Leadership Southeast Georgia2019 Class Kicks Off at Little St. Simons in Glynn County
(GLYNN COUNTY) Leadership Southeast Georgia, a premier regional leadership development program, held its first of five sessions at Little St. Simons Island in Glynn County.
For 20 years, representatives of business, government, education and non-profit organizations in 10 southeast Georgia counties have taken part in creating a valuable network of leadership for regional community and economic development.
Truitt Eavenson, Georgia Power’s Southeast Region vice president, served as the keynote speaker on leadership, challenging the group to lead by collaboration and to “accept change, embrace change and seek change.” The class also heard a presentation from Doug Haymans, Director of the Coastal Resources Division of DNR.
Day two focused on examining communication preferences and styles and the impact on one’s approach to leadership using the Myers Briggs Type Indicator(MBTI) and featured a leadership challenge scavenger hunt with participants exploring three different terrains on the island.
“This first weekend is critical for developing class relationships and establishing an awareness of self,” said Suzanne Kirk of Employee Development Strategies, Inc. who serves as Leadership Southeast Georgia’s facilitator. “We created the foundation for the remaining sessions and really set the stage for the connectivity of the overall program.”
This first session was coordinated by Paulo Albuquerque and Cedric King. Albuquerque is the Area Manager for Georgia Power Southeast Region, and King is the CEO of King’s Consulting.
The five-month program is designed to grow and inspire engaged community leaders to improve the overall quality of life in Coastal Georgia. The focus of this first session was to establish a road map for the Leadership Southeast Georgiaexperience while building relationships, exploring leadership concepts and increasing participants’ knowledge of the region.
The next session will be held in Bulloch County.
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/
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Peacock Subaru and Palmetto Animal League Featured in Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl XV
Animal Planetcrews were in the area in December to film puppies between 3- and 6-months old at the dealership and PAL’s facilities. Footage from the shoot was incorporated into vignettes aired as commercial messages for Subaru during Puppy Bowl XV. Subaru of America picked Peacock Subarufor the spots because of its involvement with local animal welfare organizations.
The Palmetto Animal Leaguebrought adoptable dogs to Sunday’s party. Supported solely by individual donors and “Partners in Rescue” such as Peacock Subaru, PAL’s no-kill shelter serves as a temporary residence for about 200 dogs and cats.
The puppy bowl began when Animal Planet, a cable network focused on animal-themed shows, confronted the question of what to program against the Super Bowl with a 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 pets looking for a hom.
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 Mallon 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/
Savannah Autism Conference Features Activist Temple Grandin as Keynote and Announces First Local Reverse Job Fair
(SAVANNAH, GA) Autism activist Temple Grandin, widely acknowledged as one of the world’s most accomplished and best-known autistic adults, will be the keynote speaker when the Matthew Reardon Center for Autismhosts its 2019 Autism ConferenceFeb. 28 and March 1 at the Savannah Convention Center. The conference comes as estimates indicate that one in 59 children born in the United States will be diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder.
The Reardon Center’s fourth annual conference is organized for a diverse audience: professionals and academics who work with autistic people (with continuing education credits in many cases), families affected by autism, autistic people, potential employers and members of the general public who are interested in this growing social and medical challenge.
Grandin will discuss “Autism and My Path Through Life” the final afternoon of the conference as wrap up of the two-day conference, which also features presentations by 22 autism experts and includes a first-in-Savannah Reverse Job Fair to help people with autism find jobs.
General admission tickets for both days are $135, one-day tickets for Thursday or Friday are available for $100 or admission to Grandin’s lecture only is priced at $60. SCCPSSemployees are eligible for a specially-discounted, one day ticket, as well. To register and buy tickets, visit www.2019autismconference.com.
Grandin, a best-selling author of multiple books and an internationally recognized expert in animal welfare and behavior, did not speak until she was four-years-old and was diagnosed with autism at a time when it was less well understood than it is today. Her family ignored advice to institutionalize her and she went on to earn a doctorate in animal science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She currently is a professor of animal science at Colorado State University, and her research in the development of humane systems of handling animals in the meat-production industry is highly regarded and implemented internationally. Grandin is also the subject of a biographical movie and numerous television documentaries.
The 2019 Autism Conferencewill also feature numerous nationally-respected speakers, addressing topics such as educational strategies for teachers and parents, augmentative and assistive communication, guardianship and other legal issues, bullying and personal accounts from autistic people. A complete list of speakers can be found at https://2019autismconference.com/guest-speakers/autism-conference-speakers/
In addition to diverse workshops and Grandin’s keynote address, the conference will host a Reverse Job Fair, a setting which removes many of the barriers people with autism face when seeking employment.
