Five Things To Take Into Consideration Before You Start a Commercial Construction Project

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By Chris Tilton

Building a commercial project is much different from constructing a house. The process can be intimidating, and the initial decisions you make in the construction process are often the most important.

The right choices will enable the project to run smoothly and efficiently from beginning to end and help you avoid down time and increased expenses. Consider these five things before beginning any commercial building project:

1) Stormwater Management Ordinance.
Most local governments, including the City of Savannah and Chatham County, have regulations to control and minimize the adverse impacts of land development and to control post-construction stormwater runoff rates, volumes and pollutant loads on development and redevelopment sites. If your development process violates the Stormwater Management Ordinance, the local government can order you to stop work, withhold certificate of occupancy, revoke permits and even impose civil and criminal penalties.

Prior to the 1980s, stormwater management simply meant flood control and the pipes designed to convey stormwater runoff to aquatic resources. Little consideration was given to stormwater quality. While this approach worked well to reduce flooding, it did not address the negative impacts that land development can have on the health of the rivers and streams. During the 1980s, communities began to realize, in order to protect these resources from the negative impacts of the land development process, both stormwater quantity and quality needed to be addressed. As a result, in the 1990s, the National Pollutant Discharged Elimination System (NPDES) was enacted, and local communities began to revise and expand their local stormwater management programs, working towards prevention in lieu of mitigation. Chatham County-Savannah’s Metropolitan Planning Commission (MPC) implemented its local Stormwater Management Ordinance in 2012.

2) Architectural, Structural and Civil Engineering.
Construction jobs require different types of engineers to be responsible for many facets of the project, from designing to planning and managing. The engineer’s role is even more critical on commercial construction projects, which are more complicated and require a more planned and detailed approach.

The first thing to consider is what kind of professionals may be required for your specific project. Some municipalities, depending on the building type, will require an engineer either/or an architect. You will also need a structural engineer for the foundation, an MEP engineer for the mechanical, electrical and plumbing and a civil engineer for the site engineering. When it comes to determining the various professionals that may be required for your project, this is a good time to consult your general contractor. Put them to work for you, to help guide you though this process.

3) Permitting & Timing.
Consider the impact of your plans to construct and develop a realistic understanding of the timing of the permitting process. For example, you must have your plans completed before you can submit them to the local planning commission for approval. Three readings are typical for a development permit, at perhaps a rate of one reading per month. You should also anticipate several pre-construction meetings before you can begin construction. You should also factor in timelines for other permits including right-of-way, temporary power and water meter. Remember, schedules and budgets will likely change and you should be flexible up to a point, but you need to be realistic in determining your absolute latest completion date and maximum budget.

Another item to consider that could impact your timing is how the project may affect current business practices, customer relations, the local community and other businesses. You might want to visit with city council members or speak at a civic organization about your project. You may even want to reach out to the local media. It might be helpful to hire a public relations firm to help guide you through that part of the process.

4) Site Conditions.
This is probably the single most important consideration before starting a commercial project. There is a reason the sites being developed now are the last sites to be developed. As one large Pooler developer put it, “I don’t ever want to hear the words, ‘Pooler Gumbo’ again.” There are different mitigations for each type of foundation. For example, you must mitigate parking areas as well as the building pad. And don’t forget things like flood zones and fill dirt. The latter can cost more than the site itself.

The assessment of site conditions will be instrumental in developing the construction schedule as well as bids. Differing site conditions can cause schedule delays, cost increases and dangerous working conditions. They can also invalidate design assumptions, putting project performance at risk. If you choose a general contractor in advance of bidding, they should be able to guide you though this and other complicated processes. Make sure it’s someone you trust and who communicates well with you.

5) Location, Location, Location.
This is not just a real estate catch phrase. While a realtor can be a good resource for some information, like how much traffic may pass by your door, you will need to learn much more about the property as well as the applicable laws of governing jurisdictions. Is the site in an earthquake, hurricane or flood zone? What is its proximity to wetlands? Here is another good opportunity to turn to your general contractor for their expertise. If you have not yet purchased property for your project, ask them for their guidance is selecting a site that will be the best fit for your building needs, your customers’ needs and your bottom line.

Your general contractor should be a true partner in helping you navigate these initial decisions as well as throughout the design/build process. If your construction team takes these five areas into consideration, it could wind up saving you a lot of time and money.

