Catie’s Gathering in Bryan County

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Catie’s Gathering Bryan County was back as an in-person event this year. The event was held at the beautiful Palms Plantation. Thanks to a hard-working planning committee and the tremendous way the community supports this event, it was an amazing night.

Prior to dinner and the program, guests checked out the tables, beautifully decorated by our hostesses, and perused auction items. Table themes included The Golden Girls, Yellowstone, the Masters, and more. The planning committee handled the catering, and long-time CURE partners Kaufman-Heinz handled all audio-visual needs for the event. There were fun door prizes and an incredibly exciting live auction that highlighted the generosity of the Bryan County community. This year’s program included Tim Traywick sharing a bit about his daughter Mallory’s battle with cancer. Bev Rousch was also on hand to share how CURE’s support of research is helping kids like her son Seth beat cancer. The program wrapped up with an amazing performance by Cirque Savannah.

The event raised more than any other Catie’s Gathering Bryan County event to date by bringing in $90,500! Thank you, Bryan County, for your generous spirit and for coming out to enjoy a great night!

CURE Childhood Cancer To Hold First Annual ‘Catie’s Gathering’ Fundraiser in Moultrie, Ga.

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(MOULTRIE, Ga.) CURE Childhood Cancer, the only organization providing financial and emotional support to local children and families while raising funds to further critical research specifically for pediatric oncology, is holding a Catie’s Gathering dinner and auction at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 5, at Lily Pond Farm, 271 Dorminey Rd., Moultrie, Ga.

Catie’s Gathering is an inspiring event benefiting Catie’s Fund of CURE Childhood Cancer. The dinner features unique, individually-themed table decorations, a silent auction, a live auction, and a moving program of speakers. Since its inception, Catie’s Gathering has grown from one to five separate events in South Georgia. To date, Catie’s Fund has raised more than $2.8 million. This is the first Catie’s Gathering in Moultrie.

“The annual Catie’s Gathering events reveal just how loving and generous the community is of South Georgia. This started as a single event, and now CURE holds up to five in the region,” said Mandy Garola, vice president of CURE in South Georgia. “Our community wants more opportunities like these to support our mission to end childhood cancer. We’re so grateful to our donors, sponsors and volunteers who work to make these gatherings successful.”

The funds raised are invested in CURE’s research initiatives – specifically the Precision Medicine Program, which focuses on individualized treatments based on each child’s genetic makeup. The funds also offer general support to patients and their families fighting childhood cancer.

Sponsors of Catie’s Gathering Moultrie include Ameris Bank, Procom Sales, Lasseter Motors, Judy and Mark Mobley, South GA Crop Insurance Inc, Stone’s Home Center, Amber and Chip Sumner, and Carolyn and Stan Sumner. In-kind sponsors include Albany Beverage Company, Gay’s Food, Inc. and Lily Pond Farm.

People interested in supporting the event can participate in the online auction and make donations at CGMoultrie2022.givesmart.com.

CURE Childhood Cancer is working for a cure by funding research exclusively for childhood cancer and supporting families affected by the disease. Childhood cancers differ from adult cancers in the way they grow and spread, how they are treated, and how they respond to treatment. Every year, more than 17,000 children in the United States are diagnosed with cancer, and incidence rates are increasing every year. Despite cancer being the leading cause of death by disease in children, only six cancer drugs have been developed and approved specifically for children in the last 25 years.

ABOUT CURE CHILDHOOD CANCER
Founded in 1975, CURE Childhood Cancer is dedicated to conquering childhood cancer through funding targeted research while supporting patients and their families. With cancer as the second leading cause of death in children, CURE has dedicated more than $38MM to specific research projects aimed at curing cancers that affect children. CURE is headquartered in Atlanta and has an active staff operating throughout the greater Savannah area. It is the only organization funding pediatric cancer research and providing this level of financial and emotional support to local children and families across Georgia and parts of South Carolina. For more information, visit www.curechildhoodcancer.org.

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

Oliver Maner Recognizes National Homeless Awareness Month with November Donation Drive

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Savannah’s top law firm partners with other local firms to benefit Parker’s House: A Home for Women.

