Savannah Attorney Charles Bowen to Discuss Film Industry at Buy Local Savannah May Meeting
(SAVANNAH, GA.) Charles “Bo” Bowen of the Bowen Law Group will discuss the Savannah area’s burgeoning film industry when Buy Local Savannah gathers for its May meeting Thursday, May 23, at Cohen’s Retreat, 5715 Skidaway Road.
Bowen will discuss film and television production in the area, including existing barriers to its continued expansion and the risks presented by potential boycotts. Bowen’s law firm specializes in commercial and entertainment law, and he has expanded his involvement to larger interests in the film industry.
He is a frequent commentator and writer on entertainment industry topics in local media. In 2015, Bowen founded the Savannah Film Alliance to promote the film community within Savannah and the greater Coastal Empire through advocacy and action via education, outreach and collaboration.
He also founded Southern Gateway Production Services to ensure a seamless experience for out-of-town producers coming to Savannah to film their projects.
Bowen attended Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, where he graduated with honors in psychology and political science. Upon graduating from Georgetown University Law Center in 1995, he moved to Savannah and established a corporate law practice. He has developed a reputation as one of Savannah’s most experienced attorneys in entertainment law.
The Buy Local meeting will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and lunch will be served. Reservations are required.
The local trade association boasts about 150 member businesses in varied fields. Buy Local Savannah’s mission is to support locally owned and operated, independent businesses in the greater Savannah area, to maintain the area’s unique community character, provide continuing opportunities for entrepreneurs, build community economic strength and prevent the displacement of community-based businesses by national and global entities.
MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE BOWEN LAW GROUP
Based out of Savannah, Charles Bowen is a business attorney who focuses on commercial and entertainment law and also offers comprehensive mediation services. Bowen attended Mercer University in Macon, Ga., where he graduated summa cum laude with honors in both psychology and political science. Upon graduating from Georgetown University Law Center in 1995, he moved to Savannah and established a corporate law practice. Bowen was named “Business Advocate of the Year” in 2015 by the Savannah Morning News. He won the “2016 Helen V. Head Business Leader of the Year Award” presented by the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce. He also chaired the 24th Annual Kiss-a-Pig campaign on behalf of the American Diabetes Association. Bowen has received the Martindale-Hubbell® AV® Preeminent™ rating, the highest rating based upon confidential surveys sent to other attorneys. He also has been selected by the members of the State Bar of Georgia as one of Georgia Trend’s 12th Annual Legal Elite in two categories: Business Law and Corporate Law. He is the author of three eBooks. With panoramic views of the city and the Savannah River, The Bowen Law Group is located on the top floor of the Manger Building at 7 East Congress Street. For more information, call 912.544.2050 or visit thebowenlawgroup.com. Follow The Bowen Law Group on Twitter at @bowenlawgroup.
Peacock Subaru Donates $4,875 to Greater Bluffton Jasper County Volunteers in Medicine
(HARDEEVILLE, S.C.) Peacock Subaruhas donated $4,875 to Greater Bluffton Jasper County Volunteers in Medicineas part of the annual Subaru Share the Love event.
The funds were raised during November and December 2018. Each Subaru buyer could decide whether to donate a portion of the purchase price to a national charity or Peacock Subaru’s hometown nonprofit, the local chapter of Volunteers In Medicine.
Volunteers with the organization provide care to community members in Bluffton and Jasper County who are without medical insurance.
“It’s donations like these that give us the freedom to stop worrying about how we can do it and to start focusing on the people who need it,” said Dennis Toney, director of development for Bluffton Jasper County VIM. “We have outstanding nurses and physicians who donate their time and expertise, but it’s imperative that we have the financial assistance to make a difference, and Peacock Subarujust made that possible.”
The donation will go toward the daily operations of the organization, which is run by approximately 90 volunteers.
“We chose Bluffton Jasper County VIMas our designated hometown charity this year because of the impact they’re making in our local community,” said Ken Kirby, general manager of Peacock Subaru. “This annual event not only allows our dealership to give back, but it allows our customers to participate in the act of giving.”
