The Rev. William C. Zima II began his ministry at Friedens Evangelical Lutheran Church, 6001 N.C. 61 N., Gibsonville on May 1. He will be installed at a 3 p.m. worship service May 31 at Friedens, followed by a reception hosted by the congregation.
l Monique D. Smith of Greensboro, a chief financial examiner for the N.C. Department of Insurance, was awarded the designation of accredited financial examiner with the Society of Financial Examiners.
l N.C. A&T granted Chad Wiley a posthumous degree in business management at the institution’s annual Spring Commencement on May 9 at the Greensboro Coliseum. Wiley was a former A&T football player who died in May 2008. Wiley’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Verdell Smith, accepted the diploma.
l Central State of the Carolinas has been awarded the four-year CQL Accreditation from The Council on Quality and Leadership. The council promotes solutions to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities and people with mental illness.
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l Laura Wharton, president of Wharton Communications, has earned a certificate in technical writing.
l KimBees Gourmet Sweet Tea of Greensboro won the following awards during the World Tea Championship recently in Las Vegas: first place, Iced Tea Class Ready-to-Drink Best Packaging; second place, Ready-to-Drink Lemon-Raspberry flavored sweet green tea and third place, Ready-to-Drink Almond flavored sweet green tea.
UNCG’s School of Education presented 11 alumni with 2009 Distinguished Alumni awards on May 8. Winners were:
Early Career Awards: Ted Burcaw, Cook Elementary School; Julie Duffy Dillon, Julie Dillon Consulting; Adam Murray, Murray State University; Donyell Roseboro, UNC-Wilmington and Travis Reeves, Eastern Guilford High School. In July, Reeves will begin a new career as superintendent of the Ashe County Schools.
Outstanding Achievement Awards: Cheryl Holcomb-McCoy, University of Maryland at College Park and Benita Lawrence, Monticello-Brown Summit Elementary School.
Distinguished Career Awards: Chris Greene, State Board of Education; Gloria Miller, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, Winthrop University, Appalachian State University, Central Piedmont Community College and UNCG; and Paula Myrick Short, Tennessee Board of Regents.
Distinguished Service Award: Nancy Vacc, SOE Advisory Board, University of Florida Shands Medical Center Ethics Committee and University of Florida Lady Gator Golf Boosters.
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The Greensboro Chamber celebrated 13 companies and individuals for distinguished achievement in business at the Business Awards Luncheon. Award winners:
l Nussbaum Center Associate of the Year: Clear View Endoscopy, formed in 2007 by Anthony DeSiena
l Minority Business Person of the Year: Javier Gomez of Dynamic Quest
l Small Business Person of the Year: Eric Burg, owner of Apple Rock Advertising and Promotion
l Small Business Advocate of the Year: Dennis Stearns, president of Stearns Financial Group.
l Women in Business Award: The owners of Loco for Coco, mother/daughter team Betsy and Amie Gauthier. The award is given jointly by the Women’s Resource Center and Greensboro Chamber of Commerce.
l GMA Retailer of the Year: jointly given with the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce to Deep Roots Market
l Employers of the Year, given by the Mayor’s Committee for Persons with Disabilities: Large Business, Cardinal Health; Medium Business, Chili’s Bar and Grille and Dynamic Quest; Small Business, 1st Carolina DJ’s; Media Award, It’s All About Your Business and Brant Taylor Barrier Free Success Award, Brant Taylor.
l Arts in Business Award, given jointly by the United Arts Council/GMA/Chamber of Commerce: Moses Cone Health System.
The Business Awards Luncheon was held in conjunction with the Piedmont Triad Business Showcase to offer the Greensboro business community a complete day of marketing and networking opportunities.
l Gov. Bev Perdue and Burlington Mayor Ronnie K. Wall have proclaimed June 7-14 as Marine Corps League Week in Burlington and throughout North Carolina. Information: Mark Grimley, commandant L/Cpl Alan D Lam Detachment, 524-0426.
l Air Force Airman Kyle J. Jenkins graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. Jenkins earned distinction as an honor graduate. He is the son of Laurie Surratt of Pleasant Garden and a 2008 Southeast High School graduate.
l Kira M. Mays, a 2008 Oak Ridge Military Academy graduate, recently enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps under the Delayed Entry Program with Marine Corps Recruiting Station, Columbia, S.C.
On the move
l Jim Steele has been named director of communications and community outreach by the National Conference for Community and Justice of the Piedmont Triad.
l Stacy Adkins was appointed as marketing director at WhiteStone: A Masonic & Eastern Star Community. Jo Frazier will remain as senior sales counselor for the community. The community is expanding to include 75 new apartment residences and six homes.
l FirstPoint has made the following appointments: Greg Robertson, vice president, FirstPoint; Steve Bass, president, mosaic outsource solutions division of FirstPoint Collection Resources and Sandra Richardson, vice president of operations, FirstPoint Collection Resources and the mosaic outsource solutions division. FirstPoint has promoted the following executive team members: Gil Gimbel, senior vice president, FirstPoint and FirstPoint Collection Resources; Dan Barbour, senior vice president, FirstPoint and Scott Hall, senior vice president, FirstPoint.
l Cornerstone Pulmonology, formerly High Point Pulmonary, will move to Suite 201 at the Cornerstone Health Care at Westchester medical building, 1814 Westchester Drive on
l Ronald A. Woody, CFP, has joined the Carolina Investment Services Team as vice president, investment services consultant. Rudy Langley has joined the Carolina Investment Services Team as assistant vice president, investment services consultant.
l Daniel Wiggins has joined Bouvier Kelly’s media buying team.