Pastry chef named Pastry Chef of the Year
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- Leslie Eckert, academic director of culinary and pastry programs at The Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham in Durham, was recently named the 2014 American Culinary Federation Southeast Region Pastry Chef of the Year.
Eckert received the award after a competition at the 2014 ACF Southeast Regional Conference held in North Charleston, S.C., April 26-29.
The award, established in 2004 and sponsored by Plugrá European-Style Butter, recognizes a pastry chef who has displayed a passion for the craft, has an accomplished reputation in the pastry field and has given back through the education of others by sharing his or her skills and knowledge.
As this year’s regional winner, Eckert will compete for the national title and $5,000 at the 2014 ACF National Convention in Kansas City, Mo., July 25-29.
Eckert is an ACF Certified Executive Pastry Chef and Certified Culinary Educator. She received an online master’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in hospitality management from Keller School of Management; a bachelor’s degree in culinary management from The Art Institute of Pittsburgh; and an associate degree in culinary arts from The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale.
McAdams names director of institutional services
DURHAM -- McAdams has named Brandon Finch, a registered professional engineer, to lead the firm’s services to the institutional sector.
His role will include oversight of the planning, design and construction services for institutional clients such as universities, hospitals, utility companies and other campus-type facilities. He has been with McAdams for more than 16 years.
“This designation expresses our commitment to expanding our already successful institutional services business,” McAdams President Mike Munn said in a statement.
Finch has worked on projects across North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C. He has led a variety of infrastructure projects, many related to stormwater.
He earned both bachelor’s of science and a master’s in civil engineering degrees from N.C. State University and has project experience working with clients such as N.C. State, the N.C. Global Transpark, UNC-Wilmington, UNC-Chapel Hill, and other master-planned residential and commercial developments.
Finch is a registered professional engineer in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C. The John R. McAdams Company is a full-service engineering design consulting firm headquartered in the Triangle, with a regional office in Charlotte.
RTI employee honored for disease control efforts
DURHAM -- Stephen Magesa, director of vector control operations at RTI International’s U.S. Agency for International Development-funded Tanzania Vector Control Scale-Up Project, was awarded Tanzania’s National Best Health Scientist Award and National Health Innovation Award.
The awards recognize Magesa’s commitment to the control of malaria through indoor residual spraying operations in Tanzania.
The awards are two of Tanzania’s highest scientific honors designed to encourage and recognize health researchers, and promote health research in Tanzania.
Magesa is an expert in malaria vector control with more than 27 years of experience in malaria research, prevention and control programs in Africa, including Tanzania, Rwanda and Kenya.
From 2010 to 2013, Magesa served as RTI’s chief of party indoor residual spraying operations supported by the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative in Rwanda and Kenya.
Durham printer among PICA Awards winners
CHARLOTTE — Triangle-area companies, including companies from Durham, were winners of PICA Awards given by The Printing Industry of the Carolinas Inc.
Since 1966, the PICA Awards have been a symbol of excellence for the graphics industry in North and South Carolina.
Winners were announced April 26 at the 2013 Annual PICA Awards Banquet.
From Durham, Laser Image Printing Marketing won three “Best of Category” awards, three “Special Judges” awards and one Award of Excellence.
PBM Graphics Inc. of Durham won six “Best of Category” awards, six “Special Judges” awards and one Award of Excellence.
Valassis of Durham won one “Best of Category” award and one “Special Judges” award.
PICA is a trade association representing the graphic communications industry in North and South Carolina.
RTI VP receives USAID career service award
WASHINGTON — Paul Weisenfeld, vice president for Global Programs at RTI International, received the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Administrator’s Distinguished Career Service Award.
The award is the highest honor given by agency to recognize distinguished careers. It was presented at the USAID Annual Awards Ceremony on April 18.
Before joining RTI, Weisenfeld served as a Foreign Service officer for USAID, achieving the highest rank of career minister in the Senior Foreign Service. Throughout his more than 22 years in international development, he has served in Africa, Latin America and the Middle East.
At RTI, he provides strategic oversight of international development projects, facilitates integration of various international development program areas, and oversees business strategy and communications.
Manager appointed at Carter Bank & Trust Durham office
DURHAM -- Anthony T. Wilson has been appointed branch manager of the Carter Bank & Trust office at 4251 Roxboro Road.
Wilson is a native and resident of Oxford. He has completed numerous courses at Vance-Granville Community College as well as through the Center for Financial Training-Virginia.
Wilson has eight years of banking experience, most recently as branch manager at the Carter Bank & Trust office in Henderson. He serves as a youth football coach and is a member of the Paschals Golf Association.