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March 2009

(SAVANNAH, GA) recently received a Silver ADDY Award For Mobile

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The car can be seen around town as it showcases what all Savannahjobs can do for employers and job seekers alike.

"We were really excited to win this award.  Truthfully we didn’t expect it," explains Rob Jones, President.  "We don’t consider ourselves to be in the advertising business like our fellow winners, it is truly an honor to receive the ADDY."

The American Advertising Federation (AAF) of Savannah, the local association of the national organization, presented the ADDY awards to local winners.
The ADDY Awards are the world’s largest and arguably toughest advertising competition.  The ADDY Awards represent the true spirit of creative excellence by recognizing all forms of advertising from media of all types, creative by all sizes, and entrants of all levels.  The AAF is a non-profit industry association which conducts the ADDY Awards through its 200 member advertising clubs and 15 districts.  It is the only creative awards program administered by the advertising industry for the industry. was launched in 2000 and is currently one of the most visited job search boards in the Savannah area.  Their family of sites include,,,, and

(SAVANNAH, GA) The USGBC Savannah Green Product Expo Tuesday April 28 from 4 – 7 p.m

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The USGBC Savannah Green Product Expo will be held Tuesday April 28 from 4-7 p.m. at Charles Morris Center, 10 East Broad St. Tickets are $10 but free with a student ID. There will be free food, a cash bar and door prizes, as well as green products from more than 30 vendors.
The United States Green Building Council, Savannah branch is hosting a product show that will feature green building products and services from local suppliers and building professionals. Attendees will be able to experience first hand new and exciting "green" products from a variety of vendors. Geared towards homeowners and design professionals alike, the Green Product Expo will showcase the latest and greatest in sustainable materials, from countertops to paints to solar panels.
There will be a healthy, delicious menu in store from Cha Bella, included in the expo ticket price:
· A selection of raw and chilled Low Country seafood, lightly seasoned with appropriate sauces and garnishes
· Fresh Georgia wild panko crusted shrimp skewers with a ginger peach dipping sauce
· Fresh farm salad station, with a selection of locally grown produce and vegetables with their own sugar cane strawberry vinaigrette, creamy Parmesan peppercorn and balsamic vinaigrette dressings
· Fresh artisanal cheeses and antipasto display, a diverse display of cured meats, grilled and pickled vegetables, and fresh baked breads
Some of the products that will be exhibited are:
· Energy Star appliances
· Low VOC paints and coatings
· Green Label carpets
· Sustainable cabinetry
· Rapidly renewable flooring products
· Solar power and water heating products
· Energy Star light fixtures
· Recycled content countertop surfaces
· Water-saving plumbing fixtures
In working with Cha Bella and the Morris Center, this will be a "Zero Waste Event." Cha Bella chef and owner Matt Roher explained that all green waste and protein waste will be recycled or composted at their own Avondale Farm, and that all recyclable materials from ingredients received and such will be recycled. Plates, drinkware and utensils will be compostable or reusable, he said.
For more information contact
The Savannah Chapter of the United States Green Building Council is dedicated to promoting sustainable design and green building throughout the Creative Coast. The group meets monthly on the fourth Tuesday of the month. The meetings are open to the public, and everyone is encouraged to attend. The USGBC-Savannah Chapter seeks to educate the public on the long-term benefits of green building and how sustainable design can be integrated or implemented into one’s life.

(SAVANNAH, GA) Joseph Walters New Chief Financial Officer for Stage Front Presentation Systems

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Joseph Walters, CPA, has been hired as the Chief Financial Officer for Stage Front Presentation Systems in Savannah.  His new responsibilities include facilitating the financial planning and administration of accounting and he will also handle the treasury and human services activities for Stage Front Presentation Systems. 

Walter’s career has included financial management for Fortune 500 companies and specialty distributors. Originally from Charleston, SC, he now resides in Lady’s Island, SC and attended the University of South Carolina.
"Given this economy, the importance of solid financial planning and analysis has never been more critical", says Steve Stephens, President of Stage Front.  "Joe’s experience and expertise will play a key role in management decisions as we continue to grow Stage Front."

