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Newsmakers in business, May 24
Billy Hendrix

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Hyder joins Peach State Bank as senior loan officer

Mickey Hyder, a longtime local banker and mortgage specialist, has joined Peach State Bank’s loan division as senior loan officer.

Hyder, 67, of Clermont is a Gainesville native and graduate of East Hall High School. He received his bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance from North Georgia College in 1974. From 1970 to 1972, he served in the U.S. Army before his honorable discharge.

In his new position, Hyder will focus on home mortgage lending. With his expertise in reverse mortgages, he will oversee Peach State’s offering of a new home equity conversion mortgage program for senior homeowners that is federally insured.

Hyder served as executive vice president at First Federal Savings & Loan in Gainesville and later in the same position at Georgia First Bank, now BB&T, early in his banking career.

Memorial Park’s Hendrix named VP for Georgia Cemetery Association

Billy Hendrix was recently appointed to serve as vice president of the Georgia Cemetery Association for the 2015-2016 term.

Hendrix is vice president of operations for Memorial Park Funeral Homes and Cemeteries.

“I am looking forward to closely working with our perpetual care cemeteries and improving the quality of the association,” Hendrix said.

Huffman joins Ted A. Greve & Assoc. firm in Augusta as an accident investigator

Gainesville native Tracy Huffman has joined personal injury firm Ted A. Greve & Associates’ Augusta office as an accident investigator.

Huffman has 21 years of both military in legal experience after serving in the United States Air Force from 1992-2013.

Managing military justice criminal cases loads and supervising a team of five paralegals, her team was ranked as the No. 1 legal office for the ninth Air Force in 2012. She earned the Wing Staff Agency Senior Noncommissioned Officer of the Year for 2012 and was a four-time quarterly award winner.

Huffman’s service included numerous awards and decorations: Meritorious Service Medal with one device, Air Force Commendation Medal with four devices, Meritorious Unit Award, Outstanding Unit Award with Valor and Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal.

She is a current member of the Georgia Association of Paralegals and the National Federation of Paralegal Associations.

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