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GAB: City of Snellville controller honored

Jan Burke

Jan Burke

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Carlos Melgar

City of Snellville controller honored

Jan Burke, controller for the city of Snellville, has been honored with an Award of Financial Reporting Achievement by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA).

Snellville was recognized for its comprehensive annual financial report by the GFOA, and Burke was honored as the person primarily responsible for putting together that report. The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting.

The GFOA is a nonprofit professional association serving 17,500 government finance professionals across the country.

Suwanee resident promoted at Hotel Equities

DeKalb-based Hotel Equities recently promoted Carlos Melgar to the position of vice president of finance. The Suwanee resident has been with the company since 2008 when he was named corporate controller to oversee the firm’s accounting and financial functions.

Melgar’s focus at the hotel development and management company is strategic business growth and development. His responsibilities include interaction with the capital markets and functional leadership of treasury, legal, accounting, risk management and information technology.

A graduate of the University of Arizona, Melgar and his wife Linda reside in Suwanee with their two children.

Suwanee teen earns world karate title

Keely Fischbach, a 14-year-old who competes for Karate Atlanta in Suwanee, recently became a world champion in the ATA Combative Weapons Sparring Division. She won the title at the ATA World Championship Expo and Tournament in Little Rock, Ark.

Fischbach, who has trained at the Suwanee facility since she was 3, previously won state and district titles before her victory at nationals. She is the first junior level world champion from Karate Atlanta in Suwanee.

She scored come-from-behind victories in her first three bouts of the 16-person bracket, then won the final match, 9-5.

Local martial arts team stands out at tourney

The Shaolin Institute of Gwinnett County had a strong showing while representing Georgia at the recent International Chinese Martial Arts Championship in Orlando.

The local club won 11 gold medals, seven silver medals, two bronze medals and one championship belt. Gabe Butler was the top individual winner with five medals.

Other members of the championship team are Juan Lozada, Ena Rajic, Chen Zhe, Shifu Joseph, Alex Yu, Byron Fisher and Cassie Sterling.

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