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Congratulations to New Partners at the Law Firm of Howick, Westfall & Kaplan LLP

April 28, 2016

The law firm of Howick, Westfall & Kaplan, LLP is pleased to announce that Virginia B. Bogue and Christopher S. Cooper have become partners of the firm.

Ms. Bogue will continue her practice at the firm in the areas of Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights Litigation. Mr. Cooper will continue his practice at the firm in the areas of Commercial Finance and Real Estate Law.

As a commercial law boutique law firm, Howick, Westfall & Kaplan, LLP (HWK) provides the highest quality legal services to lending institutions, businesses and individuals located throughout the United States by offering expertise in the areas of real estate, commercial litigation, lending, creditors’ rights, and entertainment, sports & media.

The firm offers clients a portfolio of comprehensive legal services. Vertical integration with HWK practice groups provides a full continuum of services to meet their clients’ needs. This approach ensures that the law firm’s resources are used efficiently and effectively to meet and exceed clients’ goals.

For additional information, please visit

The firm is located at SUITE 600, One Tower Creek 3101 Towercreek Parkway Atlanta, GA 30339.


Town Center at Cobb Celebrates Mother’s Day with Mom’s Night Out on Thursday, May 5

April 27, 2016

free-shopping-girl-clipart-1Free event focuses on fashion, beauty, shopping and more!

Town Center at Cobb prepares to pamper moms with an evening of fashion and fun. Mom’s Night Out celebrates motherhood with a stylish shopping experience on Thursday, May 5 from 6-8 p.m. in the Sears Court. Town Center at Cobb will provide goodie bags for the first 250 women to register, along with entertainment, food samples, door prizes, interactive tabling, fashion presentations and more! Attendees will also receive a special gift with the purchase of $100 or more at participating retailers, while supplies last. Plus, two lucky ladies will be selected to receive flash makeovers from stores like Aveda and Macy’s in the mall.


Mom’s Night Out Festive evening includes flash makeovers for two lucky moms plus entertainment, food sampling, door prizes, interactive tabling, fashion presentations and more


Thursday, May 5 (6-8 p.m.)


Town Center at Cobb 400 Barrett Pkwy. Kennesaw, GA 30144


This event is FREE and open to the public; the first 250 guests to register will receive a complimentary goody bag

For more information, visit


April 26, 2016

Pridemore TriciaThe Cobb-Marietta Coliseum & Exhibit Hall Authority on Thursday voted unanimously to appoint community volunteer and former marketing technology executive Tricia Pridemore to Post 7. Pridemore will fill the unexpired term of Earl Smith, who retired earlier this year.

A Cobb County resident, Pridemore most recently was the Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Development from 2011-2013. Previously she was the Chief Marketing Officer and Principal of Accucast/Socketware, which was sold to Premiere Global Services (PGI) in 2006.

“Our search for a new Authority member quickly led us to Tricia Pridemore, who has built a reputation in Cobb County and Georgia as a loyal and hardworking advocate for our communities,” said Jerry Nix, Chairman of the Cobb-Marietta Coliseum & Exhibit Hall Authority, the governing body for Cobb Galleria Centre, Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre and ArtsBridge Foundation. “We are pleased to have her join our Authority, and we look forward to her future contributions to our mission of bringing economic impact and enhancing quality of life in Cobb County.”

Pridemore’s extensive community involvement includes being a member of the Georgia World Congress Center Board of Governors from 2011-2013, a member of the WellStar Hospital Foundation Board of Directors from 2008-2014, president of The Village at Barrett Green Homeowners Association, client services volunteer at MUST Ministries, co-chair of both of Governor Nathan Deal’s Inaugural Committees in 2011 and 2015, and a 2013-2014 candidate for United States Congress in Georgia’s 11th Congressional District.

The Authority is made up of seven members. The member representing Post 7 is appointed by a majority vote of the other members.

About the Authority

The Cobb-Marietta Coliseum & Exhibit Hall Authority owns and operates the Cobb Galleria Centre, Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, ArtsBridge Foundation and Galleria Specialty Shops and is governed by seven members, appointed to seven posts. The Authority is a body corporate and politic created by the Georgia General Assembly in 1980 for the purpose of acquiring, constructing and maintaining facilities for the general purpose of promoting cultural growth, education and welfare.

