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Local businesses named to prestigious list

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Twelve local companies were recently included in the UGA Alumni Association's 2013 Bulldog 100, which recognizes the 100 fastest-growing businesses nationwide that are either owned or operated by University of Georgia alumni.

"With more than 700 nominations for the 2013 Bulldog 100, businesses included on the list have proven to be highly competitive, successful companies," said Stan Jackson, director of communications for the UGA Alumni Association.

"We are pleased to congratulate the Gwinnett companies and UGA alumni recognized with this honor and look forward to seeing their continued growth in the future."

All Gwinnett companies recognized on the list include:

-- Sovereign Systems (No. 3)

-- Asa Carlton Inc. (No. 22)

-- The Service Team of Re/Max Legends (No. 29)

-- RIA Solutions (No. 39)

-- i9 Sports of N.W. Gwinnett and Hall counties (No. 42)

-- NovoLogic Inc. (No. 49)

-- Square 1 Art (No. 55)

-- FineLine Technologies (No. 64)

-- Innovative Outdoors LLC (No. 65)

-- Evans, Simpson & Associates Inc. (No. 80)

-- LAN Systems (No. 84)

-- Direct Technologies Inc. (No. 98)COOKEVILLE, Tenn. -- World Trade 100 magazine, a leading transportation industry publication, and SMC3, an industry trade association, have awarded Averitt and its customer, Tuesday Morning, with an Alliance Award in the Domestic Freight Multimodal category.

The Alliance awards program, which was instituted this year, recognizes alliances in high-performing supply chains that are driving results. Attention is focused on why and how the alliance was formed, the roles of the various partners, and the results attained by the close collaboration and cooperation represented by the alliance.

"The winners of The Alliance award exhibited a strong recognition of the benefits of a more holistic view of their supply chains and the vendors, suppliers, customers and peers who are partners in driving positive results which benefit all of the partners," said Sarah Harding, group publisher of World Trade 100.

Danny Slaton, SMC3 executive vice president, added, "These elite award winners represent a great cross-section of supply chain organizations. Their successes illustrate just how important collaboration is to supply chain optimization. We look forward to sharing their best practice approaches at The Alliance awards ceremony."DULUTH -- Farnese Roberts has been named executive director of Plantation South Duluth, a senior living residential community in Duluth. Plantation South Duluth is managed by Senior Management Advisors, which manages 11 communities in Florida and Georgia.

"We are pleased to welcome Farnese to the SMA family. She has an extensive background in managing senior communities at the executive level, which makes her a valuable asset to our organization," said Steven Piazza, CEO of Senior Management Advisors. "Her understanding of the needs of seniors and their families, along with her experience in health care and executive leadership, will certainly allow us to continue to serve our residents with the highest quality care."

Roberts is a graduate of Cleveland College in Cleveland, Tenn., receiving a degree in business administration. She also has a licensed practical nurse certification from Dalton College in Dalton and is a state certified assisted living administrator.-- From staff reports