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Marjorie Young Presented with Helen V. Head Award

Marjorie Young Presented with Helen V. Head Award

The Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce held their annual Chamber of Commerce business awards banquet last month. Marjorie Young with Carriage Trade Public Relations was presented with the Helen V. Head award. Head was the first woman to serve on the Chamber of Commerce board, and she also owned and operated a CPA firm. Young, too, is known for championing small businesses.

“When our small businesses are strong, our community will be strong,” Young said.

Young stated that Savannah is blessed to have a helpful and productive small business community.

Marjorie Young

Marjorie Young Presented with Helen V. Head Award by William W. Hubbard, Savannah area Chamber of Commerce President

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.

Mark Howard to Present “Avoiding the 3 Biggest Mistakes People Make Regarding Retirement” to Savannah Jaycees

Mark Howard to Present “Avoiding the 3 Biggest Retirement Mistakes”

(Savannah, GA) Mark Howard, President and founder of Howard Financial Group, will be the featured speaker at The Savannah Jaycees meeting on Tuesday, August 1st. Open networking will begin at 5:30 p.m. and the program will run from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Savannah Jaycees’ headquarters, located at 101 Atlas Street.

Howard will present “Avoiding the 3 Biggest Retirement Mistakes” during the Jaycees August gathering as a part of their “Leadership Now” series. Attendees will learn:

· How to earn consistent returns in today’s economy

· What “true diversification” is.

· The hidden costs of the most common form of investments.

Howard has over 25 years experience in the financial services industry. He is recognized as an expert on Retirement Income Planning and has been featured many times on news outlets such as The Wall Street Journal, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Atlanta Business Chronicle, Barron’s Magazine, South Magazine, AM 750 WSB, AM 1290 WTKS and Savannah Morning News.

In 2014, Howard founded Howard Financial Group, which is headquartered in Savannah. His firm focuses on strategies to grow their clients’ retirement dollars while taking less risk. “We specialize in protection of principle, providing a reasonable rate of return over time, and keeping things simple for our clients”, said Howard.

Howard Financial Group services clients from all over the country, many that are recognizable names from the world of sports, entertainment and politics.

Last year, Howard and his firm were chosen to be a part of Advisors Excel, an elite group of financial advisors nationwide that were recently highlighted in the New York Times bestseller Money: Master the Game, written by Tony Robbins.

“From our work helping thousands of families and individuals from all walks of life prepare and transition into retirement, I’m able to give a unique perspective into what works and what doesn’t,” said Howard. “I hope to share some timely information with this group of young business professionals and area leaders to help them avoid the same mistakes so many others have made.”

For further information, or to register, visit the Savannah Jaycees web site at http://savannahjaycees.com/savannah-jaycees-leadership-now-series/ or visit them on facebook at Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/savannah.jaycees/

For more information on Howard Financial Group, visit www.howardfinancialgroup.com or call 912-777-6944.

The Savannah Jaycees is a nonprofit organization of young professionals, between the ages of 21 to 40, whose mission is to inspire leadership development through community involvement. The Savannah Jaycees have been an organization since 1942 and are celebrating their 75th Anniversary this year. Among the Savannah Jaycees’ most notable projects were the installation of voting booths throughout Chatham County, spearheading efforts to build the Civic Center, helping to build the Kicklighter School and Chatham Nursing Home, founding Toys-for-Tots with the Marines and the fire department, renovating the Forsyth Fountain, and creating Jaycees Park on Tybee Island. The United States Jaycees was founded in 1920 with vision is to be the leading global network of active young citizens. To learn more, visit http://savannahjaycees.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/savannah.jaycees?ref=br_tf

Cecilia Russo
Cecilia Russo Marketing

Marjorie Young
Carriage Trade Public Relations, Inc.

Kole Management Acquires Macon Luxury Apartment Community

(SAVANNAH, MACON) Kole Management Co. (KMC), a family-owned property management and investment firm based in Savannah, has acquired Riverstone, a 220-unit luxury apartment community in Macon, Ga.

