People in Business – Houston Chronicle
Paul Grabowski has joined Bracewell & Giuliani as chief marketing officer.

Egon Zehnder International, an executive search firm, has named Trent Aulbaugh as leader of its Houston office and announced the expansion of the energy practice with the addition of Brian Harry and Catheryn Staveley as consultants.

Peter de la Mora has been appointed director of client development at WHR Architects.

Lisa M. Montgomery has been appointed vice president for student success and enrollment management at University of Houston-Downtown.

The Houston Symphony has announced the addition of violist Sheldon Person and French horn player Jacek Muzyk to the orchestra for the opening of the 2011-2012 season.

Jones Lang LaSalle has announced the addition of retail investment sales expert George Cushing as a managing director to strengthen its capital markets platform in Texas. Wendy Vandeventer has joined Jones Lang LaSalle as vice president.

James Steffler has been appointed vice president and chief administrative officer of SEMPCheck Services, a provider of Web-based safety and environmental compliance management solutions to the energy industry.

Adams and Reese has expanded the OSHA regulatory services it offers to its clients with the hiring of John Surma and Collin Warren as special counsel in the Houston office.

Dallas-based Darling Homes has hired Shannon Vining as marketing manager-Houston.

Chris Gerow has been appointed vice president and client adviser for Bank of Texas The Private Bank.

C. Frederick Lankford, president of Sysco Eastern Maryland, has been named senior vice president of distribution services for Sysco Corp., effective Oct.15.

Joe Chandler has been promoted to chief operating officer of ITS Energy Services.

Nick Lindauer has been named vice president of client services and operations at Forthea Interactive, a full-service internet marketing company based in Houston.

Charles R. Clary has been promoted by Regions Bank to commercial and industrial banking executive for the Texas metro markets of Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth and Austin.

CDC Houston, a subsidiary of Coventry Development Corp., announced the appointment of Mike Polhemus as engineering manager of Springwoods Village. Polhemus will oversee all engineering, architectural design and construction efforts for the community's infrastructure.

The Claro Group has expanded its financial consulting services practice in its Houston office. Douglas J. Brickley, a bankruptcy, restructuring and financial advisory services expert, joins the firm as managing director. Chris Quinn joins Claro as a senior manager, and Chris von Eljaszewicz joins as a manager.

Eugene R. Allspach has been appointed to senior vice president-corporate development at TPC Group and will continue to serve on the board of directors.

R. Bruce LaBoon has been elected vice chairman of the board of the Cenikor Foundation. LaBoon is former managing partner and now of counsel with the law firm Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell.

Joe Janer has been promoted to vice president, customer care, at Aqua-Gulf Transport, a transportation and logistics service provider.

Ron Slater has been named general manager and maitre'd at Morton's, The Steakhouse's downtown location at 1001 McKinney.

Cort, a Berkshire Hathaway company and furniture rental provider, has hired Brian Franks as territory sales manager in Houston.

Stan Johnson Co., a national real estate brokerage and advisory firm, has named Andrew Peeples as an associate in its Houston office.

Manesh Jiten Shah, an associate in the business, finance and restructuring department of Weil, Gotshal & Manges, has been selected to participate in the 2011-2012 LeadershipSBOT (State Bar of Texas) program.

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