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Studio Bungee Takes Home ‘Best New Boutique Fitness’ Honor

December 14, 2018

Studio Bungee, Georgia’s first bungee workout fitness solution, has been awarded Best New Boutique Fitness winner by Best Self Atlanta magazine. The 2018 Best Self Awards were selected after tallying tens of thousands reader votes.

“We are thrilled that Studio Bungee won this award, particularly in its first year of operation,” says Christal McNair, founder of Studio Bungee. “We knew that offering our innovative low-impact, high-energy fitness solution would appeal to an under-served area of the fitness marketplace, and we are excited to see so many people embrace this fun and effective way of working out.”

Studio Bungee, located in Marietta, Georgia, utilizes the ASTRO-DURANCE® Total Body Bungee System, a revolutionary full body training system. This time-tested, studio-proven solution provides a full workout with no stress on participants’ joints. The bungee system is designed for any weight class and includes a harness that fits securely, yet comfortably to provide weightless training that helps to increase muscle tone, strengthen core muscles and improve flexibility and balance. A 30-minute workout revs trainees to high cardio within 20 seconds, burns up to 1200 calories and leaves metabolism burning for 24 hours.

Plans include expansion into other local area markets. “We are just getting started,” says McNair. “We have people from all over the Metro Atlanta area drive to us for classes. Many of these people have no other option for a total workout that doesn’t hurt their joints.” Offering a wide variety of group classes, private training is also available for those who wish to have a one-on-one experience.

Studio Bungee also offers nutrition and wellness classes, as well as Girls Night Out and corporate wellness plans, often tying in to community non-profits. “It is important for us to focus on the wellness of our entire community,” states McNair. “Any time we can promote a worthy organization or cause, we jump at the opportunity.”

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Local Entrepreneur Acquires Atlanta’s Oldest Marketing and Advertising Agency

December 13, 2018


M3 Effect, an Atlanta-based marketing and communications agency owned and operated by Atlanta entrepreneur Amanda Lucey, today announced the full merger and acquisition of The Partnership, an integrated marketing agency based in Atlanta, founded by David Arnold, a 40-year veteran in advertising and marketing.

The two agencies announced a joint venture in March 2018 and the full acquisition was completed in November 2018 and will make Lucey the owner of Atlanta’s oldest privately held agency. The acquisition is part of Lucey’s strategy to grow her marketing agency to better service current and future clients. The newly expanded agency will provide the answer to an increased demand for a broader array of services and will create new business opportunities by offering a full suite of marketing and communication services.

“The decision to acquire The Partnership was made to accelerate growth, which doubled in 2017 and will increase 40% in 2018,” said Amanda Lucey, CEO. “Acquiring The Partnership was a natural decision. When I founded M3, my philosophy was to create an agency that was focused on building deep relationships with clients. David shares this ideology as well, focusing on partnership over presentation, having retained some of his clients for over twenty years. We will continue this shared way of thinking and accelerate growth which will enable us to greater serve our clients’ needs as the role of media, communications and advertising continues to evolve and change. I’m excited to have David transition to a Strategic Consultant continuing to serve our organization.”

David Arnold, founder of The Partnership, will continue to play an integral role in the company, “By combing resources, The Partnership will now have strengths and assets that you won’t find in other agencies. I’ve known Amanda for a long time and have always been impressed with her acuity and knowledge. She has built a strong, solid and savvy agency and I know she will continue The Partnership’s focus on delivering cutting-edge solutions to our clients.”


Amanda Lucey, of M3 Effect, and David Arnold, of The Partnership

The Partnership, founded in 1979, has won numerous awards and accolades in its over 35 years in business and still retains several of its original clients. It is well known nationally and in Atlanta, and has been recognized for creative excellence by AIGA, Addys, American Advertising Federation, CLIO Awards,

Communication Arts, EFFIE Worldwide, New York Festivals, One Show, Radio Mercury, NY Art Director’s Club, the Sawyer Award, & US Film Festival. The Partnership’s clients include worldwide brands such as IHG, Coca-Cola, The Home Depot, UPS and Ferrari and Maserati.

The combined entity will continue as The Partnership and client services will be offered from the agency headquarters at The Battery, at 1100 Circle 75 Parkway. Lucey will remain in her role as CEO. She founded M3 Effect in 2012 and has led the company through six years of continued growth serving clients across the country. Her strategic vision, wide-ranging communications expertise and business acumen have built the company into a leading agency in metro Atlanta.

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Cobb Collaborative Hosts 25th Annual Human Services Award Luncheon

December 7, 2018

On Tuesday, November 27, the Cobb Collaborative (CC) hosted its 25th Annual Human Services Award Luncheon. The lunch and awards ceremony took place at the Mansour Conference Center in Marietta and recognized nominees from local Cobb County businesses and nonprofit organizations. Milton J. Little, Jr., President and CEO of United Way of Greater Atlanta, delivered the keynote address, highlighting the need to remember and serve all children and their families for the good of the community.