Riverstone, built in 2012, is located near the crossroads of Interstates 75 and 16 less than one mile from the city’s premier lifestyle center, The Shoppes at River Crossing.

The Riverstone community consists of one-, two- and three-bedroom garden-style units with gourmet kitchens, nine-foot ceilings, soaking garden tubs, walk-in closets and washer/dryer connections. Property amenities include a pool with gas and charcoal grilling stations, a billiard and social room, fitness center, cyber café with WiFi, a fire pit and a dog park.

Riverstone is the third North Macon apartment community acquired by KMC. The firm also owns and operates The Falls, a 296-unit property at Spring Creek, and the 200-unit Legacy at River Crossing.

“Riverstone is a fabulous property,” said Kole Management President Jeff Kole. “The floor plans and unit features are top of the line, and the expansive clubhouse and related amenities lend a true resort air to the community.”

KMC owns and operates more than 2,300 total apartments in Georgia and South Carolina,
which consists of the three Macon properties, The Palms in the West Ashley section of
Charleston, 1035 Alexander in Augusta and, in the Savannah area, Alhambra, Wyndmere, Kessler Point, Rendant, Arbors, Ridgewood, Carriage House and Ashton at Richmond Hill.

Kole Management Co. owns and operates nine apartment communities in the Savannah area, one each in Charleston and Augusta and three in Macon with more than 2,300 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. Kole Management is a family-owned company with a 25-year tradition of owning and operating well-maintained apartment communities. For more information on Kole Management, call 912-232-3555 or visit Kolemc.com

Marjorie Young
Carriage Trade PR

Carriage Trade Public Relations and Cecilia Russo Marketing Award Skylar Lanier Summer Internship

(SAVANNAH, GA) Carriage Trade Public Relations, Inc. and Cecilia Russo Marketing, LLC. have selected Skylar Lanier as a public relations intern for the summer of 2017.

Lanier grew up in Savannah and is currently a rising senior at the University of Georgia. While pursuing degrees in Public Relations and English, she holds the position of Public Relations Chair for the Thomas Lay After-School Program, is a member of the Pi Beta Phi Sorority, and has previously interned with The Georgia Review.

This paid internship at Carriage Trade Public Relations and Cecilia Russo Marketing will offer Lanier experience in press writing, media relations, research, search engine optimization, photography and videography, social media management and community relations.

Carriage Trade Public Relations and Cecilia Russo Marketing Award Skylar Lanier Summer Internship

Skylar Lanier awarded summer internship with Carriage Trade Public Relations and Cecilia Russo Marketing

Carriage Trade Public Relations and Cecilia Russo Marketing are Savannah’s premiere reputation management company. The mission of this collaborative public relations team is to help businesses increase their visibility in their community and globally online using the trademarked strategy, the REPUTATION MATRIX™ method.

For more information, contact:
Marjorie Young
CEO of Carriage Trade PR, Inc.
Phone: 912.844.9990
Email: marjorie@carriagetradepr.com

Cecilia Russo
CEO of Cecilia Russo Marketing, LLC.

Email: info@crussomarketing.com

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(SAVANNAH, GA) Savannah Mall unveils “Remembering Our Fallen,” a 50-foot exhibit commemorating fallen soldiers. The traveling exhibit, which pays tribute to U.S. troops from Georgia and South Carolina who have died as a result of wounds suffered in war zones since 9/11, will be on display now through January 3, 2016 and open to the public. For more information, visit www.savannahmall.com or visit    http://www.prlog.org/12509466.html


(SAVANNAH,GA) The Savannah Mall held a GeorgiA CHild Identification Program on Saturday. GeorgiA CHild Identification Program is one of the most comprehensive Child Recovery, Identification, and Abduction Awareness programs ever to be offered to parents in the state of Georgia. For more information:* http://www.gachip.org/about_us.php

