Category: SPOTLIGHT

Mark McKenzie Promoted from Lead Service Technician to Excavation and Construction Manager at Roto-Rooter Plumbers of Savannah

Mark McKenzie Promoted from Lead Service Technician to Excavation and Construction Manager at Roto-Rooter Plumbers of Savannah

(SAVANNAH, GA) Roto-Rooter Plumbers of Savannah, a leading local provider of plumbing and drain maintenance, has promoted Mark McKenzie, a native of Statesboro, as Excavation and Construction Manager. Previously, McKenzie served as the Lead Service Technician.

Mark McKenzie, Roto Rooter Plumbers of Savannah

Mark McKenzie, Roto Rooter Plumbers of Savannah

In his new role, McKenzie will oversee and manage technicians and their helpers, review and create bids and estimates and manage the company’s construction and excavation work.

“Plumbing managers ‘wear a lot of hats’ as I like to say, and Mark wears each of them well,” said Sherry Daniel, owner and CEO of Roto-Rooter Plumbers of Savannah. “It takes hard work and genuine skill to work in this industry, but it takes passion and loving what you do to lead and manage in plumbing. Mark is a fantastic asset to our team, and we’re thankful to see him rise in a new leadership position.”

He has experience as a plumbing foreman, lead plumber, electrician and general contractor.

In his spare time, McKenzie enjoys spending time with his three daughters, hunting, fishing and camping.

ABOUT ROTO-ROOTER PLUMBERS OF SAVANNAH
Roto-Rooter Plumbers of 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 Plumbers of Savannah offers industrial, residential and commercial plumbing services. Trusted and recommended since 1935, Roto-Rooter is the premier provider of plumbing and drain cleaning services in Savannah, GA. The company’s specialty is emergency services. Roto-Rooter Plumbers stand by their estimates and guarantee their work. For more information, please call (912) 303-8570 or visit https://www.rotosavannah.com/home.html

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Cradduck
Carriage Trade Public Relations®, Inc.
Cecilia Russo Marketing
cynthia@carriagetradepr.com
912.856.9075

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Enmarket Opens Newly Renovated Downtown MLK Store in Savannah – Redesigned with Community in Mind

Enmarket Opens Newly Renovated Downtown MLK Store in Savannah – Redesigned with Community in Mind

(SAVANNAH, GA) Savannah-based Enmarket cut the ribbon on the newly rebuilt and expanded kiosk on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard near the Interstate 16 on-ramp.

Enmarket MLK Store Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Enmarket MLK Store Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Enmarket MLK Store Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Enmarket MLK Store Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Enmarket MLK Store Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Enmarket MLK Store Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Enmarket MLK Store Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Enmarket MLK Store Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

The new state-of-the-art convenience store was renovated to integrate its appearance into the surrounding historic district. The design of the new 3,522-square-foot convenience store at 405 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. drew from the site’s transportation-related history with its proximity adjacent to the Central of Georgia Railway and Georgia State Railroad Museum.

The non-traditional design includes, among other things, an outdoor dining patio, a green space, and a bike service area. Enmarket contracted with a local artist to design and paint a community-themed mural on one of the exterior walls.

The rebuilt outlet is accessible to trolleys and other vehicles critical to Savannah’s downtown tourism industry and features four multi-product dispensers with gasoline and diesel offering.

“We are thrilled to unveil this beautiful new store in the historic district,” said Brett Giesick, President of Enmarket. “The design and concept reflect the direction we are taking in the community which is to provide a more modern, customer-friendly store with a dual focus on pedestrian and automobile traffic.”

The new store features Enmarket products already available at other full-service stores, including fountain drinks, “chillen” frozen beverages, bean-to-cup coffee, and local craft beer. The location also includes Enmarket’s proprietary kitchen concept, The Eatery, featuring its signature breakfast biscuits and antibiotic-free, never-frozen chicken. Fresh grab-and-go sandwiches, salads, parfaits, and more are prepared on-site. This is the only convenience store to offer all of these options on the western end of downtown Savannah.

Enmarket MLK Savannah Store front

Enmarket MLK Savannah Store front

Enmarket MLK Savannah Store front

Enmarket MLK Savannah Store front

Enmarket MLK Savannah Store front

Enmarket MLK Savannah Store front

Inside the Newly Renovated Downtown MLK Store

Inside the Newly Renovated Downtown MLK Store

IInside the Newly Renovated Downtown MLK Store

Inside the Newly Renovated Downtown MLK Store

“This is a one-of-a-kind location for Enmarket,” continued Giesick. “A diverse customer base of downtown residents, commuters, local businesses, SCAD students and faculty, and tourists were all carefully considered when we selected this store design and the products and services that this location offers.”

