Tas Smith, who has led Georgia Farm Bureau’s advocacy efforts at the national level since 2012, has been named the Georgia Farm Service Agency state director.
As a part of GFB’s public policy team, Smith has worked to promote agricultural causes at the Georgia and U.S. capitols. A native of Taylor County, he came to Georgia Farm Bureau in 2005 as a legislative specialist. In 2012 he was named GFB national affairs specialist. Earlier this year he was promoted to assistant public policy director for legislative programs.
Advanced Core Concepts appoints new board member
Richard Matlock has been appointed to the board of advisors of Warner Robins-based Advanced Core Concepts, a small business provider of engineering services and technical support to the Department of Defense and other federal and commercial customers.
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Matlock is a veteran of the Air Force and a decorated government civilian with 40 years of experience across multiple Department of Defense agencies. Most recently, Matlock served as program executive for Advanced Technology at the Missile Defense Agency, where he led the development of next-generation missile defense technologies and was appointed by the deputy secretary of defense to direct a departmentwide special program.
Robins Financial announces manager, employees of the quarter
Each quarter, Robins Financial Credit Union selects three employees who represent the best of the best in three categories: manager, support department staff and branch staff.
The winners chosen for the third quarter are:
▪ Betsy Ford, support services department. Ford is the manager of Robins Financial’s support services department. She has been employed by Robins Financial Credit Union for 20 years.
▪ Kristin Wright, information technology department. Wright is a programmer II, and she has been employed with Robins Financial for 25 years.
▪ Regina Jenkins, Log Cabin branch. Jenkins is a teller supervisor, and she has been employed with Robins Financial for 21 years.
Employees are selected by management based on their outstanding work performance and written recommendations from their peers.
Robins Financial Credit Union is a local nonprofit financial cooperative with 20 branches in Middle Georgia. It provides financial services to more than 185,000 members, with assets exceeding $2.4 billion.
Macon Volunteer Clinic buys its building
Macon Volunteer Clinic has entered a contract to purchase its building at 376 Rogers Ave. from Coliseum Health System. The clinic has occupied the location since opening in 2003, and the Coliseum had provided the building free of charge since then.
As a recipient of referrals from Macon Volunteer Clinic, federal Stark Law, which deals with physician referrals, prohibits the Coliseum from continuing this philanthropy.
Macon Volunteer Clinic provides free primary medical and dental care, as well as medication assistance, to uninsured working adult residents of Bibb County whose earnings do not exceed 200 percent of the federal poverty level. Under the supervision of the medical director, licensed medical and dental professionals volunteer to provide health services at no cost to eligible patients.