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John Schuerholz to Keynote Cobb Chamber’s July First Monday Breakfast

June 26, 2019

Baseball legend John Schuerholz will join the Cobb Chamber and the Cobb County community for the Chamber’s July First Monday Breakfast on July 8 at the Cobb Galleria Centre.

Schuerholz, current Vice Chairman of the Atlanta Braves, will share his incredible journey from Baltimore Orioles personal assistant to National Baseball Hall of Fame inductee. Widely regarded as one of the most successful general managers in the sport, he became the first general manager to lead teams in both the American and National Leagues to World Series titles. As keynote speaker, Schuerholz will highlight the lessons he learned as a team builder and how they can apply to growing businesses.

The agenda begins at 7 a.m. with coffee and networking, follows with breakfast at 7:30 a.m. and concludes at 9 a.m. First Monday Breakfast is sponsored by Kaiser Permanente.

To learn more about First Monday Breakfast, contact Jani Dix at (770) 859-2335 or

Also at the breakfast, Leadership Cobb will recognize the achievements of its 2019 graduating class and announce its 2020 class members. Leadership Cobb, one of the Cobb Chamber’s premier leadership programs, develops leadership skills and knowledge through its programs and retreats. Participants are introduced to a variety of viewpoints that illustrate the array of economic, political, educational and social factors at work in Cobb County. Sessions combine lectures and dialogue among speakers as well as audience interaction with leaders in all facets of the community.

To learn more about Leadership Cobb, contact Ashley Ward at (770) 859-2346 or

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Saving Susan Ministry gears up for annual Tennis for Susan event

June 25, 2019

Saving Susan Ministry (SSM), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a unique relational model of sponsorship for orphans announces its 2nd annual Tennis for Susan fundraiser on August 7, 2019 at Marietta Country Club.

The event will include a Ladies’ Doubles Tennis Tournament, luncheon, fashion show and auction. SSM Founder and Cobb Chamber Member Tracy Arntzen had the following to say about the event:

“This is a great event where ladies from our Cobb Community come together and take part in changing the lives of orphans in 3rd world countries who have no hope of adoption. The fundraiser supports our programs where we provide Parent Partnering, English learning, music academy instruction, and higher education scholarships. Marietta Country Club is a wonderful tennis venue, and for those who do not play tennis, a “Fan Pass” ticket can be purchased which includes the program, fashion show, luncheon and auction items.”

Registration for Doubles Tournament participants begins at 8:00 a.m. The luncheon and program will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Both Doubles Registration and Fan Pass tickets are available for purchase at Corporate sponsorship opportunities are available. This is a great opportunity to support an impactful cause while promoting your local business in front of the Cobb County community. Please contact for more information.

About Saving Susan Ministry Inc.
Founded in 2015 and based in Kennesaw, GA, Saving Susan Ministry is a Christ-based ministry dedicated to reversing the effects of orphan abandonment. Through its unique model of Parent Partnership, SSM is changing the lives of these orphans – one child, one step at a time. Sponsored orphans are growing into community leaders, breaking the cycle of poverty, and changing the future of generations to come.

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Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre Hires New Managing Director

June 20, 2019

Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre is pleased to announce Vickie Hubbard as its next Managing Director beginning June 2019. Hubbard follows Sandie Aaron who retired after a three-year tenure.

“Our executive search committee did an exceptional job vetting applicants and finalizing their recommendation of Vickie,” said Michele Swann, General Manager and CEO of the Cobb-Marietta Coliseum & Exhibit Hall Authority. “Her vast experience in the public assembly management industry, as well as her vision for CEPAC, makes her the ideal choice to further drive the theatre’s success.”

Hubbard brings over 30 years of progressive, hands-on experience in the overall management, promotion and operation of arts, entertainment and sports venues. Most recently, Hubbard was Executive Director of the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center on the campus of Shippensburg University in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania.

