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THE PAST DECADE HAS BEEN CHALLENGING FOR COMPANIES STRIVING TO SUCCEED. THEY HAVE MADE IT THROUGH THE YEARS AND DEMONSTRATED STRENGTH AND STAYING POWER. IN CELEBRATION OF OUR 50TH ISSUE, WE INVITE YOU TO BE A PART OF THIS COMMEMORATIVE MILESTONE. S P E C I A L

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THE FIDUCIARY GROUP MALCOLM BUTLER, JD, PRESIDENT/CEO

• Wealth Management • Retirement Plans • Trusts and Estates WHEN Founded in Savannah by Lee Butler in 1970.

WHY They really enjoy helping people save more and grow their wealth through sound advice and disciplined investment management. People trust The Fiduciary Group to do what’s right for them. 310 COMMERCIAL DRIVE SAVANNAH, GA 912.303.9000 TFGINVEST.COM

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WHAT A registered investment advisory firm providing investment management and financial advice for individuals, families, trusts, estates, and retirement plans. This company has a great team of advisors with diverse expertise and advanced degrees in law, business, finance, and accounting. As fiduciaries, they act solely in their clients’ best interests, they provide independent objective advice, and they do not sell any products.

Our firm tag line is ‘Conserve. Plan. Grow.’ We think it’s a great recipe for financial success.” —Malcolm Butler

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SAVANNAH BEE COMPANY Locally Owned and Operated National Brand • Hand Crafted Honey Food Products WHO: Ted Dennard, Founder. WHEN: In January of 2002 he quit his job, mortgaged his house, and put all his money into the venture—the Savannah Bee Company. WHAT: Savannah Bee Company carries honey wine, and they make single flower honeys, lip gloss, body butter, lotions, and hair care products. They are passionate about honeybees and all they do for the environment. WHY: Honey tastes great and nourishes the body inside and out. Savannah Bee Company also educates customers on the important work of bees to sustain plant and animal life. The latest buzz is their Bee Cause Project—a non-profit organization dedicated to raising a generation who understands, loves, and protects honeybees. Already they have installed 25 glass observation beehives in schools, and their goal is 1000.

104 WEST BROUGHTON STREET • SAVANNAH, GA • 912.233.7873 | 1 WEST RIVER STREET SAVANNAH, GA • 912.234.7088 | 211 JOHNNY MERCER BOULEVARD • 912.234.0688 216 KING STREET • CHARLESTON, SC • 843.722.5664 • SAVANNAHBEE.COM

Left Page, Left to right: (Back row) Gordon Matthews, Kate Dowdle, Ted Dennard, Hillary Deal. (Front row) Diana Smirl, Allie Smith. Right Page, Left to right: Jay Randall, Heather Donn, Nicole Maks, Maria Lancaster, Andrea Burg.

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To see children light up when a hive is unveiled is so fantastic. The work we are doing with the Bee Cause is the most rewarding thing I have ever done." —Ted Dennard

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CORDASCO & COMPANY, P.C. Tax Planning & Preparation • Collaborative Accounting Solutions • Accounting and Auditing Services WHO: Rob Cordasco, James Rahal, Mark Haney, Kathy Anderson. WHEN: Founded by Rob Cordasco in 2007. WHAT: As a boutique CPA firm, Cordasco & Company provides high-end tax and accounting services with a primary focus on tax planning and preparation. They are well-positioned to navigate the changing tide of tax law and rely heavily on state-of-the-art technologies. WHY: The firm fosters long-term relationships with clients, using technical ability, expertise, and creativity. This is an unusual combination in the industry.

109 OGLETHORPE PROFESSIONAL COURT • SAVANNAH, GA • 912.353.7800 • CORDASCOCPA.COM

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We are not your parents' accounting firm. We are very progressive. We combine highly technical skills,strong communications and leveraged technology to provide our clients with the highest level of services and proven results." —Rob Cordasco

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Cosmetic surgery is not about vanity. It’s about confidence and quality of life.” —Dr. Joel L. Shanklin

Left page, Left to right: Dr. Joel Shanklin, Dr. Meghan McGovern, Dr. Luke Curtsinger (sitting), Dr. Michael Huntly, Donna Thiffault, LME Right page, Left to right: Elizabeth Turner, MBA; Jessica Earley. Back row: Christy Linton, Mary Haskins, RN, Elaine Coleman (Not pictured: Kathy Conner)

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COASTAL EMPIRE PLASTIC SURGERY Cosmetic Surgery • Non-Surgical Facial Enhancements • Reconstructive Surgery WHO: Joel L. Shanklin, MD, FACS; Meghan K. McGovern, MD; Luke J. Curtsinger, MD, FACS; Michael R. Huntly, MD, FACS. WHEN: The practice and center was founded by Dr. Shanklin in 2003. WHAT: More beautiful. More youthful. More you. Coastal Empire’s state-of-the-art, licensed surgical center is equipped to perform all of their cosmetic surgical procedures, combining the safety of a hospital environment with convenience and privacy. Their main goal is to help patients improve their appearance and restore a more youthful look. WHY: The goal of the four surgeons is to help others achieve their dreams. The doctors are passionate about what they do, and this is what keeps patients coming back. They have locations in Savannah, Statesboro, Rincon, Jesup, Hinesville, and Bluffton.

900 MOHAWK STREET • SAVANNAH, GA • 912.920.2090 • COASTALEMPIREPLASTICSURGERY.COM

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OLIVER MANER LLP Trial and Transactional Attorneys WHEN: Founded in 1897. WHAT: The firm of Oliver Maner has been a vibrant and productive member of the Savannah legal community for more than 100 years. Their lawyers place high priority on philanthropic and civic activities, which better the local community and the State of Georgia. WHY: The attorneys at Oliver Maner have an excellent track record against some of the largest firms in the United States. They are willing to take on complex cases and to try them without hesitation. The legal counsel and tax advice they provide to individuals, families, and businesses is first-rate.

218 WEST STATE STREET • SAVANNAH, GA • 912.236.3311 • OLIVERMANER.COM

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Left to right (first row): Douglas J. Giorgio, III, Partner; David H. Dickey, Partner; Benjamin M. Perkins, Partner; R. Benjamin Lingle, Associate; Paul H. Threlkeld, Partner; Patrick T. O’Connor, Managing Partner; William P. Franklin, Jr., Partner; Lee A. Summerford, Partner; Timothy D. Roberts, Partner; William J. Hunter, Partner; Douglas E. Herman, Partner; George T. Major, Associate; Zachary S. Howard, Associate. (Not pictured: I. Gregory Hodges, Partner; Christopher L. Ray, Partner)

Left to right (second row): Kelin L. Murphy, Associate; Blake L. Greco, Associate; Lauren H. Meadows, Associate; Julian R. Friedman, of Counsel; Bryan S. Schivera, Associate; Joe E. Mathews, Associate; T. Lawrence Evans, Associate; Justin T. Jones, Associate; Alison S. Kennickell, Partner; Robert W. Schivera, Partner; James P. Gerard, Partner; Patricia T. Paul, Partner; Andrew M. Wilkes, Partner.

