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Newsmakers in business, July 27
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Collins named Lanier Tech’s first Allied Health dean

Dr. Deanne Dotson Collins, a native of Habersham County, has been named the first dean of Allied Health for Lanier Technical College.

Collins graduated from York Technical College in Rock Hill, S.C., with an associate’s degree in Allied Health, then earned a bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Administration from Columbia Southern University in Orange Beach, Ala. She earned her master’s degree from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas, and in 2013 earned her doctorate of education from the University of Georgia.

She previously worked as a registered radiologic technologist at Houston Lake Medical in Warner Robins, and later as the director of the radiography program at Chattahoochee Technical College (formerly North Metro Technical College) in Marietta.

As dean of Allied Health, Collins will serve as support and supervision for the Allied Health program faculty and programs as well as the science courses required for entrance into the Allied Health programs. Students in health care programs and enrolled in Allied Health science courses comprise 49 percent of the student population at Lanier Technical College.

H-E Parts Distribution opens first call center in Oakwood

H-E Parts Distribution, a division of H-E Parts International, will open its first North American call center by early September in Oakwood.

With this new call center, H-E Parts Distribution will expand its ability to stay in touch with its client base and increase sales of quality aftermarket construction equipment parts to more customers. The new center is expected to add up to 20 new jobs over the next 18 months.

“In anticipation of continued growth and an ever-growing client base, we felt the need to add a new concept to our strategy of servicing customers in the United States and Canada,” said Sloan Brooks, president of H-E Parts Distribution.

“A traditional sales force, while needed for key accounts, is no longer able to touch the growing client base in North America. Acting on this now, with a call center strategically located in Georgia, will serve us well into the future.”

Opening the new call center will allow H-E Parts to initially focus its resources on outbound sales activity. Initial hiring, training and purchasing of resources are underway.

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