Calhoun Kiwanis is spending the month of June learning about all of the great things happening in our local school systems. This week, Kiwanis hosted Dr. Brittney Wilson, Chief Academic Officer from Calhoun City Schools. Dr. Wilson provided information about the wise use of tax dollars.
Hannah Gravitt, a graduate of Calhoun High School, became the first recipient of the Calhoun Rotary Scholarship. The scholarship was based in part by her written application and an essay, which was judged by a committee from Calhoun Rotary.
Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) was recently presented with the Southern Company Partnership Excellence Award for their role in the Instrumentation and Controls Academy – an educational partnership between GNTC, Southern Company, Central Georgia Technical College, and Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.
First flooring industry leader to be presented with nation’s most prestigious entrepreneurial award
DALTON, Ga. (June 24, 2016) — As EY celebrated the 30th anniversary of its unique entrepreneurial awards program, Mohawk Industries’ Chairman and CEO Jeff Lorberbaum became the first flooring industry leader honored with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award in the Southeast U.S. Region.
Lorberbaum joined Mohawk Industries in 1994 after the company merged with Aladdin Mills, the carpet and rug company his parents founded in Dalton, Ga. Under his leadership as first CEO and then Chairman and CEO, Mohawk has grown to become the world’s largest flooring company with 2015 sales of more than $8 billion and more than 34,000 employees worldwide.
“I began my career in a small family business, which has grown into a large public company, and the success of both depended on talented, dedicated people,” Lorberbaum said. “I’m here tonight because of thousands of individuals who create, sell and deliver innovative flooring products to our customers around the globe.”
The EY awards honor entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. The awards are selected by a panel of independent judges, most of whom are past Regional Entrepreneur of the Year award winners.
EY, the world’s third largest professional services firm, pioneered the concept of recognizing entrepreneurs in 1986 when the company spotlighted business leaders in the Midwest U.S. The awards program is now global in scope, and during the past three decades more than 10,000 emerging entrepreneurs have been recognized within 60 countries. The Lifetime Achievement Awards more selectively honor those individuals who have delivered extraordinary success in the field of business.
Past Southeast Regional lifetime achievement honorees include CNN founder Ted Turner, Spanx founder Sara Blakeley, Chick-fil-A founder Truett Cathey and Home Depot co-founder Arthur Blank. Lorberbaum will be one of the finalists for EY’s national Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
The black-tie award ceremony was June 23 in Nashville’s award-winning Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and attracted an audience of several hundred business leaders from across the region.
In his remarks, Lorberbaum explained that his success was an extension of the important work of many people within Mohawk’s business. Even with the dramatic growth of Mohawk’s business, Lorberbaum expressed that part of what drives his entrepreneurial perspective is viewing success as being “halfway there.”
“Mohawk has become a successful business through the exceptional work of many people, but we remain dissatisfied with the status quo,” Lorberbaum said. “For us, entrepreneurship is not about celebrating what we did yesterday; it’s the excitement about what we can achieve tomorrow.”
Lorberbaum expressed his gratitude for the EY honor but reinforced that the Lifetime Achievement Award only served as further motivation to continue the good work that has led to Mohawk’s growth and that has benefited the company’s customers around the world.
“All of us at Mohawk are proud of our past, but we’re more excited about our future,” Lorberbaum said. “We continue to invest in the business at record levels, to drive innovation in all product categories and to develop programs and services that help our customers succeed. We’ve made great progress, but we’re still only halfway there.”
Lorberbaum concluded his remarks by thanking Mohawk’s employees for their commitment to excellence, the company’s thousands of customers for their trust and support and his family for their encouragement.
Winners of EY’s national Entrepreneur of the Year awards will be announced in November during the firm’s strategic conference in Palm Springs, Calif.
Mohawk Industries is the leading global flooring manufacturer, creating products that enhance residential and commercial spaces around the world. Mohawk’s vertically integrated manufacturing and distribution processes provide competitive advantages in the production of carpet, rugs, ceramic tile, laminate, wood, stone and vinyl flooring. Our industry-leading innovation has yielded products and technologies that differentiate our brands in the marketplace and satisfy all remodeling and new construction requirements. Our brands are among the most recognized in the industry and include American Olean, Bigelow, Daltile, Durkan, IVC, Karastan, Lees, Marazzi, Mohawk, Pergo, Quick-Step and Unilin. During the past decade, Mohawk has transformed its business from an American carpet manufacturer into the world’s largest flooring company with operations in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Europe, India, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Russia and the United States.
EY Entrepreneur of the Year is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The unique award makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global award of its kind, Entrepreneur of the Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 145 cities in more than 60 countries.
EY is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. The insights and quality services EY delivers helps build trust and confidence in the capital markets and in economies the world over. EY develops outstanding leaders who team to deliver on the firm’s promises to all stakeholders. In so doing, EY plays a critical role in building a better working world for its people, for its clients and for its communities.
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At the second-annual Charter System Foundation Awards Luncheon this week, hosted by Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle, Calhoun City Schools received the Charter System of the Year Award and was awarded a grant in the amount of $10,000 by the Georgia Association of Realtors. The luncheon is held to recognize the achievements of Georgia Charter Systems.
Mohawk Presents The Star Spangled Celebration, the annual celebration of Independence Day, will be held on Monday, July 4 at the Northwest Georgia Regional Fairgrounds on Highway 53/Rome Road in Calhoun. Gates open at 5 p.m. with concerts and activities beginning at 6 p.m. What is being hailed as the “Biggest and Best Fireworks Show Ever” will begin at 10 p.m. Mohawk and other local sponsors bring the annual event to the community.