Recently, Stage Front Presentation System’s event production arm, Stage Front Production Services provided sound, lighting and video for the Georgia Historical Society Gala, Black Heritage Festival, and Telfair Ball.  Now, it is the largest Georgia AV company outside of Atlanta that has fully staffed engineering and project management departments.

Stage Front continues to grow with a new office in Atlanta. From inception, into design and installation and throughout the life of the audio/video/teleconferencing/presentation/ lighting systems, Stage Front is committed to its customers and community.  The company designs and builds integrated audio, video and lighting systems that help people better communicate, educate and entertain in facilities such as auditoriums and churches; lecture halls and teaching labs; courtrooms and council chambers; and sports facilities and theme shows.

Stage Front Presentation Systems is headquartered at 6 Southern Oaks Drive in Savannah.  For more information, call (912) 236-1345 or log on to

(SAVANNAH, GA) Chef Matt Cohen The New South Pub & Catering Featured in Association Now Magazine

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Chef Matt Cohen, owner of The New South Pub & Catering and founder of Savannah’s Coastal Catering Alliance (CCA), is featured in a special edition of Associations Now magazine.  The supplemental publication, produced by ASAE (American Society of Association Executives) & The Center for Association Leadership, is featured as a Guide to Southeast Destinations.
A leading caterer in the convention city of Savannah-Cohen was interviewed for the article, along with several other well-known chefs throughout the South.  Cohen discusses utilizing local themes and fare to enhance a national conference.  Cohen has had great success with this through the Savannah-based catering co-op the Coastal Catering Alliance which he founded in 2008.
The article titled "Just Add Local Flavor" by Linda C. Chandler, explores the topic of how national meeting planners are selecting southern venues for their annual conventions and tradeshows in an effort to distinguish and make memorable their annual conferences.  With the help of local culinary specialists such as Cohen, meeting planners like Saundra K. Wirtz, Director of Seminars for the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), are using the South’s unique flair and food culture to leave a lasting impression in the minds of their attendees.
Cohen and the CCA worked with Wirtz last year to host the NBAA’s annual Scheduler and Dispatcher Conference in Savannah’s historic Forsyth Park-an event that she describes as an "out-of-this-world" affair in the recent article.  A huge and highly successful cocktail party themed Ghosts and Legends was enjoyed by over 1000 guests, with interactive culinary booths set up throughout the park where chefs cooked delicious, local gourmet fare on-site.
Foods such as slow-roasted BBQ pork, Peanut crusted Fried Chicken, Sweet Potato chips and Key Lime pie were among some of the foods presented.  Additionally, the CCA arranged a grand southern décor along with entertainment that reflected Savannah’s rich culture and history such as the Gullah Storytellers and Savannah’s Johnny Mercer band.  Cohen and his team planned every detail of the large scale event to give attendees an authentic taste of Savannah, something he strives to do with each event that he caters.
Wirtz is quoted in the article "Just Add Local Flavor" as saying, "People come to learn at conferences.  Enjoying a city’s food culture is part of the whole learning experience.  But I believe that giving people an opportunity to taste the local fare involves more than just the fun of it.  It is also a courtesy to the city, showing that we appreciate being in their culture."
The ASAE & The Center for Association Leadership are two organizations linked together by the common passion and belief that associations have the power to transform society for the better, by connecting great ideas and great people.  Associations Now-just one of several publications produced by the ASAE & The Center for Association Leadership-is designed to deliver essential information, insights, and ideas to empower professionals to master challenges, invoke imagination, and act decisively to create a better future for their organization and the world.  For more info, check out ASAE & The Center for Association Leadership at
The Coastal Catering Alliance (CCA) is a professional hospitality cooperative made up of some of Savannah’s top chefs, offering an expansion of services not available from small independent firms, including the ability to cater an event for up to 100,000 people.  The CCA is a full-service caterer, assisting with venue selection, food and beverages, tents, tables, and entertainment.  The CCA prepares fresh, high quality and authentic southern cuisine with a gourmet twist.  For more info go to or call 912-313-8781. Chef Matt Cohen’s The New South Pub & Catering is located at the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum in Pooler, Georgia, just minutes from downtown Savannah.  The New South Pub is now open exclusively for lunch seven days a week from 11AM to 3PM, with plans to open for dinner in the near future.  Cohen offers upscale catering services-for corporate events, conventions, executive lunches, private parties, weddings, receptions and bar mitzvahs-as in house caterer for the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum, and for off-site functions through the CCA.  They are located at 175 Bourne Avenue in Pooler; Take Exit 102 off of I-95.  912-748-8888