(SAVANNAH, Ga.) In recognition of National Homeless Awareness month in November, Oliver Maner, one of Savannah’s most prestigious law firms, will once again partner with other local law firms to raise funds and collect supplies for Parker’s House at Union Mission. This new program is Savannah and Coastal Georgia’s only facility solely dedicated to providing emergency housing and comprehensive supportive services for unaccompanied women experiencing homelessness.

The donation drive will run throughout November, with a request to the legal community and the public at large to help collect goods for Parker’s House.“Last year, the program was a success and helped to stock Parker’s House in time for their opening,” said Oliver Maner partner Bill Hunter, who also serves on the Executive Committee for the Board of Directors at Union Mission. “Now that the new Emergency Housing Program is in operation, we are enthusiastic about continuing to help them and making a safe and comfortable place for women who find themselves homeless.”

Donations of goods can be dropped off at the Oliver Maner office, 218 W. State St., during business hours. The firm will accept donations through Wednesday, Nov. 30.Oliver Maner also set up an Amazon registry to make it easier to donate.Items needed include:

Personal care items (toothpaste, shampoo, soap, deodorant)
Bedding (pillows, sheets)
Paper products (toilet paper, paper towels)
Cleaning supplies (Swiffer products, Lysol cleaners, disinfectant wipes)
Undergarments (socks, undershirts)
Laundry supplies (detergent, dryer sheets)

Parker’s House is located at 125 Fahm St., Savannah, in the former JC Lewis Healthcare building. The 10,590-square-foot renovated facility offers emergency housing, on-site Case Managers, Resident Assistants, and support services for up to 32 women for 90 days.

Union Mission provides basic human needs for the residents, including food, clothing, transportation, access to mental healthcare, employment support and more. The goal of this program is to help residents maintain stable housing and become independent members of the community.

Savannah-Chatham County has the second-highest rate of homelessness in Georgia. According to the Chatham Savannah Authority for the Homeless 2019 HUD PIT Survey, on any given night, more than 180 women in Chatham County are experiencing homelessness.

ABOUT UNION MISSION
Union Mission has cared for Savannah’s homeless community for 85 years offering emergency, transitional and permanent housing solutions to those in need. Union Mission also collaborates with the community’s network of service providers to make comprehensive, wrap-around supportive services, such as mental health counseling and culinary arts job training available to all homeless persons in the community. The mission of Union Mission is to partner with people to end their homelessness. For more information, call (912) 238-2777 or visit www.unionmission.org.

ABOUT OLIVER MANER
With a history of 125 years of representing clients in Georgia, South Carolina and throughout the United States, Oliver Maner, LLP, is a full-service law firm capable of handling a broad range of civil litigation and business law expertise. With a team of 28 of the highest-rated trial and transactional lawyers across the state, Oliver Maner possesses the resources and abilities to tackle complex legal problems, including personal injury, estate law, medical and legal malpractice, product liability, civil rights litigation, real estate, transportation and logistics litigation and more. The law firm is proud to have long-standing relationships with its clients, including nonprofit organizations, government entities, business owners and entrepreneurs. Oliver Maner’s office is located at 218 W. State St., Savannah, GA 31401. For more information, call (912) 236-3311 or visit www.olivermaner.com.

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Cradduck
Cecilia Russo Marketing
cynthia@ceciliarussomarketing.com
912-856-9075

CURE Childhood Cancer Partners with Sommers Oil Company and Shell Gasoline for ‘The Giving Pump’ Charity Event

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Local gas stations offer consumers the opportunity to fill their tanks while supporting the critical mission of ending childhood cancer

(SAVANNAH, Ga.) CURE Childhood Cancer, the only organization providing financial and emotional support to local children and families while raising funds to further critical research specifically for pediatric oncology, is the charity of choice for Shell gasoline stations across the region during this year’s Giving Pump initiative.

