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Newsmakers, July 13
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Farrer joins Hibbett Team Sales
Sid Farrer of Gainesville has joined the sales staff of Hibbett Team Sales, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hibbett Sporting Goods.

Farrer, a veteran team sales specialist, will represent major athletic equipment lines in North Georgia, serving primarily high schools and colleges.

He brings more than 28 years of team sales experience to Hibbett.

Pediatrician Sheikh joins The Longstreet Clinic
Mujtaba "Mitch" S. Sheikh, M.D., has joined the Center for Pediatrics at The Longstreet Clinic.

A 1996 graduate of Rutgers University in Newark, N.J., Sheikh received his medical degree from the Universidad Iberoamericana and completed his pediatric residency at The Brooklyn Hospital Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. He is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and is a member of the American Medical Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

The Center for Pediatrics has offices located in Gainesville, Buford, Oakwood and Baldwin.

Adams honored for work with developmental disabilities
Dottie Adams of the Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities was recently presented with the Tom Graf Award for outstanding achievement or contribution benefiting people with developmental disabilities, at a recent Atlanta Alliance on Developmental Disabilities awards ceremony. The event was the organization's annual Heart of Gold event.

Adams, a Gainesville resident, has been a champion for people with developmental disabilities.

The award is named for the former executive director of AADD, for advocacy on behalf of people living with developmental disabilities. The award is given annually to "an individual whose efforts in a professional capacity or in an advocacy role, represent an outstanding achievement or contribution, which has benefited people with developmental disabilities."

Blackwood chosen as intern at Hall chamber of commerce
Ashton Blackwood of Gainesville has been selected for a summer internship with the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce.

A senior at Johnson High School, Blackwood is an alumnus of the chamber's Youth Leadership Hall program. She serves as vice president of the Johnson Key Club, vice president of the National Honor Society and served as secretary of the junior class.

Donaldson joins SBDC as business consultant
The University of Georgia Small Business Development Center has announced that Randy Donaldson has joined the Gainesville staff as a business consultant.

Donaldson received a bachelor's degree in accounting and a Master of Business Administration from Georgia State University. He became licensed as a certified public accountant in 1982 and is a current member of AICPA and the Georgia Society of Certified Professional Accountants.

He was previously with Ricoh Americas Corp., where he served as tax and treasury director for 23 years. He and his family have lived in Hall County for 14 years.

The Small Business Development Center Network is a partnership program between The University of Georgia, The U.S. Small Business Administration and other universities from around the state.

Medders named to position with Darlington Farms
Daniel Medders of Baldwin has joined Darlington Farms as the area development manager for the Southeast region.

Medders has spent more than 20 years in the health care and food service industries. He began his career with Waycross Surgical Supply and later founded a medical insurance billing company serving nursing homes across the nation.

He worked in sales with Sysco Foods of Central Florida for several years, serving as a marketing associate, business development manager and district sales manager. His experience in food service extends from sales to independent restaurant operators, regional accounts, and multi-unit national accounts.

Pinson named national president of golf course group
Bob Pinson Jr. of Gainesville has been elected president by members of the Golf Course Builders Association of America. Pinson, founder of Course Crafters Inc., will head the international organization for a two-year term.

The association is made up of the world's foremost golf course builders and leading suppliers to the golf course industry. The organization was founded in the early 1970s and its members represent all segments of the golf course industry.

"I very much look forward to the continued opportunity to work side-by-side with other top professionals in the golf course industry," said Pinson. "We have several issues facing our industry and all of us look forward to the challenge of finding successful solutions."

Pinson began his own grading and construction company in 1985 and founded Course Crafters in 1992.

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