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July 2008

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Sullivan Group Announces Teres Bergmann New Chief Financial Officer

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Teres Bergmann knows one thing for sure – finance.  With more than 24 years of experience, she knows exactly how to balance the books.
 
“I’m excited to be a part of a team that is committed to being top notch in their industry,” explains Bergmann.  “My plans are to continue to grow and nurture a world-class accounting department at The Sullivan Group.”
 
Teres is a CPA and received her Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Accounting from the University of West Georgia and her Master of Business Administration from Georgia State University.  She has held various financial positions in Atlanta including Vice President of Finance and Controller for companies ranging from distribution to healthcare groups.
 
“We are in the process of implementing into our business the top-rated software system in the industry and the opportunity to be on the ground floor of this is extremely rewarding.  I know this will promote even better payroll efficiencies and will allow us to provide superior customer service to our clients, which is what The Sullivan Group is all about — simplifying business,” says Bergmann.
 
“I’m elated to have the opportunity to add value and save time for hundreds of businesses in our area and I get to do this while working with a great management team and a stellar group of employees.  You really can’t ask for more than that.”
 
Voted as Buy Local Savannah’s 2007 Best Business, The Sullivan Group is the expert on human resources.  The Sullivan Group offers Human Resource Outsourcing to its clients as well as staffing and recruiting needs through Sullivan Staffing.  Sanvannahjobs.com serves as one of Savannah’s most visited local job sites, with a family of sites that include blufftonjobs.com, hiltonheadislandjobs.com, goldenislesjobs.com, statesborojobs.com and jobsinkennesaw.com.  The Sullivan Group also provides commercial and personal insurance through Sapelo Creative Insurance.  Founded in 1986, The Sull ivan Group simplifies business.
 
To learn more about The Sullivan Group and how they can help your business, be sure to visit www.simplysullivans.com or contact the office, 912.352.3800.

(SAVANNAH, GA) Park Place Outreach Now Just One Click Away New Website www.parkplaceyes.org

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Learning more about Park Place Outreach is now just one click away.  The local non-profit organization recently launched its new easy-to-navigate Web site, www.parkplaceyes.org.
 
The home page, with a blue, yellow and green background, features an invitation to children who may not have a safe place to stay and directions to the shelter.
 
In addition, there is a message from Executive Director Linda Hilts-Lamas, stating, “My vision for Park Place Outreach, Inc. encompasses sheltering, supporting, and taking care of the needs of runaway, homeless, and in-crisis youth. In addition, we strive to broaden our range of programs serving youth and family needs while strengthening support from individuals, businesses, and foundations.”
 
The "history" section of the new Web site, found under the "About us" tab, explains how Park Place Outreach got its start in 1984 and how it is the only facility in Savannah and Chatham County that serves adolescents ages 11-17. 
 
The Web site states:  "Park Place Outreach plays an important role with the Savannah – Chatham Metropolitan Police department to reduce juvenile crime. We have many examples of young people coming to our shelter on the verge of a life of crime who have become good and productive citizens of our city."
 
Other featured areas of the Web site include "Youth Emergency Services," "How you can help," and "Partners."
 
Park Place Outreach provides emergency shelter and street outreach for adolescents ages 11 through 17 and their families. It is the only agency located within Chatham County that serves youth at no charge who are accepted without a referral to receive help.  Park Place Outreach opened in 1984. There are approximately 15-30 youth served each month and about 200 each year.  For more information on Park Place, call (912) 234-4048 or log on to www.parkplaceyes.org
 

(SAVANNAH, GA) Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty Lavinia Strong and Carolyn Ezelle

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Lavinia Strong and Carolyn Ezelle have found a creative way to juggle work and motherhood – they share the responsibilities and the profits. There are so many times that we need to meet a client at a moment’s notice and our husbands aren’t home from work,” Carolyn said. “If we did not work as a team there would be no way we would be able to get a babysitter on short notice.” The arrangement is also practical financially, eliminating the cost of a babysitter and the potential for losing money if a client doesn’t end up moving to Savannah and paying a commission.
“Feeling that exemplary customer service should be our first priority, we wanted to make sure one of us was available at all times to meet our clients’ needs and expectations,” said Lavinia. “We knew that if we had tried to do this individually with a new baby it would be hard to give each client all the attention they deserve – that’s why we decided that forming a team would be the only way we could be successful. So often, evenings and weekends are when we need to be available for our clients because of their job schedules. Doing this together allows us to better serve our clients.”
The approach has proven wise. They earned 2007 Top Producer recognition from Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty, along with four other agents.

