Keith Fletcher of Speros Featured in National Magazine, Business Solutions

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(SAVANNAH, GA) Business Solutions, a monthly publication dedicated to helping IT solutions providers grow their businesses, featured Keith Fletcher, Chief Operating Officer of Speros, a full-service technology company headquartered in Savannah.

According to the article, “The Real Secret To Creating A Managed Services Differentiator,“ written by Jay McCall, Speros has solved a common pain point for a majority of its customers and increased the company’s monthly recurring revenue. McCall is the publication’s editor of networking, managed services and storage.

Susan Speros brought Keith Fletcher onboard 3 years ago as Chief Operating Officer, making him the newest member of the management team to facilitate growth and expand the company.

Over the last 3 years, Speros has evolved from a telecom consultant with an IT division to the largest technology services company in the region and in doing so has more than doubled business over a three-year period. The growth was fueled by focusing on monthly reoccurring revenue, and one major component has been a unique Hardware-as-a-Service (HaaS) program which started with Speros’ firewall manufacturer, SonicWALL, but the article also credits him with an even bigger win.

Several months ago he approached Speros’ routing and switching manufacturing partner, ADTRAN, got them on board with HaaS and, in doing so, found new opportunities to further strengthen the company’s partnerships as well as its bottom line.

“When I approached ADTRAN about the possibility of starting a HaaS program, I was pleasantly surprised to find that they liked the idea,” Fletcher said. “After all, switches are a key component of the network infrastructure and even wireless access points have to connect to switches, which can slow down a network as they age. But when ADTRAN said they also wanted to bundle their management suite with the hardware, I knew we were on to something that would allow our technicians to see and do much more in managing their network’s performance, health and data usage.”

Since the ADTRAN HaaS program kicked off in June 2016, Fletcher said, “there has been a fantastic reaction by our customers, being able to have a truly state of the art infrastructure for a small monthly fee is very attractive to everyone.”

The difference between the Speros/Adtran/Blue Socket/SonicWALL program is that this is a true manufacturer’s program. All of these enterprise class technology companies have developed programs that Speros administers to provide the highest caliber technology to the business community.

This is very different from programs from other technology companies where the technology company purchases the equipment and then “rents” it to their customers.

“An average company with 100 employees and the usual office IT infrastructure might spend about $15,000 on switches and firewalls, compared to $500 a month to rent,” Fletcher said. “When you add additional costs for PCs, printers, telephones and paying someone to run your IT department, the capital outlay would be huge compared to pennies on the dollar to rent all of it. Also, instead of having to buy equipment that depreciates every five years, HaaS allows entrepreneurs to stay current across the board.”

To read the full article, visit http://www.bsminfo.com/doc/the-real-secret-to-creating-a-managed-services-differentiator-0001.

Speros, which was founded 1984, has reported a 2015 sales growth rate of 40 percent and a 2016 projected sales growth rate of 25 percent. The company has 27 employees. For more information, visit speros.com, call (912) 354-8900 or email info@speros.com.

keith-fletcherMORE INFORMATION ON SPEROS
Established in 1984, Speros provides technology solutions for businesses, offering telephone systems, IT services, surveillance systems, web design and branding solutions and cloud computing. Speros team members continually stay updated on leading-edge, certified technologies to maximize solutions and ensure businesses succeed in this fast-paced, technology-driven world. For more information, visit http://www.speros.com, call (912) 354-8900 or email info@speros.com. Find Speros on Twitter at @sperostech.

CONTACT
Keith Fletcher
Chief Operations Officer
Speros
(912) 354-8900
kfletcher@speros.com

MEDIA CONTACT
Marjorie Young
Carriage Trade PR, Inc.
(912) 844-9990
visteam@carriagetradepr.com

The Ronald McDonald House of the Coastal Empire Cornhole Tournament Set For March 11

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(SAVANNAH, GA) The Teen Board of the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) announces plans for the 4th annual cornhole tournament set for Saturday, March 11 in Forsyth Park from 12 noon until 3 p.m.

Cornhole team registration is now open for two-member teams and is open to all ages. The cost is $50 per team. Space is limited and participation will be based on the date of registration. Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place.

