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SCOTT GLASS

New Job Title: Partner

Company: Palmer & Cay

Duties: Glass provides risk management advice and property-casualty insurance brokerage services to middle market and large corporate clients throughout the Southeast. He specializes in the logging and construction industries.

Experience: Glass has 36 years experience in the property-casualty insurance field, all of them with Savannah firms including the John D. Carswell Company, Georgia Timber Harvesters Mutual, Glass Compton & Stevens and, most recently, Wachovia/Wells Fargo Insurance Services.

Education: Glass earned a Bachelor of Science in finance from Florida State University.

 

KIM HOPKINS

New job title: Business development manager – national accounts

Company: The Kennickell Group

Duties: Hopkins will handle major accounts in North America with a focus on marketing support for companies who sell through a dealer network.

Related work experience: Hopkins has been employed by RR Donnelley in Houston for 22 years.

Education: Hopkins attended the University of Maryland.

 

KEVIN OWENS

New job title: Inside sales manager

Company: Guerry Lumber Co. Inc.

Duties: Owens will manage the day-to-day sales for walk-in customers.

Related work experience: Owens was the general manager and vice president of Owens Supply Co. Inc. for 22 years.

Education: Owens attended Georgia Southern University and the University of South Carolina Beaufort.

 

APRIL CALLON

New Job Title: Marketing coordinator

Company: Choate Construction Company

Duties: Callon will handle all qualifications, presentations, marketing, advertising and sponsorship opportunities.

Related work experience: Callon has provided assistance to the marketing department in the role of preconstruction coordinator.

Education: Callon is a graduate of Southeastern Technical College.

 

RICHARD I. EISENSTADT

New job title: Chief financial officer

Company: ArborGen

Duties: Eisenstadt will be responsible for the company’s finance, treasury and investor relations functions.

Related work experience: Eisenstadt has more than 30 years of finance leadership experience in the health care, life sciences and emerging technology industries. He served as the CFO of Tranzyme Pharma nine years after a time as director of finance for Cogent Neuroscience Inc.

Education: Eisenstadt has a B.A. in economics from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and received his MBA from James Madison University.

 

WES J.T. KITASHIMA

New job title: Sales manager

Company: Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce

Related work experience: Kitashima, a certified meeting professional, served as director of event operations and events planning at the Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa and director of club operations at South Carolina Yacht Club. Most recently he served as director of event planning and operations at the Atlanta Airport Marriott.

 

BOONE PHILLIPS

New job title: Intern

Company: Chatham County DA’s Office

Duties: Criminal prosecution

Related work experience: Phillips interned at the Mission First Legal Aid Office, as well as for the Mississippi Center for Justice in Jackson, Miss. He also has served locally as legal intern for Chatham County Superior Court Judge James Bass Jr. and as a legal assistant at the law firm of Phillips & Roberts.

Education: Phillips received his B.S. in commerce and business administration from the University of Alabama. He is working toward his juris doctorate from the Mississippi College of Law in Jackson.

 

RANDALL WEBB

New job title: Manager, employee benefit plan audit group

Company: Deemer Dana & Froehle LLP

Duties: Webb works with clients in various industries. His main focus is on audit and attestation work with closely held businesses and qualified employee benefit plans.

Related work experience: Webb started his career with Deemer Dana & Froehle in May 2005.

 

MATT STRINGFELLOW

New job title: Partner, audit group

Company: Deemer Dana & Froehle LLP

Duties: Stringfellow’s focus is on enhancing the firm’s quality and efficiency in the delivery of assurance services.

Related work experience: Stringfellow has more than 15 years of experience in public accounting and private industry service. His industry experience includes design firms, construction and manufacturing.

 

CHARLES N. COLLIER, JR.

New job title: Assistant dean for health career pathways

Company: Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University.

Duties: Collier is working with several university and community-based partners to establish a pipeline to health professions, supporting the interest and efforts of students from the elementary educational level through the development of a pre-matriculation program for entering medical students.

Related work experience: Collier, a former Savannah resident, comes to Quinnipiac from Emory University, where he served as director of pre-professional services.

 

GENE GIBSON

New Job Title: Regional president – Coastal Georgia

Company: United Community Bank

Duties: Gibson is responsible for United Community Bank’s coastal Georgia operations, which include offices in Savannah, Brunswick and Waycross.

Related work experience: Gibson has served as president of United Community Bank – Savannah since April 2010.

 

MICHAEL JORDAN

New job title: Communications and outreach coordinator

Company: Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary

Duties: Jordan’s duties will include managing the sanctuary’s public outreach efforts and media relations, social media and events such as the annual Ocean Film Festival.

Related work experience: Jordan’s experience includes seven years as a news anchor and reporter at WSAV-TV, five years as public relations director at the nonprofit Coastal Heritage Society and three years as president of his own video production company.

