Peacock Automotive Expands into Brunswick with Acquisition of Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram and Hyundai Dealerships

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Peacock Automotive Expands into Brunswick with Acquisition of Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram and Hyundai Dealerships

(BRUNSWICK, GA) South Carolina-based Peacock Automotive has announced it is expanding into Brunswick with the purchase of two area dealerships — AutoNation Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram and AutoNation Hyundai at 5400 Altama Ave.

With this acquisition, Peacock Automotive has added more than 18 acres and nearly 30,000 square feet to its footprint of 20 automotive franchises in Georgia, South Carolina and Florida.

“We have fallen in love with Coastal Georgia, and we love these brands,” said Warner Peacock, president and CEO of Peacock Automotive. “There’s a great synergy since we already own franchises for Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram and Hyundai, and we’re pleased to be able to bring these brands and our commitment of great treatment, service and selection to the Brunswick market.”

Peacock Automotive owns 13 dealerships at the Peacock Auto Mall in Jasper County, S.C., along with the Hyundai, Volkswagen, Fiat and Alfa Romeo dealerships in Savannah.

The acquisition of the Brunswick properties is expected to increase Peacock Automotive’s inventory by 1,000 new and pre-owned vehicles and add 40 jobs to the group, which now employs about 600 people at its franchises in Georgia, South Carolina and Florida. The company is headquartered at the Peacock Auto Mall at the I-95 Hilton Head Island gateway near Bluffton, S.C.

For more information about Peacock Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram of Brunswick and Peacock Hyundai of Brunswick, visit www.peacockcjdrbrunswick.com or www.peacockhyundaibrunswick.com. For Peacock Automotive information, visit www.peacockautomotive.com or call (843) 208-1258.

Peacock Automotive Expands in Brunswick

Peacock Automotive Acquires Two Dealerships to Expand in Brunswick

ABOUT PEACOCK AUTOMOTIVE
Peacock Automotive owns and operates 20 automotive franchises in Georgia, South Carolina and Florida and employs more than 600 individuals. The company’s headquarters are located at the Peacock Auto Mall that covers 45 acres on U.S. 278, five miles east of Interstate 95 at Exit 8 near Bluffton, S.C. Fifteen brands are featured at the Auto Mall, including Alfa Romeo, Audi, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Genesis, Hyundai, Jaguar, Jeep, Land Rover, Maserati, Porsche, Ram, Subaru and Volkswagen. Additionally, the company owns Peacock Hyundai Savannah, Savannah Volkswagen, Alfa Romeo & Fiat of Savannah and Jaguar Land Rover Columbia in Columbia, S.C. Its subsidiary, Peacock-Griffey Automotive, owns Peacock Ford in Orlando, Fla. Peacock Automotive also owns and operates the Peacock Collision Center and The Wellness Institute in South Carolina. For more information about Peacock Automotive, call (843) 208-1258 or visit https://www.peacockautomotive.com/

MEDIA CONTACT
Jill Jauch
Advertising and Marketing Manager
912-507-7171
jj@peacockautomotive.com

Leadership Southeast Georgia Continues 2018 Classes with Session Three

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Leadership Southeast Georgia Continues 2018 Classes with Session Three

(CAMDEN COUNTY) Leadership Southeast Georgia, a regional leadership development program, held its third of five sessions to focus on the impact of the region’s military installations on economic development and how those military resources interconnect with the leadership program’s topics.

The session, held in Camden County, also addressed the region’s disaster preparedness and resources in the wake of recent hurricanes.

“This session was highly beneficial for the entire 2018 class,” said Lee Beckmann, the leadership program’s chairman. “Our region has a very strong military presence; so to expand on the economic implications and resources of the bases was an important piece of our program.”

On the first day of the session, the class was given a tour of the Kings Bay naval base and a presentation on the economic impact of the base and other military elements in the area followed by a trip to the waterfront to view the U.S.S. Trident, a submarine anchored there.

Later, in the city of St. Mary’s, Camden County emergency services director Chuck White discussed disaster preparedness and response. That was followed by a panel with U.S. Coast Guard personnel on hurricane response.

