Touchmark National Bank opens in Norcross

NORCROSS - Touchmark National Bank recently opened its temporary headquarters at 3740 Davinci Court, Suite 150 in Norcross. It will move in March to a full-service branch in Duluth.

The bank opened with $31.75 million in capital funds from more than 400 individual investors through a public offering.

TNB focuses on serving small businesses and professional groups, as well as retail banking for individuals.

The bank will offer technologically advanced conveniences such as digital lockboxes, remote deposit capture, online bill payment and access to more than 8,000 no-fee ATMs nationwide. Its Web site will launch Monday at www.touchmarknb.com.

Planet Smoothie holds contest

ATLANTA - Anyone who can invent a substitute for polystyrene, also known as Styrofoam, can win $5,000 and one free Smoothie per week for a year from Planet Smoothie.

While polystyrene remains the best material to keep Smoothies cold and coffee hot, Planet Smoothie officials want to find an alternative, so they are calling on their customers, said Chris Morocco, executive vice president and chief development officer for emerging brands.

"We have and continue to exhaust our resources through re-use of polystyrene, or overall conversion or replacement of this material," Morocco said.

Planet Smoothie serves drinks in recycled polystyrene containers and reusable plastic cups.

Inventors can submit their solutions until Sept. 30 and the winner will be decided Dec. 31. For more information about the Re-Use It or Lose It contest visit www.planetsmoothie.com.

Broad Street names retirement director

ATHENS - Lilburn resident Ed Hill was named director of corporate retirement plan consulting at Athens-based Broad Street Capital Advisors. Hill brings 17 years of corporate retirement plan consulting experience.

As an accredited investment fiduciary and investment consultant, Hill's primary focus is to provide chief financial officers, human resource directors and business owners with an organized process for making informed decisions regarding their corporate retirement plans.

Since joining Broad Street Capital Advisors, Hill has refined the retirement plan consulting model and has helped develop new client relationships worth more than $100 million in additional plan assets.

Founded in 1995, Broad Street Capital Advisors is an independent investment and fiduciary firm that offers its clients strategic financial advice and counsel.

Johnston joins board of directors

NORCROSS - David Johnston was recently appointed to Norcross-based AerovectRx Corporation's Board of Directors. Johnston is a senior pharmaceutical executive with extensive experience in preclinical and clinical drug development, regulatory affairs and product commercialization.

"David brings a wealth of experience in all aspects of therapeutic development, including specific expertise with inhaled therapeutics," said AerovectRx Chief Executive Officer Ed Cannon.

Johnston earned his bachelor's and doctorate degrees in chemistry from St. Andrews University in Scotland and completed postdoctoral training at the Max Planck Institute in Heidelberg, Germany.

AerovectRx AeroCell products deliver therapeutics and vaccines directly to the respiratory tract with features that improve dosage control and reduce the risk of re-infection.

Business alliance to host meeting

BUFORD - This month's meeting of the Buford Business Alliance will be anything but stuffy.

All 150 members are invited to bring their children ages 9 and up to Lazer City-Laser Tag at 4300 Buford Drive in Buford for free laser tag from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Food will be provided by Papa John's Pizza, Chick-fil-A and Tropical Cafe Smoothies.

"We want these meetings to be an entertaining social opportunity to meet other business owners, service providers and community members," said Tim Koenning, BBA president.