United Way of the Coastal Empire Announces New Board Leadership

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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:

AT LARGE MEMBERS:

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.

Savannah Leaders Join Together in SavannahSTRONG Sing-Along Video

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Savannah Leaders Join Together in SavannahSTRONG Sing-Along Video

(SAVANNAH, GA) In the midst of the uncertainty that surrounds the City of Savannah during this pandemic, Cecilia Russo Turner of Cecilia Russo Marketing, LLC brought the City’s Mayor and other local business, government and community leaders “together forever” in song, showing the world that the sun will come out in Savannah, Georgia, “tomorrow.”

“Savannah is so strong and I know that together we will come out of this better and stronger – hopefully sooner rather than later,” said Russo Turner. “But, in the meantime, we need to focus on something uplifting. My hope is that this video will be a warm, authentic, virtual hug.”

Choosing the “Tomorrow” and “I Don’t Need Anything But You” songs from the musical “Annie” for this sing-along seemed like an obvious choice for Russo Turner. The original Broadway production, which debuted in 1977, tells a story of an 11-year-old orphan finding love, happiness and family just as America looked forward to future prosperity in the wake of the Great Depression.

Now, almost 50 years later, the lyrics, which have stood the test of time, continue to instill a sense of hope and comfort, even with the emotional context of the current cultural climate. “These two songs in any other time, sung in any other way, have never had as powerful a meaning as they do right now,” said Russo Turner. “When you hear these words sung by these leaders while you are feeling what we are all feeling right now, you get goosebumps. This gives a whole new meaning to Savannah Strong.”

Russo Turner said she was inspired by her best friend Ann who she turns to for everything. “It was like an ah-ha moment,” she said. “Whenever I’m sad and depressed and looking for a little direction, I have always been able to turn to my best friend.  She’s like a sister to me and her name is Ann Searcy. Since we were three years old, I always have and always will call her Annie. Then it hit me… let’s all sing a song or two from Annie!”The video is available to watch on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xXGMRyAp8OA

The Savannah leaders featured in this video are listed in order of appearance as follows:

“I truly cannot thank each of these wonderful leaders enough for entrusting us with their voices and their joyful faces,” said Russo Turner. “The sun will come out tomorrow. We will get through this if we all stick together. And now is the time to unify our city, our country and our world.”

ABOUT CECILIA RUSSO MARKETING, LLC
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

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Cradduck
Cecilia Russo Marketing, LLC
912-856-9075
cynthia@crussomarketing.com

Irish-Themed Yappy Hour Donation Drive Benefits Hilton Head Humane Association

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Irish-Themed Yappy Hour Donation Drive Benefits Hilton Head Humane Association

(JASPER COUNTY, S.C.) Peacock Subaru in Hardeeville invited the public to “eat, drink and be Irish” with a free Yappy Hour event on Thursday, March 12, to celebrate the love of furry family members and to support the local animal shelter, the Hilton Head Humane Association.

The festivities were held from 5 – 7 p.m. at 111 Drivers Way.

“As part of Peacock Auto Mall, Peacock Subaru loves being involved in the community to give back to people who live in our region through helping local animal welfare efforts,” said Warner Peacock, president and CEO of Peacock Automotive. “We also love helping pets find their forever homes.”

The Hilton Head Humane Association was on site at this “Green Edition” of Peacock Subaru’s Yappy Hour with adoptable dogs. David Ross provided live entertainment, and Irish treats were dished up by Signature Catering & Events by SERG.

Attendees were able to bring their family pets for good luck as they were invited to register to win two RBC Heritage tickets along with passes into the Lowcountry Radio Group Hospitality Tent. These grand prizes, along with other door prizes, were provided by 104.9 The Surf and Peacock Subaru.

“We also encouraged everyone to consider bringing a donation for our event partner, the Hilton Head Humane Association, to show how much we appreciate their hard work and dedication,” Peacock said. “It’s wonderful to see the generosity that the community has at our family-friendly Yappy Hour events. We hope everyone will wear their green and plaid, come out and join in the fun.”

Participants could find the shelter’s wish list of needed items such as blankets, towels, dog food and other pet necessities at www.hhhumane.org/?page_id=609. All pets attending the event must be on a non-retractable leash and have up-to-date vaccinations.

