Business Briefs

Local CMIT named Franchise of the Year

Doug Bates, president of CMIT Solutions of Fayette/Coweta, was named CMIT Franchisee of the Year at the CMIT Solutions annual conference in Miami.

“Doug is an extraordinary individual. His strengths go beyond business… as a person, as a friend, a family man and a mentor, he’s someone we can all look up to,” said Jeff Connally, president and CEO of Austin, Texas-based CMIT Solutions. “Doug has had an incredible past 12 months and we see that continuing for him. He has ingrained his business into the fabric of the local business community in Fayette and Coweta counties.” The CMIT Solutions home office completed comprehensive assessments prior to deciding which office would win the award.

Bates has led CMIT Solutions of Fayette/Coweta County to the top of the CMIT Solutions franchise system in nearly every category the company tracks to determine the award winner, including client satisfaction, retention, revenue growth and the number of client devices managed. He has also risen to the occasion several times to support other CMIT Solutions franchisees with problem solving and mentorship. “I am out of words to describe how good this award feels. It is a testament to hard work and represents a total group effort. I work with a great team who buys into what we are trying to achieve,” said Bates, who, before opening his CMIT Solutions business, spent more than 20 years in corporate America. “I am proof that transitioning into entrepreneurship after a career in corporate America is not only possible, but offers opportunities and successes that go beyond what was possible as a corporate executive.”

CMIT Solutions was also the winner of the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce's 2012 Small Business of the year, and was the winner of the Newnan-Coweta Chamber of Commerce's Small Business of the Year award in the "growth" category.

CMIT offers managed IT and technology service to small and medium businesses. CMIT Solutions takes care of tech support by offering strategic advice, technological expertise and the kind of insight and partnership you can only get from a trusted advisor.

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Ruby Tuesday ‘Give Back’ program benefits Alzheimer's research

Every Tuesday at Ruby Tuesday in Newnan, a portion of diners' bills will go toward the Alzheimer's Association. Diners must mention they are supporting the Give Back program for Alzheimer's, and 20 percent of their bill will be donated. No coupons or other discounts can be used in conjunction with the Give Back program.

"Help us make a difference," said Lynette Smith. Smith is raising money for Team John's Angels in the Walk to End Alzheimer's. Smith has six family members who have suffered with Alzheimer's.

"Alzheimer's disease is not just memory loss — Alzheimer's kills," Smith said. "You do not get better."

Alzheimer's is the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S., Smith said, and one in three seniors dies with Alzheimer's or another form of dementia.

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Pollard earns Personal Financial Representative status

Donna Pollard is among an elite group of Allstate Insurance agency owners who recently earned the Personal Financial Representative title. Pollard is now able to provide her customers variable annuity, variable life and mutual fund products, in addition to auto, homeowner and traditional life insurance products.

Pollard received the Personal Financial Representative title after passing the Series 6 and Series 63 securities license exams and completing an extensive Allstate training curriculum. She is appointed with the broker dealer Allstate Financial Services, LLC.

“Planning for the future is just as important as protecting yourself against a loss, which insurance is designed to do,” Pollard said. “Our agency will continue to help people protect their autos, homes, lives and businesses. But now we can offer additional financial services products, like mutual funds, variable annuities and variable universal life insurance to help families plan wisely for the future.”

Pollard will provide a range of fixed, variable, indexed and market value adjusted annuity products, in addition to providing variable life products through Lincoln Benefit Life, and investment products. Pollard's office is located at 48 Main Street, Senoia.

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Inn at Serenbe part of ‘Southern Living’ Hotel Collection

"Southern Living" magazine has introduced its Southern Living Hotel Collection, a small, curated group of independent four and five star hotels, resorts and inns.

The hotels span 18 Southern states and "offer the best in authentic Southern hospitality," according to Southern Living.

The Inn at Serenbe in Chattahoochee Hills, and Barnsley Gardens Resort in Adairsville, are the Georgia hotels in the collection.

Hotels in the collection are vetted according to the same criteria editors use to determine editorial coverage. The collection is by invitation only. Each hotel in the collection provides a memorable experience through impeccable service, outstanding cuisine, high-quality facilities and the finest amenities, according to Southern Living. The collection will launch with 15 hotels, but the brand will continue to select additional properties over the coming years until the list reaches up to 100 locations across the South.

“The 15 charter members of the Southern Living Hotel Collection are made up of iconic Southern resorts, historic Southern hotels and newly discovered Southern inns,” said Southern Living Publisher Greg Schumann. "We're very proud of our unique collection as they all serve to provide the very best in Southern hospitality."

A new web site, features all of the properties and highlights why they were chosen.

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