UBJ On the Move

Play-by-play of Upstate careers

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PROMOTED

Fred Gilmer III

Promoted to executive vice president and senior lender of Southern First Bank. Gilmer’s leadership role will expand to encompass the company’s loan portfolio in all four markets: Greenville, Columbia, Charleston and Raleigh, N.C.

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PROMOTED

Robert Thompson III

Promoted to executive vice president and Greenville regional executive at Southern First Bank. Thompson’s leadership role will include the growth and performance of the entire Greenville market.

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HIRED

Judy Boyle Chun

Named chief implementer at EDTS. Formerly from Honolulu, Hawaii, and a current resident of Aiken, Chun most recently served as CEO Chair for Vistage International.

At EDTS, Chun will oversee human capital development, finance, operational alignment and process enhancement across all aspects of the rapidly growing organization.

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HIRED

Madi Nalley

Joined Infinity Marketing as a graphic designer. Nalley is a graduate of Anderson University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in graphic design. Previously, Nalley worked as a graphic design contractor for Infinity.

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PROMOTED

Jeanne Morrison

Promoted to digital coordinator with Infinity Marketing. Morrison plans and executes digital marketing strategies for Infinity’s clients. Morrison earned her bachelor’s degree in advertising from the University of South Carolina.

HOSPITALITY

 

Hall Management Group has named Jennifer Mortazavi the new general manager and Samuel Dominguez the new executive chef at Halls Chophouse Greenville. Mortazavi will be overseeing all areas of operations and guest services at the riverfront restaurant, while Dominguez will spearhead menu development and manage the culinary team. Mortazavi has more than a decade of restaurant experience in the food and beverage industry, including most recently serving as wine director at Halls Chophouse in Charleston. Having previously worked in every service position at Slightly North of Broad, she was then promoted to management before being transferred to High Cotton and eventually Halls Chophouse. Dominguez, originally from Chaco, Argentina, is a graduate of the Instituto Cervantes in Bolivar. Dominguez has more than 15 years of experience as a chef.

 

MARKETING

 

Complete Public Relations was honored with two Gold Awards and two Honorable Mentions in the 2016 MarCom Awards. MarCom recognizes outstanding creative achievement by marketing and communications professionals. Complete Public Relations earned a Gold Level Award in the Newspaper Placement category for a Sunday front-page article in The Greenville News on Computer Director Outlet. It also earned Gold in the Column Writing category for a piece in the Upstate Business Journal titled “What’s Greenville’s Pitch.” The firm earned Honorable Mentions for its weekly blog about all things Greenville, dubbed “The Buzz,” and for the Complete Public Relations website, which it updated earlier this year.

BRIGHT+CO Marketing’s CEO, Jennifer Sutton, was named one of the 50 most creative CEOs to watch by Insights Success Magazine. Sutton has a diverse marketing career that covers more than 25 years of experience with brand management, strategic planning, media buying and planning, digital architecture and market research and analysis.

 

LAW

 

Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart P.C. has been named a “Law Firm of the Year” for the sixth consecutive year in the 2017 edition of the U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” list in the Labor Law – Management category. Only one law firm in each practice area receives the “Law Firm of the Year” designation.

Additionally, Ogletree Deakins’ Greenville office earned metropolitan “First Tier” practice area rankings in seven categories: commercial litigation, employee benefits (ERISA) law, employment law – management, labor law – management, litigation – environmental, litigation – ERISA and litigation – labor and employment.

Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP’s Greenville office earned metropolitan “First Tier” practice area rankings in seven categories in the 2017 edition of the U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms”: commercial litigation, corporate law, employee benefits (ERISA) law, legal malpractice law – defendants, litigation – construction, personal injury litigation – defendants, product liability litigation – defendants, professional malpractice law – defendants, real estate law, tax law and trusts and estates law.

Jackson Lewis P.C.’s Greenville office earned metropolitan “First Tier” practice area rankings in three practices in the 2017 edition of the U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms”: employment law – management, labor law – management and litigation – labor and employment. The firm was also named the national 2017 Law Firm of the Year in the employment law ­– management category.