Business Briefs: Newnan native named new president of Gulf PowerFrom STAFF REPORTS
Newnan native Stan Connally, a senior vice president at Georgia Power, will be Gulf Power Company’s 16th president, succeeding Mark Crosswhite, who has been named executive vice president and chief operating officer of Southern Company, Gulf Power’s parent firm.
“Mark and Stan both have a depth of experience throughout our system that has prepared them to assume these new leadership positions,” said Tom Fanning, Southern Company president. “Their experience, along with their passion and insight, will help Gulf Power and Southern Company meet the challenges ahead.”
“Gulf Power has a reputation in the utility industry of great employees, great customer service and innovative programs,” Connally said. “I look forward to joining the team, and my family and I are excited about living in Northwest Florida.”
A native of Newnan, Ga., Connally graduated in 1993 with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology. He completed the Goizueta Executive Education Program at Emory University in 2004 and the Southern Company Senior Leadership Development Program in 2009. He has served on the boards of the Lynn Meadows Discovery Center in Gulfport and United Way of Jackson/George counties in Mississippi.
In his new role Crosswhite will be responsible for Southern Company’s generation and transmission operations, Southern Power, Southern Wholesale Energy, engineering and construction services, and research and environmental activities.
Under Crosswhite, Gulf Power has gone through the lengthy process of getting approval from the Florida Public Service Commission to increase base electric rates.
The leadership transition will become effective on July 1.
WOLF RECOGNIZED FOR TOP PERFORMANCE
Allstate Insurance Company has recognized Allstate exclusive agency owner Michael A. Wolf with the National Conference award for high standards in customer satisfaction, customer retention, and profitable business growth.
The Wolf Agency Inc. of Senoia is now one of the top Allstate agencies in the nation in auto, property, commercial, and power sports insurance and financial services sales.
“It’s a tremendous honor to earn National Conference recognition,” said Wolf. “My agency’s commitment is to serve customers and the Senoia community.”
MCKEE HVAC OPENS IN GRANTVILLE
After years of serving his heating and air conditioning customers in north Atlanta, Mark McKee has opened McKee Heating and Air Conditioning in downtown Grantville.
“Customer service is the heart of my business,” said McKee. His company serves Newnan and Coweta County, as well as Heard, Meriwether, Troup and Muscogee counties.
“I just could not pass up the opportunity to start my own company to provide the kind of service I would want my grandmother to receive,” McKee said.
A resident of Grantville, McKee has more than 34 years of experience with HVAC firms in the metro area, including Mingledorff’s and Moncrief.
Focusing on residential service and installation, McKee specializes in resolving technical problems, systems-related issues and air distribution concerns.
McKee has served on the advisory board of North Georgia Technical College since 1984, and serves on the board of directors of the Metropolitan Atlanta Air Conditioning Contractor Association (MAACA).
He is also a MAACA technical training coordinator and is certified as a proctor/instructor by North American Technician Excellence, the leading certification program for HVAC technicians. McKee is also an approved proctor/instructor for EPA refrigerant recovery certification.
RHODES NAMED TO PRESIDENT'S CLUB AND CHAIRMAN'S CIRCLE
Newnan State Farm Agent Trey Rhodes has received the company’s prestigious President’s Club and Chairman’s Circle awards.
In addition to recognizing an agent’s outstanding sales ability, these awards honor agents who align their business with the long-term direction of the company and who act as advocates for their customers.
“As one of our top agents, Trey Rhodes consistently supports our goal of providing high quality service to our customers,” said Tim McFadden, Southern Zone senior vice president.
Rhodes, who has been with State Farm for 18 years, joins a select group of agents who are honored with these awards.
WILLIAMS, COLLINS HONORED BY MILLION DOLLAR CLUB
Realtors from Southern Brokers were recently honored by the Newnan-Coweta Board of Realtors Million Dollar Club.
Bob Williams, president and broker, GRI, CRS, CRB, received the Crystal Phoenix Member Award for 20 years of membership in the Million Dollar Club. Amanda Collins, vice president and associate broker, GRI, received the Phoenix Award for 10 years of membership in the Million Dollar Club.
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