Oliver Maner is proud of its heritage as a leading law firm in Savannah for more than 100 years. We look forward to continuing the pursuit of excellence and service to this great community for generations to come." —Pat O’Connor, Managing Partner

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Our beautiful homes and attention to individual needs make our guests feel like they belong to our special island community." —Stacye Jarrell

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OCEANFRONT COTTAGE RENTALS Tybee Island’s Premier Luxury Rental Agency WHO: Stacye and Lannie Jarrell, Owners. WHEN: Founded in 1997. In 2003 and 2012 they were awarded "Small Business of the Year" by the Savannah Chatham County Chamber of Commerce. WHAT: Tybee Island’s leading luxury vacation rental agency with award-winning service accolades. WHY: The properties are tastefully decorated with every imaginable luxury amenity, whether they are oceanfront, or on the marsh. Concierge services include the fulfillment of grocery and transportation needs and booking parties at the Tybee Wedding Chapel and Grand Ballroom.

717 1ST STREET • TYBEE ISLAND, GA • 912.786.0054 • OCEANFRONTCOTTAGE.COM

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TYBEE ISLAND WEDDING CHAPEL Full Service Wedding, Corporate, and Banquet Facility WHO: Ray Anaya, Director of Events; Carla Michael, Assistant Director of Events. WHEN: The Wedding Chapel was opened in April 2011 after the church was used in the Miley Cyrus movie, The Last Song. It was voted "Best of Weddings" 2012–2014 on TheKnot.com and "Bride’s Choice" 2012–2014 on Wedding.Wire.com. The recent addition to the chapel is the Grand Ballroom, which opened in March 2014. WHAT: This elegant venue is used for a wide variety of events with full service accommodations. The chapel and ballroom host weddings, corporate functions, special celebrations. WHY: They accommodate 180 or more people and cater to individual needs with concierge services from our award-winning professional staff. The staff is attentive and pay attention to every detail to make your soiree swing!

1114 U.S. 80 • TYBEE ISLAND, GA • TOLL FREE: 800.786.5889 • PHONE: 912.786.0054 • TYBEEWEDDINGCHAPEL.COM

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Planning a wedding is an experience. It is a collaboration of many planning elements that lead up to one of the biggest days of your life. You should cherish every moment... from the engagement to the 'I do'." —Ray Anaya, Venue Director

Left to right: Ray Anaya, Venue Director; Carla Michael, Assistant Director of Events; Lannie Jarell, Owner; Stacye Jarell, Owner

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HUNTERMACLEAN Introducing the Next Generation of Success WHEN: Tracing its history to 1879, HunterMaclean has been an integral part of Savannah business for more than 130 years. WHAT: The firm’s success has been built by the professional excellence of generations of attorneys, and its future will be built by the young attorneys pictured here. WHY: HunterMaclean attorneys get to know their clients and the industries they work in to help them navigate a constantly evolving business landscape. The firm represents companies and individuals throughout the United States, with a focus on Georgia and the Southeast. Clients include Fortune 500 companies, banks and hospitals, professional service organizations, nonprofit corporations, family businesses, and startup ventures.

200 EAST SAINT JULIAN STREET • SAVANNAH, GA • 912.236.0261 • HUNTERMACLEAN.COM BANK OF AMERICA PLAZA • 777 GLOUCESTER STREET, SUITE 400 • BRUNSWICK, GA • 912.262.5996

Top row, Left to right: Rachel Young Fields, William J. Gallagher III (seated), Allan C. Galis, Gregory O. DeBacker, David M. Burkoff, Carson Bacon Penney, Deanne E. Clarke, Daniel J. Monahan, Parker C. Morgan, Daniel R. Crook, Kate C. Lawson. Bottom row, Left to right: Edgar M. Smith, Shayna A. Bowen, Colin A. McRae, Bradley M. Harmon, Courtney L. Valentine, Nicholas J. Laybourn, Heather Hammonds Lundy

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The firm seeks out young attorneys who not only possess legal talent but will also invest themselves in the Savannah community and help it grow. We are proud to have such accomplished and dedicated young professionals practicing at HunterMaclean." 窶認rank S. Macgill, Managing Partner

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SISTERS OF THE NEW SOUTH The Best Soul Food in Savannah WHO: Kenneth and Vicky Brown, Owners. Jurrell and Precious Howell, Mall Boulevard Owners. WHEN: Kenneth’s background in the food service industry and Vicky’s love of cooking convinced them to open their first restaurant in 2009. WHAT: Husband-and-wife owners Vicky and Kenneth Brown envisioned a place offering the food you remember from your mother’s or grandmother’s table. Traditional dishes such as fried chicken and smothered pork chops are served with mashed potatoes, okra, yams, and macaroni and cheese. WHY: The name says it all—Sisters of the New South is about family. Vicky is the youngest of eight daughters, and her sisters, nieces, and nephews help run the three locations. She and Kenneth strive to create a friendly atmosphere where customers are greeted, remembered, and treated like family.

2605 SKIDAWAY ROAD • SAVANNAH, GA • 912.335.2761 | 110 MALL BOULEVARD • SAVANNAH, GA • 912.355.1330 103 CANAL STREET • POOLER, GA • 912.748.6700 • THESISTERSOFTHENEWSOUTH.COM

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You can call it soul food, comfort food, or Southern cooking. It doesn’t matter what your background is or where you’re from, this is the food you grew up on." —Kenneth Brown

Left to right: Jurrell Howell, Dorothy Bing, Kenneth Brown, Shireas Peek, Vicky Brown, Esterline Bing, and Betty Miller

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Back row: Dr. Rod Strickland, Dr. Brad Durham, Brooke White; Front Office Coordinator; Lar Algatt, New Patient Coordinator/Hygienist; Kim Hughes, Practice Coordinator Front row: Kristin Pullum, Office Coordinator; Jennifer Hart, Hygienist; Nikki White, Lab Coordinator; Sonya Prater, Hygienist; Sherri Merritt, Dr. Durham’s Treatment Coordinator; Dawn Billotte, Dr. Strickland’s Treatment Coordinator

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BEYOND EXCEPTIONAL DENTISTRY Beyond Exceptional is an Adjective as Much as the Name of the Practice WHO: Brad Durham, DMD, and Rod Strickland, DDS WHEN: 25 years in practice. WHAT: Folks in Savannah know them as the creators of beautiful smiles. Around the country and the globe they are known for far more. WHY: Dr. Durham is a consultant, author, and researcher, and speaks internationally. He leads workshops attracting dentists from all over the world. Dr. Strickland is the inventor of the “Facelift Denture™,” which draws patients from across the region. He trains dentists in this innovative procedure that renews smiles and can take years off the appearance without surgery.

1317 ABERCORN STREET • SAVANNAH, GA • 912.234.8282 • BRADDURHAMDMD.COM 29 PLANTATION PARK DRIVE #301 • BLUFFTON, SC • 843.706.2999

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SAVANNAH KITCHEN AND BATH LUKEJOHN DICKSON, OWNER; AMY DICKSON, CREATIVE DIRECTOR

• Driven by Design • Largest Selection of Kitchen and Bath Products in the Region • Strong Client Relationships 925 EAST 37TH STREET SAVANNAH, GA 912.236.9299 SAVANNAHKITCHENANDBATH.COM

WHEN: Lukejohn originally launched DC4 as a design/build firm in 2004. After an expansion, new location, and name change, they began focusing exclusively on kitchen and bath design and products. WHAT: As a design-driven interior contractor, Savannah Kitchen & Bath’s (SKB) primary focus is on satisfying client’s aesthetic needs, not selling products. With a primary focus on customer satisfaction, everything else falls into place. WHY: Savannah Kitchen & Bath recognizes that clients are different and so are their needs. Whether the goal is to renovate, modernize, or create a personal sanctuary in the home, SKB provides a strong team of in-house designers, project managers, lead carpenters, and installers, all dedicated to quality execution. They transform the construction and remodeling process into a rewarding experience.

