Faces and places: GEC adds staff members


Carrie Holderfield
Carrie Holderfield

Carrie Holderfield has joined Geotechnical & Environmental Consultants Inc. as a senior geologist. Holderfield is a licensed professional geologist in Texas and has applied for her Georgia license. She previously worked as a project manager, professional geo scientist, environmental specialist and geologist with GeoStrata Environmental Consultants in Texas.

Bradley Thigpen, an environmental engineering graduate from Mercer University, has joined GEC as a staff engineer. Thigpen worked for GEC the past five years in the construction and environmental departments while completing his second degree.

Justice elected to national board

Chief Justice Hugh Thompson has been elected to the board of directors of the Conference of Chief Justices, the national organization that represents the highest judicial officers from every state in the U.S., as well as from the District of Columbia and U.S. territories.

The 11-member board is the governing body for the Conference of Chief Justices.

Thompson grew up in Milledgeville and graduated from Mercer University’s law school.

Thomas Reichert among State Auto’s PaceSetter agents

Thomas Reichert of Dunwody Insurance Agency Inc. in Macon, recently became a PaceSetter member of State Auto independent agents.

State Auto operates in 43 states.

Summerhill is Perry’s business for August

The Business Development Committee of the Perry Area Chamber of Commerce recognizes Summerhill Senior Living Community as its Business of the Month for August. This award makes it eligible for the Business of the Year Award.

Summerhill Senior Community is located at 500 Stanley St. in Perry.

Topping awarded recertification in economic development

Pat Topping, senior vice president of the Macon Economic Development Commission, has been awarded recertification by the International Economic Development Council effective Sept. 30. Topping first achieved the certified economic developer designation in 2003. CEcD recertification, required every three years, was awarded to Topping after meeting demanding requirements for continuing education and service to the profession. In his 24 years of economic development experience, Topping has served as the chairman of the board of directors of the Georgia Economic Developers Association, as Georgia’s state director to the Southern Economic Development Council and on the boards of numerous industry organizations.

Clark named to best lawyers list

John Christopher Clark has been selected by his peers for inclusion in the 22nd Edition of The Best Lawyers in America 2016 in the practice area of personal injury litigation. He has been included in publication since 2009. Clark is a principal at Clark & Smith Law Firm LLC in Macon.

Local jeweler receives certification

Samuel Satterfield, owner of Satterfield & Dempsey Jewelers in Warner Robins, was awarded the JA Certified Management Professional designation by Jewelers of America, a national trade association for fine jewelry businesses. This is the first level of the Jewelers of America Professional Management Certification program.

The program evaluates the facts, processes, procedures, terms and concepts that jewelry store managers encounter in their daily work, and to be certified, the candidate must demonstrate proficiency in each skill to an acceptable national standard.

Satterfield & Dempsey Jewelers opened in 2000.