Travis Pruitt Associates Expands Services To Meet Emerging Markets
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August 2008: Vol. 4, No. 8 THE MONTHLY NEWSLETTER OF THE CHAIRMAN’S CLUB OF THE GWINNETT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Travis Pruitt & Associates Expands From the President Services To Meet Emerging Markets Get to A company of engineers, people are moving here, and the Know surveyors, environmental scientists infrastructure – water, sewer, Congressman and landscape architects, Travis roads, schools – and the amenities John Linder Pruitt & Associates is continuing to serve them must be built. We to expand its scope of services formed Confluent Solutions to By Jim Maran to meet current and emerging support that need.” Both public As leaders of our great market needs. “We’ve and private sector clients community, it is imperative that significantly re- benefit from this you get to know Congressman John engineered the new company. Linder representing the Seventh business and Dr. Dan Congressional District of Georgia added new Berler, in the United States House of companies Principal Representatives. On August 21, at our to amplify and Client BIG Expo Luncheon, Congressman our services Manager Linder will be offerings,” with discussing his views says Travis Confluent on healthcare, Pruitt, Sr. Solutions, national defense and “Along with puts it this homeland security, our expansion way, “Today, water policies, and of into new markets, all businesses Congressman course, the Fair Tax. we are qualified for need to be “green”, John Linder John, who is a Georgia DOT projects.” meaning they want powerful member of Congress, was To meet the demand to provide their product or elected to serve on the House Ways for advanced geotech and service in an environmentally- and Means Committee. The Ways and environmental services, TPA has friendly way. We help with that. Means Committee is considered one of added a sister company, Confluent Some of our projects include the most powerful committees in the Solutions that focuses on projects brownfield elements – reclaiming House, and has jurisdiction over tax, in the major resource categories: contaminated property – and tariff and trade laws, health care, Social air, water, land and structures. helping local government fight Security and Medicare. John serves on Brought together by four seasoned drought by building new drinking the Subcommittee on Oversight and professionals, Mark water reservoirs.” the Subcommittee on Select Revenue Shearon, Jon Held, In addition, Patsy Measures, which serves as the chief Doug Gilmore, PE and Rooks has agreed to subcommittee on tax policy. Dan Berler, PhD, PG, join TPA in a business Throughout his political career, John Confluent is focused development role. has held the belief that the individual, on natural resources Now she’s letting the not government, can make better protection, brownfield Chamber community decisions for their families. With this re-development – as well as a larger principle guiding him, John has opposed and sustainable number of local city Travis Pruitt fiscal irresponsibility in government, development. and county officials from his 12 years in the Georgia Mark Shearon, President of and private sector business leaders legislature to his current Congressional Confluent Solutions, identified – know about TPA’s new and position. Perhaps John is best known some major market trends that innovative capabilities. continued on page 2 needed to be addressed. “Georgia The new sister companies of is in transition. So many new continued on page 4 Emily Sanders Receives Prestigious Award for Financial Literacy Work Emily Sanders, President and CEO of Sanders Financial Management, was recently awarded the Distinguished Committee Chair Award from the Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants (GSCPA), a professional organization children to retirees, on financial topics that apply for CPAs in Georgia. The recipient of the award specifically to their particular stage of life. is selected by the GSCPA president in recognition Under Sanders’ leadership, the GSCPA Financial of outstanding leadership of a committee and Literacy Committee continued their outreach to contribution to the Society. students through an ongoing partnership with During the GSCPA Annual Junior Achievement of Georgia. New initiatives Convention held June 22- launched by Sanders included assisting low-income 25, 2008 in Destin, Florida, individuals with tax preparation and filing assistance Sanders was lauded for her and working directly with women to help them work as chair of the Financial achieve financial independence. Literacy Committee whose “I am honored to be selected as the recipient of the mission is to raise Georgians’ Distinguished Committee Chair Award,” said Emily awareness of responsible Sanders, President and CEO, Sanders Financial spending, saving for the future Management. “This award represents the work and Emily Sanders, and money management. dedication of so many people. I