James Edahl has joined Park Sterling Bank in Charleston as senior commercial officer. He has more than 30 years experience in commercial and corporate lending. He has a master's degree in business administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Scott Ezra Baker has joined Stantec as a roadway design engineer in the firm's transportation practice in North Charleston. He has more than seven years of experience in design, production, construction administration and budgeting for road and bridge improvement projects. He has a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Western Michigan University.


Rebecca Imholz has joined James A. McAlister Funerals & Cremation as director of community outreach and advance funeral planning. She has a bachelor's degree from Virginia Tech.


Ashley Mitchell has joined Charming Inns as social media and content manager. She has six years of hospitality and tourism industry experience. Previously, she was revenue management and social media coordinator at Belmond Charleston Place, and she was a photographer and editor at Down South Publishers.


Lisa Bell has joined State Farm Agent Tony Pope's Mount Pleasant office as a multiple lines representative. Bell has more than 24 years of experience in customer service. She studied music and business at West Chester University of Pennsylvania.


Jonathan W. Lounsberry has joined the law firm of Melissa F. Brown LLC as an associate attorney handling divorce, alimony, child support and other family law matters.

Rhame B. "Chip" Cannon has joined Turner Padget Graham & Laney PA as an attorney in the Charleston office's litigation group. He focuses on construction, insurance and personal injury litigation. He has a bachelor's degree from The Citadel and a law degree from the Charleston School of Law.


Eleanor Smythe has joined WINGS for kids after-school program as its South Carolina executive director. Previously, she was executive director of Camp Happy Days.

David M. Levite has joined the National Audubon Society as director of development for South Carolina. He has 20 years of fundraising experience. Previously, he was regional major gifts officer for the American Red Cross' S.C. Palmetto Region and executive director of development and alumni relations at the Columbus School of Law in Washington, D.C. He has a bachelor's degree in history and anthropology from the University of South Carolina.

Personal finance

Joseph H. "Jody" McAuley has joined the Charleston office of Robert W. Baird & Co. as senior vice president, branch manager and financial adviser focusing on high-net-worth families and institutional clients. He has 17 years of financial industry experience. Previously, he was a senior vice president for investments at Wells Fargo. He has a degree in political science from the University of South Carolina. As branch manager, he succeeds Charles "Bucky" W. Knowlton Jr., who remains with Baird's Charleston office as a financial adviser.

Real estate

John Nugent has joined Carolina One Real Estate as an agent based in the Long Point Road office in Mount Pleasant. Previously, he was sports director for WCIV-TV. He has a bachelor's degree from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh.

Melinda Harley has joined Charleston Metro Homes Real Estate as an agent and office administrator. Previously, she was assistant property manager at Edgewater Plantation Apartments and was an agent in Aiken with Southern Pines Realty.

Ashley Vaughan has been promoted to director of forward planning in Charleston and Myrtle Beach markets for Lennar. Previously, she was a land development manager.


Don Pratt has been named vice president and general manager of Media General's WCBD-TV NBC affiliate for the Charleston market. Previously, he was vice president and general manager of KBOI-TV and KYUU-TV in Boise, Idaho. From 2001-05, he was news director of WCSC-TV in Charleston. He has a bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism from Syracuse University and a master's degree in mass communications from Emerson College.