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March 7, 2017 • Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce

Member Announcements



• Billy Glosson, Market President, announced that State Bank and Trust Company has completed its mergers with The National Bank of Georgia. The merger provides for the expansion of the bank's statewide footprint with entry into markets in Athens, Gainesville and Savannah. • Junior Achievement of Northeast Georgia’s Business Hall of Fame 2017 Recipients are Randall Frost, managing partner with Stewart, Melvin & Frost, Jim Mathis, past president/CEO of the North Georgia Community Foundation, and Paul Maney, a retired IBM executive and small business investor. In 2016-17, over 8,000 students were served by trained corporate volunteers, teaching youth the fundamentals of free enterprise, business ethics, personal economics, and workforce development. • WomenSource presents Motivating Women: Building A Life of Leadership on March 10, 11:30am - 1:00pm at the Chattahoochee Country Club featuring Erika Laughlin, Owner, Erika Reade Ltd.; Tracy Garner, Vice President Service Delivery & Assurance at AT&T; and Brenda Hill-Gilmore, Gainesville High School Girls Basketball Coach. $50/Ticket, $500 Tables of 8. To register call 770-5039060 or online at • The Council of Superior Court Judges awarded Hall County Superior Court Judge Jason Deal the Emory Findley Award for outstanding service, visionary leadership, resolve and dedication. Deal became the presiding judge of the Hall County Drug Court in 2006 and started the Dawson County Treatment Court. He is a member of the Governor's Criminal Justice Reform Council and serves as chair of the Council of Accountability Court Judges of Georgia. • Brett Fowler, Turner Wood & Smith Insurance, was named one (of only 20) Employee Benefit Adviser's 2017 Rising Stars in Advising. EBA is an information resource for employee benefit advisers, brokers and agents. Brett was also named Gainesville Jaycee's Young Man of the Year. The award, which honors outstanding community members under the age of 40, has been distributed since 1945. • Dr. David Westfall was named Rotary Club of Gainesville's 2016 Man of the Year and Sissy Lawson was named Woman of the Year. Dave serves as the State Director of Public Health District 2 and was recognized for continuously seeking ways to improve the lives of citizens of Georgia. Sissy was elected

to the Gainesville City Council in 1985 and became the first female mayor in 1991 and again in 2003. Both her grandfather and great grandfather also served as mayors. She led the way in establishing many non-profits such as Elachee, Friends of the Park and Gateway House. • Julia Greene, this year's Gainesville Jaycees Young Woman of the Year honoree, recently moved from a private law practice to an Assistant District Attorney in the local juvenile court system. Greene was recognized for a number of accomplishments, most notably her service as the President of the Junior League of Gainesville-Hall County. • Network with community leaders while obtaining valuable business updates at the Chamber's Board meeting Thursday, March 23 at 12 pm at the Gainesville Civic Center. $12, includes lunch. Reservations required. Contact Gerri Collins, 770-532-6206 x 106, or email: • Jimmy Adams, President, Adams Transfer & Storage (ATS) boasts the most Certified Moving Consultants in the state as 20-year employee Debbie Cofer, ATS general manager, and Israel Sosa earned their Certified Office & Industrial Consultant designation from the American Moving & Storage Association. Carolyn Greene marks her 10th year as a certified Residential Moving Consultant with 30 years in the industry. Founded in 1903, ATS is Georgia’s oldest family-owned moving and storage company. • Malia Bolt of Purple House Gallery in Gainesville was named the 2017 Design Star at the Framing Edition Competition in Atlanta for creatively framing a custom mirror. Malia will collaborate with the Larson-Juhl Design Team on a new moulding collection to be launched at the 2018 West Coast Art & Frame Expo. 5% of the first years sales will go to a local charity of Malia's choice. • Children's Center for Hope and Healing's Wine Tasting fundraiser is Saturday, March 18, 4-6 pm at beautiful Montaluce Winery in Dahlonega. The event includes red and white wine tastings, cheeses, a silent auction and raffle items. Tickets: $60 per person. Call 770-532-6530 x 1011 or email Cindy Wilson, Tickets online:

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Business After Hours at 2 Dog Thank You Tim and Tina Roberts of 2 Dog for sponsoring the February Business After Hours. Gainesville Flooring will sponsor Business After Hours on Thursday, March 23 at 634 Main Street in Gainesville and celebrate their 25th anniversary with food by 2 Dog, drinks, and great drawings including a Green Mountain Grill and a free room of carpet donated by Mohawk Industries!

Small Business Success

(L-R): Tony Paramore, Gainesville Paint; Joe Selbee; Berkshire Hathaway Home Services; Chris Hanks, Kennesaw State University; Kit Dunlap, Greater Hall Chamber; Phil Bonelli, Wells Fargo. Chris Hanks led the February seminar with a packed audience on the art of communicating. Attend the next seminar on March 14 presented by business coach Dede Gossage, owner, GetToItToday. Get on the path to becoming a Chamber Certified Small Business Partner. Details, page 13.

Wilhoite Joins Chamber Staff

Peyton Wilhoite Project Manager Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce

Gainesville-native and North Hall High graduate Peyton Wilhoite has joined the Chamber staff. Peyton attended Ole Miss on a track and field scholarship before transferring to the University of Georgia where he received an Advertising degree from the Grady College of Journalism. Prior to returning to Gainesville, he worked at The Buntin Group, an advertising agency in Nashville TN, as a channel activation associate. As Chamber Project Manager for Economic Development and Government Affairs, Peyton is responsible for economic development marketing initiatives that further job investment growth from existing and new business, while addressing issues that affect business and the community. He also works with Chamber committees and programs involving government affairs. Contact Peyton at 678-971-6224 or email:


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