Originally created 07/03/05

On the move



- Michael Merrick has been promoted to security supervisor at Brandon Wilde. He joined the company as a maintenance technician and first responder in September 2003. Stephen Pryor has joined the company as director of housekeeping. Mr. Pryor was formerly employed by Healthcare Services Group.

- Stacy Montoya has been promoted to inside classified sales manager at The Augusta Chronicle. She was previously the marketing project manager. The North Augusta resident has been employed with the company since April 2002.

- Daniel Guidry has joined Elliott Davis Technology Solutions LLC as a network technician. His responsibilities include network installations, maintenance and support. The Martinez resident earned a degree in networking from Augusta Technical Institute and is CCNA certified by Cisco Systems.

- Jack Bailey has been promoted to patient account supervisor at Rural/Metro Ambulance. He was previously the CQI/QA coordinator. His new responsibilities include monitoring and overseeing the daily functions of the billing office for Columbus and Marion, Ohio. The Augusta resident started with the company in 1996 as an emergency medical technician. Vanessa Dewberry has been promoted to the company's patient account supervisor. She was previously a patient account representative. Her new responsibilities include monitoring and overseeing the daily functions of the billing office for Youngstown, Ohio. The Augusta resident studies medical billing and coding at Augusta Technical College and joined Rural/Metro in 2003.

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- Gus Velez and Carol Martin, of IAP World Services at Fort Gordon, accepted the company's Dwight D. Eisenhower Award for Excellence during the Small Business Administration's national award's luncheon. The service category award recognized IAP's subcontracting program for granting $6.5 million in contracts to small, minority and female-owned businesses. Mr. Velez is general manager; Ms. Martin is procurement manager.

- Dr. W. Kent Guion, associate dean for academic affairs in the Medical College of Georgia School of Allied Health Sciences, has been named an inaugural fellow in a program designed to optimize educators' cultural competency.

- Goodwill Industries of the CSRA named the following to its 2005 board of directors: Edwin S. Presnell, Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce; J. David Roper, Wilhelms Haynes; and Fred Stitt. Portable Services Inc. The following people were named to Goodwill's advisory board: Brent Hlavaty, WBAU-TV (Channel 23); Shawn Kendinger, E-Z-Go; Janet Pierce, Radisson Riverfront Hotel Augusta; and David Coley, Garrett Aviation.

- Elliott Davis Technology Solutions LLC has received the Gold Certified Partnership Status from Microsoft for achievements in the Microsoft Gold Certified Partner Program.

- Sean Collett, of Rhodes Financial Services Mortgages LLC, was the top loan producer in volume and units for the month of May.

- University Health Care System received the Council for Resource Development Region IV State Benefactor Award for outstanding contributions to higher education. In 2003, University pledged $130,000 to Aiken Technical College's Major Gift Campaign and this year pledged $510,000 to fund two full-time faculty positions during a three-year period at Aiken Tech.

- Rhodes Financial Mortgage was ranked in the top 25 residential mortgage brokerages by the Georgia Association of Mortgage Brokers for origination, purchases, refinances and equity loans.

l Lili Youngblood and Cathy Jarvis, of Meybohm Realtors, have received the graduate Realtor institution designation from the Georgia and National Association of Realtors for achievements in real estate continuing education. Meybohm's Robin Blackmon has received the accredited seller representative designation from the two associations.

- Tom Young, of Allstate Insurance Co. in Aiken, has achieved the Allstate Agencies Committed to Excellence recognition for high standards in customer satisfaction, customer retention and financial service sales.

- Barbara A. Powell has received the 10-year recognition award from Unishippers Association for achievements in loyal service.

- Robert A. Mullins, an Augusta lawyer specializing in corporate, environmental and entertainment law, was named one of 69 attorneys named to the Pro Bono Honor Roll by the state Bar of Georgia for his work with the Georgia Lawyers for the Arts, including the nonprofit Radio Free Georgia project in Atlanta. Mr. Mullins has been practicing in Georgia and South Carolina since 1991.

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