Dale Carnegie Training of the Greater Carolinas recognized Chad Lewis, area manager with Infratech, with the Highest Award for Achievement upon graduation from the Dale Carnegie Course. Lewis received this award as voted on by his peers in the program.

Additional graduates in this session include: Logan Slate, Grace Vaughan, Jenna Cole, Jill Painter, Rachel Skinner and Bryce Wham.


Lance Mabry, assistant professor of physical therapy at High Point University, was selected to present a poster at the annual conference of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists. The poster provides a case study for treatment of a patient with a rare aplasia, or developmental defect, of the atlas, the bone at the point where the head and neck meet. His poster includes recommendations for physical therapists and patients to be cautious in using prolonged or repeated extension, which could cause further damage.

In addition, Mabry was selected to do a platform presentation at the conference along with HPU physical therapy professor James Smoliga, which was awarded first place in the Hypotheses and Emerging Topics category. The professors shared research about which nations allow physical therapists to order diagnostic imaging, such as X-rays. Physical therapists in the U.S. largely are unable to order diagnostic imaging, however they are able to do so in some other countries.


Schell Bray has announced partner Barbara R. Christy’s election to vice president of the North Carolina State Bar. Christy has represented the 18th judicial district on the state bar’s council for nine years and has served as vice chair of the authorized practice, grievance and legislative committees. She has also chaired the ethics committee.

In 2020, after serving a one-year term as vice president, followed by a year as president-elect, Christy will become president of the North Carolina State Bar. She will be the fourth woman to lead the organization.


Twenty-eight of the practice areas in Brooks Pierce’s Greensboro office received tier-one metropolitan rankings in the 2019 edition of U.S. News & World Report — Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms.”

The 28 practice areas that received the ranking in the Greensboro metropolitan area include: Antitrust law; banking and finance law; bankruptcy and creditor debtor rights/insolvency and reorganization law; business organizations (including LLCs and partnerships); closely held companies and family businesses law; commercial finance law; commercial litigation; commercial transactions/uniform commercial code law; corporate law; criminal defense: white-collar; employment law — management; environmental law; financial services regulation law; labor law — management; litigation (antitrust, banking and finance, bankruptcy, environmental, intellectual property, labor and employment, securities and tax); mergers and acquisitions law; nonprofit/charities law; real estate law; securities/capital markets law; tax law; and trusts and estates law.


The family law practice area of Wyatt Early Harris Wheeler has received a metropolitan Tier 1 ranking in the 2019 Edition of U.S. News — Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms.” The firm also received a Tier 2 ranking for DUI/DWI defense. Rankings are based on overall practice area performance, client feedback and peer recognition.


Sherri Allgood recently won the mayoral race in Troy defeating the incumbent Roy Maness who had been the mayor in Troy for the past 39 years.

Allgood is the first African American female mayor in the county and the county seat, Troy. Her focus is concentrated in community development, business support and youth empowerment.


Sheila J. Nayar, a professor of English, communication and media studies at Greensboro College, has published a book examining the effects of technology on early-modern literature.

“Renaissance Responses to Technological Change,” published by Palgrave Macmillan, examines how three 16th-century innovations — gunpowder, the printing press and the magnetic compass — affected not only literature but also cultural and social structures.


High Point University has appointed nine new members to its Board of Visitors: Scott Cornelius, Greg Demko, Kevin DeNicola, Whitney Brigman Heard, Ken Hughes, Reginald Kellam, Nancy Laney, Jay Wagner and Bobby Yates.


HaystackCRM was selected as a 2018 winner in the Top 10 Startups to Watch category at the N.C. Tech Awards. Winners were recognized at the annual awards gala Nov. 15 in Durham.

HaystackCRM was recognized for its client relationship management system with mobile and web-based apps. All design and development have been based in North Carolina.

The N.C. Tech Awards recognizes companies and individuals who have characterized excellence, innovation and leadership.

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On the Move

  • Carrie Spencer is Rockingham County’s new planning director.

• Ashley Wigglesworth has joined Hutchinson Family Offices as a senior tax and financial strategist.

• Hospice of Davidson County has welcomed Sara Smith to its chaplain team.

  • Dr. Maricelina Caro recently joined Guilford County Public Health as its full time medical director.
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