Chris Tilton is the co-founder of the Dewitt Tilton Group with Andrew Dewitt. For more information or to contact Tilton, call 912.777.3404 or email chris@dewitttiltongroup.com.

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Savannah Jaycees Hold Mixer to Meet 2016 Bachelors and Bachelorettes at Upcoming Charity Date Night Auction

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Savannah Jaycees Mix and Mingle Event

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Savannah Jaycees announce a meet and greet social to introduce their 2016 charity date night auction participants. The mixer will be held on Thursday, June 30 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Service Brewing, located at 574 Indian St, Savannah, GA 31401.

This event is open to public and will be a opportunity to meet the participants as well as some of the Savannah Jaycees’ members. There is no cost to attend but brewery tours and tastings are available for $12.

The Savannah Jaycees’ third annual Charity Date Night Auction will be held on Thursday, August 4 at 7 p.m. at the Club One-“Showroom,” located at 1 N Jefferson St, Savannah, GA 31401. Participants have chosen local Savannah charities to whom 50 percent of their winnings will be donated.

For more information visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/598626023646044/?notif_t=plan_user_invited&notif_id=1466451019604280 or contact Cynthia Wright at cynthia.wright@carriagetradepr.com.

ABOUT THE SAVANNAH JAYCEES
The Savannah Jaycees received its Charter in January of 1942. Our mission: We inspire leadership growth through community involvement. The Jaycees is a national and international organization made of up business men and women between the ages of 21 and 40. The United States Jaycees was founded in 1920. The Jaycee vision is to be the leading global network of active young citizens. The Jaycees was created to provide development opportunities that empower young people to create a positive change. For more information on the Savannah Jaycees, visit http://www.savannahjaycees.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/savannah.jaycees?ref=br_tf

CONTACT
Cynthia Wright
Savannah Jaycees
VP of Communications
cynthia.wright@carriagetradepr.com
912.856.9075

The Legal Risks of Live Streaming By Charles Bowen

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Over the past year, live streaming apps like Periscope and Meerkat have become extremely popular. Now even Facebook has gotten into the live streaming game. These apps allow users to broadcast any event live using their smartphone. Not surprisingly, this technology has raised a host of legal issues, primarily in the areas of copyright infringement and privacy concerns.

While these apps ban users from posting content that violates others’ copyright, trademark, privacy and publicity rights in their standard Terms of Service, these warnings are often ignored. The first major legal battle erupted last year when hundreds of people who purchased the Floyd Mayweather/Manny Pacquiao via Pay-Per-View live streamed the entire television broadcast. Anyone rebroadcasting a live simulcast is committing copyright infringement and can be subject to substantial fines.

The best approach in determining whether your broadcast is violating copyright law is to simply use your common sense. If you paid to view the content, that content is likely protected by copyright. If you live stream a movie in the theater, for example, you are obviously violating federal copyright law. Similarly, live streaming a concert would likely infringe on the copyrights of the artist, label, and publisher. Even broadcasting live sporting events carries significant legal risks as networks pay large sums of money for the exclusive right to broadcast games live.

Privacy concerns are a little more challenging from a legal perspective. The most important factor is location. If you are in a public place, neither you nor the people around you have a reasonable expectation of privacy. Anyone can typically take your picture or stream video of you in public legally, provided they are not trespassing or going beyond innocent recording to actually harassing, stalking or peeping.

One major exception is commercial use. You are not allowed to film others for advertising or other promotional content without first procuring a release from that individual.

If you are not in public, however, live streaming is much more likely to be violative of others’ right to privacy. Recording someone in a private place (such as their home, a restroom or a doctor’s office) without their permission is generally illegal.

As a rule of thumb, the following rules apply:

(1) Do not stream any produced content that you do not own. This includes movies, television, music, and other entertainment that is a performance of a work of authorship and is likely subject to copyright protection. To do so will not only likely result in your account being shut down, it may also subject you to a copyright infringement lawsuit.

(2) Do not use another company’s registered trademark as a hashtag for your broadcast. These are easily detectable and large corporations are typically very vigilant in monitoring for the unauthorized use of their name.

(3) Respect privacy rights. Limit your live streaming of others to public places, and procure releases if you are using the broadcast for commercial purposes. The safest approach is simply to avoid streaming for business purposes from a public location.

