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NEWSMAKERS

  • Larry Evans
  • Maggie Wright
  • Patricia Guerrero-Knight
  • Robin Ray
  • Roy Hill
  • Russ Carpenter
  • Aron Stubbins
  • Bob Duffy
  • Chris Lovell
  • Danny DeLoach
  • Dave Mandel
  • Eric Nowak
  • John Fesperman
  • Johnny Murphy
  • James Quarterman

NEW HIRES/PROMOTIONS

ERIC NOWAK

New job title: Director of terminal operations

Company: SalSon

Duties: Manage outside container drayage terminals in Savannah, Norfolk, and Houston.

Related experience: Director of warehouse operations. Newark headquarters, SalSon; Director of operations, Port Logistics Group; Director of operations, Performance Team Freight Systems.

Education: Masters of Business Administration, Ball State University, Bachelor of science, Indiana University.

PATRICIA GUERRERO-KNIGHT

New job title: Development coordinator

Company: Live Oak Public Libraries

Duties: Fundraising and acquiring in-kind contributions and sponsorships. Identify funding sources, develop case statements, and prepare and present funding proposals. She will identify and evaluate grant opportunities and coordinate donor stewardship and recognition.

Related experience: Communications, marketing, public relations with Live Oak Public Libraries; sales and business development manager, Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose, Calif.; director of marketing and branding. Coastal Heritage Society

DAVE MANDEL

New job title: Regional credit officer

Company: Ameris Bank

Duties: Mandel has been named regional credit officer with primary oversight of the credit underwriting, monitoring and reporting pertaining to the mortgage division.

Related experience: Commercial lender and special assets manager, The Coastal Bank

Education: Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting, Loyola University, professional development in bank financial management, ABA Stonier National Graduate School of Banking

JAMES QUARTERMAN

New job title: K9 training director

Company: SD Gunner Fund

Duties: Train dogs to assist with children with autism and veterans suffering from PTSD. Includes familiarizing dogs with human interaction and teaching basic obedience skills.

Related experience: Trainer for Halifax Humane Society in Daytona Beach; K9 training director, 1b4C.

Education: ADBA Safe Dog Evaluator certificate, International Association of Assistance Dog Providers identification; Canine Nutrition Specialist II certificate; APDR S.M.A.R.T Start Evaluator certificate

AWARDS/HONORS

United Community Bank ranked in Forbes 100

United Community Banks Inc. was recognized as one of America’s best performing banks by Forbes magazine for the fourth consecutive year. It was ranked No. 60 in a list of 100 of the largest publicly traded banks and thrifts nationwide. This is United’s eighth consecutive year to be ranked.

Center for Blind and Low Vision names directors

The Savannah Center for Blind and Low Vision has selected their 2017 Board of Directors. The Directors are President Robert Duffy, Vice President Danny DeLoach, Treasurer Michael Halligan, Secretary Roy Hill, Robin Ray, Don Jones, Michael Mashburn, Margie Wright, Fred Bergen, and Larry Evans.

Stubbins research paper recognized

A research paper by University of Georgia Skidaway Institute of Oceanography scientist Aron Stubbins has been selected by the Journal of Geophysical Research–Biogeosciences to be featured as a Research Spotlight on the journal’s website and in the magazine Eos. Research Spotlights summarize the best accepted articles for the Earth and space science community. Stubbins’s is titled “Low photolability of yedoma permafrost dissolved organic carbon. Researchers concluded the decomposition of organic materials via bacteria is mostly likely the key process for converting permafrost carbon within rivers into carbon dioxide. The research team includes co-authors Leanne Powers and Thais Bittar from UGA Skidaway Institute.

Richmond Hill city manager, Council members recognized

Chris Lovell, city manager of Richmond Hill, and City Council members John Fesperman Jr., Johnny A. Murphy, and Russ Carpenter were all recognized by the Georgia Municipal Association. Fesperman, Lovell and Murphy were each awarded a Certificate of Recognition, which requires 42 hours of training in various municipal areas. Carpenter received the Certificate of Achievement, for which he completed 72 hours of training.

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