Georgia’s most influential
Seven Savannahians have been named to Georgia Trend’s annual listing of the state’s 100 most powerful and influential citizens.
They are Curtis J. Foltz, executive director of the Georgia Ports Authority; Rob Gibson, executive and artistic director of the Savannah Music Festival; W. Todd Groce, president & CEO of the Georgia Historical Society; Savannah Mayor Edna Jackson; Robert S. Jepson Jr., chairman & CEO of Jepson Associates; U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston; and Page Siplon, executive director of the Georgia Center of Innovation for Logistics.
Named to the magazine’s “notable” list was James L. Pannell, partner in Gray, Pannell & Woodward.
SCAD student wins Blick competition
Morgan Beem, a Savannah College of Art and Design student and local Blick Art Materials customer, has won Blick’s national student car sweepstakes, which drew more than 14,000 entries.
Blick presented a new Scion iQ to Beem during a ceremony Jan. 8 at the company’s store at 318 E. Broughton St. Blick president Edward Ogorzaly and Scion representatives Bob Duffin and Werner Kettlehack were on hand for the presentation.
As a part of the grand prize, SCAD will receive a check for $5,000 to help support the school’s annual scholarship gala, its signature scholarship fundraising event.
Beem is a graduate student focusing on sequential art.
S.C. Ports: Let cruise permit move to courts
CHARLESTON, S.C. — The South Carolina State Ports Authority has asked state regulators to allow a challenge to a permit for a new $35 million Charleston cruise terminal to head directly to court.
The Department of Health and Environmental Control last month approved a permit to add new pilings under an existing riverfront warehouse for the new terminal. In doing so, regulators said the terminal doesn’t change what has been happening on the waterfront of a city that has had a port for centuries.
Opponents of the city’s expanded cruise industry are appealing the permit and, at its meeting Thursday, Jan. 10, the DHEC board will consider whether to review the issue.
Attorneys for the Ports Authority, in a letter to the DHEC board on Jan. 7, wrote that “opponents intend on pursuing this matter in a request for a contested case hearing before the South Carolina Administrative Law Court in continuation of their ongoing crusade against the cruise business.”
The letter asked the DHEC board not to conduct another review of the permit at the agency level but to allow the parties to move to the courts “in the most expeditious manner possible.”
The permit can be appealed through the Administrative Law Court and the issue could then go to circuit court.
Dean of UGA’s Terry College of Business to go to Va. Tech
BLACKSBURG, Va. — Robert T. Sumichrast, dean of the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia, has been named dean of the Pamplin College of Business at Virginia Tech University.
Sumichrast will begin at Virginia Tech on July 1 and will succeed Richard E. Sorensen, who will retire after 31 years.
Virginia Tech’s Senior Vice President and Provost Mark McNamee said Sumichrast “brings a depth and breadth of experience that will serve the college and university well, and he will be a highly effective advocate for the college both within the university and with the broader community.”
Sumichrast became the Terry College dean in 2007 and is noted for leveraging strong collaborations with departments outside the business college, improving education and research programs, increasing services to students, and expanding the scope and success of alumni relations and development.
Enmark opens new store in Springfield
Enmark Stations Inc. celebrated the grand opening of its newest location in Springfield at 11 a.m. Jan. 18.
The station at 1283 Highway 21 South is the company’s first store in Springfield. Mayor Barton A. Alderman and several city council members were on hand for the ribbon cutting.
The new Enmark station, on the site of a former convenience store, has been fully remodeled and features eight gas pumps, two diesel fueling locations, fresh coffee and other standard convenience store items.
Enmark operates 62 stores in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. For more information, call 912-236-1331 or go to www.enmarkstations.com.
‘Lunch & Learn’ event set for Crosswinds
The Savannah-Hilton Head CSCMP Roundtable “Lunch & Learn” will be Feb. 12 at Crosswinds Golf Club, 232 James B. Blackburn Drive.