About Cobb Galleria Centre The Cobb Galleria Centre is located in the beautifully landscaped 88-acre Galleria complex in prestigious northwest Atlanta. Cobb Galleria Centre is Atlanta’s premier convention facility with 320,000 square feet of event space, four exhibition halls, 20 meeting rooms, four executive boardrooms and a grand ballroom. Cobb Galleria Centre had more than 348,000 visitors to 635 events in 2015, resulting in an overall economic impact of $123 million. For more information, visit and follow us on

Facebook at, on Twitter at @CobbGalleria and on Instagram at

About Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre

The Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre is located at 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway in northwest Atlanta, inside the Perimeter. Cobb Energy Centre is a premier venue for opera, concerts, Broadway shows, ballet, educational shows, family shows and corporate meetings and events. The Centre hosts

two resident companies, the Atlanta Ballet and The Atlanta Opera. The facility includes the 2,750-seat John A. Williams Theatre, 10,000-square-foot Kessel D. Stelling Ballroom and other meeting spaces, 1,000 parking spaces including a 700-space parking deck, and full-service food and beverage capabilities. For more information about the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, visit and follow us on Facebook at, on Twitter at @CobbEnergyPAC and on Instagram at

About ArtsBridge Foundation

ArtsBridge Foundation is dedicated to providing quality arts education and community engagement programs that engage, motivate, inspire, and elevate the next generation of artists and arts supporters. ArtsBridge forms connections with students in grades K-12 by providing arts education opportunities through field trip programs to the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, master class workshops, artists-in-schools, and the annual Georgia High School Musical Theatre Awards – Shuler Hensley Awards. Since our inception in 2007, ArtsBridge has served more than 300,000 students and educators from 54 Georgia counties, plus students from Alabama, Tennessee, Florida and South Carolina. To learn more, visit and follow us on Twitter at @ArtsbridgeGA, on Facebook at and on Instagram at

About Galleria Specialty Shops

Located in the beautifully landscaped 88-acre Galleria complex in prestigious northwest Atlanta, the Galleria Specialty Shops is one of Atlanta’s premier shopping locations with one-of-a-kind shops and restaurants. For more information on the Galleria Specialty Shops visit

Debut of Skip Spann Connector, First Lighted Bridge in Cobb County

April 26, 2016

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Through a well-coordinated partnership between Cobb County Department of Transportation(CCDOT), Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT), Kennesaw State University (KSU), and Town Center Community Improvement District (TCCID), Cobb County will officially debut its first lighted bridge, tomorrow, April 27. The 416-foot long bridge spans I-75just north of Chastain Road in Kennesaw and is part of the Skip Spann Connector, a community improvement project that will increase access to Kennesaw State University and other local destinations,improving connectivity and visibility for the area.

Jim Wilgus, Interim Cobb County DOT stated, Not only is this the first lighted bridge in Cobb County, this project will beautifies road sections, increases safety for pedestrians and bikers and is expected to reduce traffic congestion at the I-75 and Chastain Road interchange by nearly 20 percent.KSU bridge 2
In addition to the lighted bridge, theSkip Spann Connector project includes four lanes of new connecting roadway and 11.5-foot-wide sidewalks, bike lanes, benches, planters and pedestrian lights on both sides of the bridge (refer to Bridge Specifications for data).
It also realigns TownPark Lane and adds a roundabout at the intersection of and TownPark Lane and Busbee Drive.
The project is named for Thomas E. Skip Spann, founding member of the TCCID, who inspired change and growth in the county and state and served on its Board of Directors until his passing in August 2012. While paying tribute to one of Cobb County’s past leaders, the project also embraces the youth of its future. In another first for the area, the bridge was designed by the winners of a collaborative Cobb County college student competition and incorporates a standout, iconic design that reflects the local community.
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Ceremony commemorates bridge namesake and historic partnership
At a ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony held on the bridge last night, leaders from around the county and state gathered to honor Skip Spann, as well as the cooperative effort that led to the project’s success. Mason Zimmerman, Chairman of the Town Center CID, remembered the many accomplishments of Skip Spann at the event. His widow, Mrs. Ilyene Spann, flipped the switch that turned on the beautifully lit bridge, the first of its kind in the county.
We are thrilled to officially open this bridge in Skip Spann’s honor, said Tracy Rathbone, Executive Director, Town Center CID. Skip’s vision, unyielding dedication and contributions helped to shape the Town Center and KSU community into what it is today and will improve the quality of life for Cobb County residents for future generations.
The completion of the bridge in record time is only one indication of its success.
The historic and collaborative partnership of the Town Center CID, Kennesaw State University, CDOT, GDOT and the Governor’s office made the resources for the project possible, enabling safer and less congested passage for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists.
Tim Lee, Cobb County Chairman, said, “The Skip Spann bridge is the shining result of a truly successful, proactive partnership between Cobb County DOT, KSU, GDOT, and the Town Center CID, that will give citizens better and safer access to Town Center at Cobb, KSU and other local destinations.”
Unique design created by collaborative Cobb university student effort
In 2010, Cobb County Department of Transportation hosted a bridge design competition with students from Chattahoochee Technical College (CTC), Kennesaw State University (KSU) and Southern Polytechnic State University (SPSU). Teams were comprised of a student from each school. Team 5, consisting of Donna Jones (KSU), Lewellyn Payne (CTC) and John Tufts (SPSU),
won based on their unique design of a railing that reflected the iconic twin peaks of Kennesaw and Little Kennesaw Mountains. It is this iconic railing that incorporates rope lighting to beautifully light the bridge, making it visible for several miles along I-75.
Dr. Dan Papp, President, Kennesaw State University, said “KSU students will now have a safer and easier commute to classes as a result of this beautiful bridge. I am also incredibly proud of the student’s creative design contribution that showcases the iconic shape of the Kennesaw Mountains and the KSU logo.”
Funding for the Skip Spann Connector was made possible by contributions from each of the four partners: $1.5 million from the Town Center CID, $700,000 from Kennesaw State University, $5 million from CDOT and $10.6 million from GDOT.
BRIDGE WIDTH: 107 feet 8 inches
  • 11½ foot wide sidewalks on each side
  • Benches within the sidewalk areas mounted into the side walls
  • Pedestrian lighting along the bridge sidewalks
  • Bike lanes on each side of the bridge adjacent to the vehicular lanes
  • Concrete landscape planters separating pedestrians from the vehicular travel lanes
  • Two vehicular lanes on each side for a total of four lanes of traffic
  • Rope lighting along the top of the upper fence rail designed to reflect the iconic twin peaks of Kennesaw and Little Kennesaw Mountains
  • Raised concrete median separating opposing vehicular travel lanes