Finally, there are also legal implications relating to the archiving of your live stream broadcast. Although Meerkat does not currently archive its streams, Periscope saves streams for 24 hours for unlimited rebroadcast during that time period, and Facebook videos are permanently recorded to your story. That means that if the original broadcast was illegal, you could be sued for multiple counts of infringing upon a copyright holder’s reproduction rights.

Some users have tried to claim that the Digital Millennial Copyright Act’s “safe harbor” provisions should shield them from liability, but that law only protects the live streaming service itself, not the actual broadcaster. That law, which YouTube constantly relies upon to protect itself, states that streaming services are protected if they respond promptly to rights owners’ takedown requests and don’t have “constructive” knowledge of infringement. But this will not protect you from an infringement claim if you knowingly broadcast illegal material.

Live streaming is likely here to stay, as it seems to be a perfect fit for today’s smartphone-carrying, internet-connected world. The bottom line is simply this: be smart and use common sense. Do not broadcast copyrighted material that you do not own, do not be creepy and invade people’s privacy, and procure releases if you are using your broadcast for business purposes. If you follow these simple rules, you will very likely protect yourself from any potentially expensive legal claims.

Charles Bowen is a business attorney who focuses on commercial, banking, manufacturing and entertainment law and also offers comprehensive mediation services. He may be contacted at 912.544.2050 or cbowen@thebowenlawgroup.com

Enmarket and Healthy Savannah Present $1,000 check to Urban Hope During Encourage Health Series

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(LEFT TO RIGHT) Paula Kreissler, Executive Director of Healthy Savannah; Doug Carroll, Urban Hope Board Member; Cassie Beckwith, Executive Director of Urban Hope; and Matt Clements, Marketing Director of enmarket

(LEFT TO RIGHT) Paula Kreissler, Executive Director of Healthy Savannah; Doug Carroll, Urban Hope Board Member; Cassie Beckwith, Executive Director of Urban Hope; and Matt Clements, Marketing Director of enmarket.

 

(SAVANNAH, Ga.) A program presented Tuesday, June 21 as part of the four-part Encourage Health Education series designed to promote healthy living, included a $1,000 check presentation to Urban Hope, a non-profit organization that helps inner city children create better lives for themselves.

Ellen Blossman’s presentation, “Eat Well and Boost Your Energy With Phytochemicals,” addressed the role of chemical compounds that occur naturally in plants and help prevent cancer and their relation to our overall health.

According to Blossman, current research has demonstrated that phytochemicals can protect and defend humans and animals from many diseases. “Phytochemicals in the vegetables, fruits, legumes, nuts, seeds and teas help us overcome our present health deficiencies,” said Blossman.

Urban Hope, 1601 Bernard St., is a Christian ministry that provides children with hope and a sense of future. Their programs offer spiritual and educational development through after-school programs and summer camps.

Paula Kreissler, executive director of Healthy Savannah and Matt Clements, director of marketing at enmarket, presented the check to Doug Carroll, Urban Hope Board Member, and Cassie Beckwith, Executive Director of Urban Hope.

The 2016 enmarket Encourage Health Education Series is also sponsored by Healthy Savannah, Sandfly Family Dental, Gulfstream Aerospace, Savannah Morning News, Savannah Magazine and GPB Savannah – WSVH 91.1/WWIO 89.9.

The third lecture in the series, “10 Ways Buildings Affect Your Mission to Healthy Life,” will be presented Tuesday, Aug. 30, in the auditorium of the Savannah Morning News, 1375 Chatham Parkway. It will be presented by Denise Grabowski, president and CEO of Symbioscity in Savannah.

This session will introduce the idea of the WELL Building Standard, which is grounded in medical research and based around seven main factors: air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort and mind.

During this presentation, the Savannah Tree Foundation nonprofit will be presented with a $1,000 check. The Savannah Tree Foundation creates awareness of trees as vital environmental resources and an important part of our culture.

