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NEW HIRES/PROMOTIONS

LOUANN BRONSTEIN

New job title: Partner

Company: HunterMacLean

Duties: Practicing in corporate law

Education: Juris Doctor degree, Georgia State University College of Law; Bachelor of Arts in psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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JILL CHEEKS

New job title: Executive director

Company: The Mediation Center of the Coastal Empire

Duties: Leading center to fulfill its mission of promoting methods other than litigation for settling disputes and cutting the associated emotional and financial costs.

Education: Southeast Missouri State University, Harrison College of Business.

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BRENNAN PERRY

New job title: Intern

Company: Lesley Francis Public Relations

Duties: Write press releases, research, social media management, organizing promotional events and community relations

Related experience: Intern, Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary

Education: Bachelor of Science, public relations, Georgia Southern University

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PETER WERNER

New job title: Intern

Company: Choate Construction Co.

Duties: Learn all aspects of commercial construction, site superin- tendent, project management, estimating and business development.

Related experience: Assistant project manager, Ocean Builders, Sarasota, Fla.; carpenter, Bloomquist Construction, Savannah; Assistant project manager, McIntyre, Elwell and Strammer, Sarasota.

Education: Studying for a Bachelor’s in historical preservation, SCAD

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JAMES WHITNEY

New job title: Lead superintendent

Company: Choate Construction Co.

Duties: Responsible for all aspects of ground-up construction.

Related experience: Lead superintendent, Stellar Construction, Jacksonville, Fla.

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BLAKE GRECO

New job title: General counsel

Company: Parker’s

Duties: Oversee and administer work in the areas of real estate, corporate legal, product liability, estate and succession planning and employment law.

Related experience: Associate attorney, Oliver Maner LLP

Education: Bachelors of Business Administration in finance, University of Georgia; Juris Doctor, Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of Law

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KEVIN RIDEOUT

New job title: Project manager

Company: Collins Construction Services Inc.

Duties: Handle cost and budget control, schedule and subcontractor coordination, customer satisfaction, ensuring projects completed on time and within budget

Education: Bachelor of Science in architectural building engineering, New England Institute of Technology; Associate of Science degree in interior design, Hall Institute of Technology; Professional Certificate in Management Construction, Wentworth Institute of Technology

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ELIZABETH CONCEPCION

New job title: Project engineer

Company: Collins Construction Services Inc.

Duties: Assist project managers throughout construction process and business development team with marketing and operational projects

Education: Master’s in Business Administration, Georgia Southern University, Bachelor of Arts in history, Armstrong Atlantic University

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ALLEN AKINS

New job title: Partner

Company: Hancock Askew &Co. LLP

Duties: Audit financial statements of publicly traded and privately held businesses; perform business valuation and transaction advisory services

Related experience: Public accounting, Hancock Askew &Co.

Education: Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting, Master of Accounting, Georgia Southern University

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CATHERINE HAWLEY

New job title: Manager of global transportation department

Company: Page International Inc.

Duties: Continue to work to grow revenues; develop department through training and auditing procedures. Work with other members of Page’s leadership team to ensure best practices and healthy working relationships internally and externally.

Related experience: Transportation analyst, then in ocean export department, on rate procurement team, Page.

Education: Graduate, University of Georgia

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DAVID M. SEDORY

New job title: Orthopedic surgeon

Company: Optim Orthopedics, Savannah, Richmond Hill and Hinesville locations

Duties: Specialist in arthroscopic surgery of the hip, knee, and shoulder.

Related experience: Chief of surgery. Winn Army Community Hospital, Fort Stewart, team physician/surgeon for the 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment stationed at Hunter Army Airfield.

Education: Medical degree, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine; orthopedic internship and residency, Brooke Army Medical Center, now San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium.

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MELINDA WURPTS

New job title: Sales and marketing specialist

Company: Edgewood Travel

Duties: Create online presence through Facebook, update web site, email marketing blasts and special events, assist consultants with itinerary preparation, create vacation destination reports for clients, data entry and database maintenance

Related experience: Marketing, Minnesota Children’s Museum and Dahlgren Enterprises, both in St. Paul.

Education: Bachelor of Arts in communication and journalism, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minn. with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication and Journalism

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CHRIS VOGLER

New job title: Mortgage banker, downtown branch

Company: BankSouth Mortgage

Duties: Assist customers with home financing needs

Related experience: Vice president and branch manager, Southern Lending Services; loan originator, Bank of America, Countrywide Financial and Wells Fargo

Education: Bachelor’s in business administration, minor in religious studies,Mercer University

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AWARDS/HONORS

Fletcher joins state technology board

Keith Fletcher has joined the board of Technology Association of Georgia, which advocates for legislative action for a positive economic climate for technology. Fletcher is COO of Speros.

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Akins president of state lawyer group

Sarah B. (Sally) Akins was installed as the 50th president of the Georgia Defense Lawyers Association. She is a partner at Ellis Painter Ratterree &Adams.

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Sapp president of Savannah Sunrise Rotary

Gregory V. Sapp is the 20th president of the Rotary Club of Savannah Sunrise. He was sworn in by Past District Governor Lynn Hadwin. Also inducted were the officers and board members who will serve with Judge Sapp for the next Rotary year. Sapp is a judge on the State Court of Chatham County.

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Darden now president of attorney group

Linnie L. Darden III was elected president of the Georgia Municipal Association City Attorney section. Darden will also serve as a member of the Board of Directors of the organization. He is the Hinesville city attorney.

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