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Newsmakers in Business, March 16
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Anthony Shope

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North Georgia Community Foundation names new board members

The North Georgia Community Foundation Board of Directors announced the addition of five new board members: Tim Darrah, Rob Fowler, Rusty Hopkins, Lona Paulos-Pope and Kevin J. Tallant.

Darrah, a Clayton resident, is retired from Carter & Associates, where he was senior vice president for property. He is president of the board of directors for F.A.I.T.H in Rabun County and an elder with the Nacoochee Presbyterian Church in Sautee Nachoochee.

Fowler is a partner with Turner Wood and Smith Insurance Company and a Gainesville resident. He has served as board chair of many service organizations including Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce, Rehabilitation Industries of Georgia, Gainesville Rotary Club, Boys Scouts of Northeast Georgia Council, the Salvation Army and Gainesville First United Methodist Church.

A partner with the Gainesville accounting firm Bates Carter, Hopkins has volunteered with several organizations including the Gainesville Jaycees, Gainesville Ballet, Boys & Girls Clubs of Hall County, Elachee Nature Science Center and the Gainesville Estate Planning Council. In addition, Hopkins is a stewardship team leader and Sunday School teacher at Lakewood Baptist Church.

Pope, who lives in Gainesville, is a retired banker having served 25 years as vice president of marketing and public relations for Habersham Bancorp. She serves on the Northeast Georgia Health System Foundation Board of Directors, volunteers for Meals on Wheels and Good News at Noon. She is a former president of the Rotary Club of Habersham County.

A founding partner of the Miles Patterson Hansford Tallant law firm in Cumming, Tallant currently serves on the Forsyth County Community Connection. He is past president of the Forsyth County Arts Alliance, an active member of Cumming First United Methodist Church and the Lanier Forsyth Rotary Club.

The foundation was founded in 1985 by longtime Times publisher Lou Fockele and other business leaders. It has awarded charitable grants totaling more than $45 million. For more information, visit

Three Hasty Pope attorneys earn ‘Super Lawyer’ honor

Hasty Pope attorneys Jonathan Pope, Tom Pope and Dustin Davies have been honored by Super Lawyers Magazine.

Jonathan Pope was named to the Super Lawyer’s list for the fifth time and made the magazine’s prestigious Top 100 list for the first time. The Top 100 are the attorneys who earned the highest scores during the judging process.

It is Tom Pope’s first time on the list. He is also a member of several professional organizations including the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, American Association for Justice, the Southern Trial Lawyers Association and Lawyers Club of Atlanta.

Davies was named to the Rising Star list for attorneys under 40 and has been with the firm for just over a year.

Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Only 5 percent of the state’s lawyers meet the criteria for inclusion in the magazines’ Super Lawyer listing.

For more information on Hasty Pope, visit

Jakins named new president and CEO of Jackson EMC

The Jackson Electric Membership Corp. board of directors last week elected Earnest A. “Chip” Jakins III as the cooperative’s new president and CEO. He succeeds Randall Pugh, who announced his retirement in October.

“Our board is fortunate to have someone like Mr. Jakins who has the background and experience as a CEO in the rural electric industry to lead Jackson EMC into the future,” board Chairman Otis Jones said.

Jones said Jakins would assume his duties around May 1.

Jakins is an 18-year veteran of the power industry. He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and a master’s degree in business administration.

Jackson EMC, the second largest electric cooperative in the nation, is headquartered in Jefferson. It serves more than 199,500 individual accounts.

Halski Systems names Shope as operations manager

Anthony Shope has joined Halski Systems, LLC as operations director.

Shope’s experience includes six years at Rushton & Co. and 18 years at Fieldale Farms as comptroller.

He is a lifelong resident of Gainesville and graduated with a BBA in management in 1990 from the University of North Georgia.

Shope and his wife, the former Shelley Riddle, have two children.

“We are glad to be bring Anthony on board to add his experience to our company as we continue to grow,” president and founder Lewis Halski said. “Anthony has a proven track record of business operations and management that will allow us to continue or growth and development so we can better serve our clients and provide them with the most professional IT experience possible.”

Halski Systems, located at 210 Washington St., Gainesville, provides IT network design, installation, administration and consulting services to businesses. For more, visit