- Stephen Hoffman has been named managing director of energy banking at Huntington Banks. Hoffman will lead the expansion of Huntington Banks' commercial banking services for the oil, gas, coal, shale and other natural gas production industries. He has an office in Columbus, Ohio, and will be there regularly in addition to traveling to other Huntington Banks' markets, including West Virginia. Hoffman was with Bank of America, where he spent more than 20 years leading various aspects of that organization's energy, government and natural resources divisions, most recently as managing director.
- Justin Gaull, a business coach in the West Virginia Small Business Development Center's Charleston office, was honored as the West Virginia "2012 State Star" in September during the national meeting of the Association of Small Business Development Centers in New Orleans. The award recognized Gaull for his dedication to serving entrepreneurs and strengthening the economy of the state. During his first year as a business coach, Gaull helped create and retain more than 60 jobs, said Kristina Oliver, state director of the West Virginia Small Business Development Center. A White Sulphur Springs native, Gaull graduated from the University of Charleston in 2002. He worked in the state Division of Tourism prior to taking his current job.
- Sarah Massey has joined Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough's Huntington office as an associate. She was a summer associate at Nelson Mullins last year. She also interned for Justice Margaret Workman at the state Supreme Court and was a part of West Virginia's Governor Internship Program. She completed externships for state circuit court Judge Phillip Gaujot and for Joseph Goodwin, chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia. Massey earned a bachelor's degree from West Virginia University in 2009 and a law degree from WVU this year.
COMPILED BY GEORGE HOHMANN