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Welches to speak at Brenau event April 30

Former General Electric Co. CEO Jack Welch and his wife, business journalist and television commentator Suzy Welch, will appear on stage at Brenau University’s historic Pearce Auditorium on April 30 in a public event following publication of their second book, “The Real-life MBA.”

The event, which starts at 7 p.m., is open to the public. Tickets are $25 and include admission to the event and a copy of the book.

Afterward, the Welches will move next door to the university’s Sellars Gallery for book-signing. Additional copies of the book will be on sale there.

It is the Welches’ first event in Georgia following the April 16 publication of their book and the only appearance scheduled in the state on their nationwide book launch tour.

“This is a coup for Brenau University,” said Brenau University President Ed Schrader. “Jack Welch for decades has enjoyed a reputation as a virtual oracle in the business world. Suzy Welch as the former editor of The Harvard Business Review helps keep him grounded.”

The Brenau appearance is part of the Kay and Doug Ivester Endowed Program Series at Brenau.

The couple’s earlier book, “Winning,” was an international best seller when published more than a decade ago. Since then, the Welches have traveled throughout the world consulting with business leaders in numerous industries.

Jack Welch is executive chairman of the Jack Welch Management Institute, an online MBA school with more than 1,000 students. Suzy Welch is former editor of Harvard Business Review and author of her own best-selling book, “10-10-10: A Life Transforming Idea.”

To purchase tickets online, go to Call 770-534-6160 for more information or assistance.

 Jonathan Lewis joins South State Investment Services

South State Investment Services announced that Jonathan Lewis has joined the North Georgia region as a vice president, financial consultant.

A longtime resident of Habersham County, Lewis is a chartered retirement planning counselor designee. He also has his Georgia Life, Accident and Health Insurance license.

South State Corp. is the largest publicly traded bank holding company headquartered in South Carolina and has branches in 12 Georgia counties; website,

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