Matt Crall, the general manager of Hotel Equities' SpringHill Suites by Marriott at the Mall of Georgia, was recently named the General Manager of the Quarter at the Hotel Equities' Awards Luncheon.

Crall, recognized for his performance during the second quarter of 2007, consistently exceeded sales goals by a firm margin, and his hotel posted top ratings with guests and associates, according to a news release.

Personnel Moves

Verra Coppedge and Theresa Ferguson have joined The Norton Agency as Realtors in its Oakwood office.

Brand Mortgage Group has added Ed Hanley as a mortgage banker.

The Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce has hired Lauren Salas as business development manager for economic development and Partnership Gwinnett.

Meridian Homes, based in Loganville, has opened Arbor Oaks, a single-family home community in Centerville.

The community is the first in the Value Series for Meridian Homes. The new Value Series allows buyers to add the features they want and not pay for features that they do not want or need.

The first franchised Relay Express will be Thursday in Norcross.

Relay Express is a courier business that provides full-service, on-demand and same-day delivery of packages for business-to-business customers.

Terrence McDade of Lawrenceville owns the new business, located at 1745 Corporate Drive.

Discount Tire, an independent tire retailer, has opened a new store at 3105 Steve Reynolds Blvd. in Duluth.

The 6,946-square-foot facility is located south of Old Norcross Road, near the Kroger shopping plaza. The store is open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays to Fridays and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays.

The Peachtree Bank of Gwinnett had a groundbreaking Friday for its new location at 291 Gwinnett Drive in Lawrenceville. The new building, scheduled to open in March, will be about 8,000 square feet and allow the bank to move from its current leased space at 185 Gwinnett Drive, said Judy McDaniel, vice president and branch manager.

The Impact Group will have an open house Sept. 20 at its new location at 1845 Satellite Blvd., Suite 100, in Duluth.

For more information, call 678-808-4477.