United Way of the Coastal Empire Announces New Board Leadership



SAVANNAH, GA (April 23, 2020) – Moving forward with the business of the organization since canceling the Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon due to the COVID-19 pandemic, United Way of the Coastal Empire announced the officers and directors who will serve on the 2020-2021 board. Comprised of business and community leaders, board members help further United Way’s mission through their decision-making, governance and counsel, as well as maintaining the highest levels of stewardship, while improving the lives of people in Bryan, Chatham, Effingham, and Liberty Counties. Vice President and General Manager of WTOC-TV, Larry Silbermann, will serve as the Chairman to the Board of Directors, replacing Toby Moreau. 

Chairman to the Board of Directors, Larry Silbermann
Chairman to the Board of Directors, Larry Silbermann

“I am excited by this opportunity to serve our community through United Way. I’d like to thank Toby and our retiring board members for their mentorship, support, and tireless efforts that have set us on the path to continued success,” stated Larry Silbermann. “These volunteer leaders set the bar high with their clear vision and goal-oriented leadership, and I look forward to following their legacy as we lead United Way into a new chapter.  As the organization continues to grow at a record pace, I am excited to work with the dedicated team at United Way as we continue the excellent work already in progress to help our friends and neighbors who are facing an unprecedented challenge.”

Serving as members of the executive committee are:


Joining the executive committee as new members of the board are:

Board members being nominated to complete another one-year term are:

For a complete list of 2020-2021 United Way of the Coastal Empire’s Board of Directors, visit www.uwce.org/board.

United Way thanked seven members whose terms have expired and will step off the board: Carol Bell, Community Volunteer; Jenny Gentry, Chase; Trey Glendye, Colonial Group; Drew Hunt, Community Volunteer; Pat Monahan, City of Savannah; Steve Pound, St. Joseph’s/Candler Health System; and Judge Greg Sapp, Chatham County.

The Board of Directors and the staff of United Way would also like to thank outgoing board chair Toby Moreau, for his outstanding leadership and commitment to the organization during the past year. 

“I am sincerely grateful for Toby’s dedicated leadership over the past year, and most especially since I started with the organization in early February. I am glad he will continue his service on the board as immediate past chair,” said Brynn Grant, President and CEO of United Way of the Coastal Empire. “Toby has given far more of his time and expertise than many could or would have and our team, our organization and our community are indebted to him.”

For more information, visit www.uwce.org.

About United Way of the Coastal Empire

The mission of United Way of the Coastal Empire is to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities.  

United Way conducts an annual fundraising campaign and invests donor contributions in programs and services within three impact areas: Education, Financial Stability, and Health. United Way serves Bryan, Chatham, Effingham, and Liberty Counties.

United Way is a volunteer-driven organization that involves hundreds of community leaders, professionals, and other volunteers in every aspect of our business, including fundraising, marketing, and funding decisions, to ensure that donors’ donations are truly making a difference.

Thanks to the Herschel V. Jenkins Trust Fund and other income, which covers almost all administrative and fundraising costs, donor contributions go to help people in need.  

For more information, please visit uwce.org.

Lowcountry Commercial Construction Firm, Dewitt Tilton Group, Welcomes New Superintendent Aaron Cradduck


Lowcountry Commercial Construction Firm, Dewitt Tilton Group, Welcomes New Superintendent Aaron Cradduck

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Dewitt Tilton Group is pleased to announce that Aaron Cradduck has joined the commercial construction company as a superintendent. Cradduck will be responsible for managing vendors and resources to ensure quality construction and timely builds that meet clients’ commercial construction needs.

Aaron Cradduck, The Dewitt Tilton Group, Commercial Construction Savannah
Aaron Cradduck, The Dewitt Tilton Group, Commercial Construction Savannah

“We are extremely pleased that Aaron has joined our team,” said Chris Tilton, president and co-founder of the Dewitt Tilton Group. “He has a tremendous amount of talent and brings a toolbox of construction management skills with him. He will be a great asset to our business.”

Cradduck was most recently employed as chief of operations for a home repair and remediation company in Pooler, Ga. He studied economics at Clemson University.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to join the Dewitt Tilton Group,” said Cradduck. “The company has a reputation of high integrity, quality and innovation in the commercial construction industry, all of which I am excited to now be a part of.”

A native of Lake Leelanau, Mich., Cradduck enjoys woodworking in his spare time. He is married to Cynthia Cradduck of Savannah, and they are expecting their first child in December.