The group began its second day at the St. Mary’s Convention & Visitors Bureau with talks on Spaceport Camden and the St. Mary’s Marine Center. The class then addressed the issue of leadership with a review of performance management strategies, led by facilitator Suzanne Kirk, HR Consultant with Employee Development Strategies, Inc.

Since January 1999, representatives of business, government, education and non-profit organizations in 10 southeast Georgia counties have taken part in creating a leadership network for regional community and economic development.

The annual five-month program is designed to grow and inspire engaged community leaders to improve the overall quality of life in the area. This year, the class is sponsored by Evans General Contractors, Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation, Georgia Southern University and The Sack Company (SACK).

The next session will be held in Bulloch and Screven counties in April.

Leadership Southeast Georgia Session 3 Class of 2018 Group Photo.

Leadership Southeast Georgia 2018 Session 3 Discussion.

Susanne Kirk Speaks at Leadership Southeast Georgia 2018 Session 3

Leadership Southeast Georgia 2018 Session 3 Dinner.

Leadership Southeast Georgia 2018 Session 3 Dinner Venue.

Leadership Southeast Georgia 2018 Session 3 Submarine.

Leadership Southeast Georgia 2018 Session 3 Group Breakout.

Leadership Southeast Georgia 2018 Session 3 Presentation.

Leadership Southeast Georgia 2018 Session 3 Speech.

ABOUT LEADERSHIP SOUTHEAST GEORGIA
Leadership Southeast Georgia is a 501c(3) regional leadership program designed to advance the economic and community development in the 10-county southeast Georgia region and effectively build a network of regional leadership across county lines. With a focus on leadership and economic development, the program explores topics such as health and public safety, natural resources, military installations, education, agriculture, and transportation and infrastructure across Bryan, Bulloch, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long, McIntosh, Screven counties. Since 1999, Leadership Southeast Georgia has graduated 15 classes representing approximately 325 graduates from throughout the region. For more info visit: http://www.lsega.com/

CONTACT
Lee Beckmann
Leadership Southeast Georgia
LBECKMANN@gaports.com

MEDIA CONTACT
Marjorie Young
Carriage Trade Public Relations® Inc.
marjorie@carriagetradepr.com
912.844.9075

Jason Ryals of Speros in Savannah Receives Microsoft Windows Server Certification

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Jason Ryals of Speros in Savannah Receives Microsoft Windows Server Certification

(SAVANNAH, GA) Jason Ryals, chief technology officer of Speros, a full-service technology company based in Savannah, has completed a MCSA (Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate) certification program.

The certification confirms Ryals has the skills and knowledge to implement a core Windows Server infrastructure in a new or existing enterprise environment.

Microsoft is the number one operating system and computer hardware system for businesses across the globe. Companies that use IT (information technology) personnel who have earned Microsoft certifications can be assured they are competent to do the work needed and also committed to the IT industry. Students are required to undergo a rigorous skills overview process and pass three exams to earn the certification.

“In the current IT market, there is a huge demand for Windows Server,” said Ryals. “Because I now have this technology certification in Windows Server skills, it is a greater assurance to our clients that Speros is equipped with the resources to help them reduce their IT costs and deliver more business value to their organizations.”

The certification has also better equipped Ryals to oversee the daily efforts of the 10 engineers of Speros’ IT team as he helps train, coach and mentor them. He is also certified in VMware Certified Professional DataCenter Virtualization, Linux Plus, Sonicwall certified Security Administrator, ADTRAN Technical Solutions Professional (ATSP). Ryals’ career in IT spans more than 15 years.

ABOUT 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 speros.com, call 912-354-8900 or email info@speros.com.

CONTACT
Jason Ryals
Chief Technology Officer
Speros
jryals@speros.com
912.354.8900

MEDIA INQUIRIES
Cecilia Russo
Cecilia Russo Marketing
912-665-0005
info@crussomarketing.com

Marjorie Young
Carriage Trade Public Relations, Inc.
912-844-9990
VisTeam@carriagetradepr.com

Why Dental Care Should be Included in Our Healthcare Plans

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Angela Canfield DDSWhy Dental Care Should be Included in Our Healthcare Plans
By Angela C. Canfield DDS

Did you know the No. 1 reason people don’t visit a dentist in the U.S. is the financial burden? Individuals with dental insurance and those without avoid dental exams because of cost. This unfortunate truth has serious implications for the healthcare system and patients alike.

