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Enmarket Introduces New Rewards and Payment Program

Enmarket Introduces New Rewards and Payment Program

(SAVANNAH, GA) The growing Savannah-based Enmarket convenience store chain continues to embrace cutting-edge technology as it rolls out a new customer rewards program called Enjoy Rewards.

Enmarket’s Enjoy Rewards will enable customers to earn fuel discounts by buying gas or diesel fuel as well as food and other merchandise inside the store. Those discounts can amount to as much as $2 off per gallon on fuel purchases.

“This rewards program provides significant savings for our customers and also maximizes convenience,” said Brett Giesick, president of Enmarket, the 49th largest convenience store chain in the country. “Participants will be able to earn and redeem rewards at any of our 125 stores.”

Other features of the program include a coffee club, frozen beverage club and roller grill club, each of which awards a customer a free item after six purchases, plus a free annual birthday reward.

Enjoy Rewards also offers registration rewards such as a one-time 10-cents-a-gallon discount and five free fountain drinks or coffees. Customers may pick up a card at any Enmarket location and can register the card online or on the Enmarket Enjoy Rewards mobile app to start redeeming their fuel discounts. From there, Enmarket customers have the option to either use the physical card or enter their phone number at checkout to access their accounts and rewards.

In addition to providing access to the rewards program, the card can be activated as a method of payment, called enPay. When customers pay for their fuel with enPay, they earn 10 cents off each gallon purchased in that transaction. The enPay card allows customers to make transactions using a secure PIN after linking the card directly to their checking account.

The software that powers the rewards program was developed by Paytronix, while the payment platform is delivered by Zipline.

“We strategically chose two leaders in their respective fields as our partners for this initiative,” continued Giesick. “Paytronix is the industry leader in its category and has the most experience of any company on the market—they truly understand how to use their deep intelligence to drive individual action. In fact, both companies have proven that they understand how to incentivize customers in a meaningful way through offers that are relevant to each individual. We’re building an ecosystem that allows for future integrations that will be seamless to our customers and make the Enmarket shopping experience second to none in the industry.”

This rewards program signals Enmarket’s commitment to its reputation as a technology-driven company designed to make customer experiences faster and more convenient. Last year, the chain became one of the first convenience store chains in the U.S. to introduce new mobile payment technology in the form of a self-checkout service that allows customer to skip register lines and pay for purchases instantly via Enmarket’s smartphone app.

ABOUT ENMARKET
Enmarket is Savannah’s largest convenience store chain, employing more than 1,300 people and operating 125 convenience stores, 14 quick-serve restaurants, and a fast casual restaurant as the 49th largest convenience store operator in the country. Founded as Interstate Stations by Robert Demere in 1963, the retailer operates convenience stores in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina and was noted as the industry’s “Biggest Mover” in store count ranking by Convenience Store News in 2018. The company is committed to giving back to the community through many charitable contributions and volunteer efforts, offering fresh food, healthy snacks, and competitively priced quality fuel as part of its mission to enrich life. www.enmarket.com

CONTACT
Matt Clements
Vice President of Marketing
Enmarket
MClements@enmarket.com

MEDIA CONTACT
Skylar Lanier
Carriage Trade Public Relations®, Inc.
Cecilia Russo Marketing
skylar@carriagetradepr.com
912.547.6610

Carriage Trade Public Relations Announces August Open for Business®: Does Your Pitch Pass the Test?

Carriage Trade Public Relations Announces August Open for Business®: Does Your Pitch Pass the Test?

(SAVANNAH, GA) Join Carriage Trade Public Relations®, Inc. for the August session of their monthly Open for Business® series. This month’s topic is focused on pitching and how to improve yours. Cynthia Cradduck, Junior Partner, will host the conversation on Wednesday, August 28, at noon.

Open for Business® is a monthly online social media article review series, where current marketing articles are discussed that will help your business become more competitive. It is held on the last Wednesday of every month at noon via Facebook Live on Carriage Trade Public Relations’ account.

The article this month can be found here: http://www.publicrelationstoday.com/pitching/?open-article-id=9999286&article-title=does-your-pitch-pass-the-5-second-skim-test-&blog-domain=prsa.org&blog-title=prsay

For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/441614443102931/

ABOUT CARRIAGE TRADE PUBLIC RELATIONS®, INC.
Carriage Trade Public Relations, Inc. is Savannah’s premier reputation management company. Founded in 1995 by Marjorie Young to help businesses increase their visibility in their community and globally online through its trademarked strategy, the REPUTATION MATRIX™ method.

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Cradduck
Junior Partner
912.856.9075
savannahpublicrelations@gmail.com

Nine Tips To Develop A Social Media Crisis Strategy

Nine Tips To Develop A Social Media Crisis Strategy
By Cynthia Cradduck

It’s clear that business owners no longer can ignore the impact and significance of integrating social media into their overall marketing plan. A great deal of thought is devoted to choosing which channels to use, creating a cohesive voice and crafting creative content.

Cynthia Cradduck, Junior Partner of Carriage Trade Public Relations and Cecilia Russo Marketing_

Cynthia Cradduck

Equal attention should be given to planning for social media crises that can happen quickly and escalate even more quickly.

Don’t worry, though. The following nine-step guide will help you prepare for and survive a social media crisis of any kind.

Before a Crisis

1. Establish a social media crisis team.

Not everyone in your business needs to be part of this group, but everyone who’s included should have a defined role. Who will be responsible for monitoring online for potential crises? Who will be the spokesperson if things do go awry? Who will be responsible for responding to online comments? All of these roles must be filled with individuals who know what defines a crisis and how to handle it.

2. Define what constitutes a social media crisis for your business.

Larger corporations may ignore a few hundred complaints, but those complaints could be devastating for small businesses. When social media chatter begins to have a negative effect on your services or products, something must be done.

3. Identify your key message and create communication guidelines.

Because crises are unpredictable, your brand’s central message will need to be defined when you understand the root issue of what’s happening. To be prepared, your entire team should understand the company’s values and missions. These should guide whatever response the crisis calls for. It is important to establish guidelines for relaying all necessary information to your employees, stakeholders and the public.

Knowing who needs to know what, using which platforms, will allow you to respond quickly when fire strikes.

4. Monitor. Monitor. Monitor.

You’ll never catch a crisis soon enough if you’re not constantly monitoring online for negative messages circulating about your company. Decide which tools you will use to do this and who’s responsible. “Social Mention” is a great resource to keep an eye on your company and/or your clients in the social media sphere.

During a Crisis

5. Take control.

Pause your scheduled posts. After you ensure no outgoing posts will be published for the moment to any of your pages, you should follow by informing your team of the situation and acknowledging the problem publicly. Remember to address the issue on your website as well.

