The American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCA) presented Administrator Jeanine Brooks of Winthrop Health and Rehabilitation, the Eli Pick Facility Leadership Award. She received the award during the ACHCA’s 50th Annual Convocation and Exposition in Philadelphia, Penn.
Angie Lewis, president and CEO of the Synovus northwest Georgia (NWGA) Division, announced Scott Preston has been appointed executive vice president, commercial banking manager at Citizens First Bank in Rome. Lewis said, “Scott has more than 25 years of banking experience and brings a wealth of knowledge, which will be of great benefit to our customers. We are fortunate to have someone with Scott’s expertise and are delighted to have him join our banking team.”
MainStreet Financial Services welcomes Shea Dale as marketing director to their main office at 2400 Garden Lakes Blvd. NW, Suite C. Dale is no stranger to marketing and advertising in Rome. She earned a business management degree from Georgia Northwestern Technical College in 2012 and has continued her education earning several certifications and specializations within her field.
Harbin Clinic welcomes psychologist Candice Claiborne, Ph.D., to Harbin Clinic Psychology at 701 Broad St. in Rome. Dr. Claiborne joins the practice of psychologists Randell Elkins, Ph.D. and Frank Harbin, Ph.D.
COLUMBUS –Synovus announces Rhonda Wallace is one of three executive bankers recognized for Synovus’ Circle of Excellence Awards in 2016. The sales awards recognize team members for exceeding sales goals and making exceptional contributions in areas such as winning new business, being a team player, maximizing cross-sell opportunities and enhancing shareholder value. This is the fifth time Wallace, who represented Synovus NWGA Division-Rome, has received this award.
Ryan Earnest, President of Rome-based Heritage First Bank, today announced that veteran banker Shannon T. Smith has joined the bank and will serve as a Senior Vice President in the bank’s Main Office at 501 Broad Street, Rome.
MACON – Floyd County Farm Bureau President Jerry Mull recently attended an orientation meeting held by Georgia Farm Bureau at its state office in Macon for newly installed county Farm Bureau presidents. County Farm Bureau leaders attending the meeting received an overview of Farm Bureau programs and services the state office offers county Farm Bureaus.
Angie Lewis, president and CEO of the Synovus northwest Georgia (NWGA) Division, announced Bradley Pollard has joined Synovus Securities, Inc. as a financial consultant. Lewis said, “We are delighted Bradley has joined our team and look forward to having him serve our customers throughout our northwest Georgia footprint.”
Margaret Thackston Crego, senior outfitter leader with Initial Outfitters Inc., has earned her fourth promotion since joining the company in March 2013. Along with the promotion, Crego also earned a Once In A Lifetime bonus from the Auburn, Ala.-based company and her third consecutive recognition trip. Her team of consultants now includes 70 women in 10 states.
Harbin Clinic Eye Center welcomes optometrist Dr. Kathryn “Kit” Stockton to Harbin Clinic Eye Center, 550 Redmond Road. Stockton joins the practice of ophthalmologists Dr. Bob Harbin and Dr. Paul “Butch” Harton, MD, and optometrists Dr. Bruce Bell and Dr. Caleb Landrum.
Ayers Realty LLC announces the addition of Judy Trapp as a full-time realtor, representing buyers and sellers. Trapp is a native Roman and retired as manager from the Georgia Department of Labor in 2013, after 34 years of service. During her career with the Department of Labor, she held many positions including 13 years as the employment marketing representative. This position afforded her the opportunity to develop, nurture and maintain many professional relationships throughout the community and surrounding areas.
Beth Edwards has been named director of planning and decision support at Floyd. In this role, she will analyze data to help the organization make informed decisions. She will also be involved with strategic planning and managing and planning for certificates of need.
The Greater Rome Convention & Visitors Bureau (GRCVB) announce Thomas Kislat as the new sales and marketing coordinator. His focus will be increasing overnight/multiday travel to Rome and Floyd County with an emphasis on the convention and meeting market.