The state of our oral health impacts our overall health. Advanced gum disease is linked to heart disease, diabetes and a number of other medical issues. Without healthy teeth, individuals can have difficulty chewing and biting, which could result in adverse diet changes and have negative effects on one’s nutrition.

In addition, 30 percent of low-income adults report that their dental condition affects their ability to interview successfully for a job.

While pushes have been made to begin programs that offer individuals various types of dental care, efforts to initiate a nationwide oral health care policy have been minimal.

I have seen firsthand the effects poor dental health can have on an individual’s general health and overall quality of life. Access to dental care should be available for everyone.

To increase awareness of the change our current system needs, I’ve listed my top five reasons for including dental care in our healthcare system.

1. Dental health corresponds to overall health. Early symptoms of various health issues are actually spotted by dentists first, and poor dental health often leads to other health-related complications.

2. Just as they visit a doctor for annual checkups, individuals should schedule regular dental visits. This isn’t the reality for many people who can’t afford to see a dentist regularly.

3. According to Delta Dental, individuals with gum disease are at a greater risk for heart disease than individuals with healthy gums.

4. Prevention is less expensive than treatment. Visiting a dentist twice a year for routine checkups will cost less than treating a mouth full of years of neglect.

5. Oral infections can cause infections elsewhere. Without a strong immune system, oral bacteria in the bloodstream can affect other areas of the body as well. Infective endocarditis, which affects an individual’s heart valves, is one example.

If you have similar thoughts on the lack of dental care in our healthcare system, please contact U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter at 6602 Abercorn Street, Suite 105B Savannah, GA 31405 or at (912) 352-0101.

In the meantime, remember to visit your dentist regularly and practice excellent oral hygiene daily.

Angela Canfield, DDS, is licensed by the Georgia Board of Dentistry and the National Board of Dentists. She owns and practices at two dental offices: Premier Dental Designs in Rincon, Ga., and Sandfly Family Dental in Savannah, Ga. Contact Dr. Canfield at molar799@yahoo.com or 912-826-4037.

Cecilia Russo Marketing Celebrates 10 Years of Business in Savannah

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Cecilia Russo Marketing Celebrates 10 Years of Business in Savannah

(SAVANNAH, GA) Founded in 2008, Cecilia Russo Marketing celebrates 10 years in business, helping organizations increase their visibility locally, regionally and nationally through reputation management strategies in coastal Georgia and the South Carolina Lowcountry.

Cecilia Russo Turner

“Looking back, I often think about the risk I took of launching a business during the worst recession ever, but I dug my feet in, held my head up and kept going kept swimming,” Turner said. “And I went from being a one-woman-shop to now having two full-time employees and 12 contract employees.”

Cecilia Russo Marketing works hard to fulfill the public relations, community relations, marketing, reputation management and philanthropic goals for emerging and high visibility companies.

“Although public relations is one of our strongest services, and I love it – – I won’t offer a list of clients because we don’t normally disclose the companies who hire us,” said Turner. “It’s our responsibility to help manage their reputations and social media platforms, share their good news with the public, encourage their civic involvement, provide executive counsel and assist with signature events. ”

On the fundraising side of her business, Turner has raised millions of dollars in our community and spearheaded many projects and successful campaigns for other non-profit organizations such as the Savannah-Chatham public school system, Benedictine Military School, SAFE Shelter, Inc., American Red Cross of Southeast and Coastal Georgia, Savannah Technical College and Leadership Southeast Georgia.

“Looking back over the past decade, I am proudest of the opportunities to help organizations achieve their goals,” said Turner. “Perhaps the most striking example, was when I was working with the Veterans Council of Chatham County and the citizens of Savannah, Chatham County and all around the world to erect Savannah’s World War II Monument on West River Street.”

Turner provided strategic direction and major gift solicitation for the most successful fundraising campaign ever held by the veterans council for the outdoor sculpture “A World Apart,” which honors Chatham County’s veterans of the Second World War. It was dedicated in 2010 after almost a decade of planning and development.

