Local Hampton Inn honored

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Hampton Hotels has honored the Hampton Inn--Atlanta Sugarloaf, located at 6010 Sugarloaf Parkway, with the company's Lighthouse Award, designating it as one of the hotel chain's top-performing hotels among more than 1,800 Hampton properties.

Hampton Inn--Atlanta Sugarloaf was recognized for its high rankings in overall accommodations, service and quality. The award criteria was based on customer feedback measured through guest satisfaction surveys on the hotel as well as product quality and service scores measured quarterly by the Hampton Hotels brand.

"The competition to be among the elite group of Hampton Lighthouse Award winners becomes stronger each year as the Hampton brand continues to add more hotels and continually look for ways to strengthen the guest experience. This makes us especially proud to receive the honor," said Kevin Hill, general manager of Hampton Inn--Atlanta Sugarloaf.

The five-story, 127-room Hampton Inn--Atlanta Sugarloaf is located near such area attractions as the Arena at Gwinnett Center, Discover Mills Mall, Medieval Times, Dave and Busters and Bass Pro Shop.

For more information or to make reservations for the Hampton Inn--Atlanta Sugarloaf, visit www.atlantasugarloaf.hampton.com or call 678-407-0018 or 1-800-HAMPTON.DULUTH -- The Gwinnett Place Community Improvement District has announced the newest member of its board of directors.

Kimberly Morphis is president of LVK Management Corp., a commercial real estate property management company servicing property owners and their tenants. She specializes in the leasing, management and retail development for shopping centers.

"As property owners and tenants strive to succeed within Gwinnett County, having the support of our local Gwinnett Place CID is crucial," Morphis said. "The CID's relentless efforts to provide our business owners, tenants and the public a competitive, secure and attractive district is an integral asset for property owners and their tenants in meeting such successes in today's economy."

Executive Director Joe Allen said the CID is grateful to have continued strong leadership from its board members. He said Morphis has unique experience with retail development, which will greatly benefit the CID with its economic development goals.

"We are excited to have Kimberly Morphis join the board to help us further our objective of increasing the vitality of greater Gwinnett Place," Allen said. "We welcome her leadership and professional insights as we move forward with a number of highly visible and important improvements, including the Pleasant Hill Road diverging diamond interchange and streetscaping projects."

Morphis will serve as the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners appointee, assuming the post held by Justin Fanning.

Unless otherwise posted, the CID meets on the second Wednesday of each month beginning at 9 a.m. Board meetings usually occur at the Atlanta Marriott Gwinnett Place on Pleasant Hill Road.LAWRENCEVILLE -- Bank of America announced that it is hiring more than 45 small business bankers across Georgia as part of the company's plan to hire 1,000 small business bankers nationwide.

The small business bankers are providing more personalized attention to small business owners across communities throughout Georgia, including consulting with them at their place of business and assessing their deposit, credit and cash management needs.

Two are being hired in Gwinnett County alone. Jean Tchocksi is the small business banker who will be serving small business across Buford, and Sebastian Cifuentes is the small business banker who will be serving small business across Duluth.

For more information, visit www.bankofamerica.com.