We are a turnkey interior contractor and base all of our work on design excellence and quality execution.” —Lukejohn Dickson

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Dept 7 on Broughton Street in Downtown Savannah, was designed by SKB.

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DANIEL DEFENSE MARTY DANIEL, FOUNDER/CEO

• AR-15 Style Guns • Gun Barrels • Rifle Rail Systems 1101 WARFIGHTER WAY BLACK CREEK, GA 912.851.3234 DANIELDEFENSE.COM

WHEN: In 2009, Daniel Defense moved to a 38,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Black Creek, Georgia. They anticipate employing 284 Georgians there and adding millions to the local economy by 2018. WHAT: Daniel Defense has grown into a company that designs, engineers, manufactures, and sells rifles and small arms parts and accessories used by military, law enforcement, and civilians seeking premium rifles for home defense, hunting, and sport shooting. Truly a local operation, Daniel Defense began in the corner of a shop in Savannah. Owner Marty Daniel, a shooter and firearms enthusiast, wanted to create accessories for his M16 rifle. He soon found a wider demand for his products, and so Daniel Defense was founded. WHY: Daniel Defense is the sole source provider of rifle rail systems to the United States military Special Operations Command. To date, they have delivered 30,000 units to this elite unit.

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RIVER STREET SWEETS TIM AND JENNIFER STRICKLAND, OWNERS

• World Famous Pralines • Bear Claws and Chocolates • Glazed Pecans, Brittle, and more 13 EAST RIVER STREET SAVANNAH, GA 912.234.4608 RIVERSTREETSWEETS.COM

WHEN: River Street Sweets started as a family owned gift shop when the doors opened on historic river street in 1973. Over forty years later, siblings Jennifer and Tim Strickland own and operate this family tradition. They take great care and pride in their scrumptious gourmet Southern candies, with good old-fashioned hospitality! WHAT: River Street Sweets is all about making people happy! Every guest in the store enjoys a free sample of World Famous Pralines while watching all kinds of candy made by hand right before their eyes. The entertainment aspect and the interaction with the cooks make a visit to River Street Sweets special. WHY: Nothing smells better than a candy store, so people are drawn in by the delicious aromas and linger because of all the mouth-watering selections. This turns shopping at River Street Sweets into an event for all ages. A sad face is a rare event in the shop. People smile because it is deliciously fun!

It’s all about the Praline.” —Tim and Jennifer Strickland

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JUDGE REALTY LORI JUDGE, BROKER/CEO

• Full Service Boutique Brokerage for Residential and Commercial Properties • Locally Owned and Operated Specializing in Local Markets • Judge Commercial Specializes in Leasing, Sales, and Asset Management 347 ABERCORN STREET SAVANNAH, GA 912.236.1000 JUDGEREALTY.COM

WHEN: Founded in 2005. WHAT: Lori Judge leads a company of 16 agents, three licensed property managers, and a dedicated support staff and continues to focus on her passion for this community. Judge Realty is 100 percent woman-owned, and the team manages almost 200 residential units and 40 commercial properties, and that number is growing. Judge Commercial has operated since 2012, offering a full range of services that covers leasing, sales, and asset management. It was the lead acquisition brokerage firm on the $75 million Broughton Street project, transforming empty storefronts into a bustling mixed-use district. WHY: Lori Judge and her family are dedicated to the growth of their community through the enrichment of the local economy and community. Judge Realty’s personal attention to clients' needs fosters long-term relationships.

This spring I unveiled the Judge Realty permanent art collection, a cultural venture that supports local and regional artists. I am passionate about supporting our arts and community.” —Lori Judge 142

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FINANCIAL SERVICES, UNLIMITED MICHAEL M. DOBBS, FINANCIAL CONSULTANT

• Small Business Benefit Plans • Estate & Retirement Planning • Life Insurance WHEN Michael M. Dobbs has personally been in business for 48 years. After graduating from the University of Georgia, he chose this career, never wanting to do anything else.

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WHAT Financial Services, Unlimited works with small businesses, physicians, attorneys, and professionals. They specialize in disability products, both short, and long-term, estate and retirement planning, including long-term care. They are affiliated with AXA-Equitable, a company that has been serving customers’ needs for over 100 years.

We are celebrating the fact that our success is because of our clients and the trust and confidence they have in our organization." —Michael M. Dobbs

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WHY Dobbs and his associates receive a great deal of satisfaction in helping clients achieve their goals. They educate families and small business owners, helping them maintain their dignity through good times and bad. Their innovative solutions solve problems. 37 WEST FAIRMONT AVENUE, SUITE 212 SAVANNAH, GA 912.921.1370 MICHAEL.DOBBS@AXA-ADVISORS.COM

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GENESIS MEDICAL SPA DR. KATHY CHU, MD OWNER

• Facials and Chemical Peels • Ultherapy and Injectables • Laser Hair Removal, Laser Vein • Treatment, and IPL WHEN Founded by Dr. Kathy Chu, M.D. in September 2007.

WHY “Genesis” means origin, beginning, or source. Founding Genesis was exactly that for Dr. Chu, a practicing physician for over 20 years who had seen firsthand the effects of time on maturing skin. She created a spa where clients relax while receiving appropriate services to enhance their lives. At Genesis Medical Spa of Savannah, modern science meets a luxurious environment to provide an extraordinary experience.

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WHAT A medical spa founded and owned by an M.D., Genesis provides safe, effective, beautifying skin treatments to bring out the best in clients. The staff carefully selects the most effective technology for the procedures, helping clients achieve the lasting, vibrant results they desire. With a focus on personal attention, all services are offered in a cozy and friendly setting, avoiding the clinical feel of the traditional medical office environment. Genesis also offers complimentary consultations to help clients decide what is exactly right for them.

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4451 PAULSEN STREET, SUITE B SAVANNAH, GA 912.354.4095 GENESISSAVANNAH.COM

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We offer medical-grade services for coping with aging, stress, and other environmental factors of the skin." —Dr. Kathy Chu

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PATRICK'S UNIFORMS & GUN RANGE RICK AND PAT GRACE, OWNERS

• Quality Uniforms at a Fair Price • Custom Embroidery & Screen Printing • Indoor Gun Range WHEN Patrick’s Uniforms began in Savannah, Georgia 30 years ago, as a uniform supplier for law enforcement and public safety employees.

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WHAT With their recent expansion into a 30,000 square foot building, they’ve become the area’s most complete uniform store. Their clientele now includes the hospitality industry, medical professionals, and much more.

A bad day at the range is better than a good day at the office." —Rick Grace

WHY Their new operation includes a ten-lane indoor gun range. Owner and former Marine Rick Grace says the range is “a nice compliment to the law enforcement clientele that we serve.” It is the most advanced range system they could find, complete with computerized lanes and a powerful air filtration system. The gun range has brought a diverse customer base to their growing business, but uniform customization is still the heart and soul of Patrick’s. 2307 WEST HWY 80 GARDEN CITY, GA 912.355.0205 PATRICKSUNIFORMS.COM ADDITIONAL LOCATIONS INCLUDE JACKSONVILLE, FL AND TAMPA, FL

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NEW RIVER AUTO MALL WARNER PEACOCK, PRESIDENT/CEO

• Sales and Service of New and • Used Vehicles • 15 Top New Car Brands at 12 • • Dealerships in One Location in the • Lowcountry, plus Two Dealerships • in Columbia, South Carolina • NRAM Remanufacturing Center • New River Wellness Institute WHEN Founded in 2001.

