Busi­ness Briefs Pin­na­cle Bank an­nounces pro­mo­tions among of­fi­cer corps

New­ton County res­i­dents among those pro­moted

The Covington News - - BUSINESS -

ELBERTON — Jack­son McCon­nell, pres­i­dent and chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of Pin­na­cle Bank, to­day an­nounced the pro­mo­tions of sev­eral cur­rent of­fi­cers as well as the pro­mo­tions of oth­ers to of­fi­cer sta­tus at the bank.

McCon­nell said that Roy “Rip” Mal­colm Jr. has been named se­nior vice pres­i­dent, as has Larry Hunter. Freddy Jones, Deb­bie Lind­sey and Lisa Pear­son have been named vice pres­i­dents; Beth Stapp has been named as­sis­tant vice pres­i­dent; Kim McNary and Pam Queen have been pro­moted to bank­ing of­fi­cer and Sara Stephens has been named as­sis­tant bank­ing of­fi­cer.

Mal­colm, who re­sides at Lake Oconee, has been in bank­ing for 12 years. He is a mem­ber of the So­cial Cir­cle First Bap­tist Church, So­cial Cir­cle Ro­tary and a Board mem­ber of the So­cial Cir­cle Bet­ter Home­town.

He is also a for­mer board mem­ber of the Wal­ton County Cham­ber of Com­merce and Wal­ton County United Way.

Hunter is a res­i­dent of Cov­ing­ton and has been in bank­ing for 36 years. He is a mem­ber of the New­ton, Wal­ton and Madi­son/ Morgan Coun­ties Home­builder As­so­ci­a­tions and the Cov­ing­ton Li­ons Club. He is also a mem­ber of the First United Methodist Church of Cov­ing­ton.

Jones has been in bank­ing for two years. He lives at Lane Creek Plan­ta­tion in Oconee County and is a mem­ber of Hull Bap­tist Church. Prior to en­ter­ing the bank­ing in­dus­try, Jones was as­so­ci­ate ath­letic di­rec­tor for the Univer­sity of Ge­or­gia.

Lind­sey is a 28-year bank­ing vet­eran who re­sides in Rut­ledge. She is a mem­ber of the So­cial Cir­cle First Bap­tist Church.

Pear­son is also a res­i­dent of So­cial Cir­cle. She and her hus­band are youth lead­ers at Braswell CH Church in Good­hope, and she has been in bank­ing for 21 years.

Stapp has been in bank­ing for nearly a decade. She at­tends Corinth Chris­tian Church and is ac­tively in­volved in the lo­cal pri­mary and el­e­men­tary schools in So­cial Cir­cle and is ac­tive in the New­ton County Home­builders As­so­ci­a­tion. She re­sides in Jer­sey.

McNary has been in bank­ing for eight years. A res­i­dent of Ox­ford, she is an ac­tive mem­ber of First Bap­tist Church and is a mem­ber of the New­ton County Home­builders As­so­ci­a­tion.

Queen is a res­i­dent of Mon­roe and serves as an am­bas­sador for the Cham­ber of Com­merce. She has been in the bank­ing in­dus­try for 12 years.

Stephens is a seven-year bank­ing vet­eran who re­sides in New­ton.

“I am pleased to an­nounce th­ese pro­mo­tions to well-de­serv­ing pro­fes­sion­als at Pin­na­cle Bank,” McCon­nell said. “Each in his or her own right has con­trib­uted to the suc­cess of our in­sti­tu­tion in meet­ing the fi­nan­cial needs of our cus­tomers and com­mu­ni­ties. We ap­plaud their own suc­cess through the­ses promo- tions, in the cer­tain knowl­edge that our cus­tomers will ben­e­fit from their ex­per­tise in the years to come.”

Bank of North Ge­or­gia Pro­motes La­timer

Bank of North Ge­or­gia an­nounced that An­drea La­timer has been pro­moted to cash man­age­ment sales of­fi­cer for the bank’s south­ern re­gion.

She is lo­cated at the bank’s Cov­ing­ton com­mer­cial of­fice at 4159 Mill Street.

La­timer has more than ten years of ex­pe­ri­ence in bank­ing and has been with Bank of North Ge­or­gia for eight years. In her new role as cash man­age­ment sales of­fi­cer at Bank of North Ge­or­gia, La­timer is re­spon­si­ble for iden­ti­fy­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for new and ex­ist­ing cus­tomers and pre­sent­ing pro­pos­als to prospec­tive cash man­age­ment clients.