The event proceeds directly support families who need a place to stay while a child seeks treatment in a nearby hospital.

Sponsorship opportunities are also available for the event, ranging from Presenting sponsor at $1,000 to a supporter at $100. Individuals, businesses, or organizations are encouraged to sponsor the RMHC fundraiser.

The Teen Board is comprised of students in grades 10 through 12 who volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House or family rooms at area hospitals.

“This is my second year serving as a teen volunteer, and I know we are making a difference,” said Malcolm Williams Green. “We really try to cater to the families we serve by preparing meals, running errands, or just giving parents a short break from being in the hospital with a sick child.”

For more information or to register a team for the cornhole tournament, please visit https://www.rmhccoastalempire.org.

ABOUT RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE CHARITIES OF THE COASTAL EMPIRE
Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC) of the Coastal Empire is a registered 501©3, non-profit that operates solely on donations. The cornerstone program is the Savannah Ronald McDonald House that provides more than 4170 family night stays each year with a “Home away from home.” Other core programs include the Ronald McDonald Family Rooms® in St. Joseph’s/Candler Hospital and Children’s Hospital at Memorial Hospital Medical Center and the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile®, a mobile dental clinic providing free dental cleanings and examinations, care to underserved, school-aged children in Beaufort County (SC).

CONTACT
Bill Sorochak
Executive Director
Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC®) of the Coastal Empire
bill@rmhccoastalempire.org
t. (912) 350-7641 ext. 304
f. (912) 350-2309
c. (864) 906-8496
https://www.rmhccoastalempire.org
4710 Waters Avenue
Savannah, Georgia, 31404

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Wright
Junior Partner
Cecilia Russo Marketing
(912) 856-9075
info@ceciliarussomarketing.com

Enmarket Raised $15,000 for the Partnership for a Healthier America to Help End Childhood Obesity

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(SAVANNAH, GA) Through a month-long customer donation campaign, enmarket, a convenience store chain operating in more than 60 locations in the U.S., raised $15,000 to support the Partnership for a Healthier America’s mission to ensure all kids grow up at a healthy weight.

Customers at enmarket’s convenience stores in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina could add $1 to purchases at checkout in support of a healthier future for our nation’s children. PHA is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that works with the private sector and PHA Honorary Chair First Lady Michelle Obama to make healthier choices easier.

“Access to healthy foods is essential for making sure kids live long, healthy lives. This campaign and enmarket’s commitment to providing healthier options in convenience stores will help us make healthy choices easier for children and families — no matter where they live,” said PHA President and CEO Lawrence A. Soler.

Since partnering with PHA in May 2016, enmarket has increased the number of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat and nonfat dairy available in its stores. Additionally, enmarket works to provide healthier options for Grab and Go items and makes sure healthier options remain affordable.

“Enmarket is proud of our strong partnerships both in the local community and with the nationally renowned Partnership for a Healthier America. We are pleased to be able to assist them in their efforts to help eliminate childhood obesity,” said Matt Clements, enmarket’s director of marketing. “We are grateful for the generosity of our customers in support of our continued mission to provide healthier food options and make a positive difference in the lives of the people and communities we are fortunate to serve.”

To learn more about enmarket’s commitment to making healthier choices easier, visit http://www.enmarket.com.

pha-logoABOUT PARTNERSHIP FOR A HEALTHIER AMERICA
The Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) is devoted to working with the private sector to ensure the health of our nation’s youth by solving the childhood obesity crisis. In 2010, PHA was created in conjunction with – but independent from – First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! effort. PHA is a nonpartisan nonprofit organization that is led by some of the nation’s most respected health and childhood obesity experts. PHA brings together public, private and nonprofit leaders to broker meaningful commitments and develop strategies to end childhood obesity. Most important, PHA ensures that commitments made are commitments kept by working with unbiased, third parties to monitor and publicly report on the progress our partners are making. For more information about PHA, please visit http://www.aHealthierAmerica.org and follow PHA on Twitter @PHAnews.

enmarket-logoABOUT 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 60 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 http://www.enmarket.com. Follow enmarket on Twitter at @enmarkenjoy.