6. Determine the Key Message.
Assessing the situation and developing a key message that is understood by everyone on your team is critical. This should be a strategic message that will guide the rest of the crisis. Using appropriate words to describe the situation effectively is a must, and everyone should agree to relay this message to anyone who might ask. “No answer” is not sufficient.

7. Respond to the Public.
Don’t ignore the situation or members of the public who are upset. Ask them to contact you privately by offering an email address or a number they can call. This tells everyone who is looking at these messages that your brand truly cares. Continue to monitor the messaging and continue to work your plan. This is when it’s important to remember you can weather the storm.

After a Crisis

8. Assess the impact.

Evaluate your company’s status. Your social monitoring tool will indicate the overall sentiment about your company and its standing on social media. Did the crisis result in tangible setbacks? Take time to study the damage that has been done.

9. Reflect and prepare.

Take a minute to reflect and decide what went well and what parts of your crisis plan need improvement. And remember that online content lives forever and may resurface later.

It’s worth remembering, too, that no one is exempt. Even if your social channels have a small following and a social media crisis seems unlikely, a plan to guide you through potential chaos should be in place at all times.

I think we all can agree that people sometimes get a little crazy online.

Good luck out there.

Cynthia Cradduck is the Junior Partner at Carriage Trade Public Relations and Cecilia Russo Marketing, where she oversees business development, manages the Visibility Team, and coordinates reputation management strategies for clients, media relations and online SEO-PR.

March Open for Business®: The Four Stages of Social Media Issue and Crisis Management

March Open for Business®: The Four Stages of Social Media Issue and Crisis Management

(SAVANNAH, GA) Join Carriage Trade Public Relations®, Inc. for the March session of their monthly Open for Business® series. This month’s topic is the importance of issue and crisis management on social media, and Cynthia Cradduck, Junior Partner, will host the conversation.

Open for Business

The interview takes place via Facebook Liveon Wednesday, March 27, at 10:30 A.M. Interested parties can find more information here: https://www.facebook.com/events/417320049002245/

Open for Business® is a monthly online social media article review series, where current marketing articles are discussed that will help your business become more competitive. It is held on the last Wednesday of every month at noon via Facebook Live.

ABOUT CARRIAGE TRADE PUBLIC RELATIONS®, INC.
Carriage Trade Public Relations, Inc. is Savannah’s premiere reputation management company. Founded in 1995 by Marjorie Young to help businesses increase their visibility in their community and globally online through its trademarked strategy, the REPUTATION MATRIX™ method.

MEDIA CONTACT
Elizabeth Poole
912.695.4791
savannahpublicrelations@gmail.com

Creating Good Dental Habits at an Early Age by Angela C. Canfield, DDS

Creating Good Dental Habits at an Early Age
by Angela C. Canfield, DDS

It’s always a good time to think about the health of your children’s teeth. The routines you set in stone now will carry your children into adulthood and set the stage for healthy teeth.

When it comes to those teeth, a tried-and-true parental friend comes in handy: routine. Brushing and flossing should be a part of your child’s daily routine in the morning and before bed.

But additional routines are needed too. I’m talking about a twice-a-year dental checkup. You don’t want a dental visit to become a time of trauma and dread because of a dental emergency. A positive, cheerful visit with a dentist who understands children’s needs and is experienced in dealing with them should be as much a part of a child’s life as checkups with a pediatrician, back-to-school supply shopping or a photo with Santa.

For parents who want to build dental care into their children’s lifelong habits, the American Dental Association’s consumer website, mouthhealthy.org, can be a useful tool. It isn’t a preachy site full of boring demands to brush, brush, brush. It has helpful, real-world advice that parents can put to good use. The section with suggestions on tooth fairy visits almost reminds me of a sort of Pinterestfor teeth.

Someday, your child will be a senior, not just a high school senior, but much, much later, a senior as in “senior citizen.” Whether that future senior citizen is eating with his or her own teeth 75 years from now has a lot to do with what you are teaching your child right now.

You wouldn’t take any aspect of your child’s health for granted, but some parents overlook the fact that dental health is health. Sometimes, a special promotion like National Children’s Dental Health Month is a good reminder to make sure your children have a healthy dental routine.

Angela Canfield DDS

Angela Canfield DDS

Dr. Angela Canfield is licensed by the Georgia Board of Dentistry and the National Board of Dentist. She owns and practices at two dental offices: Premier Dental Designs (www.premierdentaldesigns.com/located in Rincon, GA, and Sandfly Family Dental (https://www.sandflyfamilydental.com/) in Savannah, GA. Contact Dr. Canfield at molar799@yahoo.comor 912-826-4037

SEDA Entertainment Incentives Extended for Three Years: How to Make it Work for You

SEDA Entertainment Incentives Extended for Three Years: How to Make it Work for You
By Charles Bowen

Charles Bowen

Charles Bowen

Savannah did not become a preferred filming destination based solely upon Mother Nature’s bounty. While warm weather, beaches, forests, creeks, and marshes (not to mention some of the most beautiful architecture on the planet) can offer up a feast to any camera’s lens, the truth is that the lifeblood of the film industry is illusion. One room with a simple green wall can be instantly transformed into any location in the universe. Thus, despite the breathtaking nature beauty of the Coastal Empire, continued success will not be assured by our looks alone.

Movies and television shows can be insightful, inspirational, and uplifting. They have the ability to mentally transport the viewer to another time and place and have motivated some of the greatest leaders of our generation. But first and foremost, they are also a business. That means that money counts. A lot.

The State of Georgiahas become one of the top filming locations in the world due to the generous film tax credits offered by the Georgia Department of Economic Development. Those financial incentives are why the dead walk in Senoia, Georgia and the Black Panther’s homeland of Wakanda has an Atlanta ZIP code.

While that is great for the state as a whole, what about Savannah? That is where the Savannah Entertainment Production Incentive comes into play. The Savannah Economic Development Authority(SEDA) has just approved a three-year renewal of this unique set of financial incentives for movie and television productions.

Thanks to SEDA, Savannah became the first city in the state to add additional benefits on top of Georgia’s already generous incentives. These local incentives provide $4 million to qualifying film and television productions that shoot in Savannah. They have also earmarked $100,000.00 of that total for professional auditing to ensure that the guidelines are being followed by the recipients.

So how do these incentives benefit local businesses? In the broad economic picture, everyone in the region indirectly profits due to the boost that productions provide the local economy. Movie and television productions directly spent more than $120 million dollars in the Savannah area in 2018, which equates (according to the experts) to a total economic impact of over $250 million. Landlords, florists, security firms, antiques dealers, equipment rental firms, hoteliers, restaurateurs, and many other industries all shared in that windfall.

