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Enmarket Pumps $500,000 into Employee Starting Salaries and Management Wages

By | Charleston NewsWIRE, Local NewsWIRE, Savannah, Georgia Public Relations Firm, PR Agency

(SAVANNAH, GA) Enmarket, (formerly Enmark) has announced it is investing over $500,000 per year to increase the starting salaries of its convenience store employees and has raised its senior general manager earnings potential to a minimum of $55,000, with a profit sharing bonus. This decision underscores the company’s commitment to building the best workplace in the retail industry.

“We want to offer the freshest experience for our customers, and we’re starting with how we better support our store-level team to lead the industry,” said Ryan Chandler, Vice President of Business Development at Colonial Group Inc., the parent company of enmarket. “To get there, we have to set ourselves up to develop, retain and attract the best people. That’s precisely why we have established an industry-leading career path, compensation program and benefits structure. Training, development and recruiting are key priorities. At the same time, we will have industry leading responsibility and accountability.”

The Savannah-based company is offering starting salaries well above the national federal minimum wage rate of $7.25. This strategy is expected to attract new talent to the company and aligns with enmarket’s “Enriching Life” campaign. “It’s more than a campaign; it’s our mission,” said Chandler. The campaign strives to foster the personal and professional growth of team members, now called Chief Enrichment Officers, or “CEOs.” According to Chandler, “Enriching life starts with our team because we know that investment leads to the highest levels of customer satisfaction.”

The employment requirements for managers and senior general managers were also strengthened to attract candidates with higher levels of education, experience, proficiencies and management skills. The salary for a senior general manager was increased to a midrange of $55,000 a year, while the mid-range of the average management salary rose to around $45,000 a year. Enmarket managers will additionally have the opportunity to earn a 5% bonus of their store’s net income.

Enmarket’s commitment in increasing employee compensation and benefits underscores its position as a market leader and aligns with the company’s 2015 rebranding and name change, which also added new healthy snack products, fresh foods and take-home meal solutions to more than 60 store locations throughout Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina.

“There’s so much happening to enrich the lives of our customers and employees,” said Matt Clements, Director of Marketing. “Enmarket is recognized as a brand of friendly employees, fresh offerings and quality fuels. We’re now pleased to be leading the way again by making a substantial investment in the building the greatest retail team in the industry.”

Enmarket Management and Employee Salaries Descriptions

Founded as Interstate Stations in 1963 by Robert Demere and more recently known as Enmark Stations, enmarket is a family-run business committed to offering its customers top-notch service and superior products. The Savannah-based company, which celebrated its 50-year anniversary in 2013, operates 61 stores in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina that offer high quality and competitively priced fuel, beverages, healthy snacks, fresh food, lottery services and more. Enmarket’s fuel is filtered through a trademarked Double Filtered System, resulting in gasoline and diesel that is clean and 100-percent water-free. Enmarket customers can save up to $.10 per gallon by using an enmarket cash card, a reloadable stored-value card that can be used directly at the pump. A new website,, will be debuting soon.

Matt Clements
Director of Marketing

Marjorie Young
Carriage Trade PR, Inc.

Goodwill of the Coastal Empire Appoints Tammie Blaha as Chief People Officer and International Executive Program Inductee

By | Charleston NewsWIRE, Savannah, Georgia Public Relations Firm, PR Agency

(SAVANNAH, GA) Goodwill of the Coastal Empire is pleased to announce that Tammie Blaha has been promoted to Chief People Officer, overseeing a workforce of 850 employees across the social enterprise. She joined Goodwill of the Coastal Empire in 2013 as vice president of corporate affairs. She was previously employed by Goodwill Industries of Greater Nebraska, serving as vice president of Marketing and Development in Grand Island, Nebraska.

“As Chief People Officer I am responsible for our organization’s staff, its culture, values, ethics and mission; as well as how it all works together to create a learning environment in which our associates can thrive,” said Blaha. “It is important everyone understands how what they do impacts the individuals we serve.”

Blaha was recently accepted into the Goodwill Industries International Executive Development Program, a rigorous 16-month senior leadership program designed to develop future Goodwill CEOs.

“Tammie provides thoughtful leadership, strategic direction and mission delivery oversight to team members, and she also mentors and coaches them in areas of customer service, strategy, management and compliance,” said Michael J. Winckler, president and CEO of Goodwill of the Coastal Empire. “Along with her outstanding leadership abilities, her dedication to this organization makes her the perfect candidate for Goodwill’s executive development program.”

Blaha is also a Board member for Center Court of Savannah, a non-profit providing counsel and assistance to the accountability courts of Chatham County as they work to reduce recidivism through a focus on personal responsibility and accountability. The native of Kearney, Nebraska earned a bachelor of science in social work at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. She has two grown children and enjoys spending time at the beach.

Tammie Blaha, Goodwill of the Coastal Empire

Tammie Blaha, Goodwill of the Coastal Empire

Goodwill of the Coastal Empire Inc., is a highly is a highly diversified 501© (3) social enterprise that funds job training programs, employment placement services and other community-based programs by selling donated clothing and household items. Goodwill of the Coastal Empire, Inc. operates 16 stores and five Career Centers in 33 Georgia and South Carolina counties. Goodwill also builds revenue and creates jobs by contracting with businesses and government to provide a wide range of commercial services including custodial, groundskeeping, staffing services, packaging and assembly and fabrication. For more information on Goodwill of the Coastal Empire, please visit Find us on Facebook at Savannah Goodwill or follow us on Twitter at @SavGoodwill.

Tammie Blaha
Goodwill of the Coastal Empire

Marjorie Young
Carriage Trade PR, Inc.