The Giving Pump, a three-month promotion through Oct. 31, is part of Shell Oil Company’s nationwide Force for Good campaign that raises awareness and funds for nonprofit organizations by allocating a portion of sales to their cause. Locally owned and operated Sommers Oil Company was the driving force to bring this promotion to the Lowcountry and South Georgia area and chose CURE Childhood Cancer as the beneficiary.

Cory Sommers, the Vice President of Sales & Marketing of Sommers Oil Company, said, “It is so important to support our friends and neighbors who are going through a crisis. A cancer diagnosis for a little one seems like one of the biggest crises a family could face, and CURE is the organization that is there to help them – with rent, food and even gas. I’m proud we chose CURE Childhood Cancer as the organization to benefit from the Giving Pump and I trust that our customers will want to support their mission too.”

Last year, with only seven pumps participating, the promotion raised nearly $4,000 in the Savannah area. This year, the program has expanded to more than 40 sites in Ga. and South Carolina.

Ga. Giving Pumps can be found at Shell stations in Brunswick, Eatonton, Midway, Metter, Pooler, Riceboro, Rincon, Richmond Hill and Savannah. Participating S.C. Giving Pump Shell stations can be found in Aiken, Beaufort, Bluffton, Columbia, Elgin, Hardeeville, Hilton Head, Johnston, Lexington, Moncks Corner, Ridgeland, Summerville, Swansea and Walterboro.

“We appreciate all the participating Shell stations and everyone who fills up for CURE,” said Mandy Garola, Vice President of CURE in South Ga. “The funds raised will support pediatric oncology patients and their families right here in our community, as well as research that is critical for fighting childhood cancer. We believe a cure can be found in our lifetime, and the awareness and funds raised by The Giving Pump are invaluable to this effort.”

CURE Childhood Cancer is working for a cure by funding research exclusively for childhood cancer and supporting families affected by the disease. Childhood cancers differ from adult cancers in the way they grow and spread, how they are treated, and how they respond to treatment. Every year, more than 17,000 children in the United States are diagnosed with cancer, and incidence rates are increasing every year. Despite cancer being the leading cause of death by disease in children, only six cancer drugs have been developed and approved specifically for children in the last 25 years. CURE is on a mission to change this.

Shell launched The Giving Pump campaign at stations across the U.S. as part of its Force For Good initiative to drive positive change in local communities by giving back. Since launching Force For Good, Shell has highlighted the impact its wholesalers have in the communities in which they operate, going beyond fuel quality and loyalty, to help raise millions of dollars nationwide.

For more information on Sommers Oil Company, visit www.sommersoil.com. For more information on The Giving Pump campaign and to find a participating gas station near you, visit https://www.shell.us/motorist/together-we-are-a-force-for-good/fill-up-for-a-good-cause-at-the-giving-pump.html.

ABOUT CURE CHILDHOOD CANCER
Founded in 1975, CURE Childhood Cancer is dedicated to conquering childhood cancer through funding targeted research while supporting patients and their families. With cancer as the second leading cause of death in children, CURE has dedicated more than $38MM to specific research projects aimed at curing cancers that affect children. CURE is headquartered in Atlanta and has an active staff operating throughout the greater Savannah area. It is the only organization funding pediatric cancer research and providing this level of financial and emotional support to local children and families across Georgia and parts of South Carolina. For more information, visit www.curechildhoodcancer.org.

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

YMCA of Coastal Georgia Holds Ceremonial “Golden Sledgehammer Swing” as West Chatham YMCA Renovation Begins

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Pooler Branch to Transform into a Modern Wellness Center

(SAVANNAH, Ga.) As part of a broader effort to update and modernize the YMCA of Coastal Georgia locations, the transformation of current YMCA locations into health and well-being centers are beginning with Pooler’s West Chatham YMCA branch.

YMCA held a ceremonial “Golden Sledgehammer Swing” to commemorate the groundbreaking of the renovation project. During the event, pre-K students from West Chatham’s Child Learning Center gave a short performance.

Felder & Associates, a distinguished and award-winning architecture firm in Savannah specializing in historic preservation, commercial and high-end residential building projects, participated in the ceremony alongside West Construction.