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(LIVE OAK PUBLIC LIBRARIES) Live Oak Public Libraries card holders can now stream or download movies, television shows, audiobooks, and e-books. All are available for mobile and online access through hoopla digital – all you need is your library card! hoopla digital has a simple sign-up and attractive, easy-to-use interface, so it’s easy to get to your listening and viewing experience. There’s also no waiting to borrow popular movies, TV shows, audiobooks or e-books. And hoopla digital’s automatic return feature eliminates late fees. To access the system on your mobile device, you will need to first download the FREE hoopla digital app from the App Store on your Android or IOS device. Links to these are at hoopla digital. You can download movies, TV shows and audiobooks to your device to enjoy anywhere. For more information, visit http://www.liveoakpl.org/



(SAVANNAH, GA) Tytan Pictures, based on Tybee Island, Ga. announces Jessica Thomas has moved up in the company to become the new Associate Creative Director. Thomas, a graduate of Savannah College of Art and Design, and native of Anchorage, Alaska, has a degree in Motion Graphics. For more information visit, https://mysavannah.wordpress.com/2015/11/18/tytan-pictures-promotes-jessica-thomas-to-associate-creative-director/


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(SAVANNAH, GA) Tytan Pictures, a film production company based on Tybee Island, Ga., announces Jim Wacker will serve as the company’s new Head of Production. In his new role, Wacker will oversee day to day operations, filming logistics, and a slew of other production needs. For more information, visit https://mysavannah.wordpress.com/2015/11/18/tytan-pictures-announces-head-of-production-jim-wacker/ 


(SAVANNAH, GA) Felder & Associates has been selected as the architectural firm for the highly anticipated new restaurant, Atlantic. Located at the corner of Drayton Street and Victory Drive, the new neighborhood eatery is the brainchild of Jason and Jennifer Restivo. Their concept for the restaurant includes sharing small dishes with friends and family in a casual setting. Jason Restivo was previously with Garibaldi. For more information, visit https://mysavannah.wordpress.com/2015/11/17/savannah-architectural-firm-set-to-transform-gas-station-into-new-casual-dining-spot-2/


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(SAVANNAH, GA) Kiwanis Club of Skidaway Island installed new officers for the 2016 year: Joyce Glenn, President, Ben Gustafson, President-Elect, Ron Weber, Secretary, Jay Ahrens, Treasurer, and Bob Norton, Past President.The Kiwanis Club of Skidaway is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of the youth of Chatham County, one child at a time.For more information visit http://carriagetradepr.com/?p=3091


(SAVANNAH, GA) The McDonald’s on Montgomery Cross Rd, the sixth location to be owned and operated by Nina Tracy Gompels (NTG) Enterprises, is set to open on Tuesday, November 24. In conjunction with the grand opening, this McDonald’s will host a number of events, such as “free Big Macs for a year” for the first 100 customers; the “Find Happiness Around Sandfly” scavenger hunt and several community nights for local organizations. For more information, visit http://wp.me/p6W91s-Nk


(SAVANNAH, GA) The Rotary Club of Savannah unveiled a historical marker in honor of their founder, John Sherer Banks, in Bonaventure Cemetery (Section A Lot 5). The dedication date was timed to recognize the 100th anniversary of Banks’ untimely death on November 21, 1915. For more information please visit: http://savannahnow.com/exchange/2015-11-18/rotary-club-erects-marker-honor-founder
(SAVANNAH, GA) ARCS Foundation announces that Carol Young has been selected as one of the 2015-2016 ARCS Scholars. Young is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She is pursuing a degree in Robotic Engineering with the hope of applying her degree to sea or space exploration. For more information, visit http://carriagetradepr.com/?p=3081


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(SAVANNAH, GA) Low Country Dermatology is holding a holiday donation drive through Monday, December 21, in an effort to collect much needed supplies for the Ronald McDonald House of the Coastal Empire. Items can be dropped off Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Low Country Dermatology office, located at 310 Eisenhower Drive, Suite 12A. For more information, visit, http://www.google.com/url?q=http%3A%2F%2Fcarriagetradepr.com%2F%3Fp%3D3095&sa=D&sntz=1&usg=AFQjCNGTrPekZMGDniBo8JgfKazUVleryA
(RICHMOND HILL, GA) At the Fort McAllister Marina on December 5 from 4:30pm to 7:30pm, Fish Tales will be gearing up for the 30th Annual Lighted Boat Parade and spectacular fireworks show. For more information, email tcobevents@gmail.com


