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Pike Nurseries Becomes an Employee-owned Company

Pike Nurseries management is pleased to announce the company has combined with Armstrong Garden Centers, its sister corporation in California, to operate under an established Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). The plan transfers ownership to Pike Nurseries and Armstrong Garden Centers employees through a defined contribution benefit program. 

 

“The ESOP program allows us to reward our employees for their hard work and longevity with the company,” said Mike Kunce, CEO and Chairman of the Board at Pike Nurseries and Armstrong Garden Centers. “This structure not only enables management continuity, but also ensures the employees who have built and sustained Pike Nurseries and Armstrong Garden Centers play an integral part in the future success of the business.”

 

Pike Nurseries to Host ‘Super Strawberry Saturday’ on March 14

Pike Nurseries to Host ‘Super Strawberry Saturday’ on March 14

 With spring comes the start of strawberry planting season!Pike Nurseries is gearing up to host its annual Super Strawberry Saturday event at all store locations on March 14 to celebrate this famed fruit. During the devoted day, customers can enjoy complimentary strawberry lemonade and samples of McCutcheon's Jalapeno Strawberry BBQ Sauce while supplies last. Guests will even receive a FREE bareroot strawberry plant of their own to take home and harvest!

Paul Share promoted to Managing Director at Conway MacKenzie

Paul Share promoted to Managing Director at Conway MacKenzie

ATLANTA -- Turnaround professional Paul Share has been promoted to a Managing Director at Conway MacKenzie Inc. Based in the firm’s Atlanta office, he specializes in interim management and financial turnaround roles for private equity portfolio companies among a number of other industries.  This announcement was made by Van E. Conway, CEO and president of Conway MacKenzie Inc.

Jim Hansberger named to REP. Magazine’s 'Top 100 Wirehouse Advisors'

Jim Hansberger named to REP. Magazine’s 'Top 100 Wirehouse Advisors'

ATLANTA -- Morgan Stanley Wealth Management announced today that Jim Hansberger, a Financial Advisor in the firm’s Atlanta office was named to REP. Magazine’s annual list of “Top 100 Wirehouse Advisors.”

The list recognizes a select group of individuals who are ranked exclusively on assets under management custodied at their firm. Only advisors for whom 80 percent or more of assets correspond to retail clients were eligible for the list.

“We are extremely proud that Jim Hansberger is representing Morgan Stanley on this list,” said Michael Outlaw, Complex Manager of Morgan Stanley’s Atlanta Office.  “This listing recognizes an elite group of financial professionals who are dedicated to providing clients with exceptional wealth management services.”

Aries Viera named Master Model Builder For LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta

Aries Viera named Master Model Builder For LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta

ATLANTA -- LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta named Aries Viera as the attraction’s new Master Model Builder at its Brick Factor Competition hosted in late November.

Viera stood out among the nine finalists as a strategic and creative LEGO® brick builder, a role model to the panel of kid judges and a perfect fit for the full-time position. As Master Model Builder, Viera will be the new face of LEGOLAND Discovery Center within the attraction and at community events. He will also be in charge of creating new and innovative LEGO builds for guests to enjoy as well as training the other Model Builders and maintaining all brick-related attractions such as MINILAND and the Model Builder Academy. 

Sterling Risk Advisors promotes Emily Cunningham to account executive

Sterling Risk Advisors promotes Emily Cunningham to account executive

ATLANTA -- Sterling Risk Advisors, a full-service risk brokerage firm, has promoted Emily Cunningham to account executive in the medical department, where she provides coverage for health care providers and health care facilities. She joined Sterling as an intern in 2012 and was quickly hired full-time as an assistant account executive.

She serves as a member of the Junior Committee of the Shepherd Center, a brain and spinal injury rehabilitation facility.

Cunningham received her Bachelor of Business Administration in Risk Management and Insurance from the University of Georgia. A native of St. Simon’s Island, she lives in the Buckhead neighborhood of Atlanta, where she attends Peachtree Road United Methodist Church.

Phipps Plaza introduces Steinway Piano Galleries

Phipps Plaza introduces Steinway Piano Galleries

ATLANTA -- Phipps Plaza is excited to announce the recent addition of Steinway Piano Galleries to its impressive retail roster.

“Upon visiting Phipps Plaza for the first time, I knew it was the perfect fit for Steinway Piano Galleries,” said Ron Losby, president of Steinway & Sons.  “We’re thrilled about our new location and to be able to serve the Atlanta community in such an upscale environment.”

The recently opened 2,626 square foot store is located on the second level in the Court of the South with a unique selection of Steinway-designed pianos. Since 1853, Steinway & Sons has been hand-crafting the finest pianos in the world from its factory in New York, where the company was founded. Steinway is the piano choice for over nine out of 10 performing concert artists each year.