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GWINNETT GAB: Allstate agency owners earn recognition

Allstate agency owners earn recognition

LAWRENCEVILLE — Allstate exclusive agency owners Russ Akin (Suwanee), Adam Blackwell (Buford), Toby Blackwell (Suwanee), Karl Boling (Buford), Erica Carrasquero (Lawrenceville), Todd Croker (Snellville), Sam Khair (Suwanee), Diane Mansolillo (Duluth), Elizabeth McKinnon (Lawrenceville), Joel Price (Lilburn), Ana Selcis (Lawrenceville) and Jeffrey Tzen (Norcross) have been designated Premier Service Agencies for 2009.

The Premier Service Agency designation — bestowed on less than 22 percent of Allstate's nearly 13,000 agency owners across the country — is awarded to Allstate agency owners who have consistently met designated levels in customer service and business performance. Their recognition as Premier Service Agents proves their agency's ability to deliver accessible, knowledgeable and personal customer service allowing them to achieve outstanding business results.

The Allstate Corp. is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer.

Bank of North Georgia collects toys for charities

LAWRENCEVILLE — The Bank of North Georgia hosted a holiday toy drive for several charities throughout metro Atlanta. Each branch selected an organization to support.

The Buford branch collected toys for the Gwinnett Children's Shelter, an organization that grew out of a volunteer effort involving the PTA, business and community leaders, and individuals who became aware of the growing need for services for the abused and abandoned children of Gwinnett County. The shelter serves 300 to 500 children and their families every year.

The Suwanee branch collected toys for the Foster Children's Foundation, which serves foster children through its "Clothing and Needs" center, mentoring program and other projects held throughout the year. The Foundation's ultimate goal is to improve the quality of life for foster children in our community and offer them many of the opportunities that non-fostered youth enjoy.

The Norcross branch collected toys for Sheltering Arms, which serves working families with high quality, affordable child care and education and comprehensive support services. It also provides professional development for early childhood educators and community outreach.

Lawrenceville boy wins card trading tournament

LAWRENCEVILLE — Carter Giese, 9, of Lawrenceville, recently placed second at the Lawrenceville Pokémon Trading Card Game City Championships, the Pokémon Company International announced.

Pokémon TCG tournaments provide an opportunity for young people to succeed at an intellectual sport and for each player to test his or her Pokémon TCG skills, strategy and creativity. The City Championship tournaments are the first event in the Pokémon Organized Play series that leads to the Pokémon TCG World Championships in August in Hawaii.

Carter earned an invitation to compete in the upcoming state tournament.

Post office branches offering greeting cards

LAWRENCEVILLE — Busy consumers can buy, address and mail a greeting card while conducting other U.S. Postal Service business at the Suwanee and Peachtree Corners branches.

Under a yearlong pilot program, the U.S. Postal Service is testing a limited line of greeting cards. About 500 initial sites were chosen based on availability of display space, the number of customers visiting each location and convenience to customers. An additional 1,000 locations will begin offering cards after the first of the year.

Offering greeting cards on a limited basis serves as a market test to determine if customer interest is high enough to warrant expanding the program throughout the country, said Kate Wiley, Atlanta district manager.

More than half of the 7 billion greeting cards sold in the United States are sent through the mail.

New Council for Quality Growth officers elected

LAWRENCEVILLE — Members of the Council for Quality Growth have elected new officers to serve in 2010.

Gerald L. Pouncey Jr., of Morris, Manning & Martin, was elected chairman. The vice chairman is Forrest Robinson, of Weeks Robinson Properties. Ed Ellis, of Kimley Horn & Associates, and Mason Zimmerman, of Pope & Land Enterprises, will serve as secretary and treasurer, respectively.

Those selected to serve on the board of directors from 2010-11 include Wade Beavers, Randy Dellinger, G. Douglas Dillard, Chris S. Doughtie, Lee Duncan, Douglas R. Hooker, Laura Hughes, John Karnowski, Steve Labovitz, David Leonard, Tim Lowe, Tom Martin, John Moore, Al Nash, Charlotte Nash, John Pearson, Gerald Pouncey Jr., Forrest Robinson, Bill Russell, David Seago, Christie Sims, Woody Snell, Helen Preston Tapp and Jay Wolverton.

Current board members who will continue to serve through December 2010 are Kerry Armstrong, David Barker, Mark Brock, Chuck Button, Tip Cape, Paul Corley, Delores Crowell, Terry Fox, Stephen K. Hill, Tom LaDow, Tad Leithead, Terence Lewis, Sean McLendon, Jeffrey Mahaffey, Wayne H. Mason, Kevin Norton, Mitch Peevy, Harold Reheis, Ellen W. Smith, Michael Sullivan, Yvonne Williams, Louis D. Young and Mason Zimmerman.

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