Speros Adds Employees to Expand Customer Support
(SAVANNAH, GA) Speros, a full-service technology company headquartered in Savannah, announces three new employees have joined the firm: Wes Christain, IT technician; Mallory Teeple, carrier management specialist; and Jordan A. Winters, sales administrator.
“We are pleased to be able to bring on these new team members to serve the increasing needs of our clients and facilitate the growth of the Speros organization,” said Susan Speros, chief executive officer. “Each has the training and experience to seamlessly integrate with the Speros team and offer the prompt personal attention customers expect from us.”
As an IT (information technology) technician, Christain will be responsible for providing remote and on-site IT support, as well as for installation and configuration of network equipment and servers.
The Guyton, Ga., native previously served as IT manager at WSAV-TV and earned a bachelor of business administration in information systems at Georgia Southern University, an associate’s degree as a network specialist at Ogeechee Technical College and Microsoft Certified Professional and Network+ certification from Ogeechee Technical College. He is married with two children.
“This company is growing quickly, and I’m happy that I can be a part of this dedicated team of professionals at such an exciting time,” Christain said. “I will continue to use my previous experiences in IT to assist our customers in a friendly and professional manner. At the same time, I look forward to learning new skills from our knowledgeable staff at Speros.”
As carrier management specialist, Teeple will be responsible for negotiating, ordering and implementing carrier services as well as auditing existing services and carrier invoices. The Savannah native previously served as project manager for Asset Black and owned and operated a sign sales and manufacturing business in Florida for more than 20 years. She attended the University of Georgia and graduated from Savannah Country Day School.
“I am happy to become a part of such a well-known Savannah company with an excellent reputation,” Teeple said. “I hope to foster working relationships with carriers to be apprised of new products and technology in order to match the best products and prices with our clients’ needs.”
As sales administrator, Winters will be responsible for assisting the Speros Sales team with project management and customer service. The Richmond Hill, Ga., native previously served as general manager for Cowabunga, Inc., and earned a bachelor’s degree in business from Armstrong State University. She is married with two children and enjoys cooking, reading and traveling.
“I am thrilled to be in the ever-changing technology field!” Winters said. “This industry is going to continue to grow and develop. I plan to bring my management, customer service and sales skill sets to help Speros thrive in this competitive business.”
Established in 1984, Speros provides technology solutions for businesses, offering telephone systems, IT services, surveillance systems, web design and branding solutions and cloud computing. Speros team 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 912-354-8900 or email email@example.com.
New Members Named to Park Place Outreach’s Street Outreach Team
The Street Outreach Program (SOP) finds and offers assistance to Chatham Country’s runaways, homeless and street youth. Choice and Franklin will coordinate with local agencies and programs to meet the needs of these teens and young adults, as well as advocate for them in the surrounding community.
The SOP has received funding intermittently since 1997, but Park Place Outreach recently received a three-year annual grant of $121,654 to re-fund the program, which serves teens and young adults up to age 21 through counseling and a drop-in center.
Choice, who is working toward a master’s degree in epidemiology from Georgia Southern University, is also involved with Collegiate 100 Men of America, Habitat For Humanity, NAACP, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity and the National Pan-Hellenic Council in addition to running his own barbecue business “The Firepit.”
“I have mentored youth for the past seven years and am really excited to continue pursuing my passion for working with kids through Park Place Outreach,” said Choice.
“I am thrilled that Park Place Outreach has given me the opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of young at-risk youth,” Franklin said.
ABOUT PARK PLACE OUTREACH SHELTER
Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter, 514 E. Henry St., provides support for troubled children and teens in Savannah and the surrounding area. Opened in 1984, the shelter, open 24 hours a day, offers youth, between the ages of 11 and 17, a safe and loving environment. Homeless, abused or runaway teenagers can self-admit themselves into this shelter. The organization’s goal is to keep kids off the street and reunify families. Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter is an equal opportunity provider and employer. With the generous support of local organizations and individuals, the Park Place Outreach Shelter has helped more than 6,000 individuals. For more information, please visit http://parkplaceyes.org or find Park Place Outreach – Youth Emergency Shelter on Facebook.
Peacock Automotive Donates Materials from New Brunswick Dealerships to Glynn County Charities
(BRUNSWICK, GA) Peacock Automotive, assisted by Junkluggers of the Coastal Empire, has donated gently used office furniture to The Well in Brunswick and Glynn County’s Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore. The automotive company has opened Peacock Hyundai and Peacock Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram dealerships at 5400 Altama Avenue.
