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BrandBank Named 6th of Georgia Trend’s Best Places to Work

July 12, 2017

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BrandBank is pleased to announce that we are ranked number six amongst the large employers in Georgia, surpassing our ranking of thirteen in 2016. This awards program identifies, recognizes, and honors the best employers. “Our success is directly linked to our culture and our employees who support the communities, said Bartow Morgan, Jr., CEO. “As Georgia’s premium community bank, we take great pride in extending that positive, meaningful experience to our employees”.

Companies from across the state entered this two-part survey process to determine the Best Places to Work in Georgia. The Best Places to Work evaluation is dependent on the results of an employer and employee survey with the employee survey carrying a 75% weighting on the results.

Employees were asked their opinion in seven core areas that make up the employee experience: (1) Leadership and Planning, (2) Corporate Culture and Communications, (3) Role Satisfaction, (4) Work Environment, (5) Relationship with Supervisor, (6) Training, Development, and Resources, and (7) Pay and Benefits. National averages for each of these categories range between 25-40%. Anything above 80% is considered “greatness”. BrandBank consistently outscored the national average in all categories, often exceeding the 80% “greatness” benchmark. Furthermore, the Bank outperformed our own 2016 results in nearly every category, supporting our efforts at being the Best in Banking, starting from within our own organization.

The remaining 25% of the evaluation was dependent on an employer survey that centered on workplace programs, policies, practices, and demographics. The combined scores determined the top companies and their final ranking.

About BrandBank
Lawrenceville, Georgia-based BrandBank, was chartered as The Brand Banking Company in 1905. BrandBank is the oldest community bank in Gwinnett County, Georgia with total assets of $2.5 billion. In addition to operating branches in Buford, Duluth, Flowery Branch, Grayson, Lawrenceville, Snellville, and Suwanee, BrandBank has loan production offices in Buckhead, Kennesaw, and Winder. BrandExpress offices are located in Buckhead, Suwanee and Winder. BrandMortgage is a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Brand Banking Company and has an extensive menu of innovative lending products in 10 states.

For more information about BrandBank, BrandExpress, and BrandMortgage, please visit:


WellStar Medical Group Names New President

July 11, 2017

WellStar Health System, a not-for-profit known for creating innovative care models for its communities, today announced the appointment of Rob Schreiner, M.D. as executive vice president and president of WellStar Medical Group (WMG). In his role, Dr. Schreiner will oversee the group’s continued growth and integration within the health system.

WellStar Medical Group, which began in 1994 with around 100 physicians, has grown to be one of the largest medical groups in the state, with 1,150 providers across 40-plus specialties at 250 locations.

“As a physician with extensive medical group leadership experience, Rob brings a unique perspective,” said Candice Saunders, president & CEO of WellStar Health System. “He has a track record of improving patient outcomes while lowering cost through a team-centered approach which will lead to better health outcomes for our patients and communities.”

Dr. Schreiner is a pulmonary and critical care physician with more than 20 years of executive-level experience in population healthcare and physician leadership development. Most recently, Dr. Schreiner served as executive medical director of the Studer Group, a healthcare consulting company which works with organizations on improving clinical outcomes and financial results. Other professional experience includes managing director of Population Health for the Huron Consulting Group and various positions with Kaiser Permanente Georgia, including chief operating officer, executive medical director, and chief of Medical-Hospitalist Services and Pulmonary Care Services.

“When I learned of this position, I thought what a great opportunity to make a contribution to physician leadership and advance the great care WellStar is known for in the community,” Schreiner said. “For many years, WellStar has been a leader of healthcare in not only Georgia but the Southeast.  Our emphasis on team-based care, patient safety, and continuous improvement has enabled our success.  I expect that emphasis and success to not only continue, but accelerate, into the next decade.”

A graduate of the University of Tennessee School of Medicine, Dr. Schreiner completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and a Pulmonary and Critical Care fellowship at the University of Colorado Health Services Center.

About WellStar Health System
WellStar Health System, the largest health system in Georgia, is known nationally for its innovative care models, focused on improving quality and access to healthcare. WellStar consists of WellStar Medical Group, 250 medical office locations, outpatient centers, health parks, a pediatric center, nursing centers, hospice, homecare, as well as 11 hospitals: WellStar Atlanta Medical Center, WellStar Atlanta Medical Center South, WellStar Kennestone Regional Medical Center (anchored by WellStar Kennestone Hospital), WellStar West Georgia Medical Center, and WellStar Cobb, Douglas, North Fulton, Paulding, Spalding Regional, Sylvan Grove and Windy Hill hospitals. As a not-for-profit, WellStar continues to reinvest in the health of the communities it serves with new technologies and treatments.  For more information, visit

Win-Tech: Machine Shop Manufacturing

July 7, 2017


Win-Tech is a small precision machine shop in Kennesaw specializing in aerospace and defense manufacturing.

The company builds items that range from fighter jet boarding ladders and electronic heat sinks that go into computers, to portable surgery tables for large customers like Lockheed Martin Aeronautics and small prototypes for research and development for customers like Georgia Tech.

The shop has earned a reputation in the industry for being a go to company to make difficult parts. In order to dispel the myths of manufacturing being “dark, dirty and dingy,” Dennis Winslow and his team regularly invite students and the community to tour the shop. Win-Tech also participates in Manufacturing Day, Women in Manufacturing and supports local high school robotics teams.

