FACES AND PLACES: Chalmers honored with Spherion Spirit Award

Spherion Staffing Services announced that Michael Chalmers, owner of the Macon office, received the 2015 Spherion Spirit Award.

Chalmers has been with Spherion for more than nine years, five of which were spent as a franchisee. He is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management and serves on the board of the local Middle Georgia chapter.

Geico employees win Corporate Quality Awards

Geico recognized employees around the country and the teams they represent with Corporate Quality Awards for their efforts to improve the customer experience as well as internal processes. Winners were selected from a record 120 nominees.

The award winners in Macon are Paige Garvin and Adam Smith for making it easier to include the right type of coverage on a new policy, Kevin Briggs for his comprehensive review of subrogation demands, Laura Robertson for developing procedures that allow policyholders to complete more self-service claims, Holly Peavy for helping policyholders see discounts more easily, and April Orona and Patrick Reeves for preparing staff to keep up with increased Emergency Roadside Service demands in states hit with unusually bad weather.

Isakson receives award

U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson was recently presented with the Friend of Farm Bureau Award in recognition of its support of agriculture during the 113th Congress.

The award was presented by the Georgia Farm Bureau and the American Farm Bureau Federation.

The American Farm Bureau Federation gives the award at the end of each Congress to legislators based on their voting record in agreement with the federation’s priority issues.

Goodwill program graduate receives national recognition

Archie Gibbs, a Middle Georgia resident and co-owner of Coleman’s Cleaning Service, was recognized as the Goodwill Industries International 2015 Kenneth Shaw Graduate of the Year.

Also, Carlyle Place was named as Goodwill Community Partner of the Year.

Local organizer receives Golden Circle Designation

Professional organizer Andi Willis of Good Life Organizing in Perry received the designation of Golden Circle from the National Association of Professional Organizers. Recipients of the Golden Circle have attained an elevated level of experience and expertise in the organizing industry, including being in business for at least five years. Willis specializes in helping women with cluttered homes and hectic schedules simplify their homes and lives.

Three promoted at American Pride bank

American Pride Bank announced promotions of LaQuanda Billingslea, Cindy Burnham and Christopher Marks.

Billingslea was promoted to vice president. She joined American Pride Bank in 2014 and has 10 years experience in credit administration.

Burnham was promoted to assistant vice president. She joined the bank in 2013. Burnham has served as personal banker at the Log Cabin branch before being promoted to customer service manager. She has more than 45 years of banking experience.

Marks was promoted to assistant banking officer and security officer. He started at the bank in 2014 as a personal banker at the Forsyth Road branch. He has been training with the compliance officer since May 2014.