The Savannah Jaycees Held Mayoral Forum

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(SAVANNAH, GA) The Savannah Jaycees held a Savannah Mayoral Candidate Forum on Monday, September 28. The forum, free and open to the public, was held at The Coastal Georgia Center, located at 305 Fahm St.

Since 1942, The Savannah Jaycees’ vision has remained true as a leader of active and enlightened citizens. The mayoral forum was designed to complement the organization’s commitment to ensuring positive change for the community in which their members live and work.

As far back as 1950, records indicate that The Savannah Jaycees have played a major role in Savannah’s political system. The Jaycees and the League of Women Voters are credited with campaigning for a council-manager form of government. In December 1953, their efforts were successful with the establishment of a new charter for Savannah’s governing body.

“The Savannah Jaycees have a long history for inspiring young men and women to take an active role in civic projects, political matters and economic opportunities,” said Nicole Hyatt, Jaycee member and Forum Chair. “We feel a responsibility to provide a time and place to hear from these candidates who hope to be leading the way in all of these significant areas of our community.”

Attorney Charles Bowen served as moderator for the Q & A format. Bowen is a business attorney who focuses on commercial, banking, entertainment and manufacturing law and also offers comprehensive mediation services.

All four candidates in the mayoral race attended and were asked the same questions.

(FROM LEFT TO RIGHT) Mayoral Candidates: Louis Wilson, Murray Silver, Eddie DeLoach, Edna Jackson; and Moderator: Charles Bowen

(FROM LEFT TO RIGHT) Mayoral Candidates: Louis Wilson, Murray Silver, Eddie DeLoach, Edna Jackson; and Moderator: Charles Bowen

ABOUT THE SAVANNAH JAYCEES
Founded in 1942, The Savannah Jaycees is a group of young professionals between the ages of 21 and 40. The civic organization’s mission is to inspire leadership growth through community involvement. Members are encouraged to serve their community, strengthen valuable career related skills, network with other individuals and foster positive change. For more information on the Savannah Jaycees, visit http://www.savannahjaycees.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/savannah.jaycees?ref=br_tf

ABOUT CHARLES BOWEN
Based out of Savannah, Charles Bowen is a business attorney who focuses on commercial, banking, entertainment and manufacturing law and also offers comprehensive mediation services. A graduate from Georgetown University Law Center, Bowen has received the Martindale-Hubbell® AV® Preeminent™ rating, the highest rating based upon confidential surveys sent to other attorneys. Also, Bowen has been selected by the members of the State Bar of Georgia as one of Georgia Trend’s 12th Annual Legal Elite for December 2014 in two categories: Business Law and Corporate Law.

CONTACT
Cynthia Wright
Savannah Jaycees Communications Committee Member
cynthia.wright@carriagetradepr.com
912.856.9075

Savannah Business Attorney Charles Bowen to Address Small Business Council of the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce

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(SAVANNAH, GA) Business attorney Charles Bowen of The Bowen Law Group is the featured speaker at the Tuesday, October 6 Small Business Council SMART Lunch Series. Bowen will present “Ten Simple Ways to Protect Your Small Business from Lawsuits” during the monthly luncheon held at the Savannah Morning News auditorium, 1375 Chatham Parkway, in Savannah.

Bowen has been practicing law in Savannah for two decades and is the founding partner of The Bowen Law Group. Active in the community, Bowen is chair for the 2016 Kiss-a-Pig campaign, a speaker for Creative Coast’s upcoming Geekend, serve on the board of the Savannah Filmmakers Association and the Business Advisory Committees for both Chatham Area Transit and S Bank. He also recently helped found the Savannah Regional Entertainment Alliance and is also currently performing with The Shoestring Theatre Company, where he serves as board President.

“Small businesses are the lifeline for any community, and I am pleased to share some tips with these hard-working individuals,” said Bowen. “Most small business owners are faced with daily decisions that could put them in a legal bind. This lecture will give attendees ten quick tips to help them stay out of the courtroom.”

The luncheon is set for Tuesday, October 6 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost is $12 for Chamber members. For more information or to RSVP, contact Stephanie Boaen at SBoaen@savannahchamber.com.