Nominees were recognized for their dedication to working with or volunteering with those less fortunate in our community, professionalism within the community, collaboration with others and involvement in the community.   The Collaborative awarded Rev. Harden Perry of the Harmony House with the volunteer award and Tara Riddle with Cobb Legal Aid with the professional award. The William E. “Bill” Hanson Collaboration Award was presented to Rev. Roger Vest, Lead Pastor with Powder Springs First United Methodist Church.

The nine nominees in the volunteer category included:

  • Monica Delancy, nominated by We Thrive in Riverside Renters Association
  • Leroy “Tre” Hutchins, nominated by Bryant Elementary School PTA
  • Barbara and Lance LoRusso, nominated by SafePath Children’s Advocacy Center
  • Tedd Mendelsohn, nominated by WorkSource Cobb/CobbWorks
  • Natalie Moore, nominated by Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Metro Atlanta
  • Rev. Harden Perry, nominated by Harmony House
  • Mallory Price, nominated by Rescuing Hope
  • Shelby Torbert, nominated by Cobb Senior Services

Professional nominees included:

  • Shayla Jones, nominated by Communities in Schools of Georgia in Marietta/Cobb County
  • Tara Riddle, nominated by Cobb Legal Aid
  • Danine Walker, nominated by Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Metro Atlanta
  • Camilla Worrell, nominated by Family Promise Cobb County



“We are thrilled that so many individuals were recognized this year for their commitment and dedication to the great citizens of Cobb County,” stated Cobb Collaborative Executive Director Irene Barton. “The nominating organizations are representative of the enormous role that nonprofits play in creating the caring community that is Cobb County.”

The Jack Vaughan, Jr. Human Services Award was established in 1994 in memory of his unselfish dedication to public service. Jack Vaughan, Jr. was a state representative and member of the Cobb Collaborative who strongly advocated for those less fortunate in our community.  In memory of Jack’s service, the Collaborative honors a volunteer and a professional who have gone above and beyond to serve those in need. Otis Brumby stated, “Vaughan always gave his best and what remains is the memory of an earnest young man eager to serve – one whose motto was selflessness, not selfishness.”

The William E. (Bill) Hanson Collaboration Award was established in 2008 to honor Bill Hanson for his more than 25 years of service to Cobb County. He is recognized for his collaborative spirit and bringing the Cobb non-profit organizations together to tackle issues and concerns.  Bill was one of the founders of the Cobb Human Services Coalition, a forerunner of the Cobb Collaborative and served in a variety of leadership positions with the CC.  Each year the CC identifies a person or organization that represents the true meaning of collaboration. Powder Springs First United Methodist Church celebrated its 180th anniversary earlier this year and has a long-standing tradition of partnering with various community-based partners to improve the lives of all citizens. Most recently, Rev. Vest is leading the effort to establish Ferst Readers in Cobb County, a program to increase access to books for young children.

The Cobb Collaborative is a membership of non-profit organizations, local government, businesses, faith-based organizations, educational institutions, professional organizations, associations, and citizens who share ideas, expertise, and resources to meet the needs of Cobb County and its citizens.

KSU’s CCPE Takes Home National Marketing Awards

December 6, 2018

The University Professional and Continuing Education Association awarded KSU’s College of Continuing and Professional Education with 10 awards at the UPCEA Marketing and Enrollment Management Seminar in Long Beach, California.

Representatives from colleges and universities from across the U.S. convened to gain knowledge on best practices and innovative strategies in their industry.

“We are grateful to have an organization like UPCEA recognize the efforts we put into promoting lifelong learning,” said Davia Rose Lassiter, director of marketing. “The success of our students is the backbone of our marketing, and we are all proud to share their stories in a variety of creative ways.”

KSU’s CCPE was among nearly 40 colleges recognized as Gold Award recipients. Recognition was also provided for silver and bronze awards. Award categories included Print Publications, Advertising, Mixed Media Campaign, Most Improved and Interactive Media.

CCPE UPCEA Awards include:UPCEA CEO Bob Hansen and Davia Rose Lassiter, CCPE Director of Marketing

Gold Awards
•    Postcard (Branding 2.0 series)
• Mixed Media Campaign (Culinary Apprenticeship & Healthcare Spring Open House)

Silver Awards
•    Newsletter (OLLI Newsletter 2018 Series)
•   Print Ad Campaign (Esther Romanoff Kazer Senior Literacy Program)
•  Streaming/On-Demand Content (Graduation Live Stream, Social Media Student Feature, Catalog Shoots and Reveals)
•    Catalog (Course Catalog)
•    E-Communication (Email marketing)
•    Brochure/Booklet (Branding 2.0 Brochure Series)

Bronze Awards
•  Miscellaneous Interactive Media (Educational Videos: Social Media Marketing, AutoCAD, Paralegal Certificate
•   Strategic Recruitment Marketing Plan (Culinary Apprenticeship and Healthcare Spring Open House)

UPCEA Awards

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Saint Leo University Names New Vice President of Academic Affairs

December 5, 2018


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Dr. Jeffrey D. Senese, president of Saint Leo University, has announced the appointment of Dr. Mary T. Spoto as vice president of Academic Affairs, effective immediately. Spoto, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, has served as the acting vice president of Academic Affairs since Senese was named president in July.

