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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 or call (843) 208-1258.

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

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

Jill Jauch
Advertising and Marketing Manager

Marjorie Young
Carriage Trade PR

Triet Bui Joins Coastal Canvas Products Management Team

Triet Bui Joins Coastal Canvas Products Management Team

Triet Bui Joins Coastal Canvas Products Management Team

(SAVANNAH, GA) Coastal Canvas Products ( is pleased to announce that Triet Bui has joined the company as operations manager.

Triet Bui comes with a wealth of management experience and knowledge, having spent the last 30 years at The Landings Company (TLC) where he was fiscally responsible for building and managing the many crews required to maintain TLC’s world class sports facilities.

“Triet joins our team in advance of our move to a new, larger facility later this year. His appointment ensures that as we grow, we will continue to streamline production and sales processes while maintaining the quality of our products and customer relationships,” said Ellen and Andrew Barber, Owners, Coastal Canvas Products.

During Triet Bui’s tenure with The Landings Company, his performance earned him many accolades. He achieved the title of Court Sports Superintendent for his hard work, dedication, and leadership. In 2015, he received national recognition as the recipient of Har-Tru Corporation’s “Love Your Court, Love Your Game” award. He was part of The Landings Club team to be awarded “The Distinguished Emerald Club of the World” by BoardRoom magazine.

A 1991 graduate of Benedictine Military School (BC), Bui credits his BC experience as having the most influence on his team building philosophy. “The BC motto, Forward, Always Forward, is at the core of my approach to team building. Listening, observing and treating people with respect empowers all of us to do our best. I am excited to start a new challenge with Coastal Canvas Products and look forward to being part of the team as we transition to a larger operation. I am fortunate to be joining such a respected company that prides itself on delivering top quality products and services,” said Bui. In addition to his Benedictine Military School education, he also attended Armstrong State College and South College.

A native of Saigon, Vietnam, Bui immigrated to the United States and has lived in Savannah, Georgia since 1976. Active in the Savannah community, Bui is the past President of the Benedictine Athletic Association and is a board member of the Benedictine Alumni Association. He is also a member of the Savannah Knights of Columbus.

About Coastal Canvas Products
Coastal Canvas Products, founded in 1975, is a full-service, manufacturing company located in Savannah, GA. with both Georgia and South Carolina Business and Contractors Licenses. Coastal Canvas Products manufactures and installs custom canvas awnings, metal canopies, shade sails, fabric tension structures, walkway covers, motorized screens, cabanas, decorative metal railings, tarpaulins, porch curtains and similar fabric and aluminum products. Coastal Canvas Products also sells and installs various products for solar protection, hurricane protection, and insect screens.

Ellen Barber, Owner
Coastal Canvas Products
(912) 236 – 2416

Anastasia R. Kontos, CEO
619 Tattnall Street
Savannah, GA 31401 USA
Tel: 912-233-9200
Cell: 912-429-9200

Mark Howard to Present “Avoiding the 3 Biggest Mistakes People Make Regarding Retirement” to Savannah Jaycees

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 or visit them on facebook at Facebook:

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

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 or

Cecilia Russo
Cecilia Russo Marketing

Marjorie Young
Carriage Trade Public Relations, Inc.

Elizabeth Poole Selected for Public Relations Internship with Carriage Trade Public Relations and Cecilia Russo Marketing

Elizabeth Poole Selected for Public Relations Internship with Carriage Trade Public Relations and Cecilia Russo Marketing

(SAVANNAH, GA) Carriage Trade Public Relations, Inc. and Cecilia Russo Marketing, LLC. are pleased to announce that Elizabeth Poole has been selected as an intern for the summer of 2017.

Poole’s responsibilities will include media relations, writing press releases and award announcements, researching, search engine optimization, keywords, social media management, photography, videography and community relations.

A Savannah native, Poole recently graduated from the University of Georgia achieving a degree in public relations from the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communications. She also earned a minor in fashion merchandising and a certificate in new media. She plans to return to Athens in the fall to receive a Master of Arts in public relations and advertising.

