Matthew S. Wigton has been named an associate at Blanco Tackabery & Matamoros P.A. Wigton practices in the Transactional Group, primarily in the areas of corporate and business transactions and commercial real estate and development. He received his law degree from Wake Forest University School of Law, where he was the symposium editor of the Wake Forest Journal of Business and Intellectual Property Law.

Angela Kalamaras has been named a member of the board of directors of the Winston-Salem Regional Association of Realtors. Kalamaras is the branch leader for the Winston-Salem office of Allen Tate Co.

Laura Banasiewicz , Tim Bowles , Sam Critz and Tracy Duncan have received 2012 Gold Pacesetter awards from CUSO Financial Services L.P., a full-service broker dealer and registered investment advisor. Banasiewicz, Bowles, Critz and Duncan work for Allegacy Federal Credit Union.

Rishi Bhambri has been promoted to senior vice president at BB&T. Bhambri is a chief operating officer in BB&T’s commercial finance department.

Allegacy Federal Credit Union ’s Investment Services Group recently received the 2012 Keystone award from CUSO Financial Services L.P. Allegacy Investment Group received the top level gold award based on significant growth of its investment and insurance program revenues throughout the year.

Dr. James C. Eisenach has received the 2013 Excellence in Research award from the American Society of Anesthesiologists. Eisenach is a professor of anesthesiology and physiology and pharmacology at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. Since joining the faculty in 1985, Eisenach has received more than $21 million in National Institutes of Health support and $2 million in industry support. He is editor-in-chief of the journal Anesthesiology and is a past member and chairman of the Food and Drug Administration’s Anesthetic and Life Support Drugs Advisory Committee.

Dr. Francis O. Walker has been chosen as president of the American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine. Walker is a professor of neurology at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

Dr. Marissa Howard-McNatt has been recognized as an outstanding African-American breast cancer specialist in Black Health magazine. Howard-McNatt is a surgical oncologist and director of the Breast Care Center at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. She is involved in ongoing research in clinical and translational breast cancer projects and focuses on elderly and minority populations.

Dr. Simon A. Mahler and his investigative team at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center have won a three-year grant from the Association of American Medical Colleges and the The Patrick and Catherine Weldon Donaghue Medical Research Foundation. The $270,000 grant will test the implementation of a clinical decision aid and two serial blood protein measurements to identify patients with chest pain who can safely be discharged without objective cardiac testing. Mahler is the assistant professor of emergency medicine.

Allen W. Tsang has received a $300,000 grant from the Avon Foundation for Women. Tsang, an assistant professor of internal medicine at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center will use the grant to investigate links between breast cancer and chlamydia. Research has found that infection with chlamydia leads to activation of a protein that significantly increases metastasis and tumor progression. In addition to his ongoing research, Tsang is working with Cristina Furdui, a colleague at Wake Forest Baptist, to develop drugs capable of reducing the activity of the protein.

Anthony Patella has been named the regional sales manager, south, for Champion Industries. Patella was previously the regional sales manager for Moyer Diebel. Champion is a manufacturer of commercial ware washing systems.

Nathan Marshall has been named a product manager for Champion Industries. Marshall was previously with the inside sales support team and will be responsible for creating and implementing marketing initiatives and new product development projects.

Will Means has been named the business analysis manager for Ali Group North America. Means will work with all of the Ali Group North America brands including Champion Industries. He was previously a member of Champion’s sales and marketing team.

Phil Rector has received the Regional Service Award from the North Carolina Association of REALTORS. Rector is the broker/owner of Rector Realty and has served on the board of the Winston-Salem Regional Association for Realtors for seven years. He is currently the director of the Center for Homeownership.

Tractor Supply Co. has launched PetVet Clinic at the Rural Hall location. The clinics will be offered a minimum of once a month and will include individual and comprehensive vaccine packages for rabies, bordetella and parvo, as well as microchipping and heartworm tests and prevention. The clinics will be staffed by state-licensed veterinarians and a service team.

Thomas H. Hughes Architecture PC has designed a new 7,500-square-foot orthodontic clinic for Doctors Thomas and Gordon Handy. The clinic will be built by Wilson Covington in Bermuda Run and is scheduled to open in the spring of 2014.

Janita C. Rickett has been named the chief executive officer for the Emergency Responders Credit Union in Winston-Salem. Rickett has been with Emergency Responders Credit Union since 1986 and was previously the vice president of operations.

Joyce Reavis has received a Senior Living Community Supernova award. Reavis is a healthcare administrator at Homestead Hills, a luxury retirement community in Winston-Salem, and was recognized for her leadership abilities, integrity and accountability.

Bill Howard has been promoted to senior vice president of First Point Collection Resources Inc., based in Greensboro. Howard is responsible for establishing corporate strategic direction and managing day-to-day activities of the First Point business units of call center services, extended business office services, mosaic finance and third-party collection services.

Raushan Groos has been named a visiting instructor of business administration at Greensboro College. Gross recently completed his doctorate and has been a bank manager for SunTrust and Wachovia, which is now Wells Fargo.

Steven Crawford has been named the residence hall director for The Inn at Greensboro College. Crawford was previously a residence hall advisor in a 500-bed facility at UNC Charlotte.

Randall A. Young was recently named the senior vice president of real estate and development at The Fresh Market Inc., based in Greensboro. Young will be responsible for the company’s market strategy development, site selection, store design, construction and store relocations and renovations. He was previously the vice president of real estate at Advance Auto Parts.

Jeff Benfield has been named a mortgage officer at Premier Commercial Bank. He will work at the bank’s location on Eastchester Drive in High Point. Benfield has more than 20 years of experience in financial services.

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