For more information on the Encourage Health Series, visit http://enmarket.com/EncourageHealthSeries

MORE INFORMATION ON THE ENCOURAGE HEALTH SERIES
Enmarket’S 2016 series of wellness lectures is sponsored by Healthy Savannah, Sandfly Family Dental, Savannah Morning News, Savannah Magazine, Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. and GPB Savannah – WSVH 91.1/WWIO 89.9.
The series features four presentations throughout the year from respected experts sharing insights on nutrition, fitness and general tips for healthy living. Selected 501©3 nonprofit organizations are awarded a $1,000 grant from Encourage Health Education Sponsors and allotted an enmarket Dollar Day, along with a chance to win a grand prize at the end of the series.
For more information, visit http://enmarket.com/EncourageHealthSeries

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.
Today, the Savannah-based company, which celebrated its 50-year anniversary in 2013, operates 61 stores in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina.
Enmarket’s mission is to Enrich Life! Stores offer freshly prepared food and healthy snacks, 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.enmarket.com. Follow enmarket on Twitter at @enmarkenjoy.

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

MEDIA CONTACT
Marjorie Young
Carriage Trade PR, Inc.
912.844.9990
marjorie@carriagetradepr.com

(SAVANNAH, Ga.) A program presented Tuesday, June 21 as part of the four-part Encourage Health Education series designed to promote healthy living, included a $1,000 check presentation to Urban Hope, a non-profit organization that helps inner city children create better lives for themselves.
Ellen Blossman’s presentation, “Eat Well and Boost Your Energy With Phytochemicals,” addressed the role of chemical compounds that occur naturally in plants and help prevent cancer and their relation to our overall health.

According to Blossman, current research has demonstrated that phytochemicals can protect and defend humans and animals from many diseases. “Phytochemicals in the vegetables, fruits, legumes, nuts, seeds and teas help us overcome our present health deficiencies,” said Blossman.

Urban Hope, 1601 Bernard St., is a Christian ministry that provides children with hope and a sense of future. Their programs offer spiritual and educational development through after-school programs and summer camps.

Paula Kreissler, executive director of Healthy Savannah and Matt Clements, director of marketing at enmarket, presented the check to Doug Carroll, Urban Hope Board Member, and Cassie Beckwith, Executive Director of Urban Hope.

The 2016 enmarket Encourage Health Education Series is also sponsored by Healthy Savannah, Sandfly Family Dental, Gulfstream Aerospace, Savannah Morning News, Savannah Magazine and GPB Savannah – WSVH 91.1/WWIO 89.9.

The third lecture in the series, “10 Ways Buildings Affect Your Mission to Healthy Life,” will be presented Tuesday, Aug. 30, in the auditorium of the Savannah Morning News, 1375 Chatham Parkway. It will be presented by Denise Grabowski, president and CEO of Symbioscity in Savannah.

This session will introduce the idea of the WELL Building Standard, which is grounded in medical research and based around seven main factors: air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort and mind.

During this presentation, the Savannah Tree Foundation nonprofit will be presented with a $1,000 check. The Savannah Tree Foundation creates awareness of trees as vital environmental resources and an important part of our culture.

For more information on the Encourage Health Series, visit http://enmarket.com/EncourageHealthSeries

MORE INFORMATION ON THE ENCOURAGE HEALTH SERIES
Enmarket’S 2016 series of wellness lectures is sponsored by Healthy Savannah, Sandfly Family Dental, Savannah Morning News, Savannah Magazine, Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. and GPB Savannah – WSVH 91.1/WWIO 89.9.
The series features four presentations throughout the year from respected experts sharing insights on nutrition, fitness and general tips for healthy living. Selected 501©3 nonprofit organizations are awarded a $1,000 grant from Encourage Health Education Sponsors and allotted an enmarket Dollar Day, along with a chance to win a grand prize at the end of the series.
For more information, visit http://enmarket.com/EncourageHealthSeries

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.
Today, the Savannah-based company, which celebrated its 50-year anniversary in 2013, operates 61 stores in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina.
Enmarket’s mission is to Enrich Life! Stores offer freshly prepared food and healthy snacks, 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.enmarket.com. Follow enmarket on Twitter at @enmarkenjoy.

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

MEDIA CONTACT
Marjorie Young
Carriage Trade PR, Inc.
912.844.9990
marjorie@carriagetradepr.com

(LEFT TO RIGHT) Paula Kreissler, Executive Director of Healthy Savannah; Doug Carroll, Urban Hope Board Member; Cassie Beckwith, Executive Director of Urban Hope; and Matt Clements, Marketing Director of enmarket.

 

(SAVANNAH, Ga.) A program presented Tuesday, June 21 as part of the four-part Encourage Health Education series designed to promote healthy living, included a $1,000 check presentation to Urban Hope, a non-profit organization that helps inner city children create better lives for themselves.

