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Leadership Southeast Georgia Names 2019 Class Members

Leadership Southeast Georgia Names 2019 Class Members

(SOUTHEAST GEORGIA) Leadership Southeast Georgiais pleased to announce 29 people have been selected from 10 counties across the region for its class of 2019.

The five-month program, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, is designed to equip, empower and connect community leaders to help them promote positive growth and improve the quality of life in the southeast Georgia region.

Participants live and work within Bryan, Bulloch, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long, McIntosh and Screven counties, which together are known as Georgia’s coastal region. Leadership Southeast Georgiaoffers a unique opportunity for leaders in this area to build close working relationships, promote positive growth and advance strategic goals to benefit our coast.

Members of the Leadership Southeast Georgiaclass of 2019 are:

Laura Lee Bocade, DIRTT Environmental Solutions(Chatham)
Stephanie Brown, WorkSource Georgia-Coastal(Camden)
C.J. Chance, P.E., Hussey Gay Bell(Bulloch)
Leia Dedic, Savannah Economic Development Authority(Chatham)
Dr. Robin K. Ellert, Department of the Army (Liberty)
Chris Ellison, The Heritage Bank(Long)
Justin Farquhar, Development Authority of Bryan County(Chatham)
Jenny Gentry, (Chatham)
Emily Goldman, Georgia Ports Authority(Effingham)
Gloria Goosby, Georgia Southern University(Bulloch)
Allyson Harvin, SERVPRO of Savannah(Chatham)
Staci Ignell, Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation(Jasper)
Kimberly Iler, Coldwell Banker Commercial(Effingham)
Will Johnson, Evans General Contractors(Chatham)
Francesca Macchiaverna, HunterMaclean(Chatham)
Dawn Malin, McIntosh County Industrial Development Authority(McIntosh)
Ronald McGee, Comcast(Chatham)
Mark Miller (Glynn)
Tanya Milton, The Savannah Tribune(Chatham)
DJ Roberson, Daniel Defense, Inc.(Effingham)
Madison Roesel, The SACK Company(Chatham)
Matt Sawhill, Georgia Power – Southern Company(Bulloch)
Ryan Sewell, Sterling Seacrest Partners(Chatham)
David Simons, Simons Political Group(Chatham)
Kevin Smith, P.E., Thomas & Hutton(Chatham)
Ron Stalnaker, Georgia Southern University(Bulloch)
Mark Stovall, SunTrust Bank(Glynn)
Walter Strong III, The Strong Group / Alair Homes Savannah(Chatham)
Paul Teague, P.E., Atlanta Gas Light Company(Bryan)

“It’s an exceptionally powerful group of participants this year,” said Lee Beckmann, a graduate of the class of 2013 and chairman of the 2019 board of directors, who also is the manager of governmental affairs with the Georgia Ports Authority. “This group represents the strengths of our region well, and I’m confident that the next five months will further equip them to lead our region.”

Participants were nominated by alumni of the leadership program and by business leaders in the coastal region. They will spend one weekend a month in surrounding counties learning about topics that affect the region such as healthcare, education, economic development and transportation.

“Last year’s group developed ideas that made tangible differences in our communities, and I’m thrilled to see what impacts this class will make,” said Beckmann. “There is a tremendous amount of innovation and creativity between our selected class members.”

For more information, visit http://www.lsega.com/

ABOUT LEADERSHIP SOUTHEAST GEORGIA
Leadership Southeast Georgiais a five-month region-wide program designed to equip, empower and connect community leaders to help them promote positive growth and improve the quality of life in the southeast Georgia region. The executive board and program participants represent a variety of industries across Bryan, Bulloch, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long, McIntosh and Screven counties. The class spends one weekend a month traveling to surrounding counties to learn about the impact of local issues such as healthcare, education, economic development and transportation. For more information, visit http://www.lsega.com/

CONTACT
Lee Beckmann
Leadership Southeast Georgia
lsegainfo@gmail.com

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Cradduck
Cecilia Russo Marketing, LLC
cynthia@crussomarketing.com
912.856.9075

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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
Watch Party Benefit Tailgate Scheduled for Feb. 3

(JASPER COUNTY, SC) Peacock Subaruwill be featured in Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl XV on Super Bowl Sunday, giving national recognition to some of the adoptable pups under the care of the Palmetto Animal League.

Animal Planetcrews were in the area in December, filming puppies, ranging in age from 3 to 6 months old, at the dealership and also at PAL’s facilities. That footage is going to be incorporated into vignettes that will air as commercial messages for Subaruduring Puppy Bowl XV. Peacock Subaruwas selected for the spots by SubaruOf America because of its involvement with local animal welfare organizations.