“I think this internship will be unlike any other,” said Poole. “Doing reputation management for clients that I’ve known and heard about since I was a child is so rewarding, and I’m excited to learn from the best public relations professionals in Savannah.”

Elizabeth Poole Internship

Elizabeth Poole, new intern for Carriage Trade Public Relations and Cecilia Russo Marketing

In her past, Poole has been an intern with Felicities PR of London and Liz Lapidus PR located in Atlanta. An active member on campus, she served on the event planning committee for the Drewry chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America and was the 2016 Host and Decor chair for the largest student-run networking event on campus, AdPR Connection.

In her spare time, Poole enjoys giving back to the community by visiting homeless animals at the local shelter. She is also an avid beach goer and loves to spend time in the sun with her family and friends. Poole hopes to one day work for a public relations company that shares her passion for animals in need.

Carriage Trade Public Relations and Cecilia Russo Marketing are Savannah’s premiere reputation management company. The mission of this collaborative public relations team is to help businesses increase their visibility in their community and globally online using the trademarked strategy, the REPUTATION MATRIX™ method.

For more information, contact:
Marjorie Young
CEO of Carriage Trade PR, Inc.
Phone: 912.844.9990

Cecilia Russo
CEO of Cecilia Russo Marketing, LLC.

Carriage Trade Public Relations and Cecilia Russo Marketing Award Skylar Lanier Summer Internship

(SAVANNAH, GA) Carriage Trade Public Relations, Inc. and Cecilia Russo Marketing, LLC. have selected Skylar Lanier as a public relations intern for the summer of 2017.

Lanier grew up in Savannah and is currently a rising senior at the University of Georgia. While pursuing degrees in Public Relations and English, she holds the position of Public Relations Chair for the Thomas Lay After-School Program, is a member of the Pi Beta Phi Sorority, and has previously interned with The Georgia Review.

This paid internship at Carriage Trade Public Relations and Cecilia Russo Marketing will offer Lanier experience in press writing, media relations, research, search engine optimization, photography and videography, social media management and community relations.

Carriage Trade Public Relations and Cecilia Russo Marketing Award Skylar Lanier Summer Internship

Skylar Lanier awarded summer internship with Carriage Trade Public Relations and Cecilia Russo Marketing

Carriage Trade Public Relations and Cecilia Russo Marketing are Savannah’s premiere reputation management company. The mission of this collaborative public relations team is to help businesses increase their visibility in their community and globally online using the trademarked strategy, the REPUTATION MATRIX™ method.

For more information, contact:
Marjorie Young
CEO of Carriage Trade PR, Inc.
Phone: 912.844.9990

Cecilia Russo
CEO of Cecilia Russo Marketing, LLC.


Healthy Savannah Announces New Board President

Healthy Savannah Announces New Board President

(SAVANNAH, GA) Healthy Savannah announces Tamala R. Fulton as board president. Fulton is currently the Employee Wellness Coordinator with Chatham County Government where she is a strong advocate for programs that encourage preventive care and healthy living.

Tamala Fulton, new board president of Healthy Savannah

Tamala R. Fulton

Fulton is a graduate of the University of South Carolina, with a B.S. in Exercise Science and Armstrong Atlantic State University with a Master’s of Public Health degree. She also holds certifications with the Society for Human Resources Management and the National Institute of Wellness. Fulton is a graduate of Leadership Savannah.

In response to the question “Why is Healthy Savannah important?” Healthy Savannah is important because the members of this collaborative organization sincerely care about the community. As a result, Healthy Savannah members have supported and successfully advocated for the establishment of policies that both protect and enhance the health of members of this community.

Launched in 2007 by (former) Mayor Otis Johnson, Healthy Savannah’s mission is to achieve a healthier community by creating and advocating for a variety of policies and programs to increase opportunities for citizens to engage in physical activity and consume a nutritious, balanced diet. Healthy Savannah supports programs for families, schools, businesses, and faith-based organizations. The leadership team is composed of people from all sectors of the community. Business owners, nonprofit managers, government and public service staff, community organizers, and faith-based leaders all play a role in helping the vision of a healthy Savannah come to life.

For more information, contact:
Paula Kreissler
Director of Healthy Living and Community Development, Healthy Savannah