River Edge Foundation adds three board members; Perry design firm celebrates 20 years

Ron Collier
Ron Collier

River Edge Foundation adds board members

Three new members join The River Edge Foundation’s nonprofit board of directors. Ron Collier, Brett Coppock and Jeremy Pritchard have each committed to serving a three-year term.

Collier is the chief financial officer for the Bibb County school district, a position he’s held for 20 years. He manages the district’s $300 million annual budget. He is an active member of his church, St. Paul AME, where he has served as chairman of the finance committee.

Pritchard serves as senior vice president and senior treasury professional for State Bank & Trust Co. He has more than 15 years of banking experience in the Georgia area, with expertise in fraud mitigation, funds management, treasury management and information technology.

Coppock is a former cargo airline pilot and police officer with seven years’ sobriety. Her success story began at The River Edge Recovery Center.

The River Edge Foundation raises private funds, principally, to support the efforts of River Edge Behavioral Health Center, a community-based behavioral health organization offering care for individuals dealing with the biologically based brain disorders of mental illness, addiction or developmental disabilities.

JMA Architecture recognized for 20th anniversary

JMA Architecture Inc. was recently recognized for its 20th year in business by the Perry Chamber of Commerce. Managing Officer Jim Mehserle and President Meg Mehserle were presented with a plaque by the chamber for reaching the milestone.

Founded in 1997, JMA Architecture is design firm with offices in Perry and Atlanta. With a portfolio of more than 600 projects in Georgia, JMA Architecture is a leader in the areas of municipal, state, higher education and corporate facilities. Examples of its work include the Georgia Veterans Education Center, Little League Southeastern Ballpark, Warner Robins Law Enforcement Center and the Georgia Regional GBI Crime Lab.

M&R Marketing receives preservation award

M&R Marketing Group in Macon was awarded the Historic Macon Preservation Award by Historic Macon for the restoration of its downtown office at 331 Third St.

The annual award recognizes projects that focus on preserving and revitalizing Macon.

R.C. Poss served as the contractor for the six-month project. Many of the midcentury modern design elements, such as the blue granite walls, wood paneling, brushed aluminum accents and the metal facade on the front of the building were retained.

M&R Marketing Group is a full service marketing and design group.

American Pride Bank expands, adds executive

Dan Moore has joined Macon-based American Pride Bank as a market executive/senior vice president as the bank expands into the Athens-Clarke and Oconee County markets.

Moore is a University of Georgia graduate with more than 20 years of financial management experience and 14 years in commercial lending and retail banking.

American Pride Bank is a full-service, locally owned and managed community bank, offering business and personal banking products and services, with two offices in Macon, one in Warner Robins and now a loan production office in Athens-Clarke. American Pride Bank intends to open a full-service location for the Athens-Clarke and Oconee County market as soon as possible.

Linda S. Morris: 478-744-4223, @MidGaBiz