(SAVANNAH, GA) Melaver Sustainability Consulting Michael Frey Certified Home Energy Rater

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Michael Frey, Sustainability Associate with Melaver Sustainability Consulting, has achieved two prestigious accreditations. Frey has become a Certified Home Energy Rater. A HERS Rater is a person trained and certified by an accredited Home Energy Rating Provider to inspect and evaluate a home’s energy features, prepare a home energy rating and make recommendations for improvements, in new construction or renovations, that will save the homeowner energy and money. Raters must demonstrate an extensive knowledge of science principles, energy inspection and rating issues and related subjects, and they must perform their first ratings under a Rating Provider. Frey has also achieved the LEED for Homes provider representative accreditation. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification is the internationally-recognized standard for high performance, low water and energy use buildings awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council. LEED for Homes providers provide third party project certification and guide the project team through the certification process. All projects that wish to participate in the LEED for Homes program must do so through a LEED for Homes Provider. Frey had already achieved the status of LEED Accredited Professional.
Frey’s new expertise will give clients more opportunities to save money and energy as they build or renovate environmentally responsible LEED projects. Melaver Sustainability Consulting is now working on multifamily and residential as well as commercial buildings, adding value to projects with guidance about environmentally responsible, energy efficient LEED standards. 
With a wide variety of green building experience, Frey is currently involved with 12 LEED projects, incorporating many of the LEED rating systems such as LEED for Homes, LEED for New Construction, LEED for Commercial Interiors, LEED for Retail, LEED for Core and Shell and LEED for Neighborhood Development.

He has provided sustainable design and construction strategies as well as LEED administration and documentation throughout each of these projects and has guided the sustainability and LEED programs for new construction, tenant improvements and master plan developments. He is able to facilitate and coordinate group discussion with multi-stakeholder groups including architects, developers, general contractors and engineers.

Melaver’s own extensive work in green building provides clients the benefit of leveraging their actual experience with cutting-edge projects. The company’s hands-on development experience enables them to seamlessly coordinate any and all sustainable aspects of a project, freeing up valuable time for others on the design team to do what they do best. Melaver’s Integrated team approach supports all phases of a project, whether it is increasing sustainability of preliminary design or carrying a project completely through the LEED certification process.
For more information on the certifications, visit:
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. Melaver, Inc. also has LEED consulting and construction divisions.
Contact: (912) 236-0781

(SAVANNAH, GA) “Two Perspectives On Ernest Hemingway” Creative Minds Savannah Country Day School

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Creative Minds brings leaders, experts and pioneers in a wide range of fields to share their wisdom in open, community-wide forums in Savannah.

This annual speaker series, which runs throughout the 2008-2009 school year, is designed to stimulate dialogue and spark debate about important issues that affect us all. This year’s series showcases the largest and most diverse line-up to date, featuring leading experts in areas including brain science, American history, jazz and literature.

The last lecture of the series will feature John Hemingway and Carl P. Eby, Ph.D., with their lecture, "Two Perspectives On Ernest Hemingway" on Tuesday, April 28, 2009 at 6:30 p.m.  John Hemingway, the grandson of literary legend Ernest Hemingway and the author of a bestselling family memoir entitled Strange Tribe, will discuss life as a Hemingway and share personal memories of his larger-than-life family. Offering a more academic perspective, Carl P. Eby, Ph.D., an English professor at the University of South Carolina Beaufort and a member of the Board of Directors of The Hemingway Foundation and Society, will offer insight into Hemingway’s literary legacy. Dr. Eby is a highly regarded Hemingway expert and the author of the influential book, Hemingway’s Fetishism: Psychoanalysis and the Mirror of Manhood.

All Creative Minds events will be held in Jelks Auditorium at Savannah Country Day School, located at 824 Stillwood Drive 31419, in Savannah, Georgia.

