Regional Leaders for the 2020 Class of Leadership Southeast Georgia Announced


Regional Leaders for the 2020 Class of Leadership Southeast Georgia Announced

(SOUTHEAST GA) Leadership Southeast Georgia (LSEGA) is pleased to announce the 28 participants who have been selected to join its 2020 class. These individuals live and work within Bryan, Bulloch, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long, McIntosh and Screven counties, which together are known as Georgia’s coastal region.

The participants have now embarked on a five-month leadership program designed to equip, empower and connect community leaders to help them promote positive growth and improve the quality of life in the region.

LSEGA Class of 2020
LSEGA Class of 2020

The LSEGA Class of 2020 includes:

Kelly Ambrose, Liberty County, with Ameris Bank Mortgage Services;
Evan Bennett, Bulloch County, with Hussey Gay Bell;
LaToya Brannen, Chatham County, with 9 to 5 Working Women;
Justin Callaway, Glynn County, with NewCity Brunswick;
Candace Carpenter, Bryan County, Savannah Airport Commission;
Doug Carroll, Chatham County, with Enmarket;
Matthew Coleman, Glynn County, Georgia Power;
Patrick Connell, Chatham County, Boyd & Jenerette;
Kristen Crawley, Chatham County, Clark Creative Communications;
Charles Ezelle, Glynn County, with Thomas & Hutton;
Brooke Childers, Chatham County, district director for U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter;
Petula Gomillion, Liberty County, Atlantic Area CASA;
Karen Guinn, Chatham County, Collective Marketing;
Hunter Hall, Chatham County, External Relations Professional;
Mitchell Hill, Bulloch County, Lee Hill and Johnston Insurers;
Stephanie Johnson, Effingham County, Effingham County Board of Commissioners;
Catherine Karwacki, McIntosh County, Seaboard Real Estate Inc.;
John Lester, Bulloch County, Georgia Southern University;
Taylor Mobbs, Camden County, St. Marys Economic Development/Main Street;
Ryan Moore, Glynn County, Brunswick & Glynn County Development Authority;
Erica Palmisano, Chatham County, FirstPage Marketing;
Cheryl Smith, Bryan County, Gulfstream Aerospace;
Christopher Smith, Chatham County, HunterMaclean;
Mark Sprosty, Chatham County, Savannah Economic Development Authority;
Maria Whitfield, Effingham County, DRT America Incorporated;
Melanie Wilson, Chatham County, Chatham-Savannah Metropolitan Planning Commission;
Benjamin Wooditch, Chatham County, Evans General Contractors;
Paul Yarborough, Bryan County, Georgia Ports Authority.

By the time the fifth session concludes in June, this group will have spent five weekends studying issues ranging from healthcare to economic development. Participants in previous years have seen everything from military installations to working farms to university campuses.

“Visiting important but seldom toured sites vital to our region’s diverse economy is a major part of Leadership Southeast Georgia’s curriculum, and we invite top-notch speakers from the state and local levels,” said Brynn Grant, chair of the LSEGA Board of Directors. “The participants even have ‘homework’ in the form of a regional development proposal in an area of focus about which they are most passionate.”

“Maybe the most important aspect,” added Lee Beckmann, immediate past chairman of the Board, “is the opportunity to network with one’s peers while learning more about how interconnected and essential every county’s prosperity is in this region.”

To learn more about Leadership Southeast Georgia, visit:

Leadership Southeast Georgia is a five-month region-wide program designed to equip, empower and connect community leaders to most effectively advance positive growth and improve the quality of life in the southeast Georgia region. The executive board and program participants represent a variety of industries across Bryan, Bulloch, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long, McIntosh and Screven counties. From February through May, the class spends two to three days a month traveling to surrounding counties exploring regional issues such as healthcare, education, natural resources, economic development and transportation. For more information, visit

Brynn Grant
Leadership Southeast Georgia

Cynthia Cradduck
Cecilia Russo Marketing

Carriage Trade Public Relations Announces January Open for Business®: Predictions and Trends for 2020


Carriage Trade Public Relations Announces January Open for Business®: Predictions and Trends for 2020

(SAVANNAH, GA) Join Carriage Trade Public Relations®, Inc. for the January session of their monthly Open for Business® series. This month’s conversation will focus on public relations predictions and trends for 2020. Marjorie Young, founder and principal of Carriage Trade Public Relations®, Inc. will host the conversation on Wednesday, Jan. 29, at noon.