“It’s been 20 years since the West Chatham YMCA was updated. So we found a multitude of opportunities to better use floor space to serve the core constituency better. We’re adding glass walls for openness and transparency; the childcare areas will be expanded into space for both younger and older children, and we’re adding more space for machines, cardio and free weights in the fitness area,” explained Brian Felder, Founder and Principal Architect.

“The YMCA is a pillar of our community, and with all of the growth in the Pooler area, the renovated West Chatham YMCA will have something for all walks of life. It’s a very forward-thinking endeavor for the Y,” said Matt West, West Construction Company.

The $1.6 million investment intends to address challenges faced by the community in the post-pandemic reality. According to the Centers for Disease Control, the average body mass index (BMI) has nearly doubled in children. Additionally, 43% of Americans report having worse exercise habits than before the pandemic, and 31% report that financial hardship prevented them from seeking health care in 2021, according to a Gallup Poll.

As the modern YMCA pivots to an overall wellness focus, proven programs to prevent and control chronic diseases are given the same priority as physical fitness. In addition to expanded and updated exercise areas, the new YMCA will offer space for nutrition education and community peer support.

“We maintained an understanding of the bigger picture goal in making this a modern health and wellness center, so that played into our decisions on everything, from updating all surfaces, floors and ceilings — making them easier to clean and maintain — to ensuring the space we were repurposing was put to better use,” Felder added. “The fitness center is going to be better than many pay gyms in the area.”

While the YMCA’s flagship Habersham location is also slated for an upgrade, the volume at the West Chatham location compelled the YMCA board to start the renovations at the West Chatham YMCA. Opened in 2001, it was one of only a few businesses on its stretch of Pooler Parkway at the time. In 2021 it was one of the busiest of the YMCA of Coastal Georgia’s 10 branch locations, serving 6,757 members and 1,638 program participants who registered 121,839 visits over the course of the year.

“With this much-needed renovation, we’re looking ahead to the future and working to ensure that our facilities and services are ready to serve for the next 50 years,” says Joel Smoker, YMCA of Coastal Georgia CEO.

The project is expected to take approximately six months, with completion at the end of winter 2023.

“We’re a community-minded firm, so it’s an honor to work on a project like this. The YMCA is a foundational part of the Savannah area, and a lot of heart went into this. We look forward to seeing it through,” said Felder.

West added, “Our company enjoys projects that improve our community, and the YMCA makes us all better in so many ways. We’re excited to be on the team.”

ABOUT THE YMCA OF COASTAL GEORGIA
The YMCA of Coastal Georgia has been serving the Coastal Georgia community for over 167 years and continues to work every day to advance its cause to strengthen the 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, Glynn, Liberty, Long, and McIntosh counties; included is the YMCA’s 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.

ABOUT FELDER & ASSOCIATES
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 firm has a staff of LEED-accredited architects and interior designers who focus on sustainability. Locally, Felder & Associates is a member of the Savannah Chamber of Commerce and Historic Savannah Foundation. The firm is also nationally connected in the American Institutes of Architects, the American Society of Interior Designers and the United States Green Building Council. Felder & Associates is a member of the International Interior Design Association. In 2014, Felder & Associates received a historic preservation award from the Historic Savannah Foundation and the best architecture firm award from Savannah Magazine. Felder & Associates recently completed the Greyhound bus depot in the Savannah historic district. The firm 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 felderassociates.net.

ABOUT WEST CONSTRUCTION COMPANY
West Construction Company, established in 2014 and headquartered in Savannah, Georgia, is an award-winning, mid-sized commercial construction company built on a reputation of quality, integrity, and discipline. West Construction Company’s purpose is to build quality projects and quality people through trusting relationships, service to our clients, partners, and our community.

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Cradduck
Managing Partner of Cecilia Russo Marketing
cynthia@crussomarketing.com
crussomarketing.com
912-856-9075

State Representative Derek Mallow Presents The Outstanding Georgia Business Award To Oliver Maner During The Firm’s 125th Anniversary Year

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Esteemed Savannah law firm earns recognition by the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office for its commitment to community service.