Individual ticket prices are $10 for advance purchase, $12 at the door (based on availability).

Due to the possibility of sell out events, seats not occupied by 6:25 p.m. will be resold to a waiting list.

Tickets for all events are available online at or can be purchased at the SCDS Administrative Office located in Triol Hall. For additional information about the Creative Minds series, please call (912) 961-8828.

Savannah Country Day School is a pre-k through twelve independent school that seeks to prepare students of academic and personal promise to meet with confidence, imagination, and integrity the challenges of college and of life. In partnership with supportive families, we strive to cultivate in each student the desire and the discipline to grow wise, to lead lives of personal honor, to appreciate beauty, to pursue physical well being, and to serve others with a generous and compassionate spirit.

For more information about Savannah Country Day School, its mission, and its programs, please visit Savannah Country Day School.

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Sullivan Group’s Sapelo Creative Insurance Solutions Celebrates Fifth Year

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(SAVANNAH, GA) The Sullivan Group’s Sapelo Creative Insurance Solutions started with one employee and a goal: to provide a service that would enable clients to make one call and satisfy all their insurance needs.
Now, as the company celebrates its fifth year in business, they offer a full line of property and casualty and life and health products and services.
Over the past five years Sapelo Insurance President, Chuck Stein, has built the company by hand-selecting employees and clients. The company went from zero annual premiums to $5.5 million in annual written premium. Stein credits the staff of five for the company’s continued growth.
"The people I work with are truly knowledgeable and talented," Stein said. "They are empowered to make decisions on what’s best for the customer and as we practice that day in and day out everyone wins."
The teamwork setting in the office is another reason for the company’s success, said Patricia Anderson, Vice President.
"I’m most proud of being part of a team that can have fun and is on the same page," said Anderson.
Based in Savannah, Georgia, The Sullivan Group is a Human Resources Outsourcing (HRO) company focused on supporting small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs).  Serving hundreds of small businesses in Georgia and South Carolina, The Sullivan Group provides each customer with the critical support and expert resources needed for a wide range of HR challenges including employee benefits, payroll, compliance tactics, staffing and workers compensation insurance.
As the staff continues to pursue new clients they are committed to maintaining a level of superior service to the customer. They are focused on continuous improvement in the process of assisting clients in finding the best insurance solutions for their business and personal needs.
"We have happy customers," Stein said. "Rarely do we lose a customer."

(Savannah) Chapter of the US Green Building Council / Georgia Power Experts Explain Engery Audit

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(SAVANNAH, GA) Learn how you can have lower utilities bills for
your home or company at the March 24 meeting of the Savannah Chapter
of the United States Green Building Council. Georgia Power experts
will explain their free energy audits that include an examination of
your home or company plus recommendations about how you can lower your
energy costs.

"Energy efficiency relates to the bottom line in
business," said Kerry Bridges, marketing field engineer for
Georgia Power. He will discuss industrial and commercial energy
audits. "It potentially is going to help out with the bottom
line. The greener and more efficient you become, the more money you
are going to save in the long run."

He commonly sees customers have 10 to 20 percent savings after an
audit. Some have been able to cut their bills by up to 30 percent, but
that requires an investment by the company.

For the free energy audits, a Georgia Power specialist examines the
building and then provides a report with recommendations of what the
company can do to reduce energy bills. Bridges will also discuss
another free service – modeling capabilities for new
construction or renovation projects that allow customers to look at
different systems and determine what their payback would be for each.

Before beginning the auditing process, the Georgia Power specialists
ask the company officials how soon they want payback from their
investment in greater efficiency; most companies or organizations
choose to break even in two to eight years. There are even some state
and federal incentives for energy efficiency.

Residential energy specialist Wayne Grimes will cover issues such as
weather stripping around doors and windows, appliances, the importance
of thermostat settings, insulation, water heater settings, and routine
maintenance for HVAC systems.

"Customers can spend as little as $5 and as much as $200 for
small improvements and save hundreds of dollars in a year,"
Grimes said. "Audits help our customers mitigate their energy
costs and protect the environment through energy conservation."

