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BUSINESS BRIEFS: County sports commission announces new staff member

County sports commission announces new staff member

The Gwinnett Sports Commission has announced the addition of Leigh Hooten as sports sales manager to its ranks. Hooten’s primary responsibility will be bring new sports group business to Gwinnett County with a focus on events generating overnight hotel stays.

Hooten, who earned a bachelor’s degree in recreation management from Appalachian State on an soccer scholarship, had been involved heavily in both recreation, collegiate and professional sports for the past decade. Her previous sports experience includes stints with the Georgia Force Arena Football team, the Recreation Management Association and, most recently, as a marketing account executive with Moroch Partners, where she worked closely with the University of Georgia and the Atlanta Falcons on developing marketing partnerships.

“We are very pleased to have Leigh joining our team. Obviously, her background in sports will be valuable, but her skills in marketing and advertising will also be very helpful in raising awareness about the overall mission of the Sports Commission, as well as the Greater Gwinnett Championship,” Stan Hall, GSC executive director, said in a news release. “We are incredibly fortunate to have some great venues for Leigh and the Sports Commission to work with — including the Arena at Gwinnett Center, Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation, Lifetime Tennis, Suwanee Sports Academy and many others. Her first order of business will be meeting with these facilities, and she’ll hit the ground running.”

Gwinnett resident earns commercial real estate designation

Scott LeCraw of LeCraw Realty LLC in Duluth has earned the Certified Commercial Investment Member designation from the CCIM Institute, one of the leading commercial real estate associations in the world.

Earning the designation at the Institute’s biannual business meetings in Denver, LeCraw was among 115 commercial real estate professionals who passed the CCIM Comprehensive Examination, the final component in the designation process.

The CCIM designation is awarded to commercial real estate professionals upon completion of the graduate-level core course curriculum and attainment of a qualifying level of experience. The CCIM curriculum addresses the cornerstones of commercial investment real estate, including financial analysis, market analysis, user decision analysis and investment analysis.

LeCraw, a long-time resident of Gwinnett County, is a past president of the Rotary Club of South Gwinnett and a graduate of Leadership Gwinnett.