Betsy Bean - Boom Magazine

December 12, 2018

Scott Chamberlain - Caring Man In A Van

December 6, 2018

Scott Chamberlain is the founder of Caring Man In A Van. Scott and his son started the business back in 2007. Caring Man In A Van offers personal care transportation for you or your loved ones. Their services include ambulatory, wheelchair, or stretcher utilizing late model vehicles and trained staff. They offer you safe and clean air conditioned transportation for all local and long distance services at a reasonable rate.

Their company was founded based on the personal experiences they had with Scott's mother requiring transportation by wheelchair. He found the transportation business to really have two options for transportation: Ambulance which was very expensive and Non-Emergency Medicaid or County transportation which was very unreliable. He felt there was a better way to service the Senior and Disabled community, offering personal care and attention. Doing simple things like, being on time for appointments, providing a clean comfortable vehicle to ride in, having a driver that really cares about your well being, and with medical appointments staying with you and assisting in any way possible. This service has been well received as we have continued to develop other markets. With this positive reception and the growth of the Senior population we have decided to expand our services through a Franchise Network. 

Visit Caring Man In A Van's website for more information.


Sam Perry - Bone Dry Roofing Company

December 5, 2018

Sam Perry is the Commercial Sales Manager at Bone Dry Roofing Company. Bone Dry Roofing was founded locally in Athens in 2003. And, since then, they have expanded to Saint Simons, GA and Charleston, SC. 

The Bone Dry Roofing team share two core passions: investing in partnerships with shared values, and a commitment to excellence in every project we undertake. They are a relationship based company that strives to provide good information and resources for people. 

Visit Bone Dry Roofing Company's website for more information. 


Albieann Chandler - Athens Convention & Visitors Bureau

December 4, 2018

Albieann Chandler is the Communications Specialist for the Athens Convention & Visitors Bureau. The purpose of the convention bureau is to be a proactive sales and destination marketing organization for Athens and to try to increase the economic impact of the hospitality and visitor industry by attracting visitors and businesses. 

Athens Convention & Visitors Bureau is able to attract visitors by using social media marketing, informational articles, and their website. 

To keep up-to-date with what's going on in Athens, visit Athens Convention & Visitors Bureau's website.


Jared Reeves - Certified Clean Care

December 3, 2018

Jared Reeves is the owner of Certified Clean Care. Certified Clean Care offers a variety of cleaning services to keep your home and business clean, healthy, and happy. Their services include carpet cleaningrug cleaningupholstery cleaningtile and grout cleaning, and much more. They have what it takes to assist you all year long with our friendly service, all natural cleaning products, and quick dry time. They provide our customers with the most thorough cleaning ever, guaranteed! They proudly serve Athens, Watkinsville, Greensboro, and most of Northeast Georgia.

For more information, visit Certified Clean Care's website.


Paul Cramer Interview - The Classic Center

November 19, 2018

Paul Cramer arrived at The Classic Center in its infancy in 1995. In his 23 years, he's seen 4 expansions and thousands of events--The Classic Center hosts about 600 events a year! He focuses on making The Classic Center the leading convention center in order to benefit local Athenians and visitors from around the country.

The Classic Center is northeast Georgia's premier award winning convention center and performing arts theatre. Located in the heart of downtown Athens, Georgia, The Classic Center provides unique meeting space, outstanding special events services and a wide range of entertainment options, making this unconventional convention center the choice for conferences, meetings and special events!

The Classic Center Authority shall enhance the quality of life in Athens-Clarke County by serving as the cultural, civic and social center of the Southeast and by generating maximum economic impact.

Visit The Classic Center's website to learn more about the facility and its events.


Leslie Hale Interview - Books For Keeps

October 17, 2018

“I am somebody. I can do something.”

Meet our director

Leslie Hale began work in June 2013 as the first-ever executive director of Books for Keeps, after completing a Master of Public Administration from The University of Georgia. While earning her master’s degree, Leslie focused on public policy and nonprofit management, while working with the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities and Watkinsville-based Extra Special People.

Leslie spent the first part of her working life as a newspaper reporter in Naples, Florida, covering K-12 and higher education as well as state political races. Watching the policy process first-hand, in the context of an early introduction to volunteerism in her hometown of Asheville, North Carolina, pointed her toward nonprofit work. A long-standing interest in working with under-served and at-risk populations were critical factors in her journey toward taking the reins at Books for Keeps.

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Steve Scruggs Interview

October 17, 2018

The David Henry Hardigree Wildlife Sanctuary, established in 1992, is located on Old Greensboro Road just .4 mile outside Watkinsville.  It is a private, non-profit organization with 501(c)3 charity status.  The Sanctuary was established by Ms. Vivian Ward and named in honor of her grandfather who was a life-long resident of Oconee County.    

The Sanctuary is 88 acres of natural habitat, a perfect setting for outdoor education programs and a wildlife sanctuary.  Amenities include restrooms, a picnic pavilion for members and guests, and a one-acre pond for fishing with a footbridge at one end.  

Although not fully functional at this time, programs are being conducted which include (but not limited to):  fishing, archery, nature hikes, bird watching, tree identification, firearm safety, reptiles, tree climbing, conservation, building bird houses, wildlife observation, and so much more.

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Cari Heinz Interview - Heyward Allen

October 17, 2018

Heyward Allen Sr. came to Athens by way of Alabama to play college football. Heyward Allen was a bulldog through and through and was the captain 1942 Orange Bowl Team. After his collegiate career had ended, Mr. Allen founded the original company in 1946; the Kaiser, Fraser and Willis vehicle dealership in Gainesville, Florida.

 A few years later, he moved back to Athens and opened a Lincoln-Mercury dealership, which he operated until 1960. In 1960, Mr. Allen purchased the Cadillac-Oldsmobile franchise in Athens from City Motors, Inc. and sold the Lincoln-Mercury dealership. In 1962, Mr. Allen opened a Volkswagen dealership.
In 1968, Mr. Allen's son, Buddy, joined the family business and became general manager of the Volkswagen dealership.  In 1969 Mr. Allen purchased the Nissan franchise, one of the first in the state of Georgia. In 1971, Mr. Allen and Buddy purchased the Mercedes Benz franchise and in 1980, purchased a GMC Truck franchise.

Jonathan Laster Interview

October 17, 2018

Located in Watkinsville, Georgia, and serving clients in Athens and throughout Oconee County, The Laster Law Firm, LLC, is committed to simplifying your real estate transaction and bringing peace to your house. Our lead attorney, John Laster, has more than 20 years of experience representing Georgians in a broad range of complex real estate, elder law, estate management and probate cases. Mr. Laster is committed to working closely with each client to protect their rights and guard their interests throughout any and all complicated real property transactions.

Whether you are closing on a property, preparing end-of-life plans or administering probate, our firm can help ensure the process is fair, efficient and peaceful. Take out the stress with a trusted Georgia real estate attorney — contact The Laster Law Firm, LLC, at 706-510-2813.

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