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In celebration of the event, Peacock Subaruwill hold a Puppy Bowl Watch Party before the Super Bowl, complete with tailgating refreshments provided by One Hot Mama’s and music from co-host 104.9 The Surf. The party gets underway on Sunday, Feb. 3, from 2:30-5 p.m. at the dealership, 111 Drivers Way in Hardeeville at the Peacock Auto Mall.

The Palmetto Animal Leaguewill bring adoptable dogs to join the party, so you could leave the event with a new furry family member. Supported solely by individual donors and compassionate “Partners in Rescue” like Peacock Subaru, PAL’s no-kill shelter serves as a temporary residence for approximately 200 dogs and cats while they wait to find a loving home.

Donations will be accepted for this animal welfare organization at the event. Already got your dog? Bring ’em along with you; this party is BYOD (“Bring Your Own Dog”).

“It’s an incredibly touching moment when an adopter falls in love with an animal at our shelter,” explains Amy Campanini, Palmetto Animal LeaguePresident. “That’s the Hail Mary of animal rescue.”

The Puppy Bowl began as a goofy project that grew into a fun cultural icon. Animal Planet, a cable network focused solely on animal-themed shows, confronted the question of what to program against the Super Bowl with a tongue-in-cheek 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 looking-for-a-home pets.

“We are honored to be featured on a national level based on our local efforts at Peacock Subaru,” said Warner Peacock, president and CEO of Peacock Automotive. “Helping homeless animals is something all of us at Peacock Subarucare about, as many of us have rescue pets of our own. Any opportunity to support these animals and the people helping them is a win in our book.”

This year’s telecast will be the fifteenth annual version of the Puppy Bowl. 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 Mall on 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

Marjorie Young to speak in Atlanta about Public Relations strategies to the Georgia Association of Business Brokers

Marjorie Young to speak in Atlanta about Public Relations strategies to the Georgia Association of Business Brokers

Did you know that 74% of consumers cite “word-of-mouth” as a key influence in their decision making? But most businesses leave so much good news on the table!

Marjorie Young, an experienced public relations consultant and founder of Carriage Trade Public Relations® Inc., will share her ideas about creating positive word-of-mouth when she speaks on Jan. 22 to the Georgia Association of Business Brokers. The GABBmeets at the Georgia Association of Realtors building at 6065 Barfield Road, in Sandy Springs at 10:30 a.m., preceded at 9:45 a.m. by a free light breakfast and networking session.

The meeting is free and open to the public, but please fill out the form below to let us know you’re coming.

https://gabb.org/creating-positive-word-of-mouth-for-your-business/

Young will discuss how small businesses can build a positive reputation simply by leveraging the great content that already exists in your business and in your marketing. Young founded Carriage Trade Public Relations® Inc. in 1995. Her firm creates positive word-of-mouth for businesses in the community and online by using reputation management strategies. She also does Crisis PR consulting and audits.

In 2017 the Savannah Chamber named Young Small Business Advocate of the Year. She currently sits on the Savannah Rotary, and Hospice Savannah board of directors. She is an avid hiker and walked Spain’s 500-mile Camino de Santiago in 2016.

The GABBis an organization of professionals who work with owners of Georgia businesses in important and complicated transactions: the sale of their businesses. GABBmembers help owners determine the asking price of their business, create marketing plans and strategies for selling their business, identify and qualify buyers, and have the knowledge, experience and skills needed to help maintain the confidential nature of the process. GABBmembers relentlessly pursue professional development so they can provide superior, ethical services for all customers and clients.

For more information on GABB, contact Diane Loupe at 404-374-3990 or georgiabusinessbrokers@gmail.comor Dean Burnette at dean@b3brokers.comor 912-247-3209.

Local Rotary Calls for Volunteers for Second Annual Savannah Rotary Read-In

Local Rotary Calls for Volunteers for Second Annual Savannah Rotary Read-In

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Rotary Club of Savannahis searching for volunteers to serve as community readers for the second annual Savannah Rotary Read-Inon Wednesday, March 13, from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Last year’s inaugural event drew 526 volunteer readers who read to students in 566 classrooms. This year, Savannah-Chatham public schools plans to add pre-kindergarten to the list, which means Rotarians and volunteers will read to students in 600 pre-k through third-grade classrooms in 32 schools.

“We hope to promote literacy with nearly 15,000 local students at this event,” said Lowell Kronowitz, president of the Rotary Club of Savannah. “Our goal is to have around 600 volunteers join our Rotarians in giving back by reading for one hour on this special day to spark young imaginations and encourage the desire to read more.”

A report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation indicates children who aren’t reading at grade level by the end of third grade are four times as likely to drop out of high school.