Networking will begin at 11:30 a.m., with lunch at noon. Guest speaker will be Larry Ferrere, senior vice president of LogFire, who will discuss “Using Cloud Computing in Supply Chain: Analysts’ Perspectives.”
Register by Feb. 8. The cost is $25 for members and $30 for non-members.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 912-966-7842.
Goodwill opens facility in Statesboro
STATESBORO — Goodwill of the Coastal Empire Inc. held a grand opening for its new community Job Connection career center and a retail location in Statesboro on Jan. 17.
The Job Connection career center is in the shopping plaza at 812 U.S. 80 next to the store. Job Connection offers free resources and services to employers and job seekers. For example, Goodwill offers applicant screening. Employers can provide Goodwill with job descriptions, and Goodwill can match qualified applicants out of their database for the employer to interview.
For more information, go to www.goodwill savannah.org.
GSU named military friendly
STATESBORO — Georgia Southern University has been named a military-friendly school for the second year in a row in the 2013 Guide to Military-Friendly Colleges and Universities published in the December issue of Military Advanced Education magazine.
The survey looked at different areas including the flexibility of online learning options, transfer credit policies and support for military families.
Georgia Southern has staff assigned to assist veterans and provide counseling and also offers a place for veterans to relax and study in the Military Resource Center in the Nessmith-Lane Conference Center. The magazine’s 2013 list of military friendly institutions is available at www.military-advanced-education.com.
2012 sales surge at Palmetto Bluff
Bluffton, S.C. — Real estate sales at Palmetto Bluff topped $61 million during 2012, developer Crescent Resources LLC, has announced.
The 2012 sales results were the strongest since 2006 and represented 142 transactions community-wide, of which 115 were homesites and 27 were custom and new homes, said W. Bryan Byrne, broker-in-charge for Palmetto Bluff.
Gerrit Albert, Palmetto Bluff’s general manager, said buyers have embraced what he called Crescent Resources’ environmentally sensitive approach to land use and new homes are available “starting in the low to mid $600s.”
Byrne said 47 new homes are under construction and 23 are in the design review process. Plus, he said, new homesites are being developed to meet demand for the first time since 2008 and the firm, for the first time in its history, is using its own capital to build new homes.
Much of the credit for the real estate sales success, Byrne said, can be attributed to the Inn at Palmetto Bluff, an Auberge Resort has achieved high ratings by a number of national publications. He also attributed much of the 2012 success to Palmetto Bluff’s outreach to real estate brokers in nearby communities.
Design competition announced for K-12 students
Savannah Technical College is accepting entries for the 17th annual Manufacturing Appreciation Week student design competition, which is open to all elementary, middle and high school students.
The contest is held in conjunction with manufacturers’ appreciation week to promote awareness of the role manufacturing plays in the state’s economy — jobs for about 408,000 people.
Art for placemats and posters should portray manufacturing specific to the student’s local area, while T-shirt designs should depict manufacturing taking place in the entire state.
Elementary school children may compete in the placemat competition; middle school students may compete in the poster contest; and high school students may participate in the T-shirt design competition.
Mail or deliver entries by Jan. 25 to Savannah Technical College, 5717 White Bluff Road, Savannah, GA 31405, Attention: Office of Marketing and Communications. Entries may also be delivered to the Effingham Campus (2890 Ga. 21 South, Rincon, GA 31326) or Liberty Campus (100 Technology Drive, Hinesville, GA 31313).
For more information, contact Amy Shaffer at 912-443-5512 or email@example.com.
Service matches retired executives with nonprofits
BLUFFTON S.C. — Encore Professionals Group (EPG), a new consulting service for nonprofits staffed by retired executives and professionals, is looking for project leaders.
EPG links retirees with specific business, leadership or professional skills with short-term, strategic projects at Lowcountry nonprofits. Unlike SCORE and other advisory groups, EPG volunteers will take a project from design to implementation, the group’s founder, Susan Harper, said.
