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Newsmakers in business, July 1
Bryan St. Pierre

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Pro View Foods recognized for global corporate growth

Pro View Foods founder, B. Jan Cooley, accepted a prestigious designation from the Association for Corporate Growth’s Atlanta chapter for global growth in revenue and employment.

ACG was founded in 1954 as a networking and promotional business association for middle-market companies and professionals. The Atlanta chapter’s award is based on sustained growth over a three-year period for companies headquartered in Georgia.

Awards were presented at its “Fast 40” banquet recently in Atlanta. Pro View ranked 10th out of the 40 fastest-growing companies in the small-to-medium size range.

Cooley founded Pro View Foods in 2007. The company provides poultry for school nutrition food service, institutional, private label and commodity exports. It operates three plants in

Gainesville and Braselton and employs 350.

“Real credit goes to Pro View’s leadership, Richard Reeves and Jerry Shockley, who are the driving forces in our success,” Cooley said. “Their entire careers are in poultry, so the award is a tribute to them and all company associates.”

An industry veteran, Cooley founded and managed Kings Delight, Ltd., from 1987-2002.

Red Clay honored for Verizon amphitheater’s mobile website

Red Clay Interactive has earned national recognition from the Web Marketing Association for the mobile website it created for Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park.

Red Clay won a 2012 MobileWebAward Best Events Mobile Website for its work with the amphitheatre. The mobile website made it easier for attendees’ to get key information about the amphitheatre.

“Through research, we discovered there was an increase in mobile traffic when people were attending events and concerts at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park,” said Lance Compton, Red Clay Interactive CEO. “We were able to create and launch the amphitheatre’s mobile site to give users the information they needed in a form that was easy for them to read.”

Interactive Marketing Director/Strategy Nick Kastner, Development Director Zach Abernathy and Creative Director Aaron Stump worked on the project for Red Clay Interactive.

Red Clay, founded in 2000, is a digital marketing agency based in Buford; website,

McKelvey joins trustee board at Riverside Military Academy

Kenneth L. McKelvey, Chairman and CEO of Defender Resorts, Inc., recently joined the Riverside Military Academy Board of Trustees.

McKelvey is a certified public accountant recognized by the American Resort Development Association Educational Institute as a Registered Resort Professional. He is a licensed builder in South Carolina and a real estate broker in both North and South Carolina.

He serves on the ARDA’s Investment Committee and Management Committee. McKelvey previously served as partner and principal in a CPA firm for 15 years and controller and financial vice president for a large privately-held firm.

McKelvey and his wife, Rachel, live in Braselton and are parents of upcoming RMA senior Gage Bolden.

St. Pierre made partner at Alexander, Almand & Bangs

Certified public accountant Bryan St. Pierre has been named a partner with the Gainesville firm of Alexander, Almand & Bangs LLP as a partner.

Bryan joined the first as a staff member in 2008. Prior to that, he worked as an accounting manager in Maine.

Bryan earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Southern Hampshire University and his master’s in business administration from Thomas College.

Bryan lives in Gainesville with his wife, the former Judy Johnson of Gainesville, and one son.

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