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Newsmakers in business, May 10
John Abernathy
The Times wants to know about promotions, new management hires and other personnel news in your business. We'll publish the information each Sunday on the Business page and gainesville Send information, including a photograph and contact information, to Harris Blackwood at hblackwood@gainesville You also may use regular mail at Newsmakers, The Times, P.O. Box 838, Gainesville, GA 30503.

Abernathy is new manager of Mason & Ward Funeral Home
John Wayne Abernathy has been named as a manager at Mason & Ward Funeral Home. The announcement was made this week by Ben Mason and Jerry Ward.

Abernathy was born in Jackson County, but is a lifetime resident of Banks and Hall counties.

He is a graduate of Banks County High School and Gupton Jones College of Funeral Service. John is a state licensed funeral director and embalmer. He has been in the funeral service industry for more than 17 years.

Abernathy, a Hall County deputy coroner, and a member of the Georgia Coroner's Association. He and his wife, Wendi, have one daughter and attend Riverbend Baptist Church.

Cronic honored by Sons of the American Revolution
Hall County Sheriff Steve Cronic is the 2009 recipient of the Law Enforcement Commendation Medal from the Lyman Hall Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution.

Each year, this award is given to an individual from the community who has served with distinction and devotion in the field of law enforcement; and who most represents the ideals and principles of those patriots who served to promote the goals of freedom and independence in the American Revolution.

The award was presented by John Beale, chapter president, along with Ted Golab, Ed Rigel, Roscoe McMillan and Hall Martin of the chapter.

Chambers named to Million Dollar Advocates Forum
Robert W. Chambers III of Gainesville has been named a life member of both the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.

Membership is limited to attorneys who have won million and multimillion-dollar verdicts, awards and settlements. The organization was founded in 1993 and there are approximately 3,000 members in the United States.

Chambers, a partner in the law firm of Coleman and Chambers, is a graduate of Mercer University School of law and specializes in eminent domain and condemnation cases.

Klein and Tripoli form work force consulting firm
Tracey Teehan Klein and Domenic Tripoli announce the launch of TRI Consulting, a firm that assists companies seeking to recalibrate contingent work force processes, vendors and technology platforms.

Klein and Tripoli, former colleagues, both have extensive knowledge and experience in strategic sourcing and work force solutions management. Their backgrounds include supporting Fortune 500 clients like Citigroup, Coca-Cola Enterprises, DuPont and General Electric.

TRI Consulting was formed as they found their unique areas of expertise allowed them to offer comprehensive consulting services to sourcing and human resource professionals.

"Purchasing staff augmentation services is a complex process. Who better to help a company than someone who was on the inside of the business?" said Klein, a Johnson High graduate.

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