Local business news in brief for the week of July 11, 2018

TOP LAWYER: Jacqueline Grant of Roberts & Stevens was named the president of the N.C. Bar Association. She is the second African-American woman to hold the position. Photo courtesy of Roberts & Stevens

Asheville native Jacqueline Grant named president of N.C. Bar

Jacqueline D. Grant was inaugurated as president of the North Carolina Bar Association on June 23 in Wilmington.

A lifelong Asheville resident, Grant is a partner and litigator with Roberts & Stevens, where she has practiced her entire career. She is the first woman attorney from Asheville to serve as president of the NCBA.

Grant attended A.C. Reynolds High School in Asheville, graduated magna cum laude from Western Carolina University in 1992, and received her law degree from the University of North Carolina School of Law in 1995. She currently serves on the Western Carolina University Board of Visitors. She previously served on the boards of Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Western North Carolina, the City of Asheville Sustainable Economic Development Task Force, the University of North Carolina at Asheville Foundation, YMCA of Western North Carolina and YWCA of Asheville.

In 2014-2015, Grant became the first African-American woman to serve as president of the 28th Judicial District Bar, which encompasses Buncombe County. She will be the second African-American woman and third African-American overall to serve as president of the NCBA.

What’s new

  • WNC entrepreneurs Kasey Hotchkiss and Crissa Requate launched Asheville Detours, which offers walking experiences in downtown Asheville.
  • Mountain BizWorks announced new dates and facilitators for its Foundations Business planning course. Six-week sessions begin Wednesday, Aug. 1 (meets 9 a.m.-noon); Monday, Aug. 6 (meets 1-4 p.m. in Boone) and Wednesday, Sept. 12 (meets 9 a.m.-noon). More information at avl.mx/53h.

Lead the way

The Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce is accepting proposals from its members for presenting sessions of the chamber’s Smart Series, which begins in September.

Interested presenters should limit proposals to the following topics, which are based on chamber member requests: presentation, customer service and social media skills; diversity, equity and inclusion; motivating employees; wellness; and increasing community engagement.

Sessions will be held in the chamber board room at 36 Montford Ave., Asheville, either from 8-9 a.m. or noon-1 p.m. Proposals should include a description of the proposed program and a brief bio of the presenter and should be submitted by Wednesday, July 18 to Amy Jackson, director of engagement, at ajackson@ashevillechamber.org. More information is available at avl.mx/52x.

On the move

  • Ryan Reardon was appointed executive director of Asheville Music School.
  • Kevin Broadwater joined DHG Wealth Advisors LLC, an affiliate of public accounting and advisory firm Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP, as Chief Compliance Officer.
  • Melody King joined The Van Winkle Law Firm as an associate attorney in its family law practice group.
  • Pardee UNC Health Care of Hendersonville announced three new members of its 15-person board of directors: Vivian A. Bolanos, market manager for First Bank; Brian Cavagnini, senior director of operations for axles at Meritor; and James “Jimmy” Chandler, a retired vice president of operating services at Compaq Computers.
  • Chris English has been named interim vice president for economic and workforce development at Blue Ridge Community College.

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About Virginia Daffron
Managing editor, lover of mountains, native of WNC. Follow me @virginiadaffron

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