ABOUT BLUFFTON JASPER COUNTY VOLUNTEERS IN MEDICINE
With the dedicated service of volunteer physicians, nurses, and allied health professionals, the Bluffton Jasper Volunteers in Medicine(VIM) provides care to friends and neighbors in Bluffton and Jasper Counties who are without medical insurance. Bluffton Jasper County Volunteers in Medicineis one of more than 90 independent clinics under the guidance of the National Volunteers in Medicine Alliance. For more information, please visit, https://bjvim.org/about-us/overview/
ABOUT PEACOCK AUTOMOTIVE
Peacock Automotiveowns and operates 17 automotive dealerships representing 14 brands in Georgia, South Carolina and Florida, employing more than 700 individuals. The company’s headquarters are 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 Mallinclude Peacock Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram Fiat, Peacock Subaru, Porsche of Hilton Head, Audi Hilton Head, Peacock Hyundai Hilton Head, Genesis of Hilton Head, Hilton Head Volkswagenand Peacock Used Cars & Trucks. Additionally, the company owns Peacock Hyundai Savannah, Genesis of Savannahand Savannah Volkswagenin Savannah, Ga. Other holdings include Jaguar Columbia, Land Rover Columbia, Peacock Hyundai Columbiaand Hyundai Genesis of Columbia. Its subsidiary, Peacock-Griffey Automotive, owns Peacock Fordin the Orlando area of Florida. Peacock Automotivealso owns and operates the Peacock Collision Center and the Wellness Institutein Bluffton, S.C., and Peacock Insurancein Georgia and South Carolina. For more information about Peacock Automotive, call (843) 208-1258 or visit https://www.peacockautomotive.com/
Enmarket’s New Technology Lets Mobile Users Bypass Checkout Lines
(SAVANNAH, GA) Enmarket’s convenience stores just got more convenient with the installation of Skip Checkout, a new mobile-based application that enables customers to scan and pay for their goods with their phones and skip checkout lines.
The technology is available in all 124 Enmarketstores, making it the nation’s largest convenience store chain to adopt the technology.
“Customers who have the free Skip Checkoutapp can scan their purchases with the lens on their phone, pay with the click of a button, and flash their phone to the cashier on their way out the door, all without standing in line,” said Brett Giesick, President of Enmarket. “Even people who don’t use the app will benefit because this will speed up lines and enable our employees to work on even further improving the customer experience.”
It sounds complicated, but it’s not. Here’s a step-by-step rundown:
- Customers download the Skip Checkoutapp free from getskip.com or your preferred app store, create an account, and link a payment card to begin using the technology. The app can be up and running in just a few minutes.
- When you visit your Enmarketstore, open the app. Once you confirm your location, as prompted by the app, you are ready to shop!
- Scan the barcodes of your items to add them to your shopping cart, where they will be stored until you are ready to pay. Items such as fresh fruit or hot dogs that don’t have a barcode can be purchased through a pick-list in the app.
- Click the pay button to complete your transaction and charge your card. Then, on your way out of the store, flash your phone to an employee at the cash register to show you’re using Skip, and you’re done.
Age-restricted products such as beer may be scanned in the app, but those customers must still present their ID to the sales associate.
Customers have found the app very easy to use, and a fast, convenient way to shop.
“The process is smooth from start to finish, and the app is very easy to figure out how to use,” said Callie McIntosh, an Enmarketcustomer. “Enmarkethas really made it convenient to get in and out quickly. I use it every time I check out, and I still get a friendly acknowledgement from the employees on my way out the door.”
Enmarket employees received training to prepare for the rollout of the new technology. Employees are alerted every time a Skipshopper enters the store, and also when they have paid for their transaction, thanks to an iPad using Skiptechnology next to the cash register. Security features are built in as well.
“Convenience to our customers is fundamental to our business model,” said Giesick. “By investing in the latest technology, we are able to enhance that convenience. Customers can get in, get out and get on their way even faster with Skip Checkout. We’re thrilled to introduce this innovative technology to consumers in our markets. It has been very well received by the customers and employees who have been a part of our initial test phase.”
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 Newsin 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 124 convenience stores and 14 quick-serve restaurants as the 54th largest convenience store operator in the country. www.enmarket.com
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Horizons Savannah Announces Participation in Horizons Giving Day on May 15
Local campaign seeks to raise $75,000 to expand the transformational education program
(SAVANNAH, GA) Horizons Savannahannounced today its participation in Horizons Giving Day, a national effort on May 15 with a single goal: to raise money to expand existing Horizonsprograms and bring Horizons to more students and their families. Horizons Savannahwill engage in a competitive, yet friendly, race to raise funds online and in-person with more than 50 Horizonsprograms nationwide. All funds raised in support of Horizons Savannahwill stay in the local community.
