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Justin O’Dell Selected by Kiwanis Club of Marietta as Kiwanian of the Year

October 12, 2017


Justin O’Dell was awarded Kiwanian of the Year at his last meeting as President of Kiwanis Club of Marietta (GA) on September 28th. He gave a heartfelt speech and touched on all that the Kiwanis Club has accomplished this past year.
Kiwanis is a worldwide service organization for individuals desiring personal involvement in the leadership and improvement of their communities. Individuals belong to Kiwanis clubs located throughout the world, attend regular meetings for fellowship and inspiration and perform voluntary community service work through committees within each club. Kiwanis is a service organization and it does not prescribe a way of life for others.
The Kiwanis Club of Marietta serves the city of Marietta and parts of unincorporated Cobb County, Georgia. We also participate in projects for the Georgia Kiwanis District and Kiwanis International.

About O’Dell & O’Neal
O’Dell & O’Neal was founded based on the strong commitment of Justin O’Dell and Leslie O’Neal to both client and community. The firm reflects a belief and understanding that every client is entitled to the highest levels of professionalism and service. In addition to client service, Justin, Leslie and Associates, Leslee Champion Hungerford and Alyssa Blanchard, are dedicated to the Marietta and Cobb communities and continue to give back and donate their time and energy to various organizations and efforts within the area.

Kyleigh Hall


Atlanta Investment Banking Veterans Launch Configure Partners

October 11, 2017


With offices in Atlanta and New York, Configure Partners serves the needs of borrowers and constituents of privately held, sponsored, and publicly traded companies, managing transactions up to $250 million.

With over four decades of combined experience in credit placement and resolution, Configure’s Jay Jacquin, James Hadfield and Joseph Weissglass have executed more than 75 transactions representing over $10 billion of value across a variety of industries including power & energy, industrials, healthcare, consumer products, retail and media & technology.

“We share the common perspective that true client service involves listening first and developing a custom solution to each engagement rather than a one size fits all approach,” said the partners in a joint statement.

“Unlike other investment banks in our market, the Configure team is actively involved across the credit relationship, from raising capital to resolving credit challenges — all under a unified practice.  This approach mirrors the structure of our borrower and credit investor clients and allows us to leverage the knowledge and relationships developed across the entirety of the credit lifecycle.”

The partners specifically acknowledged the importance of relationships with other professionals for their success.  “The relationships we enjoy with counsel, turnaround and operational consultants in our transactions is immensely important to us.  These professionals, alongside our friends in the sponsor, bank and credit fund community have been tremendous partners over many years.  Configure Partners is a reality in large part owing to their support and we look forward to continued success alongside them.”

Prior to forming Configure Partners, Jacquin, Hadfield, and Weissglass worked together in the Special Situations practice at Guggenheim Securities.  The senior team’s prior experience includes similar roles at Houlihan Lokey, Cerberus, Barclays, Alvarez & Marsal, and Morgan Joseph.

About Configure Partners, LLC: Configure is a privately held investment banking and financial advisory business based in Atlanta and New York. The firm provides independent, actionable advice surrounding financing transactions and the resolution of credit challenges for middle market borrowers and their creditor constituencies.

Configure Partners LLC headquarters are located at
3340 Peachtree Rd. NE, Suite 1010 Atlanta, GA 30326.
(678) 723-4575

Cobb Entrepreneurial Hub Offers Free Coworking in October

October 9, 2017

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Cobb County’s most notable business incubator and coworking space, IgniteHQ, is offering a chance for residents to utilize its facilities for FREE during a special Coworking Week October 18-20.

IgniteHQ invites the public to bring themselves, their laptops and even their teams to come and experience coworking at their state-of-the-art facility located off Marietta Square!

During IgniteHQ’s Coworking Week, the facility will offer FREE one-on-one mentoring sessions with its advisors, educational workshops and even complimentary breakfast. All attendees will also enjoy IgniteHQ’s traditional coworking amenities.

Planned workshops include Staying Profitable Without Breaking Your Bottom Line, Strategy, Service and Story: Make Your Marketing Hit The Mark Every Time and How to Secure Funding for Your Startup.

IgniteHQ is all about sparking new ideas and providing resources to grow businesses. IgniteHQ is an ecosystem of entrepreneurs, investors and enterprises working together to locate, build, and scale innovative solutions. Through its unique funding, academic, and industry partnerships, IgniteHQ is the next generation startup community.

For IgniteHQ’s Coworking Week schedule of events click HERE.

Space is limited. Those interested in attending are encouraged to register HERE!

Pond Adds Senior Project Manager Brad Jones, PLA, ASLA, to its “landscape”

October 6, 2017

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Pond is proud to announce and welcome Brad Jones, PLA, ASLA as Senior Project Manager for the Transportation and Community Development division.

Located at Pond’s headquarters, Jones, a registered Landscape Architect and Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission Level II Certified Design Professional, brings 20 years of experience as a landscape architect and project manager with a vast talent in planning, design, site engineering, and construction observation, with a focus on parks, urban plazas, streetscapes, and greenway trails, for public and private clients.

The hallmark of Jones’ talent is to “design with nature,” by using subtle engineering to flow with the natural and historical context of the street, trail or park, so it integrates seamlessly into the landscape.

Pond took notice of his creativity, passion and landscape design skills.

“Brad has more than 20 years of experience in public space design, and his clear passion for his chosen profession in landscape architecture was evident to Pond through his design portfolio, and through his commitment to his clients’ needs,” said Director of Landscape Architecture Matt Wilder.

