Peacock Automotive to Break Ground on Audi Dealership on Aug. 22
Luxury Car Brand’s Growth Calls for New 30,000-Square-Foot Facility
(JASPER COUNTY, S.C.) Peacock Automotive has announced the construction of a new dealership, Audi Hilton Head at the New River Auto Mall. The groundbreaking ceremony for the 30,000-square-foot facility will be held Tuesday, Aug. 22, at 11 a.m.
Construction on the new building is expected to begin immediately and be completed in the spring of 2018. The estimated cost of the new facility is $6 million. The architecture firm contracted for this project was Hansen Architects.
The new dealership will be located two blocks down the street from the current Audi Hilton Head facility that is dualled with Hilton Head Volkswagen. When the facility opens, Audi will move into the new building, and the Volkswagen outlet will grow to occupy the vacated space in an updated facility that will be renovated according to current VW design standards.
“This expansion is made possible by the overwhelming demand for Audi and VW brands in our market,” said Warner Peacock, President and CEO of Peacock Automotive. “With this new facility, we are expecting to bring new inventory, new jobs and economic growth to one of the Southeast’s largest auto dealers in the South Carolina Lowcountry.”
The new spaces are expected to bring 20 new jobs, adding to the approximately 600 people Peacock Automotive currently employs.
The new Audi dealership will feature a state of the art repair center, along with convenient features such as a free coffee, beverage and snack bar. Audi Hilton Head will also be a dedicated Audi Sport facility, which will expand its inventory of High-Performance Sport models and offer more Sport factory parts and accessories.
“Our auto mall is a hub of quality vehicle brands at competitive prices,” said Peacock, “and this expansion puts every option and every service right at the fingertips of our valued customers.”
ABOUT PEACOCK AUTOMOTIVE
Peacock Automotive owns and operates 20 automotive franchises in Georgia, South Carolina and Florida, and employs more than 600 individuals. The company’s headquarters are located at the New River Auto Mall that covers 45 acres on U.S. 278, five miles east of Interstate 95 at Exit 8 in South Carolina. At the NRAM location, 13 brands are featured, including Audi, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Genesis, Hyundai, Jaguar, Jeep, Land Rover, Porsche, Ram, Subaru and Volkswagen. Additionally, the company owns Savannah Volkswagen and Alfa Romeo & Fiat of Savannah; Jaguar Land Rover Columbia in Columbia, S.C., and its subsidiary Peacock-Griffey Automotive owns Peacock Subaru and Peacock Ford in Orlando, Fla. Peacock Automotive also owns and operates the NRAM Collision Center and the New River Wellness Institute in South Carolina. In September, NRAM will celebrate its 15th anniversary with the launch of a new name and logo. For more information about Peacock Automotive, call (843) 208-1258 or visit https://www.peacockautomotive.com/
Mark Howard to Present “Avoiding the 3 Biggest Retirement Mistakes”
(Savannah, GA) Mark Howard, President and founder of Howard Financial Group, will be the featured speaker at The Savannah Jaycees meeting on Tuesday, August 1st. Open networking will begin at 5:30 p.m. and the program will run from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Savannah Jaycees’ headquarters, located at 101 Atlas Street.
Howard will present “Avoiding the 3 Biggest Retirement Mistakes” during the Jaycees August gathering as a part of their “Leadership Now” series. Attendees will learn:
· How to earn consistent returns in today’s economy
· What “true diversification” is.
· The hidden costs of the most common form of investments.
Howard has over 25 years experience in the financial services industry. He is recognized as an expert on Retirement Income Planning and has been featured many times on news outlets such as The Wall Street Journal, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Atlanta Business Chronicle, Barron’s Magazine, South Magazine, AM 750 WSB, AM 1290 WTKS and Savannah Morning News.
In 2014, Howard founded Howard Financial Group, which is headquartered in Savannah. His firm focuses on strategies to grow their clients’ retirement dollars while taking less risk. “We specialize in protection of principle, providing a reasonable rate of return over time, and keeping things simple for our clients”, said Howard.
Howard Financial Group services clients from all over the country, many that are recognizable names from the world of sports, entertainment and politics.
Last year, Howard and his firm were chosen to be a part of Advisors Excel, an elite group of financial advisors nationwide that were recently highlighted in the New York Times bestseller Money: Master the Game, written by Tony Robbins.
