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Firm hires associate client adviser

DULUTH -- Sullivan & Schlieman Wealth Management LLC has announced that Lindsey Cook has joined the firm as associate client adviser. Cook will assist clients with comprehensive financial services in the construction of client portfolios and the development of strategies that strive to meet clients' goals.

Cook has worked in the investment banking field for years, previously as an investment associate at SunTrust Investment Services Inc. While there, she was part of one of the top investment advisory teams in the company.

"Lindsey's experience in the financial field is a tremendous asset to us and to our clients," said Andrew Sullivan, managing partner and senior wealth advisor of Sullivan & Schlieman. "We are pleased to have her as part of our team of experts that provide the best in financial services and personalized customer service to members of our community and beyond."

Cook graduated from the University of Tennessee with a bachelor's degree in economics and minor in business. She has Series 7 and Series 66 securities registrations, currently held with LPL Financial.

Local resident wins franchise award

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A local Gwinnett County resident recently received an international award for his Instant Imprints franchise business.

Joey Herd, who owns an Instant Imprints franchise in Lawrenceville, was awarded for "top sales increase."

The award is given to those who had the highest increase in sales between 2010 and 2011.

According to its website, Instant Imprints is "an internationally recognized franchise that provides businesses, organizations, groups, etc., with different promotional product services under one roof (embroidery, wide format and digital printing and heat transfers)."

Instant Imprint held its annual awards conference on Feb. 21 in San Diego.

Chamber membership, sponsorship campaign break records

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Surpassing its goal of $800,000 with a record-breaking $80,000 above the mark, the Gwinnett Chamber's volunteer-led membership and sponsorship campaign celebrated a successful completion of its sixth annual drive to foster leadership and business growth in advancing the community into the 21st century.

The campaign kicked off in August 2011, running for six consecutive months to generate multiple new members and continued investment in business growth opportunities such as program and event sponsorships, advertising with the chamber publications and raising general awareness of the Gwinnett Chamber throughout the region.

Campaign co-chairs Raymer Sale of E2E Resources and Herman Pennamon Jr. of Georgia Power led this year's charge in conjunction with four vice chairs, more than 40 corporate teams and more than 150 team members. Gwinnett Chamber Board of Directors and the chamber staff supported these volunteers to sell memberships, sponsorships and general investment into the business community.

"We are so grateful to all of the volunteers who participated in the campaign. Not only is this a fun program with rewarding results, the funds raised by the volunteers also make it possible to sustain programs for business development, community improvement and member services," said Vince DeSilva, senior vice president of membership services.

"We are looking forward to another successful campaign and working with our members to help the Gwinnett Chamber become even stronger and more vital for business in the future."