“Mary is a proven leader with strong support from our faculty and staff,” Senese said. “Her leadership experience in academics will be of great value as we move boldly and confidently into an even more successful future at Saint Leo University.”

A Tampa, FL, native, Spoto has served in several roles during her 25-year history with Saint Leo. Before serving as dean, she was the chair of the Department of English, Fine Arts, and Humanities, now referred to as the Department of Language Studies and the Arts. She also is a professor of English.

As dean, Spoto has been a leader in the development of the university’s general education program, University Explorations, designed with specially created courses to help students recognize the importance of the liberal arts to their larger learning.

Spoto expanded the fine arts programs at the university and leading the development of new academic programs such as the Bridge Program for second-language learners and the master’s programs in creative writing and psychology.

She earned her Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts, and doctoral degree in English from the University of South Florida.

“One of the things I’ve admired the most about Saint Leo is its strong focus on teaching,” Spoto said. “We are a university that truly exists to help students learn and gain the knowledge and skills that will help them in their careers and will guide them in life. In my new role, I plan to continue developing and strengthening this focus in partnership with our faculty and deans to create more innovative and distinctive programs, making academics a hallmark of the university for years to come.”


Saint Leo University ( is a modern Catholic teaching university that is firmly grounded in the liberal arts tradition and the timeless Benedictine wisdom that seeks balanced growth of mind, body, and spirit. The Saint Leo University of today is a private, nonprofit institution that creates hospitable learning communities wherever students want to be or need to be, whether that is a campus classroom, a web-based environment, an employer’s worksite, a military base, or an office park. Saint Leo welcomes people of all faiths and of no religious affiliation, and encourages learners of all generations. The university is committed to providing educational opportunities to the nation’s armed forces, veterans, and their families.

Saint Leo is regionally accredited to award degrees ranging from the associate to the doctorate, and the faculty and staff guide all students to develop their capacities for critical thinking, moral reflection, and lifelong learning and leadership.

Military Family Support Center of Georgia now offers online ordering!

November 30, 2018

Guard & Reserve On-Site sales at the Military Family Support Center of Georgia have expanded, now offering online shopping! The Military Family Support Center of Georgia (MFSC) is not-for-profit organization that is dedicated to supporting military members, active and retired, and their families by providing a multitude of services, including a commissary, to address the diverse needs of these families.

Through the new online offerings, customers can order and pay online for each month’s sale, then simply pick up their order at the MFSC during in-store shopping hours. Online orders must generally be placed by the first week of the month for pickup at in-store sale dates during the middle of the month.

Online orders can be made at Most of the online items offered are by the case, which is tailor made for those who drive quite a distance to the sales.

Note: a Military ID card authorizing commissary privileges is required. Credit and debit cards are accepted online, and cash, check, EBT, debit and credit cards including the MILITARY STAR card are accepted on-site. All authorized shoppers are welcome.

For more information, about the Military Family Support Center of Georgia, visit or contact Susan Edmonds, Director, at or (478)-222-7618.

AMERICAN PICKERS to Film in Georgia!

November 27, 2018

Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz, and their team are excited to return to Georgia! They plan to film episodes of the hit series AMERICAN PICKERS throughout the region in February 2019!

AMERICAN PICKERS is a documentary series that explores the fascinating world of antique “picking” on History. The hit show follows Mike and Frank, two of the most skilled pickers in the business, as they hunt for America’s most valuable antiques. They are always excited to find sizeable, unique collections and learn the interesting stories behind them.

As they hit the back roads from coast to coast, Mike and Frank are on a mission to recycle and rescue forgotten relics. Along the way, the Pickers want to meet characters with remarkable and exceptional items. The pair hopes to give historically significant objects a new lease on life, while learning a thing or two about America’s past along the way.

Mike and Frank have seen a lot of rusty gold over the years and are always looking to discover something they’ve never seen before. They are ready to find extraordinary items and hear fascinating tales about them. AMERICAN PICKERS is looking for leads and would love to explore your hidden treasure. If you or someone you know has a large, private collection or accumulation of antiques that the Pickers can spend the better part of the day looking through, send us your name, phone number, location and description of the collection with photos to: or call 855-OLD-RUST.

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