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Newsmakers in business, March 29
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Mullin earns certification in neuropsychology
James Mullin, Psy.D., a neuropsychologist with The Rehabilitation Institute of Northeast Georgia Medical Center, has received board certification in neuropsychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology/American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology.

Mullin is one of approximately 680 neuropsychologists in North America to achieve this certification and one of only 12 in Georgia.

Neuropsychology is a specialty within clinical psychology that examines the relationship between brain functioning, cognition and behavior. Mullin works with patients experiencing changes in thinking and memory from a variety of conditions, including dementia, stroke and traumatic brain injury.

Mullin has been working with patients at The Rehab Institute for more than six years. He received his doctorate in clinical psychology from Central Michigan University and completed a postdoctoral residency in neuropsychology at the Shepherd Center and Emory Center for Rehabilitation Medicine.

Stewart is named as a ‘Georgia Super Lawyer'
Doug Stewart, attorney and partner at the Gainesville firm of Stewart Melvin & Frost, has been named a "Georgia Super Lawyer" by Law & Politics and Atlanta magazines. This is Stewart's sixth year to receive the honor.

Only 5 percent of the state's lawyers meet the criteria for inclusion in the magazines' Super Lawyer listing. As the senior litigator for Stewart Melvin & Frost, Stewart has more than 40 years of litigation experience and is known throughout the state for his strong client advocacy.

Long active within the State Bar of Georgia, Stewart has served as the organization's president and treasurer. He also has been a member of the State Bar's Board of Governors since 1972 and House of Delegates since 1985.

Super Lawyers are nominated by their peers or are identified by the Law & Politics research department. Candidates are graded on several criteria including verdicts and settlements, representation of clients, honors, position with the law firm, and bar and other professional activities.

The candidates are classified by firm size. Those with the highest point totals in each classification are named Super Lawyers.

Fockele Garden Co. opens office in Alabama
The Fockele Garden Co. recently opened its newest branch in Huntsville, Ala., bringing more than 20 years of landscape design, installation and management experience to the area.

The company now has offices in Georgia and Alabama. The company has been performing landscape installation and maintenance services in the Huntsville area for the last year from its Gainesville office.

"The opening of this branch commits us to servicing the Huntsville area for many years to come and we are excited to be a contributing part of the Huntsville business community," said Mark Fockele, company president.

The Huntsville operation is being run by Wade Harmening and his staff. Harmening has more than 20 years of experience in landscape, maintenance and nursery operations.

Based in Gainesville, The Fockele Garden Company primarily serves clients in the North Georgia and metro Atlanta area.

Gober receives top award from McDonald's
Greg Gober of Flowery Branch has been named a recipient of the Ray Kroc Award, an annual performance-based award that recognizes the top performing McDonald's restaurant managers in the country.

Named after McDonald's corporate founder Ray Kroc, the award was established 10 years ago to honor the top restaurant managers.

A select 139 managers were chosen this year to receive the Award, which includes a cash award, trophy and a trip to Chicago for an awards gala held by the company.

"I was very surprised when I heard the news that I had received the award," said Gober. "It is an honor and privilege to be recognized among such talented managers."

"We are incredibly proud of Greg's accomplishment," said local McDonald's owner John Borrow. "Greg is the total package manager. His unwavering commitment to customer service and excellence shines through in the work that he does each and every day."

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