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Newsmakers in business Sept. 9

POSTED: September 9, 2012 12:30 a.m.

Braselton’s Wilburn earns top honor as Subway franchisee

Robert Terry Wilburn of Braselton received the 2012 Regional Franchisee of the Year award from the Subway restaurant chain at the company’s recent convention in Orlando, Fla.

The award is for accomplishments in building sales and increasing profitability while achieving excellent store evaluations. He earned the honor from among the chain’s more than 12,000 franchises.

“This is a great honor and it is also humbling as there are a lot of great, hard-working franchisees out there,” Wilburn said. “I must first thank my customers, and then my staff, led by store manager Shirley Barlow. We strive to keep a clean store coupled with fast and friendly service.”

Wilburn purchased his Subway franchise on Ga. 53 in 2010 after a career in food manufacturing maintenance management. “Franchisees like Terry are the heart and soul of the Subway family,” said Don Fertman, Subway’s chief development officer. “We take great pride in the hard work and effort made by thousands of franchisees throughout the world and the millions of customers they serve.”

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King joins Junior Achievement of Ga.

Stacy King has joined Junior Achievement of Georgia as program manager for the Northeast Georgia District.

King graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in education. In 1997, she and her husband, David, purchased Chestatee Growers, a wholesale bedding plant company, where she has served as the office manager. King also worked with Junior Achievement as a volunteer.

A Marietta native, she lives in Gainesville with her husband and their two children.

The Northeast District office for Junior Achievement of Georgia is located at 324 Brenau Ave. and covers 16 counties, including Hall, Barrow, Clarke, Forsyth, Habersham, Stephens and White. The Northeast District served over 7,000 students last year.  For more information visit

Dale joins Georgia Mechanical, Inc., as vice president

Jeff Dale has been named vice president of business development for Georgia Mechanical, Inc.

Georgia Mechanical employs over 100 HVAC professionals with corporate headquarters at 5148 Carson Court, Buford, in South Hall County.

Dale is a graduate of North Hall High School. He attended Gainesville Junior College (now Gainesville State), Georgia Southwestern College and received his BBA from North Georgia College.

He brings 25 years of experience in the utility and HVAC industries. Dale and his wife, Karen English Dale, have three children. Visit Georgia Mechanical, Inc. at:

Chamber offers business seminar

The Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce will hold a Small Business Success Seminar from 7:45-9 a.m. Tuesday at Lanier Tech’s Manufacturing Development Center at Featherbone Communiversity, 999 Chestnut St., in Gainesville.

Discussion on financial resources for small business will be led by a panel of experts.

The seminar is free for chamber members, $15 for guests. Reservations may be made by calling Jean McCullough at 770-532-6206; email,; online at


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