ABOUT PEACOCK AUTOMOTIVE
Peacock Automotive owns and operates 17 automotive dealerships representing 14 brands in Ga., S.C. and Fla., employing more than 700 individuals. The company’s headquarters are located at Peacock Auto Mall on U.S. 278, five miles east of I-95 at Exit 8 near Bluffton, S.C. The dealerships at the Auto Mall include Peacock Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram Fiat, Peacock Subaru, Porsche of Hilton Head, Audi Hilton Head, Jaguar Land Rover Hilton Head, Peacock Hyundai Hilton Head, Genesis of Hilton Head, and Hilton Head Volkswagen. Additionally, the company owns Peacock Hyundai Savannah, Genesis of Savannah and Savannah Volkswagen in Savannah, Ga. Other holdings include Jaguar Land Rover Columbia, Peacock Hyundai Columbia and Hyundai Genesis of Columbia. Its subsidiary, Peacock-Griffey Automotive, owns Peacock Ford in the Orlando area of Fla. Peacock Automotive also owns and operates the Peacock Collision Center in Bluffton, S.C., and Peacock Insurance in Ga., S.C. and Fla. For more information about Peacock Automotive, call (843) 208-1258 or visit https://www.peacockautomotive.com/

CONTACT
Jill Jauch
Peacock Automotive
265 Drivers Way
Hardeeville, SC 29927
Office: (843)-208-1217
jj@peacockautomotive.com

Fifteen Regional Students Read Winning Poetry to Savannah City Council

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Fifteen Regional Students Read Winning Poetry to Savannah City Council
Tenth Annual Leopold’s Ice Cream Creative Writing Challenge Winners and Finalists Named

(SAVANNAH, GA)  Fifteen students have been named as the winners and finalists of the annual poem contest presented by Leopold’s Ice Cream and Live Oak Public Libraries

All winners and finalists were invited to read their poems at the Savannah City Council Meeting on Thursday, March 12th at 2pm in the Council Chambers, 2nd Floor of City Hall.  

The challenge was open to all students (public, private and homeschool) in Chatham, Effingham and Liberty Counties, and over 250 poems were submitted on the theme “Imagine Your Story”. 

“There were so many great entries from our local school children, and it’s apparent that the talent gets better with every new year,” said Stratton Leopold, of Leopold’s Ice Cream, “As we are currently celebrating 100 years of Leopold’s Ice Cream in Savannah, and this year more than ever, we wanted to pick the most creative, clever, inspiring and imaginative stories we could find.  I am so proud of our amazing young people.” 

This year’s winners include: 

K – 2

Winner: “I Am Clumsy and Funny” by Jamirah Brown, 2nd Grade, Garrison School for the Arts

Finalists:

“The Pasta Chef” by Caroline Black, 2nd Grade, Blessed Sacrament Catholic School 

“I Am Calm and Happy” by Ariyah Richardson, 2nd Grade, Garrison School for the Arts

3 – 5

Winner: “Whirlpool of Change” by Abbigail Mercer, 5th Grade, Tybee Island Maritime Academy

Finalists:

“Yellow” by Paloma Carnes, 4th Grade, Blessed Sacrament Catholic School 

“What If” by Ruby Robinson, 4th Grade, Veritas Academy

Honorable Mentions:

“Age” by Logan Smith, 5th Grade, Tybee Island Maritime Academy

“Where I’m From” by Gavin Reddick, 5th Grade, Garrison School for the Arts

6 – 8

Winner: “I Stand Among the Fans…” by Hannah Jane Gard, 7th Grade, Godley Station School

Finalists:

“The Luminescence of the Sky’s Crystal Ball” by Moheb Asimi, 8th Grade, Godley Station School

“I Look at the Moon” by Abigail Roberts, 7th Grade, Godley Station School

9 – 12

Winner: “A Cadence, A Heartbeat, A Lifetime” by Ashley Nicole Steward, 10th Grade, Bradwell Institute

Finalists:

“Dear Death” by Aniyah Jackson, 11th Grade, Woodville Tompkins Technical & Career High School

“Hashtag with a Trend” by Jakobe LeCount, 12th Grade, Woodville Tompkins Technical & Career High School

Honorable Mention:

“Capsize” by Ebony Hudson, 11th Grade, Woodville Tompkins Technical & Career High School

Each of the first-place winners will receive an ice cream party for their class, second and third place finalists will each receive a special gift certificate for Leopold’s Ice Cream.  

Stratton & Mary Leopold, longtime advocates of literacy and fostering creative energy in our youth, have hosted the annual competition, in conjunction with the Live Oak Public Libraries, since 2011.

Leopold’s Ice Cream was founded in Savannah, Georgia in 1919 by three brothers from Greece.  Peter, Basil and George passed their tradition of making super premium ice cream in the shop, one batch at a time down to Peter’s youngest son, Stratton.  Stratton and his wife Mary own and operate Leopold’s today. Their commitment to arts and education in the community is second only to their commitment to creating the highest quality ice cream possible in a fun, family environment.

Live Oak Public Libraries is a system of 16 libraries and one bookmobile providing programs and services in Chatham, Effingham, & Liberty Counties. Their mission is to provide excellent, responsive service to enrich people’s lives, support lifelong learning and build and enhance their communities.

Whitney Lowery Named Executive Director of the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society

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Whitney Lowery Named Executive Director of the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS) is pleased to announce that Whitney Lowery has joined its leadership team as executive director. Lowery brings a fresh perspective and 10 years’ experience working with people with different abilities to her new position with the nonprofit.

