It’s hard to imagine a better gift at the holidays. Today, a former Navy combat medic and his family received the keys to a mortgage-free home in Marietta, following the loss of their belongings in an apartment break-in last year.
Former Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Deramichaelous Daniels moved to the Atlanta area following his eight-year tour as a hospital corpsman in Camp Pendleton, Calif., and Athens, Ga. During that time he was deployed with his unit as a combat medic in Iraq.
Then last year, while living in Lawrenceville, the family was the victim of an apartment break-in and all their valuables were stolen.
Today they received one of the most valuable gifts possible – a mortgage-free home, formerly a foreclosure, with the property donated by Wells Fargo through Operation Homefront and its Homes on the Homefront program.
“My wife Mistie and I have discussed owning a home ever since getting married,” Daniels said. “This gives us an amazing opportunity and will give our children a place to run around and just enjoy their new life. Everything lately has felt like such an uphill battle, and this is the best news that we have had since my leaving the Navy.”
The house at 2522 Hampton Valley Drive in Marietta has plenty of room for their two boys, ages 7 and 1. The two-story has more than 2,200 square feet with four bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths and a two-car garage.
Their home is one of 65 Wells Fargo has donated to veterans this year as part of a commitment to donate $30 million in homes to those who have served in the nation’s armed forces.
“These are extraordinary men and women who have given so much through military service,” said Rob Pridemore, area manager for Wells Fargo Home Mortgage for Cobb County. “This is a natural outgrowth of our commitment to giving back and revitalizing communities.”
About Operation Homefront
A national nonprofit, Operation Homefront leads more than 4,500 volunteers with nationwide presence who provide emergency and other financial assistance to the families of service members and wounded warriors. Operation Homefront has met more than 750,000 needs of military families since its inception in 2002. Nationally, 95 percent of total revenue donated to Operation Homefront goes directly to programs that provide support to our military families. For more information, go to www.OperationHomefront.net.
About Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) has more than 5,000 team members in the Atlanta area and serves consumers in the area through some 200 bank stores. Wells Fargo is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.5 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 9,000 stores, 12,000 ATMs, and the Internet (wellsfargo.com), and has offices in more than 35 countries to support the bank’s customers who conduct business in the global economy. With more than 270,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 25 on Fortune’s 2013 rankings of America’s largest corporations. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy all our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially. Wells Fargo perspectives are also available at blog.wellsfargo.com. In 2012, the Company invested $315.8 million in grants to 19,500 nonprofits, and team members contributed more than 1.5 million volunteer hours around the country. For more information, please visit: www.wellsfargo.com/about/csr.
Graduate program moves up in national ranking for 2013
KENNESAW, Ga. (Nov. 15, 2013) — The part-time MBA program at Kennesaw State University’s Michael J. Coles College of Business was ranked 22nd nationwide and second in Georgia by Bloomberg Businessweek in its 2013 business school rankings.
Kennesaw State’s ranking moved up seven spots from the 2011 survey, becoming the top rated part-time MBA program at a Georgia public university.
“We are proud to be recognized among the leading business schools in Georgia and the nation,” said Kathy Schwaig, dean of the Coles College. “This ranking relies heavily on student input and post-MBA outcomes. Our rise in the rankings shows that our students are pleased with their MBA experience, and are succeeding after graduation.”
According to Bloomberg Businessweek, part-time business programs play a vital role for working professionals who are unable to attend business school full time, but wish to advance their careers. Coles College enrolls more than 350 part-time MBA students. The self-paced program offers courses in the evenings and on weekends, with minimesters in May, August and December.
“Coles College is dedicated to providing a valuable and relevant business education,” said Sheb True, associate dean for graduate business and executive programs at the Coles College of Business. “This ranking recognizes the quality of our students and faculty, and their pursuit to improve lives through business and business education. We look forward to continuing to grow and improve, and to contribute to economic growth and development in the state.”
The Bloomberg Businessweek ranking is based on six factors: student survey results, academic quality, post-MBA outcomes, teaching quality, caliber of classmates and curriculum. The 2013 rankings recognize 78 part-time MBA programs around the country.
Coles College continues to be ranked for its MBA programs. In 2013, its part-time MBA program was ranked 43rd in the nation by U.S. News.
For more information on the Coles College’s MBA programs, please visit http://coles.kennesaw.edu/graduate/mba
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Six pedestrian bridges along Cobb County’s 12.8-mile Silver Comet Trail will be closed to the public this winter while Cobb County Department of Transportation (CCDOT) crews repair or replace pedestrian bridge ends over Powder Springs Creek, Lucille Creek, Noses Creek, Olley Creek, Nickajack Creek and Cooper Lake Road.