am proud to have President & CEO “Emily Sanders has been an led such an outstanding team of volunteers who are asset in defining the committees’ goals and effectively committed to educating individuals in the community reaching those goals,” said Paula Mooney, President, and helping them achieve their financial goals.” GSCPA. “Her leadership has been instrumental in expanding the scope and reach of the committee and The Importance of she’s established an outstanding foundation for future growth and success.” Community Service An issue of mounting concern, financial illiteracy The key to success within any business stems affects every income group. Recent studies show that directly from its employees. At Lloyd Pro Group, they 43 percent of American families spend more than thrive on giving back to our community and encourage they earn each year, and the average household credit our employees to support that commitment with their card debt is more than $8,000. In 2005, 2 million organization. The Americans filed for bankruptcy – the highest amount employees of Lloyd in history and twice the number since 1995. The Pro Group participate GSCPA Financial Literacy Committee is part of a in the mentoring larger national effort spearheaded by the AICPA program at Radloff designed to educate the American public, from school Middle School, initiate blood drives, and provide charity services for Make a Wish Foundation. The company’s most recent commitment to “giving Linder continued from page 1 back” started with a supply drive to our troops overseas in Afghanistan. They divided their departments into 12 for his leadership to reduce the tax burden of the IRS four-man teams. Lloyd Pro Group on the individual. John’s plan is known as the Fair Tax, then created competition among which is designed to abolish all federal income taxes, them to see how quickly each team including payroll taxes, self-employment taxes, capital could fill their box with supplies! gains taxes, gift taxes and death taxes, and replaces Within less than one week, the them all with one simple, straightforward federal sales organization had stocked seven tax. All of this would allow the American people to large boxes with miscellaneous keep 100% of their paychecks. supplies requested from the troops Don’t miss the opportunity to voice your opinions and their platoons. “We spent very and concerns to Congressman John Linder at the Brandy Swanson little compared to the sense of August 21 General Membership Meeting, just prior pride we received in participating in this drive and other to the BIG Expo at the Gwinnett Center. community projects,” commented Swanson. New Chairman’s Club Members GEoRGIA GWINNETT ToUChMARK CoLLEGE NATIoNAL BANK GGC is the nation’s first public, Touchmark National Bank four-year college founded in the provides their clients with 21st century, and is the first public, superior experiences by combining four-year college created in Georgia innovative products with industry in more than 100 years. The college leading client service. Their has been granted candidacy status professional associates are in the Dan Kaufman towards its accreditation by the William R. Short business of presenting our clients Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) with an unsurpassed banking experience. While working Commission on Colleges, and offers majors in biology, to generate superior long term value and a pride of business administration, information technology and ownership for their shareholders, Touchmark’s aspiration psychology. Georgia Gwinnett College provides access is also to contribute substantively to the economic growth to targeted baccalaureate level degrees that meet the and prosperity of our community. From conception to economic development needs of the growing and diverse expansion to globalization, they keep the ever-changing population of the northeast Atlanta metropolitan region. needs of your unique organization in mind. DELTA CoMMUNITy CREDIT UNIoN This ‘n’ That Delta Community Credit Emory Morsberger receives “Renaissance Award” Union, headquartered in Atlanta, Congratulations to Emory Morsberger who was is a cooperative, owned and selected as the recipient of the Georgia Cities Foundation’s operated by its members. It is 2008 “Renaissance Award.” He accepted governed by a Board of Directors the award at the Georgia Municipal that establishes and reviews Association’s Annual Convention in Larry Bloom policy. As a financial institution with more than $2.7 billion in assets and 16 branches Savannah in June. The Renaissance in Georgia, Kentucky, Texas and Utah, its mission is to Award recognizes an individual or provide quality and fairly priced financial services to its organization that has made a significant members. Delta Community CU is a state-chartered Emory Morsberger contribution to the revitalization of one credit union, organized under the Georgia Department or more of Georgia’s cities. In choosing Morsberger, the of Banking and Finance and federally insured by the selection committee