BENJAMIN R. SMITH
New job title: Sales associate
Company: Coldwell Banker Platinum Partners
Duties: Smith specializes in downtown and east Savannah, Tybee and the Islands, as well as Baldwin and Ardsley Park areas.
Education: Smith attended Armstrong Atlantic State University and earned a B.A. in economics.
New job title: Client services specialist
Company: Willis Insurance Services of Georgia, Inc.
Duties: Deneen provides support to clients in understanding benefit structures and plan design, assisting employees and resolving issues. She also offers support in organizing plan implementation, renewals, open enrollment and facilitates the marketing process.
Education: Deneen holds a Bachelor of Science degree in health science from Armstrong Atlantic State University.
New job title: Operations director, Savannah
Company: Southpoint Media
Duties: Schorr will be responsible for day-to-day operations of the Savannah office, including project management, graphic design and sales.
Related work experience: Schorr served as project manager for Southpoint Media and had been director of operations of rappidApp and project manager at Smack Dab Studios.
Education: Schorr holds a B.F.A. in graphic design from Georgia Southern University.
New Job Title: Advertising executive
Company: Something Special Magazine
Duties: Martin-Bazemore will initiate contact with clients, identify opportunities and develop and maintain strategic business relationships.
Related work experience: Martin-Bazemore has more than 20 years in business development and sales.
New job title: Director of Alumni Development
Company: Armstrong Atlantic State University
Duties: Anderson will manage alumni relations activities at the university and work closely with volunteer leadership and staff.
Related work experience: Anderson held a series of positions at Kennesaw State University where she established the professional arts box office, created an alumni magazine, implemented a donor recognition program and instituted the annual Flourish Awards program.
Education: Anderson earned a Master of Arts degree in professional writing from Kennesaw State University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in international relations from Wesleyan College.
New job title: Director of the Employment and Training Center
Company: Union Mission
Duties: Sinclair recruits, trains and monitors community volunteers and staff to maintain the quality of Union Mission’s successful job training program.
Related work experience: In 1999, Sinclair began her career at Union Mission as a career developer and life skills coordinator. She also served as the program manager for the Chatham County Board of Commissioners from 2007 to 2012.
Education: Sinclair earned a B.B.A. from the South College School of Business in Savannah in 2002.
New job title: Dean for the College of Health Professions
Company: Armstrong Atlantic State University
Related work experience: Ward served as dean of the Westbrook College of Health Professions at the University of New England and as the associate dean for academic and student affairs and professor of health administration and policy at the Medical University of South Carolina. Ward also served as chairman of the Department of Health Administration and Policy.
Education: Ward received his B.A. from Colgate University and an M.P.A. and Ph.D. from the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University.
New job title: Senior underwriter
Company: Trinity Underwriting Managers, Inc.
Duties: Williams will be an underwriter for TUMI’s binding transportation programs, focusing on risks for the company’s eastern states.
Related work experience: Williams was president of a large, national commercial agency. She managed the underwriting process for agency captive programs and oversaw the sales and marketing for transportation markets.
Education: Williams majored in insurance and has a B.A. in business administration from University of Mississippi.
KIMBERLY M. BRAUDA
New job title: Clinical director of the Counseling Center
Company: Union Mission
Duties: Brauda oversees all aspects of programming and operations at the nonprofit organization’s counseling center.
Related work experience: Brauda worked in private practice as a clinical psychologist in Savannah. She also has six years experience working in the state prison system in Georgia and Alabama.
Education: Brauda graduated from Georgia Southern University with an M.S. in clinical psychology and from Auburn University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology.
JENNIFER M. COLLINS
New job title: Business associate
Company: Wells Fargo
Duties: Collins provides customer service for local business banking clients.
Related work experience: Collins has more than 10 years experience in financial services, holding various positions in sales and service.
Education: Collins earned her degree in business management from South Carolina State University.
New job title: Communications manager
Company: Georgia Historical Society
Duties: Zielenbach is responsible for guiding communication strategies, media relationships, marketing and promotions.
Related work experience: Zielenbach worked as a business journalist and television producer.
Education: Zielenbach holds a degree in English literature from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa.
TERRY L. LEMMONS
New Job Title: Vice president
Company: Willis Insurance Services
Duties: Lemmons specializes in employee benefits, property and casualty insurance. As a consultant with Willis, his responsibilities are to engage clients, understand their business requirements and match insurance solutions to their specific needs.
Related work experience: Lemmons has 10 years of business development experience with other consulting and brokerage firms in Atlanta and Savannah. He has also managed his own insurance firm in Chattanooga and spent more than 15 years on the insurance carrier side.
Education: Lemmons received his undergraduate degree in marketing from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, and did his master’s work at Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas.
New job title: Treasury Management sales analyst
Company: Wells Fargo
Duties: Dixon helps business clients maximize their cash management by streamlining their accounts payable, accounts receivable and reporting processes and protecting their accounts from fraud.
Related work experience: Dixon has 12 years of banking experience.
Education: Dixon earned her degree in public relations from the University of Georgia.
New job title: Photographer assistant
Company: Paul Nurngberg Photography, LLC
Duties: Holcomb will assist on commercial and editorial photo shoots in the studio and on location, as well as processing and printing images.
Related work experience: Holcomb is the owner and photographer at Love of Light Photography.
Education: Holcomb holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas.
