Category: Leadership

Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter Appoints a New Board Chair, Board Member, and Secretary

Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter Appoints a New Board Chair, Board Member, and Secretary

(SAVANNAH, GA) Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter has announced the appointment of a new board director, board member, and secretary.

Salita Hill, vice president of community banking at Wells Fargo, will serve as the new board director in 2018. Hill succeeds Todd Cellini who has held the position since 2016.

Hill will be joined by a new board member: Ann Linton, of Abercorn Family Dentistry. Dr. Linton has been active in Dentistry for over 38 years, the past 19 of which in the Savannah area. Dr. Linton believes strongly in serving the community and has organized and participated in numerous
health fairs to educate and promote proper dental hygiene especially to the youth and the elderly.

In addition, Chris Sotus of Merrill Lynch, will serve as the new secretary.

“We are thrilled to have individuals so dedicated to improving opportunities for the youth of our community joining our board this year,” said Julie Wade, executive director of Park Place Outreach. “I am looking forward to working with these new leaders to grow Park Place Outreach’s impact on Savannah.”


Dr. Linton



Salita Hill



Chris Sotus

Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter, 514 E. Henry St., provides temporary shelter support for troubled children and teens in Savannah and the surrounding area. Opened in 1984, the shelter, open 24 hours a day, offers kids and teenagers between the ages of 11 and 17 a safe and loving environment. The organization’s goal is to keep kids off the street and reunify families. Park Place Outreach has helped more than 6,000 individuals. For more information, please 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

Marjorie Young
Carriage Trade PR, Inc.

LDSS Calls for Nominations for the 9th Annual Night of Champions

LDSS Calls for Nominations for the 9th Annual Night of Champions

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS) is requesting nominations for its 9th Annual Night of Champions to be held this May. The event seeks to recognize Savannah area employees who are differently-abled and excel in their workplace, with an additional acknowledgment of the employers who have given them the opportunity to work.

“Night of Champions celebrates employees and their employers whose dedication and leadership shines a light on the possibilities and benefits of inclusive communities and workspaces,” said Night of Champions Chairperson, Tom Kenkel.

Employee nominations can be submitted online at until Friday, April 13.

The selected employees and their employers will be invited as special guests to the Night of Champions dinner, which will take place at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center on Thursday, May 10, at 6 p.m.

In addition to dinner, the evening will include a recognition ceremony, a silent auction and a cash bar, with Jamie Deen and Allyson Harvin serving as the night’s emcees. Business professional attire is requested.

Individual tickets are $50, and tables of ten can be reserved for 
$500 at

Jamie Deen will co-emcee Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society's 9th annual Night of Champions

Jamie Deen will co-emcee Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society’s 9th annual Night of Champions

The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS) is a support group to benefit people with Down syndrome and their families through local leadership, support, outreach, education and advocacy. Meetings are held every fourth Tuesday of the month, typically with a guest speaker and social time for families to meet and interact. LDSS encourages the whole family to attend; children of all ages are welcome. LDSS is an affiliate of the National Down Syndrome Society. For more information about LDSS, visit

Tom Kenkel

Cynthia Wright
Carriage Trade Public Relations®

Peacock Automotive Names New Chief Operating Officer Jim Thayer

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

Jim Thayer, COO, 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

Jill Jauch
Advertising and Marketing Manager

Savannah Man Elected National President of AMBUCS

Savannah Man Elected National President of AMBUCS
Kevin Sheehan to Serve as President of the Nationwide Organization

(SAVANNAH, GA) Kevin Sheehan, a local businessman and former president of Savannah AMBUCS, was elected to serve as president for the National AMBUCS organization during their recent convention in Osage Beach, Mo. Sheehan’s term, which began in October, runs for one year.

AMBUCS is such a wonderful organization, making a real difference in the lives of individuals in so many ways, and I am honored to serve on the national level,” said Sheehan.

Kevin Sheehan of AMBUCS

Kevin Sheehan

The National organization was founded as American Business Clubs, a membership organization dedicated to helping people with different abilities. In 1961, the organization shortened it to AMBUCS. The club now has more than 5,000 members in 159 chapters in 35 states. The non-profit’s mission is to create mobility and independence for people with disabilities.

Since 1955, the National organization has donated $8.8 million in scholarships to students pursuing physical, occupational and speech therapy degrees; donated almost 30,000 three-wheel bicycles, known as amtrykes, for children and adults who cannot ride regular bicycles; and coordinated a variety of community service projects to raise funds and awareness for the organization.

To learn more, visit For more information on the local organization, visit