KSU staff nabs awards
Kennesaw State University’s College of Continuing and Professional Education won three awards at the Georgia Adult Education Association’s Annual Conference in Savannah. The college was recognized with the Innovative Marketing Award for its Casino Night Scholarship Fundraiser, the Innovative Program Award for its 2014 Winter Career Traininwwg Expo and the Exemplary Service Contribution Award for its Casino Night Scholarship Fundraiser Advisory Board Members.
Assistant Dean Michelle Girage and Marketing Manager Davia Lassiter were present to collect the awards. Also attending were Assistant Dean Tamara Grooms, Culinary Apprenticeship Certificate program manager Pam Moss, Paralegal Certificate program manager Jennifer Henderson, Languages program manager Lyn Cohen and copy writer Jason Brown.
Mary Stokes, a 25-year financial services industry veteran and Powder Springs resident, was promoted to managing director and regional investment executive of institutional investments at U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management in Atlanta.
Stokes is responsible for the delivery of investment management services to clients of U.S. Trust Philanthropic Solutions and Bank of America Retirement Solutions. Her other duties include coaching and developing portfolio strategists within the region and working with regional colleagues to grow the business, as well as compliance and risk management oversight.
Prior to joining U.S. Trust, she served as a senior consultant for Mercer Investment Consulting and Capital Resource Advisors. She began her career in the banking industry as a capital markets expert with the Comptroller of the Currency.
Riley named CFO
PointeNorth Insurance Group LLC, 1100 Circle 75 Parkway SE in the Cumberland area, announced it has hired Pamela Riley to serve as chief financial officer.
Riley, who has two decades of financial leadership and strategy experience, comes to PointeNorth as the agency ramps up M&A activity. Her hire comes a month after PointeNorth acquired Dillon Insurance Services.
She has strategic-development experience with local governments, startups, nonprofits, such as American Diabetes Association, and Fortune 500 companies, such as The Home Depot. Most recently, she served as a director of Finance, Administration and Development at Method Holdings, an Atlanta-based financial-services company, where she led finance functions including highly-regulated reporting to agencies such as the SEC.
At Method Holdings, some of Riley’s key duties included attaining lending for acquisitions. Prior to this role, she was the director of Strategy and Performance Management of Public Health with Cobb and Douglas counties.
She also served six years as manager of Strategic Financial Analysis at The Home Depot, where, among other tasks, she assessed M&A targets’ financial performance, addressing consolidation impacts.
Riley will be the agency’s first dedicated CFO.
WellStar names new COO
WellStar Health System announced Kevin Deter as vice president and chief operating officer for WellStar Cobb Hospital. In this role, he will be responsible for day-to-day operations of the hospital.
Deter will report to Kem Mullins, senior vice president of WellStar and president of WellStar Cobb Hospital. His other responsibilities include developing and executing strategies to advance the overall performance of hospital operations; overseeing hospital-wide compliance with the necessary state and local regulatory agencies, including The Joint Commission and System requirements; and ensuring systems, processes and procedures are in place to continuously improve the patient-centered experience, efficiency and outcomes of all departments. Deter has more than 20 years of hospital administration experience.
Prior to joining WellStar, he was vice president of business and network development at Iredell Health System in Statesville, N.C. He also served as vice president of operations at Iredell and held administrative positions at the University of Illinois at Chicago Medical Center. He received his bachelor’s degree in hospital and health administration from Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green and his master’s degree from Xavier University in Cincinnati. Deter was an administrative fellow at the University Medical Center at Stony Brook, N.Y.
Champion joins firm
Leslee Champion of Atlanta has joined the staff of O’Dell & O’Neal Attorneys in Marietta.
After graduating cum laude from the Cumberland School of Law at Stamford University in Birmingham, Ala., Champion was sworn in Nov. 6, 2013, as a member of the Georgia Bar.
She joins Justin O’Dell and Leslie O’Neal in the practice areas of family/domestic law, probate and civil litigation. A native of Columbus, Champion completed her undergraduate studies at Auburn University.
Coldwell Banker names honorees
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, a leading real estate brokerage in the greater Atlanta area, announced its top sales associates of 2013.