(SAVANNAH, Ga.) Oliver Maner, a leading law firm in Savannah, Ga., was presented the Outstanding Georgia Business Award by State Representative Derek Mallow of Georgia House District 163, which includes downtown Savannah where the firm’s offices are located.

State representatives are permitted to request recognition for a business in their district from the Georgia Secretary of State, along with documentation and verification of facts.

Rep. Mallow proposed Oliver Maner for this recognition after reading an article on LinkedIn about the law firm’s work with a local nonprofit. Rep. Mallow investigated further and found that the attorneys and partners at Oliver Maner supported at least 25 more charities and immediately contacted the Secretary of State’s office to begin the proposal for this honor, which was accepted.

“For their contribution to the community, I’m proud to present the Outstanding Georgia Business Award to Oliver Maner,” Rep. Mallow said. “They donate their time, talents and treasures to help so many organizations. It’s only right we recognize their contributions.”

Oliver Maner Managing Partner Patrick O’Connor accepted the award on the firm’s behalf.

“It’s especially gratifying to receive this award during our 125th anniversary year,” said O’Connor. “Oliver Maner has always supported local charities and doing so is a core value of our firm. We’ve been part of Savannah and the state of Georgia for more than a century, and we look forward to another 125 years of giving back and serving our community.”

ABOUT OLIVER MANER
With a history of 125 years of representing clients in Georgia, South Carolina and throughout the United States, Oliver Maner, LLP, is a full-service law firm capable of handling a broad range of civil litigation and business law expertise. With a team of 27 of the highest-rated trial and transactional lawyers across the state, Oliver Maner possesses the resources and abilities to tackle complex legal problems, including personal injury, estate law, medical and legal malpractice, product liability, civil rights litigation, real estate, transportation and logistics litigation and more. The law firm is proud to have long-standing relationships with its clients, including nonprofit organizations, government agencies, business owners and entrepreneurs. Oliver Maner’s office is located at 218 W. State St., Savannah, GA 31401. For more information, call (912) 236-3311 or visit www.olivermaner.com.

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Cradduck
Cecilia Russo Marketing
cynthia@ceciliarussomarketing.com
912-856-9075

Leadership Southeast Georgia Seeks Nominations For Class of 2023

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The professional development and leadership program empowers participants to address regional challenges and capitalize on common opportunities.

(SOUTHEAST GA) Leadership Southeast Georgia (LSEGA) is seeking nominations for civic, nonprofit, and business leaders across the 10-county Southeast Georgia region to join the 2023 class of its leadership program. The deadline to submit an application is Wednesday, August 31.

LSEGA gathers a diverse cohort of working professionals from Bryan, Bulloch, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long, McIntosh and Screven counties to form lasting relationships as they learn about and engage in constructive examination and debate of critical issues facing the development of the region. One of the goals of the program is to improve the individual leadership competencies of participants, in turn benefiting the community as a whole.

“We look forward to welcoming the next group of ambitious and enthusiastic leaders who feel the need to serve and improve their community,” said Jared Downs, vice president of governmental affairs for the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce and Visit Savannah and LSEGA Chair of the board of directors. “This community showed its mettle over the last few years, and our commitment is stronger than ever to make Southeast Georgia a better place to live and do business.”

The class spends one weekend a month traveling to surrounding counties to learn about the impact of local issues such as healthcare, education, economic development, and transportation.

Participants develop a deeper knowledge about Southeast Georgia and explore key issues that are common across the region, helping to create an informed perspective on the relationship between individual communities.

The five sessions begin in February of 2023 and will conclude in June. Each two-to three-day session is held in different counties around the coastal region, where matters of infrastructure, industry, business and community development are examined. Sessions include facility tours and panel presentations, as well as personal growth and development exercises for the participants.

“I expect the next class to really dig in and gain a deeper understanding of the challenges unique to our region,” Downs added. “The collaboration we’ve seen is remarkable, and that’s how problems are solved over the long term. We need leaders who can work together and get things done, and that’s what LSEGA is always striving for.”

