Business Briefs: Wright elected GEDA officer

From Staff Reports
business@newnan.com
Greg Wright, president of the Coweta County Development Authority, was recently elected secretary/treasurer of the Georgia Economic Developers Association. The election was held at GEDA’s annual meeting in Savannah.
Prior to being elected secretary/treasurer, Wright served as a member of the association’s board of directors and as chairman of the Development Authority Executives Committee.
• CharterBank teaches independent living students Credit 101
Representatives from Charter Bank recently helped 20 youth from the Department of Family and Children’s Services plan for their futures by teaching them the basics of saving money, opening a checking or savings account and watching out for identify theft, and explaining what credit is and how credit reports can affect their future.
“Your credit report is way more important than your report card,” said Josh Winstead, bank officer and information technology technician for CharterBank.
The program was held at the Coweta County Fairgrounds and included youth from several local counties. It was tailored for students who are “aging out” of the foster care program and will soon be living on their own at college.
The emphasis of the program is to give students an overview of financial management that they can use as a foundation to build on as they go off to college, acquire jobs, and begin to manage their money as they start living independently, said Jenny Jarratt, marketing research analyst for CharterBank.

The Independent Living Program’s mission is to provide eligible youth in Georgia with opportunities to successfully prepare for adulthood by providing appropriate resources and connections with community partners. Part of the program guidelines including providing educational and life skills including money management, budgeting, and establishing and maintaining a bank account.

• Avery, Pope earn Five-Star Wealth Manager Award

Parks W. Avery Jr. and Kris Pope of Avery and Pope Wealth Management have both been named 2012 Five Star Wealth Managers by “Atlanta Magazine.” The award is given for overall client satisfaction. Less than 7 percent of wealth managers in Georgia were named to the list.

Avery is a Certified Financial Planner professional and received his degree in finance from the University of Georgia. He is also a Certified Estate Planning Specialist and an Accredited Investment Fiduciary. Avery is an active member of the Financial Planning Association and the Piedmont Hospital Foundation. He is treasurer of the Newnan Development Authority and chairman of the Newnan Convention Center Authority.

Pope is Series 7, 63, and 65 registered as an Investment Advisor Representative of Commonwealth Financial Network. He also has life and variable life-annuity licenses. Pope attended Auburn University-Montgomery on a baseball scholarship, where he earned a finance degree.

Pope is chairman of the local chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and is a member of the Lions Club.

“This recognition is a testament to Parks and Kris’ commitment to outstanding customer service and a relentless worth ethic,” said Wayne Bloom, CEO of Commonwealth Financial Network, Avery and Pope Wealth Management’s independent broker/dealer. “Parks and Kris truly understand client needs and we congratulate them on this outstanding achievement.”

• Bodyplex hosts Zumbathon

Bodyplex gym at Thomas Crossroads recently hosted a “Zumbathon” to raise money for the Pink Posse Foundation. The foundation serves local people during their cancer treatment.

• SketchCrowd puts new spin on cartooning

SketchCrowd, based in Peachtree City, is a new company that approaches the old-fashioned comic strip with a unique twist.

In January, the three-man shop is set to begin syndication of the world’s first crowd sourced comic strip.

The comic, called “The Hootscow,” will rely on single panel ideas submitted by independent and amateur cartoonists on SketchCrowd’s website. Visitors to the site are invited to review and offer feedback on submissions, which will be gleaned by the staff for top quality work.

SketchCrowd’s vision is to cultivate talented cartoonists and provide a viable outlet for their work, said President T.J. Kuehn. By offering a profit-sharing model, a forum for feedback and networking capabilities, SketchCrowd aims to establish viable markets for users and proliferate undiscovered talent into the mainstream media.

“We want SketchCrowd to be the first place people go when they come up with a creative concept,” said Kuehn. “Amateur cartoonists, housewives, mechanics — anybody who has that creative itch.”
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