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Newsmakers in business, Aug. 23
Jay Burkett

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Powers Co. named to fast-growing companies list

The Powers Company, a Gainesville-based management consulting firm, has made the Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing companies this year.

The Inc. 5000 is “a prestigious and well-respected benchmark for the nation’s most successful organizations,” according to a press release from The Powers Company.

The company’s revenue has grown by 394 percent in the past three years.

The Inc. 5000 list ranked The Powers Company 1,097th nationally, 76th among business products and services companies and 45th in the state of Georgia.

“It’s an honor to be named to the Inc. 5000 list of companies,” said Randall Powers, president and managing partner of The Powers Company. “Providing top-notch service to our clients is, and always has been, the focus of our organization, and I am proud that by fulfilling our client’s needs on a year-over-year basis has put us in this elite group of companies.”

Hubbard selects Peeples as region sales manager

Hubbard LLC has hired Jonathan Peeples as Southeast region sales manager.

Peeples has 25 years of experience in the poultry industry in the Southeast, including various management positions in live production. Most recently, he was live production manager with a large integrator in North Georgia.

The company said Peeples’ location in North Georgia is ideal with the large concentration of poultry companies in the area.

Peeples will have sales responsibilities for a region including Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and a portion of southeastern Tennessee.

UCB honors its Oakwood branch, adviser Burkett

United Community Bank recognized Jay Burkett as top financial adviser for the second quarter as part of its quarterly Sales and Service Champion program.

Burkett is based in Cleveland but also works throughout North Georgia in Gainesville, Murrayville and Oakwood.

The Oakwood branch of United Community Bank was honored as one of the bank’s top six bank teams.

Top-performing individuals and bank teams were honored July 23 at a Sales and Service Award luncheon. Top performing individuals received a framed certificate and lapel pin. The winning bank teams will receive a catered group lunch, framed certificate and traveling trophy for display in the office.

Bagwell Insurance earns Agent of Excellence award

The Bagwell Insurance Group has earned the 2015 Agent of Excellence award from Southern Trust Insurance Company.

The group has represented Southern Trust Insurance Company since 1986.

Agent of Excellence awards are given based on growth percentage, loss ratio, commitment to Southern Trust and the customer.

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