“It is such an honor to have the opportunity to work with this organization on account of the growing number of wonderful individuals and families it supports,” Lowery said. “The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society makes a positive difference in so many lives, and I’m excited to be part of that.”

As executive director, Lowery hopes to increase support services, educational opportunities and advocacy programs for the people, families and caregivers LDSS represents.

With a bachelor of science in special education, Lowery joins LDSS after seven years as the community employment specialist with EmployAbility (formerly known as the Coastal Center for Developmental Services). Previously, she was a special education teacher in both Savannah and Augusta.

In addition to her work with LDSS, Lowery is the event coordinator and front end lead for local restaurant and fishmonger chain, Bubba Gumbo’s and BG’s Seafood Co-Op.

Lowery has made her home in Savannah with her fiance, 16-month-old son and two dogs. She enjoys designing and creating event costumes, making jewelry and beadwork, painting and baking in her time off.

ABOUT THE LOWCOUNTRY DOWN SYNDROME SOCIETY
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 ldssga.org

CONTACT
Whitney Lowery
Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society
wlowery@ldssga.org

Enmarket Hires Director of Food Service with Culinary Degree, Corporate Chef Background

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Enmarket Hires Director of Food Service with Culinary Degree, Corporate Chef Background

(SAVANNAH, GA) Enmarket, Savannah’s largest convenience store chain, has reinforced its commitment to bring healthy eating to the world of convenience with the recent hire of Ryan Krebs as director of food service.

Krebs is a classically trained chef, and he joins Enmarket after a substantial career that has included restaurants, fine dining hotels, nonprofits, health care and the convenience store market.

He began cooking professionally at the age of 16 and went on to earn a culinary arts degree from Johnson & Wales University, and a dietary manager certification from the University of North Dakota.

In addition to a career that has taken him from health care facilities to fine hotels, Krebs has co-authored a book on food service and culture in health care. In his most recent position as director of food service at Rutter’s in York, Pennsylvania, Krebs was recognized as 2017’s “Food Service Leader of the Year” by Convenience Store News. He also received the 2018 Produce Excellence Award presented by United Fresh.

During his time with Rutter’s, the 76-unit convenience store and gas station chain was recognized as the food service innovator of the year, as having the greatest coffee program in convenience, as the #1 convenience store for menu variety and as the healthiest convenience store chain.

“Convenience stores have evolved to be much more dynamic than places to fill your tank and pick up a gallon of milk, and Enmarket has made every effort to pioneer that shift,” said Brett Giesick, president of Enmarket. “Individual and families need access to healthy prepared options when they are on the go or out and about. We are committed to supporting the health of the community that depends on us, and that is why it is so important to invest in outstanding talent to lead our food service.

Enmarket has 125 stores, many of which offer prepared foods. In addition, the company operates 14 associated quick-serve restaurants and a fast-casual restaurant.

“Like me, Enmarket is passionate about premier food programs and industry-leading customer service,” Krebs said. “Though it is growing rapidly, Enmarket remains intentional and strategic in its plans and vision. I’ve worked my entire career for an opportunity to support and elevate a highly respected organization through my passion for food, and I’m thrilled to be with Enmarket on the forefront of top-tier convenience store operations in the southeast.”

Krebs and his wife, Nathalie, have a 7-year-old son, Elijah, and a 5-year-old daughter, Eliana. He is a collector of sports memorabilia, and an avid sports fan, especially of baseball. Krebs enjoys any opportunity to grill, to spend time with his family and to travel.

ABOUT ENMARKET
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. www.enmarket.com

CONTACT
Matt Clements
Vice President of Marketing
Enmarket
MClements@enmarket.com

MEDIA CONTACT
Skylar Lanier
Carriage Trade Public Relations®
912-547-6610
www.carriagetradepr.com
skylar@carriagetradepr.com

Regional Leaders for the 2020 Class of Leadership Southeast Georgia Announced

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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: http://www.lsega.com/

ABOUT LEADERSHIP SOUTHEAST GEORGIA
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 http://www.lsega.com/

CONTACT
Brynn Grant
Chair
Leadership Southeast Georgia
lsegainfo@gmail.com

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Cradduck
Cecilia Russo Marketing
cynthia@crussomarketing.com
912.856.9075

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

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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: https://www.publicrelationstoday.com/2020/trends/?open-article-id=12387935&article-title=2020-vision-6-pr-trends-and-predictions-for-the-new-year&blog-domain=agilitypr.com&blog-title=agility-pr-solutions

For more information, visit the event at https://www.facebook.com/events/1046223912406409/.

ABOUT CARRIAGE TRADE PUBLIC RELATIONS®, INC.
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.

