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l Yadkin Valley Bank recently promoted Joseph H. Towell to president and chief operating officer. In addition to his current responsibilities, Towell will now oversee all major functional areas of the bank. Bill Long is still the bank’s chief executive.

Mark DeMarcus has been promoted to chief banking officer and will oversee retail banking, commercial banking, mortgages, investments, marketing and branch administration.

Rick Patterson has assumed the responsibilities of regional executive of American Community Bank.

Ed Shuford will transition into the role of chief credit officer, while continuing his function as regional credit officer for the High Country and Yadkin Valley regions through the end of 2010.

l Shannon R. Johnson and Justin E. Sika recently joined Butler + Burke LLP in Winston-Salem. Both Johnson and Sika are staff accountants. Prior to joining Butler + Burke, Johnson worked in the accounting departments at HanesBrands in Winston-Salem and at Brown Investment Properties in Greensboro. Sika worked in China prior to coming to Butler + Burke.

l Al Seymour, a financial adviser, has become an Ameriprise Platinum Financial Services adviser based on the success of his financial services practice in 2009. Seymour, with an office in Clemmons, is one of about 15 percent of Ameriprise financial advisors to achieve this status.

l Timothy W. Gupton Jr. has been promoted to managing director and appointed to the board of directors at Forsyth Management Group, a management and technology firm based in Winston-Salem. Gupton joined the firm in March 2009 as its marketing and client relations manager. 

l Nia Davenport, CPA, a financial planner, has a new website at It contains features and articles about marriage and money and services. Nia Davenport, CPA, specializes in providing financial planning to married couples.

l Esther S. Powell was recently named the director of adult-student services and evaluation at Winston-Salem State University. Powell had previously been the director of student advocacy and services for adult and graduate students within Student Affairs. She has worked in each division of the university during her 27 years at WSSU.

l Bruce Szafran recently joined the Affiniti Golf and Bermuda Run Country Club team as the general manager of the Bermuda Run Country Club. Szafran’s last 13 years were spent managing and operating clubs throughout the Southeast, including Montgomery Country Club in Montgomery, Ala. He also owned a consulting firm.

l Cheryl Hancock and Cathy Evans, both of Kernersville, have become independent consultants and business owners with Tastefully Simple Inc., a national direct sales company. They offer food samples at home taste-testing parties, along with ideas for everyday meals, recipes and serving suggestions.

l These local companies were recently named the N.C. Family-Friendly 50 companies for 2010 by Carolina Parenting Inc.: American Express, which was nominated in Greensboro; Davenport, Marvin, Joyce & Co. LLP, Greensboro; Deuterman Law Group, Greensboro; The Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, Winston-Salem; Kindermusik International, Greensboro; Novant Health, Winston-Salem; Replacements Ltd., Greensboro; and Senn Dunn Insurance, Greensboro.

l According to the J.D. Power and Associates 2010 Home Buyer/Seller Study, Keller Williams Realty Inc. has received the highest overall satisfaction ratings from home buyers among the largest full-service real estate firms for the third year in a row. The company also ranked second among home sellers in the study for the second year in a row.

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