Candidates may self-nominate or be nominated by LSEGA alumni, their employers, or other community leaders. Nominations may be submitted on the LSEGA website at lsega.com/nominate.

Factors and requirements taken into consideration include:
Must live or work in the county from which he or she applies
Must be willing to serve the community
Must be open to growing as a professional
Must be eager to learn new skills
Must work well and participate in group activities
Must be professional, motivated and prompt
Must have your employers support
Since 1999, the program has produced 18 graduating classes with over 385 alumni. To learn more, visit https://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 June, 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 lsega.com.

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

Savannah Author Debuts First Novel, “The Blessing of the Celtic Curse”

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New book is the first in a series featuring the shenanigans of a cast of Savannah characters

(SAVANNAH, Ga.) The first installment in local author Leigh Ebberwein’s Savannah-based romance series, The Saints of Savannah, will be on the shelves soon as the author releases her debut novel, “The Blessing of the Celtic Curse.”

“This book is based on my experiences of growing up in Savannah and pulling from my Irish heritage,” said Ebberwein.  “‘The Blessing of the Celtic Curse‘ weaves an uplifting and powerful tale of the cross-generational impact of reckless choices, the redeeming power of love, the importance of having a sisterhood of friends and the unbreakable bond of family.” 

Ebberwein, who is a native of Savannah, is an alumna of St. Vincent’s Academy and a Georgia Southern University graduate. Two years ago, she picked up a pen and began writing in a marble back composition book that belonged to one of her children. “It was like magic. I had always enjoyed storytelling, but it wasn’t until that moment that I realized that I was being called to write those stories down.”

“‘The Blessing of the Celtic Curse‘ reinforces the idea that you must know where you came from before you can understand where you’re going. But most importantly, it’s about two of the most beautiful places in the world: Savannah and Ireland,” continued Ebberwein.

The official release date of “The Blessing of the Celtic Curse” was fittingly All Saints Day. This is the first book in a series that will continue with another book that will launch in the Spring.Ebberwein’s publisher is Old Fort Press. Her books are available through independent bookstores and online at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other outlets in paperback and e-book versions.

For more information, visit www.leighebberwein.com.

Cecilia Russo Marketing Welcomes Summer Intern, Megan McCarthy

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(SAVANNAH, Ga.) Cecilia Russo Marketing is pleased to announce that Megan McCarthy has joined the public relations and marketing firm for a summer internship. In this position, McCarthy supports the entire staff’s brand management efforts through media relations, writing and distributing news releases, content creation for print and social media platforms, photography and videography, event planning and management, search engine optimization, media coverage tracking, and research.

Born and raised in Savannah, Ga., McCarthy is currently a rising junior at Georgia Southern University (GSU) pursuing a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing at the Statesboro Campus. There, she is a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma Zeta Upsilon chapter.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to work with such a reputable agency as Cecilia Russo Marketing,” McCarthy said. “I look forward to forging meaningful relationships with the clients and community leaders I meet this summer and am thrilled to have such extensive hands-on experience in a field I am so passionate about already.”When she is not studying or working, McCarthy enjoys boat rides, baking, and spending time with her friends and family.

ABOUT CECILIA RUSSO MARKETING, LLC

Based in Savannah, Georgia, Cecilia Russo Marketing is a boutique firm delivering trusted and successful results since its founding in 2008. Owner and President Cecilia Russo Turner is a native of Savannah and uniquely understands the local and regional trends of brand-building strategies and reputation management while leveraging traditional and social platforms to engage with key publics and consistently exceed client expectations. For more information, call 912-665-0005 or visit ceciliarussomarketing.com.MEDIA CONTACT
Cecilia Russo Turner
President and CEO
Cecilia Russo Marketing, LLC
912-665-0005
crusso@crussomarketing.com

Chatham Capital Group Celebrates 25 Successful Years

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Wealth Management Firm’s Second-generation Leadership Builds on Strong Foundation for the Future

(SAVANNAH, Ga.) Chatham Capital Group (CCG), a fiduciary investment advisory and wealth management firm with offices in Savannah, Ga., and Hilton Head, S.C., is celebrating its 25th year in business in 2021. After three decades of managing investment portfolios for institutional clients, Ted Muller, Guy Palmer and Bruce Fielitz founded Chatham Capital in 1996. It is led today by its four principals: Rick Muller, Philip
Palmer, and Bill Fielitz, the three founder’s sons, as well as Jason Allen. The company oversees more than $500 million in assets for individuals, families and related charitable entities.

