R. Michael Gholson, a 16-year veteran of the third-party marketing industry, has joined Financial Network Investment Corp.

Mr. Gholson, 57, started Monday as vice president of the marketing firm's financial institutions division. His duties include business development, national marketing, and assisting regional offices in recruiting.

He has "great enthusiasm for the business," said Jack R. Handy Jr., executive vice president of the Torrance, Calif., company, which has 220 bank clients. "I think he'll do a wonderful job of leading us to ever- higher levels of success."

Before joining Financial Network, Mr. Gholson was in charge of business development for the financial institution divisions of two SunAmerica broker-dealers. He has also done stints at PrimeVest Financial Services Inc., St. Cloud, Minn.; Marketing One Inc., Portland, Ore.; and Invest Financial Corp., Tampa. Mr. Gholson said his new post lets him help "direct and develop strategies," which he enjoys. He succeeded Barbara Kazarian, who was promoted to senior vice president.

- Cheryl Winokur

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