WHY People like to do business with them because they are active community citizens and great ambassadors for their brands. People refer their friends and family to them because they have great client relationships. They have a “zero dissatisfied customers” policy, which is the engine that drives their business. 5001 HWY 278 HARDEEVILLE, SC NEWRIVERAUTOMALL.COM

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WHAT Having 12 dealerships in one location makes them unique. They are the only dealerships between Jacksonville and Charleston that sell Audi, Infiniti, Jaguar, Land Rover, and Porsche vehicles. Plus, they service all makes and models for their clients. New River Auto Mall employs more than 400 people and contributes greatly to the local community.

We love being involved with many of the local non-profit organizations and are proud of what we are able to contribute to our community and economy." —Warner Peacock

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AMERIS BANK AUSTEN D. CARROLL, MARKET PRESIDENT, SAVANNAH

• Checking and Savings • Personal and Commercial Lending • with an SBA Preferred Lender Status • Treasury and Cash Management • Services • Investment Services WHEN Founded in 1971 as the American Banking Company.

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WHAT A publicly traded company with total assets of $3.49 billion as of the end of the first quarter 2014, Ameris Bank has 68 full-service banking locations in Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, and Alabama, with headquarters in Moultrie, Georgia. The bank has a mortgage division, including wholesale lending, correspondent services, warehouse lending, and over 50 mortgage bankers. Ameris also offers Investment Services through a partnership with Raymond James. Ameris Bank currently has four locations in the Savannah area, including locations on Bull Street, on Mall Blvd, in Pooler, and in Richmond Hill.

We are excited about our growth in expertise, size, and revenue. Our Commercial Lending, SBA, and Treasury and Cash Management team of experienced bankers are ready to work with local businesses in Savannah." —Austen D. Carroll

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WHY Ameris Bank is a larger community bank and can provide customers with pricing, products, and services like that of a regional bank but with the sharp focus on customer service and local involvement of a community bank. 300 BULL STREET SAVANNAH, GA 912.238.1699 AMERISBANK.COM

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MEMORIAL UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER MAGGIE GILL, PRESIDENT/CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER; RAMON MEGUIAR, M.D., SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT & CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER

• The only academic medical center • with an affiliati n with Mercer • University School of Medicine and • six physician residency programs. • The only Level 1 trauma center in • Southeast Georgia and one of only • five in the state. • The region's only children's hospital • and Level III neonatal intensive • care nursery. WHEN Memorial was founded in 1955 and takes pride in its roots as a “living memorial” to our nation’s war dead.

WHY Patients come to Memorial because of its commitment to providing safe, reliable, highquality clinical care. The hospital is well-respected, and the staff cares for all patients in our community and region who need our services. 4700 WATERS AVENUE SAVANNAH, GA 912.350.8000 MEMORIALHEALTH.COM

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WHAT Memorial Health is a nonprofit healthcare system serving 35 counties in Southeast Georgia and southern South Carolina. Memorial University Medical Center is a 654bed nationally recognized hospital and home to the Savannah Campus of Mercer University School of Medicine.

The healthcare industry is rapidly changing. To be successful, hospital leaders must support excellent patient care and fin ways to provide healthcare more efficient y while putting the patient at the core of everything." —Maggie Gill J U N E / J U LY 2014

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SECURITY ASSOCIATES OF COASTAL GEORGIA, LLC ERICA A. LUMPERT, CEO

• Armed/Unarmed Security Patrols • Security Officers for Warehouses • and Commercial Buildings • Concierge Security/Event Security WHEN Founded in 2013. WHAT Security Associates of Coastal Georgia (SACG) offers an extensive range of custom security solutions and are uniquely positioned to provide progressive security and safety services.

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WHY People patronize Security Associates because their experienced guards know how to properly interact with clients, and they are trained to focus on potential crime so that business owners don’t have to. 35 BARNARD STREET, SUITE 300 SAVANNAH, GA 912.631.4236 Left to right: David Williams, Site Supervisor; Camelia Kimble, Security Officer; Erica A. Lumpert, CEO; Delicia Sanders, Scheduling Supervisor; Thomas Paro, Security Officer.

We always make our clients feel Safe, Secured, and Protected."

5479 CATHER'S CREEK DRIVE HIRAM, GA 404.731.4720 SECURITYACG.COM Lic. No.PSC002135

—Erica A. Lumpert

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LEOCI'S TRATTORIA ROBERTO LEOCI, CO-OWNER/EXECUTIVE CHEF

• Italian Dining • Organic Food Line • Fresh Ingredients WHEN Founded in December 2009.

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WHAT Leoci’s is a farm-to-table restaurant with a back-to-basics style of Italian cuisine. They take pride in baking house-made bread daily and cooking pasta with farmfresh ingredients. The restaurant is inviting with its casual al fresco atmosphere. At Leoci’s you experience the taste and feel of Italy. WHY Patrons admire Chef Leoci’s creations and organic food line, which includes a variety of jams, relishes, pickles, and a line of charcuterie developed with Hunter Cattle. These products are now available at Kroger, Whole Foods, and other local stores. 606 ABERCORN STREET SAVANNAH, GA 912.335.7027 LEOCIS.COM

These days consumers are more concerned about what goes into their bodies. Eating healthy is not always about a certain type of food or portion size. I believe it’s looking at the whole process from start to finis . When you dine with us at Leoci’s or purchase our products, you can be confident you know exactly what you’re getting." —Roberto Leoci

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SAVANNAH MARKET DAVE SCROGGS, OWNER

• Unique Selection of Craft Beers • Specialty Wines • Premium Cigars WHEN Founded in 2009.

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WHAT They are an independently owned and operated neighborhood market serving the needs of local residents. Fresh coffee, bagels, sandwiches, fruit, and a large variety of snacks and beverages keep customers coming back. The interesting selection of beers, wines, and cigars distinguish them from the larger chain markets. WHY They love responding to customers requests. The customers help guide the unique selection of products. They are excited by the new One West Victory student housing project that will bring in more students.

We love serving the people of our neighborhood in a personalized way that makes us all feel like part of a community. Our products and staff cater to the diverse population that surrounds us."

130 EAST VICTORY DRIVE CORNER OF ABERCORN & VICTORY SAVANNAH, GA 912.201.9463 FACEBOOK.COM/SAVMARKET

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BRASSERIE 529 JOHN ROELLE, OWNER

• Farm-to-Table French Restaurant • A Unique, Accessible Dining Experience • Hand-selected Beers and Wine WHEN Open since February 2011. WHAT Brasserie 529 offers superb, French-inspired cuisine, topnotch service, and expert wine recommendations. Husband-andwife owners John and Amber Roelle source local ingredients and ensure everything is made in-house, from the breads to cured meats and their desserts. PHOTOGRAPHY BY ZOE CHRISTOU WELSH

WHY An outdoor patio and plenty of private, off-street parking enhance an evening of memorable dining. 529 EAST LIBERTY STREET SAVANNAH, GA 912.844.3421 BRASSERIE529.COM Bottom row, Left to right: Amy Ansin, John Roelle, Amber Roelle,Owners and Operators Top row, Left to right: Lorenzo Cooper, Chef de Cuisine; Ross Florence, Front of House Staff; Robert Westbrook, Line Cook; Chris Wells, General Manager; Brandon Leonard, Sous Chef; (Not Pictured: Sabrina Simon & Sam Marzullo)

We have a lot of loyal customers because we have high standards, amazing food, and a warm atmosphere." —John Roelle

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PIER COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE RYAN T. SCHNEIDER, CCIM, PRESIDENT

• Commercial Real Estate • Property Management • Real Estate Team of Brokers • and Associates

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WHEN The Hugh Armstrong Real Estate Company was founded in 1956 and led by Hugh “Mack” Armstrong, Jr. until his stepson, Ryan T. Schneider, took over in 2002 and later renamed the company PIER Commercial Realty. They recently formed two new companies: PIER Commercial Real Estate Brokerage, LLC (d/b/a PIER Commercial Real Estate) and Pier Commercial Real Estate Management, LLC. WHAT They are driven by the highest levels of professionalism, excellence, and respect for their clients. PIER represents buyers, sellers, tenants, and landlords and manages commercial properties.