ABOUT CHARLES BOWEN
Based out of Savannah, Charles Bowen is a business attorney who focuses on commercial, banking, entertainment and manufacturing law and also offers comprehensive mediation services. Bowen attended Mercer University in Macon, Georgia where he graduated summa cum laude with honors in both psychology and political science. Upon graduating from Georgetown University Law Center in 1995, Bowen moved to Savannah and established a corporate law practice. He has received the Martindale-Hubbell® AV® Preeminent™ rating, the highest rating based upon confidential surveys sent to other attorneys. Also, Bowen has been selected by the members of the State Bar of Georgia as one of Georgia Trend’s 12th Annual Legal Elite for December 2014 in two categories: Business Law and Corporate Law.

MEDIA INQUIRIES
Marjorie Young
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912.844.9990
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Enmarket Presents Fourth and Final Lecture in 2015 Encourage Health Series

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Kelley J. Boyd Provides Top Tips For Turning Your Life from Hectic to Harmonious

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Enmarket Encourage Health Series announces plans for the fourth and final program for the 2015 lectures on Tuesday, October 27. Kelley J. Boyd, founder and teacher at Savannah Yoga Center, presents “10 Yoga Tips: Hectic to Harmonious in 5 Minutes or Less.”

This Enmarket Encourage Health presentation will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Auditorium of the Savannah Morning News, located at 1375 Chatham Parkway in Savannah. Attendance is free and open to the public. Attendees will enjoy a healthy lunch made possible by local business sponsors. RSVPs are required at Healthy Savannah’s website, http://www.healthysavannah.org

“It is indeed an honor to close out the enmarket series this year, and I promise to provide some inspiring tips that can immediately be put into action,” said Boyd. “A top tip for all of us is to consciously breathe. It is the first thing you do when you are born and the last thing you do when you expire. Breathing is your longest and most intimate friend.”

At Boyd’s lecture, the Forsyth Farmer’s Market (FFM) will be awarded the Encourage Health grant. The FFM organization affirms it “envisions a sustainable, local food system that promotes the health of individuals, farmers and the community.” On Saturday, October 24, the Forsyth Farmer’s Market will hold their enmarket Dollar Day.

The 2015 Enmarket Encourage Health Education Series is sponsored by Healthy Savannah, Chatham Area Transit, Sandfly Family Dental, Stevens Hale and Associates, Savannah Morning News, Savannah Magazine, Pediatric Associates of Savannah, WJCL, Gulfstream Aerospace and GPB Savannah – WSVH 91.1/WWIO 89.9.

MORE INFORMATION ON THE ENCOURAGE HEALTH SERIES
Enmarket has sponsored with Healthy Savannah, Chatham Area Transit, Sandfly Family Dental, Stevens Hale and Associates, Savannah Morning News, Savannah Magazine, Pediatric Associates of Savannah, WJCL, Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. and GPB Savannah – WSVH 91.1/WWIO 89.9 to present this premier series of wellness lectures. The series will feature four presentations throughout the year, from the area’s most respected experts sharing insights on nutrition, fitness and general tips for healthy living. Selected 501c3 nonprofit organizations will be awarded a $2,000 grant from Encourage Health Education Sponsors and will be allotted an enmarket Dollar Day, along with a chance to win a grand prize at the end of the series. www.enmarkenjoy.com

ABOUT ENMARKET
Founded as Interstate Stations in 1963 by Robert Demere, Enmark Stations, Inc., which recently rebranded as enmarket, is a family-run business committed to offering its customers top-notch service and superior products. Forbes lists enmarket’s parent company, Colonial Group as number 164 on America’s Largest Family Owned Companies. The Savannah Chamber of Commerce honored enmarket with the Gulfstream Community Involvement Award, recognizing the company’s dedication to helping and supporting the community as a whole.

Today the Savannah-based company, which celebrated its 50-year anniversary in 2013, operates 61 stores in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. Most stores offer freshly prepared food and healthy snacks, and all stores offer high quality double filtered gasoline, beverages, lottery services and more. Enmarket customers can save up to $.10 per gallon by using the company’s Cash Card, a reloadable stored-value card that can be used directly at the pump. Coupons, promotions, and a location finder are available on the free mobile app. For more information on enmarket, please call 912-236-1331 
or visit www.enmarkenjoy.com.

