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Newsmakers in Business, June 16
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Josh Stephens

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Stephens joins Hall Chamber staff as project manager

Josh Stephens has joined the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce staff as project manager for the Economic Development Division.

He manages the Gainesville-Hall County Economic Development Council events and meetings, compiles research and reports, and coordinates prospective business and industry visits.

A Gainesville native, Stephens graduated from North Hall High School in 2004. He was a member of the University of Georgia basketball team and graduated in 2009.

Stephens previously served as a legislative aide for state Sen. Jeff Mullis. Prior to that, he served as a business developer for a construction firm in Tampa, Fla.

BatesCarter partners Nix, Schlereth retiring this month

BatesCarter partners John Nix and Duane Schlereth of BatesCarter are to retire June 30 from the Gainesville accounting firm.

Nix and Schlereth have more than 70 years of combined accounting and consulting experience.

Nix graduated from the University of Georgia with a Masters of Accountancy and a concentration in taxation. From 1995-2009, he served as managing partner of BatesCarter. He has served as president of the Georgia Society of CPAs and is currently on the advisory committee for SunTrust Bank of Gainesville and has served in many nonprofit organizations.

In May 2011, Nix was appointed to the Northeast Georgia Health System Board. He presently is chairman of the Northeast Georgia Medical Center Board.

Schlereth graduated from University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Commerce. He has 40 years of auditing and consulting experience. In 2011, Schlereth was one of only 11 people in Georgia to review budgets for the Government Finance Officers Association Awards Program. He has been awarded the Gold Medal by Georgia Society of CPAs, given to the individual with the highest score exam score in the state. In February 2012, Schlereth was elected to the board for the Georgia Mountain Food Bank, where he now serves as treasurer.

BatesCarter’s office is located at 525 Candler St., Gainesville. For more, visit