SAI Digital announces the hire of Jennifer Collins as inbound marketing manager. In this role Collins will be responsible for leading inbound marketing efforts for both SAI Digital and a slate of client accounts, developing and nurturing customer relationships through the creation of inbound marketing strategies, production of visual and written content and constant improvement through analysis.
Floyd County Court Appointed Special Advocates welcomes Amy Robitshek. Robitshek is the advocacy coordinator for Floyd County CASA. She will be training and supervising volunteers to advocate for children who were abused and neglected before coming to Floyd County Foster Care. Robitshek was hired when Floyd County CASA received a grant from VOCA and Georgia CASA.
SAI Digital announces the return of Sean Brewer as software engineer. Brewer rejoins a growing development team responsible for the complete life cycle of new and established software products for healthcare and manufacturing.
Angie Lewis, president and CEO of the Synovus northwest Georgia Division, announces Bethany Gordon has been promoted to commercial support manager. Lewis said, “We are delighted to recognize Bethany’s expertise and dedication to our company, and I am confident she will do an outstanding job with her new responsibilities.”
Anthony Philip Carter M.D., a third-year resident in Floyd Medical Center’s Family Medicine Residency program, has been named 2015 Family Medicine Resident of the Year by the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians. This award recognizes a resident’s leadership, academic achievement, professionalism and contribution to the community.
Ryan Earnest, President of Rome-based Heritage First Bank, announces Charles W. “Chuck” Thornton, Jr. has joined the bank and will serve as its chief financial officer. In his new role, Thornton will direct the financial functions of the Rome-based bank.
University System of Georgia Chancellor Hank Huckaby awarded Linda Corbin with the Chancellor’s Service Excellence Award, which is given to employees for demonstrating consistently high levels of performance while accomplishing normal job responsibilities as it relates to service for the past year.
Harbin Clinic’s Dr. Brad Bushnell has been selected to join the society of American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons (ASES). Membership into this organization is granted to leading orthopaedic surgeons who specialize in surgery of the shoulder and elbow.
Rome, Ga. — Shorter University staff member Joan Blackwelder has been tapped to serve as Executive Director of Shorter’s University Office of Advancement, overseeing the University’s fundraising efforts.
Vicky Story is a full-time Realtor with Ayers Realty, LLC, representing buyers and sellers. She is a lifetime resident of Northwest Georgia, first in Bartow County, then moving to Floyd County in 2003 to be closer to her church, and has been a Roman ever since. She started her college education with Georgia Highlands and then transferred to Shorter University, finishing as an honor graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration.
Paul Meredith, director of manufacturing for the BCF Fiber Extrusion Group at Mohawk Industries, and Murry Weaver, vice president of Georgia Power’s Northwest Region, were recently sworn in as Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s (GNTC) newest Board of Directors members.
21st Century Financial Inc., one of the leading financial services companies in the southeast U.S., announces the appointment of Norman Barden to the position of financial representative. In his new position Barden’s responsibilities will be to provide a full complement of financial services to families and business professionals throughout the Atlanta, Athens and Rome metropolitan areas. These responsibilities will be focused on the creation and development of impactful economic strategies for his clients.
Makervillage Inc. announces the hire of Ruth Demeter as executive director. In this position, she will work to advance the mission of Makervillage to grow the creative economy of Northwest Georgia by nurturing maker-minded businesses and professionals. She will be responsible for the management and execution of the organizational strategic plan, which includes the administration of the business accelerator program, nurturing strategic community relationships, organizing the calendar of special events and workshops, and assisting with fundraising and sponsorship support.
Harbin Clinic welcomes Dr. Whitney Jennings to Harbin Clinic Gastroenterology. Jennings joins the practice of Dr. Stephen Finn, Dr. Roman Galysh Jr., and Dr. George Goldin at 1825 Martha Berry Blvd. in Rome.