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Julie Wade Named Executive Director of Park Place Outreach

Attorney Julie Wade Selected as Executive Director of Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter

Savannah attorney and school board member Julie Wade has been named executive director of the Park Place Outreach — Youth Emergency Shelter, which provides support and temporary residential services for at-risk children and teens in Savannah and the surrounding area.

Wade will succeed Linda Hilts, who’s retiring after 20 years, and will take office on May 8.

“I am honored to be selected for this position, and to build on the excellent programs Linda Hilts began and fostered over the past 20 years,” Wade said. “She became the voice of homeless and unaccompanied youth in our community, and I am eager to continue to work on their behalf.”

Park Place Outreach board chairman Todd Cellini praised Wade’s legal background and her experience in student and child advocacy.

“As a sitting board member of the Savannah-Chatham public school system, she has an extensive understanding of our largest population of at-risk children,” Cellini said. “Having served in various board positions for several non-profit organizations, she also has vast fundraising experience as well as expertise in grants compliance.”

Under Hilts’s leadership, Park Place Outreach helped more than 6,200 area young people find emergency shelter and thousands more found stability through its non-residential programs. She developed many of the organization’s ongoing services, including the Street Outreach Program team, which offers peer mentoring to resident adolescents and provides counseling, clothing and personal care items to older youth, up to age 21, who are in need but might not wish to come to the shelter.

“My goal over the next few weeks is to meet with the board members and staff, along with community members and supporters,” Wade said. “By helping to ensure a smooth leadership transition, I will be able to focus from day one on continuing to provide a safe and loving environment to the youth who come to Park Place Outreach for assistance.”

Julie Wade Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter Savannah

Julie Wade

Wade, a native of Atlanta, attended Georgia public schools from kindergarten until college. She attended the University of Georgia and then the University of Georgia School of Law. Currently, she is a lawyer at The Wade Law Firm in Savannah, with a focus on federal criminal defense and civil litigation. Additionally, Wade serves on the Board of Education for the Savannah Chatham County Public School System, a position she has held since 2011. Wade will continue her service on the Board of Education as she assumes this new position with Park Place Outreach.

Previously, she served as an assistant United States attorney for the Southern District of Georgia from 2007 to 2008 as the Project Safe Childhood Coordinator, prosecuting violations of federal law, including child exploitation, firearms, narcotics, fraud, and immigration.

She is chair of the board of directors for Girls on the Run and chairwoman of United Way Women’s Legacy Council. She also serves on the boards of America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia and Educate Chatham Foundation.

Wade is a graduate of Leadership Savannah and Leadership Georgia. She has been honored by the UGA Alumni Association’s 40 Under 40 and as a Next Generation Rising Star by Savannah Magazine and Business in Savannah. She recently received the Coastal Center for Developmental Services’ Vicki Loughrey Volunteer Advocacy Award as well as the John B. Miller Service Award from the Savannah Bar Association.

She and her husband have three children who attend public school.

Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter, located at 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 Street Outreach Program team offers mentoring to resident adolescents and provides counseling, clothing and personal care items to teens and young adults up to age 21 that are in need and might not come into the shelter. Whenever possible, the organization’s goal is to keep kids off the street and reunify families. With the generous support of local organizations and individuals, Park Place Outreach has helped more than 6,200 area young people find emergency shelter and thousands more find stability through its non-residential programs. Park Place Outreach is an equal opportunity provider and employer. For more information, visit or join the group on Facebook (ParkPlace) and Twitter (@parkplaceyes).

Park Place Outreach
Youth Emergency Shelter
514 E. Henry Street
Savannah, GA. 31401
912-234-4048 Fax 912-651-3621

Cynthia Wright
Carriage Trade Public Relations

Preciball USA Holds Grand Opening of New Distribution Center in Pooler

Preciball USA Holds Grand Opening of New Distribution Center in Pooler

(POOLER, GA) Preciball USA hosted the grand opening of its almost 40,000 square ft, North American distribution center. A grand opening reception was held at the facility in the Westside Business Park on U.S. Hwy. 80 in Pooler, just west of Savannah.

Preciball, the world leader in the manufacture and supply of industrial ball bearing products, engaged the Dewitt Tilton Group of Savannah to build the new facility near the Port of Savannah at the Westside Business Park. After the ribbon cutting, guests were invited to tour the new facility.

