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Mark Howard to Present Retirement Tips at the Chamber’s Power Hour in October

Mark Howard to Present Retirement Tips at the Chamber’s Power Hour in October

(Savannah, GA) Mark Howard, President and founder of Howard Financial Group, will be the featured speaker at the Savannah Area Chamber’s Power Hour on Tuesday, Oct. 3, in the Savannah Morning News Auditorium, 1375 Chatham Parkway. Networking begins at 11:30 a.m., lunch and program begin at noon.

Howard will present “3 Retirement Income Strategies to Implement for You and Your Company” during the Chamber’s monthly gathering. Attendees will learn how to implement income planning strategies for their team’s retirement.

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.

“I hope to share some timely information with chamber members who want to help their employees save for the future,” said Howard. “Providing employer-sponsored retirement plans are a great tool for retaining high-quality employees and at the same time providing excellent benefits back to the business.

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.

Cost to attend the luncheon is $12 for chamber members only. For more info contact Stephanie Painter, Small Business and Events Manager, Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce, 912.644.6458 or visit www.SavannahChamber.com

For more information on Howard Financial Group, visit www.howardfinancialgroup.com or call 912-777-6944.

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

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

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Third Generation General Contracting Firm, The Strong Group, Expands Business by Partnering with Alair Homes in Savannah, Ga

Third Generation General Contracting Firm, The Strong Group, Expands Business by Partnering with Alair Homes in Savannah, Ga

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Strong Group, a general contracting residential construction firm based in Savannah, has announced a new partnership with Alair Homes, North America’s largest construction management contractor.

The partnership will give The Strong Group access to a consolidated back-office management system and a communications platform that gives homeowners access to real-time information on the progress being made on their projects. That allows The Strong Group to ensure homeowners are being updated on key factors such as cost and budget at every step of the process.

“I decided to partner with Alair to create a scalable business model that allows me more time to work on growing and improving my business,” said Walter Strong III, who owns The Strong Group. “Our trademarked pre-construction client control process gives clients certainty and transparency over their project. The traditional custom construction business model was broken. Clients were asked to buy a product before they know what the final cost was, and the contractors were asked to sell something before they knew the final cost. Our innovative and transparent process solves these issues for both parties.”

According to AVID Ratings, the average percentage of customer satisfaction for Alair clients was over 21 points higher than the industry average for residential construction. In 2017, two Alair Homes contractors took home AVID Awards, which are granted to North American home builders whose purchasers rated them the highest for customer experience and dedication. “That’s what I call fixing a broken model,” said Strong.

The Strong Group is a third-generation commercial general contracting firm founded in 1952 by Walter Strong, Sr. as the Walter H. Strong Co. Over the generations, the company’s services have expanded to include construction management and award-winning residential construction.

The Strong Group’s most notable construction projects include the original eight-building campus at Armstrong State University that was completed in 1962 and the Armstrong Fine Arts building that was finished in 1973. The firm also served as construction managers for the renovation of the former Chatham County Courthouse on Bull Street that was completed in 1991 and as construction administrators for the recently completed $70 million dollar expansion of the Chatham County Detention Center. They have also completed an estimated 70 custom residential construction projects since 2004.

Since its founding in 2007, Alair has been helping home builders, renovators and remodelers expand their reach as entrepreneurs. Alair’s system is designed to easily track projects and reports so contractors can be in the field and be interacting with their clients to ensure operations are running smoothly.

“Savannah and the surrounding region is a special and unique market and we are very proud to have Walter as our partner to help deliver the Alair difference to homeowners and other contractors alike,” said Rob Cecil, Alair’s chief development officer. “With nearly 90 offices open and many more offices slated to open in the summer and fall, we’re looking forward to bringing even more passionate contractors into our system as we expand into new markets.”