Ellen Blossman’s presentation, “Eat Well and Boost Your Energy With Phytochemicals,” addressed the role of chemical compounds that occur naturally in plants and help prevent cancer and their relation to our overall health.

According to Blossman, current research has demonstrated that phytochemicals can protect and defend humans and animals from many diseases. “Phytochemicals in the vegetables, fruits, legumes, nuts, seeds and teas help us overcome our present health deficiencies,” said Blossman.

Urban Hope, 1601 Bernard St., is a Christian ministry that provides children with hope and a sense of future. Their programs offer spiritual and educational development through after-school programs and summer camps.

Paula Kreissler, executive director of Healthy Savannah and Matt Clements, director of marketing at enmarket, presented the check to Doug Carroll, Urban Hope Board Member, and Cassie Beckwith, Executive Director of Urban Hope.

The 2016 enmarket Encourage Health Education Series is also sponsored by Healthy Savannah, Sandfly Family Dental, Gulfstream Aerospace, Savannah Morning News, Savannah Magazine and GPB Savannah – WSVH 91.1/WWIO 89.9.

The third lecture in the series, “10 Ways Buildings Affect Your Mission to Healthy Life,” will be presented Tuesday, Aug. 30, in the auditorium of the Savannah Morning News, 1375 Chatham Parkway. It will be presented by Denise Grabowski, president and CEO of Symbioscity in Savannah.

This session will introduce the idea of the WELL Building Standard, which is grounded in medical research and based around seven main factors: air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort and mind.

During this presentation, the Savannah Tree Foundation nonprofit will be presented with a $1,000 check. The Savannah Tree Foundation creates awareness of trees as vital environmental resources and an important part of our culture.

For more information on the Encourage Health Series, visit http://enmarket.com/EncourageHealthSeries

MORE INFORMATION ON THE ENCOURAGE HEALTH SERIES
Enmarket’S 2016 series of wellness lectures is sponsored by Healthy Savannah, Sandfly Family Dental, Savannah Morning News, Savannah Magazine, Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. and GPB Savannah – WSVH 91.1/WWIO 89.9.
The series features four presentations throughout the year from respected experts sharing insights on nutrition, fitness and general tips for healthy living. Selected 501©3 nonprofit organizations are awarded a $1,000 grant from Encourage Health Education Sponsors and allotted an enmarket Dollar Day, along with a chance to win a grand prize at the end of the series.
For more information, visit http://enmarket.com/EncourageHealthSeries

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.
Today, the Savannah-based company, which celebrated its 50-year anniversary in 2013, operates 61 stores in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina.
Enmarket’s mission is to Enrich Life! Stores offer freshly prepared food and healthy snacks, 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.enmarket.com. Follow enmarket on Twitter at @enmarkenjoy.

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

MEDIA CONTACT
Marjorie Young
Carriage Trade PR, Inc.
912.844.9990
marjorie@carriagetradepr.com

(SAVANNAH, Ga.) A program presented Tuesday, June 21 as part of the four-part Encourage Health Education series designed to promote healthy living, included a $1,000 check presentation to Urban Hope, a non-profit organization that helps inner city children create better lives for themselves.

Ellen Blossman’s presentation, “Eat Well and Boost Your Energy With Phytochemicals,” addressed the role of chemical compounds that occur naturally in plants and help prevent cancer and their relation to our overall health.

According to Blossman, current research has demonstrated that phytochemicals can protect and defend humans and animals from many diseases. “Phytochemicals in the vegetables, fruits, legumes, nuts, seeds and teas help us overcome our present health deficiencies,” said Blossman.

Urban Hope, 1601 Bernard St., is a Christian ministry that provides children with hope and a sense of future. Their programs offer spiritual and educational development through after-school programs and summer camps.

Paula Kreissler, executive director of Healthy Savannah and Matt Clements, director of marketing at enmarket, presented the check to Doug Carroll, Urban Hope Board Member, and Cassie Beckwith, Executive Director of Urban Hope.

The 2016 enmarket Encourage Health Education Series is also sponsored by Healthy Savannah, Sandfly Family Dental, Gulfstream Aerospace, Savannah Morning News, Savannah Magazine and GPB Savannah – WSVH 91.1/WWIO 89.9.