Education: Jordan earned a Master of Arts degree in public history from Armstrong Atlantic State University and a Bachelor of Arts in history from Carson-Newman College.

 

STEPHEN STANDING

New job title: Senior vice president

Company: Trinity Underwriting Managers Inc.

Duties: Standing will develop new programs and strengthen TUMI’s agent force.

Related work experience: Standing started his professional life in 1996 as an underwriter for Homestead Insurance Co. He later served as marketing manager for B&S Underwriters, as a managing partner for Delta Intermediaries and as senior vice president at Kirkway International Limited.

 

WILL GALLAGHER

New job title: Attorney

Company: HunterMaclean

Duties: Gallagher will work as an associate with the firm’s Corporate and Tax Practice Group, with a focus on estates and trusts.

Education: Gallagher earned a J.D. and an LL.M. in taxation from Villanova University School of Law in 2012. He also earned a B.B.A. in accounting in 2009 from Emory University.

 

MELINDA WILLIAMS

New job title: Assistant university registrar

Company: South University

Duties: Williams provides functional leadership and support to campus registrars across the university.

Related work experience: Williams has been the campus registrar at South University’s Columbia campus since 2008 and served as director of career services at the campus before that.

Education: Williams earned a master of education degree from the University of South Carolina and a bachelor’s degree from Columbia College.

MONICA ANDERSON

New job title: Chief clinical officer

Company: Hospice Savannah, Inc.

Duties: Anderson will oversee all clinical services and clinical teams, education, occupational health and allied therapies.

 

KELLY EROLA

New job title: chief medical officer

Company: Hospice Savannah Inc.

Duties: Erola continues to oversee the physicians and nurse practitioners of the Steward Center for Palliative Care and Hospice Savannah, Inc.

 

ART GNANN

New job title: Chief financial officer

Company: Hospice Savannah Inc.

Duties: Gnann will oversee finance, operations, safety, office services and medical supplies.

 

JAMEY ESPINA

New job title: Vice president of service excellence

Company: Hospice Savannah Inc.

Duties: Espina will serve as vice president of service excellence over the referral center, customer service, community outreach, marketing, volunteer services and bereavement.

 

HONORS/AWARDS

 

J.T. Turner Construction employee honored

Matthew Price, project manager at J.T. Turner Construction, recently received the Carol Daniel Carter Award, the 2012 Employee of the Year. This award is given each year to an individual who displays dedication, innovation and commitment to the company and their community.

 

Savannah attorneys honored

Bouhan Falligant LLP has announced several additions to the 2012 Georgia Trend Legal Elite List. Attorneys Glen M. Darbyshire, Andrew H. Dekle, J. Daniel Falligant, Leamon R. Holliday III, Kathleen Horne and Susannah Rogers Pedigo have been listed in the magazine’s annual list.

They join Todd M. Baiad, Carlton E. Joyce, Benjamin W. Karpf, John G. Lientz, John B. Manly, Melanie L. Marks and Gregory G. Sewell, who were also named Legal Elite by the magazine.

 

Museum honored

The Pin Point Heritage Museum received a Merit Design Award from the Georgia Association of The American Institute of Architects at its Annual Design Awards Reception in Atlanta on Dec. 1. The architect for the project was Lominack Kolman Smith Architects. The general contractor was Pier & Beam Construction. The project previously received a Preservation Award from Historic Savannah Foundation.

 

SouthCoast Medical Group Physicians honored

SouthCoast Medical Group has announced the following physicians have been ranked among the top physicians in the nation by Patients’ Choice.

• Melissa L. Cobbs, M.D.

• J. Kenneth Griffin, Jr., M.D.

• Melanie B. Helmken, M.D.

• Stephen G. Hendrix, M.D.

• Robert P. Jones, M.D.

• Lucas Lewin, M.D.

• Jeffrey S. Mandel, M.D.

• Gwendolyn G. McCall, M.D.

• Thomas G. Moriarity, D.O.

• Elizabeth McIntosh, M.D.

• Geoffrey Peters, M.D.

• Micah D. H. Riegner, M.D.

• Richard S. Roth, M.D.

• Glen L. Scarbrough, M.D.

• Keith M. Seibert, M.D.

 

Georgia Chamber announces 2013 chair, board of governors

The Georgia Chamber of Commerce formally introduced Stephen S. Green as its 2013 Board Chair at the Chamber’s winter meeting held in Atlanta. Green, who serves as president and CEO of Morris Manning Martin & Green Consulting LLP, succeeds 2012 Chair Edward S. Heys Jr. of Deloitte.

The Chamber also announced its 2013 board of governors.