Learn more about Win-Tech

Owner: Dennis Winslow

Year Established: 1988

Location: Kennesaw

Number of Employees: 45 (full-time)

Rate of Growth of Sales in 2016: 3%


Williamson Bros. Bar-B-Q: Creating a Meaningful Dining Experience

July 6, 2017

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If you have spent any time in Cobb County, there’s a really good chance you’ve heard of this next Top 25 Small Business, Williamson Bros. Bar-B-Q.

Over 25 years ago, brothers Larry and Danny Williamson left Talladega, Ala. for Atlanta in their Chevy Blazer to find an empty restaurant building for Williamson Bros. Bar-B-Q. They ended up taking the South Loop exit in Marietta and signed a lease.

The brothers operate under the idea of creating meaningful food experiences for customers. The company is community-centric. They are constantly changing their restaurant to fit the unmet needs of their consumers and as far as catering goes, try to offer the most affordable rate for consumers.

Today, the brothers own and operate three restaurants, a full-service catering facility, a light industry food manufacturing facility, and a property management group. Their famous barbecue sauce is distributed to 2,500 grocery stores in the Southeast.

Learn more about Williamson Bros. Bar-B-Q

Owners: Danny and Larry Williamson

Year Established: 1990

Location: Marietta

Number of Employees: 100+ (full-time)

Rate of Growth of Sales in 2016: 5%


Landmark Bancshares, Inc. Announces Completion of $130.0 Million Subordinated Notes Offering

July 6, 2017

Landmark Bancshares, Inc. (the “Company”), parent company of First Landmark Bank, announced today the completion of a $13.0 million private placement of Subordinated Notes. The subordinated debt is structured as a ten-year unsecured fixed to floating rate note, with a fixed rate of 6.50% for the initial five years, payable semi-annually. From and including June 30, 2022 to maturity, the interest rate shall reset quarterly to the then current three-month LIBOR rate plus 467.0 basis points, payable quarterly.

The Company intends to use the net proceeds for general corporate purposes, retirement of $6.3 million of existing debt, and providing capital to support the growth of First Landmark Bank. The proceeds from the issuance of the subordinated debt will qualify as Tier 2 capital, and the portion that the Company contributes to First Landmark Bank will qualify as Tier 1 capital for the bank.
Sandler O’Neill + Partners, L.P. acted as sole placement agent, and Bryan Cave provided legal counsel.

About Landmark Bancshares, Inc.
Landmark Bancshares, Inc. is a bank holding company headquartered in Marietta, Georgia. The Company is not publicly traded. First Landmark Bank, our wholly-owned subsidiary, specializes in commercial lending, general banking and mortgage lending in north metro Atlanta from our Marietta, Midtown Atlanta and Sandy Springs offices with an additional loan production office in North Fulton. First Landmark Bank is a preferred SBA Lender with SBA lending offices in Atlanta, Charlotte and Birmingham. The Bank opened in 2008 and as of December 2016 has grown to over $544 million in total assets. For more information about First Landmark Bank, call 770.792.8870 or visit
For more information contact
Terrence Y. DeWitt President and CFO Landmark Bancshares Inc.
Direct: 770.799.5663

Tuxedo Mosquito Control: Residential and Commercial Mosquito Service

July 5, 2017

Tuxedo Mosquito

Established in 2003, Tuxedo Mosquito Control is a residential and commercial mosquito control service.

Customers can choose a manual application by Tuxedo’s technicians or an automated mosquito misting system—a tankless system that dispenses botanical insecticide around the perimeter of your yard, which can be controlled from your smartphone. Tuxedo Mosquito Control hires retired Cobb County police as its technicians.

Tuxedo technicians strive to create and maintain relationships between both customers and other employees.  The company has close, personal connections with the customers, which provides assurance in customer service. At Tuxedo Mosquito Control, problems are solved personally and thoroughly.

Learn more about Tuxedo Mosquito Control

Owners: David and Penny Maddox

Year Established: 2003

Location: Marietta

Number of Employees: 6 (full-time)

Rate of Growth of Sales in 2016: 40%


Kids are Heroes Too as Chicken Salad Chick Partners with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta to Fight Childhood Cancer

July 5, 2017

Attention, little wonder women and supermen! Chicken Salad Chick is partnering with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta this summer to give everyone the chance to be a hero. Every Tuesday through September 1, kids can eat for FREE when they visit the Peachtree City, Athens, Augusta, Alpharetta, Kennesaw or Roswell restaurants dressed as their favorite superhero, with the purchase of the Chick Special. A portion of all dinner proceeds after 3 p.m. every Tuesday will go to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta’s Aflac Cancer Center to support the fight against childhood cancer!

In addition to Kids Eat Free Tuesdays, the Chicken Salad Chick Atlanta-area locations have two other ways hungry heroes can help local kids at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta have a healthier life:

  • $10 Punchcard – In exchange for a $10 donation to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, guests can receive a punchcard (a $30 value) for freebies on favorite menu items, including free scoops, drinks, desserts and more!
  • $10 PopSocket – In exchange for a $10 donation to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, guests can receive a Chick PopSocket for their phone at the register and will be eligible for FREE drinks with purchase at every visit through the end of 2017!

Kids Are Heroes Too at Chicken Salad Chick

Every Tuesday through September 1:  Kids eat for FREE when they come dressed as their favorite superhero! (with purchase of the Chick Special)

$10 Punchcards:  $30 worth of freebies and deals, including free scoops, drinks and more with $10 donation to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

$10 PopSockets:  Free drinks with every purchase throughout 2017 and free Chick PopSocket with $10 donation to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

Peachtree City, Athens, Augusta, Alpharetta, Roswell and Kennesaw Chicken Salad Chick locations

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