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Newsmakers in business, March 15
Todd Marks

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Norton Agency names Rhodes, Marks as VPs for insurance division

The Norton Agency has appointed two key executives to its Mountain Insurance Division.

Wade Rhodes is the new vice president-director of expansion for the firm’s mountain region. In addition to Rhodes’ continued involvement in commercial acreage sales, he is charged to develop new real estate markets. Rhodes is a 30-year veteran of small-entrepreneur businesses.

He is a past chairman of the Habersham County Chamber of Commerce and chairman of the 2014 SPLOST Committee. He joined Norton in 2003 and has been consistently one of its top producers.

Todd Marks was named vice president managing partner of Norton’s Mountain Insurance Division. Marks joins Norton as an equity partner after a 25-year career in the insurance industry. He will be based in Norton’s White County Regional Service Center and oversee operations in White, Lumpkin, Habersham, Dawson, Pickens and communities in-between.

Marks is a long-time resident of White County and a graduate of the University of Georgia’s School of Risk Management. He specializes in Commercial Insurance and Loss Prevention and holds both the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter and Accredited Advisor in Insurance Designations.

UPS honors Gainesville man for 25 years of safe driving

UPS driver William Bowen of Gainesville was recently inducted into UPS’s prestigious Circle of Honor for achieving 25 years of accident-free driving. He was among 70 drivers from Georgia included with 1,445 newly inducted into the company’s honorary organization.

Globally, 7,878 active UPS drivers are members of the Circle of Honor. Collectively they’ve racked up more than 221,000 years and more than 5.3 billion safe miles during their careers, enough miles to travel to Mars and back 36 times.

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