CONTACT
Matt Clements
Director of Marketing
enmarket
MClements@enmarkstations.com
http://www.enmarket.com

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

College and Career Fair Open to the Public at Sol C. Johnson High School

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(SAVANNAH, GA) The MEGAGENESIS XI College and Career Fair is set for Saturday, February 25 from 9 a.m. to 3:10 p.m. at Sol C. Johnson High School in Savannah, GA. The event, sponsored by the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System, Chatham County Youth Commission, The 100 Black Men of Savannah, and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., includes college recruiters, career workshops, and corporate exhibits.

The program is designed to highlight the importance of higher education and is open to all students, grades 5-12, and their parents. High school seniors are encouraged to bring their transcripts. Some colleges will conduct on-site admission and provide scholarship information. A complimentary lunch will be provided for all attendants, participants, and presenters.

“In the past ten years, students have received over $6 million in scholarships through connections at MEGAGENESIS,” said Dr. Zke Zimmerman, event coordinator.

In addition, the event includes a presentation from Semaj Clark, Motivational Speaker and founder of the FIRE organization, which stands for forgiveness, introspection, respect, and education. His program is dedicated to the empowerment of young people through the teaching of basic life skills that are necessary for success.

Some of the participating colleges include Armstrong State University, Auburn University, Claflin University, Georgia State University, South Carolina State University, Savannah State University, University of Alabama and many more.

For additional information or registration, please contact Dr. Zke Zimmerman at Javarorlz@aol.com or visit https://www.facebook.com/MegagenesisSavannah/

About MEGAGENESIS
MEGAGENESIS was founded in 1995 in Newport News, Virginia by Dr. Zke Zimmerman. In 2007, he began the program in Savannah at Sol C. Johnson High School. Last year’s event included 417 attendees from Savannah, Effingham, Vidalia, Charleston, SC, and Orangeburg, SC. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/MegagenesisSavannah/

MEDIA CONTACT
Lula L. Baker
Home: (912) 232-2015
Cell: (912) 660-6159

Savannah Business Attorney Charles Bowen to speak about “The Legal Risks of Live-Streaming Videos” at the SMART Luncheon March 7

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(SAVANNAH, GA) Business and entertainment attorney Charles Bowen of The Bowen Law Group will speak on Tuesday, March 7 at the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business Council SMART Lunch Series.

Bowen will present the second installment of the two-part series “The Legal Risks of Live-Streaming Videos” during the monthly luncheon at the Savannah Morning News auditorium, 1375 Chatham Parkway.

Bowen’s presentation comes as the rise in popularity of livestreaming apps such as Periscope and Meerkat, along with new features in mainstream apps such as Facebook, has inspired many smartphone users to get into the livestreaming game, broadcasting any event live using their device. While these apps ban users from posting content that violates others’ copyright, trademark, privacy and publicity rights in their standard Terms of Service, their warnings are often ignored.

Bowen will address these issues and the challenge of privacy concerns from a legal perspective, particularly when it comes to commercial use.

“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 livestreaming service itself, not the actual broadcaster,” Bowen said. “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.”

Bowen also will review basic livestreaming rules and how ignoring them could land some users in legal hot water.

“Livestreaming is likely here to stay, as it seems to be a perfect fit for today’s smartphone-carrying, internet-connected world,” said Bowen. “The best advice I can give is simply to 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.”

The luncheon will begin with registration at 11:30 a.m. and the program at 12 p.m. The cost is $12 for Chamber members. For more information or to RSVP, contact Stephanie Painter at SPainter@SavannahChamber.com or 912-644-6458.

charles-bowenMORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE BOWEN LAW GROUP
Based out of Savannah, Charles Bowen is a business attorney who focuses on commercial and entertainment law and also offers comprehensive mediation services. Bowen attended Mercer University in Macon, Ga., where he graduated summa cum laude with honors in both psychology and political science. Upon graduating from Georgetown University Law Center in 1995, he moved to Savannah and established a corporate law practice. Bowen was named “Business Advocate of the Year” in 2015 by the Savannah Morning News. He won the “2016 Helen V. Head Business Leader of the Year Award” presented by the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce. He also chaired the 24th Annual Kiss-a-Pig campaign on behalf of the American Diabetes Association. Bowen has received the Martindale-Hubbell® AV® Preeminent™ rating, the highest rating based upon confidential surveys sent to other attorneys. He also has been selected by the members of the State Bar of Georgia as one of Georgia Trend’s 12th Annual Legal Elite in two categories: Business Law and Corporate Law. He is the author of three eBooks. 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 http://www.thebowenlawgroup.com. Follow The Bowen Law Group on Twitter at @bowenlawgroup.