How will this work? Registered job seekers with autism will prepare in workshops prior to the conference. At the conference fair, each job seeker will set up a table complete with posters and resumes. Potential employers then go from table to table, giving each job-seeker an opportunity to showcase their particular strengths. Interested employers should contact Jim Atkinson at email@example.com.
For more information, to register for the job fair or to purchase tickets, visit www.2019autismconference.com
ABOUT THE MATTHEW REARDON CENTER FOR AUTISM(MRCA):
MRCAoperates southeast Georgia’s only accredited year-round day school for children with autism. They have provided advocacy and outreach services to more than 870 families across southeast Georgia and have hosted professional training and instructional opportunities for more than 4,500 family members, educators, health professionals and self-advocates. The organization was incorporated in 2000 and currently serves 27 students through ADVANCE Academy. They have 14 full-time employees and operate in an 8,800 sq foot school building, formerly St. Francis Cabrini Catholic School, located at 11500 Middleground Road, Savannah, GA 31419. Website: http://www.matthewreardon.org/
Enmarket Announces New Headquarters Location on Chatham Parkway
Plans New Offices, Revamped Retail and Other Buildings at Major Intersection
(SAVANNAH, GA) Enmarket, the Savannah-based convenience store chain, plans to build a new headquarters building as part of a new complex at Ogeechee Road and Chatham Parkway. The lot has been cleared and site work is currently underway.
“The Enmarketstore count has increased by 66 stores since 2017, doubling in the last year alone, and creating more jobs that support our store operations,” said Brett Giesick, president of Enmarket. “These new jobs that are based out of our Savannah headquarters include positions in accounting, marketing, facilities and maintenance, information technology, and operations. We are excited to have this opportunity to build a state-of-the-art office for our employees.”
The company will build a new 22,000-square-foot office structure along with a second building of equal size that will be used as flex space and will provide room for future expansion.
The Enmarketstore currently on the site will be rebuilt as a 5,900-square-foot Enmarket, complete with a 70-foot tunnel car wash. The store, car wash and offices are scheduled to open later this year.
Savannah-based general contractor West Construction Companyhas been selected as the builder for the project and construction is underway. WCCPresident Matt West states, “Enmarkethas been a great corporate citizen in Savannah since 1963, and we’re proud that they have entrusted our team with this important chapter in their storied history.”
Included in the plans are two out-parcel lots earmarked for future development, sale or lease. The new headquarters is scheduled to open in the fourth quarter of 2019.
Enmarket, founded as Interstate Stations by Robert Demere in 1963, is part of Savannah-based Colonial Group, Inc. The retailer operates convenience stores in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina and was noted as the industry’s “Biggest Mover” in store count ranking by Convenience Store News in 2018. The company is committed to giving back to the community through many charitable contributions and volunteer efforts, offering fresh food, healthy snacks, and competitively priced quality fuel as part of its mission to enrich life. Enmarketcurrently employs more than 1,200 people and operates 123 convenience stores and 14 quick-serve restaurants as the 54th largest convenience store operator in the country. www.enmarket.com
ABOUT WEST CONSTRUCTION COMPANY
West Construction Companyis a Savannah, Ga. based general contractor specializing in commercial construction. The company prides itself on its conscientious customer service and dedication to its clients as well as the community. For more information about West Construction Company, go to www.westgc.com.
January Open for Business: The Value of Leadership Training
(SAVANNAH, GA) Join Carriage Trade Public Relations®, Inc. and Cecilia Russo Marketing, LLC for the January session of their monthly Open for Business® series. This month’s topic is the value of leadership training, and Lee Beckmann, Leadership Southeast Georgia’s 2019 chair, will be the featured guest.
The conversation takes place via Facebook Live on Wednesday, January 30, at noon. Interested parties can find more information here: https://www.facebook.com/events/227739468102170/
Open for Business® is a monthly online social media article review series, where current marketing articles are discussed that will help your business become more competitive. It is held on the last Wednesday of every month at noon via Facebook Live.
ABOUT CARRIAGE TRADE PUBLIC RELATIONS®, INC.
Carriage Trade Public Relations, Inc. is Savannah’s premiere reputation management company. Founded in 1995 by Marjorie Young to help businesses increase their visibility in their community and globally online through its trademarked strategy, the REPUTATION MATRIX™ method.
ABOUT CECILIA RUSSO MARKETING, LLC
Cecilia Russo Marketing, LLC was founded by Cecilia Russo Turner in 2008. The firm puts the power of publicity to work, helping organizations, businesses and individuals move the needle and achieve their specific communications objectives through key reputation management strategies. For more information, call 912.665.0005 or visit https://ceciliarussomarketing.com
The Royal Flush Casino Night Benefiting Ronald McDonald House of the Coastal Empire Announced for Feb. 28
(SAVANNAH, GA) Roto-Rooter Plumbers of Savannahwill present “The Royal Flush Casino Night” on Thursday, Feb. 28, at the Savannah Station, 601 Cohen St., with all of the proceeds going to benefit families at the Ronald McDonald House of the Coastal Empire.
