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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.”

 

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

R. K. Redding Construction wins AGC of America Awards

BREMEN, Ga. -- R. K. Redding Construction (RKR) of Bremen, a full service, multi-disciplinary construction management and general construction contracting firm, received the top honor from AGC Georgia, the statewide chapter of The Associated General Contractors of America, Inc. (AGC of America) at its “Build Georgia” award ceremony in Destin, Fla. The firm’s work on the Allied Healthcare Building was recognized with a First Place Award in the construction management division.

“The Allied Health project was an example of everyone working together toward a common goal, which allowed us to return a savings on the budget to the school,” said Randall Redding, President & CEO of RKR. “We are humbled by this recognition and I am grateful for the talented team at RKR who take pride in every project on which they work.”

Randall Redding named president of Associated General Contractors of Ga.

ATLANTA -- R. K. Redding Construction (RKR), a full service, multi-disciplinary construction management and general construction contracting firm, is excited to announce that its President & CEO Randall Redding has ascended to the presidency of AGC Georgia, the statewide chapter of The Associated General Contractors of America, Inc. at its annual convention.

Outgoing President Dave Cyr officially passed the gavel to Redding, who will lead the Chapter from 2014-15, at a ceremony during the convention.

“I am humbled by the opportunity to work with my esteemed colleagues at ACG during the next year,” said Redding. “I look forward to working closely with the AGC Board to accomplishing great things.”

R. K. Redding Construction’s Casey Pollard selected to Associated General Contractors of America

R. K. Redding Construction’s Casey Pollard selected to Associated General Contractors of America

BREMEN, Ga. -- R. K. Redding Construction (RKR) Project Manager Casey Pollard has been selected by the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of America to serve on its national Leadership Council Steering Committee for a three-year term from 2014-17. Casey also serves on the Board of Directors for AGC Georgia Chapter and as the Chairman of the AGC Georgia Young Leadership Program. 

“I am honored that my colleagues at AGC have recognized my contributions to the organization by naming me to this committee,” said Pollard. “I’m looking forward to serving in this leadership position during the next three years and helping lead AGC to a successful future.”

Pollard has served as Project Manager or Assistant Project Manager for RKR on dozens of projects, including 12 school projects in Paulding County. He oversaw the Burnt Hickory Elementary School, which was awarded First Place in the 2009 AGC Build Georgia Awards.

Brian Frank named to Barron’s Top 1,200 Financial Advisors

Brian Frank named to Barron’s Top 1,200 Financial Advisors

ATLANTA -- Morgan Stanley announced today that Brian Frank, 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 Brian Frank 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.”

RadioShack to close 1,100 stores

(USA TODAY) -- After reporting dismal fourth-quarter earnings, RadioShack said Tuesday that it would close about 1,100 poorly performing stores, roughly 20% of the electronic retailer's locations.

The store closings will leave about 4,000 locations in the U.S. The company has been struggling to revamp its stores for the past year.

Total net sales and operating revenues were $935.4 million in the fourth quarter, vs. $1,171.4 million last year, a 20% decline. Comparable store sales were down 19%, which the company blames on poor performance in its mobile phone business.

RadioShack stock was down more than 20% in premarket trading.

"Even in this environment, we're continuing to make progress on the five pillars of our turnaround plan: repositioning the brand, revamping the product assortment, reinvigorating the stores, operational efficiency and financial flexibility," CEO Joseph C. Magnacca said in a statement.