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BUSINESS BRIEFS: GCVB presents friend of tourism award

The Gwinnett Convention & Visitors Bureau recently named Ed Peterson a recipient of the Friend of Tourism Award. Peterson is the director of sales for the Wyndham Garden Duluth hotel, managed by Atlanta-based Hotel Equities.

Presented recently at the Gwinnett CVB's 11th Annual Tourism Awards luncheon, the award recognizes the individuals who go above and beyond what is expected to partner with the GCVB and to draw in new business. These individuals are pivotal in not just bringing meetings, events and visitors to Gwinnett County, but in making the guests want to come back.

"Ed was a unanimous choice for a Friend of Tourism award this year," GCVB executive director Lisa Anders Minter said. "His enthusiasm, as well as his dedication to both his hotel and to Gwinnett County's hospitality industry, is unparalleled. He is a strong advocate for our industry."

Peterson has 12 years of experience in the hospitality industry. He joined Hotel Equities in 2005 and served as director of sales at several of the firm's properties before taking the post at the Wyndham Garden.

A graduate of Gwinnett Technical College, Peterson earned a degree in hotel, restaurant and tourism management. A resident of Dacula, he enjoys playing golf, camping, canoeing and mountain biking.

Jackson EMC CEO appointed to economic board

JEFFERSON -- Randall Pugh, president/CEO of Jackson Electric Membership Corp., has been appointed by Gov. Nathan Deal to the Board of Directors of the Georgia Department of Economic Development, which is the state's sales and marketing arm.

As the lead agency for attracting new business investment, it encourages the expansion of existing industry and small businesses, develops new domestic and international markets, attracts tourists to Georgia and promotes the state as a location for film, video, music and digital entertainment projects as well as plans and mobilizes state resources for economic development.

Pugh began his career in the power industry at Walton Electric Membership Corp., in Monroe in 1968, where he held various management positions and served as general manager. He became head of Jackson EMC in 1984.

Moth Music Services now open in Lawrenceville

LAWRENCEVILLE -- The Lawrenceville Tourism & Trade Association recently welcomed its newest member and business on the Historic Downtown Square: Moth Music Services.

Moth Music Services has been in business for 35 years offering a variety of music services.

A ribbon cutting is scheduled for 2 p.m. Feb. 2 at 116 E. Crogan St., Lawrenceville.

The business offers music lessons in the areas of voice, piano, guitar, drums/percussion, brass, strings and woodwinds.

For more information, call 678 310-6684.