Banking

Jason Ward has been named branch manager of NBSCís West Ashley location. He has a bachelorís degree in business administration from the College of Charleston.

Construction

Derek K. Robbins has joined Frampton & Associates Inc. as a senior estimator and preconstruction manager. He has 23 years of commercial construction industry experience. He has a bachelorís degree in construction management from Appalachian State University.

Dental

Dr. Jessica Clark has joined Coastal Kids Dental & Braces as a pediatric dentist. She has a bachelorís degree in human nutrition, food and exercise, chemistry and business from Virginia Tech and a dentistry degree from Virginia Commonwealth Universityís School of Dentistry. She completed a residency in pediatric dentistry at the Medical University of South Carolina.

Financial planning

David L. Van Rensselaer has joined 360 Financial Partners and NEXT Financial Group as a financial adviser. Previously, he was with Wells Fargo Advisors LLC. He has more than five years of experience in the wealth management industry. He has a bachelorís degree from the College of Charleston.

Hospitality

Ramon Taimanglo has been named executive chef for The Meeting Room Restaurant and Tapas Bar at the Holiday Inn Charleston Historic Downtown, where he also is food and beverage director. He has a bachelorís degree from Johnson & Wales University. Most recently, he was executive chef at High Cotton in Charleston.

Insurance

Sara Nash DeBiasi has joined Benefit Concepts Inc. as a senior market specialist. She has 10 years of experience in the health insurance industry. She has a bachelorís from the College of Charleston.

Law

Jacob M. Smith has joined the Charleston office of Willson Jones Carter & Baxley PA. He practices in the area of workers compensation defense. He has a bachelorís degree in accounting from the University of South Carolina and a law degree from the Charleston School of Law.

Nonprofit

Amy McLaren and Paige ďDuffyĒ Lewis have joined the Free Enterprise Foundation as research fellows. Both are graduates of the joint masterís in history program at The Citadel and the University of Charleston. McLaren is a third-year law student at Charleston School of Law. Lewis is a history instructor and freelance writer.

Jena Clem has joined the Gibbes Museum of Art as event and rental coordinator. Previously, she was event production assistant at Charleston magazine. She has a bachelorís degree in fashion marketing from Georgia Southern University and a bachelorís degree in communication from the College of Charleston.

Port

John M. Wheeler has joined the S.C. State Ports Authority as vice president of carrier sales. He will be based at the SPAís headquarters in Charleston.

He has more than 38 years of experience in the shipping industry operations, sales and management. Previously, he was senior director of trade development at the Georgia Ports Authority.

Also, Jack Ellenberg has been promoted to senior vice president for economic development and projects, with expanded responsibilities for the agencyís business development efforts. Art Pruett has been named vice president of cargo sales. Mike Stresemann has been promoted to vice president for crane and equipment maintenance.

Real estate

Andrew Hollowell has joined the Charleston office of Cushman & Wakefield|Thalhimer as an agent specializing in retail properties. Previously, he was with Coppedge & Tison for six years. He has a bachelorís degree in history from the College of Charleston.