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Newsmakers in Business, Dec. 29
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Norton Agency acquires Gold City Insurance

Gainesville-based Norton Insurance has acquired Gold City Insurance of 81 Crown Mountain Place, Dahlonega.

Gold City was formed in 2006 by D.L. “Tinker” Head and his wife Connie, both of whom will remain with the company. Tinker has been named District Relations Manager and will remain in a sales capacity as well. The office will be managed by Ben Gilleland, president of Norton Insurance Mountain Division.

“The acquisition of Gold City and the association with Local leaders like Tinker gives our firm a strong foundation to serve communities like Lumpkin County with our powerful array of insurance products,” said Bob Norton, president of The Norton Agency.

This is the fourth acquisition in the last 18 months by Norton Insurance, the largest agency in North Georgia. The company grew its revenues by 23 percent in 2013 through acquisitions and organic growth.

The Norton Agency was founded in 1928 by W.L. Norton Sr. and today is Georgia’s largest independent insurance and real estate company. The insurance division 18 affiliates and offices in Cobb, Crisp, Dawson, DeKalb, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Hall, Habersham, Lumpkin, White and Whitfield counties, as well as in South Carolina, Alabama and Florida.

Landy to head health system’s Professional Practice

Northeast Georgia Health System has named Krista Landy, BSN, RN, as its new director of Professional Practice.

In the position, she will help put structures and processes in place that will enhance the level of professionalism of the system’s clinical staff.

“Krista’s leadership, expertise and collaborative spirit make her a welcome addition to our team,” said Carol Burrell, president and CEO of the health system. “Her experience in building systems within large organizations is an invaluable resource to NGHS.”

Landy comes to NGHS from Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, where she worked for 20 years, most recently serving as project manager for Nursing Services, director of Patient and Family Support Services and operations manager.

Prior to that, she worked for five years for Charter Psychiatric Hospitals as the nurse manager of Youth Services and as a staff nurse.

“Nursing excellence is my passion,” Landy said. “I look forward to collaborating with nurses of all levels at NGHS to create a healthy work environment where nurses can learn, advance professionally and provide the best care possible.”

Originally from Florida, Landy moved to Gainesville in 1998. She and her husband, Steven, have a son.

Landy is currently pursuing her master’s degree in nursing administration from Georgia State University and will complete her degree in 2014.

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