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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.

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

Personal Safety Tips

Personal Safety Tips

By Greg Norred, CEO, Norred & Associates

Over the course of your life, the chances of being the victim of a crime are at least one in three, higher if you live in a large city, and higher still if you’re a woman. The criminal’s objective is to maximize gain and minimize risk, and he’ll usually pick the easiest target with the most to offer. Given these odds, it pays to take precautions by following some basic safety rules:

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.”

Ga. Teacher of the Year to be announced Friday

Ga. Teacher of the Year to be announced Friday

(WXIA) -- The 2015 Georgia Teacher of the Year will be announced Friday during a special luncheon.

Georgia State Superintendent Dr. John Barge will reveal the winner at around 2:45 p.m. at the Georgia International Convention Center in College Park.

The 10 finalists include:

Nick C. Crowder
Forsyth County Schools
Teaches engineering education at South Forsyth HS

Rhonda Lokey
Cobb County School District
Teaches 6th grade social studies at Campbell MS

Amanda Miliner
Houston County Schools
Teaches 4th grade at Miller ES

Paul D. Mixon
Heard County School District
Teaches journalism and economics at Heard County HS

Michelle Peace
Early County School District
Teaches Spanish at Early County HS

Brian Frank named to Barron’s Top 1,200 Financial Advisors

Brian Frank named to Barron’s Top 1,200 Financial Advisors

ATLANTA -- Morgan Stanley announced today that Brian Frank, Managing Director, Financial Advisor, in the Firm’s Atlanta Wealth Management office, has been named to Barron’s list of America’s Top 1,200 Advisors: 2014 State-by-State.

The “Barron’s Top 1,200 Advisors” is a select group of individuals who are screened on a number of criteria. Among factors the survey takes into consideration are assets under management, revenue produced for the Firm and quality of service provided to clients.

“I am extremely proud that Brian Frank is representing Morgan Stanley Wealth Management on this list,” commented Michael Outlaw, Branch 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.”

Graham Roberts named to Barron’s Top 1,200 Financial Advisors

Graham Roberts named to Barron’s Top 1,200 Financial Advisors

ATLANTA -- Morgan Stanley announced that Graham Roberts, Executive Director, Financial Advisor, in the Firm’s Atlanta Wealth Management office, has been named to Barron’s list of America’s Top 1,200 Advisors: 2014 State-by-State.

The “Barron’s Top 1,200 Advisors” is a select group of individuals who are screened on a number of criteria. Among factors the survey takes into consideration are assets under management, revenue produced for the Firm and quality of service provided to clients.

“I am extremely proud that Graham Roberts is representing Morgan Stanley Wealth Management on this list,” commented Michael Outlaw, Branch 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.”