BUSINESS BRIEFS: Local logistics facility closing

SUWANEE -- A logistics company in Suwanee has announced it will close at the end of the year, moving its business to West Central Georgia.

According to a news release from the company, Menlo Worldwide Logistics is closing due to one of its customers decisions to "transfer the business to another facility."

The facility currently employs 76 full-time Menlo employees as well as 74 temporary employees.

Officials with Menlo expect to retain 20 positions at the new facility in Midland.

Those affected by the closure will be provided with career counseling services. "Menlo employees also are being given the opportunity to apply for open positions at other Menlo operating locations," the release stated.

RE/MAX Center of Duluth gets award

DULUTH -- At a recent RE/MAX of Georgia award ceremony, the independently-owned real estate company in Duluth was singled out as the recipient of the 2012 Shining Star Award.

Each year, the award is given to the one RE/MAX office that donates the largest amount to the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, one of the major charities championed by RE/MAX agents throughout the US. Since 1992, RE/MAX has raised more than $120 million for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.

"We are honored to be able to support the magnificent work done by Children's Miracle Network Hospitals," said Patrick Finnick, Broker/Owner of RE/MAX Center. "I love how our entire team shows their family values by participating in this cause, which benefits children in our community and beyond. The need is ever-present. I am challenging my colleagues to win the Shining Star award next year: Right now there's a Children's Miracle Network Hospital working to save the lives of kids in your community!"

Hotel Equities promotes Gwinnett resident

ATLANTA -- Hotel Equities recently promoted Gwinnett resident Elizabeth Derby to the position of vice president of hotel operations.

Derby's responsibilities at the hotel development and management company include creating and administrating models for operational excellence. She has oversight of all operations of the hotels including the development of the criteria and guidelines for the company's hiring practices for all associates as well as the selection, training and mentoring of managers. She also is responsible for the sales and marketing strategies for the hotels including revenue management and e-commerce.

"Elizabeth is a seasoned professional whose expertise in operations as well as sales and marketing makes her an outstanding asset to our organization," said president and CEO Fred Cerrone. "A proven and respected leader, she sets the bar high for our associates."

Derby has spent more than 30 years in the hospitality industry. She joined Hotel Equities 16 years ago as the firm's first director of sales and marketing and helped grow the portfolio from four hotels in Atlanta to more than 40 properties in seven states from Maryland to Louisiana.

Her early industry experience includes positions at the The Mills House Hotel in Charleston, the Memphis Marriott, the Lowell Sheraton, and the Charlotte Marriott Executive Park. She began her career at the Kiawah Island Resort near Charleston, South Carolina.

A member of the board of the Hospitality Industry Ministries organization in Atlanta, Derby has held positions on the Fairfield Inn by Marriott Marketing Franchise Committee and the Marriott E-Commerce Franchise Committee.

Derby holds a B.S. degree in Administrative Management from Clemson University. She enjoys antiquing, reading, and spending time with her two children. A resident of Lawrenceville, Georgia, she is the mother of a daughter and a son.