YP Offers Atlanta Businesses Expert Advice on Breaking Through Digital Marketing Challenges

April 25, 2016

YPSM, a leading local marketing solutions provider, is empowering Atlanta business owners with the information they need to break through marketing challenges and to use digital technology to grow their businesses. YP’s Local Breakthrough Summit will visit Atlanta on May 10 with a one-day event bringing together small business experts and big tech brands to share tactical advice with local business owners.

Today’s consumer uses multiple digital sites, apps and devices to find and interact with local businesses. Yet, according to findings from Buzzboard on behalf of YP, only 42% of local Atlanta businesses have websites that are optimized for internet searches, only 38% have mobile-friendly websites, and only 27% are leveraging social media. YP’s Local Breakthrough Summit will offer actionable information for businesses to take advantage of opportunities in the digital arena, among other small business topics.

With events scheduled in eight U.S. cities, the Local Breakthrough Summit will feature leading players in search, mobile and social marketing, including Google, Yahoo, Bing and Verve, along with small business experts Gene Marks and Ramon Ray.



YP’s Local Breakthrough Summit, Atlanta

Challenges, limitations and barriers – they have no place in your business. But how do you get around them? You don’t – you break through.

At YP’s Local Breakthrough Summit, we’ll help local business owners break through with innovation, technology and expertise in digital marketing. The event will have a variety of speakers to present the latest insights around mobile, display, social and search, to power your business beyond all limitations.

It’s time to think big, power up your business’s potential, and look beyond the immediate challenges.

It’s time to break through. Register here.



Tuesday, May 10, 2016; 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.



The Foundry at Puritan Mills

916 Joseph E. Lowery Boulevard NW

Atlanta, GA 30318



YP is a leading local marketing solutions provider in the U.S. dedicated to helping local businesses and communities grow. YP’s flagship consumer brands include the popular YP℠ app and, which are used by nearly 70 million visitors each month in the U.S. (Internal Data, August 2015).  YP solutions include online presence, local search, display advertising, direct marketing and print directory advertising.  YP solutions and services are backed by thousands of media consultants and customer service professionals in local markets across the U.S. with relationships spanning nearly half a million advertisers.  For more information on YP, visit us at Follow us on Facebook: and on Twitter: @ypforbusiness.


April 22, 2016

Innovative speaker series brings national figures to Metro Atlanta May 12-13

 The woman who chose forgiveness over a lifetime of anger after her young son was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings. Two psychology thought-leaders on a mission to make compassion an integral part of business and leadership. The midwife at the helm of metro Atlanta’s first holistic birth center. These are just some of the speakers who will tell their unique stories at LIFE Talks World Congress May 12-13, 2016.

Life University will host the second annual LIFE Talks, a two-day seminar of storytelling and networking that was created to build a tribe of empowering leaders to create social change. LIFE Talks’ goals are for each participant to realize their soul purpose, make a transformational impact on the world, create social change for good and remove the interference to maximize their perfection within.

Ten expert storytellers will grace the LIFE Talks stage to discuss the theme of “A Life of Integrity,” bringing fascinating national discussions to metro Atlanta. LIFE Talks includes thought leaders in business and productivity; physical, mental and spiritual health; compassion and forgiveness; and environmental sustainability, all in the context of living a life of integrity from birth.

