Previously, Sears had been executive vice president at Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage since 2002, when Northside Realty was acquired by NRT and became a part of its Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage/Atlanta operations.
"Charlotte's 27 years of experience in real estate, from sales associate to managing broker to EVP, make her the perfect candidate for the job," said Schmidt. "She will lead the company to new levels of success."
Sears started her real estate career at Doris Hebert Realtors in Metairie, La., as sales associate and marketing director. When Gertrude Gardner Realtors acquired that company, she moved from being a top sales associate to branch manager of two offices, both ranking the highest in sales volume in the company under her leadership. She came to Atlanta in 1999 to become general sales manager at Northside Realty and became EVP during the acquisition.
"I am very excited about the opportunity to lead Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage and to build on the many traditions that have shaped it," said Sears. "The management team here is second to none, and I know we will continue to lead the way in the industry."
GE COMMERCIAL FINANCE BUSINESS CREDIT
GE Commercial Finance Business Credit named Stephen R. Philpott senior vice president of origination. Philpott assumes responsibility for originating transactions of up to $30 million throughout Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, Tennessee, West Virginia and parts of Georgia.
He worked as director, leveraged capital division, for Wachovia Bank. Prior to joining Wachovia, he spent 15 years with First Union, where he originated asset-based and leveraged cash flow transactions for middle-market manufacturing, distribution and service companies across the Southeast.
He holds a bachelor of business administration degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
TAUBER & BALSER PC
Robert N. Greenberger, CPA, a tax principal of Tauber & Balser PC, earned the Accredited Estate Planner (AEP) designation from the National Association of Estate Planners & Councils.
The AEP designation is a graduate-level specialization in estate planning. It is awarded to recognize estate planning professionals who meet stringent requirements of experience, knowledge, education and professional reputation and character. An AEP must embrace the team concept of estate planning and adhere to a professional code of ethics.
Greenberger has more than 20 years of experience, with a concentration in taxation, estate planning and closely held businesses. He has earned the Personal Financial Specialist designation from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and is a board member of the Atlanta Estate Planning Council.
Lisa Morse joined Church's Chicken as general counsel and chief compliance officer.
Previously, Morse spent more than four years as vice president, legal and chief compliance officer at AFC Enterprises, where she developed and implemented the first formal compliance program. She was also an integral member of the Church's transition team during the divestiture to Arcapita.
In addition to her legal and compliance responsibilities, Morse is responsible for all supplier relationships at Church's Chicken.
Church's Chicken also hired James Parrish as chief operations officer and executive vice president. Parrish has 28 years of operations experience with Pizza Hut Inc., where he began his career as a restaurant manager in 1976.
Parrish spent the last five years as vice president of field operations. He is responsible for providing overall leadership for all U.S. company operations, including restaurant support services and global training.
PERIMETER COMMUNITY IMPROVEMENT DISTRICTS
The Perimeter Community Improvement Districts (PCID) hired Tony Peters as program director. Peters oversees PCID's $500 million portfolio of transportation improvement projects.
"We are fortunate to have found a person like Tony to oversee our transportation improvement program," says Yvonne Williams, president of the PCID. "His enthusiasm and breadth of knowledge will help us successfully transform our $500 million in grant funding into transportation improvement projects that will improve accessibility and mobility, benefiting everyone in the region."
NEWELL RUBBERMAID INC.
Newell Rubbermaid Inc. hired Shaun Holliday as president, new business and innovation, reporting to CEO Joe Galli. In this newly created position, Holliday focuses on global business development, including market and channel expansion, new ventures and global licensing.
Holliday joins Newell Rubbermaid from The Pepsi Bottling Group, where he first served as president, international, and most recently as president, business operations, responsible for global supply chain operations as well as human resources, communications and information technology functions. He has also held executive positions with eMac Digital LLC, Diageo/Guinness PLC and Frito Lay Inc.
Holliday holds an MBA from J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University, and a bachelor of commerce degree from University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.