If you would like to apply for the incentive directly, however, you must be planning a feature film or television pilot with a budget of at least $2 million with at least $500,000.00 of that amount being spent on approved expenditures within Chatham County. Productions that meet those requirements can qualify for a 10 percent rebate on qualified local spending up to a cap of $100,000.00. Television series have higher budgetary requirements but the annual cap goes up to $250,000.00.

The precise guidelines may be found on the Savannah Regional Film Commission’s website, savannahfilm.org. The incentives previously applied only to Chatham County but now cover any filming within a 60-mile radius of Savannah City Hall.

It should also be noted that SEDAis providing economic incentives to help build the local crew base, as no production would be possible without the myriad of individuals working diligently behind the scenes. If you have five years of verifiable experience as a film or television technician and would like to relocate to Chatham County, the local incentive will reimburse up to $2,000.00 per household for qualified moving expenses. The current budget allocates up to $100,000.00 per year on these crew relocations. That is enough for fifty crew members per year to move to Savannah, helping ensure that producers can find the local crew they need. Even better, the production itself can qualify for a bonus incentive if 50 percent of its official crew is hired locally.

Given the tremendous advantage that Atlanta has over Savannah in terms of both population and infrastructure, Atlanta will likely always remain the top filmmaking destination in Georgia. Indeed, Atlanta showed up No. 2 on MovieMaker Magazine’s January 2019 list of the best major cities for making movies. Savannah, however, claimed the No. 1 spot on that same magazine’s list of best small cities and towns for film and television production. This is a tremendous testament to the hard work of all the individuals in the Savannah Regional Film Commission, SEDA, and the countless other individuals and companies that have tirelessly and diligently labored to help build the Savannah film and television industry.

If your business has benefitted from the entertainment industry, or even if you just enjoy the thrill of wondering whether that person at the corner table in your favorite coffee shop is a movie star who has slipped away from the bright lights, a great deal of the credit goes to the Savannah Entertainment Production Incentive.

Charles Bowen is an entertainment attorney and founder of the Savannah Film Alliance. He may be contacted at 912.544.2050 or cbowen@thebowenlawgroup.com

The Greatest Year Ever for Savannah’s Film and Television Industry

The Greatest Year Ever for Savannah’s Film and Television Industry
By Charles J. Bowen

Charles Bowen

Charles Bowen

What do an aging assassin hunting his clone, a football-playing private investigator trying to exonerate his daughter, an escaped slave interacting with famous historical figures, and an upper-class cocker spaniel falling in love with a street smart mutt all have in common? They are all leading characters in movies filmed in Savannah in 2018.

These films do not even begin to demonstrate the breadth of last year’s film and television industry in Savannah. From film noir in John Travolta’s “The Poison Rose” to the science fiction action thriller “Gemini Man” starring Will Smith to Disney’s live-action remake of “Lady and the Tramp,” Savannah has played host to almost every possible genre of production.

Over 200 professional film and television productions were filmed in the Savannah area in 2018 with another 147 student productions on top of that. Whether large or small, each and every production served as an economic engine pumping cash into every corner of the local economy.

According to the Savannah Regional Film Commission, these productions accounted for $120 million in direct spending locally and had a total economic impact of well over $250 million in 2018 alone. These figures shattered the record set in 2017 of $65 million in direct spending with $138 million in total local economic impact.

As founder of the Savannah Film Alliance, I see the tremendous financial impact these productions have daily on a diverse range of local businesses. In addition to food and lodging, film crews utilize dry cleaners, pet sitters, massage therapists, and countless other local professionals. Small businesses across the city are finding a windfall in income from these productions, and every month, more and more businesses that service the entertainment industry are moving to town.

One of the major reasons for this boom in the local film and television industry is the Savannah Entertainment Production Incentive offered by the Savannah Economic Development Authority. This program provides cash rebates to qualified film and television productions that schedule a majority of their shooting days within 60 miles of Savannah City Hall. Since this rebate applies to local spending only, it encourages productions to hire local crew and utilize local businesses and service providers.

The reason this incentive is so effective is that it is offered on top of the very generous production incentives offered statewide by the State of Georgia. But all this government support would mean nothing without the many local crew members, small business owners, industry leaders, and educators, such as the Georgia Film Academyat Savannah Tech, that have worked tirelessly to transform Savannah into one of the most popular filming destinations in the world.

While these statistics are certainly reasons to celebrate, it is crucial to remember that all of this progress can be instantly destroyed by one ill-informed swipe of our new governor’s pen. As North Carolina discovered after its infamous “bathroom bill,” any effort to roll back the civil rights gains of the last 60-plus years under the guise of “religious liberty” could decimate Georgia’s film and television industry. Just last year, a bill that would have allowed private adoption agencies to legally discriminate based on “sincerely-held religious beliefs” made it all the way through the Georgia Senate before failing. Thus, it is important to remain vigilant lest any such efforts resurface.

Looking forward to 2019, Savannah looks well-positioned to hold onto its status as the second most filmed city in Georgia behind Atlanta. Numerous productions have either committed to or expressed interest in filming in Savannah this year. Remember, there is a lot more at stake than simply the chance to spot a movie star at a local restaurant or to recognize a familiar site on the screen. Entire livelihoods and real money supporting real families are being built by the local film and television industry and you never know where the flow of that money will ultimately land.

While recently browsing a local antique mall, well-removed from the lights-camera-action world, a friend ran across a prop master buying rotary phones for the 2019 local filming of “The Glorias: A Life on the Road,” a Gloria Steinem biopic. The film dollar travels far and wide. The pocket in which it winds up may well be yours.

 

Charles Bowen is an entertainment attorney and founder of the Savannah Film Alliance. He may be contacted at 912.544.2050or cbowen@thebowenlawgroup.com

Peacock Subaru and Palmetto Animal League Featured in Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl XV

Peacock Subaru and Palmetto Animal League Featured in Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl XV

(JASPER COUNTY, SC) Peacock Subaruin Hardeeville, S.C., was jammed Sunday afternoon with several hundred people who turned out for a watch party for Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl XV.

Peacock Subaruwas featured in Puppy Bowl XV to give national recognition to adoptable pups currently under the care of the Palmetto Animal League.

Peacock Subaru

Included in the turnout was a puppy named Cameron, pictured with Jill Jauch with Peacock Automotive and Brendan Peavy with the Palmetto Animal League.

Included in the turnout was a puppy named Cameron, pictured with Jill Jauch with Peacock Automotiveand Brendan Peavy with the Palmetto Animal League.

