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Pike Nurseries Becomes an Employee-owned Company

Pike Nurseries management is pleased to announce the company has combined with Armstrong Garden Centers, its sister corporation in California, to operate under an established Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). The plan transfers ownership to Pike Nurseries and Armstrong Garden Centers employees through a defined contribution benefit program. 

 

“The ESOP program allows us to reward our employees for their hard work and longevity with the company,” said Mike Kunce, CEO and Chairman of the Board at Pike Nurseries and Armstrong Garden Centers. “This structure not only enables management continuity, but also ensures the employees who have built and sustained Pike Nurseries and Armstrong Garden Centers play an integral part in the future success of the business.”

 

Wolf Creek Amphitheater looking for interns

Wolf Creek Amphitheater looking for interns

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Wolf Creek Amphitheater is holding an internship program for college students and recent graduates.

The south Fulton County venue needs enthusiastic and dedicated interns for the 18-show 2015 season, which runs Apr. 25 through Oct. 4.

Interns will participate in several production areas at Wolf Creek, including social media, field events, and web and mobile campaigns. Candidates must be able to work flexible hours, lift up to 40 pounds, use Microsoft Office proficiently, and have internet access and reliable transportation.

Students and graduates with majors or degress in mass communication, film, public relations, entertainment, production, marketing or venue management are especially encouraged to apply.

71 Ga. UPS drivers added to Circle of Honor

71 Ga. UPS drivers added to Circle of Honor

(WXIA) -- More than 1,400 UPS drivers worldwide were recently inducted into the Circle of Honor, an organization for employees who have achieved at least 25 years of accident-free driving.

Seventy-one of the inductees live in Georgia.

"My thanks go to all of them for their dedication and focus, and for the countless lives they've saved," Dwayne Meeks, president of UPS South Atlantic District, said in a statement.

Georgia's senior safe driver is Guy Haynes of Tifton, who can boast 43 accident-free years. The most seasoned Circle of Honor driver is Thomas Camp of Livonia, Mich., who has been driving for UPS for 52 years without an accident.

The latest Circle of Honor members from Georgia, by UPS work location, include:

Acworth (Center)
Robert Crumbley, Marietta

Albany (Center)
Tyrone Campbell, Albany
Robert Hammond Jr., Leesburg

Jim Hansberger named to Barron’s Top 1,200 Financial Advisors

Jim Hansberger named to Barron’s Top 1,200 Financial Advisors

ATLANTA -- Morgan Stanley announced today that Jim Hansberger, Managing Director, Financial Advisor, in the Firm’s Atlanta Wealth Management office, has been named to Barron’s list of America’s Top 1,200 Advisors: 2014 State-by-State.

The “Barron’s Top 1,200 Advisors” is a select group of individuals who are screened on a number of criteria. Among factors the survey takes into consideration are assets under management, revenue produced for the Firm and quality of service provided to clients.

“I am extremely proud that Jim Hansberger is representing Morgan Stanley Wealth Management on this list,” commented Michael Outlaw, Branch Manager of Morgan Stanley’s Atlanta office. “This listing recognizes an elite group of financial professionals who are dedicated to providing clients with exceptional wealth management services.”

Graham Roberts named to Barron’s Top 1,200 Financial Advisors

Graham Roberts named to Barron’s Top 1,200 Financial Advisors

ATLANTA -- Morgan Stanley announced that Graham Roberts, Executive Director, Financial Advisor, in the Firm’s Atlanta Wealth Management office, has been named to Barron’s list of America’s Top 1,200 Advisors: 2014 State-by-State.

The “Barron’s Top 1,200 Advisors” is a select group of individuals who are screened on a number of criteria. Among factors the survey takes into consideration are assets under management, revenue produced for the Firm and quality of service provided to clients.

“I am extremely proud that Graham Roberts is representing Morgan Stanley Wealth Management on this list,” commented Michael Outlaw, Branch Manager of Morgan Stanley’s Atlanta office. “This listing recognizes an elite group of financial professionals who are dedicated to providing clients with exceptional wealth management services.”

6 Ga. companies among world's top 500 brands

ATLANTA -- Six Georgia companies made Brand Finance's annual directory of the world's 500 most valuable brands.

The Coca-Cola Co. moved down three spots to No. 12 on the list with a brand value of $33.7 billion.

The Home Depot Inc. dropped seven places to No. 25 with a value of $24.3 billion.

United Parcel Service Inc. moved up one spot to No. 48. It is valued at $19.4 billion and is the only package delivery, freight and logistics services provider to make the top 50.

Delta Air Lines Inc. landed at No. 286, up a whopping 83 places. Its brand value is $4.7 billion.

Southern Co. generated a ranking of 341 with a brand value of $4.1 billion. It is down 21 spots from last year.

Aflac Inc. is ranked No. 486, down 15 spots. It boasts a brand value of $3.1 billion.

London-based Brand Finance started ranking global brands in 2007.

Delta, Coke to lay off workers in other states

ATLANTA -- Two Atlanta-based companies have announced they will lay off workers in other states.

Delta Air Lines will job out maintenance and service workers at Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport with layoff notices coming in April.

The job cuts affect 741 workers, but just how many will remain out of work is unclear.

Delta spokesman Morgan Durrant said employees will be able to re-apply for their jobs.

"Our expectation is that as this transition is happening, the new providers will look to the old workforce," Durrant said. "We expect the incoming vendors to look to the existing workforce and utilize that institutional knowledge and skill."

Meanwhile, the Coca-Cola Co. will cut jobs in Sacramento, Calif., in the next few weeks.