Horizonsis a transformational, community-centered education program working to close the opportunity gap for low-income children in Kindergarten through 12th grade. Horizonsincludes six weeks of academics, arts, swim lessons, field trips, and more each summer through partnerships with Savannah Country Day School, Bethesda Academy, St. Andrew’s School, and Savannah Christian Preparatory School. Horizonsstudents gain 8 – 12 weeks’ of reading and math skills each summer. Additionally, 97 percent of Horizonshigh school students graduate on time, and 91 percent go on to attend college or other post-secondary education.
“Horizonsmakes a long-term commitment to each student, providing critical summer programming and school year supports,” says Christy Edwards, Executive Director of Horizons Savannah. “Our high quality project-based learning is led by an incredible faculty, and our swim lessons and positive learning environments impact students’ self-confidence and provide the skills needed to reach their goals.”
Ninety percent of Horizonsstudents return to the program each year.
At Horizons Savannah, nearly 300 K-12 students from the local public school system participate in project-based learning curriculum, STEAM, literacy, and swimming each year. This number is expected to exceed 400 students by 2024.
To contribute to Horizons Savannah, visit www.HorizonsGivingDay.org/organizations/horizons-savannah.
ABOUT HORIZONS SAVANNAH
Recognized as one of America’s best summer learning programs, Horizons Savannahat Savannah Country Day School, Bethesda Academy, and St. Andrew’s School, and Savannah Christian Preparatory Schoolserves over 300 low-income students each summer. Horizonsis a transformative experience for young people in Kindergarten through the 12th grade focused on helping low-income students close the achievement gap through academic support and confidence building. For more information, please contact Horizons SavannahExecutive Director Christy Edwards at 912-961-8854 or email@example.com. You can also visit our website at http://horizonssavannah.org/, check out our Facebook page.
ABOUT HORIZONS NATIONAL
Horizons Nationalis a growing, community-centered network of more than 50 affiliate sites nationwide that provides high-quality academic enrichment programs to children in need, from Pre-K through high school. Located on the campuses of independent schools, charter schools, colleges, and universities, Horizonsprograms offer a project-based curriculum, focused on reading, STEM, the arts, fitness, nutrition, and field trips.
Kole Management Sells Apartment Portfolio, Focuses Solely on Property Management
(Savannah, GA) Savannah-based Kole Management Co. is in the process of selling its portfolio of 13 apartment communities in two states to transition exclusively into property management. In its new form, the company will retain management of eleven of those properties.
“We have decided to devote all our time and expertise to third-party management and look forward to providing the same boutique, quality service to our clients and residents as we did when we were owner/operators,” said Kole ManagementCOO Khrista Villegas.
Kole Managementput its multifamily portfolio on the market in November, and all of its properties are under contract with closing expected in April and May. That portfolio consists of seven properties in Savannah, three in Macon and one each in Augusta and Canton, Georgia, and Charlotte, North Carolina.
”A number of factors, including historically low cap rates and broad investor interest in smaller market assets, came together to convince us that it was a good time to consider selling our portfolio,” said Kole Management Co.President, Jeff Kole. “Until recently, we had little interest in selling and were, in fact, building a robust and highly capable management company to oversee properties for ourselves and third parties. This sale provides us the opportunity to focus exclusively on offering boutique yet sophisticated property management for a wide range of apartments – from lease-ups to workforce housing – across the Southeast.”
The company expects to grow its multifamily property management portfolio with expansion into North Carolina and Florida, as well as additional properties in Macon. Details of those arrangements, as well as, the new positions brought on to support this growth, will be announced in the near future.
ABOUT KOLE MANAGEMENT COMPANY
Family owned since 1991, Kole Managementwas founded by Donald Kole, the former owner of the Builderama home supply store chain. In 1994, Donald’s son, Jeff Kole, joined KMCand currently serves as president. What started as a small investment firm based in Savannah, Georgia, is now a rapidly growing third-party management enterprise, overseeing apartment communities throughout the Southeast. In addition to that, KMChas four warehouse distribution facilities equaling approximately 600,000 square feet. For more information on Kole Management, visit Kolemc.com.
Leadership Southeast Georgia Tours Submarine Base, Studies Military Impact and Disaster Preparedness
(ST. MARYS, GA) Leadership Southeast Georgia(LSEGA) members toured Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay as part of their third session of the year, as they studied the impact of various military installations on the region’s economy and also took a look at disaster preparedness.