The Dewitt Tilton Group, a premier construction firm in the Lowcountry, specializes in commercial construction. The principals, Andrew Dewitt and Chris Tilton, have over 50 years of combined experience in the local construction industry. The firm manages every aspect of a commercial project from pre-construction to the final walk through. Known for using only highly reputable contractors, the Dewitt Tilton Group brings to the table design, engineering and construction capabilities which guarantees a smooth construction process for each client. The firm is headquartered at 2807-A Roger Lacey Avenue, Savannah, GA 31404. For more information or to contact the Dewitt Tilton Group, please call 912.777.3404 or visit www.dewitttiltongroup.com

Kim Thomas
Dewitt Tilton Group

Cynthia Cradduck
Carriage Trade Public Relations®, Inc.
Cecilia Russo Marketing

August Open for Business: Content Marketing


August Open for Business: Content Marketing
(SAVANNAH, GA) Join Carriage Trade Public Relations®, Inc. and Cecilia Russo Marketing, LLC for the August session of their monthly Open for Business® series. This month’s topic is content marketing. The conversation takes place via Facebook Live on Carriage Trade Public Relations’ Facebook page. This month’s session will be held on Wednesday, August 29, at noon. Interested parties can find more information here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1998693787022192/?active_tab=about

Open for Business® is a monthly online social media article review series, where current marketing articles are discussed that will help your business become more competitive. We meet on the last Wednesday of every month at noon via Facebook Live.

Carriage Trade Public Relations, Inc. is Savannah’s premiere reputation management company. Founded in 1995 by Marjorie Young to help businesses increase their visibility in their community and globally online through its trademarked strategy, the REPUTATION MATRIX™ method.

Cecilia Russo Marketing, LLC was founded by Cecilia Russo Turner in 2008. The firm puts the power of publicity to work, helping organizations, businesses and individuals move the needle and achieve their specific communications objectives through key reputation management strategies. For more information, call 912.665.0005 or visit https://ceciliarussomarketing.com

Cynthia Wright

Mark Howard to Present “Avoiding the 3 Biggest Mistakes People Make Regarding Retirement” to Savannah Jaycees


Mark Howard to Present “Avoiding the 3 Biggest Retirement Mistakes”

(Savannah, GA) Mark Howard, President and founder of Howard Financial Group, will be the featured speaker at The Savannah Jaycees meeting on Tuesday, August 1st. Open networking will begin at 5:30 p.m. and the program will run from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Savannah Jaycees’ headquarters, located at 101 Atlas Street.

Howard will present “Avoiding the 3 Biggest Retirement Mistakes” during the Jaycees August gathering as a part of their “Leadership Now” series. Attendees will learn:

· How to earn consistent returns in today’s economy

· What “true diversification” is.

· The hidden costs of the most common form of investments.

Howard has over 25 years experience in the financial services industry. He is recognized as an expert on Retirement Income Planning and has been featured many times on news outlets such as The Wall Street Journal, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Atlanta Business Chronicle, Barron’s Magazine, South Magazine, AM 750 WSB, AM 1290 WTKS and Savannah Morning News.

In 2014, Howard founded Howard Financial Group, which is headquartered in Savannah. His firm focuses on strategies to grow their clients’ retirement dollars while taking less risk. “We specialize in protection of principle, providing a reasonable rate of return over time, and keeping things simple for our clients”, said Howard.

Howard Financial Group services clients from all over the country, many that are recognizable names from the world of sports, entertainment and politics.

Last year, Howard and his firm were chosen to be a part of Advisors Excel, an elite group of financial advisors nationwide that were recently highlighted in the New York Times bestseller Money: Master the Game, written by Tony Robbins.

“From our work helping thousands of families and individuals from all walks of life prepare and transition into retirement, I’m able to give a unique perspective into what works and what doesn’t,” said Howard. “I hope to share some timely information with this group of young business professionals and area leaders to help them avoid the same mistakes so many others have made.”

For further information, or to register, visit the Savannah Jaycees web site at http://savannahjaycees.com/savannah-jaycees-leadership-now-series/ or visit them on facebook at Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/savannah.jaycees/

For more information on Howard Financial Group, visit www.howardfinancialgroup.com or call 912-777-6944.