The casino-themed party will feature heavy hors-d’oeuvres, an open bar, live music, dancing and complimentary casino. Individual tickets for the event are $55 and $85 per couple. Festivities begin at 7 p.m.
Guests can “go all in” to support this event, which will feature Black Jack, Roulette, Craps, Texas Hold’em and Wheel of Fortune with the opportunity to win up to $3,500 in cash and other prizes.
“We hope that saying ‘the house always wins’ will ring particularly true when we find out how much we raise for the Ronald McDonald House,” said Sherry Daniel, owner of Roto-Rooter Plumbers of Savannah. “The Ronald McDonald Housekeeps families together when they need each other the most. The power of having your loved ones close can be transformative. So come and put your luck to the test, knowing that your good time will truly impact someone’s life.”
Each guest will receive $25,000 in funny-money chips when they arrive but will be able to get additional chips throughout the evening for a suggested donation.
The idea is to build your winnings. At the end of the event, after the tables close, prizes will be awarded by random drawing with winning chips being used to buy tickets for the drawing. The greater your winnings, the more tickets you may buy.
“Savannah has a way of always finding unique ways to support us,” said Bill Sorochak, executive director of Ronald McDonald House of the Coastal Empire. “We’re thrilled that Roto-Rooterthought of us, and our team is, of course, excited about going all-in for this evening.”
The event is also featured on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/203482630599669/
For more information, contact Chris Krauss at 720-982-8779.
ABOUT RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE CHARITIES OF THE COASTAL EMPIRE
Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Coastal Empireis a registered 501©3 non-profit that operates solely on donations. The cornerstone program is the Savannah Ronald McDonald Housethat provides more than 4,170 family night stays each year with a “Home away from home.” Other core programs include the Ronald McDonaldFamily Rooms in St. Joseph’s/Candler Hospital and Children’s Hospital at Memorial Hospital Medical Center and the Ronald McDonaldCare Mobile, a mobile dental clinic providing free dental cleanings and examinations, care to underserved, school-aged children in Beaufort County, S.C.
ABOUT ROTO-ROOTER PLUMBERSOF SAVANNAH
Roto-Rooter plumbersin Savannah provides full-service plumbing maintenance and repairs and clogged drain cleaning, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including toilet repairs. Roto-Rooters Plumbersof Savannah offers industrial, residential and commercial plumbing services. Trusted and recommended since 1935, Roto-Rooteris the premier provider of plumbing and drain cleaning services in Savannah, GA. The company’s specialty is emergency services. Roto-Rooter Plumbersstand by their estimates and guarantee their work. For more information, please call (912) 303-8570 or visit https://www.rotosavannah.com/home.html
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Georgia Hospice Care Announces New Website Designed by Speros
(SAVANNAH, GA) GHC(formally Georgia Hospice Care) is pleased to announce the launch of a newly designed website —http://ghcholdings.com/— for the hospice provider in Georgia and South Carolina. The new site was adopted to transition the company’s Georgia branding into a name that would enable mulit-state use. Additionally, the company was seeking to enhance capabilities of the website for recruiting and raising the visibility of their non-profit 501c GHCFoundation for donations to support the companies charitable activities.
The design took approximately eight weeks to create and implement the new site. Designed by Speros, a full-service technology company headquartered in Savannah, the site features user-friendly navigation and a clean, professional design.
“The primary goal was to create a navigation scheme that made the site easy to use and informative,” said Lauren Dingus, web and graphics designer for Speros. “The group also needed a website that was interactive to include online forms, employment opportunities and a means for donations.”
GHCcoordinated the launch of the new website to coincide with the expansion of their hospice services into South Carolina.
“We enjoyed the process of working with Sperosand are thrilled with all aspects of the new website,” said GHCCFO and COO Kevin Gierc. “Our previous site was static with no interactive elements. This is a vast improvement for the families we serve.”
For more information, visit ghcholdings.com
GHCwas founded with the goal of improving the accessibility and quality of care available to those who live in the rural areas of Georgia and South Carolina. GHCprovides the care and compassion needed to ensure that patients live their final days with the respect and dignity they deserve. GHChas locations in Savannah, Jesup, and Brunswick. For more information visit ghcholdings.com.
Established in 1984, Sperosprovides technology solutions for businesses, offering telephone systems, IT services, surveillance systems, web design and branding solutions and cloud computing. Sperosteam 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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