CONTACT
Matt Clements
Director of Marketing
Enmarket
MClements@enmarkstations.com

MEDIA CONTACT
Marjorie Young
Carriage Trade PR, Inc.
912.844.9990
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Daniel Sims of USI Selected to Join Key Risk Insurance Advisory Council

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(SAVANNAH, Ga.) USI Insurance Services, (“USI”) is pleased to announce that Daniel Sims has been selected to join the Key Risk Insurance Agent Advisory Council. Sims is a senior client executive and vice president of commercial lines at USI’s Savannah office. In his three-year term on the Council, he will serve in an advisory role to the Key Risk Insurance Company, which focuses on providing workers’ compensation insurance products.

“It is an honor to be asked to join the Agent Advisory Council,” said Sims. “I look forward to working with other members in developing recommendations to streamline processes that may facilitate relationships between Key Risk Insurance and the commercial insurance agents who offer the company’s products to their clients.

For the past 20 years, Sims has handled property and casualty programs for medium to large risk management accounts primarily located in Georgia, South Carolina and Florida. With his experience and the vast USI resources that include the USI ONE Advantage®, he directs risk management programs for his clients to best manage their exposures and control their ultimate total cost of risk.

Prior to joining USI in 2014, Sims was a vice president and senior client executive with Wells Fargo Insurance Services. He also previously served as area senior vice president with Arthur J Gallagher Risk Management Services. Sims was a senior account executive with Liberty Mutual Insurance Company responsible for southeast Georgia and South Carolina from 2001 to 2009.

Daniel Sims

Daniel Sims

About USI Insurance Services
USI has more than 4,400 dedicated, experienced and innovative professionals connected across over 140 offices throughout the United States, and is a leader in insurance brokerage and consulting in property-casualty, employee benefits, personal risk services, retirement, program and specialty solutions. With approximately $1.0 billion in annualized revenue, USI is the 8th largest insurance broker of U.S. business 1, the 4th largest privately held commercial lines broker in the United States 2, and the 12th largest insurance brokerage firm in the world 3. USI is also the 3rd largest privately held personal lines broker in the United States2 and the 7th largest benefits broker ranked by global benefits revenue 4. USI has been recognized for its innovation by Information Week 500 and Best’s Review January 2014 Innovation Showcase. Visit the Company’s website at www.usi.biz.

1 Business Insurance 2015 100 Largest Brokers of U.S. Business, July 19, 2015
2 Insurance Journal’s 2013 Top 50 Privately Held Personal Lines (excludes non standard auto brokers-aggregators) and Insurance Journal’s 2014 Privately Held Commercial Lines Leader Ranking
3 Best’s Review’s Leader Issue July 2015, Top Global Insurance Brokers Ranking
4 Business Insurance Largest Benefits Brokers, July 21, 2014

CONTACT
Amber Lee
USI Insurance Services
7 E Congress Street
Savannah, GA 31401
912.436.0721

amber.lee@usi.biz.

MEDIA CONTACT
Marjorie Young
Carriage Trade PR, Inc.
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Get Up Close and Personal with a Life-Size Dinosaur at Savannah Mall

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(SAVANNAH, GA) The Savannah Mall invites the public to meet Rexie the T-Rex at Center Court on Saturday, October 3. This anatomically perfect puppet stands over 8’ tall and 12’ long, providing kids and their families the opportunity to learn about this “king” of the dinosaurs that roamed what is now the U.S. and Canada during the Cretaceous Period, about 65 million years ago.

But this gentler juvenile version of the world’s largest carnivore will also offer a unique interactive opportunity to make friends and take pictures.

“Everyone loves to get face-to-face with Rexie, the life-size baby T-Rex,” said Becky Orsi-Faircloth, Savannah Mall’s marketing/specialty leasing manager. “Rexie is a realistic, walk-around puppet who is very entertaining, as well as educational.”

Rexie the T-Rex’s show times are 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. There is no cost to participate. The Savannah Mall is located at 14045 Abercorn Street. For more information about this event, call (912) 927-7467.

