Originally created 01/30/05

On the move



  • Greg DeSandy has been named director of sales and marketing at Radisson Riverfront Hotel Augusta and at Country Inn & Suites. Mr. DeSandy has more than 15 years of hospitality industry experience and was most recently in sales and marketing at the Marriott Hotel at Centerpoint in Detroit. He earned a bachelor's degree in advertising from Michigan State University.
  • Kenneth Wicker has joined Doctors Hospital as vice president and chief operating officer. He previously worked at Ocala Regional Medical Center in Ocala, Fla., as chief operating officer and interim administrator for West Marion Community Hospital.
  • Karen Swim has been promoted to the hospital's assistant vice president of nursing. The registered nurse was previously the hospital's director of medical surgical services.

  • Michael W. Vickrey has joined the Keller Williams Realty Augusta Partners Market Center.
  • Dr. Robert Angelo Sorrentino has been named professor of medicine at the Medical College of Georgia and director of cardiac electrophysiology at MCG Medical Center. He was previously clinical director of clinical cardiac electrophysiology at Duke University Medical Center.
  • Biz Bits

  • Kevin Jiminez, certified professional photographer, exhibited work at the recent Georgia Professional Photographers Association's 2004 Print Competition, winning a total of seven awards, including first-place awards in the wedding portrait and fine art pictorial categories. Mr. Jiminez also has been elected to serve as the association's 2005 treasurer.
  • Jackson's Transfer & Storage, of Aiken, was one of 14 North American Van Lines agents recognized for more than 50 years of service in 2005.
  • Robert Lamb, Rich Everitt and James P. Reger, authors published by Augusta's Harbor House book publishing company, will participate in featured sessions at the South Carolina Book Festival next month at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center in Columbia.
  • The Community Foundation for the Central Savannah River Area announced new members to its 2005 board of directors: James M. Hull, Brian J. Marks, Dr. Joseph M. Still Jr., Barry L. Storey and William S. Tucker. Also nominated as honorary trustees for 2005 are William P. Copenhaver, William S. Morris III and Bettis Rainsford.
  • Mary Booker Porteous, partner and associate broker of Keller Williams Realty Augusta Partners, was elected as 2005 treasurer for the Georgia State chapter of Certified Residential Specialists.
  • Joseph R. Neal Jr. has been certified as a trial lawyer in good standing by the Board of Governors of the Southern Trial Lawyers Association.
  • Linda E. Walker, of Rhodes Financial Services Mortgages LLC, was the top loan producer in December
  • Mel and Marjorie LaPan, owners of the Augusta FASTSIGNS franchise, participated in the parent corporation's $10,000 donation to the American Red Cross for tsunami relief efforts.
  • Chris Naylor, the executive director of the Downtown Development Authority and Main Street Augusta Inc., was appointed to a two-year term on the Georgia Downtown Association board of directors. He also was named chairman of the association's marketing committee.
  • Downtown Development Authority of Augusta members Paul King, Julian Roberts and Ernestine Howard recently attended the Downtown Development Authority training session sponsored by the Georgia Municipal Association.
  • The Builders Association of Metro Augusta Inc named new officers for 2005: Jake Ivey, of J.W. Ivey & Associates Inc., president; Tom Werner, Pierwood Construction Inc., vice president; Doris Harrison, Richard Bird Builders Inc., treasurer; Scott Patterson, Patterson Builders Inc., secretary; Shelby Gumpp, Blanchard and Calhoun Real Estate Inc., associate vice president; J. Davis Trotter, Trotter Builders Inc., past president; Bill Beazley, Bill Beazley Homes Inc., adviser; Nita Boeglen, Blanchard and Calhoun Real Estate Inc., adviser; and Billye Hansford, executive director.
  • The association also said Michael Ray, of MR Construction Inc., was named the 2004 Builder of the Year and Hugh Hollar, of First Bank Mortgage, was named the 2004 Associate of the Year.
  • Tracey Deas, of Tiki Tan Augusta, has successfully completed the internationally recognized certification course for indoor tanning facility operators and staffers administered by the International Smart Tan Network.
  • The CSRA chapter of the Conditioned Air Association of Georgia elected the following officers and board members: Rick Pinell, president; Joe Savage, vice president; Bobby Herring, secretary; Doc Savage, treasurer; Rick Busby, past president; and Bart Hillman, Jack Lanier, Peter Vagovic, and Mark Walls, directors.
  • On the Move is a free listing of The Augusta Chronicle designed to highlight achievements in the business community. Send typewritten information by noon Tuesday to The Augusta Chronicle, c/o Damon Cline, Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903; send a fax to (706) 722-7403; or e-mail damon.cline@augustachronicle.com. Include a contact name and telephone number. E-mail is the preferred method to receive photos. Send photos in a.jpg,.tif or.eps format to augphoto@augustachronicle.com. The Chronicle cannot guarantee the return of submitted photo prints. Submissions may be edited.