GHCC Member Announcements

• The Greater Hall Chamber’s 93rd Annual Gala will be held at Brenau University on May 16 at 7:00 p.m. The program includes recognition of Chamber leaders and awards followed by a reception on the University lawn, as in recent years. Gala chairman is Kate Maine of Morton Vardeman Carlson. Details, Helen Stewart, 770-538-0024.

• The Gainesville City School Board of Education named Willie Mitchell as its new chairman. Mitchell, who succeeds Kelvin Simmons, will hold the post for two years. Other officers named include Lee Highsmith, vice chairman and Frank Harben, treasurer. 770-536-5275.

• Cardiac surgeons Alexander G. Justicz, MD and Daniel G. Winston, MD join the Northeast Georgia Medical Center in preparation for the opening of the Ronnie Green Heart Center this summer. Both doctors come from Peachtree Cardiovascular Surgery & Thoracic Surgeons of Atlanta. 770-535-3553.

• Geri Naylor has joined the public relations team of Morton Vardeman & Carlson. Naylor was previously a marketing consultant for several regional and national companies and has more than 18 years of experience in public relations and and marketing. Naylor is a graduate of Auburn University and earned her master’s degree from the University of Georgia. She has been active in the Northeast Georgia Advertising Federation, the Bank Marketing Association’s Georgia Chapter, Hall County American Heart Association, and Leadership Hall County. 770-536-8921.

• Brenau University’s Alumni Office announces Joy Gentile as the assistant director of alumni affairs. She completed her Bachelor of Business Administration degree in December 2001 and joined the Brenau staff in January. Further information about Gentile may be found at

• Thanks to John Vardeman and the Morton Vardeman & Carlson team for developing the Business Expo 2002 logo. Based in Gainesville, Morton Vardeman & Carlson is Northeast Georgia’s oldest and largest marketing, advertising and public relations agency. Founded in 1973, the firm specializes in strategic business-to-business and consumer-oriented communications for leading regional, national and international clients. 770-536-8921.

• Northside Realty recently merged with Coldwell Banker/Buckhead Brokers. The new company operates under the name Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. The Gainesville location is one 38 offices with 2,100 agents making Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage the largest in Metro Atlanta. Both Pat Garner and Bradley Abernathy will continue to serve as residential and commercial managers. 770-534-9009.

• “An Artistic Discovery,” Nathan Deal’s Ninth Congressional District Art Exhibition is on display at Gainesville College’s Roy C. Moore Art Gallery through March 13. The exhibit is the Ninth District High School Art Competition, part of the National High School Art Competition, initiated annually by members of the United States House of Representatives. 770-718-3865.

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