s founding, Edmond has worked on the development and production of blue and green LEDs, first in silicon carbide, then in Group III Nitrides on silicon carbide. In those fields, he holds 77 patents in the U.S., with 34 more pending, and 147 foreign patents, with 153 more pending. 
Edmond and his wife, Rita, recently pledged $150,000 to endow the Dr. John A. Edmond Graduate Fellowship in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. The gift was the first graduate fellowship endowment in the department’s history.
Consulting firm to relocate
CHAPEL HILL – Hill, Chesson & Woody, a health and welfare benefits consulting and brokerage firm that partners with area employers to design, manage and implement employee benefit programs, has announced that the firm is expanding its presence in Research Triangle Park.
Relocating to 4819 Emperor Blvd., Suite 200, in Durham, near the interchange of Interstate 40 and Interstate 540, the new 17,000-square-foot office space is more than double the amount of space at their current location in Chapel Hill.
The new office will not only accommodate the firm’s employee growth of 20 percent in 2012 and an expected 25 percent growth for 2013, but will also allow for additional training space where personnel will continue to provide benefits training and education to clients and the Triangle marketplace.   
The firm opened an office in Wilmington in October and has a third office in Greensboro. The combination of the locations aims to ensure HCW has a first-hand understanding of the health and welfare benefits issues facing North Carolina employers.
Brady announces Durham office hire
DURHAM – Brady, a company that provides energy systems and comprehensive HVAC building solutions for commercial and industrial facilities across North Carolina, announced that Doug Miller has joined the Durham team as a service technician assistant.
Miller holds certifications by the Air Conditioning Heating and Refrigeration Institute and the North American Technician Excellence organization.
Brady, headquartered in Greensboro, has locations in Raleigh, Durham, Fayetteville, Wilmington and Charlotte. It was founded in 1962 by Chairman Don Brady, and employs 328 associates. The company works with building owners, facility managers, developers, architects, engineers and contractors providing sustainable, comprehensive building solutions for commercial and industrial facilities.
Old Chatham Golf Club director named to leadership role
DURHAM – Old Chatham Golf Club has announced that Brian Powell, director of golf course operations, has been named vice president of the Carolinas Golf Course Superintendents Association, a conduit for continuing education and research funding for the entire golf industry.
Formed in 1954, the association has about 2,000 members and has served golf course maintenance professionals across North and South Carolina. Providing access to education, research, services and networking opportunities, the association has helped drive a level of expertise that underpins the Carolinas golf industry’s international reputation. The Carolinas chapter is the largest affiliated chapter of the Golf Courses Superintendents Association of America.
As director of golf course management, Powell oversees resurfacing and other adjustments needed at Old Chatham Golf Club to keep the course competitive and appealing. His tasks range from discussing plans for improvements with architects to hiring the crews needed for the renovations and scheduling the work so that it interferes with playing time as little as possible.