Business partnerships work best when ground rules are clear and the partners have similar values, and they were lucky in both respects.

“From the start of our friendship I saw many qualities in Lavinia that I really respected,” said Carolyn. “She was very hard working and honest, which was something I felt was very important not only in a friend but in someone that you work with. We have similar values and seem to agree on most everything.”

They decided from the very beginning that everything from expenses to commission would be split 50-50, no matter who did more work. It worked out especially well when both families had their second children – fortunately 6 months apart, instead of 5 weeks apart as their first children were. They were each able to enjoy time with their newborns instead of having to worry about negotiating a contract.
“Going into this as friends is one of the reasons this has worked as well as it has,” Lavinia said. “Not once in the three and a half years we have been doing this have we ever had an argument or even a small dispute. We have always gotten along great and if anything it has strengthened our friendship. I think because we both care so much about our friendship we both make sure that we contribute equally so that neither of us ever feels frustrated. You always hear people say that they want their job to be fun and it truly has been for us.”
The children also enjoy the setup – th ey get to play with their best friends when Lavinia or Carolyn is working with a client.
“From a parent’s perspective, to be able to leave your children with someone you trust completely and who loves your children as their own could not be a better situation,” Lavinia said.

They met eight years ago when both women were newlyweds and neighbors in Ardsley Park. After they both had their first child five weeks apart from one another, they learned each had a strong interest in a real estate career.

Before she joined Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty three years ago, Lavinia taught middle school math at St. Andrew’s School and worked as an account manager for Snelling Personnel. Carolyn worked for five years as a pharmaceutical sales representative and as an over-the-counter trader for Robinson- Humphrey in Atlanta.

They’re also very involved in the community, including volunteering for the Telfair Museum of Art and St. John’s Episcopal Church. Both Lavinia and Carolyn also sell Orient Expressed children’s clothing.

Lavinia and Carolyn have created the perfect solution for them to balancing career and motherhood – and they’re having fun as well.

“After having worked as an OTC trader and a pharmaceutical Sales Rep in Savannah, I can honestly say this is the first job I have ever have that I have truly enjoyed and that is because I get to do it with one of my best friends,” Carolyn said. “We could not be happier with how everything has worked out, we have been monthly and yearly top producers.”
Known for its tradition of integrity, Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty specializes in residential and commercial properties in Savannah and the Low Country of Georgia and South Carolina. Founded in 1981, Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty is noted for outstanding service to its clients, thorough knowledge of Savannah and the South Carolina Low Country, and excellent staff, in addition to having one of the region’s top property management departments. The owners are natives of Savannah who have more than 60 years’ combined experience in real estate. The offices are located at 9, 13, and 17 West Charlton Street on Madison Square in Savannah and 6 Bruin Street in Bluffton, S.C.

For more information, call Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty at (912) 234-3323 or visit www.celiadunnsir.com. To contact the Bluffton office, call (843) 836-3900.

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(Savannah, GA) Lamar Smith Signature Homes is Savannah’s Newest Homebuilder

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SAVANNAH, Ga. – Lamar Smith, a leading coastal Georgia land developer, announced today that he has formed Lamar Smith Signature Homes as a privately held homebuilding company that will “redefine the affordable home.” Lamar Smith Signature Homes will design, market, and sell single family homes in Lamar Smith’s amenity rich communities of Coastal Georgia.

Just as every Lamar Smith community focuses on family, with parks, playgrounds, pavilions, trails, and other amenities that serve as gathering spots for neighbors and families, Smith intends for the same philosophy to become part of the homes he builds. The floor plans, ranging from 1,500 to 3,300 square feet and starting in the $140s, will feature maximum space at the minimum cost to accommodate the lifestyles of today’s families and the new economy.

“We pride ourselves on developing communities where our residents can live, work and play, and we are now happy to bring that concept to our homebuilding efforts,” said Lamar Smith, founder and president of Lamar Smith Signature Homes. We believe homeowners will feel confident they’re making a smart investment in the future as we redefine the affordable home for today’s economy.”

Rice Creek, the newest residential community of Lamar Smith Signature Development, will showcase the Georgian collection offered by Lamar Smith Signature Homes.  The grand opening of his model homes at Rice Creek will be announced in late August.

Lamar Smith Signature Homes is headquartered in Reidsville, Ga., and will be imbued with the same qualities that earned Lamar Smith his remarkable reputation as one of coastal Georgia’s leading land development companies. A few of his high-quality residential communities are Richmond Place and Mainstreet in Richmond Hill, Parkside at Rice Hope in Savannah, and Lost Plantation in Rincon.