Animal Planetcrews were in the area in December to film puppies between 3- and 6-months old at the dealership and PAL’s facilities. Footage from the shoot was incorporated into vignettes aired as commercial messages for Subaru during Puppy Bowl XV. Subaru of America picked Peacock Subarufor the spots because of its involvement with local animal welfare organizations.

The Palmetto Animal Leaguebrought adoptable dogs to Sunday’s party. Supported solely by individual donors and “Partners in Rescue” such as Peacock Subaru, PAL’s no-kill shelter serves as a temporary residence for about 200 dogs and cats.

The puppy bowl began when Animal Planet, a cable network focused on animal-themed shows, confronted the question of what to program against the Super Bowl with a mock football game featuring puppies playing on a gridiron-marked rug. The idea caught on and now attracts millions of viewers. Since its inception, the program has starred adoptable puppy “players” and has since added kitten “cheerleaders” and other pets looking for a hom.

Subaruis a national sponsor of Puppy Bowl XV.

ABOUT PALMETTO ANIMAL LEAGUE
Palmetto Animal Leagueis a private, non-profit, no-kill animal rescue organization that saves abandoned, abused and neglected pets and places them in loving homes. Visit PAL’s adoptable cats and dogs at their adoption center, located in Okatie’s Riverwalk Business Park, Monday through Saturday from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. These are Lives Worth Saving. Join the No Kill movement today by visiting www.PalmettoAnimalLeague.org.

ABOUT PEACOCK AUTOMOTIVE
Peacock Automotiveowns and operates 24 automotive dealerships representing 31 brands in Georgia, South Carolina and Florida, employing more than 700 individuals. The company’s headquarters is located at Peacock Auto Mallon U.S. 278, five miles east of I-95 at Exit 8 near Bluffton, S.C. The dealerships at the Auto Mall include Peacock Alfa Romeo, Peacock Maserati, Peacock Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram Fiat, Jaguar Hilton Head, Land Rover Hilton Head, Peacock Subaru, Porsche of Hilton Head, Audi Hilton Head, Peacock Hyundai Hilton Head, Peacock Genesis of Hilton Head, Hilton Head Volkswagen and Peacock Used Cars & Trucks. Additionally, the company owns Peacock Hyundai Brunswick, Peacock Genesis of Brunswick and Peacock Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram Brunswick in Brunswick, Ga., and Peacock Hyundai Savannah, Peacock Genesis of Savannah and Savannah Volkswagen in Savannah, Ga. Other holdings include Jaguar Columbia, Land Rover Columbia, Peacock Hyundai Columbia and Hyundai Genesis of Columbia. Its subsidiary, Peacock-Griffey Automotive, owns Peacock Ford in the Orlando area of Florida. Peacock Automotivealso owns and operates the Peacock Collision Center and the Wellness Institute in Bluffton, S.C., and Peacock Insurance in Savannah. Peacock Automotivewas awarded Business of the Year in 2017 from the Greater Bluffton, South Carolina, Chamber of Commerce. For more information about Peacock Automotive, call (843) 208-1258 or visit https://www.peacockautomotive.com/

CONTACT
Jill Jauch
Peacock Automotive
265 Drivers Way
Hardeeville, SC 29927
Office: (843)-208-1217
jj@peacockautomotive.com

January Open for Business: The Value of Leadership Training

January Open for Business: The Value of Leadership Training

(SAVANNAH, GA) Join Carriage Trade Public Relations®, Inc. and Cecilia Russo Marketing, LLC for the January session of their monthly Open for Business® series. This month’s topic is the value of leadership training, and Lee Beckmann, Leadership Southeast Georgia’s 2019 chair, will be the featured guest.

Lee Beckmann Open for Business

Lee Beckmann

The conversation takes place via Facebook Live on Wednesday, January 30, at noon. Interested parties can find more information here: https://www.facebook.com/events/227739468102170/

Open for Business® is a monthly online social media article review series, where current marketing articles are discussed that will help your business become more competitive. It is held on the last Wednesday of every month at noon via Facebook Live.

ABOUT CARRIAGE TRADE PUBLIC RELATIONS®, INC.
Carriage Trade Public Relations, Inc. is Savannah’s premiere reputation management company. Founded in 1995 by Marjorie Young to help businesses increase their visibility in their community and globally online through its trademarked strategy, the REPUTATION MATRIX™ method.

ABOUT CECILIA RUSSO MARKETING, LLC
Cecilia Russo Marketing, LLC was founded by Cecilia Russo Turner in 2008. The firm puts the power of publicity to work, helping organizations, businesses and individuals move the needle and achieve their specific communications objectives through key reputation management strategies. For more information, call 912.665.0005 or visit https://ceciliarussomarketing.com

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Cradduck
912.856.9075
savannahpublicrelations@gmail.com

National Study Confirms Horizons Savannah’s Long-Term Approach to Student Success

National Study Confirms Horizons Savannah’s Long-Term Approach to Student Success

(SAVANNAH, GA) A recent national study confirms that students who participate in Horizonsprograms have better school attendance, higher academic outcomes, fewer disciplinary referrals and fewer grade retentions.

Horizons Savannah

The new study, conducted by Concentric Research & Evaluation (CRE) and funded by The New York Life Foundation and the Scripps Family Fund for Education and the Arts, validates that Horizonsprograms that focus on long-term engagement with children from low-income families produce strong academic outcomes.

“We know the impact this program has on Savannah’s youth. We see it each summer, as we watch our kids progress year after year,” said Christy Edwards, executive director of Horizons Savannah. “To have a national study confirm that this program makes tangible differences in the lives of our program’s children is awe inspiring. Over the long term, Horizonsis having a positive impact in our city and I praise the vision and leadership of our host schools, board of directors and donors that have always believed in our mission.”

When compared to their peers, students who have participated in the Horizonsprogram for at least four summers had the following in common:

Higher attendance rates and lower rates of chronic absenteeism
Higher scores on standardized assessments of elementary math and science
Higher GPAs in 9th grade, a critical transition year
More course credit earned in 9th and 10th grades
Fewer times repeating a grade
Fewer disciplinary referrals
Most research on summer learning has found that students from low-income families fall behind their wealthier peers over the course of the summer, either because they are losing knowledge and skills or gaining them at a slower pace.

“These summer learning student outcomes reflect Horizons’ long-standing commitment to quality data collection and offer a significant contribution to the growing body of evidence on the long-term effects of summer learning,” said Matthew Boulay, founder and CEO of the National Summer Learning Association. “Horizons’ exemplary standards in programming not only inspire a joy of learning during the critical summer months but, most importantly, set students up to thrive in the school year ahead.”