Open for Business® is a monthly online social media article review series focused on discussing current marketing articles that will help your business become more competitive. It is held on the last Wednesday of every month at noon via Facebook Live or Zoom on Carriage Trade Public Relations’ account.

This month’s article can be found here:

For more information, visit the event at

Carriage Trade Public Relations, Inc. is Savannah’s premier 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.

Skylar Lanier
Public Relations Specialist
Carriage Trade Public Relations®, Inc.

Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society Calls for 2020 Night of Champions Nominations


Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society Calls for 2020 Night of Champions Nominations

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS) is seeking nominations and sponsors in preparation for its 11th Annual Night of Champions celebration of workplace success stories.

“Night of Champions is designed to highlight employees and their employers who, through dedication and leadership, illuminate the possibilities and benefits of inclusive communities and workspaces,” said Night of Champions chairman Tom Kenkel. “We welcome nominees from all over the lowcountry and would love to hear from anyone with an uplifting story to share.”

Employee nominations may be completed online at, and will remain open until Friday, February 28.

The selected individuals and their employers will be invited as special guests to the Night of Champions dinner on Thursday, April 2, at 6 p.m. at the Savannah Convention Center.

Last year’s honorees included Erik Glasford, Effingham Health System; Meghan Mayle,
Bubba Gumbo’s Seafood Restaurant; Reginald Horton, The Savannah Bananas; Chris Maynor, DIRTT Environmental Solutions; and Chris Holt, Tybee Island YMCA. Amy Wright, owner of Bitty & Beau’s Coffee, was the recipient of the 2019 President’s Award.

The evening will include a recognition ceremony, a silent auction benefiting LDSS and a cash bar, with Cyreia Sandlin serving as the night’s emcee. This year’s President’s Award honoree is Will Howell of WillPower Ties.

“The success of Night of Champions is directly tied to local organizations that create opportunities for people to demonstrate their desire to work and make valued contributions to their community,” Kenkel said. “The achievements of these champions in the workforce inspire more local organizations to take up the mission to light the way.”

LDSS is also seeking sponsors to support Night of Champions as it raises money to sustain the programs it offers throughout the year, including Camp Buddy for children with Down syndrome, its annual Buddy Walk in Forsyth Park and its weekly support meetings for the families and friends of individuals with Down syndrome.

To become a Night of Champions sponsor, to donate an item for the silent auction or to reserve tickets, visit Individual tickets are $50 and tables of ten can be reserved for $500. For additional information, call 912-436-3626 or email

The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS) supports people with Down syndrome and their families through local leadership, support, outreach, education and advocacy. Meetings are held every fourth Tuesday of the month, typically with a guest speaker and social time for families to meet and interact. LDSS encourages the whole family to attend; children of all ages are welcome. LDSS is an affiliate of the National Down Syndrome Society. For more information about LDSS, visit

Whitney Lowery
Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society

Skylar Lanier
Carriage Trade Public Relations®, Inc.

Pinnacle Medical Group Welcomes Plastic Surgeon Dr. Sarah Cazorla to Beaufort Dermatology

Pinnacle Medical Group Welcomes Plastic Surgeon Dr. Sarah Cazorla to Beaufort Dermatology Provider Brings New Range of Comprehensive Women’s Services to Lowcountry Patients (BLUFFTON/BEAUFORT, S.C.) Pinnacle Medical Group is pleased to announce that Dr. Sarah Cazorla has joined its Beaufort Dermatology location, bringing with her plastic and reconstructive surgeries previously unavailable to patients in the area.
Dr. Sarah Cazorla Joins Pinnacle Medical Group

Dr. Sarah Cazorla Joins Pinnacle Medical Group

Cazorla is published in the field of breast cancer and has been practicing medicine since 2011. Better known among her patients as “Dr. C.”, she performs a variety of cosmetic procedures that range from facial rejuvenation and skincare to “mommy makeovers” that might include a breast lift, reduction or augmentation, tummy tucks and vaginal rejuvenation to restore ease of ordinary processes as well as intimate well-being.

