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Monday, February 25, 2019

Brooks chief of staff for ECU health sciences division

Michelle Brooks recently was named chief of staff for East Carolina University’s Division of Health Sciences.

Prior to beginning her new role in December, Brooks served East Carolina University as director of strategic initiatives for the Office of the Chancellor. As a member of the chancellor’s executive leadership team, she focused on internal matters of strategic importance to ECU and served as an external liaison for the university with local, state, regional and national constituencies.

Before joining ECU, Brooks was vice president of community benefit and government affairs for University Health Systems of Eastern Carolina (now Vidant Health) and then the vice president of community benefit for Vidant Health.

She earned her bachelor’s in nursing from UNC-Chapel Hill and a master’s in nursing administration from ECU.

As the principal aide to the vice chancellor, Dr. Mark Stacy, Brooks will represent him as needed with internal and external stakeholders, spearhead institutional priorities on behalf of the vice chancellor and oversee all operations of the Office of the Vice Chancellor, including management of staff, budgets, administration, policies and procedures.

“Michelle brings to this position a wealth of institutional knowledge and expertise in strategy and administration,” Stacy said.

Colombo Kitchen attorneys named 'Lawyer of the Year'

Michael A. Colombo has been recognized by his peers as a 2019 "Lawyer of the Year" in the practice area of Trust and Estates in Raleigh.

In addition to this honor, Colombo will be highlighted in the 25th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America for his work in the practice areas of tax law and trust and estates.

Colombo is a past president of the North Carolina Bar Association and founding partner of Colombo, Kitchin, Dunn, Ball & Porter LLP. He is a North Carolina board-certified estate planning and probate specialist, and also practices in the areas of business planning and taxation.

James "Jay" R. Holland also has been recognized by his peers as a 2019 "Lawyer of the Year" in the practice area of litigation (Insurance) in Wilmington. He will be highlighted in the 25th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America for his work in the practice areas of health care and insurance litigation.

Holland joined Colombo Kitchin Attorneys in 2018. He received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He practices in the areas of business and real estate disputes, insurance litigation, trust and estates litigation, and construction law.

John B. Dunn was recognized by his peers for elder law and will also be included in The Best Lawyers in America 2019 Edition. Dunn has practiced in Greenville since 1992 and has experience in elder law, estate planning, estate administration and guardianships.

Colombo, Kitchin, Dunn, Ball and Porter, LLP has been serving the citizens of eastern North Carolina for more than 35 years. The firm’s practice areas include administrative law; arbitration and mediation; bankruptcy; business planning and transactions; construction law and litigation; contract disputes and commercial litigation; creditors’ rights, foreclosures, and collections; elder law; employment law and litigation; estate and trust disputes, planning, and administration; family law; commercial and residential real estate; real estate litigation; and tax planning and disputes.

Robbins named senior VP in Pitt, Beaufort counties

Christopher O. Robbins has joined Select Bank & Trust as a senior vice president and market executive in the Greenville and Washington markets, joining the current team led by Eric Clark, regional executive of Alamance, Wake, Wayne, Pitt, Beaufort, and Pasquotank county markets.

Robbins, a graduate of University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and Louisiana State University’s Graduate School of Banking, will be responsible for business development and lending for one of Select’s leading markets, enabling the bank to continue its steadfast commitment to the area. He has more than 26 years of local banking experience including as the CEO and CCO of Cornerstone Bank most recently. Robbins will have his office in Greenville and will travel throughout the market meeting customers’ needs.

“Chris will be a great addition to our group,” Clark said. “His prior leadership experience in the community banking space and his extensive commercial banking background in Eastern North Carolina will benefit our team as we solidify our reputation as the premier community bank in Pitt and Beaufort Counties. We are excited to have such a well-rounded and experienced banker at the helm in this market.”

“I am very happy to be joining Select, a community bank that has meant so much to this area for nearly 15 years,” Robbins said. “My goal is to maintain and expand the bank’s presence in Pitt and Beaufort counties and to coach our team members to exceed the expectations of our customers. I am also excited about the opportunity of becoming more heavily involved in the community and being an ambassador for the bank.”

Robbins has been involved in various organizations and is on the Board of Directors for Centrant Capital, a subsidiary of the North Carolina Banker’s Association, on the Board of Directors for the East Carolina Council of the Boy Scouts of America, and an active member of Oakmont Baptist Church. Robbins lives in the Greenville area with his wife, Kelly, his daughter, Darby, who attends Appalachian State University, and son, Peyton, who attends the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

CopyPro adds Grimsley as sales administrator

CopyPro, Inc. has announced the addition of Ashley Grimsley as sales administrator in the Greenville office.

