Career briefs, August 18

Aug. 17, 2014 @ 04:51 PM

NCBiotech names new president

Douglas L. Edgeton will be the next president and chief executive officer of the North Carolina Biotechnology Center.

Edgeton, the center’s senior vice president for financial planning and development, will begin his new role Sept. 2.

“Doug brings a new perspective and many ideas to catalyzing life science industry growth,” John Atkins, chairman of the NCBiotech board of directors, said in a release. “His experience demonstrates he knows how to foster an environment that drives small-company growth and job creation.”

Edgeton was the staff lead on a top-to-bottom examination of center operations, requested by the General Assembly and led by Robert A. Ingram, former chairman and CEO of GlaxoWellcome. The response to the legislature documented changes to the center’s structure, staffing and programs following budget cuts. Ingram’s committee recommended additional funding for the center’s programs, and the General Assembly increased its appropriation by $1 million this fiscal year.

Lawyer honored by publication

Guy W. Crabtree, partner at Pulley, Watson, King and Lischer, has been chosen as an honoree for North Carolina Lawyers Weekly’s Leaders in the Law Award.

North Carolina Lawyers Weekly’s annual salute to the Leaders in the Law honors a small number of attorneys who have been recognized for their accomplishments and leadership in the industry and their communities across the state. 

The awards luncheon ceremony will be Sept. 19 at the Raleigh Marriott City Center.

Chapel Hill scientist recognized

Chapel Hill resident Dr. Walter Rogan, a researcher at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) in Research Triangle Park, has been recognized for his significant and lasting contributions to maternal and child health (MCH) epidemiology.

Rogan will receive the Zena Stein and Mervyn Susser Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Coalition for Excellence in MCH Epidemiology, which is made up of representatives from 16 national health organizations.

The award recognizes an internationally or nationally known expert, or team of experts, who have contributed broadly and substantially to the advancement of the field throughout their careers. The award will be presented Sept. 18.

President of Hoffman Nursery recognized

John Hoffman, president of Hoffman Nursery Inc., received the 2014 Service Award from the Perennial Plant association (PPA). The award was presented at the 32nd Perennial Plant Symposium in Cincinnati, Ohio, in July.

The award recognizes a PPA member who has contributed considerable time and effort to the organization and has demonstrated leadership and outstanding service.

Hoffman served as PPA President from 2009 to 2011 and was active on the membership committee for several years. He represents PPA at PLANET Student Career Days and will continue to be involved with promoting the organization. Hoffman was previously recognized with an award for Outstanding Service as president and director of the Southern PPA Region in 2013.

Washington Duke names executive sous chef

Mark Budnik has been appointed executive sous chef at the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club.

Budnik’s experience includes serving as general manager of Stromboli’s Express, a casual chain restaurant with two locations in Raleigh, and as general manager of Guardian Catering.

He spent seven years at Raleigh’s North Ridge Country Club, where he worked his way up from various positions, including banquet chef and fine dining chef, to his last role as sous chef.

While at the North Ridge Country Club, he won the American Culinary Federation North Carolina’s Chapter’s Silver Medal for Hot Plate award in 2012 and 2011.

His culinary background includes positions at the Egypt Valley Country Club in Ada, Michigan, and the Black Forest Baru Keller (renamed Sullivan’s Black Forest Brew Haus & Grill) in Frankenmuth, Michigan.