For additional information or photos, call 912.557.1892 or visit online at www.lamarsmithsignature.com.

(ATLANTA, / SAVANNAH, GA) Oakland Park LEED Certification Melaver Inc.

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Oakland Park, Atlanta’s first multi-family housing project to receive LEED certification, was recently named a finalist in the Atlanta district council of the Urban Land Institute’s 2008 Development of Excellence awards competition. Development of Excellence awards are given to projects that are exceptional examples of good development. Winners will be announced at the Urban Land Institute’s annual awards banquet held at the Georgia Aquarium on September 18, 2008. Oakland Park is a 65-unit condominium building along the Memorial Drive revitalization district in Atlanta.
Oakland Park is an urban infill, mixed-use residential and commercial project that has become a catalyst for change within the neighborhood, providing opportunities for new businesses and a place for residential and retail to come together in a convenient, self-contained urban setting close to the amenities that downtown Atlanta and the surrounding neighborhood offer.

“We are extremely honored to be named a finalist in the 2008 ULI Atlanta Development of Excellence awards competition,” said Scott Doksansky, Director of Portfolio Management for Melaver, Inc. “To be recognized among the best in Atlanta development is a huge accomplishment and is a great reward for all of the hard work and planning that has gone into Oakland Park.”

Achieving LEED certification means that a t hird party has examined Oakland Park and its design, construction and potential for energy efficiency, and verified the developers made sound decisions that resulted in a more efficient construction site, with very little waste going to the landfill, and in a high performance building that will use less energy over time. In fact, 1,500 tons (or 80 percent) of the waste generated during construction was diverted from landfills and recycled.

The six-story Oakland Park building is remarkable because of the “forever views” of the Atlanta skyline that can be seen across Oakland Cemetery, and because of the care taken by developers to create an environmentally friendly building. The developers, Melaver, Inc. and Urban Realty Partners, made sound decisions that resulted in a more efficient construction site, with very little waste going to the landfill, and in a high performance building that will use less energy over time. Bamboo floors, oversized, operable, low-emitt ance windows , eco-friendly tile and paint, high-performance plumbing fixtures and energy efficient appliances are the interior hallmarks of Oakland Park, which features 65 one and two bedroom residences and 6,400 square feet of street-front retail.

Oakland Park includes Foxgloves and Ivy floral design studio, Stella Neighborhood Trattoria restaurant, and will include additional retail fronting Memorial Drive and Park Avenue. For more information, call 404-688-0300 or visit www.oaklandparkatlanta.com.

About Melaver, Inc.
Melaver, Inc., is a third generation, sustainably-focused real estate firm with holdings throughout the Southeast. The company is committed to examining the environmental, financial and social aspects of every project in which it is involved.

(Savannah) Old Savannah City Mission Helps Beautify M. L. King, Jr. Blvd Apartments

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   On Tuesday, July 22, 2008, the Old Savannah City Mission and
   Century Investors will begin a partnership aimed at showcasing
   the skills of some of Savannah’s citizens who are
   attempting to rebuild their lives after being incarcerated. The
   men are participants in the Mission’s Fresh Start Program
   which targets individuals who, while incarcerated, came to faith
   in Christ and demonstrated a genuine desire for a “fresh
   start” in life. The men from the Fresh Start Program will
   help improve the appearance of the Martin Luther King, Jr.
   Apartments located in the 400 and 500 blocks of West 33rd and
   34th Streets. The complex extends across historic Martin Luther
   King, Jr., Boulevard in Savannah. Century Investors, Limited
   purchased and fully renovated the 82-unit Martin Luther King,
   Jr., Boulevard Apartments from 1992 thru 1994, more than 15
   years ago. Prior to this restoration, they were some of the
   City’s most dilapidated properties. Rehabilitation of the
   Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard Apartments had a positive
   impact on housing conditions in the area. This project was one
   of the catalysts for a property improvement surge in the
   surrounding neighborhoods which continues even today. The Martin
   Luther King, Jr. Apartments are now in need of a major
   face-lift, especially the landscaping and wooden exteriors, and
   the men of the Old Savannah City Mission Fresh Start Program
   will help respond to this community development challenge.
   According to Robert E. James, Managing General Partner of
   Century Investors, the work to be done by the men will include
   improving the landscaping and fencing in a highly visible part
   of the complex. “This is the first phase of what we hope
   will be a major enhancement to these affordable rental
   apartments,” he said.