“From our work helping thousands of families and individuals from all walks of life prepare and transition into retirement, I’m able to give a unique perspective into what works and what doesn’t,” said Howard. “I hope to share some timely information with this group of young business professionals and area leaders to help them avoid the same mistakes so many others have made.”
For further information, or to register, visit the Savannah Jaycees web site at http://savannahjaycees.com/savannah-jaycees-leadership-now-series/ or visit them on facebook at Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/savannah.jaycees/
MORE INFORMATION ON THE SAVANNAH JAYCEES
The Savannah Jaycees is a nonprofit organization of young professionals, between the ages of 21 to 40, whose mission is to inspire leadership development through community involvement. The Savannah Jaycees have been an organization since 1942 and are celebrating their 75th Anniversary this year. Among the Savannah Jaycees’ most notable projects were the installation of voting booths throughout Chatham County, spearheading efforts to build the Civic Center, helping to build the Kicklighter School and Chatham Nursing Home, founding Toys-for-Tots with the Marines and the fire department, renovating the Forsyth Fountain, and creating Jaycees Park on Tybee Island. The United States Jaycees was founded in 1920 with vision is to be the leading global network of active young citizens. To learn more, visit http://savannahjaycees.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/savannah.jaycees?ref=br_tf
The Dewitt Tilton Group Donates New BBQ Pit Roof to Savannah Jaycees
(SAVANNAH, GA) The Dewitt Tilton Group, a commercial construction firm in Savannah, donated their services to the Savannah Jaycees to rebuild a BBQ pit roof that fell during stormy weather. Guerry Lumber, a Lumber Company that has served Savannah since 1927, and ABC Supply, the largest wholesale distributor of roofing in the United States, have also donated materials to the project.
The Jaycees include young business professionals dedicated to leadership growth through community involvement. As the only Jaycees chapter in the state with their own office, the Savannah Jaycees use their building for meetings, events and leadership speakers.
The BBQ pit roof often serves as an outdoor shelter for the group’s community activities, such as the Surging Forward Picnic, which was held for first responders and firefighters during Hurricane Matthew cleanup.
Since it was damaged by the hurricane and the storms this spring, the Jaycees have been unable to reassemble and secure the roof. So The Dewitt Tilton group reached out to them and offered to rebuild and install a new roof.
“I have seen the culture of altruistic service and progressive thinking the Savannah Jaycees promotes in our community,” said Dewitt Tilton partner Chris Tilton. “They give so much to Savannah, so when the opportunity presented itself to give back to their group, we jumped on it.”
Jaycees president Cynthia Wright said the roof could not have been reinstalled without help.
“We are so thankful that the Dewitt Tilton Group saw our need and chose to show their support for our organization with a project that will serve us both now and in the future,” Wright said.
For more information about the Savannah Jaycees, visit http://savannahjaycees.com/. For more information or to contact the Dewitt Tilton Group, please call 912.777.3404 or visit www.dewitttiltongroup.com
MORE ABOUT THE DEWITT TILTON GROUP:
The Dewitt Tilton Group, a premier construction firm located in Savannah, Ga., specializes in commercial construction. The principals, Andrew Dewitt and Chris Tilton, have over 50 years of combined experience in the local construction industry. The firm manages every aspect of a commercial project from pre-construction to the final walk through. Known for using only highly reputable contractors, the Dewitt Tilton Group brings to the table design, engineering and construction capabilities which guarantee a smooth construction process for each client. The firm is located at 2807-A Roger Lacey Avenue, Savannah, GA 31404. For more information or to contact the Dewitt Tilton Group, please call 912.777.3404 or visit www.dewitttiltongroup.com
MORE ABOUT THE SAVANNAH JAYCEES
Celebrating their 75th anniversary this year, the Savannah Jaycees is a nonprofit organization of young professionals whose mission is to inspire leadership development through community involvement. Among the Savannah Jaycees’ projects were the installation of voting booths throughout Chatham County, helping to build the Kicklighter School and Chatham Nursing Home, founding Toys-for-Tots with the Marines and the fire department, renovating the Forsyth Fountain and creating Jaycees Park on Tybee Island.
(SOUTHEAST GA) Leadership Southeast Georgia, a leadership development program for professionals in a 10-county region, is calling for nominations for its 2018 course. The deadline for nominations is Friday, Aug. 4.
The program fosters relationships among leaders in the region and teaches conflict resolution, self-awareness and critical thinking to improve business and communication skills.
