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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.


July 21, 2019

Nathan Kohan has been named regional circulation and audience director for Adams Publishing Group-ENC, President and Publisher Robin L. Quillon announced.

Kohan will oversee circulation, marketing and distribution operations for all the company's print and digital editions.

“We are fortunate…

Nathan Kohan

July 01, 2019

Members of the Young Professionals of Pitt County began their community service project with the Adopt a Street program on June 1.

Young Professionals have adopted a portion of 10th Street to encourage community pride and enhance Greenville’s quality of life through clean streets and…


July 01, 2019

ECU senior gets economic development internship

East Carolina University rising senior Jonathan Kahn has joined the university’s Division of Research, Economic Development and Engagement as part of its new RISE29 microenterprise program.

The program connects small business ideas with regional…

July 01, 2019

Adams Publishing Group LLC (APG) has announced that it has acquired The Greater Beloit Publishing Company, including the Beloit Daily News, Weekend Daily News and My Stateline Shopper.

Also included in the purchase are all associated websites and the company’s Midwest digital business.


July 01, 2019

Penco Products Inc., a North Carolina-based manufacturing company, is celebrating 150 years of growth and innovation throughout 2019.

Penco’s culture of dedicated service, quality metal lockers and storage products and commitment to continuous improvement has translated into the best fiscal…

July 01, 2019

Bailey’s Fine Jewelry is helping fight hunger in the community by donating to the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina through its Say I Do, Share the Love campaign.

For every engagement ring purchased from any Bailey’s Fine Jewelry location, Bailey’s will donate…

July 01, 2019

JULY 9: The Pitt Community College Small Business Center is hosting a free seminar from 6-9 p.m. titled “Google Tools for Business.” In this session, we will discuss several of the free Google Apps for work and how they can help your business. Contact Jim Ensor at jensor@email.pittcc.…

July 01, 2019


The City of Greenville Inspections Dept. issued the following permits for June 11-17, 2019:

■ Patheon Manufacturing Services LLC, 5900 Martin Luther King Jr. Highway, commercial alterations, $2,000,000.

■ Patheon Manufacturing Services LLC, 5900 Martin Luther King Jr. Highway, commercial…

July 01, 2019

The following deeds were recorded with the Pitt County Register of Deeds from June 13-19. Each $2 in revenue stamps is equal to $1,000 in valuation. ( No fee required)

Kevin R. Deibert, Tracy L. Deibert to Holley VH Radford, Troy Lee Radford: tract, Stantonsburg Road; 0.34 acre, Arthur Township;…

July 01, 2019

The following new corporations in Pitt and neighboring counties filed June 13-19 with the N.C. Secretary of State’s office:

■ A. Prayer’s Creation LLC, agent Anthony Prayer, 1792 O’Farrell Ave., Greenville.

■ Blounts Trucking LLC, agent David Blount, 3649 New Town Court, Farmville.…

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