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Newsmakers in Business, May 12

POSTED: May 12, 2013 12:32 a.m.

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Financial adviser Baldwin earns Edward Jones honors

Beth Baldwin, an Edward Jones financial adviser in Gainesville, qualified for the firm’s 2013 Financial Adviser Leaders Conference.

The conference recognizes financial advisers who are among the leaders in the financial-services firm. Baldwin was one of only 793 financial advisers who qualified out of the firm’s nearly 12,000 financial advisers.

The conference will be held this month at the firm’s headquarters in St. Louis, Mo.

“Qualifying for this conference shows a tremendous amount of discipline, commitment and work ethic,” said Alan Kindsvater, an Edward Jones partner responsible for Advanced Branch Training.

Edward Jones provides financial services for individual investors in the United States and, through its affiliate, in Canada. For more, visit

Syfan Logistics CEO elected to TIA Board of Directors

Jim Syfan, CEO of Syfan Logistics in Gainesville, was elected to the Transportation Intermediaries Association Board of Directors at the TIA Convention and Trade Show held April 10-13 in Las Vegas.

TIA is the professional organization of the $162 billion third-party logistics industry.

Syfan, who has worked in the brokerage business since 1972, was a charter member of the first board of directors of the Transportation Brokers Conference Association, the predecessor to TIA. He then served on the first TIA board and later founded and chaired the TIA Foundation. He has served in a number of other volunteer roles with TIA.

Syfan has also served on the Board of Directors of the Agricultural Transport Division of the American Trucking Association. He also has been president of the Georgia Chapter and secretary of the national chapter of the Transportation Brokers Conference of America.

Syfan Logistics is a full-scale, asset-based logistics management company based in Gainesville. or more information, visit

Verity Bank rated in top 15th percentile of community banks

Winder-based Verity Bank has been named by Seifried & Brew, LLC, a community bank risk management firm, to its 2012 Top 15th Percentile of Community Banks.

The benchmark for this ranking includes institutions with assets between $100 million and $5 billion.

“We are pleased to be awarded this distinction among our peers,” John L. Lewis, CEO of Verity Bank, Inc. “Our team works diligently every day to ensure that Verity Bank manages risk appropriately.”

Verity Bank opened its first location in Winder in October 2008. Its second location opened last August in Cornelia. For more information, visit

From staff reports


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