In 2013, the Junior Achievement Small Business Hall of Fame named Turner as its Volunteer of the Year, and in 2016 the Susan G. Komen Society of Coastal Georgia recognized her as the “Biggest BigWig of All Time” after she led a breast cancer fundraising campaign to record-setting levels.

Looking ahead to the next decade and beyond, Turner said she expects to continue to nurture what she calls the “strength of good relationships” to help businesses develop their potential and cultivate opportunities for growth by collaboration.

Turner is a graduate of Leadership Southeast Georgia, a five-month program designed to help community leaders promote positive growth and quality of life in southeast Georgia. Her volunteerism includes memberships and board positions on the Rotary Club of Savannah, Horizons Savannah and the Kiwanis Club of Skidaway Island.

She has previously served on the boards of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Coastal Empire and Senior Citizens, Inc., and has volunteered on behalf of Junior Achievement of Georgia, St. Vincent’s Academy and the Catholic Diocese of Savannah.

Turner, a graduate of St. Vincent’s Academy and the University of Georgia, is married to Bob Turner.

“I want to make southeast and coastal Georgia and the South Carolina Lowcountry a better place to live and work,” she said. “By helping other businesses tell their story and build brand recognition with key publics, we can help attract the best talent and the best companies to our community.”

ABOUT CECILIA RUSSO MARKETING, LLC
Cecilia Russo, of Cecilia Russo Marketing, LLC, is a marketing professional with a proven record among Savannah’s top-tier non-profit and for-profit organizations, businesses and corporations in the areas of fund development, marketing, public relations and event planning. As a native Savannahian, Cecilia’s knowledge and experience give her unique insights into channeling the efforts of volunteers and constituents into effective, mission-driven public relations activities that translate into measurable results. She was voted one of Savannah’s “40 Business Leaders Under 40” by the Savannah Business Report and Journal in 2005. For more information, visit online at https://ceciliarussomarketing.wordpress.com or call 912-665-0005.

MEDIA INQUIRIES
Cecilia Russo Turner
Cecilia Russo Marketing
912-665-0005
info@crussomarketing.com

Angela Grant Joins Board for Authority for the Homeless

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Angela Grant Joins Board for Authority for the Homeless

(SAVANNAH, GA) Angela M. Grant has recently joined the Chatham Savannah Authority for the Homeless Board of Directors. The authority works in partnership with nonprofit service providers, government officials, the faith community and the business community to reduce and eliminate homelessness.

Grant is a case manager team leader for St. Joseph’s/Candler Georgia Infirmary. This long-established program is designed to help avoid or delay nursing facility placement, decrease hospitalizations and emphasize preventive health care. In addition to helping the elderly, The Georgia Infirmary provides safe and affordable housing for vulnerable populations.

Grant received a master’s degree in public administration and is a part-time house parent for Park Place Outreach, which provides services to at-risk kids and teenagers and their families.

“Angela brings a wealth of knowledge, compassion and understanding to the homeless authority’s board,” said Julie Wade, director of Park Place Outreach. “She’s a beloved house parent for Park Place, and I am thrilled to know she is part of the conversation for ending homelessness in the Savannah area.”

Grant is a St. Joseph’s/Candler Mercy Volunteer who also gives her time to Second Harvest Food Bank, Girls Scouts of America and The Martin de Porres Society of Savannah.

Grant, who is married and has three children, enjoys traveling around the globe, reading and, of course, volunteering.

Angela M. Grant joins the Chatham Savannah Authority for the Homeless (CSAH) Board of Directors.

Angela M. Grant joins the Chatham Savannah Authority for the Homeless (CSAH) Board of Directors.

MORE INFORMATION ON PARK PLACE OUTREACH YOUTH EMERGENCY SHELTER
Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter, 514 E. Henry St., provides support for troubled children and teens in Savannah and the surrounding area. Opened in 1984, the shelter, open 24 hours a day, offers youth, between the ages of 11 and 17, a safe and loving environment. Homeless, abused or runaway teenagers can self-admit themselves into this shelter. The organization’s goal is to keep kids off the street and reunify families. Park Place Outreach – Youth Emergency Shelter is an equal opportunity provider and employer. With the generous support of local organizations and individuals, the Park Place Outreach Shelter has helped more than 6,000 individuals. For more information, please visit http://parkplaceyes.org or find us on Facebook.