Cheeseburger Bobby’s, the chain restaurant known for their gourmet burger and “Build Your Own Burger Bar” will be opening their new restaurant in Calhoun on Monday, June 27. The store is located on Highway 53 in the Big Apple Shopping Center.
BIG Shots Fireworks, located at 976 Hwy. 53 WSW in Calhoun, will donate $10 for every sell of a firework called One Spark. The donation will go to the Santa in Uniform, a program to help raise money for local children at Christmas.
Members of the Cherokee Capital Amateur Radio Society/Gordon County Amateur Radio Emergency Service will be participating in the national Amateur Radio Field Day exercise, June 25 – 26, at the Gordon County Agricultural Center located at 1282 Hwy 53 Spur in Calhoun. The club invites the public to come by and visit from 2 – 7 p.m. Since 1933, ham radio operators across North America have established temporary ham radio stations in public locations during Field Day to showcase the science and skill of Amateur Radio. This event is open to the public and all are encouraged to attend.
The annual summer feeding programs for both the Calhoun City School System and Gordon County School System are underway, and over 2700 meals are being provided each day to students from both school systems.
For a non-profit that has worked tirelessly with organizations like Shaw Industries, Mohawk, and the United Way in Gordon and surrounding counties, there are still a surprising number of people who don’t know much about what George Chambers Resource Center does.
The following arrests information was taken directly from Gordon County Jail records. Arrests were made by the Gordon County Sheriff’s Office except where otherwise indicated. Law enforcement officials are in compliance with Ga. Code 50-18-72 of the Open Records Act in releasing reports of arrests. People with similar names may not be the same as those listed in reports. All people are presumed innocent until proven guilty in court.
The Summer Reading Program Zumba class was held on Tuesday, June 7. There were several brave beginners who wanted to check out what Zumba was all about. Tennille Aker, from Fitness First, led the class. Zumba is a Latin dance-inspired fitness workout that aims to help you get fit and have fun at the same time. The music and the choreographed steps were easy to follow and the workout, even though intense for those out of shape, was very beneficial. Exercise gets the blood pumping through your body and gets the mind ready for reading and learning. Thank you Fitness First for supporting the library.
Participants at the Calhoun-Gordon County Library had a good workout with the Summer Reading Program Yoga class on Thursday. They learned about deep breathing and stretching our bodies. After the class was over, participants felt calm, yet energized. Yoga is good for the fact that the poses allow for the blood to flow to the outer extremities and then back to the heart. It opens the mind and body for health and healing.
The Board of the Georgia Academy for Economic Development announces Gordon County graduates from the 2016 Region One Multi-Day Training Program. Class participants represented a number of professional and non-professional economic development fields, including elected officials, public servants, business leaders, educators, and social service providers from 12 counties in Northwest Georgia. The Academy provided each of the graduates an opportunity to gain a unique understanding of the complexities of economic and community development on the local, regional, and state levels.
Josh Scott, a Gordon Central High School alumnus and an alumnus of the IO Theater and current student in The Second City Conservatory in Chicago, Ill., will be offering a free three-day Improv Workshop this summer. According to Scott, the workshop will be held July 5-7 from 1 - 4 p.m. at the Gordon Central Media Center.
(Calhoun, Ga.) -- Gordon Hospital, a member of Adventist Health System, is pleased to announce that Gordon Home Care has received a five-star rating in quality of patient care and in patient surveys from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). This designation places Gordon Home Care number one in Georgia.
After what Gordon Central High School Automotive Technology Instructor Tim Watkins deemed a year of “many growing pains,” the GCHS Automotive Engine Build Team overcame the obstacles to qualify for national competition at The Lane Automotive Car Show in Watervliet, Mich. on Saturday, May 28.
Jeffrey Putnam from the American Red Cross was the featured speaker at the weekly Kiwanis Club meeting at the Greater Community Bank. Putnam gave a summary presentation of all of the services that Red Cross provides locally and all over the world. They bring relief and offer hope in times of crisis, educate others in important areas such as CPR, water, and fire safety, and support military families worldwide. The Red Cross needs support and, they need volunteers. You can get more information through the website www.redcross.org/nwga or facebook.com/nwgaredcross.
In late April of this year, the members of Calhoun Rotary met with Daryl Roberts, founder of Orphan Aid Liberia in 2008. His cousin, Suzanne Roberts, a Rotarian and who is also the Director of the Main Street Partnership, introduced Daryl to the club.
YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – Young Harris College recently welcomed three new members to its Board of Trustees: Mary Broadrick, of Matthews, N.C., Carol A. Chastain, ’84, of Young Harris, and David J. Lance, of Calhoun.
Information found in Gordon Record has been supplied to the Calhoun Times by various institutions and public offices. Reports taken from public records contain information as it appears on documents involved. Marriage licenses are from the Probate Court office and Real Estate Transfers are from the Gordon County Superior Court Clerk’s Office.
The Math Success Camp will help motivated, rising 9th graders prepare for freshman Algebra. Transitioning from middle school to high school can be scary. Learning skills that will help students do well in critical subjects like math is a big confidence booster. The Math Success Camp will show kids that math can be fun, creative, and can apply to real life.
Congressman Tom Graves (R-GA-14) hosted an Academy Send-off Dinner on Monday, June 6, for this year’s 14th District military academy appointees. Rep. Graves presented each of the six appointees from the district with a certificate of recognition.