Meet Rexie the T-Rex_LOGO

ABOUT SAVANNAH MALL
Originated in 1990, the Savannah Mall, located at 14045 Abercorn St., features anchor stores Bass Pro Shops, Dillard’s, Target, Burlington Coat Factory and A.C. Moore. The 960,000-square-foot, two-level mall is also home to Victoria’s Secret, Bath & Body Works, Gymboree, Game Stop, Champs, Hibbet Sporting Goods, Kay Jewelers, Marks & Morgan Jewelers, Shoe Dept., Zales Jewelers, Rue 21, Cato, Savannah Piano, Fitness Emporium, Relentless Records and Vapors Smoke Shop. Virginia College offers a variety of classes in areas such as cosmetology, medical billing, culinary arts, business, healthcare and more. The Savannah Mall’s Food Court features Chick-fil-A, Savannah Gyro, Sbarro Italian Eatery, Saigon Flavors, China Max, Sakkio Japan, Cajun Café and Subway. Other dining options at the mall include Ruby Tuesdays and Texas Roadhouse, along with Savannah Candy Co., Cold Stone Creamery and the Nutty Bavarian. The Savannah Mall has a double-decker carousel in the Food Court and soft play area on the lower level for children. For leasing information, contact Becky Orsi, marketing/specialty leasing manager at 912.927.9663 or borsib@urbanretail.com. For more information about the Savannah Mall, call 912.927.7467 or visit www.savannahmall.com

MEDIA CONTACT
Marjorie Young
Carriage Trade PR
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The FAQs of Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD)

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10 Things You Should Know about Peripheral Artery Disease By Dr. Lee Yates

If you are suffering from leg pain, burning or aching in your calves or a wound in your foot or leg that won’t heal, you may have peripheral artery disease. Also known as PAD, this condition that affects 8-12 million Americans can cause leg tiredness, cramping and pain when walking. PAD also raises the risk of heart attack, stroke, leg amputation and death.

Since September is PAD Awareness month, it is a great time to explore this topic. If you suspect you or a loved one may have PAD, consider these frequently asked questions about the disease:

1. What is PAD?
This is a common circulatory problem in which narrowed arteries reduce blood flow to your limbs. When you develop PAD, your extremities — usually your legs — don’t receive enough blood flow to keep up with demand. This causes symptoms, most notably leg pain when walking. PAD is also likely to be a sign of a more widespread accumulation of fatty deposits in your arteries (atherosclerosis). This condition may be reducing blood flow to your heart and brain, as well as your legs.

2. What is the most common symptom of PAD?
The first symptom that most people notice is muscle pain. Depending on where the artery blockage is, the pain may affect different muscles in the calf, thigh, buttock, hip and/or foot.

3. Are there other signs and symptoms of PAD?
Some people experience numbness, achiness, or heaviness in the leg muscles when walking or climbing stairs. Other symptoms may include sores or wounds on the toes, feet or legs that heal poorly or not at all; coldness in the lower leg or foot, especially when compared with the other side; no pulse or a weak pulse in the legs or feet; skin on the legs that is shiny, pale or bluish; poor toenail growth; decreased hair growth on the legs and, in men, erectile dysfunction, especially among those who have diabetes.

4. What are the factors that might increase the risk of developing PAD?
People who smoke or have diabetes have the greatest risk of developing PAD due to reduced blood flow. Other risk factors include obesity; high blood pressure (140/90 millimeters of mercury or higher); high cholesterol (total blood cholesterol over 240 milligrams per deciliter, or 6.2 millimoles per liter); increasing age, especially after reaching 50 years of age; a family history of PAD, heart disease or stroke; and high levels of homocysteine.

5. Aren’t leg pain and numbness often a normal part of aging?
Don’t dismiss any symptom as a normal part of aging. PAD can be caught early by recognizing risk factors using readily available screening tools.

6. How is PAD managed?
Sometimes, surgery is necessary to minimize the risk for heart attack or stroke. Common management methods include medications that lower cholesterol or prevent blood clots; diabetes management; lifestyle change, such as quitting smoking; exercise programs; and regular follow-up care.

7. My symptoms don’t seem that bad. Why should I worry about it?
If you have undiagnosed PAD and systems continue to worsen, blocked blood flow can cause gangrene (tissue death), and in very serious cases, this can lead to leg amputation. PAD also increases your risk of coronary heart disease, heart attack and stroke.

8. Is PAD curable?
Although PAD is serious, it’s treatable. If you have the disease, see your doctor regularly so he or she can treat the underlying atherosclerosis to slow or stop disease progress and reduce the risk of complications. Treatments include lifestyle changes, medicines, and surgery or procedures. Researchers continue to explore new therapies for PAD.

9. What happens during the PAD screening?
The PAD screening is a quick, easy and non-invasive procedure called the ankle-brachial index (ABI) test. It is done by measuring blood pressure at the ankle and in the arm while a person is at rest.