CONTACT
Julie Wade
Park Place Outreach
Youth Emergency Shelter
514 E. Henry Street
Savannah, GA. 31401
912-234-4048 Fax 912-651-3621
www.parkplaceyes.org

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

Peacock Automotive Donates Materials from new Brunswick Dealerships to Glynn County Charities

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Peacock Automotive Donates Materials from New Brunswick Dealerships to Glynn County Charities

(BRUNSWICK, GA) Peacock Automotive, assisted by Junkluggers of the Coastal Empire, has donated gently used office furniture to The Well in Brunswick and Glynn County’s Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore. The automotive company has opened Peacock Hyundai and Peacock Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram dealerships at 5400 Altama Avenue. Peacock Automotive donates used furniture.

The Well, a hospitality center for people who are homeless, received two loveseats, two sofas, four club chairs, two benches, a coffee table, and two end tables. The center is provided by FaithWorks, a community-focused ecumenical ministry, to help those who are homeless with opportunities to reconnect with family members and access important services to help them leave the streets and recover from sickness and disease.

Peacock Automotive also donated 50 desk chairs and other office items and furniture to Habitat’s ReStore, a retail outlet operated by Habitat for Humanity that receives donations of new and reusable home furnishings, home improvement and construction items, and then provides them for sale at deep discounts to the public. Proceeds from ReStore sales enable Habitat to build safe, decent and affordable houses in Glynn County.

“Our goal to give back to the communities that support us,” said Warner Peacock, president and CEO of Peacock Automotive. “My family and I know the importance of the work both these organizations do and we’re pleased to be able to assist them in their missions.”

The drop-offs were facilitated by Junkluggers of the Coastal Empire, an environmentally friendly junk removal company committed to partnering with local charities in service to the community.

“We are proud to be able to help Peacock Automotive donate to these local organizations,” said Trevor Hess, owner and president of the local franchise. “Our eco-friendly junk removal company’s mission is to reduce landfill waste by donating or recycling the materials we pick up.”

Habitat’s ReStore is located in Lanier Plaza, at 1919 Glynn Avenue. For more information, visit https://www.hfhglynn.org/restore/. The Well is in downtown Brunswick at 1101 Glouscester Street. For more information visit https://faithworksministry.org/

ABOUT PEACOCK AUTOMOTIVE
Peacock Automotive owns and operates 20 automotive franchises in Georgia, South Carolina and Florida and employs more than 600 individuals. The company’s headquarters are located at the Peacock Auto Mall that covers 45 acres on U.S. 278, five miles east of Interstate 95 at Exit 8 near Bluffton, S.C. Fifteen brands are featured at the Auto Mall, including Alfa Romeo, Audi, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Genesis, Hyundai, Jaguar, Jeep, Land Rover, Maserati, Porsche, Ram, Subaru and Volkswagen. Additionally, the company owns Peacock Hyundai Savannah, Savannah Volkswagen, Alfa Romeo & Fiat of Savannah and Jaguar Land Rover Columbia in Columbia, S.C. Its subsidiary, Peacock-Griffey Automotive, owns Peacock Ford in Orlando, Fla. Peacock Automotive also owns and operates the Peacock Collision Center and The Wellness Institute in South Carolina. For more information about Peacock Automotive, call (843) 208-1258 or visit https://www.peacockautomotive.com/

ABOUT THE JUNKLUGGERS OF THE COASTAL EMPIRE
The Junkluggers of the Coastal Empire, owned by Trevor and Misty Hess, serves as an environmentally friendly junk removal company for Chatham, Effingham, Bryan and Liberty counties in coastal Georgia, plus Jasper and Beaufort counties in South Carolina. The company offers same day and next day appointments. Specializing in both residential and commercial clean-outs, Junkluggers accepts everything from furniture to construction debris, including office equipment, heavy machinery and appliances. All luggers are background-checked and professionally trained and the company is insured with 100% property damage protection. The company is also committed to partnering with local charities in service to the community as well as providing public education on issues such as recycling, donating and repurposing. For more information, please call 912-712-0227 or visit http://www.junkluggers.com.

MEDIA CONTACT
Jill Jauch
Advertising and Marketing Manager
912-507-7171
jj@peacockautomotive.com