AICPA receives awards for family-friendly employee benefits
DURHAM – The American Institute of CPAs has received three awards for its employee offerings.
The awards were sponsored by one regional and three national organizations.
The awards include the “Alfred P. Sloan Award for Excellence in Workplace Effectiveness and Flexibility from the Society for Human Resources Management and Families and Work Institute.
In addition, the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption named the AICPA to its annual “Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces list.”
And Carolina Parenting placed the company on its “N.C. Family Friendly 50” list.
The AICPA’s benefits include competitive compensation, maternity and paternity leave, tuition reimbursement, gym reimbursement, flexible work arrangements and paid time off for community service.
In Durham, where the AICPA maintains its largest office, employees are active with a number of organizations, including Durham Public Schools, Susan G. Komen and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Buystand CEO joins senior Avalara team
DURHAM – Joe Davy, who led the startup Buystand as CEO for more than a year, is joining the senior executive team at Avalara, a start-up in cloud sales tax compliance.
Davy is taking the role of general manager of CertCapture for Avalara, which is headquartered in Seattle, but is building a presence in Raleigh, according to Davy.
He will be running several businesses for the company, including Ava Tax Certs, previously known as Taxcient, CertExpress, and CertCapture, which is a division of the company based in Raleigh.
Davy said Buystand will have new management. He will remain on the advisory board for the company, which developed a website where consumers can make offers for outdoor sporting goods, and where those offers can be matched with retailers that would be willing to accept those offers.
RTI names VP of electronics and applied physics
DURHAM -- Sam Field has been named vice president of RTI International’s Electronics and Applied Physics Division.
In the role, he will lead a group that conceives designs and fabricates microelectronic, thermoelectric and bio-electronic materials, components, and devices for a variety of customers, according to a news release.
Field rejoined RTI after serving as vice president at CAE Inc. for two years. He originally joined RTI in 1997, serving in a variety of management positions before becoming vice president of RTI’s Technology Assisted Learning division in 2005.
From 2005 to 2011 Field led a group that created and deployed simulation technologies, primarily for the U.S. Army’s tracked and wheeled vehicle programs.
In 2011, CAE bought RTI’s Technology Assisted Learning division and Field joined CAE, leading the group through its transition and integration.
Financial associate named for Chapel Hill office
CHAPEL HILL -- Christina Guichard has joined Stearns Financial Group as a financial associate in the Chapel Hill office, according to a news release.
Stearns Financial is a wealth management firm with offices in Chapel Hill and Greensboro.
Freelon Group appoints health care safety director
DURHAM – The Freelon Group has appointed Gary Milewski as director of health care safety, according to a news release.
In the newly-created position, Milewski will lead Freelon’s risk management, accreditation compliance and life safety consulting services.
With 30 years of experience in hospital facilities management, he complements the company’s health care planning and design capabilities.
His addition to the Freelon team aims to offer customers a one-source solution for clients needing organizational assessment, master planning, architecture, risk management and systems development.
“Over the next decade, U.S. healthcare providers will invest billions of dollars to improve their patient services, facilities and cost structure,” said Kevin Turner, principal of The Freelon Group. “As hospital administrators seek out the expertise and support they need, we are ready to respond with a range of services and advice.”
His knowledge of hospital operations, compliance and safety is based on hands-on leadership experience, most recently as director of engineering at Duke Raleigh Hospital. His prior hospital positions include Memorial Health University Medical Center and Forsyth Memorial Hospital.
The Freelon Group is a 42-person design firm founded in 1990 by Philip G. Freelon. Based in Durham, the firm’s design portfolio includes designs for museums, cultural centers, higher education, libraries, research, science and laboratory projects.
Law firm adds attorney
DURHAM -- Morris, Manning & Martin LLP has added a new attorney, Brad Staley, to its Raleigh-Durham office.
In addition to being an associate in the firm’s real estate practice, Staley is creating a new practice area for the firm serving companies that pursue and hold government contracts.
Before joining the firm, Staley worked for the Navy’s Judge Advocate General’s Corps, also known as JAG, where he served as primary legal advisor to special operations forces during multiple combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. He most recently served as general counsel to a three-star commanding general and his staff, as well as the commanders of 10 subordinate commands.
He earned his bachelor’s degree cum laude from N.C. State University and his law degree from Wake Forest University School of Law.