“One of the significant benefits that Dr. Cazorla brings to our practice in Beaufort is the ability to offer local breast cancer patients same-day breast reconstruction close to home,” said Dr. Audrey Klenke, plastic surgeon and principal of Pinnacle Medical Group. “Previously, these patients would have had to come to our Bluffton facilities or travel to Charleston, but now they can receive these services from within the comfort of their communities.” Cazorla will also offer injectable treatments, including Botox and fillers, and will provide a surgeon’s holistic perspective in administering these procedures. “I am an artist at heart, so I use my eye for aesthetic to provide pleasing natural results that augment my patients’ natural beauty and help them achieve their best selves,” said Cazorla. “My vision is to be able to offer comprehensive women’s care and provide an aesthetic experience that allows me to address each of my patients’ personal goals.” “A plastic surgeon understands the muscles of the face and will know how to refresh patients so they don’t look overdone,” she said. “Before any potential procedure, we talk with patients to come to an understanding of their objectives so that we can develop a comprehensive plan that aligns their goals with mine.” Her goal is ultimately to help her patients attain confidence and empowerment. Cazorla is originally from New York City, where she began training as a surgeon. She completed a residency program at Texas Tech Health Science Center, Department of Surgery, in Lubbock, Texas. She then completed her plastic surgery fellowship at the University of Virginia Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Since moving to South Carolina, Cazorla has become affiliated with Hilton Head Hospital, Beaufort Memorial Hospital and Bluffton-Okatie Outpatient Center. She is a candidate member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and an associate fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Cazorla speaks three languages; Spanish and Portuguese in addition to English. In her free time, she enjoys drawing and painting as well as interior design. “I am honored to be a part of Pinnacle Plastic Surgery and to serve this beautiful community, which has quickly become my home,” Cazorla said. “I want each of our patients in turn to feel at home with us here at Pinnacle.” Cazorla is excited to become involved in her new community, and is teaming up with Emma Scott Pack Photography to host a “Girls Night Out” on Thursday, Jan. 30, from 5:30 – 7 p.m. at Circa 1810 Salon in Port Royal, South Carolina. Attendees will enjoy an informational evening with a wine bar, hors d’oeuvres and door prizes. To register, visit the event Facebook page at or call 843-815-6699. The first 50 women to register will receive a complementary swag bag. ABOUT THE PINNACLE MEDICAL GROUP The Pinnacle Medical Group is the locally owned and operated parent company of Pinnacle Plastic Surgery, PURE Medical Spa and Beaufort Dermatology. Principal, Dr. Audrey Klenke is the only board-certified female plastic surgeon in Bluffton, South Carolina and is affiliated with multiple outpatient centers in the area, as well as, Beaufort Memorial Hospital and Hilton Head Hospital. Pinnacle Plastic Surgery and PURE Medical Spa are located at 7 Mallet Way, Bluffton, SC 29910. Beaufort Dermatology is located at 1096 Ribaut Road, Beaufort, SC 29902. For more information, please call (843) 815- 6699, or visit,, and MEDIA CONTACT Skylar Lanier Cecilia Russo Marketing 912-547-6610

YMCA of Coastal Georgia Appoints Brian Felder of Felder & Associates to Organization’s Corporate Board of Directors


(SAVANNAH, GA) The YMCA of Coastal Georgia has announced that Brian Felder, founder and managing principal of Felder & Associates, has been appointed to the organization’s Corporate Board of Directors.

The YMCA of Coastal Georgia’s Association Corporate Board of Directors governs 10 YMCA facility locations and 55 Before & After School Enrichment sites spanning across a seven-county service area. Felder will serve a three-year term as a member of the Advancement Committee. This committee plays an active role in driving the philanthropic activities that are part of a strategic long term focus engaging all branches and communities.

“I have been a member of the YMCA since 1991 and am looking forward to being able to get involved on a new level,” Felder said. “As a board member, I will strive to support the goals of the YMCA of Coastal Georgia as an advocate and ambassador of its mission to build healthy spirit, mind and body in every community it serves.”

In addition to his new appointment with the YMCA of Coastal Georgia, Felder’s community involvement extends to serving as chair of the Revolving Fund Committee, which is responsible for buying, protecting and selling endangered historic properties in Savannah and Chatham County, and he is immediate past chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Historic Savannah Foundation.