Applicants may be self-nominated or nominated by Leadership Southeast Georgia alumni or community leaders. Residents of Bryan, Bulloch, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long, McIntosh and Screven counties are eligible. Nominations may be made on the Leadership Southeast Georgia website, http://www.lsega.com.
The selection process is competitive and ensures a diverse mix of members from each county, culture, race and gender. The selection committee is comprised of Leadership Southeast Georgia alumni.
Numerous factors are take into consideration for each candidate, including:
Must live or work in the county from which he or she applies; must be willing to serve the community; must be open to growing as a professional; must be eager to learn new skills; must work well and participate in group activities and must be professional, motivated and prompt.
The program is held over five weekends during a five-month period beginning in February and ending in June. Each session takes place in a different county. Since 2000, the program has produced fourteen graduating classes with 267 graduates.
For more information, visit http://www.lsega.com/home.html.
ABOUT LEADERSHIP SOUTHEAST GEORGIA
Beginning in January 1999, leaders representing the business, local government and education communities in 10 southeast Georgia counties set about the task of creating a regional strategic plan for community and economic development.
A regional leadership program that brought together citizens from each of the counties was envisioned as a means of reinforcing the regional capacity to address challenges and capitalize on common opportunities. The region includes Bryan, Bulloch, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long, McIntosh and Screven counties along with their 35 municipalities.
Program content focuses on the assets of the area, as well as potential threats to those assets.
Leadership Southeast Georgia
Felder & Associates Designs New Bouhan Falligant LLP Office
Construction is completed on 18,000 square foot office building located at One West Park Avenue, south side of Forsyth Park
“We began this project by looking at other large-scale buildings located around Forsyth Park,” said Brian Felder, managing principal of Felder & Associates. “The Chicago-style of design, prominent in Savannah with examples like the Germania Bank, the Dunbar Theater, Adler’s and the News Press Building (all lost, save the News Press,) was the inspiration for the building. This style has characteristic pilasters, wide, stacked window bays, and simple cast stone ornamentation. The interior design approach centered on creating a modern and efficient layout.”
Q&A with Brian Felder of Felder & Associates:
What was the inspiration for this design?
We wanted a building that fit within the context around the south end of the park. We looked at the Telfair Hospital, the Sears Building, the Armory and the apartment building at W. Gwinnett and Whitaker. All are large-scale commercial buildings, and they set the timeframe for placing this building. We wanted the appearance of matching their construction methods with similar materials and fenestration (openings.)
What are some of the unique aspects of the design?
It was important to us to create a building that suited our image of the law firm. In my opinion, we couldn’t move this group of lawyers out of the Armstrong House and into a West Chatham office building. The building needed to fit the firm, and its prominent location on the southern end of Forsyth Park. Additionally, it was an exercise in designing a building that fit the context and addressed the corner of W. Park and Bull Streets. It needed to anchor that corner. The attorneys wanted a more democratic and efficient layout to the office.
Are there any green aspects?
We do have point-of-use controls for HVAC, allowing more individualized control of comfort systems. For instance, if two offices are warm on the southwest corner, we don’t have to chill the entire floor. We can just bring down the corner zone to be in the comfort zone. We also have highly-efficient HVAC systems. The envelope is as tight as it can be to lessen air infiltration and to provide a thermal break from the outside. We used daylighting and dimmable LED lighting to allow control and lessen the amount of artificial light needed. Every office has a window. We would expect a 30-50% reduction in energy use per person when compared to their existing building.
Any other interesting things to know?
The building was constructed in around 9 months, a bit of a record for a custom private office building in our area.
ABOUT FELDER & ASSOCIATES
Established in 2012, Felder & Associates specializes 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. Locally, Felder & Associates is a member of the Savannah Chamber of Commerce and Historic Savannah Foundation. The firm is nationally connected in the American Institutes of Architects, the American Society of Interior Designers and the United States Green Building Council. Felder & Associates is a member of the International Interior Design Association. In 2014, Felder & Associates received a historic preservation award from the Historic Savannah Foundation and the best architecture firm award from Savannah Magazine. Felder & Associates recently completed the Grey restaurant in the former Greyhound bus depot in the Savannah historic district. 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
Two Local Companies Present $15,000 to Leadership Southeast Georgia Program
The Sack Company and Evans General Contractors Sponsor Five-Month Leadership Class
Founded in 1945, SACK has established its reputation by safely providing high-quality construction services in the electrical, mechanical/HVAC and plumbing trades to industrial, commercial, educational, institutional, federal and healthcare clients.