We understand that our business is about people and property. The more you understand how they fit together, the more successful you will be." —Ryan T. Schneider

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WHY They strive to match the right business or investor with the right property for the long term. Whether their clients are tenants, landlords, owners, or buyers, PIER is the one-stop shop. They take pride in creating the right match. 5105 PAULSEN STREET SAVANNAH, GA 912.354.2210 PIERCOMMERCIAL.COM

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THE KENNICKELL GROUP AL KENNICKELL, PRESIDENT

• Digital Print On Demand • Conventional Printing plus All Size/ • Wide Format Signage • Worldwide Distributed Printing and • Fulfillment Network

WHAT The Kennickell Group maintains an 80,000 square foot direct mail and fulfillment center and a 45,000 square foot commercial sheet-fed printing operation, including digital print, web-to-print, and print-on-demand services. Their ability to print anything from small to large, simple to complex makes them unique in the market. Kennickell’s clients only have to make one call for anything they need. WHY Kennickell is always looking for new opportunities and has made it a priority to evolve. They have reinvented themselves in numerous ways and will continue to move forward with technology and trends. 1700 EAST PRESIDENT STREET SAVANNAH, GA 912.233.4532 KENNICKELL.COM S P E C I A L A D V E R T O R I A L S E C T I O N | C E L E B R AT I N G S U C C E S S

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WHEN The Kennickell Group was founded in 1892 in Savannah, Georgia, by Al’s grandfather, Milton Kennickell. Al is the third generation in his family to own and lead the business. Today five family members represent four generations of the Kennickell family working in the company.

Kennickell Management Team: Jana Johnson, Al Kennickell, and David Rosenblum

No matter your age or how long you have been in business, never stop trying to learn new things and become better at what you do." —Al Kennickell

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SAVANNAH RIVERBOAT CRUISES CAPTAIN JONATHAN CLAUGHTON, OWNER

• Dinners, Brunches, and Luncheons • Sightseeing, Special Occasions, • and Celebrations • Most Unique Venue in Savannah • Accommodating up to 600 Guests • per Vessel. WHEN Savannah Riverboat Cruises will mark their 25th year in business in 2015.

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WHAT Savannah’s only one-ofa-kind riverboat tour and true waterfront dining cruises shows off Savannah from the most unique perspective, the river’s, which you can’t find anywhere else. Their team has years of experience in the maritime and hospitality industry. A very special blend of talents come together to welcome you aboard Savannah’s most unique dining experience to enjoy exceptional cuisine and create unforgettable memories.

We are Savannah’s only truly waterfront restaurant and event venue." —Captain Jonathan Claughton

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WHY There’s no better way to spend a few hours than taking a leisurely cruise on the Savannah River. 9 EAST RIVER STREET SAVANNAH, GA 912.232.6404 SAVANNAHRIVERBOAT.COM

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GLOBE SHOE COMPANY JOHN AND AMY SUSSMAN

• Chic and Trendy Designer Footwear • Shoes for Every Occasion • Specialty Accessories for Men • and Women WHEN Sol Lesser, their grandfather, bought the business in the late 1940s. Seymour Sussman, their father, taught them the fundamentals.

WHY Exceptional customer service, a broad range of sizes, and ontrend merchandise are the secrets to Globe Shoe Company’s success. Standards such as these have kept Globe on top of the shoe industry for the past several decades. 17 EAST BROUGHTON STREET SAVANNAH, GA 912.232.8161

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WHAT Sister and brother team Amy and John Sussman operate the store today. With brands like Stuart Weitzman, Van Eli to Sam Edelman, Globe Shoe Company has a variety of styles and sizes to satisfy any customer. Stuart Weitzman, one of Globe’s long-time designers says, “Throughout the three generations of our relationship, Globe has maintained strict attention to detail, fit, and quality, which are specialties of mine.”

A fitting tradition since 1892."

5500 ABERCORN STREET SAVANNAH, GA 912.352.1158

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VILLA SAVANNAH DEAN CALDARELLI, OWNER

• Personalized Customer Service • Distinctly Exclusive Merchandise • Purveyors of the Best and Latest • • Home and Fashion Merchandise WHEN Founded in 2005. WHAT Villa provides an exceptional lifestyle shopping experience by offering highly styled coordinated vignettes of clothing and home furnishings throughout the store. They create the story line of a life well-lived where the customer is the main character!

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WHY Everyone is welcome in the Villa. The talented team at Villa helps clients design their lives with beauty through their unique selection of products. 109 WEST BROUGHTON STREET SAVANNAH, GA 912.233.2870 SHOPVILLASAVANNAH.COM

I strive daily to create an experience that the Villa Savannah client will never forget. It’s a life experience. Every single item is hand selected by the owners of the Villa, but it is done with great purpose and pride as it is our passion." —Dean Caldarelli

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JOHN B. ROURKE DON MCELVEEN AND ALAN TANENBAUM, OWNERS

• Men's Tailored Clothing & Haberdashery • Custom-Made Clothing & Shirts • Unique Gentlemen's Gifts & Finery WHEN John B. Rourke opened his store in downtown Savannah in 1949. It was purchased by the current owners in 1983. After several expansions in the mid 80's, Rourke's became the first store to sign a long term lease in Market Walk and is the only original store still there.

WHY The professional sales staff is eager to assist with the perfect selections and will ensure you have a proper fit. We build relationships and friendships with our clients. 7135 HODGSON MEMORIAL DRIVE SAVANNAH, GA 912.355.1211 JOHNBROURKE.COM

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WHAT Integrity, quality, and service are their trademarks. With luxury menswear in high demand, they continually strive to provide customers with the finest brands available. They offer top lines of tailored and custom clothing, sportswear, business wear, footwear, and a unique variety of accessories and gift items. Left to right: Alan Tanenbaum, Don McElveen, Alex Gold, Mark Lanier, Patti Hendricks

With the current improvements taking place in the center, we are confident that we will continue to grow and remain the finest menswear store in Savannah." —Don McElveen & Alan Tanenbaum

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CELLULAR SALES JOSH KELLER AND BRIAN SNYDER, DIRECTORS

• Smart Phones • Mobile Broadband Service • Home Phone Connect, an • Alternative to Home Phone Service WHEN Josh Keller and business partner Brian Snyder opened their first Verizon retail store in the Savannah area in 2002.

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WHAT The parent company, Cellular Sales of Knoxville, began in 1993, followed by the premier of the Savannah locations in the Fall of 2002. They expanded to twenty locations, eight of which are in the Savannah area which employ 140 sales representatives and twelve administrative positions.