“Brian’s professional experience and ability to offer guidance on business operations are assets to our Board that will only be compounded by his personal time, talents and connections within the community,” said Joel Smoker, president and CEO of the YMCA of Coastal Georgia. “A network of established relationships with community and business leaders both here in Savannah and throughout the Coastal Empire is essential to the long-term success of the YMCA of Coastal Georgia.”

To volunteer with or learn more about the YMCA of Coastal Georgia, please visit

For more information or to contact Felder & Associates, call 912-777-3979, or visit

Established in 2012, Felder & Associates specializes in historic preservation, commercial architecture, adaptive reuse architecture, corporate interior design, high-end residential design, green building and neo-traditional building. The company has experienced a yearly growth of 10% for the past three consecutive years. Felder & Associates is a member of the American Institutes of Architects, the American Society of Interior Designers, the United States Green Building Council and the International Interior Design Association, the Savannah Chamber of Commerce and Historic Savannah Foundation. The firm has been recognized with historic preservation awards from the Historic Savannah Foundation, the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation’s Excellence in Rehabilitation award, the Georgia Association of The American Institute of Architects Design Award in Renovation and a special judges’ award from Hospitality Design magazine. Felder & Associates is located at 2514 Abercorn St. Suite 110, Savannah, GA 31401. For more information or to contact Felder & Associates, call 912-777-3979, or visit

The YMCA of Coastal Georgia has been serving the Coastal Georgia community for over 164 years, and continues to work every day to advance its cause to strengthen community through its three areas of focus; youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. Today the YMCA of Coastal Georgia operates 11 units, in Bryan, Bulloch, Chatham, Effingham, Liberty, McIntosh and Glynn Counties; included is the YMCA before and after school enrichment program, operating in 55 elementary and middle schools throughout the markets served. The YMCA serves men and women, girls and boys of all ages and from all walks of life. All of this and more is accomplished while putting forth the Y mission to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind, and body for all. To learn more, visit or call 912-354-5480.

Skylar Lanier
Carriage Trade Public Relations®, Inc.
Cecilia Russo Marketing

The Second Annual Royal Flush Casino Night Announced for Feb. 27 Will Benefit the Coastal Empire Habitat for Humanity


(SAVANNAH, GA) Roto-Rooter Plumbers of Savannah will present its Second Annual Royal Flush Casino Night on Thursday, Feb. 27, benefiting the Coastal Empire Habitat for Humanity.

The casino-themed party will take place at the Savannah Station, 601 Cohen St., and will feature heavy hors-d’oeuvres, an open bar, live music by the Mainstreet Dance Band and complimentary casino games including Blackjack, Roulette, Craps, Texas Hold’em and Wheel of Fortune. Individual tickets for the event are $60; tickets for couples are $90. The tables will open promptly at 7 p.m.

Each guest will receive $15,000 in “funny-money” chips when they arrive. Additional chips may be purchased throughout the evening as guests will be able to put their chips towards raffle tickets for a drawing to win prizes worth more than $15,000, including $2,000 in cash. The greater a guest’s winnings, the more tickets they may contribute to the drawings.

The goal of the fundraiser is to encourage guests to build up their winnings and go “all in” to support our local Habitat for Humanity. Last year’s event enabled Roto-Rooter Plumbers of Savannah to donate over $7,500 to the charity of choice. Sponsorships are limited but still available. Please contact Shantina Waldburg at

“When we work alongside Habitat to bring people together to build homes, communities, and hope, we put God’s love into action,” said Sherry Daniel, owner of Roto-Rooter Plumbers of Savannah. “We share Habitat for Humanity’s vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live and are thrilled to be able to realize a partnership through this event. We encourage everyone to come out and have some fun with the knowledge that your exciting night out will truly impact someone’s life.”

Since 1983, Habitat for Humanity has provided homes for 151 Chatham County families. The organization plans to raise over $400,000 in private donations this year which, when added to other funding it secures as well as its revolving loan fund, will result in the construction of another Habitat 7 houses in 2020.

“Residents of Chatham County really know the value of homes in bringing us together as a community,” said Brett Lundy, board president of the Coastal Empire Habitat for Humanity. “We are so grateful that Roto-Rooter is helping to lead the way as we build up the foundations of our community from inside the home, and how fitting a partnership.”

