Clare Richardson was recently named director of the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre Foundation. She is the president of The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund, which is dedicated to the conservation and protection of gorillas and their habitat in Africa. She is responsible for the overall strategy and direction of all the Fossey Fund's activities. She heads a staff of approximately 150. Richardson has devoted most of her 30-year career to nonprofit management and fundraising. She was previously executive director of the Atlanta Zoological Society.
Piedmont Residential recently named two new sales consultants. Ron Colligan of Roswell and Brent Lorkowski of Powder Springs, joined the builder's team in June 2013.
new banking officer
BB&T has hired Tony Britton as a Commercial Banking business services officer, serving the northwest Atlanta area. He is based at 3175 Cobb Galleria Parkway. Britton brings more than 35 years of financial services experience to his new role. Britton served as the 2012 chairman of The Cobb Chamber of Commerce, representing more than 2,700 member businesses.
Attorney Tiffany Simmons has opened Simmons Law office on the Marietta Square at 12 Powder Springs St., Suite 240. She opened Simmons Law in 2009 in Atlanta, practicing general law. The firm specializes in traffic matters, DUI, criminal defense, business law and entertainment issues.
Local woman earns top award
Lydia Reid has been named a Top Female Advisor by the Atlanta chapter of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors. Reid, a longtime resident of Cobb County, received the designation based on her business experience as an exclusive financial specialist for Allstate Financial Services, Inc.
second Peak award
Marietta-based accounting firm Moore Colson announced that Steven Lathem, CPA, was presented with the Peak Award for his significant contributions to the firm.
Businesswoman named to national board
Local businesswoman Anna Brumby has been appointed to the Alliance for Main Street Fairness's National Small Business Advisory Board. The AMSF launched its National Small Business Advisory Board, composed of 16 small business owners from across the country, to help increase awareness and continue to drive support in local communities for the Marketplace Fairness Act. The Advisory Board is composed of AMSF's most effective and highly engaged champions over the duration of the struggle for e-fairness. Each member has played a critical role in demonstrating to his or her elected leaders that the Marketplace Fairness Act is about putting Main Street businesses on a level playing field with online retailers. "I'm so pleased to be able to take on this role as an Advisory Board Member with the Alliance for Main Street Fairness, especially during National Small Business Week," said Brumby, president of the Brumby Chair Co. in Marietta. "You really get a sense that the Marketplace Fairness Act is an issue bringing small-business owners together. We all understand that closing the online sales tax loophole is crucial to the survival of Main Street."
WellStar selects new vice president
WellStar Health System recently announced James Clements as vice president of business development and strategic partnerships. Clements will have responsibility for growth, acquisitions, business development and strategic partnerships for WellStar. Prior to joining WellStar, he served as chief executive officer of South Fulton Medical Center, chief operating officer of an Atlanta-based hospital management company and positions in hospital management ranging from hospital to board level. His responsibilities have included strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, operating efficiency and physician recruitment. Clements has a bachelor's degree in business administration from Mercer University and an MBA from Georgia State University. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.