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POSTED: October 25, 2007 10:24 a.m.

Association honors Massey
Abit Massey, president of the Gainesville-based Georgia Poultry Federation, was selected as one of the Georgia Society of Association Executives “90 Movers & Shakers” during an event last week in Atlanta.
Massey is past chairman of the American Society of Association Executives, past president of GSAE, past chairman of the GSAE Foundation and is a certified association executive and former member of the national certification board.

As a part of its 90th anniversary, GSAE selected 90 association professionals who have demonstrated involvement in, participation in and support of GSAE and the association community in Georgia.

Cooley named to third term
Counte Cooley, president of Electronic Sales Co. in Gainesville, has been elected for a third two-year term as vice president of the National Burglar and Fire Alarm Association.
With 49 years in the industry, Cooley has served six years as an NBFAA board member and four years as president of the Georgia Burglar & Fire Alarm Association. Cooley was also involved in chartering the new Georgia Electronic Life Safety and Systems Association.

Sharpe Construction ranked nationally by magazine
Sharpe Construction of Buford has been ranked 136th on Entrepreneur Magazine’s Hot 500 list ranking America’s fastest growing businesses.

The magazine cited Sharpe Construction’s revenue growth from $2 million in 2002 to revenues of $18.8 million in 2006 and continued employee growth as primary factors in their selection. Companies were required to post sales of at least $1 million and show year over year job growth during the preceding four-year period in order to be considered.

“This honor is a testament to our employees and their dedication to our core values of integrity, collaboration, commitment and excellence,” said company president Shane Sharpe.

The company has projects in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee and South Carolina. Its primary market is in commercial, retail, restaurant and petroleum construction. In 2007, the firm expanded into the hotel and banking markets.

Brown receives award
Linda B. Brown is the recipient of the achievement award presented by the American Association of Managing General Agents. The award was presented at the 2007 Georgia council of the National Association of Insurance Women conference in Marietta.

The award honors a member of the Georgia insurance council for dedication and outstanding achievement in the insurance industry. Brown has been employed with Sidney O. Smith Inc. for 44 years and is the personal lines manager.

Head earns CSCS designation
Laura Head, of CrossFit of Northeast Georgia in Gainesville, has received the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist credential for personal training. The certification is for professionals who apply scientific knowledge to train athletes for the primary goal of improving athletic performance. The credentialing program is designed to encourage a higher level of competence among practitioners and raises the quality of strength training and conditioning programs provided by those who are CSCS certified.

Head is associated with CrossFit, which is located in Ozone on Chestnut Street.



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