Union Mission, Inc. volunteer honored
Union Mission, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing homelessness throughout the greater Savannah area, has announced that Grace House peer counselor and facilitator Michael Walton has been chosen as Georgia’s 2012 Volunteer of the Year by the Georgia Association for Volunteer Administration.
Attorney to join litigation institute
The Conner Law Group managing partner Mike Conner has been invited to become a member of the selective Complex Commercial Litigation Institute. Conner, who was Savannah’s first attorney to be inducted as a Fellow in the LCA and sits on the organization’s advisory board, is the only attorney invited to represent the Southern District of Georgia.
Hospice Savannah recognizes employees
Celebrating 10 years of service with the organization are:
• Pat Castle-Chi, social services provider, Hospice House
• Sally O’Quinn, admissions RN
• Eddie Oliver, acomputer operations manager
Celebrating 15 year of service are:
• Beth Logan, director of marketing and volunteer services
• Franki Silcox, homecare RN
Chatham County D.A.’s office hires interns
• Maggie Hinchey is joining the Chatham County District Attorney’s Office as a law graduate practice intern for fall 2012 and will focus on superior court cases.
• Nazish Ahmed is joining the office as an intern for fall 2012 and will focus on assisting the special victims unit.
Lawyer speaks at conference
The Spiva Lewis law firm has announced that Howard Spiva was invited and spoke at the national PILMMA organization summit in Las Vegas Nevada. The conference was on marketing and management for law firms.
Abshire presents lecture at district conference
Jennifer Abshire, founder and CEO of Abshire Public Relations, spoke at the Public Relations Society of America’s Southeast District Conference in Chattanooga on Sept. 20. Abshire led a break-out session titled “Relationship 101: Today’s Toolbox.”
Hilton Head official earns certification
Hilton Head Public Service District Community & Personnel Relations Manager Pete Nardi has earned the certified manager certification from the Institute of Certified Professional Managers at the James Madison University College of Business in Harrisonburg, Va.
Nardi, of Hilton Head Island, joined the district in 2004.
Veterinarian receives training
Mike Ammermon, with Case Veterinary Hospital, recently received advanced surgical training in tibial tuberosity advancement (TTA’s). This orthopedic surgery repairs torn cruciate ligaments of the knee in dogs. Jeff May, who has performed more than 3,000 of these surgeries, led the training at Case Veterinary Hospital in Savannah.
Technology officer awarded
Skip Lohmeyer, chief technology officer at HunterMaclean law firm, has been recognized by the International Legal Technology Association (ILTA) with a 2012 Distinguished Peer Award for outstanding leadership.
Ellis, Painter, Ratterree & Adams partner honored
Ellis, Painter, Ratterree & Adams LLP has announced that partner R. Clay Ratterree has been named the Best Lawyers’ Mediation “Lawyer of the Year” for 2013 in Savannah.
Best Lawyers compiles its lists of outstanding attorneys by conducting peer-review surveys in which thousands of lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers. Only a single lawyer in each legal area in each community is being honored as the “Lawyer of the Year.”
Savannah lawyers named to ‘best lawyers’
The Savannah law firm of Ellis, Painter, Ratterree & Adams LLP has announce several of its attorneys have been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2013:
• David W. Adams, partner, in the areas of bankruptcy and creditor debtor rights and insolvency and reorganization law;
• Sarah B. Akins, partner, in the areas of personal injury litigation — defendants and personal injury litigation — plaintiffs;
• James K. Austin, partner, in the areas of corporate law and mergers & acquisitions law;
• J. Wiley Ellis, partner, in the area of corporate law;
• Robert S. Glenn, Jr., partner, in the areas of admiralty & maritime law; arbitration; and mediation;
• Paul W. Painter, Jr., partner, in the areas of bet-the-company litigation; commercial litigation; personal injury litigation — defendants; and product liability litigation — defendants;
• R. Clay Ratterree, partner, in the areas of mediation; municipal law; and personal injury litigation — defendants.
Savannah lawyers honored
The Savannah law firm of Brannen Searcy & Smith, LLP has announced the following attorneys have been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2013. The attorneys include:
• David R. Smith, partner, in the areas of legal malpractice law — defendants, personal injury litigation — defendants, and professional malpractice law — defendants.
• Daniel C. Cohen, partner, in the area of mediation.
Green Building Council announces new members
The Savannah Branch of the U.S. Green Building Council-Georgia Chapter has announced the election of three new members to its Branch Leadership Group.
• Deborah Brooks LEED ID+C, professor at Savannah College of Art and Design’s School of Building Arts.
• Stephen Hartley, the founder and Department Head of the Historic Preservation Department at Savannah Technical College.
• Paul Teague LEED AP, an engineer with Atlanta Gas Light Company, specializing in construction methodology, natural gas/utility/energy infrastructure and site development.
Realtor earns associate broker’s license
Lori Combs of Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty has earned her associate broker’s license. As the director of sales and marketing, Combs is responsible for maintaining all listings, pending sales and closings for the Savannah and Bluffton offices of Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty. She is responsible for creating all marketing campaigns for the office and for each individual listing.
Watkins receives Fulbright Specialists Award
Malik R. Watkins, public service associate at the Carl Vinson Institute of Government and member of the Housing Authority of Savannah, has been selected for a Fulbright Specialists project in Panama for the Municipality of Panama during September and October.