Debra Larson, president & CEO of Hospice Savannah, and retired trucking company owner Frank Moore, Jr., who serves as a substitute teacher in the school system, are co-chairing the event. Moore introduced the idea when he moved to Savannah from California where his club there had run the program for 26 years.

“We are looking for volunteers to help just one day for one hour with just one book. The impact for the students is tremendous,” said Moore.

The club also is seeking 32 volunteers to serve as liaisons to handle communication with the schools’ personnel, confirm classrooms and identify books for the read-in.

E Shavers Booksellers is offering a discount to anyone who buys a children’s book to read during the event.

To register to read at the Savannah Rotary Read-In, please sign up here by March 7: https://savannahrotaryreadin.com/

ABOUT THE ROTARY CLUB OF SAVANNAH
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 the 100th anniversary, the club raised funds and constructed an all-accessible playground in Forsyth Park. Meetings are held each Monday from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the DeSoto Hotel, 15 E. Liberty Street. For more information, visit www.savrotary.org

FOR MORE INFO CONTACT:
Frank Moore, Jr.
frankm.jr@prodigy.net
912-604-5319

Bethesda Academy President Receives Georgia GOAL Advocacy Award

Bethesda Academy President Receives Georgia GOAL Advocacy Award

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Georgia GOAL Scholarship Programrecently presented Michael Hughes, president of Bethesda Academyin Savannah, with the GOALAdvocacy Award.

The award acknowledges individuals who have displayed passion and perseverance when appealing to legislators to preserve, protect and expand the program’s scholarship opportunities.

Bethesda Academy President Michael Hughes Holds GOAL Award

Bethesda Academy President Dr. Michael Hughes Holds GOAL Award

“Dr. Hughes is a true believer in providing educational choice for families, as his day job can attest to that fact,” said Lisa Kelly, president and executive director of the Georgia GOAL Scholarship Program. “He is head of a school whose mission is all about lifting up young men who are capable of achieving greater heights.”

The Georgia GOAL Scholarship Programmakes it possible for Georgia taxpayers to redirect a portion of their tax liability each year to receive an equal tax credit on their Georgia tax return. GOALawards provide partial scholarships to students in 137 participating private schools throughout the state.

“Dr. Hughes happens to be in a district whose state lawmakers were essential to our effort to raise the cap,” Kelly said. “His specific and very timely outreach on multiple critical occasions was spot-on and essential to the overall effort. All these efforts were almost immediate, and very passionate, each and every time we made the suggestion.”

In May, Gov. Nathan Deal signed House Bill 217 into law, thereby increasing the annual cap on the Georgia Education Expense Credit Program from $58 million to $100 million for the next decade. The signing of HB 217 marked the largest expansion of this program since its inception in 2008.

“The Georgia GOAL Scholarship Programis an incredible opportunity for Georgia taxpayers to help students to attend Bethesda Academywho might otherwise not be able to attend without any cost to the taxpayer,” said Hughes. “Additionally, the increase in the cap on Education Expense Credits will provide a greater opportunity for Savannah area parents to choose Bethesda for their children.”

Since 2008, GOALhas awarded 34,482 scholarships worth $128.2 million to 14,340 students, with an additional $28.6 million being obligated and reserved for the funding of multi-year scholarships that have been awarded or for the awarding of future scholarships. The average value of the scholarship awarded to each student has been $3,718, with the balance of tuition costs being paid by scholarship families together with other financial aid provided by the participating private schools.

To learn more about the Georgia GOAL Scholarship Program, please visit www.goalscholarship.org.

ABOUT BETHESDA ACADEMY
Founded in 1740, Bethesda Academyis the oldest child-care institution in the United States. Now it is a private boarding and day school for young men in grades six through twelve and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The 650-acre campus features a variety of athletic teams, a wildlife management and organic farming program and college preparatory curriculum. Through its “Lead The Way” initiative, students have access to exclusive integrated learning and leadership opportunities. For more information, visit www.bethesdaacademy.orgor call 912.644.4376.

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Cradduck
Junior Partner
Cecilia Russo Marketing
cynthia@crussomarketing.com
912-856-9075
www.crussomarketing.com

Savannah Maritime After Hours Donate $2,000 to Ronald McDonald House of the Coastal Empire

Sponsors of Savannah Maritime After Hours Donate $2,000 to Ronald McDonald House of the Coastal Empire

(SAVANNAH, GA) For the fifth consecutive year, Savannah Maritime After Hourspresented a holiday donation to the Ronald McDonald House of the Coastal Empire. This year, the donation was increased by $500, for a total of $2,000, which will be used to support the growing needs of the House and their residents.

Maritime After Hours Donates to Ronald McDonald House

(Left to Right) Larry Hearn (Savannah River Logistics), Ryan Faulk (Savannah River Logistics), Jed Young (Port City Logistics) and Ben Goldberg (JIT Warehousing and Logistics) present $2,000 from the Savannah Maritime After Hours group to Bill Sorochak (far left), Executive Director of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Coastal Empire.

