Gibson appointed president of MetroPower Inc.
Danny Gibson, vice president of MaconPower, based in Macon, was named president of Albany-based MetroPower Inc. He retains his role as chief operating officer of MetroPower.
MaconPower is a branch of MetroPower, which is a subsidiary of Milwaukee, based PPC Partners Inc., an employee-owned company.
Gibson has 35 years in the business. He began working at MetroPower in 1988. One of his first directives was to start MaconPower in Georgia in 1990.
MetroPower Inc. has operations in Albany, Hazlehurst and Columbus as well as in Miramar Beach, Fla. and Janesville, Wis.
Meals on Wheels namesnew executive director
Cathy Pope has been named the new executive director of Meals on Wheels of Middle Georgia Inc.
Pope brings years of grant-writing experience and leadership in nonprofit management to the vision of ending senior hunger. In addition, she brings a broad and diverse background to her new role. Meals on Wheels provides essential services to improve health, reduce isolation and promote independent living to the growing senior community in Middle Georgia.
Macon CEO to head hospital association section
James Eyler, CEO of Coliseum Center for Behavioral Health in Macon, is the 2014 chairman of the American Hospital Associations Constituency Section for Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Services. The governing council represents 1,660 behavioral health providers across the country. Eyler will have a one-year term.
Eyler, who has more than 30 years in behavioral health care administration, has served as an advisory board member of a state mental health association in Georgia and a community mental health center in Virginia.
He has also served as board member and president of the Georgia Behavioral Health Coalition and as a representative on the Georgia Hospital Associations Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Council and its predecessor, the Professional Services Council.
Ga. Farm Bureau announces personnel changes
After leading the Georgia Farm Bureau information and public relations department for more than 28 years, Paul Beliveau retired as department director Feb. 7.
Beliveau said he was thankful for the many farmers who welcomed our reporters onto their farms and allowed us to share their challenges, joys, triumphs and disappointments. He joined the Farm Bureau in 1985.
Andy Lucas has been named his successor. Lucas and his brother operate their family farm in Bleckley County. He has served as the associate director of the Farm Bureaus field services department since 2010.
He was previously the young farmer coordinator and worked in the commodities/marketing department with the Certified Farm Markets.
Dennis Black, who has served as the Farm Bureaus second district field representative in northeast Georgia since July 1996, has been promoted to associate director of the field services department. Black will provide support between county Farm Bureau offices across the state and the state office in Macon. He will coordinate many statewide activities including training, event planning and agriculture literacy education.
Matthew Smith has joined the Farm Bureau as a legislative specialist.
His duties include maintaining contact with members of the Georgia General Assembly to help keep them informed on agricultural issues. Smith previously worked in real estate in the Athens area.
-- Angela Woolen and Linda S. Morris