Business Briefs Pinnacle Bank announces promotions among officer corps
Newton County residents among those promoted
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.”
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.