Business Briefs: Stitcher achieves national recognition

by Staff Reports

Local Realtor Tim Stitcher, of Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate Metro Brokers, has been awarded the Accredited Buyer’s Representative designation by the Real Estate Buyer’s Agent Council of the National Association of Realtors.

Stitcher joins more than 30,000 real estate professionals in North America who have earned the ABR designation. The designation requires completion of a comprehensive course in buyer representation and an elective course focusing on a buyer representation speciality, in addition to documentation verifying professional experience.

The Real Estate Buyer’s Agent Council is the world’s largest association of real estate professionals focusing specifically on representing the real estate buyer.

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• SummerGrove again a public course

The SummerGrove Golf Club is no longer a Canongate course and is now open to the public.

The golf course is back under the ownership of Jemsek Golf, the family company that originally designed, built, and opened the golf course in Newnan in 1999.

The 18-hole course opened to the public in mid-February, for the first time in seven years.

Jemsek Golf owned and operated SummerGrove for seven years before selling it to Canongate Golf Clubs in 2006.

Jemsek Golf President Katherine Jemsek will direct operations and has retained Affiniti Golf Partners to provide a range of services to help promote and market the facility to local and regional golfers.

“Jemsek Golf is pleased to be back in the Atlanta area and especially back at SummerGrove. It is a challenging layout for golfers of all abilities,” she said.

“We’re equally excited to re-engage with residents of the SummerGrove community, many of whom participated in our grand opening back in ‘99,” added Jemsek. “The club is already busy planning fun events, golf activities and special holiday plans to foster a fellowship.”

The SummerGrove course was designed by Joe Jemsek and Jeff Burton. It was named the Best New Public Golf Course by “Golf Digest” in 2000.

Affiniti Golf Partners is an Atlanta-based golf management company. Affiniti’s current portfolio of 24 courses around the country includes 11 Atlanta-area facilities.

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• Delta Community offering scholarships

Delta Community Credit Union is accepting entries for the annual Delta Community Credit Union Scholarship program.

The scholarships are based on academic achievement, community involvement and submission of an essay.

The scholarship program, now in its eighth year, will award three $5,000 scholarships and two $2,500 scholarships. New this year, the program is open to students pursuing their first undergraduate or postgraduate degree.

For more information visit www.deltacommunitycu.com/scholarships. Applications must be received by the close of business on April 1.

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• CTCA partners with Blue Cross and Blue Shield

Cancer Treatment Centers of America at Southeastern Regional Medical Center in Newnan and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia have entered into an agreement that gives BCBSGa members access to the new CTCA hospital as an in-network provider.

“Our growing relationship with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia enables us to provide more treatment choices to cancer patients and their families from across the country,” said Anne Meisner, president and CEO at CTCA at Southeastern Regional Medical Center, which has experienced accelerated growth in its first six months of operation. “This marks another step in our ongoing efforts to make CTCA a better place for patients to receive care, clinicians to practice integrated and personalized medicine, and employees to work.”

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• Charter Financial issues stock

Charter Financial, the parent company of CharterBank, is issuing between 11,475,000 and 15,525,000 shares of common stock at $10 per share. The shares represent the majority ownership in the company currently owned by First Charter MHC. The stock offering is in connection with First Charter MHC’s second step conversion to the stock holding company form of organization.

At the conclusion of the conversion and offering, existing shares of common stock will be exchanged for between 1.0015 and 1.3550 shares of Charter Financial common stock.

After the conversion and offering, Charter Financial will be 100 percent owned by public stockholders. The company is currently in the mutual holding company structure, and will reorganize into a fully public stock holding company.


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