Business Briefs

Hudson named executive director at Thirty-One Gifts

Suzanne Hudson of Newnan has been named the newest national executive director at Thirty-One Gifts, LLC, following six years of service. The position is the top leadership level at Thirty-One, one of the nation’s fastest-growing direct selling companies, and Hudson is one of just 18 women to reach this level.

“We are so proud of our amazing national executive directors as they reach this premier level in Thirty-One’s career path,” said Thirty-One Founder and CEO Cindy Monroe. “To reach this level of leadership, a national executive director has built a substantial team and shown unmatched leadership.”

Hudson has been a member of the company’s leadership council since 2009 and served on the Presidential Advisory Council. She has earned all the company’s leadership incentive trips since 2010. 

Thirty-One Gifts sells stylish and functional purses, totes, home organization solutions and more. 

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Local family starts patriotic business

Cowetan Mark Eldred and his family have started “1776er,” a new business designed to encourage people to read the Declaration of Independence. 

The company produces “Freedom Wear” featuring the 1776er logo, as well as vehicle stickers and wrist bands. All products are made in the U.S.

The business was created for the sole purpose of encouraging all Americans to simply go back and re-read the Declaration of Independence, said Eldred. “It is my belief that this one small task could change the hearts of many when they look at how our government should interact with Americans. If we are honest with ourselves most of us would admit it has been a VERY long time since we looked back and remembered why we declared independence in 1776,” Eldred said.

“In short, we need to remember now more than ever.”

The company’s website is . 

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Corner Arts Gallery adds instructors

Artists Marcela Espejo and Sally Ziegler are now teaching classes at the Corner Arts Gallery in downtown Newnan. Ziegler is a children’s instructor and Espejo teaches a wide variety of painting classes for adults and kids. 

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‘Greenhouse’ opens in Serenbe

Greenhouse, which specializes in unique vintage finds and organic, eco-friendly and fair trade items, has opened in Serenbe in south Fulton County. “Whether you’re looking for that vintage piece for your home or a one-of-a-kind gift, Greenhouse has what you’re looking for,” said Kenya Brantley of Greenhouse.

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Lewis-Potts becomes consultant with Tastefully Simple

Paula Lewis-Potts of Newnan has become an independent consultant with Tastefully Simple Inc., a national direct sales company featuring more than 60 easy-to-prepare foods. 

As an independent business owner, Lewis-Potts offers food samples at home taste-testing parties, along with easy ideas for everyday meals, recipes, serving suggestions and fun.

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Sequoia Golf adds four Chicago area clubs

Newnan-based Sequoia Golf has entered into a managing partnership deal with a portfolio of four golf clubs owned by The Royal Golf Group in the Chicago area. 

After a two-year search, The Royal Golf Group chose Sequoia based upon its strong national presence and dynamic management experience. 

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Brickhart honored by Thrivent Financial for outstanding performance

Greg Brickhart FIC of Peachtree City, a financial consultant with the Florida/Georgia Group of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, has qualified for the Sierra Level Conference by providing financial guidance and solutions to members of the organization in 2012. Out of nearly 2,300 Thrivent Financial representatives nationwide, only 700 qualified for this honor. 

Brickhart is with Thrivent Financial’s Greg Sinatra Regional Financial Office, serving Lutherans and their family members in Peachtree City and surrounding communities.

Brickhart, who has been with Thrivent Financial for nine years,  will be recognized by his peers from across the country at Thrivent Financial’s annual conference. 

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Charter Financial announces dividend, earnings

Charter Financial Corporation has declared a quarterly cash dividend of five cents per share. 

“With the recent successful completion of our stock offering, I am pleased to announce our first quarterly dividend as a fully public company and our 42nd since our initial public offering in 2001,” said Robert L. Johnson, chairman and chief executive officer.

Charter Financial Corporation completed its conversion, reorganization and public offering on April 8. Charter Financial Corporation now has approximately 22,752,214 shares outstanding.

The company also announced second quarter fiscal year 2013 earnings of $1.4 million. That’s 7 cents per basic and diluted share for the quarter ending March 31, up from $1.3 million, or 6 cents per basic and diluted share, for the same quarter in 2012. 

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