The genesis of Chatham Capital was unusual. “Guy, Bruce and I were involved with an investment management firm in Atlanta. After we sold that company and fulfilled employment contracts, we moved to Savannah with the intention of retiring. We had to look after our own money, friends and family asked us to do the same, and that led to the formation of CCG,” Ted Muller said.

“We soon realized that ‘retirement’ was not all that it’s purported to be. Reading the newspaper doesn’t take long, and there’s only so much golf I wanted to play. The capital markets and investments have always fascinated us, and we enjoyed working together, so we were excited to begin the next phase of our lives,” Bruce Fielitz said.

Citing their professionalism, independent structure, culture of continuous improvement, client service, consistency, along with almost no principal or personnel turnover in a quarter-century, Rick Muller says the most important asset of all is “our people.”

“The commitment to educating ourselves with ongoing professional learning and certifications, as well as educating our clients about how changing conditions affect them, and high client retention, says a lot about how much our clients trust us,” Bill Fielitz explained. “The second generation of ownership also speaks to the dedication we all have to our clients and the reputation of Chatham Capital.”

Larger national firms have also taken notice. Chatham Capital has been approached numerous times with offers to buy the firm, but with no clear benefit to the client base, such propositions have not been entertained. The company’s independence, fee-only structure, and size set it apart from competitors. The tight group of experienced professionals making executive decisions is optimal and allows for a stronger focus on client-specific matters impossible at larger firms.

“Research shows that smaller groups of approximately five or six people are best for decision making. Any fewer doesn’t provide adequate perspective, but more makes the process unwieldy,” Philip Palmer explains. “Our specialty is taking complicated financial situations and distilling the information into a framework that can be evaluated and analyzed, to properly develop a strategy for moving forward. We really excel with clients who have a lot of moving parts,” he added.

Skillfully navigating constant change has been a hallmark of the last 25 years. Since the beginning, Chatham Capital has used increasingly sophisticated technology and software to their client’s benefit. Keeping up with the proliferation and accessibility of investment choices is another way they have exceeded expectations. Chatham Capital also specializes in finding under-the-radar opportunities and exploiting valuation deficiencies in small-cap companies that work with their long-term philosophy.

Clients share Chatham Capital’s philosophy of collaboration and long-term orientation, which creates loyalty and trust. This is a common thread the leadership team also sees in their employees. The founders set the bar and the current executive team strives to retain those principles and build on them. This requires following a deliberate process and planning to ensure like-minded professionals are brought in to advise clients. The result has been a stable and enduring team of investment advisors who only succeed when their clients do.

A similar approach is seen in how the firm begins a relationship with new clients. Learning what each individual needs, what led them to Chatham Capital, explaining the company philosophy, and creating a path forward where success is a shared endeavor leads to the many long-term client relationships the firm enjoys.

“Some options were very new or didn’t exist at all when we first opened our doors. Alternative investment options like hedge funds, private equity, exchange-traded funds and the like that were either quite limited or did not exist then are commonplace today. Now that it is so much easier to access limitless information, the challenge is to distill all that data and put it into a cohesive, usable platform that informs decisions. The ability to make it work and remain adaptable to change has been immensely beneficial to our clients,” Allen said.

Having survived and thrived after two 50% down markets and the more recent global pandemic, Chatham Capital understands that to maintain the success they’ve enjoyed for another 25 years will require sticking to the ideals that have worked so far.

“We view flexibility and a commitment to deliberate thought as the most important elements in continuing to provide a valuable service for current and future clients,” Allen explained.

Click here for more information on CCG.