10. Can PAD cause other health problems?
PAD may be the first warning sign of atherosclerosis – chronic fatty deposit build-ups – throughout your arteries. The whole circulatory system, including your heart and brain, are at risk when arteries are blocked and narrowed. Fatty deposits also increase the risk for vascular inflammation and blood clots that can block the blood supply and cause tissue death.

Although peripheral artery disease is potentially a life-threatening condition affecting one out of every 20 Americans over the age of 50, the good news is PAD can be managed or even reversed with proper care.

A member of the Georgia Vascular Society and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, Dr. Lee Yates is the Medical Director of Vascular Surgery at St. Joseph’s Candler Health System.

Dr. Lee Yates, Medical Director of Vascular Surgery at St. Joseph’s Candler Health System and founder of Savannah Surgery Center

Dr. Lee Yates, Medical Director of Vascular Surgery at St. Joseph’s Candler Health System and founder of Savannah Surgery Center

Savannah/Bluffton Area Matilda Jane Clothing Trunk Keepers Recognized as Nation’s Top Team

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Local entrepreneur, Robyn Shirley Now Seeking New Members

(SAVANNAH, GA / BLUFFTON, SC) Matilda Jane Clothing has recognized its Savannah and Bluffton area independent Trunk Keepers as the top sales team in the nation. At the clothing company’s national sales meeting, held recently at its Ft. Wayne, Ind. headquarters, the 18-member team and Leader, Robyn Shirley took top honors for highest sales for the spring 2015 “Hello Lovely” campaign.

The six-month campaign, featuring clothing for little girls and mothers, was launched in Savannah this past February. The city was also featured as the backdrop for the spring line in a national photo shoot that took place last fall.

“We are a vibrant team, always doing something compelling in the world of children’s and ladies clothing, and we’re so proud to have been recognized for our efforts by Matilda Jane Clothing,” said Shirley. “It’s meaningful to be acknowledged for our commitment to excellence.”

The team members recognized for their work with this award include: Becky Altman, Amy Andrews, Sarah Calvert, Natalie Clark, Lisa Elliott, Kim Eubanks, Stacey Gutterman, Jennifer Harris, Jen Keilman, Kylie Lee, Ashley Lindler, Kim McCurry, Kristina Moore, Jennifer Royster, Rachel Schmitt, Tara Jane Snead and Cheryl VanderWeile.

Shirley is now looking to expand her Savannah area team of Trunk Keepers and is seeking candidates. While most members of Shirley’s team are from Georgia and South Carolina, she also leads Trunk Keepers all across the U.S. For more information, contact Shirley at 843-384-3842 or robyns@matildajaneclothing.com

(LEFT TO RIGHT) BACK ROW: Robyn Shirley, Ashley Lindler, Kim Eubanks, Bridget Benton, Jessica Diciccio and Stacey Gutterman. FRONT ROW: Lisa Elliott, Cheryl VanderWeile, Jennifer Royster, Rachel Schmitt, Jamie Bjorlund and Jen Keilman

(LEFT TO RIGHT) BACK ROW: Robyn Shirley, Ashley Lindler, Kim Eubanks, Bridget Benton, Jessica Diciccio and Stacey Gutterman. FRONT ROW: Lisa Elliott, Cheryl VanderWeile, Jennifer Royster, Rachel Schmitt, Jamie Bjorlund and Jen Keilman

MORE INFORMATION ON MATILDA JANE CLOTHING
Matilda Jane Clothing (MJC) was founded by Denise DeMarchis in 2006 as a kitchen table startup that has quickly grown into a national children’s clothing business. Available in girls and adult sizes with designs that are youthful, playful and expressive, the brand’s whimsical approach to texture, pattern and color results in designs that capture the spirit and imagination of childhood. MJC sales are made directly though a Trunk Keeper, a representative who gets to know her customers personally. The exclusive sale of clothing by Trunk Keepers is a direct selling model allowing business opportunities for entrepreneurial women driven by creativity and relationship building. For more information, visit www.matildajaneclothing.com.

For more information, contact:
Robyn Shirley
Team Leader & Trunk Keeper
Matilda Jane Clothing
843-384-3842
robyns@matildajaneclothing.com

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Cecilia Russo Marketing, LLC
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