His zeal for integrating landscape design with civil engineering started at a young age. By the time he graduated from high school, Jones’ drawings started to expand to show maps, site plans and imaginary cities. When it came time to choose his major in college, his passion became his vocation.

After graduating from UGA with a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, Jones began using his talents for landscape design for clients throughout Georgia, with personal highlights including managing the riverfront improvement in Rome, Georgia, and the renovations in his hometown of Cedartown, Georgia.

Pond’s strong reputation within the government and private sector construction and design professionals attracted Jones when looking for his next professional home.

“The support for growing and serving clients is very strong here. I hope to help bridge disciplines through my experience in urban design, green infrastructure, restoration, transportation enhancement and planning, so that I also hope to help our group be successful, win unique projects, and grow.”

MFD Marks National Fire Prevention Week October 8-14, 2017

October 6, 2017

In light of National Fire Prevention Week, October, 8-14, 2017, the Marietta Fire Department would like to remind citizens of some very important and useful information if you are ever faced with escaping a fire.

In a fire, seconds count. Seconds can mean the difference between residents of our community escaping safely from a fire or having their lives end in tragedy. That’s why this year’s Fire Prevention Week theme: “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!” is so important. It reinforces why everyone needs to have an escape plan. Here are helpful tips to hopefully ensure the safety of your family.

  • Draw a map of your home by utilizing this grid with all members of your household, marking two exits from each room and a path to the outside from each exit.
  • Practice your home fire drill twice a year. Conduct one at night and one during the day with everyone in your home, and practice using different ways out.
  • Teach children how to escape on their own in case you can’t help them.
  • Make sure the number of your home is clearly marked and easy for the fire department to find.
  • Close doors behind you as you leave – this may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire.
  • Once you get outside, stay outside. Never go back inside a burning building.

Lindsey Wiles
Communications & Governmental Relations Manager
City of Marietta
770-794-5509 (o)


Life University’s Rebecca Koch Presented Serving Lasting Purpose Award

October 6, 2017

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Life University’s (LIFE) International Alumni Association of Life University presented the Serving Lasting Purpose Award to LIFE staff member Rebecca Koch at the Lasting Purpose Recognition Lunch during the 2017 Fall Celebration event on LIFE’s campus last week. Koch is the Director of Service Initiatives at LIFE, a role in which she has served for almost 11 years.

Through their professional accomplishments and personal service, nine honorees were selected as representatives of professional success, social contribution and cultural change during the luncheon. Koch, however, was the only non-Doctor of Chiropractic honored during the luncheon.

The Serving Lasting Purpose Award was presented to Koch for her commitment to living a life of Lasting Purpose and serving the Life University community and beyond. Congratulations to Koch on this well deserved honor.

About Life University
Founded in Marietta, Georgia in 1974, Life University is a health sciences institution most known for its chiropractic program, the largest single campus chiropractic program in the world. Life University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate, master’s, and Doctor of Chiropractic degrees, and also has programmatic accreditation through the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE), the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) and the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic  Training Education (CAATE). The mission of Life University is to empower students with the education, skills and values necessary for career success and life fulfillment, based on a vitalistic philosophy.

Cobb County Leader, Packard, Inc. Announces 100% Employee Ownership

October 4, 2017


Packard Inc. continues to lead the way by being the first master distributor in the HVACR industry to adopt an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP).  The purpose of an ESOP is to enable eligible employees to: share in the growth and prosperity of the company; accumulate capital for their future economic security; and acquire beneficial stock ownership interests in the company.

Tom Campbell, will remain at the helm as CEO and Chairman of the Board and will continue to provide his insights in areas of purchasing and product development.  This new “Customer Focused-Employee Owned” mentality will preserve our corporate culture and family atmosphere, with the added benefit of increased employee accountability and buy-in.  “I have always worked hard to cement Packard’s legacy in this industry and to help secure a future for every family at Packard…an ESOP allows me to transition that legacy to the people who helped me build this company.  Over the years, we have built a team that mirrors my commitment to serving the HVACR community and I am proud that we can take this next step together,” says Tom Campbell.

Packard announced the big news on Friday, August 25th at the new SunTrust Park while honoring their 84 employees and 175 family members and guests at the Hank Aaron Terrace during the Braves vs. Rockies games.

 “My hope for this new employee-owned path is two-fold: to continue the legacy of service, selection and satisfaction that Tom has nurtured these past 45 years and to provide a concrete future for our hard-working employees and valued customers.  This long, prayer-filled journey was not forged into lightly.  If I could personally thank every industry professional who has travelled this path before me I would, as their guidance has been priceless.  And so, with abundant research, counsel and advocacy we have bravely chosen to pave a way in our industry that can only strengthen our pride, dedication and commitment to our Packard family, our patrons and our community,” says Susan Kirkland, President.

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We have been a dominant force in the HVACR industry for over 50 years.  As a master distributor, we bring wholesalers innovative, high quality products that include top industry names and our own exclusive private-label lines. Although we have regional offices and independent manufacturers’ representatives covering us from coast to coast, we have chosen Kennesaw, Georgia as the home for both our corporate office and our main distribution center.  Our customers in the Midwest are served through a state-of-the art distribution center located in Indianapolis, Indiana. Packard takes pride in being a customer focused-employee owned company and service, selection and satisfaction will always be top priority.