The third lecture in the series, “10 Ways Buildings Affect Your Mission to Healthy Life,” will be presented Tuesday, Aug. 30, in the auditorium of the Savannah Morning News, 1375 Chatham Parkway. It will be presented by Denise Grabowski, president and CEO of Symbioscity in Savannah.

This session will introduce the idea of the WELL Building Standard, which is grounded in medical research and based around seven main factors: air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort and mind.

During this presentation, the Savannah Tree Foundation nonprofit will be presented with a $1,000 check. The Savannah Tree Foundation creates awareness of trees as vital environmental resources and an important part of our culture.

For more information on the Encourage Health Series, visit http://enmarket.com/EncourageHealthSeries

MORE INFORMATION ON THE ENCOURAGE HEALTH SERIES
Enmarket’S 2016 series of wellness lectures is sponsored by Healthy Savannah, Sandfly Family Dental, Savannah Morning News, Savannah Magazine, Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. and GPB Savannah – WSVH 91.1/WWIO 89.9.
The series features four presentations throughout the year from respected experts sharing insights on nutrition, fitness and general tips for healthy living. Selected 501©3 nonprofit organizations are awarded a $1,000 grant from Encourage Health Education Sponsors and allotted an enmarket Dollar Day, along with a chance to win a grand prize at the end of the series.
For more information, visit http://enmarket.com/EncourageHealthSeries

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.
Today, the Savannah-based company, which celebrated its 50-year anniversary in 2013, operates 61 stores in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina.
Enmarket’s mission is to Enrich Life! Stores offer freshly prepared food and healthy snacks, 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.enmarket.com. Follow enmarket on Twitter at @enmarkenjoy.

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

MEDIA CONTACT
Marjorie Young
Carriage Trade PR, Inc.
912.844.9990
marjorie@carriagetradepr.com

Local Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning Business, Air Therm HVAC purchased by Bill Efird

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(SAVANNAH, GA) Air Therm Company, Inc., of Savannah, has been purchased by Bill Efird. Established by Dwain Ball in 1970, the local heating, ventilating, and air conditioning business had been operated in recent years by Karen Ball, following her husband’s death in 2000. After being with the HVAC company for 35 years, she felt it was time to turn the firm over to new leadership, and began a search for someone who could be as passionate about running the company as she and her husband had been.

“I felt I had taken the company as far as I could on my own,” said Ball. “With a strong desire to relocate to be closer to my children, I began a search for the perfect owner. This would be someone who would come in with a new vision for growth of Air Therm HVAC, someone who would be passionate and bring a renewed energy, and mainly, someone who would be a perfect match for the dedicated and loyal employees of Air Therm, many of whom have decades of seniority. It was ‘Mission Accomplished’ when Bill expressed a solid interest in taking over the company.”

Efird brings a wealth of local industry experience to the helm at Air Therm. He is developer of “Operations Accountability”, a small company process, based on Fortune 500 Best Practices,that he developed to assist HVAC companies both large and small to operate like a business instead of a “street vendor.” He previously served as president of Contractor Success Group (CSG) a division of Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and for over 20 years, served as founder, owner and president of Coastal Air Conditioning, one of the largest air conditioning businesses in Savannah. Efird a graduate of Clemson University with a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering, has brought in his son Scott Efird, also a Clemson graduate, as VP of Residential Sales. Scott Efird brings to the Air Therm team his skills learned in the home building business.

“Dwain and Karen developed a sound and respected reputation in the residential service industry by hiring and retaining key leaders like Sam Goodman, who continues to oversee the construction department, and Chris Rahn, our operations manager,” Efird stated. “Air Therm’s customers will continue to enjoy doing business with a locally-owned company that will remain committed to keeping our ‘Customers for Life’.”

Air Therm and Efird have won multiple dealer awards from Trane, Carrier and Honeywell and Efird was inducted by the Homebuilders Association of Savannah in the Homebuilders Hall of Fame in 2003. As the slogan Dwain Ball coined decades ago states: “Service is our most important product.” Efird says “All additional business at Air Therm will evolve from great service.”

For more information, call 912-234-7268, or visit www.airthermsavannah.com.

