People in Business: Aug. 25, 2013

Brian Shepa, of Charlestown, has earned advanced Federal Aviation Administration certification as an inspection authorization mechanic. The designation permits an airframe and power plant mechanic to perform a larger variety of services and alterations. Obtaining this certification requires substantial knowledge of aviation maintenance, as assessed by rigorous testing conducted by the FAA. Shepa’s certification allows him to sign off on aircraft annual inspections and major repairs or alterations. He is also authorized to perform and supervise progressive aircraft inspections. Shepa is a service technician at Granite Air Center, the primary general aviation service provider at the Lebanon Municipal Airport. He has been with Granite Air since 2009.

Craig O. Allsopp, of Quechee, has joined Portland, Maine-based Corporate Finance Associates to help the global investment banking firm develop its client base in New England. Allsopp is a former vice president at Dow Jones and Co., where he was in charge of the company’s licensing agreements with major banks and financial services companies. He later became president and CEO of Internet Publishing Group, where he oversaw the company’s commercial real estate and energy information services. Earlier in his career, Allsopp was an award-winning political and business journalist. He earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Davis & Elkins College, and he holds a master’s degree in journalism from Penn State University.

Michele Estes, of Lyme, has joined Hygeia, the medical office of Dr. Robyn Jacobs, as a certified health coach. Estes is an educator and coach specializing in gastrointestinal and immune system health. She received her training and certification from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and Columbia University. She is an accredited member of the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. Hygeia is located on the mall in Lebanon.

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