Chapel Hill’s Presidential Scholar, National Medal Awardee and Silver Screen Documentary

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Hamilton Point Andrew Burns at FT 300 Celebration_smallHamilton Point has been named one of the 2016 Financial Times 300 Top Registered Investment Advisers, which recognizes top independent RIA firms from across the U.S. Co-founder Andrew Burns accepted the award at a ceremony in New York City.


In May, William Davis Jr. was named Hillsborough’s Poet Laureate for 2016-2018.

Jay Pande_smallJay Pande was one of only 160 American seniors named a 2016 U.S. Presidential Scholar. The East Chapel Hill High School grad was honored in Washington, D.C. in June. Jay named Robin McMahon of Smith Middle School as his most influential teacher.

SamMinerPodium_smallEast Chapel Hill High School grad and UNC student Sam Miner was selected as one of the 18 Phillips Ambassadors chosen for the summer and fall of 2016. Phillips Ambassadors are selected twice a year and receive $5,000 each. Sam, the son of Dennis and Bernadette Miner, will study through the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School summer program in Hong Kong.

The Chapel Hill Firefighters Association received recognition from the N.C. Jaycee Burn Center for its continued community support assisting with the center’s annual Survivor Reunion.

Members of the Chapel Hill High School chapter of anti-violence nonprofit SAVE led a workshop during the National Youth SAVE Summit in March. Seniors Annelise ter Horst, Alexa Hankins and Maggie Adams, as well as freshmen Natalie Hickerson and Claire Heinly, touched on how students can use polling to share facts and important teen safety advice.

Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools was crowned the 2015 national district division winner of Keep America Beautiful’s Recycle-Bowl.

Business Briefs

Coastal Federal Credit Union has opened a branch at 310 E. Main St. in Carrboro.

The Loop in Eastgate Crossing has undergone a major remodel, renovating with colorful murals and new booths and lighting.

Apex-based Sophie & Mollies Boutique has closed its Chapel Hill location, which had opened in April 2014.

On the Move

David Painter is now the new general manager of Southern Season’s flagship Chapel Hill store and Lee Frankstone is the director of e-commerce in its corporate office.

Jong Park – a former structural engineer – and Amy Lin – a PhD in animal nutrition – are the new owners of Woof Gang Bakery & Grooming in Meadowmont.

PlayMakers Repertory Company added Justin Haslett and Jerry Ruiz to their leadership team as managing director and associate artistic director, respectively.

Carolina Performing Arts’ Executive and Artistic Director Emil J. Kang also became Special Assistant to the Chancellor for the Arts at UNC in July. He was selected by Chancellor Carol L. Folt to lead a groundbreaking initiative to integrate arts with the teaching, research and service missions of the University.

CHCCS Superintendent Tom Forcella will retire in August after five years with the school system and a 42-year-long career.

Sarah Brown is Morehead Planetarium and Science Center’s new marketing manager.

Wood Family 2015 picks-2_smallSouthern Village’s Wood family – Craig, Kate, Holly and Kendall – moved to Arlington, Virginia, for Craig’s new job.


In April, Orange County Rape Crisis Center welcomed Irene Dwinnell as its new executive director. She joins the center with 30 years of nonprofit experience, primarily in the mental health field.

Way to Go, Grad!

John Walden, the son of Nancy and Mike Walden and a Chapel Hill High School grad, will be playing soccer at Elon University this fall.

And the Award Goes to…

Anthony Carey & pup_smallThe Siena Hotel’s Anthony Carey was awarded General Manager of the Year for Marriott hotels in the Americas.

CHCCS’ Read2Me: Tailgate Stories program, which involves teachers visiting neighborhoods during the summer months to read to students and families, received the Laurie Horne Family Engagement Award in March at the National Family Engagement Summit in Richmond. The award, in the amount of $2,500, was presented to Mary Andrews, a retired CHCCS educator and the creator of the program, and Roslyn Moffitt, CHCCS Director of Title I and Elementary Education.

Congratulations to these 2016 Business Excellence Awards winners, presented by the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce.

Balloons & Tunes, Micro-Enterprise of the Year
DSI Comedy Theater, Mid-Size Business of the Year
The Carolina Inn, Large Business of the Year
TABLE, Non-Profit of the Year
Silverspot Cinema, New Business of the Year
Sweeps, University Born Business
Seal the Seasons, Innovation Award
Club Nova Community, Inc, Community Impact
Sharon Hill (Sharon Hill International), Business Woman of the Year
Zach Ward (DSI Comedy), CHYP Young Professional of the Year

Jessie Grinnell, an eighth grade English Language Arts teacher at Culbreth Middle, was named the 2016-17 CHCCS District Teacher of the Year. In addition, Carrboro High’s Lisa French and Phoenix Academy High’s Jared Mann were named this year’s Honor Teachers.

Photo Courtesy University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Photo Courtesy University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

In May, President Barack Obama awarded the National Medal of Technology and Innovation to UNC professor Dr. Joseph DeSimone.

Where Are They Now?

Max_Bent-Jorgen_Lars Perlmutt_smallChapel Hill High School alum – and former student body president – Bent-Jorgen Perlmutt, pictured above with brothers Max and Lars, is the director, producer and editor behind the documentary “Havana Motor Club” about Cuba’s underground drag racing community, which was screened at a special event at Silverspot Cinema in April.

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