noted the significant impact he made National Credit Union Share Insurance Fund. to the rehabilitation of downtown Lawrenceville. Atlanta Special Events Comments on the Benefits of the Chairman’s Club When people ask Lori O’Brien, president of Atlanta Club we have helped produce Special Events (ASE), what she attributes her success such fundraisers as the Hi to, her comment is “I built my business through the Hope Ball and the Gwinnett Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce.” “People told me Environmental and Heritage I was crazy to join the Chairman’s Club in the same Center. Atlanta Special Events month that I started my corporation, but I knew that has planned and produced through diligence, events for at least Lori & Frank O’Brien networking and giving 30 of the Chairman’s Club companies and back to my community, has had the opportunity to perform stage it would reap success,” shows for the Cities of Lilburn, Suwanee and said O’Brien. Duluth. The business knowledge, resources, In the six years networking, and leadership we have gained that ASE has been through our involvement in the Gwinnett in the Chairman’s Chamber are well worth the investment. This ‘n’ That Peak 10 adds RE/MAX to clientel Jay Grubb awarded Advisor Today’s “Four Peak 10, the leading independent data center operator Under Forty” and managed services provider, has added RE/MAX Congratulations to Jay Grubb, president of Key Regional Services, to its growing customer portfolio. Financial Partners, for being awarded Advisor Peak 10 will provide RE/MAX Regional Services with Today’s “Four Under Forty.” Key Financial Partners world-class data center services out of its state-of-the-art is a successful financial planning practice based upon data center in Atlanta, Ga. For more information visit years of experience in addressing multi-faceted issues their web site at www.peak10.com. encountered by our clients. For more information, visit their web site at www.keyfp.com. Upcoming Events August 5 August 21 Meet the Gwinnett Braves General Membership Meeting Featuring Congressman John Presenting Sponsors: Barton Malow Company, Entaire Linder: 2008 Business In Gwinnett Expo & Job Fair Global Companies, Inc., A. L. Grading Contractors, Inc., Presenting Sponsor: Rocket IT Sam’s Club - Duluth, Brand Properties, LLC, Aircraft Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Specialists Jet Center, Russell Landscape Group, Inc. Location: Gwinnett Center, Tommy P. “Tommy” Hughes Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Ballroom, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway Location: Atlanta Marriott - Gwinnett Place Cost: $45 for members and $55 for non-members. Cost: Chairman’s Club Member Rate: $25; $50 for Chairman’s Club get one free seat. Chamber members; $99 for non-Chamber members. RSVP: www.gwinnettchamber.org/gmmregistration Contact: Natalie Shore at 770-232-3000 or firstname.lastname@example.org August 21 2008 Business In Gwinnett Expo & Job Fair August 8 Presenting Sponsor: Gwinnett Medical Center Success Lives Here Featuring John D. Stephens Time: 1:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Presenting Sponsor: Atlanta Real Estate Specialists, Mike Location: Convention Center at Gwinnett Center, Runyan, Broker 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway Duluth, GA 30097 Time: 7:45 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. Cost: Admission is free. Location: Sugarloaf Country Club Contact: Melissa Britt at 678-957-4958 or Cost: $35 for Chamber members; $45 for non-Chamber email@example.com or members. visit www.bigexpoandjobfair.com RSVP: www.gwinnettchamber.org/slhregistration August 28 The Verizon Wireless Government Relations Meeting Time: 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Location: Gwinnett Chamber John D. Stephens Education Room. Cost: Free to Chairman’s Club Members, general members THE MONTHLY NEWSLETTER OF THE CHAIRMAN’S CLUB OF THE GWINNETT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE are $15 and non-members are $25. Communiqué is a monthly publication exclusively RSVP: www.gwinnettchamber.org/govtrelationsregistration distributed to members of the Chairman’s Club of the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce EDITORS: Delaine S. Gray and Demming Bass Travis Pruitt & Associates DESIGN/LAYOUT: Mathew Shamloo continued from page 1 Travis Pruitt & Associates complement and round FOR MORE INFORMATION Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce out the core civil engineering services of the firm and 6500 Sugarloaf Parkway position the company to meet the full array of civil Duluth, Georgia 30097 and environment services needed by municipalities, Phone: 770-232-3000 developers and designers of the urban and suburban www.gwinnettchamber.org • firstname.lastname@example.org landscape. After nearly 40 years of creating some of Metro Atlanta’s premier communities, Travis Pruitt & Associates are helping to create the Georgia of the 21st century. They remain proud members of the Chairman’s Club.