“They plan it, launch it, develop metrics for success and train staff to run it,” she said.
Volunteers put the program in place and then leave, Harper said.
For more information, call Susan Harper at 773-725-2750, email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to encore professionalsgroup.com.
SCAD scholarship gala set for Feb. 2
The Savannah College of Art and Design will host its 14th annual Scholarship Gala Saturday, Feb. 2, at Poetter Hall, 342 Bull St.
The gala, the signature fundraising event for SCAD has generated more than $1.7 million for the SCAD scholarship endowment.
Along with music, dancing and special hors d’oeuvres, the black-tie optional event will feature a silent auction of more than 100 pieces of original artwork donated by SCAD students, faculty and friends, on display in Poetter Hall.
Tickets are $150 or $250 for the gala and access to the preview party, which includes an exclusive buy-it-now option on auction artwork and a catered cocktail reception.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for the preview party and 7:30 p.m. for all guests.
To buy tickets, make a donation or preview auction items, visit scad.edu/gala or call 912-525-5821.
Real estate agent opens company
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — Longtime real estate agent Robbie Bunting recently launched a new real estate business, Hilton Head Properties at 12 New Orleans Road, across U.S. 278 from the Village of Wexford.
Bunting, who spent 26 years licensed with Dunes Marketing Group, begins the new venture with Realtor Jane Hyers. They have worked together for more than eight years.
Hilton Head Properties represents luxury homes, villas and home sites on Hilton Head, in Bluffton and the Daufuskie Island area.
For more information, call 843-785-7111 or email Info@HiltonHeadProperties.biz.
Retail scholarship winners include Rincon student
A Georgia Southern University student from Rincon is among winners of the annual Aspire2Retail Intercollegiate Challenge sponsored by the NRF Foundation and American Express.
The competition engages university students in a competitive, collaborative role play that involves implementing a multi-tiered business strategy.
This year, students had to describe all aspects of showrooming and outline the threats and opportunities that come with it. Showrooming is described as the practice of shoppers comparing retailers’ store prices to other companies’ online prices and choosing to purchase the item online from a different company.
The winning team included Reannah Haselden of Rincon along with students from Florida State University, the University of Florida, University of Michigan and University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Each student will receive a scholarship worth $2,500 along with a complimentary registration to Retail’s BIG Show in New York City, where they were scheduled to present their award-winning business plan on Monday during a session titled “Showrooming: An Opportunity or a Threat?”
Kroger raises more than $18,500 for food bank
ATLANTA — Kroger customers and employees, during a six-week campaign, raised more than $18,500 to benefit America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia Food Bank.
From Nov. 18 through Dec. 24, Kroger customers could buy $1, $3 and $5 icons to benefit Feeding America food banks and help local families.
“Each year the support from our customers across the Atlanta Division is overwhelming,” said Kroger spokesman Glynn Jenkins. “And it is with their help that we are able to continue to ‘Can Hunger’ in the communities we serve.”
The company’s Atlanta Division raised more than $478,000 throughout its 213 stores across Georgia, South Carolina, Eastern Tennessee and Northern Alabama. Kroger has 11 stores in the Savannah area.
GnomeCon slated for downtown Savannah
GnomeCon, a three-day convention created by Savannah area board gamers, will be held April 19-21 at the Coastal Gerogia Center, 305 Fahm St.
This is the second year for the locally organized event. Last year’s convention drew more than 350 people and helped raise more than $1,200 for Live Oak Public Libraries.
Registration is $35. In addition to the three-day membership, pre-registrants can receive a Gnomecon T-shirt and a set of six-sided dice for an extra $15.
Several panels and events are scheduled in addition to table-top, miniature, collectible card and role playing games. New this year will be an art show, where registered attendees can buy or sell original artwork. For more information on the art show, email email@example.com.
For more information overall, go to gnomecon.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.