CONTACT
Charles J. Bowen, Founder
The Bowen Law Group
912-544-2050
cbowen@thebowenlawgroup.com
http://www.thebowenlawgroup.com

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Wright
Carriage Trade PR
Cecilia Russo Marketing
cynthia.wright@carriagetradepr.com
912.856.9075

Kiwanis of Skidaway to Hold Annual Pancake Fundraiser to Benefit Local At-Risk Youth

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(SAVANNAH, GA) The Kiwanis Club of Skidaway Island announces the annual Pancake Breakfast to be held Saturday, February 25. From 7 a.m. until 11 a.m., at Skidaway Island Presbyterian Church, located at 50 Diamond Causeway, Savannah, GA 31411.

Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Children 8 and under eat free. To purchase tickets in advance, visit http://www.kiwanisofskidaway.com/event/pancake-breakfast/.

“This is one of four events we hold throughout the year to raise funds for our service partners,” said Kevin O’Neill, chairperson for the Pancake Breakfast. “We will have great raffle prizes again this year and encourage the entire community to join us for breakfast.”

All net proceeds from the event directly benefit Savannah’s at-risk youth through community partners, to include: America’s Second Harvest — Kids Cafe, Backpack Buddies, Family Promise of Greater Savannah, Junior Achievement, Local Outreach Volunteer Educators, Park Place Outreach – Youth Emergency Shelter, Special Olympics and Wesley Community Centers of Savannah.

Last year, the club mobilized $62,500 to support these and other projects and programs that serve children. For a complete list of their service partners, visit http://www.kiwanisofskidaway.com/community-involvement/.

Kiwanis Club of Skidaway is a service organization comprised of 125 men and women in the Savannah area. Since 1988, the club has raised and distributed over $1.4 million and invested over 300,000 service hours toward their mission of supporting children in our region.

For more information on the club, visit https://www.kiwanisofskidaway.com.

Media Contact:
Kevin O’Neill
912-713-1733

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Local Nonprofit Organizations Invited to Apply for Enmarket Encourage Health Series 2017 Grant Donations

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(SAVANNAH, GA) Enmarket invites area nonprofit organizations to apply to be selected as one of the four grant recipients in the 2017 Encourage Health Educational Series. The application process will be held through a Facebook contest. Selected nonprofit organizations will receive a $1000 grant.

Any Savannah area registered 501c3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote healthy living, active lifestyles or nutritional education is encouraged to enter.

The rules: “Like” the enmarket page (https://www.facebook.com/enmarkstations) and post a nomination as a comment explaining why your organization should be chosen as a grant recipient. Entries must include how the nonprofit organization inspires or promotes healthy living. The total number of “likes” on individual posts are considered by the advisory board for the final selection.

Enmarket’s Facebook page can be found at https://www.facebook.com/enmarkstations. Entries will be open on Wednesday, February 1. The deadline is Tuesday, February 28 at midnight.

Each winning nonprofit organization will receive their donation during one of the four Encourage Health Education Series presentations.

This is the fourth year for the enmarket Encourage Health Education Series in partnership with 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 lunchtime presentations from the area’s most respected experts sharing insights on nutrition, fitness and general tips for healthy living. The speakers for the 2017 Encourage Health Education Series are set to be announced this coming March.

For more information and to participate, visit https://www.facebook.com/enmarkstations.

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 60 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 http://www.enmarket.com. Follow enmarket on Twitter at @enmarkenjoy.

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

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Wright
Director of Communications
Carriage Trade PR
Cecilia Russo Marketing
912.856.9075
http://www.carriagetradepr.com
cynthia.wright@carriagetradepr.com