Prior to joining CopyPro, Grimsley was a fleet account manager with a local business in Greenville.

“We are delighted to welcome Ashley to the CopyPro family. She will be a tremendous asset to our team,” said Jason Jones, CopyPro COO.

Ashley is a native of Pitt County. She lives in Farmville and enjoys traveling and spending time with friends and family.

Coldwell Banker Coastal Rivers Realty hires Stallings

Maria Wilson and Gerri McKinley, broker/owners of Coldwell Banker Coastal Rivers Realty have added Randy Stallings to their team of real estate professionals. Randy will be based out of the Winterville office.

Stallings was born in the Piedmont area, educated at Western Carolina University and has been living down east since 1981. Having lived in Greenville since 1998, he is knowledgeable of the eastern Carolina area and can assist buyers or sellers with their real estate needs.

Stallings was in the food service industry for more than 30 years. His experience in the industry made the transition into real estate a natural career change. He said he understands the importance of customer service and meeting client expectations with one of the biggest decisions of their lives. 

His wife, Joanne, has been a physical therapist at Vidant for 26 years. They love to travel and enjoy their dog Sophie and rescue cat Simon. They are also passionate about college basketball and football.


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March 18, 2019

Pecheles Automotive has celebrated the second month of its “Pecheles Gives Back” initiative at Wellcome Middle School.

Wellcome, the winner of the second round, was awarded $1,000 toward its Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) Program. This month’s contest, hosted by…


March 18, 2019

A new bank is coming to Greenville this week.

TowneBank will officially open its newest office in North Carolina with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 2839 Charles Blvd. in Greenville at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

Among those in attendance will be TowneBank Executive Chairman G. Robert Aston, Jr., Jim…


March 18, 2019


The city recently converted to a new program with a format that does not contain owners' names or valuation amounts. The city is working on getting this missing information added to the report.

The City of Greenville Inspections Department issued the following permits Feb. 26-March 4,…

March 18, 2019

ECU physician is governor-elect of College of Physicians

Dr. Lacy Hobgood, medical director of the ECU Physicians Adult and Pediatric Health Center, has been named governor-elect of the American College of Physicians (ACP). He will serve in that capacity from April 13 until he assumes the role of…

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March 18, 2019

The following new corporations in Pitt and neighboring counties filed March 7-13 with the N.C. Secretary of State’s office:

■ 123 otto LLC, agent Thomas Cottle, 3570 Eugene James Road, Tarboro.

■ A Touch by Faith LLC, agent Aketre T. Whitaker, 526 Coker Town Road, Whitakers.

■ Anointed Glow…

March 18, 2019

The following deeds of trust were recorded with the Pitt County Registrar of Deeds from March 7-13:

■ Michael Lee, Anna Lee to Accelerate Mortgage LLC $264,000

■ Andrew K. Ricks, Ashley A. Hardee, Sharon S. Bartleson, Robert L. Bartleson to Local Govt. Federal Credit Union $553,500

■ Brooke L.…

March 18, 2019

The following civil lawsuits were filed Jan. 7-9, 2019, in Pitt County:

■ Teresa Spencer v. William Douglas Roberson, negligence, 19CVS 55, Jan. 7, 2019.

■ Marine Federal Credit Union v. Shakia Spearman, money owed, 19CVD 58; Jan. 7, 2019.

■ Willie Atkinson v. Annie Rouse, motor…

March 18, 2019

The following deeds were recorded with the Pitt County Register of Deeds from Feb. 28-March 6. Each $2 in revenue stamps is equal to $1,000 in valuation. ( * No fee required)

■ John C. Baker to John C. Baker Jr.: parcel, Arthur Township *

■ RHC Construction & Realty Inc. to Dominika…

March 18, 2019

MARCH 18: The Pitt Community College Small Business Center is hosting a free seminar from 6-9 p.m. titled “Beginning QuickBooks for Business.” You will be introduced to the QuickBooks accounting software. Contact Wendy Dunbar at 493-7528 or wdunbar@email.pittcc.edu for more information.…

March 11, 2019

The following new corporations in Pitt and neighboring counties filed Feb. 28-March 6 with the N.C. Secretary of State’s office:

■ American Lawn Care LLC, agent Chad R. van Etten, 1039 Jade Lane, Winterville.

■ A-Wall Marine Construction LLC, agent Robert Kenneth Carlyle Jr., 18…

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