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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.


Humans of Greenville


Local photographer Joe Pellegrino explores Greenville to create a photographic census of its people.


June 10, 2019

The following new corporations in Pitt and neighboring counties filed May 30-June 5 with the N.C. Secretary of State’s office:

■ 3 Peterson Brothers Tire and Auto LLC, agent Melvin Peterson, 301 S. Elm St., Williamston.

■ A Safe Place to Land, nonprofit, agent Christie W. James, 345 Vineyard…

June 10, 2019

Moody's Investor Services has upgraded Greenville Utilities Commission's credit rating to 'Aa1' with a stable outlook in advance of upcoming bond sales.

Fellow global rating agency Fitch Ratings affirmed GUC's credit rating of 'AA-'. Both ratings are considered "High Grade" and should help GUC at…


June 10, 2019

Greene County educator wins arts contest

Daphanie Jones, a teacher at West Greene Elementary School, is a state winner of the North Carolina Association of Educators’ Human and Civil Rights Multicultural Arts Contest.

Jones won first place for her poem “Pass Me the Torch,” in the…

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June 10, 2019

TUESDAY: The Pitt Community College Small Business Center is hosting a free seminar from 6-7:30 p.m. titled “Create Stunning Graphics with Canva.” This step-by-step session will demonstrate how to create professional looking graphics in Canva that you can upload to your website and all…

June 10, 2019

A nurse specialist in pediatrics has been selected by her peers as the 2019 Nurse of the Year at ECU Physicians, the medical practice of the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University.

Megan Taylor, a Chocowinity native, works in pediatric pulmonology at ECU Pediatric Specialty Care. The…


June 03, 2019

The following civil lawsuits were filed Feb. 14-27, 2019, in Pitt County:

■ Barclays Bank Delaware v. Tim Bogenn, contract, Feb. 14; notice of voluntary dismissal without prejudice by plaintiff, April 2; 19CVD 478.

■ Tameka Rachedia Frazier v. Kristina Carmon and Shameka Renee Moye, motor vehicle…

June 03, 2019


The City of Greenville Inspections Department issued the following permits for April 30-May 27, 2019:

■ Phelps Chevrolet, 3325 S. Memorial Drive, commercial addition, $200,000.

■ Walmart, 210 S.W. Greenville Blvd., commercial alterations, $20,000.

■ Venture Properties I LLC,…

June 03, 2019

With the help of Pitt Community College and ApprenticeshipNC, ECVC, Inc. (Eastern Carolina Vocational Center), started a Custodian Apprenticeship Program on April 1.

It is one of the first types of apprenticeship programs in North Carolina and supports ECVC’s mission, as well as Gov. Roy…


June 03, 2019

 With 1 in 8 neighbors, including 1 in 6 children, facing hunger across its 10-state footprint, Food Lion set out to help its neighbors by launching Food Lion Feeds, the company’s hunger relief initiative, in 2014. After committing to donate 500 million meals by the end of 2020, Food…

June 03, 2019

Kendall joins LBA’s in-house marketing team 

LBA Group, Inc. is growing its group marketing resources with the appointment of Paul Kendall as web developer. Kendall will focus on continuing to build the LBA brand with strategic technical and creative development of its web presence.…

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