(COASTAL PET RESCUE) Larry is an 8 week old male Chihuahua currently living at Coastal Pet Rescue. Larry is good with dogs and kids, and needs a home. TO check out Larry and other animals available for adoption, visit: http://coastalpetrescue.org/adopt/view/2015-d-277-larry/ 

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Savannah Yoga Center presented a $4,414.28 check to One Love Animal Rescue on Monday, November 23. This donation was made possible through special Savannah Yoga Center community classes, events and a percentage of membership fees collected through Thursday, January 1 to Monday, June 15. To learn more about how the Savannah Yoga Center Community Partner Program works visit http://savannahyoga.com/yoga-friends

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Savannah Ballet Theater is presenting the Nutcracker at the Lucas Theater on December 5 at 2:00pm and 8:00pm. More than 3000 people typically attend this event, and each receives a Playbill program with advertisements. The turnaround is fairly quick, but if you send in your logo, we have a designer that can make it into an ad. If you are interested in attending, here is a link for tickets: http://lucastheatre.com/schedule/nutcracker-in-savannah/

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(SAVANNAH, GA) Accepting donations now through Dec. 13, the Carousel in the Savannah Mall is having a coat/blanket drive for the homeless population in the Greater Savannah area. Any new or used coats or blankets are greatly appreciated. If you have questions please contact Tim Blair at (912) 447-3141 or tblair@fun-brands.com.


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(SAVANNAH, GA) The American Red Cross of Southeast and Coastal Georgia is seeking Youth Hero Nominations for the 2016 Youth Hero Volunteer Service Awards. Nominations will be accepted from any non-profit organization, school, team, religious organization, etc. Eligible youth must be enrolled in 6th-12th grade in a public, private or home school during the 2015-2016 school year. To nominate a youth or for more information visit www.redcross.org/southeast. Deadline to nominate a deserving youth is December 31, 2015.


(SAVANNAH, GA) The Savannah Sports Council launched a redesigned Enmarket Savannah Bridge Run website and logo and is now taking registrations for the 2015 race to be held Saturday, Dec. 5. Each year more than 5,000 participants run and walk the 5K, 10K and Double Pump (a 5K and 10K combined) over Savannah’s Talmadge Bridge. In its 25th year, the 2015 race weekend will begin with the Health and Wellness Expo at the Savannah Civic Center on Friday, Dec. 4 and end with a post-race party in Franklin Square on race day. A portion of race proceeds benefit Nancy N. and J.C. Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion at St. Joseph’s/Candler. To register for the race, visit www.SavannahBridgeRun.com. For more information, contact Jonathan Sykes, Savannah Sports Council event manager at 912.644.6452 or JSykes@VisitSavannah.com.

(SAVANNAH SPOTLIGHT) on Carmel Hearn. 10 Things You Did Not Know about Carmel:


Savannah native Carmel (Garvin) Hearn has been a writer and video producer for more than 30 years. The honors graduate earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Armstrong State University and began her career as a news reporter and anchor at WSAV TV in Savannah. She later served as the City of Savannah’s original Cable Access Coordinator, where she created and managed the City’s government access channel and became FEMA-certified as an Advanced Public Information Officer.

After her husband’s career took the family to Atlanta in 1998, she became a television writer and publicist for the Emmy-nominated Jim Fowler’s Life in the Wild syndicated television series (Fox, UPN) and the Fox television network series, Keeping it Wild with Jason Raize. She also wrote, produced and voiced corporate videos for Bell South, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Flooring America.

From 2007-2012, Hearn was employed as an account manager with the Atlanta marketing agency, O’Neill Communications, representing national associations and international food industry clients. She also served as managing editor for three medical association newsletters, wrote feature articles for the Georgia Council of Developmental Disabilities’ Making a Difference magazine and wrote and produced videos for clients of the firm.