MEDIA CONTACT
Skylar Lanier
Public Relations Specialist
Carriage Trade Public Relations®, Inc.
912-547-6610
savannahpublicrelations@gmail.com

Holiday Meals Delivered to Thunderbolt Firefighters, Police Officers and Utility Workers from Local Commercial Construction Firm, the Dewitt Tilton Group

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Holiday Meals Delivered to Thunderbolt Firefighters, Police Officers and Utility Workers from Local Commercial Construction Firm, the Dewitt Tilton Group

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Dewitt Tilton Group, a premier construction firm in the Lowcountry, showed its gratitude in a special way to the Town of Thunderbolt’s firefighters, police officers and utility workers.

Dewitt Tilton Group Donates Thanksgiving Meals to Thunderbolt First Responders
Dewitt Tilton Group Donates Thanksgiving Meals to Thunderbolt First Responders

The leadership team and employees of the Dewitt Tilton Group personally delivered Thanksgiving lunches from Thunderbolt restaurant Coach’s Corner at 12 p.m.

“This is our small way of saying thank you to these men and women who work tirelessly to ensure our safety and comfort throughout the holiday season,” said Chris Tilton, one of two principals at the Dewitt Tilton Group. “While we’re enjoying this Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends, we wanted these folks, who often don’t get that time off, to know we’re thinking of them and all they do for us.”

This is the second year that the Dewitt Tilton Group has delivered holiday meals to Thunderbolt’s first responders and the first year of providing the meals to the utility workers. In total, over 20 meals were delivered.

ABOUT THE DEWITT TILTON GROUP
The Dewitt Tilton Group, a premier construction firm located in Savannah, Ga., 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 walkthrough. 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 located 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

CONTACT
Kim Thomas
The Dewitt Tilton Group
912-777-3404
kim@dewitttiltongroup.com

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Cradduck
Carriage Trade Public Relations®, Inc.
Cecilia Russo Marketing, LLC
cynthia@crussomarketing.com
912-856-9075

Leadership Southeast Georgia Announces 2020 Board of Directors

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Leadership Southeast Georgia Announces 2020 Board of Directors

(SAVANNAH, GA) Leadership Southeast Georgia (LSEGA), an innovative leadership program serving a 10-county area of southeast Georgia, has announced its Board of Directors. Brynn Grant now chairs the board, assuming the role filled previously by Lee Beckmann of the Georgia Ports Authority.

Brynn Grant of Leadership Southeast Georgia
Brynn Grant of Leadership Southeast Georgia

Grant is the chief operating officer of the Savannah Economic Development Authority, where she has been on staff for more than 18 years. COO since 2013, Brynn also serves as vice president of the World Trade Center of Savannah, a role she has held since the organization was launched in 2011. The Liberty County native holds a journalism degree from the University of Georgia and is a graduate of Leadership Savannah, Leadership Southeast Georgia and Leadership Georgia.

LSEGA’s new vice-chairman is Jared Downs with the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce. He, too, is a product of the program he now helps lead — in addition to completing the Leadership Georgia program in 2019, he and his wife Kathryn graduated from LSEGA in 2015 and 2016 respectively, and Jared participated in Leadership Savannah in 2008.

Other members of LSEGA’s executive board include:
Treasurer: Jesse Bentley, Evans General Contractors (Chatham Co.);
Secretary: Margaret VanHouten, DS Smith North America Packaging and Paper (Liberty Co.); and
Immediate Past Chairman: Lee Beckmann, Georgia Ports Authority (Chatham Co.)

Additional board members are:
Alyce Thornhill, Georgia Lottery (Camden Co.);
Brianne Yontz (Bryan Co.);
Cedric King, Pinova (Glynn Co.);
Frank Fortune, The Fortune Image (Bulloch Co.);
James Coughlin, Camden County Joint Development Authority (Camden Co.);
Jason Coley, Georgia Power (McIntosh Co.);
Jessica Hood, Effingham County Industrial Development Authority (Effingham Co.);
Joe Marchese, Joe Marchese Construction (Effingham Co.);
Jon Seagraves, Citizens Bank (Bryan Co.);
Kendria Lee, Georgia Southern University (Bulloch Co.);
Marcus Sack, P.C. Simonton (Liberty Co.);
Patton Dugas, SunTrust Bank (Chatham Co.);
Robert Grant, Junior Achievement (Effingham Co.);
Stephanie Dammen-Morrell, Hussey Gay Bell (Liberty Co.); and
Wade Herring, HunterMaclean (Chatham Co.).

For more information, visit http://www.lsega.com/

ABOUT LEADERSHIP SOUTHEAST GEORGIA
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 http://www.lsega.com/

CONTACT
Brynn Grant
Chair
Leadership Southeast Georgia
lsegainfo@gmail.com

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Cradduck
Cecilia Russo Marketing
cynthia@crussomarketing.com
912.856.9075