The study looked at fifteen Horizonsprogram sites in seven states, and, because it focused on long-term participants in the program, included only sites in operation for at least four years. Horizons Savannahhas been in operation since 2002. Each Horizonsstudent in the study was paired with a student who did not participate in Horizonsbut attended the same school or a school with similar demographics and achievement scores. Researchers used a variety of characteristics to match students, including gender, race and ethnicity.

ABOUT HORIZONS SAVANNAH
Recognized as one of America’s best summer learning programs, Horizons Savannahat Savannah Country Day School, Savannah Christian Preparatory School, Bethesda Academy and St. Andrew’s School welcomes over 250 low-income students each summer to a six-week summer enrichment program that helps prevent “summer slide”: the loss-of-learning that occurs during the summer. By providing a safe and nurturing environment, recreational and cultural activities, nutritious meals and snacks, caring professional teachers and creative, challenging instruction, we unlock a student’s potential to achieve. During the program, students gain an average of two months’ growth in reading and three months’ growth in math. For more information, please contact Horizons SavannahExecutive Director Christy Edwards at 912-961-8854 or info@horizonssavannah.org. You can also visit our website at http://horizonssavannah.org/, check out our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/horizonssav/.

ABOUT HORIZONSNATIONAL
HorizonsNational is a growing, community-centered network of more than 50 affiliate sites nationwide that provides high-quality academic enrichment programs to children in need, from Pre-K through high school. Located on the campuses of independent schools, charter schools, colleges, and universities, Horizonsprograms offer a project-based curriculum, focused on reading, STEM, the arts, fitness, nutrition, and field trips.

Contact:
Christy Edwards, Executive Director
912-961-8854
info@horizonssavannah.org

Media Contact:
Elizabeth Poole
Cecilia Russo Marketing
912.695.4791.
savannahpublicrelations@gmail.com

The Greatest Legacy of President George H.W. Bush

The Greatest Legacy of President George H.W. Bush
By Kayla Johnson

Over the past several days, Americans have paused to remember our 41st U.S. president, George H.W. Bush.

Kayla Johnson, Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society

Following his death on November 30, the news was filled with reminders of his dedication as a public servant. As vice president and president, he helped guide our country out of the cold war. During World War II, he was an aviator in the Pacific theater and survived being shot down by Japanese gunners.

Plus, all of us have seen the many photos portraying his humanity as a devoted husband, father and grandfather to a large and loving family.

While I honor and remember him for all of these things, it was the union of the two great loves of his life – service to his country and love of family – that became his greatest legacy. That occurred when he signed the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) into law on July 26, 1990. He had supported the monumental legislation as it made its way through Congress and is credited with ensuring its eventual passage.

Modeled after the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the ADA is one of America’s most comprehensive pieces of civil rights legislation designed to prohibit discrimination and guarantee that people with disabilities have the same opportunities as everyone else to participate in the mainstream of American life. It opened doors to employment opportunities, requires covered employers to provide reasonable accommodations to employees with disabilities and imposes accessibility requirements on public accommodations.

This legislation changed everything, not just for those with disabilities, but for all of us.

When President Bush signed the ADA into law on that third week after Independence Day nearly 30 years ago, he did so with a great sense of enthusiasm and ceremony. While I’m sure he was confident it would be an “equal opportunity” law for people with disabilities, I also believe his passion was genuine as he shared these words at the bill’s signing:

“I now lift my pen to sign this Americans with Disabilities Act and say: Let the shameful wall of exclusion finally come tumbling down.”

President Bush went on to champion, and then sign the IDEA Act in October 1990, which provides children with disabilities the same opportunities for education as those students who do not have a disability. His actions directly influenced the passage of the ABLE Act in 2014, which created tax-advantaged savings accounts for individuals with disabilities; and H.R. 188, also known as the TIME Act, which was introduced in 2015. This legislation proposes phasing out a section of the Fair Labor Standards Act which allows “sub-minimum wage” compensation for work by people with different abilities.

While our work is ongoing, the lawful beginnings are notably attributed to President George H. W. Bush and for him, we are thankful.

Certainly, the ADA declared new opportunities for the differently-abled to be independent, but could we have imagined how it would benefit everyone? From that day forward, the word “inclusion” would become part of our vocabulary, our building codes, our hiring practices and our general thoughts.

The often unspoken rift that had long kept those with disabilities from sharing spaces, workplaces and experiences that everyone else takes for granted was dissolving. It would not be an immediate transition or an easy one for some, but little by little the ADA changed our culture and our mindsets. People who had been considered invisible or hindered by convention and physical obstacles were now recognized as the productive, enthusiastic, capable individuals that they are and were finally given the full rights of citizenship afforded to every other American.

As executive director of the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society, I see the fruits of the ADA each day in the eyes and on the faces of those whose lives have been changed for the better because of President George H.W. Bush’s act love.

With the deepest appreciation now and always,

Kayla Johnson
Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society
912-436-3626
kjohnson@ldssga.org
10701 Abercorn St., #60786
Savannah, GA 31420

Savannah Vet, Dr. Jason King, Launches Pet Care Reminder App, “HEEL”

Savannah Vet, Dr. Jason King, Launches Pet Care Reminder App, “HEEL”

(SAVANNAH, GA) Dr. Jason King, CEO of Live Oak Veterinary Neurology, has launched a new network app called “Heel!” that’s designed to foster cooperation and information sharing between veterinarians and pet owners.

Dr. Jason King

Dr. Jason King, CEO of Live Oak Veterinary Neurology

The system sends reminders for medication or other recurring needs to pet owners via a smartphone app. An internet portal allows veterinary professionals to communicate with each other and the pet owner on prescription refills, therapy details, and other pet health issues.

“The app tames the problem of pet prescription compliance, allowing the sharing of reminders between pet parents, spouses, pet-sitters, and veterinary professionals,” King said. “Heel!also allows real-time updating of therapy details directly from the prescribing veterinarian to the owner’s phone reminders. Pet parents are able to request prescription refills with the convenience of one touch while veterinarians gain improved compliance and control. Pets, the center of the network, gain a seamless web of communication across their care team, which can remain entirely focused on the animal’s health.”

King is the founder and owner of Live Oak Veterinary Neurologyin Savannah, which offers veterinary medical and surgical therapy for diseases of the brain, spinal cord, peripheral nerves and muscles.

“It’s unfortunate, but we see a lot of preventable deaths occur because pet parents don’t administer the prescribed medication regularly or to its entirety,” continued King. “As much of a convenience as this app is, it is also intended to save lives.”