ABOUT ENMARKET 
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. Enmarket currently 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

CONTACT
Matt Clements
Vice President of Marketing
Enmarket
MClements@enmarkstations.com

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Cradduck
Carriage Trade Public Relations®
912.856.9075
www.carriagetradepr.com 
cynthia.wright@carriagetradepr.com

Park Place Outreach hires Kevin Foard as Transitional Living Program Case Manager

Park Place Outreach hires Kevin Foard as Transitional Living Program Case Manager

Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Services has hired Kevin Foard, who had worked as a case manager for the Basic Center of Park Place Outreach, as its transitional living program (TLP) case manager.

 

Park Place Outreach in Savannah, Kevin Foard TLP

Park Place Outreach in Savannah, Kevin Foard TLP

 

“When this opportunity presented itself, there were no hesitations,” Foard said. “It was an honor to learn that Park Place Outreach would ignite the passion to help those individuals who would still need assistance after the age of 18.”

Foard is responsible for providing case management services that include initial screening, record keeping, service coordination, ongoing assessments of residents, aftercare activities and other duties as needed.

“The transitional living program provides opportunities for young males between the ages of 16-21 to learn how to become self-sufficient. It is my goal to connect these guys with as many resources as possible to address their needs,” Foard said.

Foard received a bachelor of education in 1999 from Cambridge College and a master’s in education in 2002 from Nova Southeastern University.

He earlier worked as an educator/administrator with students at the Bethesda Home for Boys to promote student achievement, provide one-on-one help to special needs students and coordinate with other agencies to provide additional services.

MORE INFORMATION ON PARK PLACE OUTREACH YOUTH EMERGENCY 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 us on Facebook.

Park Place Outreach hires Phillip Davis as Transitional Living Program Resident Assistant

Park Place Outreach hires Phillip Davis as Transitional Living Program Resident Assistant

(SAVANNAH, GA) Phillip Davis has been hired by the Park Place Outreach Transitional Living Program (TLP) as its first resident assistant.

 

Park Place Outreach in Savannah, Philip Davis

Park Place Outreach in Savannah, Philip Davis

 

Davis, who will live onsite, is responsible for ensuring the health and safety of all TLP residents while working with the program and case managers to make sure goals are met.

“I love being able to pour back into our youth and our community. I hope to bring my own life experience and guidance to the youth that I have the pleasure of working with at TLP,” he said..

The Savannah native earlier worked as a graphic designer and communications director at Feel Good Designs. Davis also has worked with children as a teaching artist at Deep Center where he motivated kids to express themselves though a variety of creative writing forms. In addition, he has worked with elementary school students in an after-school program in which he served as a creative arts instructor.

Davis serves on the WRUU Community Advisory Board, volunteers at the 21st Century Camp Explore and helps the Indigos Inc. nonprofit organization.

MORE INFORMATION ON PARK PLACE OUTREACH YOUTH EMERGENCY 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 us on Facebook.

Park Place Outreach hires Terence Brewton as Transitional Living Program Resident Assistant

Park Place Outreach hires Terence Brewton as Transitional Living Program Resident Assistant

(SAVANNAH, GA) Terence Brewton has been named as a resident assistant for the Park Place Outreach transitional living program (TLP) team.  

Park Place Outreach in Savannah, Terence Brewton

Park Place Outreach in Savannah, Terence Brewton

Brewton will be responsible for ensuring the safety of TLP residents while he works with them to facilitate various activities.

“The best part of the job is being able to interact with the boys,” he said.

Brewton has worked with at-risk kids and teens who were dealing with homelessness in communities in Illinois. At 360 Youth Services Cornerstone Shelter for Boys, he served as the behavioral aid for at-risk males ages 13-18 where he tried to help them finish their education and/or be reunited with their families.

Brewton has an associate degree in business administration and is studying to further his degree with a focus on human resource management.

MORE INFORMATION ON PARK PLACE OUTREACH YOUTH EMERGENCY 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 us on Facebook.

Award-Winning PR Executive to Lead Word-of-Mouth Strategy Workshop at THRIVE Lowcountry Women’s Conference

Award-Winning PR Executive to Lead Word-of-Mouth Strategy Workshop at THRIVE Lowcountry Women’s Conference

(HILTON HEAD, SC/SAVANNAH, GA) Marjorie Young, an award-winning public relations consultant and founder of Carriage Trade Public Relations® Inc., will share five proven strategies for businesses to increase visibility and create positive buzz in the community during the third Annual THRIVE Lowcountry Women’s Conference to be held in September on Hilton Head Island, S.C.

Marjorie Young, Carriage Trade Public Relations® Inc.,

Marjorie Young, Carriage Trade Public Relations® Inc.,

The premier women’s gathering will focus on enhancing and empowering personal and professional growth. Thought-provoking speakers will network with more than 200 local and visiting women, and special in-depth, skill-based learning workshops will be offered.

This year’s keynote speaker is South Carolina Lt. Gov. Pamela Evette. Prior to being elected the first Republican lieutenant governor, she was the CEO of Quality Business Solutions.

