Business briefs

Apr. 05, 2013 @ 06:12 PM

Job interview workshop to be April 18

DURHAM – A free workshop focused on best practices for job interviews will be held April 18 as part of the Professional Placement Network Academy’s series of interactive workshops for job seekers.

The job interview workshop will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. April 18 at SpringHill Suites at 5310 McFarland Drive in Durham.  

Other topics to be covered later this year in the series include salary negotiations and financial planning.

This year, participants who attend four classes will also gain entrance to an invitation-only employment networking event.

The academy is designed to provide opportunities for mid-to-upper level professionals who have earned at least $30,000 a year or have received higher education credentials or professional certifications.

Participants interested in learning more about the PPNA or attending this or other Thursday evening events can go to the website, or RSVP at

For more information, contact Jason Wimmer, adult employment program coordinator with the City of Durham’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development, by email at or by calling (919) 560-4965, ext. 15218.

Square 1 Bank announces new subsidiary

DURHAM -- Square 1 Bank has announced the launch of a new investment services provider subsidiary, Square 1 Asset Management.

The subsidiary will offer cash management solutions and will be designed for corporations and their institutional investors.

Adam Dean will lead the Square 1 Asset Management team as senior vice president and managing director.

He brings more than 15 years of experience in institutional asset management, including strategic, business development, and relationship management leadership as co-founder and president of SVB Asset Management, a division of Silicon Valley Bank. He will be based in Menlo Park, Calif.

Atlanta-based architecture, urban planning firms merge

ATLANTA – The architecture firm Lord, Aeck & Sargent, has merged with Urban Collage, an urban and campus planning and design firm, according to an announcement Friday. Urban College plans to keep its name.

The merger adds a fifth geographic office for Lord, Aeck & Sargent, which has offices in Chapel Hill as well as in Lexington, Ky.; Ann Arbor, Mich.; and Austin, Texas.

Urban College principals Bob Begle and Stan Harvey, co-founders of the firm, are keeping their titles of principal after the merger. UC’s Atlanta office, headed by Begle, will keep its location.