Back row, Left to right: John Chao, Sales Team Leader; Dean Estridge, Sales Team Leader; Ivory Wilson, Lead Retail Sales Representative; Eric Garwes, Business Account Executive; Ketan Chauhan, Lead Retail Sales Representative Front row, Left to right: Selena Osborne, Lead Retail Sales Representative; Caitlin Elliott-Wall, Business Account Executive

You can’t have a happy customer if you don’t have a happy sales person."

WHY They have entrepreneurialminded sales people who go out of their way to service customers and build their own business. The team “door dazzles” by greeting customers as they enter the store and finding out their primary needs. “We don’t like to see people wait,” says Keller. EIGHT LOCATIONS IN THE SAVANNAH AREA CELLULARSALES.COM

—Josh Keller, Regional Director

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fab'rik BREE THOMAS, OWNER

• Fashion Forward Women's Boutique • Affordable Prices • Unique Selection & One-of-a-Kind Pieces WHEN Since September 2010.

WHY At fab’rik, they don’t just sell clothes—they create an experience and build relationships that last a lifetime. Trained to cater to customers, their team’s goal is to make clients feel better about themselves when they walk out. 318 WEST BROUGHTON STREET SAVANNAH, GA 912.234.8470 fabrikstyle.com

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WHAT Located on the desirable high-style Broughton Street strip, fab’rik delivers first-class service to every customer who steps through the door. Their tailored Personal Styling Program offers a more intimate, individualized approach than typical boutiques provide. Owner Bree Thomas loves showcasing the latest trends for her customers in a fun and inviting atmosphere.

We strive to WOW our customers daily. It's a goal of mine to always fin ways to spice things up and deliver high fashion at consistent prices." —Bree Thomas

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KBRS TOMMY DAVIS, PRESIDENT/CEO

• Manufacturer of Innovative, • Premium Quality Shower and • Deck Systems • Seamless Waterproofing Specialists • Custom Design with any Shape, any • Size, and any Drain Location WHEN Founded over 20 years ago by Tommy Davis, an avid surfer who grew up on the Southeastern Coast. Learning how to make his own surfboards inspired him to design a new manufacturing process that brought a revolutionary product to market.

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WHAT Industry leading manufacturer of Tileable Shower and Deck Systems.

The unique nature of our products, based on surfboa d construction, allows KBRS to do things no other company can do, taking away the limitations that have kept the traditional shower design in its ‘box’ and offers our customers simply a better way."

WHY KBRS generated a new idea and grew unique products into a major national brand. By manufacturing the most comprehensive systems available anywhere, KBRS maintains the edge in a competitive market. SAVANNAH, GA 866.912.3211 KBRSINC.COM

—Tommy Davis

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THE CONNER LAW GROUP MIKE CONNER MANAGING PARTNER

• Complex Commercial Litigation • Tort Litigation • Business and Organizational Planning • Corporate Law WHEN In seven of the past eight years, managing partner Mike Conner has been selected as a Georgia Super Lawyer by his peers, and the firm has been included among the US News and World Report Best Law Firms for the past three years.

WHY The firm adheres to the belief that integrity and diligence are always the best choice. The practice is wholly dedicated to the highest level of professionalism in client relationships, and that approach has fostered client loyalty as well as earned the respect of our peers.

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WHAT The Conner Law Group is a litigation and business law firm representing individuals and companies throughout south Georgia. The practice’s work may range from providing expert counsel for businesses, local governments, and financial institutions to managing complex commercial litigation for larger corporations or representing people who have been injured in life-altering automobile collisions or workplace accidents.

Left to right: Justin Bargeron, Associate; Mike Conner, Managing Partner; Patrick Hinchey, Associate

7 EAST CONGRESS STREET SUITE 715 SAVANNAH, GA 912.373.8967 711 EAST CHERRY STREET
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We work hard, treat everyone with the respect they deserve, and do things the right way. I am humbled by the trust our clients place in me and in our firm.” —Mike Conner, Managing Partner

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GAUCHO SAVANNAH ROSS ARNSDORFF, CEO; DEE SUTLIVE, STYLIST; CAROL DEASON, STYLIST

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• Award Winner at the Forefront of • Savannah Fashion • Cutting-edge Classical Styles • Artfully Dressing Women WHEN Locally owned and operated since 1989, Ross Arnsdorff named the shop Gaucho after Argentinian cowboys who exude confidence and panache. WHAT Gaucho is remodeling and expanding the original store on the corner of Bull and Liberty Streets to accommodate their collection from the Broughton Street location. These outlier modern classic fashions will be consolidated in one place in early June. PHOTOGRAPHY BY IZZY HUDGINS

WHY Customers with a taste for easy yet dramatic pieces shop here. Gaucho has a passion for dressing women in the distinctive bold and artful styles.

Where wardrobing is an art."

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COASTAL EAR, NOSE & THROAT DAVID S. OLIVER, MD, FACS AND JOHN SHEFFIELD PA-C

• Sinusitis Treatment • Snoring and Sleep Apnea • Thyroid and Salivary Gland Diseases WHEN Celebrating their fifth year in practice as Coastal Ear, Nose and Throat, Dr. David Oliver and John Sheffield, PA-C have 50 years of combined experience.

WHY The doctor and staff are concerned with excellent patient care, and they use state-of-the-art techniques to treat illness. They make themselves Available when patients need them. The doctor and staff are Affable, and we have the Ability to use state of the art techniques to treat illness. These are the 3 "A's" of success.

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WHAT Coastal ENT provides Savannah and the region with the most advanced comprehensive medical and surgical care for adults and children. In-office and minimally invasive treatment of sinusitis, snoring, sleep apnea, thyroid and salivary gland diseases is our focus.

Left to right: David S. Oliver, MD. Physician, Surgeon; Rhonda R. Oliver, CPC, Practice Administrator

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WARD'S AUTO PAINTING & BODYWORKS ROBBIE WARD, OWNER

• Collision Repair • Frame Straightening • Automotive Paint Refinishin WHEN Robbie Ward opened his first Ward’s Auto Painting & Bodyworks in 2000. Over the next six years, he added two shops in Savannah and one in Hinesville. WHAT From the moment a car is brought in until it is delivered, Ward’s strives to keep the customer informed and happy throughout the process. An accident disrupts daily life, so the trained technicians at Ward’s work hard to minimize additional inconvenience. Their goal is to get the vehicle repaired as quickly as possible without sacrificing quality. PHOTOGRAPHY BY JOHN ALEX ANDER

WHY The staff of skilled technicians, efficient administrators, and effective managers are hard working and loyal because the business is a team effort. 1028 HIGHWAY 80 GARDEN CITY, GA 912.966.1028

Left to right: Justin Vonhurbulous, Paint Technician; Robbie Ward, Owner; Jody Patrick, Paint Technician

We have to be great every time to keep our customers coming back." —Robbie Ward

15002 ABERCORN EXTENSION SAVANNAH, GA 912.925.2030 3005 GIBBONS STREET SAVANNAH, GA 912.233.4500 3643 EAST OGLETHORPE HWY HINESVILLE, GA 31313 912.877.9273 WARDSAUTOPAINTING.COM

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SAVANNAH QUARTERS COUNTRY CLUB SunCal

• Greg Norman Designed Golf Course • Resort-style Pool Interconnecting • with Junior Olympic Lap Pool and • Spectacular Water Slide • Exceptional Service

WHAT Savannah Quarters Country Club, nestled on 1,200 acres of rolling greens, is located near the intersection of I-95 and I-16, just ten minutes away from historic Savannah. The club is situated conveniently close to downtown, but members feel they are a world away. The amenities include an 18-hole Greg Norman Signature Golf Course featuring select tees for a variety of skills levels, an 11acre practice facility, resort style swimming pool with a spectacular waterslide and Junior Olympic lap pool, Har-Tru tennis courts, private dining and event facilities, and a new state-of-the-art fitness center coming in January 2015. WHY The staff prides itself on providing premium attention to members from the moment they arrive because our members deserve the very best.

