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Higher pay for DeKalb school administrators draws fire

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- Just a few months ago, DeKalb County's School Board was cutting millions from its budget and eliminating jobs.

Now some are wondering how they can approve raises for 4 top school administrators, especially with very little public notice.

"We didn't even have a full board to even vote on the decision to give those particular people raises," DeKalb County parent Cheryl Miller told 11Alive News.

The community school activist accuses the school system of pulling a fast one.

They only gave a few hours notice that the salary hikes would be on the agenda for a Monday meeting attended by only five of nine board members.

At the request of new Superintendent Cheryl Atkinson, the board voted 3-to-2 to give higher salaries to four of her top administrators, ranging from $3,400 to $4,000 a year more.

United Capital expands into Atlanta market

United Capital expands into Atlanta market

Sanders Financial Management joins National RIA as Part of Southeast Expansion Plans

Today,  United Capital Financial Advisers, LLC (“United Capital”), one of the nation’s fastest growing providers of private wealth counseling, announces that Atlanta-based Sanders Financial Management has joined the registered investment advisory company. This is the first firm from Georgia to join United Capital and representative of the firm’s initiative to further expand its footprint in the Southeast.

APICS (Atlanta Association for Operations Management) announces new board members and fall slate

APICS (Atlanta Association for Operations Management) announces new board members and fall slate

APICS (The Association for Operations Management) has announced two additions to their board of directors and several upcoming events. Greg Lutkauskas of The West Logistics Group and Marisol Martinez of OPTI Medical Systems have joined the Board.  Fall events begin with Andrew Downard of Newell Rubbermaid keynoting on September 17 and an intensive, customer-focused, supply chain management workshop on October 18.

Recognized as the leading professional services organization in the field of Operations and Supply Chain Management for Metro Atlanta, APICS has been serving Atlanta and North Georgia since 1964.  It is also one of the nation’s largest APICS chapters with more than 600 members.  The chapter provides operations and supply chain management education, fosters best practice sharing, networking, and professional development opportunities for its members.

New APICS Board Members

MOSAIC Group Wins Professional Remodeler Design Awards

MOSAIC Group Wins Professional Remodeler Design Awards

Atlanta-based MOSAIC Group [Architects and Remodelers] has been named a winner in the annual Professional Remodeler Design Awards contest, presented by "Professional Remodeler" magazine.

MOSAIC Group won Silver Awards in the Kitchen Over $100,000 and Residential Specialty categories.

The Professional Remodeler Design Awards is a national contest that recognizes outstanding remodeling projects in 20 categories. Entries are judged on construction quality, overall design, creativity, problem-solving and value. Awards are determined by a panel of four industry expert judges.

The winning kitchen is the anchor of a whole house remodel in Sandy Springs. "The family wanted a family-friendly environment where they also could entertain," said William Fadul, co-owner of MOSAIC Group. "The kitchen is amply detailed, open and sophisticated.

MOSAIC Group Named to National List

MOSAIC Group Named to National List

Atlanta-based MOSAIC Group [Architects and Remodelers] has been named to the 2012 Qualified Remodeler Top 500 Remodelers List. The company grabbed the 264th spot in the United States and the 9th slot in the state of Georgia.

The Qualified Remodeler Top 500 program is a CPA-audited analysis of the financial performance of remodeling firms throughout the country. Applications are analyzed and verified by the magazine's editorial staff and double checked through public records, websites and other sources.

MOSAIC Group is owned by William Fadul and Architect Rick Goldstein.

DeKalb County offer raises suspicions

DECATUR - Think your government is looking out for you? Joseph Smith from Dunwoody doesn't think so.

He sent us a mailer he got from DeKalb County encouraging him to sign up for a great deal with Gas South. Turns out it was more of a deal for the County than it was for him.

"Why is the County endorsing this if it's going to cost me more money?" asked Smith.

Good question.

We learned that the County teamed up with Gas South to offer residents a promotional residential gas rate of $0.59/therm. However, two days after getting the offer Smith got a another mailing to his business from Georgia Natural Gas offering a deal at $0.465/therm on a commercial rate.

Even though they are different rates for different types of accounts, Smith was not impressed because it's not gauranteed to be the lowest in the marketplace and there are several providers from which to choose.

So is the County really looking our for consumers?

Mike Mansfield Awards Dinner Gala Honors 2 JASG Members

Mike Mansfield Awards Dinner Gala Honors 2 JASG Members

The Japan-America Society of Georgia (JASG), recently honored two outstanding leaders in the Japan-Georgia relationship at the Mike Mansfield Awards Dinner Gala at the Grand Hyatt Atlanta hotel in Buckhead.

The 2012 Mansfield Awards Winners: Mr. Alex Gregory, Chairman of the Board, president & CEO of YKK Corporation of America and Mr. Tom Yamamoto, Senior Advisor of Murata Electronics North America.