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Newsmakers in business, Feb. 15

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Wallis joins Norton’s Commercial Acreage Group in North Georgia

Jim Wallis has joined the Norton Agency — Commercial Acreage Group as director of Commercial Properties, North Georgia area.

Wallis joins Norton after 30 years in public accounting, banking and consulting career. Heis a graduate of Mississippi State University and the University of Texas Graduate School of Community Banking.

Wallis, a Rabun County/Lake Burton resident, will be initially based in Norton’s Commercial Acreage’s Gainesville headquarters and will specialize in the Rabun, Seneca, S.C., and Franklin, N.C., markets and the 10-county regions that surround these communities.

Christoper Hendley joins Lanier Islands staff

Christopher Hendley has joined Lanier Islands as director of Special Events & Promotions.

“I’m really excited about working with this talented group of folks and learning all about the resort industry,” Hendley said.

He had previously worked at the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau, Georgia Force Arena Football League, The Arena at Gwinnett Center, and Philips Arena.

Hendley is a founding member and previous president of Right To Hike Inc., a nonprofit organization committed to creating safety awareness for hikers and outdoor enthusiasts, and has served on the Hercules Council of the Dobbins Air Force Reserve Base Advisory Board, as well as the Gwinnett Technical College Sports Marketing Advisory Board.

United Community Bank moves 3 into new executive roles

Blairsville-based United Community Bank has named three executives to new roles in the company.

UCB’s board has elected Jimmy Tallent, its chief executive officer, as chairman and chief executive officer, W.C. Nelson to the new position of lead director, and Lynn Harton, its chief operating officer, as a director and promoted him to president and chief operating officer.

Nelson, who has served on the United board since its formation in 1988, has been chairman since 2012.

Tallent has 31 years of experience at UCB and 40 years in banking.

Harton, who joined UCB in 2012, has over 30 years of banking experience. He was consultant and special assistant to the chief executive officer, and executive vice president of commercial banking at TD Bank Financial Group in Greenville, S.C. Prior to that, he was president and chief executive officer of The South Financial Group, also in Greenville.

Huelsman named general manager of Industrial Depot

Connie Huelsman has been named general manager of Industrial Depot in Gainesville.

She has a background in manufacturing and engineering support for over 18 years and will manage the corporate office and the main warehouse.

The Industrial Depot supplies bolts, nuts, hardware and shop supplies.

Primos joins Northeast Georgia Physicians Group

William Primos has joined Northeast Georgia Physicians Group Orthopedic Surgery & Sports Medicine in Dawsonville.

Primos has more than 20 years of sports medicine experience. He received his medical degree from the University of Mississippi School of Medicine and completed his postgraduate training in primary care, sports medicine and adolescent medicine at the University of Wisconsin Hospital & Clinic.

He also completed a pediatric residency at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Primos is board certified in both sports medicine and pediatrics. He is a member of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, American Academy of Pediatrics and AAP’s Council on Sports Medicine & Fitness.

Gainesville-based Syfan Logistics honored by UPS

Gainesville-based Syfan Logistics has been honored for its high-level performance during United Parcel Service’s peak holiday season last year.

Syfan Logistics received the 2014 UPS Peak Season Expedited Operations Power 5 Champion Award. It was the third peak season Syfan Logistics has partnered with UPS.

In addition to receiving the highest
service-performance rating of all carriers in the national UPS network of logistics providers, Syfan logged the second-most total miles.

“We’ve always had a strong relationship with UPS,” Syfan Logistics President Greg Syfan said. “We have particularly enjoyed partnering with their company for the last three years during the peak delivery season.”

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