Beyond engaging stories and invaluable networking, LIFE Talks and its speakers offer “LIFE Talks Lifestyle Changes” (LTLCs) – empowering, useful tips that attendees can begin applying to their own lives after leaving the event. From healthier choices to mindful skill sets, LTLCs challenge attendees to be more than just listening ears, but activators of integrity in their own lives.

LIFE Talks will take place May 12-13, 2016 at Life University in Marietta, GA. Learn more and register at Regular registration for LIFE Talks is $400. The VIP experience registration costs $600. Questions? Email or call 770-426-2674.

 LIFE Talks 2016 Speakers

Anjli Aurora Hinman

Co-founder of Atlanta Birth Center

How we care for women during pregnancies and childbirth is fundamental to the human experience. At LIFE Talks, Anjli Aurora Hinman, co-founder of Atlanta Birth Center, will discuss the meaning of integrity from birth.

 Michael Karlin, Ph.D. and Brendan Ozawa-de Silva, Ph.D.

Associate Directors of the Center for Compassion, Integrity & Secular Ethics

Being an effective leader requires mastering personal and interpersonal skills not typically taught in business school or on the job. Join Dr. Michael Karlin and Dr. Brendan Ozawa de-Silva as they share their insights on compassionate business.

 Barbara Loe Fisher

President of the National Vaccine Information Center

Author and human rights activist Barbara Loe Fisher, co-founder and president of the National Vaccine Information Center, will speak at LIFE Talks about why utilitarian vaccine policy threatens truth and integrity in health care. 

Barbara De Angelis, Ph.D.

Best-Selling Author, Motivational Speaker & TV Personality

Dr. Barbara De Angelis is one of the most influential teachers of our time in the field of personal and spiritual development. For the past 35 years, she has reached tens of millions of people throughout the world with her inspirational messages about how to create a life of true freedom, mastery and awakening. Dr. De Angelis will speak on “Relationship with Self, Others and Spirit.”

 Michael Ben-Eli, Ph.D.
Establishing the concept of sustainability as the organizing principle on our planet is emerging as the most significant challenge of our time. Widespread use of the term, however, has led to growing ambiguity, At LIFE Talks, Dr. Michael Ben-Eli will present a new definition and a set of related core principles, as developed by the Sustainability Laboratory.

 Drew Rubin, D.C.

Chiropractor & Speaker

“A baby is born at 37 weeks, had aspirated meconium and is now in the NICU. The doctors tell the parents that they have one of two choices: take him home and let him die peacefully, or follow their protocol and he’d live his life in a wheelchair, never walking, talking or taking care of himself. What would you choose?” Dr. Drew Rubin will discuss “The Third Alternative” to health care at LIFE Talks.

 Scarlett Lewis

Founder of the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Foundation

On the morning of December 14, 2012, on the way to school, Jesse McCord Lewis stopped to write “I love you” in the frost on his mother’s car. Just hours later, Jesse was senselessly murdered in his first grade classroom; he was one of the 26 victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. His mother, Scarlett Lewis, will discuss “A Formula for Choosing Courage and Love” at LIFE Talks 2016.

 Guy F. Riekeman, D.C.
President of Life University & International Speaker

Guy F. Riekeman, D.C. is an international speaker, author, entrepreneur and president of Life University. Join him as he discusses “Integrity – Enjoying Life Twice.”

 Bob Sima
Nothing connects people like music. Singer-songwriter Bob Sima will be performing at LIFE Talks. His performances are unique to each event, rarely making a set-list as he goes from foot-stomp to pin-drop, allowing his performances to invite a visceral embodiment of the music and message in a wide-open space of possibilities.

 Gilles LaMarche, D.C.

Co-Creator of LIFE Talks & International Speaker
Dr. Gilles LaMarche will be the emcee for LIFE Talks 2016. An international professional speaker and accomplished author, Dr. LaMarche serves as Vice President of Professional Relations at Life University. 

KSU Instructor Wins Watercolor Competition

April 21, 2016

Gov  Nathan Deal and Kathy ForbesArt instructor Kathy Rennell Forbes, pictured with Governor Nathan Deal and First Lady Sandra Deal, was selected to have one of her watercolor paintings, “Woman in Blue,” on display at the Georgia State Capitol in the Office of the Governor through October as part of the “Art of Georgia II: Portraits of a Community” exhibit.

It is the second time her artwork has been selected for this honor. The statewide call for submissions was hosted by the Georgia Council for the Arts, and the goal of the exhibit is to illustrate the uniqueness of Georgia communities as seen through the through the eyes of Georgia artist. Forbes, an internationally acclaimed artist, teaches art courses through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at KSU’s College of Continuing and Professional Education. For more information on available classes, visit or call 470-578-6765.



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