“We are excited about showing off our new building, which was thoughtfully designed and constructed with energy efficient features and effective land use,” said Don Peak, Vice President of Preciball USA, Inc. “It has a number of unique aspects in that it provides this flexible space and is adaptable to Preciball’s rapidly expanding growth. The interior of the building was designed by my partner, Elizabeth Hancock, and finished in such a way as to preserve the industrial-modern feel of our business and accommodate future staffing additions.”

Chris Tilton, President and co-founder of Dewitt Tilton Group, said his firm is honored that Preciball selected them for the project.

“One of the more interesting aspects of this project was placing the building on a very challenging site, but we were able to come up with a design that fits well in the space and works well with high-volume truck traffic,” Tilton said. “The exposed ductwork and spiral staircase leading to the second floor really gives the space a feel of a New York City industrial loft. We also designed the building with translucent paneling throughout to optimize natural lighting.”

Dewitt Tilton Group was honored with Star Building Systems’ Master Builder Award for its Preciball project. This award recognizes member builders for excellence in design and construction. The Best of the District Award for the Mid-South District went to Dewitt Tilton Group at Star’s 2017 National Meeting.

The structure itself incorporates office suites and warehouse space. Preciball occupies about half of the facility; the remaining space is leased by two other businesses. Key features include the building’s high-efficiency warehouse lighting and HVAC equipment, as well as dock-high loading doors and dock levelers. The warehouse space has wide clear-span truss construction.

From its Savannah distribution center, Preciball provides products manufactured all over the world to customers in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, which made the company’s proximity to Savannah-Hilton Head International Airport, the Georgia Port, interstates I-95 and I-16 a key factor in the company’s decision to select the Pooler site.

For more information on the grand opening or the building, call (912) 777-3404 or visit

LEFT TO RIGHT: Chris Tilton, Dewitt Tilton Group, Co-Owner; Kim Thomas, Dewitt Tilton Group, Director of Operations; Andrew DeWitt, Dewitt Tilton Group, Co-Owner; Don Peak, Preciball USA, Inc., Vice President

 LEFT TO RIGHT: Mike Clark, Preciball, Operations Manager; Wayne Rogers, Preciball, Buyer; Kim Thomas, Dewitt Tilton Group, Director of Operations; Chris Tilton, Dewitt Tilton Group, Co-Owner; Andrew DeWitt, Dewitt Tilton Group, Co-Owner; Brian L. Dart, Commercial Banker, Bank of America; Don Peak, Preciball USA, Inc., Vice President; Elizabeth Hancock, Preciball, Office Manager; Mayor Mike Lamb, City of Pooler; Commissioner Rebecca Benton, City of Pooler; Lisa Brucker, Preciball, Sales; Martha McAllister, Preciball, Accounts Receivable; Caitlin Knutsen, Preciball, Accounts Payable

Preciball is the world leader in the manufacture and supply of industrial ball bearings. Established in Belgium in 1923, the company has provided tailored solutions to a wide variety of industries for nearly 100 years. This long-standing commitment to excellence and dedication to customers has earned customer appreciation for the company’s advanced expertise and a thorough understanding of hundreds of specific applications and processes in industries around the globe. Preciball USA, located in Savannah, Ga., is Preciball’s North American distribution center for the U.S., Canada and Mexico. For more information about Preciball USA, call (912) 988-5900 or email

The Dewitt Tilton Group, a premier construction firm located in Savannah, Ga., specializes in commercial construction. The principals, Andrew Dewitt and Chris Tilton, have more than 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 that 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

Don Peak
Preciball USA Inc
90 Columbia Drive Suite A
Pooler, GA 31322
(912) 988-5900

Marjorie Young
Carriage Trade PR
(912) 844-9990

Robert White Joins Speros as Senior IT Technician

Robert White Joins Speros as Senior IT Technician

(SAVANNAH, GA) Speros, a full-service technology company headquartered in Savannah, announces that Robert White has joined the firm as Senior IT technician. His duties include developing, testing and evaluating software for the firm’s Information Technology department’s integration solutions systems.

“My main goal is to deliver solutions that will be individualized for each customer’s needs,” White stated. “Speros is known for technical creativity and innovation. To that end, I will strive to reach beyond current processes and equipment in delivering solutions that seamlessly integrate hardware and software programs into fully-functional systems capable of exceeding client expectations.”

As Senior IT technician, White will combine his knowledge of computer science, engineering, and mathematical analysis to develop, test and evaluate software, circuits, personal computers and more. His job is not simply to engineer computer technology, but also to understand how that technology fits into the larger scheme of professional and personal needs for clients of the firm.