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WHEN Founded in 2001, Savannah Quarters Country Club is a full-service private club offering activities for the entire family and services to accommodate all business needs.

Left to right: Zsofi olopencza, Club Tennis Pro; Robert Stevenson, Director of Golf; Kristine Compton, Membership Director

Every smile makes us know we're doing something right." —Kristine Compton, Membership Director

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LIVINGOOD'S PHYLLIS LIVINGOOD, CO-FOUNDER/PRESIDENT; DALE LIVINGOOD, CO-FOUNDER

• Sales of Major Home Appliances • Sales of Mattresses • Professional Delivery and Installation WHEN Livingood’s was founded in 1976 by Dale and Phyllis Livingood.

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WHAT Livingood’s helps people with their home appliance and mattress needs and focuses on developing personal relationships with customers. From Sub Zero, Wolf, and Viking to G.E., Whirlpool, and Frigidaire, they offer the topnamed brands at the best prices. WHY Their team of 45 dedicated individuals takes pride in learning about their customers’ needs. For over three decades, Livingood’s has offered unparalleled service and advice along with a wide selection of products. Front row, Left to right: Dale Livingood, Co-founder; Phyllis Livingood, Co-founder and President; Back row, Left to right: Todd Livingood,Vice President; Scott Livingood, Vice President

In a world of impersonal, big-box stores, we provide a personalized shopping experience with exceptional service. This is why our customers continue to shop with us after 38 years."

6700 SKIDAWAY ROAD SAVANNAH, GA 912.352.4392 63 RIVERWALK BLVD. OKATIE, SC 843.379.5800 LIVINGOODSONLINE.COM

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SOUTHERN MOTORS HONDA ROSS KAMINSKY, CO-OWNER AND GENERAL MANAGER

• Quality • Customer Service • Honest Values WHEN A family-owned and operated business for 85 years. WHAT Southern Motors prides themselves on giving people good deals on new and used cars. Their main goal even after the sale is to treat customers with special attention and maintain a long-term relationship with them.

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WHY They mesh smart business practices with family principles of community involvement, such as sponsoring Camp Aloha through Hospice Savannah. 10300 ABERCORN STREET SAVANNAH, GA 877.463.8097 SOUTHERNMOTORSHONDA.NET Left to right: Tyrone Dunbar, 21 years; Andy Pigman, 25 years; Marleny Neal, 8 years; (in back) David Bailey, 20 years; Ben Heyward, 36 years

My goal is to be here another 85, years and that takes good service, good cars, and good people, which we have." —Ross Kaminsky, Co-owner & General Manager

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GREG HALL HOMES GREG HALL, FOUNDER/CEO

• Quality Construction • Custom Renovations • One-of-a-Kind Designs WHEN Founded in 1984, Greg Hall has completed more than 1,200 single family homes.

PHOTOGRAPHY BY ANDREW FORINO

WHAT Greg Hall Homes offer services that range from home renovations to complete design and build of luxury homes. They oversee each phase, from design to completion – all the steps required to make a client’s vision a reality, including cost estimating, design review submissions and approvals, building specifications, permitting, contract management, and interior/exterior design selections. Greg Hall participated on several design boards, including the Southern Living Magazine’s House Plans Builder Board for six years and has built two Southern Living magazine's show homes.

I love the idea of taking your heart out for a walk and bringing it home." —Greg Hall

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WHY He has a passion for building homes, especially unique designs that have never been done before. His responsive, personalized service to clients makes their home building project enjoyable. He takes the extra steps necessary to make sure the design and construction process goes smoothly. 19 BARTOW POINT DRIVE SAVANNAH, GA 912.313.0457 GREGHALLHOMES.COM

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CHATHAM AREA TRANSIT DR. CHADWICK L. REESE, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR/CEO

• Safe, Affordable, Environmentally • Responsible Transportation • Mobility Manager for Chatham County • and Surrounding Areas • CAT Bike Sharing Program

WHAT Chatham Area Transit is more than just a bus company. The multimodal authority provides a central hub for local transit services, including buses, bicyclists, and pedestrians. CAT offers express and local buses, paratransit services for passengers with disabilities, and CAT Bike, the first municipal bike sharing program in Georgia. They also operate a fare-free downtown transportation system that includes the dot Shuttle, Savannah Belles Ferry, and the River Street Streetcar.

PHOTOGRAPHY BY JOHN ALEXANDER

WHEN Chatham Area Transit was officially established in 1987, replacing the existing Savannah Transit Authority.

Left to right: Ramond Robinson, Chief Development Officer; Terri Harrison, Chief Financial Officer; Dr. Chadwick L. Reese, Executive Director/CEO; Sheila Michael, Director of Human Resources; Curtis Koleber, Chief Operations Officer

WHY CAT connects people to jobs, education, medical care, and other community services, all while reducing pollution, easing traffic, and helping the community thrive. CHATHAM AREA TRANSIT 610 WEST OGLETHORPE AVENUE SAVANNAH, GA 31401 CATCHACAT.ORG

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Our goal is to empower this community by encouraging economic growth and mobility choices for every citizen." —Dr. Chadwick L. Reese, Executive Director/CEO

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KEVIN C. DICKINSON DENTISTRY DR. KEVIN C. DICKINSON, DDS, FOUNDER/CEO

• Restorative Care • Reconstruction • Aesthetic Dentistry WHEN A full-service dental office in Savannah for 28 years. WHAT Kevin C. Dickinson Dentistry understands every patient is different, so they tailor their approaches and treatments to fit individual needs and preferences.

PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED BY KEVIN C. DICKINSON

WHY Dr. Dickinson and staff are obsessed with service and passionate about details. They maintain complete oversight of all lab processes and material to ensure their patients look in the mirror and have the “Wow!” experience. 815 EAST 68TH STREET SAVANNAH , GA 912.352.4338 DICKINSONDDS.COM

My staff and I are dedicated to changing dental culture. We acknowledge the fear and avoidance we hear about so often and replace it with a relaxed, happy experience." —Kevin C. Dickinson, DDS

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PHOTOGRAPHY BY ASHLEY BAUMANN. PICTURED ON THE CONSTRUCTION SITE DURING THE EXTERIOR RESTORATION OF THE JULIETTE GORDON LOW BIRTHPLACE.

LOTT + BARBER ARCHITECTS FORREST LOTT, FAIA, PRESIDENT; SCOTT BARBER, AIA, VICE PRESIDENT

窶「 Architecture 窶「 Planning 窶「 Integrated Project Delivery WHEN Founded 1990. WHAT Lott + Barber is a Savannahbased firm specializing in higher education, healthcare, commercial, light industrial, and multi-family design. WHY The firm began with the foundation of quality design and exceptional service. Although it has grown from a small office in a downtown residence to our current 6,000 square foot location, the founding members are still actively involved in the day-to-day operation of the practice. While the name has changed several times over the past two decades, the focus on quality and service to our clients remains constant. Our team has experience in the design of new facilities as well as existing building renovations. Each architect uses Building Information Modeling to produce well-coordinated construction documents that are easier for owners and users to understand.

