Lisa Stearns, a native of Fresno, has been named vice chancellor for marketing and communications at The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture in Knoxville.
Eighteen members have been accepted to participate in the Visalia Chamber of Commerce's Leadership class for 2013-14. The members of the 28th Leadership Visalia class are: Sandi Bennett of Artis & Co. CPAs, Rodney Blaco of the Tulare County District Attorney's Office, Leslie Blair of Visalia's Community Development Department, Mary Alice Boylan of Family Services of Tulare County, Jess Brozek of Hydrite Chemical Co., Katrina Carmichael of the Tulare County Health & Human Services Agency, Nicole Centofanti of M Green & Co. LLP, Jen Cortum of SHRM of Tulare County, Darrin Hughes of the Visalia Fire Department, Alison Lambert of the Visalia Parks & Recreation Department, Wendy Laro of Educational Employees Credit Union, Ashley Marroquin of Seals/Biehle Inc., Chaundra Olson of Central Valley Community Bank, Eddie Perez of MVP Insurance, Ryan Purkiss of Thiesen-Dueker Financial Consulting, Alex Rosh of Ashoori & Co. Jewelers, Gunnar Shelton of Family HealthCare Network, and Katherine York of Kawneer.
Arthur Dyson won the two top awards for design excellence from the California Council of the Society of American Registered Architects. The first award for the Grant and Camilla Bishop residence in St. George, Utah and a second for the Charles and Lela Hilton residence in Panama City Beach, Fla. He was awarded another award for the Hilton residence and one for University High School on the Fresno State campus. The awards were given by the Florida Council of the Society of American Architects. Dyson won the award of honor for the Hilton residence and the year's top prize, the award of excellence, for his design of University High School.
Steven Lane has joined Media Solutions Inc. as the new director of sales and marketing. He previously worked at AT&T for 15 years.
Michael Maruyama has joined Colliers International in its retail properties group.
Realty Concepts Ltd. has hired the following associates in residential sales: Tricia Engman, Lexi Kraft, Ryan Burns, David Harris, Nanette Zahlis, Tim Natsues in the Fresno Office and Sara Wolters in the Oakhurst Office.