Through partnering with Alair, The Strong Group is projected to grow significantly. Currently, The Strong Group operates primarily within the greater Savannah, Ga., and Bluffton/Hilton Head Island, S.C., areas with a few projects as far away as Macon, Ga., and Columbia, S.C. In their new expansion phase, the company will extend its efforts throughout southeast Georgia.

By working closely with Alair, Strong said, he expects to add project managers who share his drive to push their limits.

“When you can offer applicants Alair’s proven and simple system, signing on top-tier project managers is a no brainer,” said Strong. “Alair isn’t changing my business; it’s adding a layer of strength to the foundation we already had.”

For more information, call 912.233.7690 or visit alairsavannah.com

ABOUT THE STRONG GROUP
The Strong Group in Savannah, Ga., is a third-generation commercial general contracting firm founded in 1952 as the Walter H. Strong Co. Services include construction management and award-winning residential construction. The Strong Group’s foundation was built on its commercial construction history. The Strong Group started to develop a reputation for residential Construction in 2004 when Walter Strong III began to build high-end homes around Savannah. Along with new construction, The Strong Group has earned a reputation as one of the area’s premier renovation contractors. They have received two historic preservation awards. For more information, call 912.233.7690 or visit alairsavannah.com

CONTACT
Cynthia Wright
Carriage Trade Public Relations®
Cecilia Russo Marketing
savannahpublicrelations@gmail.com
912-856-9075

Peacock Automotive Rebrands New River Auto Mall to Peacock Auto Mall in Celebration of 15th Anniversary

Peacock Automotive Rebrands New River Auto Mall to Peacock Auto Mall in Celebration of 15th Anniversary

(JASPER COUNTY, S.C.) Peacock Automotive has announced a change in branding to reflect its commitment to bringing top car lines to the Lowcountry.

The former New River Auto Mall, established in 2002, now will be doing business as “Peacock Auto Mall.”

The automobile retailer’s new name and logo were released during an unveiling event on Thursday, Sept. 7. The exterior rebranding was recently completed on U.S. 278 just outside Bluffton, S.C.

“We were excited to celebrate our fifteenth anniversary this year and wanted to celebrate in a very special way,” said Warner Peacock, president and CEO of Peacock Automotive. “The rebranding of Peacock Auto Mall now associates the family name with the property along with showing the connections to our other dealerships.”

As part of the changeover, the company has changed the look associated with the brand, Peacock said.

“We softened up the logo and made some color modifications that better represent the current identity of our company,” he said. “We also added a silhouette of a car to evoke the sense of excitement you feel when test driving the inventory at our dealerships.”

Peacock Auto Mall covers 45 acres on U.S. 278, five miles east of Interstate 95 at Exit 8 in South Carolina. It employs approximately 330 people and features 13 brands, including Audi, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Genesis, Hyundai, Jaguar, Jeep, Land Rover, Porsche, Ram, Subaru and Volkswagen.

Peacock Automotive also owns and operates dealerships in Savannah, Ga., Columbia, S.C., and Orlando, Fla., as well as the New River Wellness Institute and the NRAM Collision Center.

During Thursday’s unveiling, Peacock Auto Mall and the American Heart Association unveiled the “Midsummer Night’s Dream” theme for the 21st Annual Heart Ball of the Southern Coast. Audi Hilton Head is the Legacy Sponsor for the Heart Ball, which will be held on Feb. 5 with 400 guests expected. For more information on the Heart Ball, visit www.southerncoastheartball.org.

Peacock Auto Mall and the American Heart Association also collected heart-healthy food donations, as well as hurricane preparation materials, for Bluffton Self Help. Located at 39 Sheridan Park Circle in Bluffton, the non-profit provides a variety of services such as short-term emergency financial assistance. In 2016, the organization served more than 10,000 people and provided approximately $125,000 to 355 families for short-term emergency assistance. For more information, visit http://www.blufftonselfhelp.org

For more information about Peacock Automotive, call (843) 208-1258 or visit https://www.peacockautomotive.com/