Mary Russell and John Thur both of the Marietta/west Cobb office, 800 Whitlock Ave. in Marietta, received the International President’s Elite Award.
Barbara Cordell, Tricia Leuallen and Al Maxwell of the Cobb office, 37 Johnson Ferry Road in Marietta; and Marsha Floyd and Kelli Hayes of the Marietta/west Cobb office all received the International President’s Circle Award.
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage is a leading residential real estate company with 12 offices and more than 850 sales associates serving the communities of the greater Atlanta area.
Chapman appointed to NAHB
Developer and builder Jim Chapman, president of Cumberland-based Jim Chapman Communities and Jim Chapman Fine Homes, was appointed to serve as second vice chairman of the 50-plus Housing Council Board of Trustees of the National Association of Home Builders.
Chapman recently served as the chairman of the Board of the Atlanta 50-plus Housing Council of the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association and currently is on the Board of the 50-plus Housing Council for the National Association of Home Builders.
The 50-plus Housing Council serves the special needs of NAHB members involved in all aspects of 50-plus housing, including design, development, finance, ownership, management, and sales and marketing.
Chapman, an Atlanta native, started his own luxury custom home building firm.
Moore Colson announces new staff
Marietta-based accounting firm Moore Colson announced the hiring of five full-time professionals.
Jake Patton joins the firm as a tax associate. He is a former accountant with OneVizion Technologies, formerly known as VQS Inc., in Marietta.
Hobart Kwon is a new business assurance senior associate with Moore Colson. Prior to joining Moore Colson, he worked for Ernst & Young LLP in Atlanta.
Herbert Monford joins the firm’s IT Audit Practice as a business assurance senior associate. Prior to coming to Moore Colson, he worked as a senior level auditor in several industries, including health insurance and banking.
Ngai Ming “Mandy” Yau is a new tax associate with Moore Colson.
Isaiah Gresham joins Moore Colson’s Business Assurance Practice as an associate, having worked as a tax intern with Culotta, Scroggins, Hendricks & Gillespie in Birmingham, Ala.
Literacy Action names new hire
Literacy Action Inc. named Alisa Bennett-Hart as its director of marketing and communications, effective March 6. Literacy Action is Georgia’s largest provider of adult basic education and offers free literacy instruction and job-readiness services for adults with low-literacy skills.
Before joining Literacy Action, Bennett-Hart owned a boutique public relations firm, PR Perfect — Perfecting Your Relevant Image. She has served as public relations, marketing and communications primary for nonprofits, such as The Golden Soldiers, Turning Point Enterprises and the Cobb Alcohol Taskforce, and in corporate communications as PR/marketing manager for Georgia Prudential Realty and assistant director of Communication for Harry Norman Realtors.
Harry Norman honors agents
Harry Norman Realtors, which has two Marietta offices and one Cumberland area office, honored its leading 2013 agents at a celebration and awards breakfast at the Intercontinental Hotel in Buckhead. President and CEO Dan Parmer congratulated the firm’s 1,000 associates, acknowledging their efforts in making 2013 a successful year with $3 billion in closed sales, a 36 percent increase over 2012.
Bonneau Ansley III of the Buckhead office was named the No. 1 Agent Company-wide in sales, No. 1 Agent in closed listing units and applauded for the leadership role of his Ansley Group. The President’s Award for distinguished service in the profession, in the community and in civic organizations, went to Julie Altenbach of the east Cobb office. Callita Eason, Barbara Grey and Isabelle Gibson, all of the east Cobb office, each earned the Phoenix Award.
Official earns finance certification
Nathaniel Bryant, CGFM, who works with the city of Powder Springs, earned Local Finance Officer Certification in the fourth quarter of 2013 through the Carl Vinson Institute of Government’s financial management training program. Bryant was recognized with Level I certification for pursuing professional development in governmental finance, accounting, budgeting and more.
Level I certification requires finance officers to participate in 108 hours of instruction about the intricacies of government budgeting, purchasing, accounting and other public finance topics.
Since the program’s inception in 1972, more than 1,200 local finance officers and others have graduated with certificates and almost 3,000 have received training.