The conference will also offer special in-depth, skill-based learning workshops in hands-on settings with experts.

Young, who was last year’s keynote speaker, will lead this year’s participants in creating a yearly public relations plan using her signature Reputation Matrix™ method during an interactive 2.5-hour workshop.

“More than 90 percent of new business comes from word-of-mouth,” said Young. “This message is particularly important for small business owners and women entrepreneurs to ingest. The best way to grow your business is to network with other like-minded business owners and organizations that can complement your corporate goals and strategic direction.”

The Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce acclaimed Young as its Small Business Advocate of the Year in 2017. She was also named the organization’s Entrepreneur of the Year in 2006 and her Savannah-based firm that specializes in reputation management was recognized by the Savannah Morning News as Small Business of the Year in 2013. She will celebrate the 25th anniversary of Carriage Trade Public Relations in 2020.

Young earned a degree in Journalism from the University of Maryland and is also certified in crisis communication.

THRIVE will kick off on Sept. 26 at the Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa on Hilton Head Island with VIP workshops from 12:30 to 3 p.m. and the THRIVE Women’s Business Pitch Competition from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. A welcome reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m.

The conference will continue on Sept. 27 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with breakout sessions featuring a variety of relevant topics such as workforce development, social media, women’s health, and business panels with local, successful business owners. The event will again be emceed by WSAV TV news anchor, Tina Tyus-Shaw.

To register or learn more, please visit https://www.hiltonheadchamber.org/thrive-2019/

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 positive word of mouth in the community and globally online through its trademarked strategy, the REPUTATION MATRIX™ method.

MEDIA CONTACT
Elizabeth Poole
Director of Communications
Carriage Trade Public Relations®
Cecilia Russo Marketing
www.carriagetradepr.com
www.crussomarketing.com

The Rotary Club of Savannah Announces Ellen B. Bolch as President and Names 2019 Board

The Rotary Club of Savannah Announces Ellen B. Bolch as President and Names 2019 Board

(SAVANNAH, GA) Ellen B. Bolch, President and CEO of THA Group, a family of in-home health companies serving coastal Georgia and South Carolina, has been elected president of the Rotary Club of Savannah.

Ellen Bolch, President of Rotary

Ellen Bolch, President of the Rotary Club of Savannah

Bolch will be joined on the Rotary Board of Directors by Secretary/Treasurer Harvey J. Gilbert, Sergeant-At-Arms Dale C. Critz, Jr., along with Louisa Abbot, Eddie Culver, Mark Dana, Emily Dickinson, Craig Harney, Sam McCachern, Jamie McCurry, Terri O’Neil, Cecilia Russo Turner, Philip Solomons, Jr., and Trip Tollison.

In addition to this new position, Bolch currently serves on the Boards of: The Union Society of Bethesda, The Georgia Historical Society, The Chatham Club, and the Board of Visitors of the Savannah Country Day School. She is heavily involved in her industry and community, having previously served on numerous national, regional and local Boards, including the National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC) and as Co-Chair of the National Medicaid Action Council affiliated with NAHC. She is also a member the Advisory Board of the Home Care Technology Association of America. Bolch is the immediate past Chair of the South Carolina Home and Hospice Care Association and has been published in Caring Magazine, The Remington Report, the Journal of the American Association of Preferred Provider Organizations, the Home Care Journal of Texas and, in The Encyclopedia of Information Science and Technology.

Bolch, a native of Savannah, received her BS in Nursing from the Medical College of Georgia and her Masters’ in Nursing and in Healthcare Administration from Penn State University. She received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Savannah College of Art and Design in 2018. Ellen has been a health care educator at Penn State and Armstrong State Universities, and the Medical College of Georgia. Married to Dr. Sidney J. Bolch, III (Jeff) for 27 years, the pair have three sons and two daughters between them who have given them 10 grandchildren.

Bolch said of her newest role in Rotary, “As the new President, I am honored to ‘Stand Up’ before our Clubs auspicious group of professionals and business community leaders. Rotary connects people and we are united through these connections as we ‘Stand Up’ in our community and for our community and for those globally who cannot Stand Up for themselves.”

The Rotary Club of Savannah includes 205 community leaders and volunteers. Over the past 104 years, the club has championed local and regional developments that include completing the road to Tybee Island, improving the Savannah River for commercial traffic, enhancing the Dixie Highway system in southeast Georgia and building bridges over the Savannah and Altamaha Rivers. Most recently in recognition of its 100th anniversary, the club raised funds and built an all-accessible playground in Forsyth Park.

Meetings are held each Monday from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the DeSoto Hotel, 15 E. Liberty St. For more information, visit www.savrotary.org

CONTACT
Rotary Club of Savannah
P.O. Box 11105
Savannah, GA 31412
912.272.9711