Peacock Automotive Rebrands New River Auto Mall to Peacock Auto Mal

Peacock Automotive Rebrands New River Auto Mall to Peacock Auto Mall

Peacock Automotive Rebrands New River Auto Mall to Peacock Auto Mall

Peacock Automotive Rebrands New River Auto Mall to Peacock Auto Mall

Peacock Automotive Rebrands New River Auto Mall to Peacock Auto Mall

Peacock Automotive Rebrands New River Auto Mall to Peacock Auto Mall

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 Peacock Auto Mall that covers 45 acres on U.S. 278, five miles east of Interstate 95 at Exit 8 in South Carolina. Thirteen brands are featured at the Auto Mall, including Audi, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Genesis, Hyundai, Jaguar, Jeep, Land Rover, Porsche, Ram, Subaru and Volkswagen. Additionally, the company owns Savannah Volkswagen, Alfa Romeo & Fiat of Savannah and Jaguar Land Rover Columbia in Columbia, S.C. 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. For more information about Peacock Automotive, call (843) 208-1258 or visit https://www.peacockautomotive.com/

MEDIA CONTACT
Jill Jauch
Advertising and Marketing Manager
912-507-7171
jj@peacockautomotive.com

The Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with the South Carolina Lowcountry SCORE chapter will host the first THRIVE Lowcountry Women’s Conference on Friday, Sept. 29.

The Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with the South Carolina Lowcountry SCORE chapter will host the first THRIVE Lowcountry Women’s Conference on Friday, Sept. 29.

Thrive

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with the South Carolina Lowcountry SCORE chapter, will host the first THRIVE Lowcountry Women’s Conference on Friday, Sept. 29. The conference will feature a series of thought-provoking keynote speakers and five breakout sessions that will cover 20 topics.

Among the speakers, Cynthia Wright, with Carriage Trade Public Relations® Inc. and Cecilia Russo Marketing; who also serves as the president of the Savannah Jaycees, a civic organization that inspires leadership growth through community involvement, will discuss “How to Manage Your Business’ Reputation Using Social Media.”

“I am thrilled that this type of event is coming to the Lowcountry,” said Wright. “This is an area full of successful and passionate women, and it’s the perfect day for us all to unite, share ideas and be inspired by one another. And speaking about social media is nothing new for me, as we use it to help our clients every day at Carriage Trade PR.”

Other breakout sessions will cover topics such as finance, branding and networking. Niki Scott, executive vice president at Suntrust Mortgage, Inc, Heather Srulevich, the chief financial officer of South Carolina’s Blue Cross Blue Shield, Diana Morrison, owner of Advertising Specialty Services and Elizabeth Skenes Millen, founder, owner and publisher of Pink and Paisley Magazines will be among the keynote speakers.

The event will take place at the Sonesta Resort on Hilton Head Island. A welcome reception is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 28, from 5 to 8:30 p.m., and the conference will be held on Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. There will be a special room rate at $159 per night for Sonesta guests who attend THRIVE and use the discount code 0928WOMEN.

Registration for the event is $99, but those who sign up before Sept. 1 receive $10 off.

For more information, please visit http://www.hiltonheadchamber.org/chamber-events/thrive-lowcountry-womens-summit/

To register, please visit https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07eedzcijv9ff2e23e&oseq=&c=&ch

CONTACT
Laurie Brown
Program Coordinator and Co-Creator
(843) 415-8230
laurie@auntlauries.com

Peacock Automotive Breaks Ground on Audi Dealership

Peacock Automotive Breaks Ground on Audi Dealership

(JASPER COUNTY, S.C.) Peacock Automotive has broken ground on its new 30,000-square-foot Audi dealership at the New River Auto Mall on U.S. 278. The estimated cost of the new facility is $6 million, and it’s expected to create 20 new jobs in addition to the approximately 600 people Peacock Automotive currently employs.