The Savannah Jaycees is a nonprofit organization of young professionals, between the ages of 21 to 40, whose mission is to inspire leadership development through community involvement. The Savannah Jaycees have been an organization since 1942 and are celebrating their 75th Anniversary this year. Among the Savannah Jaycees’ most notable projects were the installation of voting booths throughout Chatham County, spearheading efforts to build the Civic Center, helping to build the Kicklighter School and Chatham Nursing Home, founding Toys-for-Tots with the Marines and the fire department, renovating the Forsyth Fountain, and creating Jaycees Park on Tybee Island. The United States Jaycees was founded in 1920 with vision is to be the leading global network of active young citizens. To learn more, visit http://savannahjaycees.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/savannah.jaycees?ref=br_tf
Cecilia Russo
Cecilia Russo Marketing

Marjorie Young
Carriage Trade Public Relations, Inc.

Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter Launches Guest Dinner Program


Ann Levett, Superintendent of Savannah-Chatham Public Schools Featured as First Speaker

(SAVANNAH, GA) Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter, a support shelter for at-risk children and teens, will launch a guest dinner program in August to connect its residents with community leaders.

Every other Wednesday night, children and teens who are living in the shelter will prepare a meal and invite a guest speaker to join them for dinner. Ann Levett, superintendent of the Savannah-Chatham public schools, will speak at the first guest dinner program on Wednesday, Aug. 9.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to share a home cooked meal with these young scholars and look forward to hearing the advice they will offer me about how adults can best support them,” said Levett.

Dr. Linda Sacks, a Park Place volunteer, is working with outreach case manager Fran Wilson to plan the menu for each event. Residents at the Shelter have been cultivating fresh fruits and vegetables in an on-site garden since the spring, and they will be incorporated into the menus.

“This exercise will build community among the kids and give them a sense of the opportunities available to them in the Savannah community at large,” Wilson said.

The shelter is typically home to six to 10 kids and teenagers at any given time. Volunteers and house parents will stay involved with them during the dinners to help them set the table, prepare the meal and engage in conversation with the guests.

“We are so thrilled that community influencers want to reach out to our youth through this program,” said Julie Wade, executive director for Park Place Outreach. “Dr. Levett is a product of the local school system, so she is a testament to the success young people can achieve through perseverance in school.”

To learn more about Park Place Outreach’s guest dinner program, visit http://parkplaceyes.org.

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. The Street Outreach Program team offers mentoring to resident adolescents and provides counseling, clothing and personal care items to teens and young adults up to age 21 who are in need but might not come into the shelter. The organization’s goal is to keep kids off the street and reunify families. With the generous support of local organizations and individuals, Park Place Outreach has helped more than 6,200 young people find emergency shelter and thousands more find stability through its non-residential programs. Park Place Outreach is an equal opportunity provider and employer. For more information, visit http://parkplaceyes.org or join the group on Facebook (ParkPlace) and Twitter (@parkplaceyes).

Park Place Outreach
Youth Emergency Shelter
514 E. Henry Street
Savannah, GA. 31401
912-234-4048 Fax 912-651-3621

Cynthia Wright
Carriage Trade Public Relations™

Cecilia Russo Marketing, LLC. Introduces New Intern


Cecilia Russo Marketing, LLC. Announces New Intern

Courtney Broughton Selected for PR Internship(SAVANNAH,GA) Carriage Trade Public Relations, Inc. and Cecilia Russo Marketing, LLC. announce Courtney Broughton has been selected for an internship during Fall 2015.

Broughton’s responsibilities will include award announcements, writing press releases, media relations, researching, keywords, social media management, search engine optimization, photography, community relations, and videography.

Broughton graduated in Spring 2012 from Coastal Carolina University. While working on her undergraduate degree, Broughton was a member of the Coastal Carolina University Sociology club, Pride Club and a member of the Golden Key International Honor Society. Broughton currently volunteers at the non-profit Jasper County Neighbors United in Hardeeville, SC.

Carriage Trade Introduces PR Intern

Carriage Trade Introduces PR Intern

THE MISSION OF CARRIAGE TRADE PR, INC AND CECILIA RUSSO MARKETING, LLC: To help businesses increase their visibility in the community and globally online using reputation management strategies.

For more information, contact:
Marjorie Young
CEO of Carriage Trade PR, Inc.
Phone: 912.844.9990
Email: marjorie@carriagetradepr.com

Cecilia Russo
CEO of Cecilia Russo Marketing, LLC.
Phone: 912.665.0005
Email: info@crussomarketing.com