Counter Clockwise from the Top: Forrest Lott, FAIA, President; Scott Barber, AIA, Vice President; Susan Lott, Administrator; Ashley Baumann, Graphic Designer; Steven Stowers, AIA, Architect; Bryan Harder, Architect; Todd Naugle, AIA, Architect

110 EAST PRESIDENT STREET, #300 SAVANNAH, GA 912.234.5230 LOTTBARBER.COM

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At Lott + Barber we first seek to create an enjoyable client-architect relationship, then deliver quality design through excellent service." 窶認orrest Lott

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SWBC MORTGAGE MARSHA GRAVES, BRANCH MANAGER

• Residential Mortgage Lending • Mortgage Processing • Mortgage Funding • Georgia Residential Mortgage Licensee WHEN Founded in 1976, SWBC started as an insurance company and is now the largest privately held financial institution in America.

PHOTOGRAPHY BY A ARON BERNSTEIN

WHAT Their “claim to fame” is the fact that they are able to handle every part of a client transaction in their office and that is huge as local processing leads to a more efficient and timely closing.

Left to right: Traci Lopez, Ga. #26085 NMLS #198401, Senior Loan Officer; Phyllis Cheong Ga. #36239 NMLS #658829, Senior Loan Officer; Kathleen Efird, Ga. #38288 NMLS #1033558, Senior Loan Officer; Marsha Graves, Ga. #26060 NMLS #193427, Branch Manager; Brenda Williamson, Ga. #36508 NMLS #659081, Loan Officer; Carla Estep, Ga. #26054 NMLS #200443, Senior Loan Officer.

Work hard and then work harder. Consistency is the key to success."

WHY SWBC was recently named one of the “50 Best Companies to Work For” by Mortgage Executive magazine. They have products for individuals, families, businesses, and financial institutions and can serve many needs for individuals and businesses. 300 COMMERCIAL COURT SAVANNAH, GA 912.368.2612 SWBC.COM SWBCMORTGAGE.COM

—Marsha Graves

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FIRST CHATHAM BANK BRIAN FOSTER, PRESIDENT/CEO

• Consumer Banking • Business Banking • Professional Services WHEN Founded in 2001.

WHY Because First Chatham Bank is locally based, many of the current employees who helped start the bank are still on the front lines. The fact that they really know their customers distinguishes First Chatham from other nationally branded banks. Their innovative products allow customers to use First Chatham Bank as a one-stop-shop for all their banking needs. FOR LOCATIONS THROUGHOUT CHATHAM COUNTY, VISIT FIRSTCHATHAM.COM

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WHAT First Chatham Bank is a locally headquartered community bank, which has grown since inception due to offering great service with local decision-making. From personal banking products, such as checking and savings accounts, to business products such as payroll solutions and merchant card processing, First Chatham is positioned to serve a wide variety of clients.

We are a traditional bank meeting the needs of our customers and communities with innovative products delivered with exceptional service." —Brian Foster

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SPA BLEU MORGAN GODWIN, OWNER

• Organic Facials • Massage Therapy • Manicures and Pedicures WHEN Founded in 2010.

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WHAT Spa Bleu is an organic, boutique day spa focusing on therapeutic, effective treatments to enhance daily life and overall well-being. Spa services are more than just a luxury but an outlet for improving quality of life. Spa Bleu therapists and technicians receive regular training, stay up-to-date on the latest in the industry, and always provide high-quality services.

Left to right: Keelah Kracht, Licensed Massage Practitioner; Cora Crystal, Licensed Nail Technician; Tamela Westerfield, Licensed Master Cosmetologist; Ginger Parsons, Licensed Master Cosmetologist; Joanyliz Berrios, Licensed Massage Practitioner; Tyler Blocker, Lead Spa Coordinator; Addie Daniels, Spa Coordinator; Jasmin Gonzalez, Spa Operations Manager

We believe life is precious, and we should strive to enjoy every moment to its fullest."

WHY They maintain an up-to-date spa menu and offer the latest in contemporary as well as traditional spa treatments. Clients visit because of the high standard of customer service, excellent products, and outstanding spa treatments. Spa Bleu is the winner of “Best Day Spa” in Savannah two years in a row. 101 BULL STREET SAVANNAH, GA 912.236.1490 SPABLEU-SAV.COM

—Morgan Godwin

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SAVANNAH TIRE HURLEY S. COOK JR., CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER; TREY COOK, CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

• New Tire Sales and Installation • Complete Automotive Repair • Oil Changes and All Factory • Scheduled Maintenance WHEN Savannah Tire was founded by M.J. Kicklighter in 1951 and is currently a third family generation owned company.

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WHAT Savannah Tire is a locally owned retail tire and automotive repair business with nine branch locations in Savannah, Garden City, Pooler, and Richmond Hill. They guarantee the best tire price or the customer will receive $100 cash. WHY Customers come to Savannah Tire to get advice they trust, added value with each purchase, and exceptional customer service, all in a convenient, clean environment with professional employees. Left to right: Hurley S. Cook Jr., Chief Executive Officer; Trey Cook, Chief Operating Officer

NINE LOCATIONS IN SAVANNAH, GARDEN CITY, POOLER, AND RICHMOND HILL SAVANNAHTIRE.COM

I am proud to wake up each day and work beside my family, our employees, and our customers to make Savannah Tire a great company to work for and do business with." —Trey Cook, Chief Operating Officer

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CHRISTINE HALL PHOTOGRAPHY CHRISTINE HALL, FOUNDER/CEO

• Portrait Professional • 2008 Kodak’s Photographer to Watch • Published in Paula Deen, The Knot, • Inside Weddings, and Delta Sky • • Magazines WHEN Christine Hall values the relationships with her clients and being invited to document family celebrations.

PHOTOGRAPHY BY CHRISTINE HALL

WHAT Christine Hall Photography began in Christine's downtown Savannah apartment in 1997. Six years ago, Christine purchased a studio in Ardsley Park, and today she employs a full-time studio manager, a custom framer, an editor, and a graphic designer. This allows her to stay focused on her clients and their photography needs.

I can't imagine not having a camera in my hand, and I totally enjoy all of my clients." —Christine Hall

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WHY From weddings to maternity sessions and beyond, Christine is passionate about photography for all family events. Her close relationships with clients helps capture their memorable moments. 3301 WATERS AVENUE SAVANNAH, GA 912.353.1989 CHRISTINEHALLPHOTOGRAPHY.COM

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JANI-KING GREG LARD, MASTER FRANCHISE OWNER; ROGER CALVERT, REGIONAL DIRECTOR

• Complete Facility Maintenance • Entrepreneurial Opportunities • through Franchising • Tile Floor Maintenance WHEN Jani-King was founded by Jim Cavanaugh in 1969 as a commercial cleaning company. Having a true entrepreneurial spirit, Mr. Cavanaugh was the first to utilize the concept of franchising in the commercial cleaning industry in 1974.

WHY Their customers do business with Jani-King because they get the results they desire. Not only do they benefit from having a dedicated franchisee clean their facility, they also have total support from a local Jani-King office that provides on-site inspections, customer service calls, and other valued services.

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WHAT Jani-King’s concept and support structure set us apart from our competitors. Through franchising, Jani-King’s program delivers dedicated business owners who have a vested interest and are trained to exceed service goals. Every franchise owner receives administrative and operational support through a local regional office as well as overall support from Jani-King’s global headquarters, both providing opportunities for advanced learning and new business signings.

Jani-King combines the best of both worlds: a local small business owner with a large corporate structure for support." —Greg Lard

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