Peacock Automotive Breaks Ground on Audi Dealership

Photo Caption: LEFT TO RIGHT:
Barbara Clark, Jasper County Council
Henry Etheridge, Jasper County Council
Carolyn Kassel, Hardeeville City Council
John Lyons, Peacock Automotive Lowcountry Platform Director
Marty Sauls, Jasper County Council Chairman
Harry Williams, Mayor of Hardeeville

Construction on the building will begin immediately and is expected to be completed in the spring of 2018.

The architecture firm contracted for this project was Hansen Architects, and Thompson-Turner is the contracted construction firm. Many local elected officials and organizations attended the event, which was held on Tuesday, Aug. 22, at the site of the new building.

The new dealership will be located two blocks down the street from the current Audi Hilton Head facility that is paired with Hilton Head Volkswagen. When it’s ready, Audi will move into the new building and the Volkswagen outlet will grow to occupy the vacated space. That facility then 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 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.”

For more information about Peacock Automotive or the Audi dealership, visit https://www.peacockautomotive.com/ or call (843) 208-1258.

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/

GPS Direction use: 265 Drivers Way, Hardeeville, SC 29927

MEDIA CONTACT
Jill Jauch
Advertising and Marketing Manager
912-507-7171
jj@peacockautomotive.com

Marjorie Young
Carriage Trade PR
912.844-8880
www.carriagetradepr.com
marjorie@carriagetradepr.com

Peacock Automotive Celebrates 15 Years in Business by Announcing New River Auto Mall Rebranding at Unveiling Party on Thursday, Sept. 7

Peacock Automotive Celebrates 15 Years in Business by Announcing New River Auto Mall Rebranding at Unveiling Party on Thursday, Sept. 7

(JASPER COUNTY, S.C.) Peacock Automotive will hold an Unveiling Party for the rebranding of the New River Auto Mall on Thursday, Sept. 7, at 5:30 p.m. A new name and logo will be released during the event.

The Unveiling Party will take place at Audi Hilton Head at 137 Auto Mall Boulevard in Hardeeville, S.C. Invited guests will be the first to see the Auto Mall’s new branding materials while they enjoy refreshments and music.

Established in 2002, the New River Auto Mall is owned by Peacock Automotive, which also owns and operates dealerships in Savannah, Ga., Columbia, S.C., and Orlando, Fla., as well as the New River Wellness Institute and the New River Auto Mall Collision Center. The Auto Mall covers 45 acres on U.S. 278, 5 miles east of Interstate 95 at Exit 8 in South Carolina.

The Auto Mall employs approximately 330 people and features 13 brands, including Audi, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Genesis, Hyundai, Jaguar, Jeep, Land Rover, Porsche, Ram, Subaru and Volkswagen.

Most recently, the Auto Mall broke ground for the construction of a new 30,000-square-foot dealership, Audi Hilton Head. Work on the new building is expected to be completed in the spring of 2018 at an estimated cost of $6 million.

“We are also adding a Maserati and Alfa Romeo dealership to the Auto Mall in the next few months,” said Warner Peacock, president and CEO of Peacock Automotive. “We also have plans for renovating and rebuilding the dealerships on our 7.5-acre property in Savannah on the corner of Eisenhower Drive and Abercorn Street and at Peacock Ford in the Orlando area.”

In addition to a large inventory, the Auto Mall has state-of-the-art facilities for all automotive service and repair needs. Technicians are ASE-certified and work on all vehicle makes and models. Collision repair is also available. Every service appointment comes with a complimentary car wash.

“Establishing strong relationships with your customers, suppliers, employees and community partners is the key to success,” Peacock said. “One way is through planning events to support local not-for-profit organizations through sponsorships of a variety of events. Our dealerships all employ my personal mantra – zero dissatisfied customers.”

During the unveiling event on Sept. 7, the American Heart Association will kick off the 21st Annual Heart Ball of the Southern Coast by announcing the gala theme. Audi Hilton Head is the Legacy Sponsor for the Heart Ball, which will be held on Feb. 5, 2018, with an expected 400 guests. For more information on the Heart Ball, visit www.southerncoastheartball.org.