The Well, a hospitality center for people who are homeless, received two loveseats, two sofas, four club chairs, two benches, a coffee table, and two end tables. The center is provided by FaithWorks, a community-focused ecumenical ministry, to help those who are homeless with opportunities to reconnect with family members and access important services to help them leave the streets and recover from sickness and disease.
Peacock Automotive also donated 50 desk chairs and other office items and furniture to Habitat’s ReStore, a retail outlet operated by Habitat for Humanity that receives donations of new and reusable home furnishings, home improvement and construction items, and then provides them for sale at deep discounts to the public. Proceeds from ReStore sales enable Habitat to build safe, decent and affordable houses in Glynn County.
“Our goal to give back to the communities that support us,” said Warner Peacock, president and CEO of Peacock Automotive. “My family and I know the importance of the work both these organizations do and we’re pleased to be able to assist them in their missions.”
The drop-offs were facilitated by Junkluggers of the Coastal Empire, an environmentally friendly junk removal company committed to partnering with local charities in service to the community.
“We are proud to be able to help Peacock Automotive donate to these local organizations,” said Trevor Hess, owner and president of the local franchise. “Our eco-friendly junk removal company’s mission is to reduce landfill waste by donating or recycling the materials we pick up.”
Habitat’s ReStore is located in Lanier Plaza, at 1919 Glynn Avenue. For more information, visit https://www.hfhglynn.org/restore/. The Well is in downtown Brunswick at 1101 Glouscester Street. For more information visit https://faithworksministry.org/
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 near Bluffton, S.C. Fifteen brands are featured at the Auto Mall, including Alfa Romeo, Audi, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Genesis, Hyundai, Jaguar, Jeep, Land Rover, Maserati, Porsche, Ram, Subaru and Volkswagen. Additionally, the company owns Peacock Hyundai Savannah, Savannah Volkswagen, Alfa Romeo & Fiat of Savannah and Jaguar Land Rover Columbia in Columbia, S.C. Its subsidiary, Peacock-Griffey Automotive, owns Peacock Ford in Orlando, Fla. Peacock Automotive also owns and operates the Peacock Collision Center and The Wellness Institute in South Carolina. For more information about Peacock Automotive, call (843) 208-1258 or visit https://www.peacockautomotive.com/
ABOUT THE JUNKLUGGERS OF THE COASTAL EMPIRE
The Junkluggers of the Coastal Empire, owned by Trevor and Misty Hess, serves as an environmentally friendly junk removal company for Chatham, Effingham, Bryan and Liberty counties in coastal Georgia, plus Jasper and Beaufort counties in South Carolina. The company offers same day and next day appointments. Specializing in both residential and commercial clean-outs, Junkluggers accepts everything from furniture to construction debris, including office equipment, heavy machinery and appliances. All luggers are background-checked and professionally trained and the company is insured with 100% property damage protection. The company is also committed to partnering with local charities in service to the community as well as providing public education on issues such as recycling, donating and repurposing. For more information, please call 912-712-0227 or visit http://www.junkluggers.com.
Peacock Automotive Names New Chief Operating Officer Jim Thayer
(JASPER COUNTY, S.C.) Peacock Automotive is pleased to announce the addition of retail automotive veteran Jim Thayer as its new chief operating officer.
As the company’s new COO, Thayer oversees the daily operations of Peacock Automotive dealerships in South Carolina, Georgia and Florida.
“I genuinely admire Peacock Automotive’s philosophy of doing the right thing and putting customers and staff first,” said Thayer. “When the opportunity presented itself, it was just a natural decision for me.”
Thayer has more than 30 years of experience in the retail automotive business. He was most recently the retail operations manager for Berkshire Hathaway Automotive, one of the largest automotive dealer groups in the country, where he oversaw 34 dealerships in Texas and Missouri.
“There was no question that Jim was the perfect candidate for the position,” said Warner Peacock, Peacock Automotive’s President and CEO. “It’s more than skills. It’s our values and goals that are aligned, and that’s what will make this growing business successful.”
Thayer, a native of Michigan, will relocate to Bluffton from Dallas with his wife, Julie.
For more information about Peacock Automotive, please visit www.peacockautomotive.com/
ABOUT PEACOCK AUTOMOTIVE
Peacock Automotive owns and operates 21 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. Fifteen brands are featured at the Auto Mall, including Alfa Romeo, Audi, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Genesis, Hyundai, Jaguar, Jeep, Land Rover, Maserati, 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 Peacock Collision Center and the Wellness Institute in South Carolina. For more information about Peacock Automotive, call (843) 208-1258 or visit https://www.peacockautomotive.com/
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.
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.”
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
Triet Bui Joins Coastal Canvas Products Management Team
(SAVANNAH, GA) Coastal Canvas Products (coastalcanvas.net) 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
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