   Rev. Jim Lewis, Executive Director of Old Savannah City Mission,
   located at 2414 Bull Street, said he is excited about this
   opportunity for the men in the Fresh Start Program to
   participate in a very challenging construction task. “Our
   men will showcase their skills on this project so that other
   developers and contractors will be able to see what they can
   do,” he said. “If these citizens are to be
   successful in their efforts to transition back into society, we
   must help them find employment opportunities,” he added.
   Old Savannah City Mission is Savannah’s only Five Star
   Gospel Rescue Mission. Its mission is to change lives through
   proclaiming the Gospel, feeding the hungry, sheltering the
   homeless, rehabilitating the addict and restoring the
   ex-offender. The Mission, which began in 2006, is a bridge from
   incarceration to a place in the community. The goal is to help
   individuals become productive members of society and never
   return to crime and prison. Statistics show that nearly 70% of
   all inmates who are released return to prison within three
   years.

   The Mission is working diligently to stem the tide of
   ex-offenders returning to prison. Transitional housing is
   provided for some of these men in a duplex on West 59th Street,
   and Mission officials refer to the men as students to emphasize
   the learning process that is essential for them to transition
   from incarceration to being productive citizens.
   Old Savannah City Mission is a 501(c) (3) tax exempt
   organization that neither requests, nor receives any federal,
   state, or local taxpayer money. It subsists solely on donations
   from individuals, churches, businesses and foundations.
   Financial support is welcomed and needed. Individuals who wish
   to make donations or would like additional information about the
   Old Savannah City Mission should call Connell Stiles at
   912-232-2979.

(SAVANNAH, GA) Melaver, Inc. Tommy Linstroth Sustainable Development SMART Luncheon

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“Sustainability in the City: Local Governments Going Greener” will be the topic of the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business SMART Luncheon on Tuesday, Aug. 5. Tommy Linstroth of Savannah sustainable development real estate company Melaver, Inc. will speak. The lecture is free and open to the public.
“The main message is that actions taken locally can really have a profound impact on a national or international issue,” Linstroth said. “Does one business, by itself, necessarily do enough to impact climate change? Maybe not, but when one business, and the next and the next start to, then those savings really start to add up. It happens on the state level to the city level all the way down to the individual business level.”
The lecture will be held in the Savannah Morning News auditorium, with networking to begin at 11:30 a.m. The meeting begins at noon and ends at 1 p.m. Lunch is optional and costs $10; R SVP for lunch by Aug. 1 to ssmith@savannahchamber.com or 644-6434.

Linstroth is the co-author of “Local Action: A New Paradigm in Climate Change Policy,” an upbeat and accessible guide for citizens, communities, and local governments interested in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

“Local Action” provides a framework for both community and government initiatives, with sections on the action plan, the motivation, the process and the plan for making changes. These grassroots efforts can and have made a difference.

In the book, Linstroth examined efforts by local governments that are having a significant effect. A handful of jurisdictions in the United States are preventing over 20 million tons of CO2 from entering the atmosphere annually and have saved over $400,000,000 in the process.
Linstroth is the Head of Sustainable Initiatives for Melaver, Inc., a sustainable real estate firm based in Savannah. Linstroth is responsible for spearheading all of the company’s sustainable real estate developments, including one of the first sustainable projects in the U.S. to also be cited on the National Historic Register and the first all-retail sustainable development in the country.
Linstroth is the founder and a board member of the Savannah Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council, and is on the Board of Trustees of the Live Oak Public Libraries and the Georgia Conservation Voters. He is a regular speaker on sustainable development throughout Georgia and the South east.
Melaver, Inc. is a third-generation, family-owned business based in Savannah, Georgia. The sustainable real estate developer currently has eight LEED certified projects in their portfolio and developed one of the first LEED certified buildings in the U.S. which is also on the National Register of Historic Places. Melaver Inc. also developed the first all-retail LEED shopping center in the country, Abercorn Common, including the first LEED McDonald’s worldwide.
Contact: (912) 236-0781
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(Savannah GA) Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty Masterpiece Series Proceeds Local Charities

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(SAVANNAH, GA)—Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty donated the proceeds from its popular Masterpiece Series to several local charities. Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty donated the funds to Historic Savannah Foundation, Telfair Museum of Art, Savannah Technical College, and the Savannah Music Festival.

“Savannah is such a wonderful place to live, and these organizations help make it a great city,” said Celia Dunn of Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty. “I love Savannah and the Low Country and I think it’s important to support some of the organizations that do such a fine job of making Savannah a special place.”

