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Newsmakers in business, Oct. 18
Iris Morales

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Morales named vice president, mortgage originator of Verity Bank
South Hall resident Iris Morales has joined Verity Bank as vice president and mortgage originator.

"We are very pleased that Ms. Morales will be growing the mortgage side of our business," said Bronson Lavender, Verity’s executive vice president and senior lender.

"She believes in the same service philosophy that is so important to our organization and given her mortgage experience and strong work ethic, we are confident that she will be instrumental in the success of Verity Bank. We couldn’t be more excited about Ms. Morales joining Verity Bank."

Morales has been in banking for 16 years and has specialized in mortgage lending for five years.

"It is refreshing to work with a group of bankers that are passionate about serving the client and who work together as a team," Morales said.

Morales lives in Gainesville with her two children.

Verity Bank is a new community bank at 94 West Athens St. in downtown Winder. For information regarding mortgages, call 770-654-4111 or visit its Web site.

Avian Technology opens office in Panama
Avian Technology International, a Gainesville poultry company, has opened a satellite office in Panama.

The office is headed up by longtime Avian Technology equipment division international sales manager Anibal Rodriguez. Its goal is to provide support for its clients in Latin America and the Caribbean.

"Our new satellite office is allowing us to better serve our clients in that area," said Jason Kempker, Avian Technology International vice president. "Anibal Rodriguez’s experience and strong ties to the area make him a natural for the position."

Rodriguez has nearly 30 years of expertise in nutrition, genetics and equipment. He sells and markets poultry and swine equipment in Central America and the Caribbean and provides technical assistance in equipment installation and management.

Avian Technology, founded in 1989, is a leading American supplier and exporter of broiler hatching eggs, vaccines, and poultry and swine production equipment. The company has offices the United States and Panama and serves clients around the world. Web site.

From staff reports