“We believe that it is our responsibility to give back to the communities that give so much to us,” said Paul Roesel, president and CEO of SACK. Since 2009, SACK has donated more than $333,000 to various charities and events in the southeast Georgia region. SACK presented $10,000 to the 2017 LSEGA program.
Evans General Contractors provides comprehensive design/build and general contracting services to a wide variety of public and private corporations, institutions and commercial developers. Jesse Bentley, Savannah division manager for Evans General Contractors, was a member of the LSEGA class of 2016. LSEGA had such a rewarding impact on his leadership, Bentley championed for his company to support the program. Evans General Contractors donated $5,000 to LSEGA’s 2017 class.
“Community involvement has always been a priority at Evans,” said Bentley, “My experience with Leadership Southeast Georgia was invaluable. I am better equipped to face industry challenges because of skills and connections the program helped me build, and I’m very happy my company supported the program this year.”
LSEGA began in January 1999, when leaders representing the business, local government and education communities in 10 southeast Georgia counties collaborated to create a program that crosses districts to promote community and economic development.
The annual five-month leadership program is designed to equip and empower community leaders to work effectively to promote positive growth while improving the quality of life in the Southeast Georgia Coastal Region.
These sponsorships directly supported the session in Chatham County, which this year primarily focused on advancement in public safety and health.
For more information, visit http://www.lsega.com/
ABOUT LEADERSHIP SOUTHEAST GEORGIA
Leadership Southeast Georgia is a 501©3 regional five-month program designed to equip and empower community leaders to work effectively to promote positive growth while improving the quality of life in the Southeast Georgia Coastal region. All participants live or work within Bryan, Bulloch, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long, McIntosh and Screven counties. For more information, visit http://www.lsega.com/
Leadership Southeast Georgia, Chair
Leadership Southeast Georgia, Vice Chair
Tiny House, Big Heart Event to Benefit the CSAH Tiny House Project for Homeless Veterans
(SAVANNAH, GA) Service Brewing, Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum and Judge Realty announce the “Tiny House, Big Heart” charity fundraiser to benefit the Chatham Savannah Authority for the Homeless will take place on Thursday, May 4 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Ships of the Sea Museum, located at 41 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Savannah, GA 31401. This event is the first community fundraiser specifically for the CSAH, Tiny House Project for Homeless Veterans.
During the event, 21 Savannah artists will be showcasing tiny house artworks that will be auctioned off. Artists participating include: Marcus Kenney, Betsy Cain, Maggie Hayes, June Stratton, Michael Porten, Cedric Smith, Shea Slemmer, Jose Ray, Todd Schroeder, Debora Oden, Christine Hall, Maggie Evans, Juliana Peloso, Tobia Makeover, Pamela Wiley, Harriet Delong, Elizabeth Winnel, Gerome Temple, Troy Wandzel, Will Penny and Daniel E. Smith.
Savannah Clay Community, James Dean (known for Pete the Cat) and the SCAD Metals and Jewelry Club are also big contributors to the Tiny House, Big Heart event along with over 3 dozen community sponsors.
Proceeds from this event will be used for the first land payment of $30,000 for the Tiny House Project. This land will not only provide the future grounds for the neighborhood of Tiny Houses, it will plant the foundation of community and healing for our veterans with resources available such as an organic garden, three clubhouses for community meals, workshops and health and wellness programs.
Chef Lauren Teague of Atlantic, as well as, Big Bon Pizza will be cooking for the event. Army Veteran and celebrity bartender, Sid Lance is creating a special cocktail with the spirits from Ghost Coast Distillery. Guests will also enjoy Savannah’s favorite DJ, Jose Ray, who will be spinning vinyl from the 70’s, 80s, 90’s and today’s hits.
“This event is both educational for our community and a creative fundraiser to help Chatham Savannah Authority for the Homeless raise the donations needed for the land payment that is the future grounds for the Tiny Home neighborhood.” Meredith Sutton, owner of Service Brewing, said, “We have been really lucky to get so many creatives together in one space. All of these artists are volunteering their time and talents to help with Savannah’s homeless veterans. It’s really quite beautiful.”
Tickets are $10, which includes a door prize ticket and a Service Brewing beer ticket, can be purchased at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tiny-house-big-heart-tickets-32532505600.
For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/480782542312352/