The meeting will be held March 24 from 5:45-7 p.m. on the second floor
of Wild Wing Cafe in City Market. It is free and open to the public.
RSVP by March 20 at

To find out more about a free Georgia Power energy audit, call
888-660-5890. Industrial and commercial customers can ask their key
account manager or sales executive.

The Savannah Chapter of the United States Green Building Council is
dedicated to promoting sustainable design and green building
throughout the Creative Coast. The group meets monthly on the fourth
Tuesday of the month. The meetings are open to the public, and
everyone is encouraged to attend. The USGBC-Savannah Chapter seeks to
educate the public on the long-term benefits of green building and how
sustainable design can be integrated or implemented into one’s life.

(SAVANNAH, GA) Sustainable Fellwood is Coming to Life, Nestled Amongst the Graceful Live Oaks

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Sustainable Fellwood is coming to life, nestled amongst the graceful live oaks. And by the end of April, it will come to life even more as the first residents move into the bright, spacious apartments in Savannah’s environmentally friendly affordable housing development. The residents will find a community with an adjoining five-acre city park planned and great amenities such as an outdoor volleyball court, community center and a community garden coming online through this year. The development partners are planning an after-school program and will equip a learning center with computers.
And while the solidly built and well-designed apartments with beautiful views of the oaks will bring in happy residents, they may find the sense of community even more enjoyable in the long run. Sustainable Fellwood has been designed to create and nurture a sense of community.

"For a community to have a neighborhood feel, you have to have a central place to meet neighbors," said Paula Brockman of The Lane Company, which is accepting leasing applications. "You want to be able to know your neighbors and be able to look out for one another, and you always want a friendly safe place for the kids to pop into."

And though the sense of community will be big, Sustainable Fellwood is also about less: less construction waste going into the landfills, fewer unhealthy fumes from construction, and the really wonderful bonus of energy efficiency, allowing lower utility bills.
"Tenants will consume less water and less electricity, which should result in lower bills if the cost of utilities remain the same," said Kevin Smith of Catamount Constructors, Inc. Those lower bills will be thanks to low-flow plumbing fixtures, ENERGY STAR appliances, compact fluorescent lights, energy efficient windows, good insulation, and other features such as a tight building "skin" to keep heating and cooling bills lower.

In addition to lower utility bills, there won’t be unhealthy fumes in the apartments from the construction process, Smith explained. The paint, caulk, glues and adhesives are Low-VOC. VOC stands for Volatile Organic Compounds, some of which may have long- or short-term adverse health effects, including autism, asthma, allergies and bronchitis.

"It’ll be a healthier environment," said Smith, who has a four-year-old son with autism. Many people experience a real difference in places that used Low-VOC products, he explained, including people with allergies and asthma.
"I think it’s great," Smith said. "The job site is going to be contributing for years to come" in better health and lower utility bills for the residents, and by being better for the environment. "I think that it’s extra rewarding." "It sets us apart from most of the job sites in the Southeast," Smith said.

He’s also excited to know that many of the workers onsite are learning about environmentally friendly building. He guesses that of 380 people "badged," or verified for employment at Sustainable Fellwood, perhaps 350 never previously worked in green building.
Each of the buildings will be LEED-certified. The prestigious Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification (LEED) is the internationally-recognized standard for high performance, low water and energy use buildings awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Through February, 82 percent of the waste from the project was recycled, Smith said, including wood, concrete, brick, metal and plastic. That’s about 460 tons that will be recycled instead of going into the landfill.

There are 11 buildings in Phase I, and all are erected and under roof. All 787 windows have been installed. Buildings 1, 3 and 5 will be completed in April, and all 11 will be completed by the end of August. The community center, which will include the management office, a commercial washer-dryer laundry area and a recreational area, will begin to open in May and the community garden will be open in August. Curbs are already in place in many areas.

"There are opportunities for everyone in urban green living," Brockman said. "At Sustainable Fellwood, you can be a part of the green revolution."

