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Gregory V. Katulka

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Gainesville financial adviser recognized for his philanthropy

Gregory V. Katulka has been announced as one of three national finalists for the Volunteer of the Year Award, one of five categories in the ninth annual Invest in Others Community Leadership Awards.

Katulka is being honored for his work with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hall County, which will receive a $5,000 donation from the Invest in Others Charitable Foundation. If Katulka wins his category, the donation will increase to $20,000.

He is a senior financial adviser and first vice president for wealth management at Merrill Lynch in Gainesville.

Since 2009, Katulka has contributed countless hours to helping the Boys & Girls Clubs provide high-quality after-school and community outreach programs for the 5,500 youth served annually.

As chief volunteer officer and board chairman, he raises funds, attends events and develops partnerships and collaborations with other nonprofits. Over the past three years, Katulka’s leadership enabled the nonprofit to achieve more diversified financial growth, add new enrichment programs and launch five new club sites in the Gainesville City School System to serve 200 additional at-risk youth.

In addition to his volunteerism at the local level, Katulka provides leadership and expertise for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America through committee service and, most recently, as co-chair of the Southeast Leadership Conference.

The Invest in Others Charitable Foundation established the Community Leadership Awards to recognize the philanthropic achievements of financial advisers and financial services firms. It received hundreds of nominations for the awards this year.

Awards will be presented at the annual Invest in Others Community Leadership Awards Gala, an event attended by more than 400 financial advisers and financial services executives, on Sept. 30 in New York City.

Gainesville native an officer in CDC’s Epidemic Intelligence Service

Jason Lake, a Gainesville native, is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s 2015 class of Epidemic Intelligence Service officers.

Also known as the CDC’s disease detectives, only about 60 EIS officers are selected each year from a highly competitive national candidate pool of medical doctors, veterinarians and Ph.D. recipients.

EIS officers work across the United States and around the globe to keep Americans safe from a variety of health threats. All of the EIS officers in the 2014 class were involved in the Ebola response.

Lake received his bachelor’s degree in science from Davidson College and his MD/MPH from Emory University.

He just completed his initial disease detective training in Atlanta and now goes on to serve as an EIS officer in the Division for Healthcare Quality Promotion, where he will serve on the front lines of public health.

Georgia Powder Coating named as a ‘Top Shop’

Gainesville’s Georgia Powder Coating Inc. has been named one of the best finishing shops in North America, according to an industry benchmarking survey conducted by Products Finishing magazine, a trade publication that has covered the industry since 1938.

The magazine conducted an extensive benchmarking survey that analyzed hundreds of finishing companies in several different areas, including current finishing technology, finishing practices and performances, business strategies and performances, and training and human resources.

Only the top 50 shops were given the honor of being a Products Finishing magazine “Top Shop” based on a scoring matrix in those four criteria.

Georgia Powder Coating is located at 100 Zander Drive in Gainesville and offers powder coating, further assembly, packaging, and pickup and delivery.

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