*Debra Martin has been named deputy director of the West Virginia Small Business Development Center. As deputy director, Martin will handle day-to-day operations of the Lead Center and manage the statewide network of business coaches who provide technical assistance to entrepreneurs and small business owners.
Martin worked for the state Development Office's International Division prior to her new appointment. During her time as the division's international trade manager, she led more than 30 trade missions to countries in Europe, Asia, Africa and North and South America and provided export assistance to local companies.
*Tim Casteel, an equipment operator for Kingwood-based Preston Contractors, was the recipient of the 2013 Individual Safety Award from the West Virginia Chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors.
The award recognizes individuals that go above and beyond normal precautions to promote a safe work environment. In 20 years with Preston Contractors, managers said Casteel has been reliable, hardworking and consistently up-to-date on all safety regulations.
*John McDaniel, director of engineering and technical services for Arch Coal's eastern operations division, received the "Because of You" Engineering Professional Award at the Miners' Celebration Conference in Beckley.
The engineering award individuals who guide mining projects' entire process or provide services related to permitting and specialized design. In addition to his position with Arch, McDaniel is chairman of the West Virginia Coal Association's Environmental Technical Committee.
*The Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing has hired Erica La'Shee Gilkerson and Laurie Jean McCormick as work force recruiters, responsible for reaching out to students and industry to enlist them for training.
Gilkerson will focus on recruiting in Huntington, Charleston and southern West Virginia. McCormick will focus on the state's northern and north-central regions.
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