La­timer is a grad­u­ate of Clay­ton State Univer­sity hav­ing earned a Bach­e­lor of Science in man­age­ment. In the com­mu­nity, La­timer is a mem­ber of the Spe­cial Events Com­mit­tee for the Cov­ing­ton-New­ton Cham­ber of Com­merce. She re­sides in Rut­ledge with her hus­band,Travis.

Bush an­nounces con­cerns about re­calls

WASH­ING­TON (AP) — The fed­eral gov­ern­ment would toughen its polic­ing of prod­ucts from abroad un­der steps pro­posed by Pres­i­dent Bush on Tues­day af­ter a rash of re­calls of dan­ger­ous tooth­paste, dog food and toys.

Bush said the United States ben­e­fits from hav­ing an open mar­ket and a huge variety of prod­ucts from across the globe.

How­ever, he said, “We need to do more to en­sure that Amer­i­can fam­i­lies have con­fi­dence in what they find on our store shelves. They have the right to ex­pect the food they eat, the medicines they take or the toys they buy for their chil­dren to be safe.”

Act­ing on rec­om­men­da­tions from an ad­vi­sory panel, Bush pro­posed that the Food and Drug Ad­min­is­tra­tion be em­pow­ered to or­der manda­tory re­calls of un­safe food prod­ucts. Cur­rently, the FDA lacks the author­ity to or­der re­calls but works with pro­duc­ers on vol­un­tary re­calls. “Specif­i­cally, the FDA would be em­pow­ered to or­der a re­call when a com­pany re­fuses to re­call their prod­uct vol­un­tar­ily or moves too slowly in re­mov­ing the un­safe prod­uct from the mar­ket,” the pres­i­dent said.

Health and Hu­man Ser­vices Sec­re­tary Mike Leav­itt said the United States has “among the safest food sup­plies on the planet. It’s not per­fect. We can get bet­ter. But we’re very for­tu­nate to live in a place where th­ese prob­lems are dis­cov­ered quickly and re­sponded to.”

Bush also pro­posed in­creas­ing the pres­ence of U.S. in­spec­tors from Cus­toms, the Border Pa­trol, the Con­sumer Prod­uct Safety Com­mis­sion and other agen­cies in coun­tries that are ma­jor ex­porters to the United States.

Other pro­pos­als would strengthen CPSC’s author­ity by mak­ing it il­le­gal for com­pa­nies to know­ingly sell a re­called prod­uct; by au­tho­riz­ing the CPSC to is­sue fol­low-up re­call an­nounce­ments, and by re­quir­ing re­call­ing com­pa­nies to re­port sup­plier and de­liv­ery in­for­ma­tion. Fur­ther, CPSC would be able to im­pose as­set for­fei­ture penal­ties for crim­i­nal of­fenses.

A third rec­om­men­da­tion calls for es­tab­lish­ing a cer­ti­fi­ca­tion pro­gram — likened to a seal of ap­proval — for com­pa­nies with a proven track record for meet­ing safety stan­dards. The Bush ad­min­is­tra­tion sees that as a pow­er­ful tool be­cause it pre­sum­ably would make cer­ti­fied sup­pli­ers more at­trac­tive to big re­tail­ers.

In ad­di­tion, reg­u­la­tors would be able to con­cen­trate on coun­tries and com­pa­nies that don’t have a rep­u­ta­tion for meet­ing cer­ti­fi­ca­tion stan­dards

“For many years we’ve re­lied on a strat­egy based on iden­ti­fy­ing un­safe prod­ucts at the border,” Bush said. “The prob­lem is that the grow­ing vol­ume of prod­ucts com­ing into our coun­try makes this approach in­creas­ingly un­re­li­able.”

Sub­mit­ted photo

Pro­mo­tions: Sev­eral Pin­na­cle Bank em­ploy­ees re­cently re­ceived pro­mo­tions. Pic­tured, from left, are Roy Mal­colm, Larry Hunter, Freddy Jones, Deb­bie Lind­sey, Lisa Pear­son, Beth Stapp, Kim McNary, Pam Queen and Sara Stevens.

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