To purchase tickets for Roto-Rooter Plumbers of Savannah’s Royal Flush Casino Night, please visit

More information about the event, as well as updates on the prizes and entertainment, can be found on the Facebook event page:

Roto-Rooter plumbers in Savannah provides full-service plumbing maintenance and repairs and clogged drain cleaning, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including toilet repairs. Roto-Rooters Plumbers of Savannah offers industrial, residential and commercial plumbing services. Trusted and recommended since 1935, Roto-Rooter is the premier provider of plumbing and drain cleaning services in Savannah, GA. The company’s specialty is emergency services. Roto-Rooter Plumbers stand by their estimates and guarantee their work. For more information, please call 912-303-8570 or visit

The Coastal Empire Habitat for Humanity, located in Savannah, Georgia, and an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, is a nonprofit, faith-based organization dedicated to eliminating poverty housing by creating affordable homeownership solutions for low-income families. Since 1983, Coastal Empire Habitat for Humanity has opened the door to affordable homeownership to 151 families throughout Savannah. Anyone interested in volunteering or contributing to Habitat Savannah’s mission is encouraged to call Habitat for Humanity at 912-353-8122, visit us at, and check us out at our Facebook or Twitter @HabitatSavannah.

Skylar Lanier
Carriage Trade Public Relations®

Enmarket Introduces New Rewards and Payment Program


Enmarket Introduces New Rewards and Payment Program

(SAVANNAH, GA) The growing Savannah-based Enmarket convenience store chain continues to embrace cutting-edge technology as it rolls out a new customer rewards program called Enjoy Rewards.

Enmarket’s Enjoy Rewards will enable customers to earn fuel discounts by buying gas or diesel fuel as well as food and other merchandise inside the store. Those discounts can amount to as much as $2 off per gallon on fuel purchases.

“This rewards program provides significant savings for our customers and also maximizes convenience,” said Brett Giesick, president of Enmarket, the 49th largest convenience store chain in the country. “Participants will be able to earn and redeem rewards at any of our 125 stores.”

Other features of the program include a coffee club, frozen beverage club and roller grill club, each of which awards a customer a free item after six purchases, plus a free annual birthday reward.

Enjoy Rewards also offers registration rewards such as a one-time 10-cents-a-gallon discount and five free fountain drinks or coffees. Customers may pick up a card at any Enmarket location and can register the card online or on the Enmarket Enjoy Rewards mobile app to start redeeming their fuel discounts. From there, Enmarket customers have the option to either use the physical card or enter their phone number at checkout to access their accounts and rewards.

In addition to providing access to the rewards program, the card can be activated as a method of payment, called enPay. When customers pay for their fuel with enPay, they earn 10 cents off each gallon purchased in that transaction. The enPay card allows customers to make transactions using a secure PIN after linking the card directly to their checking account.

The software that powers the rewards program was developed by Paytronix, while the payment platform is delivered by Zipline.

“We strategically chose two leaders in their respective fields as our partners for this initiative,” continued Giesick. “Paytronix is the industry leader in its category and has the most experience of any company on the market—they truly understand how to use their deep intelligence to drive individual action. In fact, both companies have proven that they understand how to incentivize customers in a meaningful way through offers that are relevant to each individual. We’re building an ecosystem that allows for future integrations that will be seamless to our customers and make the Enmarket shopping experience second to none in the industry.”

This rewards program signals Enmarket’s commitment to its reputation as a technology-driven company designed to make customer experiences faster and more convenient. Last year, the chain became one of the first convenience store chains in the U.S. to introduce new mobile payment technology in the form of a self-checkout service that allows customer to skip register lines and pay for purchases instantly via Enmarket’s smartphone app.

Enmarket is Savannah’s largest convenience store chain, employing more than 1,300 people and operating 125 convenience stores, 14 quick-serve restaurants, and a fast casual restaurant as the 49th largest convenience store operator in the country. Founded as Interstate Stations by Robert Demere in 1963, the retailer operates convenience stores in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina and was noted as the industry’s “Biggest Mover” in store count ranking by Convenience Store News in 2018. The company is committed to giving back to the community through many charitable contributions and volunteer efforts, offering fresh food, healthy snacks, and competitively priced quality fuel as part of its mission to enrich life.

Matt Clements
Vice President of Marketing

Skylar Lanier
Carriage Trade Public Relations®, Inc.
Cecilia Russo Marketing