The repair work, funded by the 2011 SPLOST, will result in consecutive closures of each pedestrian bridge from Jan. to April 2014, resulting in NO ACCESS and NO DETOURS across the bridges during construction. At the same time the pedestrian bridge work is being conducted, additional crews will be improving other areas along the Silver Comet Trail by repairing fences, drainage systems and grading.
“The repairs will preserve the original historic pedestrian bridges,” says Faye DiMassimo, Director of Cobb County Department of Transportation. “Once the work is completed, the pedestrian bridges will be reopened providing safe access to all who enjoy using them.”
Cobb County officials strongly advise the public to pay close attention to all warning signs and stay out of CLOSED construction zones, as there will be severe drop offs, some as deep as ten feet, which could cause serious injury or death to anyone ignoring the posted warnings.
Not every area under construction will be completed closed off to the public. CCDOT officials warn trail users to slow down when approaching all signs, and in areas not completely closed, and for bike users, be prepared to dismount and walk through.
More work will be conducted on the Trail next spring where a rolling trail closure will occur as the entire Silver Comet trail is resurfaced. The combined projects will result in the Cobb County Silver Comet Trail looking like a new trail.
Built between 1890 and 1904, the 61.5-mile Silver Comet Trail follows the abandoned railroad line once traveled by Silver Comet train passengers traveling from Atlanta and Birmingham to New York, Philadelphia and Washington. CCDOT converted the trail into a scenic 12.8 mile paved multi-use trail in the 1990’s. The County section of the trail begins in Smyrna and travels west through southern parts of the County.
Outstanding Branding Work for Cobb & Douglas Public Health, Millenia 3 Honored
Competing against nearly 4,000 entries from across the U.S. and the world, 524 Creative was honored this week with three Silver Davey Awards for its exceptional marketing and branding work for Cobb & Douglas Public Health and Millenia 3.
The Davey Awards honor the finest creative work from the best small firms, agencies and companies worldwide. They are sanctioned and judged by the International Academy of the Visual Arts, an invitation-only body consisting of top-tier professionals from a “Who’s Who” of acclaimed media, advertising and marketing firms.
524 received a Silver Davey Award honoring their complete rebranding initiative with Cobb & Douglas Public Health. The scope of work included a new logo, brand standards guide, corporate identity pieces, website, brochures, billboards, and more. Dr. Jack Kennedy, District Health Director, was involved in the efforts throughout.
“Our rebranding initiative was all encompassing in terms of scope and significance to our organization,” Dr. Kennedy said. “524 Creative launched a powerful, targeted rebranding campaign that reflects our dedication to the health and safety of Cobb and Douglas county residents. We are so happy to have 524 as our ongoing partner to help us expand our outreach into the community.”
For its work with Kennesaw-based Millenia 3, whose clients include ABC, Discovery, Turner Broadcasting, CNN, and TNT to name a few, 524 has been honored with two Silver Davey Awards; one for the content of the company’s brochure and one for the design of it.
Robert Owen, President and CEO of Millenia 3, was thrilled that 524′s work for his company has been so prestigiously recognized. “524 did what no other agency had been able to do for Millenia 3—help us articulate our uniqueness to clients. We manage traffic services in television like no one else in the industry; after working with 524 for our new logo, website, collateral and event management, we are reaching new clients in a powerful way,” he said.
524 Creative Principal, Scott Wright, added, “The Davey Awards are highly esteemed in our industry. We are extremely proud to have won three of them for two amazing clients that trusted us with their brands, which is the most valuable asset of any organization. That is our ultimate goal—to help build and elevate our clients’ brands. In both instances, I think we hit a home run.”
About The Davey Awards
The Davey Awards exclusively honor the “Davids” of creativity, the finest small firms, agencies and companies in the world. David defeated the giant Goliath with a big idea and a little rock – the sort of thing small firms do each year. The annual International Davey Awards honors the achievements of the “Creative Davids” who derive their strength from big ideas, rather than big budgets.
The Davey Awards is the leading awards competition specifically for smaller firms, where firms compete with their peers to win the recognition they deserve. Please visit www.daveyawards.com for more information.
About 524 Creative
524 Creative is an award-winning, integrated marketing firm located in Marietta, Georgia. The firm combines the talent of proven marketing and branding professionals to create design innovations that capture attention and inspire action. 524 Creative helps businesses and organizations with branding, strategy, websites, social media and other marketing solutions that produce results, while staying true to their clients’ ideals.
For nearly eight years, 524 Creative has provided effective and successful communication strategies for a myriad of clients ranging from entrepreneurial start-ups to multi-million dollar entities. Find out more at www.524creative.com.
By The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Staff
You say you work for a great company with an encouraging and inclusive atmosphere. You say you have good benefits. You say your bosses are fair, sympathetic, understanding. Then why not share the good news? Again.
In March, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution will publish its fourth annual special section on the top workplaces of metro Atlanta, detailing the area’s best places to work, according to the people who know best —- the employees.
