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June 6 - Sterling Seacrest Partners Rises on “Hales Top 100” List

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

June 6, 2019 - Sterling Seacrest Partners, a top ranked insurance brokerage and consulting firm, has again been named one of the top 100 commercial insurance agencies and brokerages in the United States by the Hales Report. The “Hales Top 100” list is based on 2018 revenue.

Each year, Dowling Hales ranks the top 100 commercial focused agents and brokers in the United States. This year’s list represents $42.3 billion of aggregate revenue and Sterling Seacrest Partners is noted as number 78, reflecting growth of more than 12 percent from 2017 to 2018.

“In a time of rapid consolidation within our industry, it is exciting to see our company recognized among these elite firms while maintaining our independence as a privately-held agency,” said Sterling Seacrest Partners President David Paddison. “Our inclusion on this prestigious list is a further testament to our team’s commitment to our clients and our industry.”

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June 4 - Critz Auto Group Donates $10,000 to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

June 4, 2019 - Following its 2019 Mercedes-Benz Dealership Championships golf tournament, Critz Auto Group donated the tournament proceeds to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society on Monday, June 3 in a check presentation.

The funds donated at the check presentation were raised during Critz Auto Group’s 2019 Mercedes-Benz Dealership Championships golf tournament that was held on Friday, May 10 at The Club at Savannah Quarters. This year’s tournament hosted 82 players who made up 41 teams, and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society was chosen by Critz to receive all proceeds from player registration fees.

At the check presentation, Dale Critz, Jr., President and CEO of Critz Auto Group, presented the check totaling $10,000 to Jennie Brewster, Area Director of Savannah & Augusta of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. All funds donated at the check presentation will go towards The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s 2019 Man & Woman of the Year campaign, an annual competition where local community leaders raise funds for the nonprofit in honor of local blood cancer survivors.

Critz Auto Group is an authorized dealer for BMW, Mercedes-Benz, GMC, and Buick, serving Savannah and the Coastal Empire since 1938. For more information, please visit or contact Emily Dover at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 912-629-7031.


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May 23 - Parker’s Donates $25,000 to Support Teachers and Students at Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

May 23, 2019 - Parker’s recently donated $25,000 to Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools as part of the company’s Fueling the Community charitable initiative, which donates a portion of the proceeds from gas sold on the first Wednesday of each month to area schools. The check presentation took place at Godley Station K-8 School in Pooler, Ga. on May 16.

“Savannah is the heartbeat and headquarters of Parker’s, and I feel it is our responsibility to nurture future leaders,” said Parker’s founder and CEO Greg Parker. “At Parker’s, we believe education is the tide that floats all ships. Education has the power to transform lives, offer opportunities and strengthen communities.”

Parker’s launched its charitable initiative in 2011 and donates money to schools in every community where the company operates stores. Parker’s has donated nearly $1 million to area schools since the inception of the Fueling the Community program. 

Deeply engaged with the communities it serves, Parker’s endows the Parker’s Emergency and Trauma Center at Memorial Hospital in Savannah and spearheads the Keep Savannah Clean anti-litter campaign. In 2019, Parker’s also donated a record $5 million to create the Parker College of Business at Georgia Southern University.

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May 23 - Cora Bett Thomas Realty & Associates Launches New Website

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

May 23, 2019 - Cora Bett Thomas Realty & Associates recently launched a new website to help better serve clients and improve the overall look of their virtual brand.

By launching this new site, they will gain modern features that are important to the consumer; such as: a map search option and a quick access search to market information. It is their goal to allow visitors to get a feel for the 100 mile coast community and easily navigate through the variety of homes for sale in the area. The new website is also equipped with a CRM (Customer Relations Management) platform, which will better serve agents and provide tools that organize their clients database.

"This is an exciting time for our brokerage. The future of real estate is changing, and we have always been a brokerage that knows the importance of these advancements,” says Cora Bett Thomas, owner and founder of Cora Bett Thomas Realty & Associates.  “It is my goal to always stay in front of the technology curve, and I am honored to work with a team of individuals that embraces that. I look forward to the benefits that our agents and clients with gain from our new website and CRM."

Website qualities include: updated Search Engine Optimization (to help keep Cora Bett Thomas Realty’s website at the top of your google search results) and continued website responsiveness and compatibility (it works well on any platform: desktop, tablet, smartphone, etc.).

Delta Media Group served as their website vendor, due to their specialization in creating websites, marketing, and business tools for the real estate industry. They have worked with hundreds of other LeadingRE and Luxury Portfolio affiliates across the country and came highly recommended.  

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May 20 - Home Builders Association Presents $5,000 Donation to Xcel Strategies

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

May 20, 2019 - The Home Builders Association of Greater Savannah presented a $5,000 donation to Savannah-based mentoring group Xcel in support of the 2019 Dust and Grain Woodworking Competition which was held on Saturday, May 18 at Maven Makers, 415 W. Boundary St.

“As homebuilders, we are delighted to take part in a project that draws attention to the value of careers in the trades,” said Patty Rietkovich, executive officer of the association. “We need to develop the skilled craftspeople who will build the homes, schools and businesses of the future.”

The May 18 event marked the culmination of a competition that began last month. Different teams got their assignment in April to build a stool using lumber from Emergent Structures, a local re-purposed lumber yard. Judges will select three winning teams, each of which will receive production opportunities from Maven Makers to produce a product for the local home, restaurant, hotel or furniture industry.

Additional competitions and displays of woodworking skills are scheduled prior to the announcement of the winning teams. The day’s activities, which are free and open to the public, are designed to appeal to families and will include Current Catering onsite for lunch, as well as raffles and giveaways.

Xcel is a Savannah mentoring nonprofit organization that concentrates on moving young men ages 15 to 25 into the workforce via the trades. It has partnered with such groups as Bethesda Academy and the Dream Campaign. Jay Thompson, founder and CEO of Xcel, has partnered with Maven Makers, a woodworking maker space, to inspire and train young men in woodworking professions.

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