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Newsmakers in Business, March 2
New Leaf Landscape Services earned two awards from the Urban Ag Council at its annual banquet in Feb. 4 in Atlanta. Pictured from left are company executives Richard Lowther, Henry Evans, Scott Adamson and Josh Everett.

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Stowe joins insurance division at The Norton Agency

Jeff Stowe, a longtime Hall County businessman and current Hall County commissioner, has joined The Norton Agency’s Insurance Division. He will be work from the main office at 434 Green St. handling business and personal clients.

“In making this career move I knew that I wanted to work with an agency that represented a diverse and competitive array of companies that an independent agency like Norton could provide,” Stowe said. “I also like that I can provide coverage and flexible pricing backed by an 85-year tradition of strength and service.”

Stowe is a graduate of Gainesville High School and Western Carolina University, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in corporate finance. He is married to Jennifer Hudgins Stowe and has four children.

“We are very excited to have Jeff and the experience he brings to our growing agency force,” said Bob Norton, CEO of Norton Insurance. “Jeff has demonstrated a lifelong commitment to this community and we look forward to his increasing The Norton Agency Insurance footprint in and around Hall County.”

Norton is Georgia’s largest independent insurance and real estate firm with 17 offices across four states and has been in operation for 86 years.

New Leaf earns landscaping awards

New Leaf Landscape Services was the recipient of two awards presented by the Urban Ag Council at its annual banquet Feb. 4 in Atlanta.

New Leaf earned the honor of distinction for residential maintenance at both the Winston and Thompson homes located in the Chattahoochee Country Club in Gainesville.

The company also received a commercial maintenance award for its work at Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville.

“These awards show our commitment to quality, curb appeal and professionalism. We are proud of our team and very thankful for the opportunity to serve the landscape needs of these award winning properties,” said Josh Everett, director of business development for New Leaf.