“Robert has extensive experience in IT management, networking, and systems administration,” said Keith Fletcher, chief operating officer. “We are very pleased to have him on board as he has demonstrated he can deliver the IT solutions our customers need.”

White has served in IT Management, as well as Networking and Systems Administration and Engineering for companies like Life Systems, Inc., JCB North America, and Savannah Technical College. A graduate from Armstrong State University, White has a bachelor’s in Information Technology, and an associate’s degree from Savannah Technical College in Computer Information Systems, Microcomputer Specialist.

A native of Charleston, South Carolina, White is the father of two boys and enjoys fishing, weight lifting and bowling.


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, call 912-354-8900 or email Find Speros on Twitter at @sperostech

Robert White
Senior Systems Engineer

Keith Fletcher
Chief Operations Officer

Marjorie Young
Carriage Trade PR, Inc.

Savannah Architecture and Design Firm, Felder and Associates, Welcomes Daniel Reynolds as New Project Associate

Savannah Architecture and Design Firm, Felder and Associates, Welcomes Daniel Reynolds as New Project Associate

(SAVANNAH, GA) Felder & Associates is pleased to announce that Daniel Reynolds has joined the Savannah architecture and design firm as a project associate. Reynolds will assist in the production of construction documents, 3D models and other projects to help expedite the design process for clients of the firm.

“Daniel’s technical strengths and creative abilities are a good complement to our team’s strategic goals,” said Brian Felder, the firm’s managing principal. “We’re very pleased to welcome him to the organization.”

Felder & Associates has a staff of six full-time employees with one project associate on staff at any given time.

Reynolds was previously employed as a project associate at Studio S2, LLC in Annapolis, Md. He is an associate member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and a LEED Green Associate with the U.S. Green Building Council.

“I enjoy being part of the Felder and Associates team because I can contribute my unique sense of design and spatial understanding to meaningful work in a collaborative setting,” Reynolds said. “Architecture appeals to my innate sense of and love of creative design. As such, it is a powerful and unique practice.”

Reynolds continued, “The legacy of one’s work in architecture shapes the lives and defines the experiences of others. I enjoy knowing that my efforts in this field may outlast me while enriching our daily existence.”

A native of Annapolis, Md., Reynolds earned a master’s degree in architecture from Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, where he also earned a bachelor of fine arts degree in architecture and was a member of the Tau Sigma Delta Honor Society, Gamma Eta Chapter. He previously obtained an associate’s degree in applied science in architecture from Anne Arundel Community College in Arnold, Md., and studied at the Pratt Institute in New York.

His work has been recognized with the Thesis Merit Award, AIA Savannah (2016); the Student Merit Award, AIA Chesapeake Bay Region (2012); Student Citation Award, AIA Chesapeake Bay Region (2012), Prize For Excellence – Community College Architecture Project Award, AIA Maryland (2012, 2011); and Student Merit Award, AIA Chesapeake Bay Region (2011).

In his leisure time, Reynolds enjoys running, drawing, painting, reading and travel.

For more information or to contact Felder & Associates, call (912) 777-3979, or visit


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Daniel Reynolds – Project Associate, 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

For more information, contact:
Daniel Reynolds

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Elizabeth Buss Joins Kole Management Company as Regional Manager

Elizabeth Buss Joins Kole Management Company as Regional Manager

(SAVANNAH, GA) Elizabeth (Liz) Buss joined Kole Management Company (KMC) recently as Regional Manager.

In this new position, Buss is responsible for overseeing the operations of KMC’s nine Savannah area apartment communities, as well as The Palms Apartments property in the West Ashley area of Charleston.

“With her wealth of property management experience and extensive knowledge of the Savannah apartment market, Liz is the perfect person to occupy this key new position,” said KMC President Jeff Kole. “As we continue to grow, management expertise becomes increasingly important to Kole Management Company, and our management team, including Liz, is among the best in the business.”

Prior to joining KMC, Buss served as a District Manager or Property Manager with Carter-Haston Real Estate Services, High Associates, LTD & General Investment and Development.

The longtime Savannahian is a former board member of the Greater Savannah
Apartment Association. In her leisure time, Buss enjoys horseback riding, gardening and boating.

