Business Briefs: Lisa Smith named new Georgia Power area managerFrom Staff Reports
Lisa Smith has been named manager of Georgia Power’s Newnan area office. She replaces Jan Alligood, who recently retired after 38 years with the company.
Smith will be responsible for coordinating company activities and building relationships with elected officials, business and community leaders in Coweta and Fayette counties.
Smith has held a number of positions of increasing responsibility during her 20-year career with Georgia Power, including engineering supervisor in Dublin and Vidalia, customer choice project executive, key account client manager, distribution planning engineering and McRae local manager.
Smith earned a bachelor’s of science degree in electrical engineering from Mississippi State University, and a master’s of business administration from Kennesaw State University. She and her husband, Derick, have one son and will reside in Newnan.
“Lisa brings skills and work experience to her new role,” said John D’Andrea, regional manager. “Her leadership experience and broad knowledge of the company make her well qualified for this position.”
Bank of the Ozarks named top bank
Bank of the Ozarks was named the top performing mid-sized publicly held bank in the nation for 2010 and 2011 by ABA Banking Journal.
The Arkansas-based bank was also ranked as top performing regional bank in the country by SNL Financial.
“Recognition as the top performing bank in the nation is a testament to the strength and stability of our company and the trust our customers have placed in us. We are grateful and humbled by their confidence,” said Georgia Gleason, chairman of the board and chief executive officer. “This honor is attributed to our 1,100 employees who conduct business with the highest level of integrity and the desire to not just be good or great, but excellent in everything they do.”
Bank of Coweta ‘spreads the love’
Bank of Coweta and Bank of North Georgia branches had tremendous success hosting their Fifth Annual “Spread the Love” Peanut Butter and Jelly Food Drive.
The PB&J Drive benefits 37 food pantries in the communities where Bank of Coweta and Bank of North Georgia branches are located.
The drive was held from April 2, which is National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day, to April 30.
With 25 schools participating this year, the banks collected 8,782 jars of peanut butter and jelly, weighing just over six tons. That’s enough to make more than 97,818 sandwiches.
Coweta Charter Academy in Senoia collected the most jars in Coweta, and the second most jars out of all the schools participating. The Senoia branch of Bank of Coweta collected the most jars in Coweta and the second most over all.
Bank of Coweta and Bank of North Georgia are divisions of Synovus.
“Our team has a genuine soft spot for kids and we want to be sure they have the nutritious food they need to get through the day energized and excited to learn,” said Don Howard, Synovus regional CEO. “Inviting our local school partners to join in the collection effort proved we can make a tremendous impact when we work together to support a worthy cause.”
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