Career briefs

Jun. 15, 2014 @ 03:31 PM

Frontier names regional sales manager
DURHAM – Brian Fredrickson has accepted the position as regional sales manager for North Carolina, according to an announcement by Frontier.
Fredrickson comes to Frontier from AT&T, where he held the position of national business sales manager in the Cleveland, Ohio, area.  Prior to AT&T, Fredrickson spent several years with Time Warner Cable, Alltel and Sprint.
Fredrickson holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from Malone College in Canton, Ohio, and an associate’s degree of aviation applied sciences from Spartan School of Aeronautics in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Fredrickson has 15 years of sales and management experience, with 10 years in the telecommunications field of wireless and wire line industries. He received several awards, including numerous Presidents’ Club designations, regional awards and certificates while at two major wireless carriers. 
Fredrickson and his family will relocate to Durham in the coming weeks.  He will lead a team of 11 sales professionals and can be reached at

M&F Bank Founders Award recipients announced
DURHAM – Mechanics and Farmers Bank has honored four men as recipients of the Mechanics and Farmers Bank Founders Award for 2014.
The award recognizes individuals or entities that embody the “Founding Principles” based on values or attributes of the men who established the bank in 1907.
This year, M&F selected award recipients in two categories. The awards were announced during the bank’s annual shareholders meeting.  
R. Kelly Bryant Jr. and Lem Long Jr. were recognized as “Foundation Builders.” The recognition goes to people who have rendered years of service in their fields.
Christopher L. “Chris” Canty and Claude Z. Demby were recognized as “Torch Bearers.” The recognition goes to those whose age or careers are not of the same duration as the previous category but who will carry their commitment to the founding principles into the future.
Bryant is a community activist who has been called on to give firsthand accounts of historic events in Durham and in the state for research by local groups and universities.
He worked at N.C. Mutual Life Insurance Co. for 41 years.
Long is a businessman in the greater Charlotte area. He established his business, Long & Son Mortuary Services, more than 67 years ago. He helped M&F Bank generate business when the institution expanded to Charlotte in the early 1960s, and has supported it since, serving on its City Advisory Board for Charlotte since its inception and later on the board of directors.
Baltimore Ravens defensive end Chris Canty was recognized for his work with the Chris Canty Foundation, a youth development organization. To-date, the foundation’s programs have served more than 5,000 young people.
Demby is president and CEO of Noël Group, a privately held management group that manages niche manufacturing firms, and employs people in the U.S., China and Europe.
He is the board chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, is on the Duke-Raleigh Hospital Board of Advisors, and is the chair-elect for the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce, where he will become that organization’s first-ever African American chair. Along with his wife, Donna, Demby co-founded the Valour Academy, a private school in Raleigh.