Sustainable Fellwood is being built with sustainable materials with high standards for energy and water efficiency. For example, pervious paving will be used where possible to allow water to naturally infiltrate the ground, reducing the impact on the neighborhood stormwater system. Construction on Phase I, the first 110 housing units, began in Fall 2008.
Sustainable Fellwood is registered in the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) for Neighborhood Development pilot program and will be guided by the Smart Growth Network’s principles for diverse, walk-able, distinctive, attractive communities. Sustainable Fellwood is also registered in the EarthCraft Coastal Communities through Southface Energy Institute.

Sustainable Fellwood is a mixed use, mixed income Housing Authority of Savannah redevelopment. Master Developer: Melaver, Inc., in partnership with Parallel Housing Inc,, Progressive Redevelopment Inc,, and Vanguard Developers. In collaboration with: Lott Barber, Architecture and Planning, Catamount Constructors, Inc., City of Savannah, and CHSA Development of Savannah.

(SAVANNAH, GA) David Pope at Magnolia Manor March 12 about “Protecting Coastal Treasures”

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David Pope of the non-profit environmental advocacy organization, the Southern Environmental Law Center, will give a presentation at Magnolia Manor March 12 about "Protecting Coastal Treasures." Pope will discuss the unique and important resources on the Georgia coast, the threats they face, and what SELC is doing to protect those resources. The talk is free and open to the public. A light supper will be provided. RSVP to Julie at 756-4300. The lecture will take place March 12 at 5:30 p.m. at Magnolia Manor, 141 Timber Trail in Richmond Hill.

The Southern Environmental Law Center uses the power of the law to protect the environment and special places in the South. Working to defend the public’s interest and never for private gain, SELC provides its legal services without charge to other environmental organizations and partner groups. SELC has a special initiative focused on protecting the Georgia coast with three lawyers working on this effort.

For some time, the Georgia coast, home to some of the most beautiful and vast marshlands, has been under increasing development pressure threatening its special landscape and ecosystems.
"We believe the Georgia coast and certainly the Savannah area are special places that deserve special attention and protection," says Pope, Director of the Georgia/Alabama office of SELC. "The Georgia coast is a place with a unique ecology. Georgia marshes are famous worldwide attracting tourists, fishermen and Georgia residents alike."

Pope adds, "We are not anti-development. We appreciate the need for responsible growth and economic prosperity. But, our job is to protect the public’s interest in the public’s resources and we will challenge those projects that do not meet the requirements of the law and may damage this special place."

SELC works collaboratively with more than 100 partner groups who depend on the group’s expertise, regional perspective, and legal strategy to complement and strengthen their efforts. SELC’s consistent track record has earned it a reputation as one of the most effective non-profits in the nation. SELC, which is donor-funded by foundations, families and individuals, provides its services at no cost to its partner environmental groups.

Pope adds, "the Southeast, already the fastest sprawling region in the U.S., faces unprecedented pressures from explosive population growth and development trends. Georgia’s coastal marshes and hammocks are very vulnerable in the next 10-20 years given the intense population growth expected in the area. If special attention is not given to the Georgia coast, we could lose one of the South’s most precious resources."

Pope oversees the nonprofit environmental advocacy organization’s special initiative focused on protecting the Georgia coast. He also supervises all of SELC’s other work in Georgia and Alabama, including work to protect the public’s interest in our air, water and forests and work to improve our transportation issues and energy efficiency. In addition, he serves on the management committee for the organization and helps sets the priorities for work throughout the South.
He is a former partner at Carr, Tabb & Pope in Atlanta, with 29 years of environmental law practice. He graduated from University of Florida, Phi Beta Kappa, and University of North Carolina Law School.

About Magnolia Manor
Magnolia Manor is a not-for-profit monthly rental retirement community for persons aged 62 and over.

About the Southern Environmental Law Center
SELC is a nonprofit donor supported, environmental advocacy organization using the power of the law to protect the environment and health in the Southeast. Since 1986, SELC has informed, implemented and enforced environmental law and policy concerning clean air and water, mountain forests, the coast and wetlands, and rural lands and livable communities. Working to defend the public’s interest and never for private gain, SELC provides its legal services without charge to other environmental organizations and partner groups. SELC has 63 staff members and offices in Charlottesville and Richmond, Virginia; Chapel Hill and Asheville, North Carolina; Charleston, South Carolina, Washington, DC,; and Atlanta. Visit SELC online at