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Newsmakers in business, June 28
Garrett Wiley

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Greater Hall Chamber names 3 to staff positions

The Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce has hired Elizabeth Jacobs Higgins, Garrett Wiley and Gerri Collins to fill staff positions.

Higgins is the new executive director of VISION 2030. The Hall County native comes to the chamber from her job as director of Core Essential Values, a curriculum and resource company infusing values in public schools across the country.

Wiley joins the chamber as project manager in the economic development and governmental affairs divisions. Also a Hall County native, he has worked as regional political director for successful campaigns in Northeast Georgia.

Collins is an executive assistant for the chamber. A Gainesville resident since 1989, she was previously a banking officer and relationship banker Independence Bank of Georgia.

Klein, Williams named senior vice presidents at Chattahoochee Bank

Chattahoochee Bank of Georgia has hired Eric Klein and Phillip Williams as senior vice presidents.

Klein has more than 22 years of experience in management, business administration, sales and customer service. He will be located and focused in the North Fulton market area. He comes to Chattahoochee Bank of Georgia from Bank of North Georgia in Alpharetta, where he served as commercial relationship manager.

Williams joins the bank’s loan production office in Gwinnett County. He comes to Chattahoochee from Georgia Commerce Bank, where he was senior vice president and market executive, leading the commercial and retail team for the Johns Creek market.

Chattahoochee Bank of Georgia is located at 643 E.E. Butler Parkway in Gainesville.

Moore named New Leaf production manager

New Leaf Landscape Services has hired Kyle Moore as production manager, a role in which he will help the company in its goal of providing superior customer service.

Moore comes to New Leaf with nine years of experience in the landscape industry and has a degree in horticulture from Auburn University.

He lives in the Commerce area with his wife, Erin, and two children. For more, visit

Marco’s owner Patel earns companywide award

Marco’s Pizza owner Amit Patel, who operates stores in Gainesville, Flowery Branch and Oakwood, earned a Product, Service and Image award in May as one of the company’s top achievers nationally.

The Gainesville store, which opened Feb. 24, is the newest of the four Marco’s Pizza locations he owns in Georgia. His Oakwood location was the first opened on Nov. 18, 2013.

In addition to his three Hall County stores, Patel also owns a Marco’s in Roswell.

The award encompasses company standards, guest service and community involvement.

Marco’s has 625 stores in 35 states.

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