Directions in Design, an interior architectural and design firm, has welcomed ERIN SWENSON as its director of business development.

SARAH MARTIN has joined the financial development team of The Jewish Family & Children’s Service. She is president of Wood Martin Consulting Firm.

EMILIE FINK has been appointed by Lodging Hospitality Management as director of catering for Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark and St. Louis Union Station Hotel Doubletree by Hilton.

The Missouri Athletic Club has elected JOHN BUGH, the regional managing director of Great Southern Bank, as president. Also taking office in May are JUDITH HANSES (first VP), MARY FRONTCZAK (second VP), TERRY HAMMER (secretary) and TROY ROBERTSON (treasurer).

NewSpace Business Interiors welcomes MICHELLE BERNDT as business development manager. Previously, she was a consultant for Dean Team Automotive Group.

THOMAS BROUSTER, chairman of Reliance Bancshares, has successfully led the recapitalization of Reliance Bancshares and Reliance Bank, raising $31 million in one of Missouri’s most significant bank recapitalizations in the current economic cycle. Brouster has more than 40 years of experience in the banking industry and joined Reliance Bancshares early last year.

For the seventh consecutive year, St. Luke’s Hospital was selected by Healthgrades, an independent healthcare ratings organization, as one of the 50 best hospitals in America. It is the only hospital in St. Louis to receive this distinction.

McLANE POTEET has been named VP of Sterling Bank and will head its new Chesterfield branch. A graduate of University of Missouri, Poteet has been with Sterling Bank since 2005.

JUDY ABRAMS has joined the general contracting and construction management firm Tarlton Corp. as chief financial officer. She previously served as chief financial and administrative officer at the Jewish Foundation of St. Louis and serves on the budget finance committee for the Ladue School District.

Washington University in St. Louis has named HOLDEN THORP as its new provost. Previously, Thorp served as chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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