Published Sunday, September 30, 2012
From Staff Reports
James T. Welden and Gary Welden of Welden Financial Services have become members of the Financial Services Institute in Washington, D.C.
The Financial Services Institute advocates for Main Street Americans’ access to unbiased, affordable financial advice, delivered by a growing network of more than 35,000 independent financial advisor members.
“We are proud to become members of FSI, an organization that works hard every day to protect our clients’ access to quality financial advice,” said James Welden. “FSI helps educate elected officials and regulators on what Americans need from financial advisors and how the industry works with clients to secure their financial futures,” he said.
“We are very pleased to have James and Gary Welden as new members,” said Dale E. Brown, FSI president and CEO. “Our advocacy is only as effective as our engaged members. And conscientious advisors, like the Weldens, help bring real-life experience to our efforts.”
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Hunt joins Tastefully Simple
Mary Louise Hunt of Newnan has become an independent consultant with Tastefully Simple Inc., a national direct sales company featuring easy-to-prepare foods.
As an independent business owner, Hunt offers food samples at home taste-testing parties, along with easy ideas for everyday meals, recipes, serving suggestions and fun. All of Tastefully Simple’s products are “open and enjoy” or can be prepared by adding only one or two ingredients.
“In today’s world, ‘staying in’ has become the new ‘going out,’” said Jill Blashack Strahan, founder and CEO of Tastefully Simple. “That’s why we’re proud to offer great experiences, easy-to-prepare products and an exciting business opportunity for people who are looking for something more.”
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Beth Duncan completes advanced topics symposium
Beth Duncan, office administrator at Avery and Pope Wealth Management, has completed the Advanced Topics Symposium sponsored by Commonwealth Financial Network.
Held in Boston, Mass., this intensive two-day program is geared exclusively toward the individual advancement of the staff that support Commonwealth’s network of independent financial advisors.
Commonwealth Financial Network is the nation’s largest privately held independent broker/dealer, and is the broker/dealer of choice for Avery and Pope. The symposium provides the education and training for staff to gain the knowledge and skills they need to help their offices create efficiencies and grow the practice, as well as to network with peers and share best practices, hot tips, and other ideas.
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Rowe launches life coaching practice
Local business woman Anne Marie Rowe has launched her new life coaching company, Rowe Together Inc.
As a life coach, Rowe helps individuals to clarify, articulate and cultivate what they want most from life or from a current situation. She works with family caregivers, later-in-life parents and entrepreneurs, to name a few.
Rowe completed the life coach training program offered by Martha Beck Inc. in June. Beck trains life coaches worldwide and is a columnist for “O,” The Oprah Magazine.
Rowe is also one of the owners of Gentry Pawn Shop. She holds a B.S. degree in business administration from LaGrange College and has years of experience in family caregiving and business ownership. She lives in Newnan with her husband, Adam, and their son, A.J.
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Starlite, HomeSmart ribbon cuttings held
Newnan-Coweta Chamber of Commerce ribbon cuttings were recently held for Starlite Family Fun Center off Andrew Bailey Road near Thomas Crossroads, and HomeSmart on Bullsboro Drive.
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D’Arcy named CMIT Tech of the Year
Brian D’Arcy, lead technician with CMIT Solutions of Fayette/ Coweta, was awarded CMIT’s Technician of the Year award at CMIT Solutions’ annual conference. Additionally, the Fayette/ Coweta location won the system’s Momentum Award for strong year-to-year growth since its opening in 2009.
D’Arcy was nominated by Doug Bates, owner of the Fayette/ Coweta location.
“Brian is the technical yin to my sales and marketing yang,” Bates said. “He works extremely hard to deliver best-in-class solutions to each one of our clients.”
“The CMIT Solutions system prizes outstanding technicians, and D’Arcy is one of the best,” said Jeff Connally, CMIT Solutions president.
D’Arcy began his IT career in 1997, working as an IT consultant and in software development before joining CMIT in 2009. He said customer service has a special meaning for a locally-owned business because clients are also neighbors.
CMIT Solutions of Fayette/Coweta helps small and medium sized businesses manage their technology and focus on running their businesses.