MORE ABOUT AIR THERM HVAC
Established in 1970, Air Therm Company, Inc., is a leading heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) company in the Savannah, Ga., area, with an installation and service range extending from Savannah to Rincon, Springfield, Pooler, Richmond Hill, Hinesville, Tybee Island, Skidaway Island, Wilmington Island, Isle of Hope, Dutch Island, Whitemarsh Island, Thunderbolt, Garden City, Bloomingdale, Georgetown, Port Wentworth and Guyton. The award-winning company’s technicians are experts in heating and air service, maintenance agreements, tune-ups, commercial and residential services and replacements,and is located at 3911 Old Louisville Rd.,Garden City/Savannah. For more information, call 912-234-7268, or visit www.airthermsavannah.com.

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Bill Efird, owner Air Therm Company

Charles Bowen of The Bowen Law Group Receives the 2016 Helen V. Head Award from Savannah Chamber of Commerce

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Bo Bowen Accepts Helen V. Head Award at Business Expo 2016.jpg(SAVANNAH, GA) Charles Bowen of The Bowen Law Group was awarded the Helen V. Head Business Advocate Award during the Savannah Chamber of Commerce’s 2016 Business Expo & Awards Banquet.

The Helen V. Head Business Advocate Award goes to the individual following in Helen Head’s footsteps of dedication to the community, a true advocate for small business in Savannah. This award is given annually at the Savannah Chamber of Commerce’s Expo & Awards Banquet to one area business who demonstrates a commitment to giving back to the community, as well as a belief in and support of small business.

Helen Head was the first female board chairman with the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce. She was also the first recipient of the Chamber’s Athena Award for her achievements as a woman in business.

Bowen has been practicing corporate law for over twenty years. Since he opened the doors of The Bowen Law Group in 2012 as a full-service corporate law firm, Bowen has been involved in supporting every aspect of the Savannah business community. He has provided countless hours of counseling, authored numerous free publications for business owners, resolved disputes between governmental agencies, and has frequently assisted entrepreneurs get their companies started from the ground up.

“I strive for my firm to be the one place that anyone who owns a business knows they can receive the assistance and advice they need in a professional yet comfortable atmosphere,” Bowen said. “From the beginning, I envisioned building a law practice that utilizes the skill and techniques of large metropolitan law firms while maintaining the benefits and attentiveness of a small local practice. I am very dedicated to the success of the local business community, and truly appreciate the trust and faith that so many diverse business clients have placed in me.”

Charles and his wife, Lisa, have lived in Savannah for twenty years and their two children are enrolled in the local public school system. He believes in fostering the next generation of business leaders as demonstrated through his involvement with numerous advocacy programs, speaking to local high schools and business groups, and providing many free resources for business owners.

For more information on The Bowen Law Group, visit thebowenlawgroup.com. For more information on the Helen V. Head Award, visit http://www.savannahchambernews.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/2015_Helen-V.-Head-Award.pdf

ABOUT THE BOWEN LAW GROUP
Charles Bowen is a business attorney who focuses on commercial, banking, entertainment and manufacturing law since 1995. Bowen has his mediation certification by the Georgia Supreme Court as both a General Civil Mediator and a Domestic Relations Mediator. He received his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center and is a member of the Georgia Bar. Bowen has received the Martindale-Hubbell® AV® Preeminent™ rating, the highest rating based upon confidential surveys sent to other attorneys. With panoramic views of the city and the Savannah River, The Bowen Law Group is located on the top floor of the Manger Building at 7 East Congress Street. For more information, call 912.544.2050 or visit thebowenlawgroup.com. Find The Bowen Law Group on Twitter at @bowenlawgroup.

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Please meet Todd Cellini, Assistant Vice Chancellor for South Campuses and Savannah Campus President; New President of the Board at Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter

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Q: How long have you been at South University?
A: Since July 2008.

Q: What is your background?
After graduating from Binghamton University I went to Oswego (N.Y.) State and became a student hall director. I started to work my way south and moved to the University of South Carolina in Columbus as the resident life coordinator and student life instructor.

Q: What was your first position at South University
A: In 2008 I was the dean of students position. I was promoted to president in 2009.

Q: What duties are you responsible for at South?
A: I run the day to day operations of South University in Savannah, GA and provide oversight to the 12-month MBA Program, along with the Columbia, SC campus, and Virginia Beach, VA campus. I handle all different aspects of the university such as: admissions, academic affairs, student affairs, finance, facilities, public relations and human resources.

