Personnel Moves

Jan Baker has been appointed a National Association of Realtors Political Action Trustee for 2008. Baker is serving as vice president of corporate affairs and managing broker of the 85 North office of Prudential Georgia Realty.

Mitsubishi Electric HVAC Advanced Products Division in Suwanee has recently added Steve Heiser, Susan Pickett and Tom Varga as area managers.

Bank of North Georgia has announced that Gregory K. Russell has joined the bank as senior vice president of commercial lending.

The Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce has announced Lisa Sherman as its new external marketing manager for economic development. Sherman worked in marketing communications for AGCO Corp. in Duluth before joining the chamber.

Beth Hogberg has been named director of sales for Simpsonwood Retreat and Conference Center in Norcross.

Achievements

The Peoples Bank in Winder has been named winner of the 2007 Quality Service Award and Georgia's Community Bank of the Year. The award recognizes superior customer service and community commitment.

Philanthropy

Gwinnett's Brand Banking Company expanded its collegiate scholarship program this year and has awarded nine students with scholarships to Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia. One Gwinnett student, Thomas O. Gormley, is among the group receiving a roughly $4,100 scholarship.