Maritime community leaders, Ben Goldberg of JIT Warehousing and Logistics, Larry Hearn and Ryan Faulk of Savannah River Logistics, and Jed Young of Port City Logisticspresented the check to Bill Sorochak, executive director of the Ronald Mcdonald House of the Coastal Empire.

Each year, members of the Savannah Maritime After Hoursare able to raise these funds through networking events held on the first Wednesday of each month.

“A small donation during the holidays can make a big difference for these families during such a stressful time,” said Ryan Faulk, Partner of Savannah River Logistics. “We believe families are stronger together and a sick child heals faster when they are surrounded by love and support. And we are extremely grateful to all of our members who make this annual donation possible.”

For more information on this donation or on how to get your organization added to the recipient list, contact Billy Robinson at billy@portcitylogistics.com.

ABOUT THE RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE© OF THE COASTAL EMPIRE
One of 365 Ronald McDonald Housesworldwide, each House is an independent non-profit, 501©3 community organization. The Savannah House is governed by a 16-member board of directors and managed by a full-time staff of four. The mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities© of the Coastal Empireis to create, find and support programs that directly enhance the health and well-being of children and families. The House has thirteen bedrooms and operates on a waiting list most of the year. The Savannah Ronald McDonald Houseprovides a “home away from home” for critically ill and injured children and their families who are receiving treatment at Children’s Hospital at Memorial, Candler Hospital, or where needed in the Coastal Empire. Since the House first opened its doors 30 years ago in 1987, over 10,200 families have been served. The house currently serves approximately 290 families each year. Although the average length of stay runs 16 days, some families stay much longer.

CONTACT
Billy Robinson
CEO, Port City Logistics, Inc.
billy@portcitylogistics.com

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

Savannah Parents and Students Invited to Bethesda Academy Open House to Meet New Learning Specialist on Nov. 15

Savannah Parents and Students Invited to Bethesda Academy Open House to Meet New Learning Specialist on Nov. 15

(SAVANNAH, GA) Bethesda Academywill host an open house on Thursday, Nov. 15, for prospective students and their parents or guardians to get a glimpse of the quality of education, and the focus on leadership and tradition of excellence the historic school offers in addition to day-school and boarding enrollment options.

New to Bethesdathis year is Susan Boatright, a credentialed educator and learning specialist who has implemented a student success program which includes an individualized learning plan for each student, particularly those with recognized learning issues. Guests will have an opportunity to meet Boatright at the open house.

Susan Boatright New Learning Specialist at Bethesda Academy

Susan Boatright, New Learning Specialist at Bethesda Academy

“The open house is intended for interested students and parents to get a glimpse of the leadership and quality of education that Bethesda Academyoffers,” said Bethesda Academypresident Dr. Michael Hughes.

The open house will be held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Carter Space Building at Bethesda Academy, 9520 Ferguson Ave., Savannah, Ga.

“One of our biggest differentiators is Bethesda’s work study-internship program,” Hughes continued. “Every student leaves Bethesdawith entrepreneurial and real-world leadership skills. Sophomores, juniors and seniors all have an opportunity to participate in the work study-internship program. We will be explaining this program in more detail to the attendees of our open house.”

Bethesda Academyat a Glance:
• The school, which dates to 1740, prides itself on transforming every boy into a young man of the utmost character.
• Young men in grades 6-12 benefit from small class sizes, supportive teachers and yearly campus internships.
• The Bethesdaexperience goes beyond the classroom walls. Its core values, which include a love of God, a love of learning and a strong work ethic, are instilled in every student.
Bethesdaboasts a dynamic and disciplined athletic program as well as an outstanding preparatory curriculum focused on career and higher education pursuits.

Applications are being accepted for the 2019-2020 school year. For more information about the open house or to submit an application, contact Brandi Simpson, director of admissions, at 912.351.2068or brandi.hebron@bethesdaacademy.org.

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ABOUT BETHESDA ACADEMY:
Founded in 1740, Bethesda Academyis the oldest child-care institution in the United States. It is a private boarding and day school for young men in grades six through twelve and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The 650-acre campus features a variety of athletic teams, a wildlife management and organic farming program and a hands-on comprehensive curriculum that includes technology applications and STEM opportunities. Through its Lead The Way initiative, students have access to exclusive integrated learning and leadership opportunities. For more information, visit www.bethesdaacademy.orgor call 912.644.4376.

MEDIA CONTACT
Elizabeth Poole
Director of Communications
Cecilia Russo Marketing
elizabeth@crussomarketing.com
912.695.4791