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Newsmakers in business, May 27
Mark Alexander

The Times wants to know about new management hires and promotions, major awards and other newsworthy accomplishments involving local businesses. We’ll publish the information each Sunday on the Business page and Send information, including photos and contact information, to; please put Newsmakers in the subject line. You also may use regular mail at Newsmakers, The Times, P.O. Box 838, Gainesville, GA 30503.

Oakwood-based firm earns Business Chronicle honor

Oakwood-based Southern Property Management was recently named as one of the top 20 Community Association Management companies in the state of Georgia according to the Atlanta Business Chronicle Book of Lists.

“We could not be prouder that the Atlanta Business Chronicle has chosen to recognize Southern Property Management for a second consecutive year” said Lynn Collins, CEO and owner of SPM. “Our passion and dedication helped us earn this recognition; we are fortunate to have experienced extraordinary growth again this year despite the overall economic climate. We plan for continued growth by consistently delivering exceptional property management services to our existing clientele, while strategically earning new business as well.”

Southern Property Management is located at 4211 Mundy Mill Place, Suite C, in Oakwood; online, www.southern

Attorney Alexander named to bar Board of Governors

Mark Alexander, an attorney and partner with Stewart Melvin & Frost of Gainesville, has been elected to the State Bar of Georgia’s Board of Governors.

Alexander is one of two board members elected by attorneys from the Northeastern Circuit, which includes Hall and Dawson counties.

“It is truly a great honor to be elected by my peers to the Board of Governors,” Alexander said. “As a board member, I want to focus on improving the image of attorneys. Being an attorney is a noble profession and I intend to highlight the positive aspects of the role we play throughout our judicial system.”

The Board of Governors comprises 148 members elected to two-year terms from each of Georgia’s 49 judicial circuits, plus the Attorney General of Georgia and three appointed members. The board controls and administers the affairs of the State Bar.

Alexander has practiced law over 20 years and has served as president of the Gainesville-Northeastern Bar Association. He specializes in personal injury, wrongful death and other litigation.

For more information on Stewart Melvin & Frost, visit

SBDC schedules classes for small business June 6

The University of Georgia Small Business Development Center’s Gainesville Area Office will offer a free Starting a Business: Q&A class from 5-7 p.m. June 6 at Featherbone Communiversity, 999 Chestnut St., Gainesville. Pre-registration is required.

Topics for discussion include market research, choices of legal structure for your business, startup cost estimates, cash flow estimation, financing alternatives, failure factors, and business planning. There will also be time allotted for specific questions from participants.

Register online at or call 770-531-5681.


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