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Carlo Agresta and Iris Callahan are among the newest realtors at Cedar One.

Agresta has been a Jefferson County resident for more than 30 years. He has more than a decade of public service with the Belvedere Fire Department, where he has held numerous positions, including president. He has served multiple terms as a village councilman.

Since obtaining his real estate education through Honduras College of Business, Agresta has become affiliated with the National Association of Realtors, the Ohio Association of Realtors and the East Central Association of Realtors.

Callahan has more than 30 years of experience in the real estate industry and a background in mortgage loan origination. She has exceeded $1 million of gross sales production this year.

Originally licensed in Washington, D.C., she moved to Columbus and became involved with mortgage lending with National City Bank and Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, specializing in renovation financing. She’s an independent grant writer.

She holds a degree in political science from Howard University, is a certified paralegal through Ohio Dominican College and has attended Eastern Gateway Community College.

A member of Mount Zion Baptist Church, she belongs to the East Central Ohio Board of Realtors, Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce and Urban Mission Ministries.

APPOINTED: Dr. Garland D. Baker Jr. will be appointed the new chief safety inspector of fire and building safety with the Accord, an historic agreement between the Global Unions Industrial, and UNI, with numerous global brands and retailers, such as Nike and Reebok, to improve safety standards in Bangladesh, India’s textile and garment industries.

Baker will coordinate and ensure the quality of initial inspections of all newly listed and not previously inspected supplier factories, according to officials. He will lead a team of 100 engineers in evaluating for structural soundness, fire safety and system design and will develop policy and procedure in supporting the Ministry of Labor, employees, unions and the National Plan of Action for Dhaka, Bangladesh.

The appointment will start in January in Dhaka.

Baker is a former resident of Steubenville and a former fire marshal in the city. He is working with the Army Corps of Engineer Project and Sigma Science of Los Alamos, N.M., upgrading the fire alarm and mass notifications in the Army Reserves Centers in key locations throughout West Virginia and the National Nuclear Security Administration, Nuclear Warhead Research Lab and Nuclear Warhead Stock Pile.

Baker, who lives in Loganville, Ga., holds degrees from the University of California Berkeley, the University of Maryland, Oklahoma State University and the University of Michigan. He holds professional engineering licenses in the United States, Britain and Canada.

He is married and has five children.