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Nick Vitale joins Sterling Risk Advisors as broker

Nick Vitale joins Sterling Risk Advisors as broker

ATLANTA -- Nick Vitale has joined Sterling Risk Advisors as a broker, specializing in construction, real estate and technology. He also provides exceptional service and solutions across a diverse spectrum of other industries.

Vitale received his bachelor of business administration in Risk Management and Insurance from the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia. While a student, he worked for Northwestern Mutual as a college financial representative. He recent received his Commercial Lines Coverage Specialist (CLCS) designation.

A native of Alpharetta, Vitale now lives in the Buckhead area.

Sterling Risk Advisors is a full-service Atlanta-based risk management and insurance brokerage firm serving the commercial, professional and personal needs of clients across a diverse spectrum of industries.

Morgan Stanley financial advisor earns national recognition for philanthropy

Morgan Stanley financial advisor earns national recognition for philanthropy

ATLANTA -- Michael J. Skrynecki, certified financial planner and financial advisor with Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, won the 2014 Invest in Others Catalyst Award, one of five categories of awards presented on Sept. 18 at the eighth annual Invest in Others Community Leadership Awards dinner in New York City. Mr. Skrynecki earned the honor for his work with the Wiskott-Aldrich Foundation, which will receive a $20,000 donation from the Invest in Others Charitable Foundation.

Hundreds of nominations for the Community Leadership Awards are received each year and reviewed by a diverse panel of leaders in the financial services industry. Nominees were evaluated based on their level of involvement in an organization, personal contributions, and the impact of their efforts.

Brian Frank among 'Best of Best' at Barron’s Top Advisors Summit

Brian Frank among 'Best of Best' at Barron’s Top Advisors Summit

ATLANTA -- Brian Frank, Managing Director, was one of several hundred financial advisors who were selected by their firms to attend the 10th annual Barron’s Top Financial Advisors Summit, hosted by Barron’s magazine to promote best practices in the industry and the value of advice to the investing public.

The invitation-only conference was held at the Waldorf-Astoria, September 8-10, in Orlando, Fla.

This exclusive conference is designed to promote best practices and generate new ideas across the industry.  Participants attended workshops, led by the Top 100 Financial Advisors that explored current issues ranging from business development ideas through managing high-net-worth accounts and family relationships to portfolio management and retirement planning.

AC Hotels by Marriott to arrive at Phipps Plaza

AC Hotels by Marriott to arrive at Phipps Plaza

ATLANTA -- Simon and Noble Investment Group announced a joint venture which will bring the acclaimed AC Hotels by Marriott brand to Phipps Plaza.

Inspired by the runways and fashion houses of Milan, AC Hotels by Marriott is an upper moderate tier lifestyle brand within the Marriott International, Inc. global collection of 18 brands. With “Feel the City” as its creative inspiration, the brand features simple, clean and crisp lines, marrying sophisticated European style with approachable design for a distinct and modern feel.

Located at the intersection of Peachtree Road and Wieuca Road and adjacent to Nordstrom at Phipps Plaza, the AC by Marriott Buckhead will be the brand's first hotel in Atlanta, and is scheduled to open in January 2016.

Christopher Kane joins Sterling Risk Advisors

Christopher Kane joins Sterling Risk Advisors

ATLANTA -- Christopher P. Kane has joined Sterling Risk Advisors as a broker, specializing in the complex risk management solutions of private equity mergers and acquisitions, medical technology, manufacturing/distribution, and information technology companies.

Kane’s professional expertise also includes pharmaceuticals, value-added resellers, and defense contractors. He has completed The Hartford School of Insurance program and maintains his Commercial Lines Coverage Specialist (CLCS) designation.

Before joining Sterling Risk Advisors, Kane was a captive agent for Liberty Mutual Insurance and served as a sales representative for State Farm Insurance.

He received his Bachelor of Science degree in political science from Kennesaw State University and lives in Buckhead. He is an active member of Birmingham United Methodist Church and volunteers often with Trinity Community Ministries, a nonprofit dedicated to transforming the lives of homeless men.

Pike Nurseries to hire 150 seasonal employees

Pike Nurseries to hire 150 seasonal employees

ATLANTA -- Employment opportunities are in full bloom this fall for the nation’s largest independent garden retailer. Pike Nurseries will add approximately& 150 seasonal associates in the coming weeks.

Whether applicants are experienced sales professionals, retail managers or hobby gardeners, Pike Nurseries has a position for anyone who loves plants, people and playing in the dirt – no green thumb required! Interested candidates are encouraged to attend the Pike Nurseries Career Fair on Thursday, Sept. 18 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Lindbergh store on 2410 Camellia Lane NE or apply at any Pike Nurseries location.

The garden center is seeking applicants at every skill level, from high school students to those with a rooted background in horticulture. Employees must be prepared to proactively engage with customers, take the guesswork out of gardening, care for the store’s plants and more.

Michael Merlin named to REP. magazine’s 'Top 40 Wirehouse Advisors Under 40'

Michael Merlin named to REP. magazine’s 'Top 40 Wirehouse Advisors Under 40'

ATLANTA -- Morgan Stanley Wealth Management announced Michael Merlin, a Managing Director, Financial Advisor in the firm’s Atlanta Wealth Management office, has been named to REP. magazine’s list of “Top 40 Wirehouse Advisors Under 40.” 

This listing is a select group of individuals who are 39 years of age or younger, as of July 2014, and are ranked exclusively on assets under management custodied at their firm. Only Financial Advisors for whom 80 percent or more of assets correspond to retail clients were eligible for the list.

“I am extremely proud that Michael Merlin is representing Morgan Stanley Wealth Management on this list,” commented Michael Outlaw, Branch Manager of Morgan Stanley’s Atlanta office office. “This listing recognizes an elite group of dedicated financial professionals.”