He recently was recognized for his development of the Heel!app by the Savannah Chapter of SCORE, the nation’s largest provider of free business mentoring services and educational programs for aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners. He was selected as a winner of the organization’s inaugural BizPitch Savannahentrepreneurial competition in September 2018.

The Heel!app is available for download through online app stores or from the website www.heelapp.com.

ABOUT DR. JASON KING AND LIVE OAK VETERINARY NEUROLOGY
Jason King is the founder and CEO of Live Oak Veterinary Neurologyin Savannah, Ga., and developer of the award-winning “Heel!” veterinary network app. The practice provides medical and surgical therapies for diseases of the brain, spinal cord, peripheral nerves and muscles and offers diagnostic tools and advanced training in electrophysiology and neurosurgery. Dr. King graduated from the University of Georgiain 2006 with a doctorate in veterinary medicine and is one of only 325 board-certified veterinary neurologists in the world. For more information, call 912-662-7544, visit www.liveoakvetneuro.com/or www.heelapp.com.

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Cradduck
Carriage Trade Public Relations® Inc.
912.856.9075
cynthia.wright@carriagetradepr.com
www.carriagetradepr.com

National Recognition Given to Felder & Associates for Bouhan Falligant Design

National Recognition Given to Felder & Associates for Bouhan Falligant Design

(SAVANNAH, GA) Felder & Associates, a Savannah architecture and design firm, has been named as a Silver Winner in the 2018 Brick in ArchitectureAwards program. Felder was recognized in the commercial category for its work on the Bouhan Falligant building at 1 West Park Ave.

Felderserved as the design firm for the structure that anchors the south end of Savannah’s Forsyth Park and is the new home for the city’s oldest law firm.

“It is an honor to receive national recognition from our industry peers on this team effort,” said Brian Felder, managing principal of Felder & Associates. “We researched the design and construction details of several comparable historic buildings in Savannah in developing this project and determined that brick was the right selection and the best medium to achieve the desired outcome. Our partners Palmetto Brick Company, Cornerstone Masonryand West Construction were instrumental in the success of the project. Utilizing our very detailed drawings, Cornerstone Masonry’s crews of masons executed their work with a high degree of skill and accuracy.”

Each year, the Brick Industry Association(BIA) recognizes the country’s most visionary projects that incorporate fired-clay brick. This year, 19 projects were selected from 88 entries, spanning commercial, educational, landscaping and residential categories.

Founded in 1934, BIAis the nationally recognized authority on clay brick construction representing the nation’s distributors and manufacturers of clay brick and suppliers of related products.

The 2018 award recipients will be featured in the December issue of Architectmagazine.

ABOUT FELDER & ASSOCIATES
Established in 2012, Felder & Associatesspecializes in historic preservation, commercial architecture, adaptive reuse architecture, corporate interior design, high-end residential design, green building and neo-traditional building. The firm has a staff of LEED accredited architects and interior designers who focus on sustainability. Felder & Associatesis a member of the Savannah Chamber of Commerce and Historic Savannah Foundation, the American Institutes of Architects, the American Society of Interior Designers, the United States Green Building Council and the International Interior Design Association. The firm is located at 2514 Abercorn St. Suite 110, Savannah, GA 31401. For more information or to contact Felder & Associates, call 912-777-3979, or visit www.felderassociates.net

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Wright
Junior Partner
Cecilia Russo Marketing
912.856.9075
cynthia@crussomarketing.com

Peacock Automotive Names New Fixed Operations Director Mark Ventrillo

Peacock Automotive Names New Fixed Operations Director Mark Ventrillo

(JASPER COUNTY, S.C.) Peacock Automotiveis pleased to announce the addition of retail automotive executive Mark Ventrillo as its new fixed operations director.

Ventrillo’s new responsibilities include the development of all of Peacock Automotive’s parts and service departments along with increasing the company’s revenue and productivity.

Mark Ventrillo, Peacock Automotive

Mark Ventrillo, Peacock Automotive

“I am excited to work with this growing company to help shape the future development of the operation,” said Ventrillo. “I am committed to furthering Peacock Automotive’s mission to create a positive experience for customers and foster long-term relationships.”

Ventrillo most recently served as the service director and general sales manager for Hendrick Automotive in Greensboro, N.C., and brings 25 years of experience in automotive industry sales, service and dealer development to the position. He has a degree in optical engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology.

“Mark’s solid experience in multiple aspects of dealership management brings a broad perspective to making improvements and increasing customer satisfaction,” said Warner Peacock, Peacock Automotive’s President and CEO. “His vision aligns with our values and goals and he is devoted to enhancing the customer experience. I couldn’t be more pleased to welcome him to the team.”

Ventrillo, a native of Rochester, N.Y, relocated with his wife to the South Carolina Lowcountry from North Carolina. They have three grown children and two grandchildren.

For more information about Peacock Automotive, please visit www.peacockautomotive.com/

ABOUT PEACOCK AUTOMOTIVE
Peacock Automotiveowns and operates 20 automotive dealerships representing 14 brands in Georgia, South Carolina and Florida, employing more than 700 individuals. The company’s headquarters are located at Peacock Auto Mallon U.S. 278, five miles east of I-95 at Exit 8 near Bluffton, S.C. The dealerships at the Auto Mall include Peacock Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram Fiat, Peacock Subaru, Porsche of Hilton Head, Audi Hilton Head, Peacock Hyundai Hilton Head, Genesis of Hilton Head, Hilton Head Volkswagen and Peacock Used Cars & Trucks. Additionally, the company owns Peacock Hyundai Brunswick, Genesis of Brunswick and Peacock Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram Brunswick in Brunswick, Ga., and Peacock Hyundai Savannah, Genesis of Savannah and Savannah Volkswagen in Savannah, Ga. Other holdings include Jaguar Columbia, Land Rover Columbia, Peacock Hyundai Columbia and Hyundai Genesis of Columbia. Its subsidiary, Peacock-Griffey Automotive, owns Peacock Ford in the Orlando area of Florida. Peacock Automotivealso owns and operates the Peacock Collision Center and the Wellness Institute in Bluffton, S.C., and Peacock Insurance in Savannah. Peacock Automotivewas awarded Business of the Year in 2017 from the Greater Bluffton, South Carolina, Chamber of Commerce. For more information about Peacock Automotive, call (843) 208-1258or visit https://www.peacockautomotive.com/

CONTACT
Jill Jauch
Peacock Automotive
265 Drivers Way
Hardeeville, SC 29927
Office: (843)-208-1217
jj@peacockautomotive.com

Train Your Next Executive Through Internships and Apprenticeships

Train Your Next Executive Through Internships and Apprenticeships
By Sherry Daniel

Sherry Daniel, Roto Rooter Plumbers of Savannah

By the year 2030, nearly 80 million people in the United States’ workforce will have reached retirement age, as compared to about 49 million this year. Statistics from the U.S. Bureau of Labor suggest that three out of every four people in the trades will have retired by then.