“I am honored to join such an outstanding organization and look forward to working with this passionate and talented group of individuals,” said Hubbard. “The Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre is truly a beautiful and first-class venue; it will be a privilege to contribute to CEPAC’s great legacy.”

About Cobb Energy 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 full-service food and beverage capabilities. For more information about the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, visit and follow us on Facebook, on Twitter and on Instagram.

Nelson Exteriors Receives Service Excellence Award for Exceptional Customer Experience

June 18, 2019

Nelson Exteriors is recognized as a top customer service leader within the replacement contracting industry by GuildQuality and James Hardie.

Since 2010, GuildQuality, an Atlanta-based third-party customer satisfaction software surveying company, has partnered with James Hardie to power the James Hardie Service Excellence Award, which recognizes industry professionals demonstrating the highest level of commitment to service excellence.

Out of 73 eligible applicants, Nelson Exteriors is one of 10 businesses recognized by GuildQuality and James Hardie for consistently delivering exceptional customer experiences.

In determining which businesses receive the James Hardie Service Excellence Award, GuildQuality and James Hardie review thousands of survey responses submitted by customers of the award candidates, and consider two primary metrics: the percentage of customers stating they would recommend the business to a friend and the percentage of customers who responded.

Nelson Exteriors achieved a 100% recommendation rate from their customers who GuildQuality surveyed via telephone, email, or direct mail. On average, GuildQuality home improvement professionals only receive an average recommendation rate of 89%.

About Nelson Exteriors

Nelson Exteriors was established in South Carolina in 1977 and has been serving the North Metro Atlanta area since 1990. We are a family owned and operated business that is currently in our 2nd generation. We pride ourselves on our attention to detail and making our customers feel satisfied with the work that we have done. We are a step above our competitors in that we have Project Managers and Crew Foremen overseeing each project, whereas our competition usually only has one of these available to assist you. In doing this, we provide a level of communication and quality unparalleled in this industry. We look forward to hearing from you and helping you with your next project. (678) 283-8171

About GuildQuality

Over 2,400 home service professionals rely on GuildQuality’s customer satisfaction surveying and performance reporting software to see their company through their customers’ eyes, grow their business, and get the recognition they deserve for their commitment to quality. Join GuildQuality’s community of home builders, remodelers, and contractors, today!

GuildQuality also works with dozens of organizations and associations around the U.S. to provide customer service excellence award programs like this one. If you’re interested in partnering with us for an award for your organization, contact (888) 355-9223

About James Hardie

James Hardie Industries plc. is an industrial building materials company headquartered in Ireland and listed on the Australian Securities Exchange which specializes in fibre cement products. James Hardie manufactures and develops technologies, materials and processes for the production of building materials. (888) 542-7343

Allison Giddens Named a 2019 Atlanta Braves Community Hero

June 14, 2019

Allison Giddens of Marietta has been selected as a 2019 Community Hero by the Atlanta Braves. She was recognized for her contributions to the community as founder and president of the Dave Krache Foundation, an organization she started that pays fees for children who want to play organized sports but whose parents cannot afford it.

Throughout Community Heroes Week, the Braves Foundation and FOX Sports South shine a spotlight on individuals and organizations worthy of recognition and support. Giddens was surprised by the Braves on Tuesday at Lost Mountain Park, as she was giving an inspirational talk to the West Cobb Girls Softball camp. She had no idea why she was really at the park.

“I heard a drumline and saw people in red jerseys,” said Giddens. “I kept answering questions from the girls, but noticed the parade was getting closer and thought ‘what is going on?’”

She was greeted by Braves players, the “Heavy Hitters” drumline and Fox Sports broadcasters Chip Caray and Ashley ShahAhmadi, who informed her that she has been named a 2019 Braves Community Hero for her organization’s work, helping more than 700 kids around metro Atlanta play sports.

Giddens started the organization in 2012, in memory of her father, Dave Krache, who was an avid sports fan and someone always trying to help others in need. She noted that she was getting the Braves honor on the 10th anniversary of his death.