Q: What 
part of the 

business
 are
 you
 the 
most 
passionate about?
A: Definitely the students. I had incredible educational mentors and want to return the favor by helping students reach their potential. No day is ever the same. I have 1,500 students and watching their growth from the day they enter South University until their Commencement ceremony is very rewarding. I am a first generation college graduate. I’ve always valued education and it is gratifying to see the difference it makes and how our Alumni help grow their local economies and make life better for all.

Q: What 
notable
 awards 
have 
you 
received?
A: Most recently I was recognized as an Outstanding Contributor by the United Way of the Coastal Empire during their Victory Celebration. While all awards are humbling, these types of awards give me the greatest pleasure as they show the impact I’m having in our local community, beyond just my employment.

Q: How did you first got involved in with Park Place Outreach – Youth Emergency Shelter?
A: I get multiple requests for my service on nonprofit boards and I’m very selective about which ones I commit too. I was approached a little over two years ago by two board members, Deb Thompson from WSAV and Jack Levine from Morgan Stanley, and as soon as I walked into the facility, I fell in love with it. It lined up well with my personal values and philosophy, and as an educator I find it very important to work with youth.

Q: What has surprised you most about working with Park Place Outreach?
A: There are so many incredible things about the organization. All of their services are free and in addition to being dedicated to the kids, they even work to reunite families through counseling and other aids. Although there are a lot of great aspects to PPO, the most unbelievable part is the level of connection that the staff makes with the children- it makes everything we do there worthwhile.

Q: Tell me about someone who has influenced your decision to work with PPO?
A: Deb Thompson from WSAV was on the board and originally told me about the organization. The tour of the home she gave me sealed the deal. Besides that, being recognized by the United Way of the Coastal Empire also showed me that the organization was worth my investment and time.

Q: Tell me three things that might surprise someone about you?
A:
1. I am a first generation college graduate.
2. For a good cause/charity I’d do almost anything, like edge off a building in the name of fundraising,
3. I was an Environmental Studies/Geography major in undergraduate school.

Q: What do you think will change about Park Place Outreach over the next five years?
A: Somethings will never change, like how much Park Place Outreach will continue to help youth in the area. However, I think Park Place Outreach will become a leader in youth outreach in our community, not just a Youth Emergency Shelter.

Q: What do you like to do when you aren’t working or volunteering?
A: I spend time with my wife, Kristen, and son Doran. We enjoy local parks and eateries. On the weekends you can usually catch us at any local playground followed by a meal out at one of our favorite local restaurants.

Q: Where are you from?
A: I’m originally from Monticello, NY, a small town in upstate New York.

Q: What high school did you go to? / What college did you attend? What was your major?
A: I graduated from Monticello High School and then went to Binghamton University where I received a Bachelor Degree in Geography and a Bachelor Degree in Environmental Studies. I stayed at Binghamton to also get my Masters in Social Sciences (Student Affairs Concentration). After that I attended Argosy University and obtained a Doctorate in Education with a focus in Organizational Leadership.

Q: Who is or was your professional mentor?
A: I’ve had a few in my career at each level but throughout the years I’d say it has been combination of my parents. My father, Tony was a politician for 40 years in the Town of Thompson. My mother, Linda worked for nonprofit organizations like United Way and YMCA her entire career. If you mix those two occupations together you get a blend of how I’ve led my professional career.

Q: Tell me about your family.
A: My wife Kristen works for Bluknowledge, a local education consulting firm in Savannah; she is the person that motivates me every day and has brought stability and an equal partnership to my life. We have a two-and-a-half year old son Doran. He is the ball of energy that makes every day exciting.

Q: What is your favorite book to read?
A: My favorite book is “Tuesday with Morrie” by Mitch Albom. The story reinforces what is most important in life. Recently, I’ve been hooked by author Patrick Lencioni who writes a bunch of different organizational health/management books.

Q: What is one thing you couldn’t live without?
A: Time with my family. I work hard; I volunteer hard but they keep me grounded.

Q: What is your favorite game or sport to watch and play?
A: Baseball – I’m a huge New York Mets fan.

Q: What’s the most daring thing you’ve ever done?
A: Possibly edge off the building for Park Place Outreach. Over the Edge happens every year on Halloween day and organizations raise money to either send someone over the edge, or keep them from doing it! It’s a great way to raise moral in the workplace and experience something you’ve never done before.