For more information on Kole Management, call 912-232-3555 or visit



Elizabeth Buss – Regional Manager, Kole Management Company


Kole Management Company owns and operates nine apartment communities in the Savannah area, two in Macon and one each in Charleston and Augusta, which collectively comprise more than 2,500 total units. Residents of Kole Management apartment communities enjoy many benefits, including the ability to pay rent and request work orders online. The company employs more than 70 maintenance, management and leasing personnel, all of whom are local and able to assist residents with their immediate needs. For more information on Kole Management, call 912-232-3555 or visit

Cynthia Wright
Director of Communications
Carriage Trade PR
Cecilia Russo Marketing

Savannah Jaycees After-Hours Mixer

Ossabaw Island Creative Day Trip is Sunday, June 5



What: Spend a day on Ossabaw Island making art. Spend the day on your own or explore the creative side of cell phone photos in a workshop led by award winning photographer Stephen B. Morton.

When: Sunday, June 5, 10am – 4pm.

Fee: $85

How to register: Link to Ossabaw Island Creative Day Trip


Bring your own materials to paint, sketch, write or shoot photos on Ossabaw Island’s beach and North End. Spend the day on your own or participate in an optional camera phone/Instagram photo workshop led by Stephen B. Morton. nationally renowned photographer and photojournalist.

Using Instagram, Morton will guide participants “to see things differently, like details—up close, looking beyond the obvious photograph, looking for shapes, composition, lighting and contrast,” said Morton.

There will be a 20-to-30 minute tutorial beginning at 9:15am at the mainland dock prior to departure for Ossabaw. On the island, after a short group session, Morton will lead an optional photo safari along the marsh and (if time permits) to the 1820s tabby slave cabins. He will be available for one-on-one discussion.

“On Ossabaw you can step back in time. Something about that can be captured with photographs, especially using different filters found on Instagram,” said Morton. “We need to stop and look at the details that people might walk right by—find that micro world that lives out there, that you don’t see in the city.”

Check out Stephen Morton’s Instagram photos here:

An Ossabaw Island visit includes excellent art-making inspiration: possible sightings of a variety of wildlife including wading birds and feral hogs, as well as free-roaming domesticated donkeys, and perhaps an alligator. Take short hikes to Cane Patch Island (site of a large native American shell midden), and on forest and marshside trails.

Boat transportation to Ossabaw Island provided by Captain Mike Neal, Bull River Cruises.

Departure location: Delegal Creek Marina, 1 Marina Drive, The Landings, Skidaway Island.

How to sign up: Register at or call 912-233-5104. Space is limited. Participants will be emailed detailed trip instructions.

Trips occur “rain or shine.”

What to bring: (You must be able to carry all of your own belongings without assistance)
Bring your own sack lunch and water/beverage.
Bring your own art supplies/materials for the Creative Day Trip.
If you plan to sit while you sketch, paint or write outdoors, please bring a camp stool or camp chair that you can carry without assistance. There are indoor and outdoor tables and chairs available for artmaking at the Club House on the North End of Ossabaw Island.

Accommodations/physical needs:
Visitors must be able to walk up and down steep boat ramps. Trip requires about 1.5 miles of walking, or more if you choose.
Rest rooms and running potable water available on the island.
Some Ossabaw Island items are available on the island for purchase, but there is no food concession.
Tables and chairs to sit and work will be available at the Club House (on the porch, under the trees, or inside) on Ossabaw’s North End.

All minors must be accompanied by supervising adult.
Each visitor must sign a Hold Harmless agreement form; parent/guardian must sign Hold Harmless agreement for each minor.

For more information:
Contact Robin Gunn, Ossabaw Island Foundation Project Coordinator. or 912-233-5104. [okay to publish] See for more information on Ossabaw Island. See to register for trips.

ABOUT OSSABAW ISLAND: Ossabaw Island is a 26,000-acre undeveloped barrier island on the Atlantic Ocean, owned by the State of Georgia and located in Chatham County. Georgia’s first Heritage Preserve, accessible only by boat, is undeveloped and set aside by an Executive Order for natural, scientific and cultural study, research and education; and for environmentally sound preservation, conservation and management of the island’s ecosystem.

ABOUT THE OSSABAW ISLAND FOUNDATION: The Ossabaw Island Foundation (TOIF) is a non-profit 501(c)3. Through a partnership with the State of Georgia, TOIF inspires, promotes, and manages exceptional educational, cultural, and scientific programs that are designed to maximize the experience of Ossabaw Island, while minimizing the impact on the island’s resources.

Robin Gunn
Project Coordinator

The Ossabaw Island Foundation
305 Fahm Street
Savannah, GA 31401

912-233-5104 (office)
912-272-1448 (mobile/text)