• Chris Clark (Georgia Chamber of Commerce) – president and CEO

• Edward S. Heys Jr. (Deloitte.) – immediate past chair

• Ernest L. Greer (Greenberg Traurig LLP) – 2014 chair-elect

• Paul Bowers (Georgia Power) – 2015 chair-elect

• Susan Bell (Ernst & Young LLP) – administrative services chair

 

Fundraising group names board members

The Coastal Georgia Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) recently elected nine members to its board of directors:

• Megan Kerley, CFRE (Hospice Savannah), president;

• Jean Doliber (Leukemia and Lymphoma Society), immediate past president;

• Matt Parrish (Savannah Christian Preparatory School), program development chair;

• Ophelia Rodriguez (Hospice Savannah), membership chair;

• Brynn Bruno (Benedictine Academy), secretary;

• Samantha Pogorelsky (Coastal Heritage Society), treasurer;

• Diana Daley (Goodwill of the Coastal Empire Inc.), communications chair;

• Karen Jenkins (Savannah Tree Foundation), webmaster.

 

Savannah man elected to board of directors

Robbie Jones, Project Manager at Pace Electrical Contractors in Savannah, has been elected to the board of directors of the Independent Electrical Contractors of Georgia. Jones was elected for a two-year term.

 

Organization recognizes young professionals

Tony Martin and Todd Martin of Martin Financial Group have been recognized by the Society of Financial Service Professionals as a top leader in FSP’s 40 and Under Program. The program recognizes members of the society age 40 and under based on community service, career history, business accomplishments and association involvement.

 

Gray Pannell & Woodward employees honored

Jonathan B. Pannell, Partner, Gray Pannell & Woodward, LLP and Kimberly Pannell, have been named as Leadership Georgia program chairs for 2013. Jon and Kimberly are 2012 Leadership Georgia graduates.

 

 

Savannah orthodontist elected president of ICD

Irwin L. (Leon) Aronson, DDS, MS, an orthodontist and long-standing member of the American Association of Orthodontists, has been elected the 2013 president of the International College of Dentists at Large. The election was held recently at the ICD annual meeting in San Francisco. Aronson took office Jan. 1.

 

SCAD eLearning professor honored

Sarah Adams, SCAD eLearning professor of graphic design and alumna, has been named Outstanding Distance Learning Faculty by the Instructional Technology Council. The ITC, the international organization representing institutions offering distance education courses, has also recognized Adams as a distinguished educator.

 

Lawyer honored

Catherine Bowman, of The Bowman Law Office, has been chosen, as one of Georgia Trends 2012’s Legal Elite in the area of employment law.

 

Audit specialist earns certification

Grant Gooding, with Deemer Dana & Froehle LLP accounting firm, has obtained the CFE credential. Grant joined the firm in 2010 and is a part of the audit team in the Savannah office.

 

Memorial trainer honored

The Georgia Athletic Trainers’ Association has named Jennifer Kingsby of Memorial University Medical Center’s Sports Medicine Department as the recipient of their Jerry Rhea Athletic Trainer of the Year Award. The honor is based primarily for her work with Beach High School in Savannah.

 

Leadership Georgia names new members

Leadership Georgia, a 40-year-old organization of community and state leaders, picks 60 participants each year to visit five Georgia communities in a year-long exchange of ideas and experiences about important issues affecting the state.

New members include:

• Jerald Mitchell, director of innovation, Savannah Economic Development Authority;

• Jeffrey Mandel, general surgeon, Savannah Surgical Oncology/SouthCoast Medical Group; and

• Shawn Kachmar, partner/practice group leader, HunterMaclean.

 

Comcast employee honored

Lou Duggins, an advertising account executive with Comcast Spotlight in Savannah, was recently named the 2012 Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassador of the Year. Ambassadors also represent the Chamber at events such as ribbon cuttings, grand openings, business connections and other functions.

 

Gulfstream names product support sales directors

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. recently named two longtime company employees to help lead its product support sales organization. Heading sales teams principally for the East and West coasts are Brian Schank and Darwin Stout. They report to Mike West, vice president of product support sales.

 

Hospice Savannah president earns designation

Debra Anthony Larson, president and CEO of Hospice Savannah Inc. has been selected to serve on the National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization’s Quality and Standards Committee. The committee consists of 32 members from throughout the United States. Larson also serves on the board of the Georgia Hospice & Palliative Care Organization.

 

CCDS’s vice president of services honored

Wanda Bohnstedt, vice president of services for the Coastal Center for Developmental Services, was awarded the “Exemplary Faculty Member Award” by the Georgia Crisis Intervention Team. The award was presented by Dr. Jim DeGroot, director of mental health, Georgia Department of Corrections, at the 2012 CIT Honors Program on Nov. 15 on St. Simons Island.

Savannah Tech student to attend Leadership institute

Rasheda Fann has been chosen to represent Savannah Technical College at the Exceptional Adult Georgian in Literacy Education (EAGLE) Leadership Institute on March 18-21. The EAGLE Leadership Institute recognizes and honors students who have demonstrated superior achievement in adult education classes.

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