Each year since 1993, IIABA and Reagan Consulting, an Atlanta-based management consulting firm, study the country’s leading agencies in six revenue categories. The agencies comprising the study groups are selected every third year through a comprehensive nomination and qualifying process and awarded a “Best Practices Agency” designation. The selected “Best Practices” agencies retain their status during the three-year cycle by submitting extensive financial and operational data for review each year.
This year concludes the current three-year study cycle in which more than 1,200 independent agencies throughout the U.S. were nominated to participate. Only 224 agencies qualified for the honor.
To be chosen, the agency had to be among the 35 to 40 top-performing agencies in one of six revenues categories. The agency was nominated by either an IIABA-affiliated state association or an insurance company, and qualified based on its operational excellence.
Little and Smith, Inc., was founded in 1926 and offers insurance products from a number of companies.
For more information, call (770) 428-3308 or visit www.littleandsmith.com or www.independentagents.com.
Cell site up on Due West Rd.
MARIETTA — AT&T has activated a new cell site in Marietta to provide connector coverage along Due West Road. AT&T’s mobile Internet network is based on the global system for mobile standard, the most open and widely used wireless network platforms in the world.
Additionally, with a capital expenditure of $20.1 billion, AT&T was named the top “investment hero” in the Progressive Policy Institute report for its investment in America. This report highlights the top 25 American companies that spent the most money in 2011 investing domestically on things like new plants, new technology, and new equipment.
WellStar to have memorial
MARIETTA — WellStar Health System will conduct a candlelight memorial service and dedication of the “Garden of Innocence” at Kennesaw Memorial Cemetery to honor the losses of WellStar’s perinatals and neonatals on Saturday, October 27 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Kennesaw Memorial Park on 1306 Whitlock Avenue in Marietta. For additional information, call 770-732-4232 or email: Andrea.DotsonGray@wellstar.org.
RaceTrac to open in Smyrna
SMYRNA — RaceTrac will be opening its 70th store in Georgia on Friday at 2550 Spring Road, Smyrna. A ribbon cutting will be held at 10:30 with RaceTrac team members and Smyrna Mayor Max Bacon.
* The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services awarded the Kaiser Permanente Medicare plan in Georgia earned 4.5 of five stars for its excellence in quality and service for 2013. Annually, the Medicare Star Quality Ratings system, CMS rates Medicare health plans on a scale of one to five stars.
* Atlanta-based accounting firm, Moore Colson, recently added Kristi Smith as an associate in its corporate accounting practice.
* Dale Cardwell, owner of trustdale.com, will be the speaker at the Cobb Chamber’s Cumberland Area Council meeting on Oct. 17 at 11:45 a.m. at the Georgian Club, 100 Galleria Parkway, Suite 1700 in Atlanta.