Meanwhile, only 41 million new people will be entering the workforce. That means, as the baby boom generation ages, the workforce will shrink, creating opportunities for the next generation of workers in trades such as electricians, HVAC technicians and plumbers.

A job in the trades has always been an excellent path for a young person entering the workforce because there are ample opportunities to turn an entry-level position into a rewarding and secure career. Those opportunities are greater than ever before, but in today’s competitive job market, the trades need to take a page from other industries to open doors to new workers through programs for interns and apprentices.

The good news is many colleges and trade schools do have collaborative relationships with businesses that reward students participating in such programs with college credits or paychecks and the potential for full-time employment.

Michelle Groover, who administers the internship program for Georgia Southern University’s Department of Communication Arts, says such programs benefit both employers and students.

“The student is able to bring insight from what they have learned in class to the organization, such as the latest from the world of social media, which changes so quickly,” she said. “In return, they receive real-world experience by working at the job site and learn how what we’ve taught them works in the real world.”

“We can show students so much in the classroom, but until they get the actual experience they won’t know how the real world works,” said Groover. “We have had as many as 40 students intern at a given time, working in their field of study at small businesses to large companies.”

At the same time, apprenticeship programs typically offered in the trades provide a similar learning experience while they guarantee a paycheck from day one.

When I interview a prospective employee, I am not necessarily focused on what they can do now. I look at what they can achieve. The interview experience itself is one of the most important career-building tools for someone entering the workforce. I don’t expect every candidate to start out with job experience, but I do expect these five things:

1. Be mindful. The job interview is a two-way conversation. Both you and the interviewer are deciding whether this company and this position are a good fit. Relax and realize you may have more power at this moment than you might think.
2. Be prepared. Know something about the company before you walk in the door. Find out with whom you’re applying and what the position requires.
3. Be groomed. Pull yourself together with your attire and your grooming.
4. Be curious. Ask intelligent questions about the job and the company and don’t be afraid to interact with the interviewer.
5. Be willing to listen to suggestions. The interviewer may say you’re not right for this position or this company but you might be a good fit for another position or with another firm. Follow up on those recommendations.

What happens after an employee is hired makes the difference between whether they start a job or embark on a career.

For example, my company offers an in-house apprenticeship program that provides paid, on-the-job training alongside master plumbers. Within three years, an entry-level employee can become certified as a journeymen plumber and in a few more years should be able to obtain their master certification.

We help them prepare for the rigorous testing process, including paying for all of their expenses while they test and obtain their licenses. Throughout their career, their salary grows commensurate with the certifications they earn and the experience they gain.

You might wonder why a business owner would want to invest so much in their workforce. The U.S. Department of Labor estimates the average plumber makes a little more than $50,000 a year, but in my experience, a well-qualified master plumber can earn three times that, and a good one is worth every penny.

It’s time to clear up misconceptions and get the word out that the trades offer exciting career paths that can lead to a substantial income. We must work with institutions of higher learning to ensure that trades-focused educational and internship opportunities are both available and attractive.

Sherry Daniel is the owner of Roto-Rooter Plumbers of Savannah. Services include commercial plumbing and drain cleaning, industrial plumbing maintenance, residential plumbing and drain cleaning, backflow services, restaurant maintenance, AO Smith water heater specialist, hotel maintenance and remodeling, kitchen and bathroom remodeling, and emergency servicing. For more information, please call (912) 303-8570or visit https://www.rotosavannah.com/home.html

Local Public Relations Executive, Cynthia Wright, Named to Georgia Trend’s 40 Under 40 List

Local Public Relations Executive, Cynthia Wright, Named to Georgia Trend’s 40 Under 40 List

Junior partner of Savannah’s Carriage Trade Public Relations® and Cecilia Russo Marketingjoins previous honorees who include a movie mogul, a self-made billionaire and Georgia’s 2018 Democratic gubernatorial nominee.

(SAVANNAH, GA) Cynthia Wright, a junior partner with Savannah-based Carriage Trade Public Relations® and Cecilia Russo Marketing, LLC, has been named to Georgia Trendmagazine’s 40 Under 40 List, which identifies upward trending young professionals from across the state.

Members of this year’s list were chosen by Georgia Trend’s editorial staff from more than 300 nominations made by readers throughout the state.

Wright oversees business development and manages the firms’ joint Visibility Team, a digital office of four full-time employees and 10 contracted team members and coordinates both firms’ reputation management strategies for clients, media relations and online SEO-PR.

The 40 honorees named to the list must be under the age of 40, successful in their professions and “passionate about community service,” Georgia Trendexplained.

Wright serves as the immediate past president of the Savannah Jaycees, which celebrated its 75th-anniversary last year. She was also the publicity chair for the 2016 Savannah United in Prayer event, formed to bring the community together to pray for safety and those in need. She also has supported the community relations efforts of the Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Cynthia Wright, Junior Partner of Carriage Trade Public Relations and Cecilia Russo Marketing_5920

The Savannah native is a graduate of Georgia Southern University with a bachelor’s degree in communications, focusing on public relations. Wright was one of six students to receive L.E.A.P. certification, which recognizes PR professionals who have gone through Leadership, Experience in Communication, Academics and Professionalism training. She was named a Rising Star in Business by Savannah Magazineand Savannah Morning Newsin 2017.

“We are so proud of Cynthia,” said Cecilia Russo, Founder and President of Cecilia Russo Marketing. “Her work ethic, management skills and competency are unmatched at her young age. She has a true passion for educating others about PR and the economic development in our Southeast region.”

Previous 40 Under 40 honorees include Stacey Abrams, the Democratic nominee for governor of Georgia; Susan Blakely, CEO of Spanx and one of the world’s youngest self-made billionaires; Ron Clark, founder of the Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta and a New York Times bestseller author; and Tyler Perry, an actor, producer, director, screenwriter and founder of Tyler Perry Studios.

The magazine of Georgia business, politics and economic development since 1985 is published monthly and delivered to more than 50,000 subscribers. Nominations were open to the public, and the complete list of winners is available at georgiatrend.com.

ABOUT CARRIAGE TRADE PUBLIC RELATIONS®, INC.
Carriage Trade Public Relations®, Inc. is Savannah’s premiere reputation management company. Founded in 1995 by Marjorie Young to help businesses increase their positive word of mouth in the community and globally online through its trademarked strategy, the REPUTATION MATRIX™ method.

