Faces and places: Macon Outreach gets grant

Macon Outreach gets grant

The Northwestern Mutual Foundation is announcing a $10,000 grant for Macon Outreach at Mulberry in recognition of Northwestern Mutual financial representative Jack Head III’s dedication to the organization. In honor of his contributions, the Northwestern Mutual Foundation is naming Head an “Outstanding Volunteer” in the company’s national Community Service Award program, which is celebrating its 15th anniversary. Since the program’s inception, nearly $3 million has been contributed to almost 300 nonprofit organizations throughout the country. Macon Outreach has served the poor in Middle Georgia for 38 years. The funding from the Community Service Award will go to complete renovation of the dining facility, which provides more than 1,000 meals each week to those in need. Head is one of 25 winners nationwide named in the annual competition. Through the program funded by the Northwestern Mutual Foundation, more than $275,000 will be donated this year to various nonprofit organizations.

Macon attorney speaks at event held in Atlanta

Macon attorney Christopher N. Smith delivered an address titled “Georgia is an Exporting Champion” to 160 members of the World Chamber of Commerce at an event hosted by Sunrise Bank in Atlanta. Smith has practiced law in Macon since 1991. His practice places an emphasis on wrongful death, business law, auto accidents and international business law. He is a past president of the Middle Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, the recipient of the 2007 Governor’s International Award for Individual Contribution and the recipient of the Danish American Chamber of Commerce’s 2008 Community Leader of the Year Award. He also serves as the honorary consul of the Kingdom of Denmark.

Riley receives Patriot Award

Debra Riley, director of 6 Main at The Medical Center of Central Georgia, was awarded the Patriot Award by the secretary of defense Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR). The Patriot Award recognizes employers for employment policies and practices that are supportive of their employees’ participation in the National Guard and Reserve.

Riley was nominated for the award by Maj. Janet Thomason, RN, during her deployment to Iraq.

Riley showed her support of Thomason’s deployment by staying in close contact with Thomason and sharing Thomason’s e-mails with the staff of 6 Main.

In addition, Riley coordinated the efforts of the staff to send Christmas treats for the troops as well as goodie bags for the patients Thomason was caring for overseas.

“Knowing my director is so supportive helped me with this deployment,” Thomason said.

Said Riley, “I was very surprised and humbled to receive this award.”

Nine local attorneys named to Best Lawyers list

National labor and employment law firm Constangy, Brooks & Smith LLP announced that two of its Macon attorneys have been named to the 2010 edition of Best Lawyers. W. Melvin Haas, partner, and Jeffery L. Thompson, partner, have been recognized for labor and employment law.

Seven members of Martin Snow LLP have been named Best Lawyers. The selected members are: Wendell Bowden, Edward J. Harrell, John C. Edwards, Robert R. Gunn, John T. McGoldrick Jr., Cubbedge Snow III and William H. Larsen. Bowden, Harrell and Edwards have been selected for the 10th consecutive year.

First published in 1983, Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive annual peer-review survey. For the new U.S. edition, more than 24,126 leading attorneys cast more than 2.8 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in the same and related specialties. A total of 20 Constangy, Brooks & Smith attorneys nationwide have been named to the 2010 edition of Best Lawyers.

Capital City Bank promotes two associates to positions

Capital City Bank announced the promotion of two associates to the position of community banking officer. Eddie Cutchens will serve as community banking officer and market leader for Capital City’s Bass Road office. In this role, Cutchens will oversee marketing and delivery of the bank’s consumer and business products and services. Kyle Butler has been promoted to the position of community banking officer and market leader for Capital City’s Northside Drive office. Butler will likewise oversee marketing and delivery of Capital City’s consumer and business products and services.

Lanier receives Georgia Farm Bureau Commodity Award

William L. “Bill” Lanier Sr., recently received the Georgia Farm Bureau Commodity Award in recognition of a lifetime spent in service to agriculture in Georgia and on the national level.

Georgia Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall presented the award to Lanier during the 2009 GFB Commodity Conference held Aug. 6 in Perry.

A native of Candler County, Lanier began farming row crops, raising livestock and growing timber at age 20. He earned degrees from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College and the University of Georgia.

He has served as the Candler County Farm Bureau president for 21 years. Lanier served six terms in the Georgia House of Representatives, during which he chaired the House Agriculture Committee from 1954-1958.

While a member of the Georgia General Assembly, Lanier introduced and helped pass numerous farm and consumer protection legislation. In one session, Lanier wrote and helped pass 33 farm-related bills, inspiring an Atlanta paper to refer to it as the “Farm Session.”

He introduced a bill that eliminated the disease vesicular exanthema in Georgia’s swine herds, which was later adopted by every state in the United States, resulting in the disease being downgraded in the U.S. to an exotic disease in 1959. He also authored an amendment to the Georgia Constitution to compensate any person, firm or corporation that developed a practical, economic way to eradicate the boll weevil in cotton. This marked the beginning of the Boll Weevil Eradication Program. Following his service in the Georgia General Assembly, Lanier served as Georgia Farm Bureau president from 1964 to 1970 and was involved with the American Farm Bureau.

He left his position as GFB president to go to Washington, D.C., to work for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. At the USDA, he held numerous positions including director of the Tobacco Division, director of USDA Peanut/Tobacco Division, director of Policy Analysis and as assistant administrator of the Agriculture Stabilization Conservation Service, the predecessor to the current Farm Service Agency.

In 2004, Lanier was inducted into the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Georgia Agriculture Hall of Fame. He is also a past recipient of The Progressive Farmer Man of the Year in Service to Georgia Agriculture Award. In 1995, the Georgia Forestry Association named him the Georgia Tree Farmer of the Year.

AT&T donates to United Way

AT&T Georgia has donated a gift of $15,000 to United Way of Central Georgia to continue its work in creating long-lasting community change by uniting people and resources to improve the quality of life in a 14-county Middle Georgia area. The gift is in addition to $36,000 pledged by AT&T employees who work and live in the Middle Georgia area. AT&T supports the United Way nationally through direct contributions and employee gifts.

McKleroy named manager

Amanda McKleroy has been promoted to card services manager at Robins Federal Credit Union. Formerly the assistant card services manager, McKleroy has been with Robins Federal Credit Union for more than 19 years, nine of those spent in the card services department.