“There’s a certain ‘wow!’ factor involved in visiting a submarine base, and the information provided to the class gives everyone a close look at the huge impact this facility makes on the local economy,” said Lee Beckmann, Chairman of LSEGA. “It’s important that our region’s leaders understand the significance of all of our local installations to our area as well as for the defense of our nation.”
The session had three stated goals: to examine the impact of the region’s military installations on economic and workforce development; to explore the interconnectedness of our various military branches in the region; and to enhance participants’ awareness of personal leadership styles in order to explore strategies for development.
St. Marys Mayor John F. Morrissey welcomed the group at the opening breakfast, and the group also met site coordinator Terry Landreth of Camden Bikes.
After the tour of the submarine base, the group wound up its first day with a chance to bike to an evening cocktail reception, sponsored by Atlantic Salt Realtyin St. Marys’ historic district. Members had a chance to walk the waterfront to see first-hand the disaster recovery efforts there in the wake of the 2016 and 2017 hurricanes. Also available were self-directed tours of the St. Marys Submarine Museum. Dinner followed at Howard Gilman Waterfront Park.
For 20 years, representatives of business, government, education and nonprofit organizations in 10 southeast Georgia counties have taken part in LSEGA, exposing these leaders to the many facets of the region’s complex economy and helping them establish networks with their peers.
The 2019 Leadership Southeast Georgiaprogram sponsors include Evans General Contractors, Gulfstream Aerospace, Advanced Door Systems, The Sack Company, Georgia Power, Georgia Southern University, the Savannah Airport Commission, LS3P ASSOCIATES, LTD., FirstPage Marketing,Sterling Seacrest Partners, Savannah Economic Development Authority(SEDA), Thomas & Hutton, HunterMaclean, Hussey Gay Bell, Abshire Public Relations, Coastal Electric Cooperative, AT&T, The Waters Foundationand P.C. Simonton & Associates, Cecilia Russo Marketingand Carriage Trade Public Relations.
ABOUT LEADERSHIP SOUTHEAST GEORGIA
Leadership Southeast Georgiais a five-month region-wide program designed to equip, empower and connect community leaders to 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/
Beaufort Dermatology Innovates With Non-Invasive Skin Exam Technology
(BEAUFORT, SOUTH CAROLINA) Beaufort Dermatologyof Pinnacle Medical Groupis thrilled to present Vivascope 1500, the newest in skin cancer technology allowing the provider to make a diagnosis without removing any tissue. Pinnacleis the only practice in the area offering this advanced technology.
In-vivo reflectance confocal microscopy (RCM) is a non-invasive skin imaging modality for detecting diseases of the skin such as melanoma and other cancers. It can be used in place of biopsies in certain cases and is effective in viewing large skin lesions where a biopsy of the entire spot might be difficult.
Additionally, it is useful in defining the margins of an area for surgical excision and can be useful in evaluating the results of treatment. Among its advantages is the ability to avoid potential scarring from biopsies and also provides a safe, painless option for children or those who may be nervous about procedures.
“Medical research and development shape a modern medical practice,” said owner Dr. Audrey A. Klenke, MD, FACS. “We are so excited to be the first to offer Vivascope 1500, which can decipher a lesion that needs to be removed versus one that can be safely monitored. In the Lowcountry, our fun-in-the-sun lifestyle makes it critical to prioritize skin health.”
Dr. Klenke adds, “The fact that procedures are becoming increasingly less invasive without losing the ability to accurately diagnose and treat is great news for patient care.”
ABOUT THE PINNACLE MEDICAL GROUP
The Pinnacle Medical Groupis the locally owned and operated parent company of Pinnacle Plastic Surgery, PURE Medical Spaand Beaufort Dermatology. Principal, Dr. Audrey Klenke is the only board-certified female plastic surgeon in Beaufort County, South Carolina, and is affiliated with multiple outpatient centers in the area as well as Beaufort Memorial Hospitaland Hilton Head Hospital. Pinnacle Plastic Surgeryand PURE Medical Spaare located at 7 Mallet Way, Bluffton, SC 29910. Beaufort Dermatologyis located at 1096 Ribaut Road, Beaufort, SC 29902. For more information, please call (843) 815-6699, or visit http://pinnaclemd.com/and http://www.beaufortdermatology.com/.