Last year, the top workplaces in the small, medium and large categories included Virtual Properties Realty, LeasePlan USA and Pardot, an ExactTarget Company. The AJC recognized top leaders and companies that excelled in training, benefits and direction.
If you are proud of your workplace, and your company was not on last year’s list, we need your input. Anyone can nominate a company, including employees, executives and customers.
Nominations are open to all businesses, including nonprofits, with at least 50 employees in a 15-county metro region. The counties are: Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Coweta, Hall, Henry, Paulding, Rockdale and Walton.
To nominate your company, go to: ajc.com/go/topworkplaces or call 404-671-9425. Deadline for nominations is Oct. 25.
Companies agreeing to participate will share with employees a survey designed by the AJC’s partner, Workplace Dynamics LLC, which will tabulate results.
Top-performing companies will be recognized in the report and in an online directory.
Read the original article here.
National Association of Women in Construction and Georgia Chapter of National Association of Minority Contractors recognize Brasfield & Gorrie for commitment to safety and diversity
Birmingham, Alabama (Oct. 7, 2013) – Brasfield & Gorrie today announced that the company has earned recognition from two national organizations.
The National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) recognized Brasfield & Gorrie for its safety program and excellent record of workplace safety. “Safety is our top corporate value,” said Project Manager Virnetta Greene-Woodbury, who accepted the award this summer at the organization’s 2013 Safety Excellence Awards ceremony in Bellevue, Washington.
NAWIC noted that employees of Brasfield & Gorrie are required to participate in continuous safety training programs and exercises, and the company regularly communicates messages about the importance of safe practices through internal emails, newsletters, and poster campaigns.
Also, Brandon Riddick-Seals, Brasfield & Gorrie Business Development Manager, is recipient of the Advocacy Award from the Georgia Chapter of the National Association of Minority Contractors (NAMC). According to NAMC, the award is designed to recognize individuals who support and advocate for the development of minority businesses. It was presented during the NAMC 2013 Hard Hat Awards Banquet in Atlanta, Ga., last week.
“These awards underscore Brasfield & Gorrie’s commitment to two of our core values: people and safety,” said Brasfield & Gorrie Chief Operating Officer Jeff Stone. “We are honored that these two organizations, whose missions support diversity and inclusion, consider our efforts worthy of recognition.”
About Brasfield & Gorrie
Brasfield & Gorrie is one of the nation’s largest privately held construction firms, providing general contracting, design-build, and construction management services for a wide variety of markets, including healthcare, commercial, institutional, federal, municipal, industrial, infrastructure, and water/wastewater treatment. We serve clients from offices in Atlanta and Columbus, Georgia; Birmingham, Alabama; Dallas, Texas; Jacksonville and Orlando, Florida; Nashville, Tennessee; and Raleigh, North Carolina. Brasfield & Gorrie has approximately 2,900 employees, and its 2012 revenues were $2 billion. Engineering News-Record ranks Brasfield & Gorrie 31st among the nation’s “Top 400 Contractors” for 2013.
For the first time in 25 years, two National Blue Ribbon Schools were selected from the Cobb County School District during the same year. Fair Oaks Elementary and Tritt Elementary are among just eight public schools in Georgia to be named 2013 National Blue Ribbon Schools by the U.S. Department of Education. The program honors public and private schools where students achieve at the highest levels, as well as schools that make notable progress in closing the achievement gap.
Fair Oaks Elementary was recognized in the program’s ‘Exemplary Improving Schools’ category, for schools with at least 40 percent of students from disadvantaged backgrounds that have shown the most improvement in student achievement over a five-year period. Fair Oaks principal Cindy Szwec said, ‘We believe that every child has amazing potential. Our staff and community look for innovative ways to inspire our students to see the best in themselves and achieve beyond expectations.’ During the past two school years, more than 90 percent of Fair Oaks students met standards on the reading and math sections of the CRCT.
Tritt Elementary is ranked among Georgia’s top 15 percent on reading and math performance and earned its spot among the ‘Exemplary High Performing Schools’ recognized by the Department of Education. For the past two school years, 100 percent of Tritt’s third, fourth and fifth graders have met or exceeded standards on the reading portion of the CRCT and more than 95 percent met or exceeded expectations on the math section. Principal Dr. Karen Frost said, “Our school has made a collaborative effort to increase the rigor and relevance in our instruction and in the activities we give our students. For the past few years, we have focused on problem solving to help our students learn to think critically and look for different ways to find answers.”
The National Blue Ribbon Schools program began in 1982 as a means of recognizing many of the nation’s most successful schools. Schools that meet award criteria are nominated by state education officials and selected by the U.S. Department of Education. The 2013 honors for Tritt and Fair Oaks mark the 21st and 22nd Blue Ribbon School designations bestowed upon Cobb County Schools since the program’s inception.