Braves pitcher Mike Soroka presented Giddens with a $5000 check to the foundation, along with 50 tickets to the Braves game that night, and special VIP tickets for her family.

Each softball player was presented with a Braves Community Heroes t-shirt and a new baseball glove from Mizuno.

Giddens said she was truly stunned, but grateful to the Braves.

“This is an incredible honor, and a wonderful way to spread the word about what we do,” said Giddens. “On behalf of the Dave Krache Foundation, I am grateful – and still in shock!”

About the Foundation

The Dave Krache Foundation is a 501(c)3 that helps deserving kids play sports when their parents cannot afford it. To date, the foundation has helped more than 700 boys and girls  throughout metro Atlanta play every sport, from baseball and softball to basketball, cycling, and martial arts, among others. Families work through their league officials, coaches, or social workers to apply for assistance. For more information, go to

Financial Agencies Confirm Cobb County’s “AAA” Rating

June 14, 2019

For the 23rd straight year, Cobb County has earned the highest financial rating by the New York-based firms that analyze the county’s financial outlook.  Moody’s Investors Service and Fitch Ratings both announced today Cobb County would receive their highest rating.

Moody’s rating also came with an upgraded outlook from “negative” to “stable.”  Their report cited last year’s budget vote as a reason for the upgrade.

“Following a tax rate increase in fiscal 2018, the county reported a sizable surplus, strengthening reserves to a sound level,” the report states. “The county’s debt and pension burdens are manageable and fixed costs are low.”

The rating is good news for taxpayers, allowing the county to save money when borrowing money for routine operations or special needs.  Cobb County must borrow money each year on a short-term basis to bridge the time from budget adoption to when taxes are collected.

“I would like to thank all three rating agencies for their continued confidence in Cobb County,” said Cobb Chairman Mike Boyce, who was part of the county contingent that met with agencies.  “I’m especially grateful for their patience as we worked to address various fiscal issues last year and the ratings reflected that work.”

Boyce also thanked Cobb residents who supported his efforts to raise the millage rate last summer.  

“The benefits of their support are clearly reflected in this year’s ratings and it has provided a sound foundation for the county to continue to provide the high quality of services people in Cobb County have come to expect from their government.”

Chairman Boyce is scheduled to present his Fiscal Year 2020 budget to commissioners later this month.  “I look forward to working with the Board in approving a budget for 2020 that will maintain this noteworthy achievement of fiscal responsibility,” Boyce said.

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Kennesaw State Steel Bridge Team Finishes Top 20 in National Competition

June 13, 2019
Steel Bridge Competition

For the fourth time in five years, Kennesaw State University’s Steel Bridge Student Competition Team earned a top-20 finish at the American Society of Civil Engineers/American Institute of Steel Construction’s Student Steel Bridge Competition.

The team, composed of nine students from the University’s Southern Polytechnic College of Engineering and Engineering Technology, finished 12th overall in a field featuring universities from across the U.S., beating out competition teams from 29 other institutions including Brigham Young University, the University of Wisconsin, Kansas State University and Texas A&M University. Engineering students Chandler Cooper, Gehu Bautista Santiago, Bryan Dutra, Kushal Ankola, Kim McDonald, Nensi Mistry, Francesca Del Aguila, Christian Marshal and Eric Shults traveled to Southern Illinois University last week for the competition.

Steel Bridge Competition

Teams were scored in categories such as construction, lightness, display, stiffness, economy and efficiency. This year, the Kennesaw State team built its 203-pound, 22-foot-long bridge in just six minutes and 16 seconds, the sixth fastest time overall, and finished 11th in economy. The overall design costs were projected to be about $6.6 million. Last year, Kennesaw State placed 18th overall. This year marks the University’s highest finish since 2015.

According to ASCE, the annual fast-paced steel bridge student competition increases awareness of engineering issues such as spatial constraints, material properties, strength, serviceability, fabrication and erection processes, safety, aesthetics and cost; and prepares students for the challenges facing the engineering industry.