Career briefs, Aug. 25
Art Institute student completes Food Network internship
Paolo de Maayer, a culinary student at Durham’s Art Institute, was selected from more than 100 students across Art Institute campuses to complete a two-month internship with Food Network.
Maayer recently completed her internship and said she received several job offers from the network, but she hopes to remain in the Durham region after graduation.
Maayer trained as a lawyer in Costa Rica. When she moved to the United States, though, she said she was very passionate about culinary arts and decided she wanted to study it.
Maayer tested and designed recipes in addition to prepping food for the network’s shows.
Chef Leslie Eckert, the Art Institute instructor in charge of the internship program, said it has been around for about six years.
Maayer said that upon graduation, she hopes to work at The Fearrington House restaurant in Pittsboro.
Durham computer training center recognized in global ceremony
New Horizons Computer Learning Center of Central and Eastern North Carolina was awarded the 2014 Large Market Center of the Year honor at the New Horizons International Conference in Las Vegas.
Four employees at the Research Triangle Park-based branch also received individual awards.
Tom Buckenberger and Darrell McCain were honored as top 10 Admissions Representatives in the worldwide network.
Jon Kudlick ranked as a top 10 Business Development Specialist, and Ron Thayer was recognized as one of the world’s Top 20 Technical Instructors.
This is the second consecutive year, and third time in five years, that New Horizons of Central and Eastern North Carolina has captured the Large Market Center of the Year award.
“I’m incredibly proud of our entire team for their dedication and hard work in making our center one of the elite organizations worldwide,” said Scott Aaron, president and chief operating officer of New Horizon, in a release. “With over 300 locations in 70 countries, this is the most difficult award to win with more competition than any other market segment in the franchise network.”
BRI expands scientific team
BioResource International Inc., which specializes in research and development of high-performance enzyme solutions for animal nutrition, has added James Tyus to its scientific team.
Tyus holds a doctorate in biological sciences from Tennessee State University, with specialization in agricultural biotechnology and molecular biology. He held the position of national student director with the Poultry Science Association, and his academic research in the area of poultry nutrition and genomics has been published in peer-reviewed journals including Poultry Science and the Journal of Poultry Science.
Most recently, Tyus served as an agricultural science policy analyst in the Washington, D.C., office of Rep. Jeff Fortenberry. In this position, Tyus conducted research and provided scientific advice to legislators during the development of the 2014 Agricultural Appropriations Bill and Farm Bill Amendments, and was responsible for coordination with governmental agencies including the USDA and FDA.
Orange Visitors Bureau taps new sales director
Marlene Barbera has been appointed director of sales for the Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau.
Barbera will oversee the group conference and leisure markets, as well as social, military, educational, reunion and fraternal markets.
She comes to the Visitors Bureau after serving as director of sales and marketing for Chapel Hill University Inn since 1996.
“We welcome Marlene to Orange County and the Visitors Bureau team. With her knowledge of the area and her outgoing personality, she will be a real asset to the tourism industry and our sales department,” said Laurie Paolicelli, director of the Visitors Bureau, in a release.
Barbera will replace Linda Ekeland, who retires Aug. 31.