In 2013, Hearn launched a marketing consulting business and currently works with clients in Savannah and Atlanta. Offering expertise in brand strategy, web content development, public relations and social media management, Hearn’s recent projects include developing the launch of a children’s book series and writing feature articles for The Shelby Report, the leading publication for the food and grocery industry. She is also a contributing writer with Carriage Trade Public Relations and Cecilia Russo Marketing.

She and husband Phil have a grown daughter, Alex, who lives in Savannah. In her leisure time, Hearn enjoys writing and participating in theatrical productions. She has most recently appeared as Margaret in the Savannah Community Theatre’s (SCT) 2014 production of The Savannah Disputation and Mother/Party Guest in SCT’s Johnny Mercer and Me. Her scripts include Who Wants to Be the Most Important Georgian, a touring production presented in Athens/Clarke County and Savannah area schools, and she has had several of her works published in Drama Ministry magazine. Hearn also enjoys writing and directing productions for her church drama team and singing with the Cherokee Chorale. Most of all, she enjoys surf, sand, fishing and fun with family and friends on the Georgia coast.

Carmel Hearn

Carmel Hearn

Q: What is your favorite book?
A: If I could take only one book onto a desert island, I’d have to choose The Bible, but Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind would be a close second. Some of my favorite past reads are: The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys, by Chris Fuhrman, John Jakes’ North and South trilogy, and anything by Pat Conroy, Anne Rivers Siddons, Dorothea Benton Frank and Tennessee Williams. My favorite play is Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams and Godspell is my favorite musical. I am fortunate to have appeared in both productions back in the day, at The Little Theatre of Savannah.

Q: What is your favorite quote?
A: “I can’t think about that right now. If I do, I’ll go crazy. I’ll think about that tomorrow.” Scarlett O’Hara, Gone With the Wind. My favorite quote from a character I’ve played in a show is Maggie’s closing monolog in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof: “Oh, you weak, beautiful people who give up with such grace. What you need is someone to take hold of you, gently with love, and hand your life back to you, like something gold you let go of.”

Q: Where is your dream vacation?
A: My husband’s family has a coastal home along the Sapelo River at Pine Harbor in McIntosh County, where we have made many happy vacation memories, but I must admit that my “go-to-happy-place” is still and will always be Tybee Island. My dream vacation would be sailing around the Mediterranean.

Q: Where have you traveled?
A: I am fortunate to have traveled to Europe, Bermuda and the Caribbean. My favorite U.S. destination is New York City, specifically the theatre district.

Q: What is #1 on your bucket list?
A: Being a back-up singer for a big band entertainer like Barry Manilow.

Q: What is something that would surprise someone about you?
A: My career, which started in television, was inspired by a kiss on the cheek from Harry Chapin. When I was in college, taking a television production class, Harry spotted me running camera for an interview he was doing. Afterwards, he came up to me, planted a kiss on my cheek and told me how impressed he was to see a female running camera. Later on, I became the first female studio camera operator hired by WSAV TV (or any other local affiliate as I recall). How times have changed!

Q: Do you have any pets?
A: My husband and I love animals and have had several pets, but none right now. Our daughter has recently adopted a stray kitty and we are enjoying being fur-baby grandparents at the moment.

Q: What’s your creative outlet?
A: I enjoy acting in community theatre shows and singing in my church choir and on the worship team.

Q: What is your favorite song?
A: Neil Diamond’s “Play Me,” anything from the 1940s or by Johnny Mercer; Barbra Streisand, Neil Diamond and Boz Scaggs are my favorite artists.

Q: Places you have lived?
A: My hometown is Savannah, and I have also lived in Atlanta and Hilton Head Island, SC.

Q: What schools did you attend?
A: I have a BA in English from Armstrong State University (ASU). Before that, I attended Savannah/Chatham public schools (Romana Riley, Charles Ellis, Wilder, Myers) and graduated from Savannah High School.

Q: What are your pastimes?
A: I enjoy surf, sand, family and fun on the Georgia coast.

Q: Who is your mentor?
A: ASU drama professors John Suchower and Joseph Mydell and Little Theatre directors Bill Stars and Chris Fredeman were big influences in my professional development.

Q: Who would you like to meet before you die?
A: My grandchildren.