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CB Smith & Associates hires Anna Padus

CB Smith & Associates hires Anna Padus

CB Smith & Associates P.C., a Cumming, Ga.-based accounting firm, recently hired Anna Padus to assist with the growing demand of its services. Padus has filled a new staff position in accounting that will have an emphasis on payroll services. This announcement was made by Chris Smith, CPA and owner of CB Smith & Associates.

“I am enthusiastic about what Anna’s experience can bring to the firm and our clients,” said Smith. The accounting firm, which now has 11 employees, is affiliated with Reliance Payroll LLC, led by Mary D. Smith, SHRM-SCP, where Padus will spend equal time working.

Prior to joining the firm, Padus was a payroll processor at ADP where she earned a Fundamental Payroll Certification from the American Payroll Association. Other experience includes accounts receivables work at Domtar Corporation, a publicly traded paper manufacturer, and working with accounts payables, inventory management, and income tax preparation for other companies.

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!

71 Ga. UPS drivers added to Circle of Honor

71 Ga. UPS drivers added to Circle of Honor

(WXIA) -- More than 1,400 UPS drivers worldwide were recently inducted into the Circle of Honor, an organization for employees who have achieved at least 25 years of accident-free driving.

Seventy-one of the inductees live in Georgia.

"My thanks go to all of them for their dedication and focus, and for the countless lives they've saved," Dwayne Meeks, president of UPS South Atlantic District, said in a statement.

Georgia's senior safe driver is Guy Haynes of Tifton, who can boast 43 accident-free years. The most seasoned Circle of Honor driver is Thomas Camp of Livonia, Mich., who has been driving for UPS for 52 years without an accident.

The latest Circle of Honor members from Georgia, by UPS work location, include:

Acworth (Center)
Robert Crumbley, Marietta

Albany (Center)
Tyrone Campbell, Albany
Robert Hammond Jr., Leesburg

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.

Global Workforce Initiative trains students for future work

Global Workforce Initiative trains students for future work

FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. -- Georgia is suffering a skills-gap, or a lack of production workers, scientists, engineers and technology specialists.

But the Georgia Department of Education is trying to do something about it. The department created the Global Workforce Initiative, which brings private companies into classrooms to train workers of the future.

Shawn Kemner is only a sophomore in high school, but he's already gotten the opportunity to tour Siemens' Drive Technologies plant. He is one of the first students to go through the company's Manufacturing Pathways program, which brings work skills into schools.

"We want to make it real for the students. And if it's real, they get interested," said Denis Brosnan with the Global Workforce Initiative.

Kemner admitted the program further ignited his interest in school.

Fran Ericson joins CB Smith & Associates

Fran Ericson joins CB Smith & Associates

CUMMING, Ga. -- CB Smith & Associates, a Cumming-based accounting firm, welcomed Fran Ericson as its newest member and staff accountant. The announcement was made by Chris Smith, CPA and owner of CB Smith & Associates.

Fran enjoys the diversity of working with so many different companies and people at the firm. For example, there was an instance where she helped a client to secure a loan by getting what they needed very quickly. Her sentiment: “Their success was my success!”

“Fran’s previous experience as a business owner combined with her many years as an accountant is a great strength because she understands the needs of our business clientele,” said Smith. “Adding her to the team is part of our growth strategy as we continue to offer stellar accounting and tax services -- including accounting in the clouds -- to a growing roster of successful businesses.”