ABOUT CECILIA RUSSO MARKETING, LLC
Cecilia Russo Marketing, LLC was founded by Cecilia Russo Turner in 2008. The firm puts the power of publicity to work, helping organizations, businesses and individuals move the needle and achieve their specific communications objectives through key reputation management strategies. For more information, call 912.665.0005 or visit https://ceciliarussomarketing.com

MEDIA CONTACT
Elizabeth Poole
Director of Communications
Carriage Trade Public Relations®
Cecilia Russo Marketing
www.carriagetradepr.com
www.crussomarketing.com

October Open for Business: Podcasts for Business

October Open for Business: Podcasts for Business

(SAVANNAH, GA) Join Carriage Trade Public Relations®, Inc. and Cecilia Russo Marketing, LLC for the October session of their monthly Open for Business ® series. This month’s topic is podcasts for business. The conversation takes place via Facebook Live on Carriage Trade Public Relations’ Facebook page. This month’s session will be held on Wednesday, October 31, at noon. Interested parties can find more information here: https://www.facebook.com/events/295629691272372/?notif_t=event_calendar_create&notif_id=1539281273308591

Open For Business

Open for Business® is a monthly online social media article review series, where current marketing articles are discussed that will help your business become more competitive. We meet on the last Wednesday of every month at noon via Facebook Live.

ABOUT CARRIAGE TRADE PUBLIC RELATIONS, INC.
Carriage Trade Public Relations, Inc. is Savannah’s premiere reputation management company. Founded in 1995 by Marjorie Young to help businesses increase their visibility in their community and globally online through its trademarked strategy, the REPUTATION MATRIX™ method.

ABOUT CECILIA RUSSO MARKETING, LLC
Cecilia Russo Marketing, LLC was founded by Cecilia Russo Turner in 2008. The firm puts the power of publicity to work, helping organizations, businesses and individuals move the needle and achieve their specific communications objectives through key reputation management strategies. For more information, call 912.665.0005or visit https://ceciliarussomarketing.com

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Wright
912.856.9075
savannahpublicrelations@gmail.com

Speros Named Official Partner with Wilson Electronics

Speros, a Full-Service Technology Company Headquartered in Savannah, Announces Partnership with Largest Cellular Booster Provider

(SAVANNAH, GA) Speros, a Savannah-based technology services company, has been named as the area’s only certified Wilson Electronics installer for wireless signal boosters. Wilson Electronics, a leader in the cellular signal booster market, is the longest-running manufacturer of wireless signal boosters in the country.

As Wilson certified installers, SperosIT technicians have received extensive training on technical installation and best practices. They also have been well versed in the many services and products available from Wilson Electronics for the home, automobile and office. Each booster is designed to improve cellular coverage by amplifying signals and providing uninterrupted service.

“We are proud to partner with Wilson Electronics and know that our customers will appreciate the difference in wireless coverage,” said Susan Speros, chief executive officer of Speros. “With Wilson booster products, communication concerns at home or at work will be a thing of the past.”

Speros, Speros Technology, Carriage Trade Public Relations and Cecilia Russo Marketing, Savannah Public Relations

Wilson Electronics is the largest provider of cellular booster kits and amplifiers on the market. Its boosters are compatible with all major carriers in the USA and Canada, covering commercial buildings, homes, RVs, boats and more.
For more information, visit http://www.speros.com/.

ABOUT SPEROS
Established in 1984, Sperosprovides technology solutions for businesses, offering telephone systems, IT services, surveillance systems, web design and branding solutions and cloud computing. Sperosteam members continually stay updated on leading-edge, certified technologies to maximize solutions and ensure businesses succeed in this fast-paced, technology-driven world. For more information, visit speros.com, call 912-354-8900or email info@speros.com.

CONTACT
Heather Radtke
Vice President
Speros
hradtke@speros.com
912.354.8900

MEDIA INQUIRIES
Cecilia Russo
Cecilia Russo Marketing
912-665-0005
info@crussomarketing.com

Marjorie Young
Carriage Trade Public Relations, Inc.
912-844-9990
VisTeam@carriagetradepr.com

The Rotary Club of Savannah Announces Lowell Kronowitz as President and Names 2018 Board

The Rotary Club of Savannah Announces Lowell Kronowitz as President and Names 2018 Board

(SAVANNAH, GA) Lowell Kronowitz, president and fourth-generation family owner of Levy Jewelers, has been named president of the Rotary Club of Savannah.

Kronowitz will be joined on the Rotary board of directors by secretary/treasurer Diana Morrison, sergeant-at-arms Roger Moss, along with Louisa Abbot, Todd Groce, Cecilia Russo Turner, Rick Belford, Jamie McCurry, Swann Seiler, Ellen Bolch, Trip Tollison, Dale Critz Jr., David Rosenblum and Marjorie Young.

Lowell Kronowitz, Rotary Club of Savannah President

Lowell Kronowitz, Rotary Club of Savannah President

In addition to his new position, Kronowitz currently serves as chairman of the 200 Club. He is a member of both the Bethesda Foundation Boardand a past treasure of the Bethesda Union Society. His previous positions include serving as the Rotary Club’s secretary/treasurer and membership on the Telfair Museumand United Wayboards.

Kronowitz attended Savannah Country Dayand Gould Academy, then received his bachelor’s degree from Hobart Collegeand attended the University of Michiganfor an MBA. He returned to Savannah to assume leadership of Levy Jewelersand has remained here with his wife, Hilary, and three children.

“The club’s motto, ‘service above self,’ is a core foundation for me,” said Kronowitz. “I am honored to stand amongst the many great business and civic leaders of our city who have led the club before me.”

The Rotary Club of Savannahincludes 225 community leaders and volunteers. Over the past 103 years, the club has championed local and regional developments that include completing the road to Tybee Island, improving the Savannah River for commercial traffic, enhancing the Dixie Highway system in southeast Georgia and building bridges over the Savannah and Altamaha Rivers. Most recently in recognition of its 100th anniversary, the club raised funds and built an all-accessible playground in Forsyth Park.

The club also sponsored the organization of new Rotary clubs in Augusta, Brunswick, Statesboro, Blackshearand Savannah West. Furthering the goals of Rotary International, the club has supported wartime relief efforts, student scholarships, polio eradication and other global health initiatives.

Meetings are held each Monday from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the DeSoto Hotel, 15 E. Liberty St. For more information, visit www.savrotary.org

CONTACT
Rotary Club of Savannah
P.O. Box 11105
Savannah, GA 31412
912.272.9711

MEDIA CONTACT
Cecilia Russo
Cecilia Russo Marketing
info@crussomarketing.com
912.665.0005