The Masterpiece Series will kick off its third season of luncheon-lectures in September. Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty created “The Masterpiece Series: The perfect home is a means of self-expression” because every home is a masterpiece. Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty’s Masterpiece Series features Savannah’s premier experts sharing their strategies for making homes more beautiful and life more enjoyable. Topics range from pairing wine and food to judging the authenticity of antiques.

Known for its tradition of integrity, Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty specializes in residential and commercial properties in Savannah and the Low Country of Georgia and South Carolina. Founded in 1981, Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty is noted for outstanding service to its clients, thorough knowledge of Savannah and the South Carolina Low Country, and excellent staff, in addition to having one of the region’s top property management departments. The owners are natives of Savannah who have more than 60 years’ combined experience in real estate. The offices are located at 9, 13, and 17 West Charlton Street on Madison Square in Savannah and 6 Bruin Street in Bluffton, S.C.

For more information, call Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty at (912) 234-3323 or visit www.celiadunnsir.com. To contact the Bluffton office, call (843) 836-3900.

(SAVANNAH,GA) Savannah Doctor to Give Healthcare Presentations in Guatemala

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Dr. Miriam Urizar Rittmeyer, the Executive Director of Savannah’s Community Health Mission will travel to her home country of Guatemala and speak at a national congress about health disparities in the country. Using her experience in public health, Rittmeyer hopes to help the growing country build up their own healthcare system.

During the July 20-25 trip to Central America Dr. Rittmeyer will present two topics to a group of goverment officials. The first, “Healthcare for all – the Volunteer in Medicine Clinic Model,” will educate the audience on how to use voluteers physicians at health care centers. The second presentation will focus on the Amigos en Salud/Friends in Health-diabetes Self-Management program. This program uses community healthcare workers

“Guatemala is undergoing a demographic and economic transition, and parallel to this are changes in health patterns from acute diseases and malnutrition to chronic diseases. Health promoters have a long history of providing public health services in many cultures and countries. While the health promoter model is often associated with primary health care campaigns in the developing world, in the United States, this model is starting to be used for the control of chronic diseases. ” Dr. Rittmeyer said

The free health care facility, located at 310 Eisenhower Drive, offers free primary healthcare to 6,000 uninsured residents of Savannah. The majority of the their patients are working women, who have to choose between feeding their kids or paying insurance premiums. People living in Savannah who are between the ages of 18 and 64, have no health insurance and are not eligible for Medicare or Medicaid might be eligible for free clinic services and should call the Mission’s office to see if they meet all necessary guidelines.

Community Health Mission, formerly know as Community HealthCare Center/Savannah Health Mission, is a private, non-profit 501(3) tax-exempt organization.

To learn more about Savannah’s Community Health Mission, log on to www.chmsavannah.org or call 912-692-1451.

(Savannah) Savannah’s YMCA of Coastal Georgia and Community Health Mission

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(SAVANNAH, GA) Savannah’s YMCA of Coastal Georgia and Community Health Mission are partnering to educate and improve lifestyle behaviors among uninsured patients suferring from Diabetes. The YMCA- CHM partnership kickoff event for the new program is this Friday July 11th at 9 a.m. at Savannah’s Habersham Street YMCA.

The YMCA of Coastal GA will provide Community Health Mission’s patients the opportunity to participate in low impact exercise classes as well as other exercise options. The YMCA will also provide a classroom so patients can received the diabetes education and other wellness programs. CHM educational programs will be open to YMCA clients too.

YMCA of Coastal GA and Coummunity Health Mission officials will be present at Friday’s event at the Habersham YMCA, 6400 Habersham Street, Savannah, Ga. to further explain the program. Twelve CHM patients currently enrolled in the in the Amigos en Salud/Friends in Health program, a CHM self-management diabetes program will be the first to participate in this endeavour.
Classes will start Wednesday, July 16, 9:00 am.

The free health care facility, located at 310 Eisenhower Drive, offers free primary healthcare to 6,000 uninsured residents of Savannah.
Approximately 17% of the GA population are uninsured. The majority of the uninsured are in the U.S. workforce or are dependents of someone who is in the U.S. workforce but have been unable to secure health insurance. CHM serves uninsured patients who are between the ages of 18 and 64, have no health insurance and are not eligible for Medicare or Medicaid.

Community Health Mission, formerly know as Community HealthCare Center/Savannah Health Mission, is a private, non-profit 501(3) tax-exempt organization.

To learn more about Savannah’s Community Health Mission, log on to www.chmsavannah.org or call 912-692-1451.

To learn more about YMCA of Coastal Georgia, log on to www.ymcaofcoastalga.org.