For more information about Peacock Automotive, call (843) 208-1258 or visit https://www.peacockautomotive.com/

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/

MEDIA CONTACT
Jill Jauch
Advertising and Marketing Manager
912-507-7171
jj@peacockautomotive.com

Cynthia Wright
Carriage Trade PR
Cecilia Russo Marketing
912.856.9075
www.carriagetradepr.com
cynthia.wright@carriagetradepr.com

Enmarket and Healthy Savannah Present $1,000 Encourage Health Grant to The Savannah Urban Garden Alliance

Enmarket and Healthy Savannah Present $1,000 Encourage Health Grant to The Savannah Urban Garden Alliance

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Savannah Urban Garden Alliance (SUGA) received an Encourage Health grant of $1,000 during the third lecture of the enmarket 2017 Encourage Health Education Series.

Enmarket and Healthy Savannah presents check to SUGA

Board members and friends of SUGA joined Bess Butler (center in red), representative of enmarket, and Paula Kreissler (right in white), representative of Healthy Savannah, during the Encourage Health Series presentation.

SUGA works to increase access to local, healthy food by promoting gardening and raising awareness for the benefits of homegrown food. The nonprofit organization collaborates with local schools to develop on-campus gardens, offers online guides to gardening and hosts interactive exhibits for children throughout the year. It also provides a community for area gardeners through online forums and monthly networking events.

SUGA is one of four local nonprofit groups to receive grants during the 2017 Encourage Health Education Series. Other recipients include The Living Vine, the Savannah Striders and the Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia.

Wellness executive Ross Harding, the luncheon’s keynote speaker, discussed “The Golden Healers: A Study of Ginger and Turmeric’s Effect on Health.” Harding is the co-founder and CEO of Verdant Kitchen, a gourmet and wellness company that crafts artisan foods and beverages with a focus on the health benefits of the ginger and turmeric family of spices.

The 2017 Encourage Health Education Series consists of four lunchtime presentations from respected professionals who share insights on nutrition and fitness plus general tips for a healthy lifestyle. Registered attendees are treated to a free, healthy lunch.

The next lecture, on Oct. 24, will feature Davana Pilczuk, PhD, who works in the field of human performance with Savannah-based Gulfstream Aerospace. She will speak on “Stress and Sleep: The Forgotten Keys to Health,” and the Encourage Health $1,000 grant will be presented to the Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia.

This marks the fourth year of the enmarket Encourage Health Education Series, conducted in partnership with Healthy Savannah, Sandfly Family Dental, Gulfstream Aerospace, Hoist Water, Savannah Morning News, Savannah Magazine and GPB Savannah – WSVH 91.1/WWIO 89.9.

To RSVP for the remaining lecture, visit http://healthysavannah.org/2017-encourage-health-series/. For more information, visit http://enmarkstations.com/EncourageHealthSeries

ABOUT ENMARKET 
Founded as Interstate Stations in 1963 by Robert Demere, Enmark Stations, Inc., which operates as enmarket, is a family-run business committed to offering its customers top-notch service and superior products. Today, the Savannah-based company, which celebrated its 50-year anniversary in 2013, operates 60 stores in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. Enmarket’s mission is to Enrich Life! Stores offer freshly prepared food and healthy snacks, high-quality double filtered gasoline, beverages, lottery services and more. Enmarket customers can save up to $.10 per gallon by using the company’s Cash Card, a reloadable stored-value card that can be used directly at the pump. Coupons, promotions and a location finder are available on the free mobile app. For more information, please call 912-236-1331 or visit www.enmarket.com. Follow enmarket on Twitter at @enmarkenjoy.

CONTACT
Matt Clements
Director of Marketing
enmarket
MClements@enmarkstations.com

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Wright
Carriage Trade PR
Cecilia Russo Marketing
912.856.9075
www.carriagetradepr.com
cynthia.wright@carriagetradepr.com

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