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Newsmakers in business, April 15
AkzoNobel of Oakwood recently celebrated 30 years in business. The company produces latex paints for several brand-name retailers. AkzoNobel underwent a significant expansion in 1992 and a process automation upgrade in 2007. The facility employs approximately 120 people, eight of whom have been there since it opened in 1982. Pictured are, from left, Shelley Davis, Greater Hall County Chamber of Commerce; Stan Brown, Oakwood city manager; Oakwood Mayor Lamar Scroggs; Bob Taylor, managing director of Deco Paints North America, AkzoNobel; and Dave Baker, director of Supply Chain North America, AkzoNobel.

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Rahinsky named VP for Hotel Equities

Hall County resident Brad Rahinsky has been named vice president of operations for Dunwoody-based Hotel Equities (

Rahinsky’s responsibilities at the hotel development and management company include creating and administrating models for operational excellence. He develops criteria and guidelines for the company’s hiring practices for all associates and oversees selection, training and mentoring of managers.

“Brad is an award-winning industry professional who brings experience in technology and e-commerce as well as operations to our firm,” said HE President and CEO Fred Cerrone. “We will also benefit from his background in revenue management, sales and marketing. He will be an outstanding asset to us.”

Rahinsky has more than 20 years experience in the hospitality industry, most recently as regional director at TIG Global/Micros.

Rahinsky lives in Braselton with his wife, Tricia, and their three children.

Geltz to lead marketing for Sterling on the Lake

Heather Geltz has joined Sterling on the Lake, a residential community in Flowery Branch, as marketing coordinator.

In the position, Geltz supports all marketing for Sterling and coordinates events and programs for the greater community and local Realtors.

“Heather is a great addition to our team and we’re really excited to have her on board,” said Jennifer Landers, marketing director for Newland Communities, which owns the community. “She has a true passion for real estate and the marketing skills that will help us as we strive to provide our guests, residents and Realtors with programs and activities that are engaging and beneficial.”

Geltz earned an associate’s degree from Gainesville State College in 2011 and is currently completing her bachelor’s degree in business administration at North Georgia College & State University. She is a former real estate agent.

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Financial adviser Baldwin attends forum

Edward Jones financial adviser Beth Baldwin of Gainesville recently attended the company’s Women’s Leadership Forum.

The forum, held to recognize successful female Edward Jones financial advisers, provided her with advanced training and networking opportunities in which she shared business-building strategies with her colleagues.

“I found this forum extremely beneficial, particularly when we heard from firm leadership about how important it is that Edward Jones be an inclusive firm and meet the needs of the diverse communities we serve,” Baldwin said.

St. Louis-based Edward Jones provides financial services for individual investors in the United States and, through its affiliate, in Canada; website,

Ga. Mountain Food Bank adds 7 to board

The Georgia Mountain Food Bank, a nonprofit organization that works to fight hunger and its causes, has added seven new members to its 23-member board of directors.

The food bank, based in Flowery Branch, is an affiliate of the Atlanta Community Food Bank, a member of Feeding America, and serves Hall, Forsyth, Dawson, Union and Lumpkin counties.

The new members are Janean DeYoung, vice president of human resources, PFG Milton’s; Duane Schlereth, partner with Bates Carter & Co. LLP; Semuel Maysonet, work sales officer at BB&T; Bethany Magnus, attorney with Whelchel, Dunlap, Jarrard & Walker; Lee Hemmer, associate with The Simpson Co. of Georgia Inc.; Clay Pilgrim, audit manager for Rushton & Co.; and David Sargent, retired.

“We are honored and excited about these community leaders joining our board of directors. Their involvement in the community and their professional experience brings diversity of knowledge and skills to the board,” said Kay Blackstock, executive eirector of the Georgia Mountain Food Bank.

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