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People in Business, Wednesday, March 28

AUTOS

* Ruth Lemmon, president of the West Virginia Automobile and Truck Dealers Association, was named "Automotive Trade Association Executive of the Year" by the National Automobile Dealers Association. Lemmon was chosen from more than 150 association executives from across the country. She was presented with the award last month during the National Automobile Dealers Association's convention in Las Vegas.

* Chadwick Martin, president of Martin Management Group, is interviewed in the "Dealer Speaks Q&A" section of the March 19 issue of Automotive News. In the interview Martin, 26, discusses auto industry trends and how the business has continued since the death of company founder Cornelius Martin in 2006. Martin Management Group owns 11 auto dealerships, including Hurricane Chevrolet.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

* Max Wender of Fayette County has been nominated for the West Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants' "Public Service Award" for 2012. Wender is president of the Fayette County Commission and is investment manager of the West Virginia Jobs Investment Trust, the state's venture capital fund. Wender played a role in the formation of the 4-C Economic Development Authority, now known as the New River Gorge Regional Development Authority, and he helped organize Tamarack artisan market.

EDUCATION

* William "Bill" Kroesser, a full-time instructional specialist for applied process technology at Kanawha Valley Community and Technical College, has been recognized as a founder of the West Virginia chapter of the Air and Waste Management Association. The association is a non-profit, non-partisan professional organization that provides a neutral form for more 8,000 environmental professionals in 65 countries. Gregory Tieman, a representative of the association, said the West Virginia chapter has existed for 15 years and that the association wanted to formally acknowledge the contributions of its founders.

FRATERNAL ORGANIZATION

* Richard "Dick" Harris, a member of the Charleston Elks Lodge and past state president of the West Virginia Elks Association, was recently elected Chair of Grand Esteemed Lecturing Knight, the fourth-highest office in the one-million-member organization. In addition to serving in numerous Elks leadership roles, for 22 years Harris supervised and administered the Elks National Free Throw Contest in North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, West Virginia and the District of Columbia.

PUBLIC RELATIONS

* Lynn Swann will join the staff of The Homestead Resort on Monday as the director of marketing and communications. Swann was director of public relations at The Greenbrier Resort.

SALES

* Doug Simmons has joined the staff of Freedom Industries as senior vice president of sales and marketing. Freedom is a Charleston-based manufacturer of specialty mining chemical products. Simmons was executive vice president of sales and marketing at Fenner Dunlop, a manufacturer of conveyor belts.

UNION

* Ken Hall, president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters' Local 175 in South Charleston since 1990, was sworn in Thursday as general secretary-treasurer of the Teamsters. In his new role, Hall is the union's number two official, overseeing all of the union's properties, funds, securities and assets.

Compiled by George Hohmann


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