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Brian Frank among 'Best of Best' at Barron’s Top Advisors Summit

Brian Frank among 'Best of Best' at Barron’s Top Advisors Summit

ATLANTA -- Brian Frank, Managing Director, was one of several hundred financial advisors who were selected by their firms to attend the 10th annual Barron’s Top Financial Advisors Summit, hosted by Barron’s magazine to promote best practices in the industry and the value of advice to the investing public.

The invitation-only conference was held at the Waldorf-Astoria, September 8-10, in Orlando, Fla.

This exclusive conference is designed to promote best practices and generate new ideas across the industry.  Participants attended workshops, led by the Top 100 Financial Advisors that explored current issues ranging from business development ideas through managing high-net-worth accounts and family relationships to portfolio management and retirement planning.

Pike Nurseries to hire 150 seasonal employees

Pike Nurseries to hire 150 seasonal employees

ATLANTA -- Employment opportunities are in full bloom this fall for the nation’s largest independent garden retailer. Pike Nurseries will add approximately& 150 seasonal associates in the coming weeks.

Whether applicants are experienced sales professionals, retail managers or hobby gardeners, Pike Nurseries has a position for anyone who loves plants, people and playing in the dirt – no green thumb required! Interested candidates are encouraged to attend the Pike Nurseries Career Fair on Thursday, Sept. 18 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Lindbergh store on 2410 Camellia Lane NE or apply at any Pike Nurseries location.

The garden center is seeking applicants at every skill level, from high school students to those with a rooted background in horticulture. Employees must be prepared to proactively engage with customers, take the guesswork out of gardening, care for the store’s plants and more.

Avalon holding job fair Monday

Avalon holding job fair Monday

ROSWELL, Ga. -- Avalon, the new mixed-use development in Alpharetta, is holding a major job fair Monday evening.

It will be at Roswell United Methodist Church, 814 Mimosa Boulevard, from 6:45 p.m. to 9 p.m. A free hot dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m. in the church's Fellowship Hall.

Avalon needs to hire about 4,000 people to staff its shops and restaurants. A complete list of participating employers can be found at rumc.com.

The event is free to attend. Job seekers should wear business attire and bring several copies of their resumes.


Learn more about Avalon
, which is located at the intersection of Ga. 400 and Old Milton Parkway.

UHY LLP adds Melanie Baer as Business Development Manager in Atlanta office

UHY LLP adds Melanie Baer as Business Development Manager in Atlanta office

ATLANTA -- UHY LLP today announced the appointment of Melanie Baer as Business Development Manager.

Melanie will be based in the Atlanta office, serving UHY clients nationwide. She is responsible for business development and client service as part of the Resource Solutions team and reports to Frank Fenello, managing director of the company’s southeast operations.

“Melanie Baer brings a wealth of experience in recruiting and human resources to the table, making her a highly qualified new addition to the UHY team,” said Fenello. 

Baer’s professional skills and qualifications include:

Orangetheory fitness to open Roswell studio

Orangetheory fitness to open Roswell studio

ROSWELL, Ga. -- Orangetheory Fitness will open several more studios in metro Atlanta this year.

The group exercise concept will debut its seventh Atlanta-area location in Roswell next month. The new Orangetheory will be located in the Roswell Crossing shopping center on West Crossville Road.

"We know this community will embrace this new fitness concept. Roswell has strong community support and pride," Cindy Hirsch, co-owner of the new studio, said in a release. Cindy and her husband Gary plan to open another Orangetheory studio in Suwanee in the fall. Other locations scheduled to open later this summer include Alpharetta and Druid Hills.

Orangetheory Fitness members engage in high-intensity cardio and strength training sessions. According to the company, each workout burns between 500 and 900 calories, and results in a metabolic increase that continues to burn calories for up to 36 hours.

Jesse Walton Jr. receives promotion at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management

Jesse Walton Jr. receives promotion at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management

ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- Morgan Stanley announced that Mr. Jesse Walton Jr. has been promoted to Vice President, Financial Advisor, CFP® CIMA®, in the firm’s Wealth Management office in Alpharetta.

Walton, who has been with Morgan Stanley Wealth Management since 2000, is a native of Decatur, Ga.  He holds a Bachelor’s in International Business degree from Howard University. Jesse currently lives in Marietta with his wife, Angela and son, Bryce.

Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, a global leader, provides access to a wide range of products and services to individuals, businesses and institutions, including brokerage and investment advisory services, financial and wealth planning, banking services, annuities and insurance, retirement and trust services. For further information about Morgan Stanley, please visit www.morganstanley.com.

Compass Real Estate Fund III LLC completes first closing

Compass Real Estate Fund III LLC completes first closing

ROSWELL, Ga. -- Compass Real Estate Fund III LLC (“Compass Fund III”), the third private equity real estate investment fund formed by Compass Real Estate (“Compass”), had its first closing in December 2013. The closing enables the fund managers to begin deploying capital from this fund immediately.

“We have a proven track record of providing co-investment equity for commercial real estate acquisitions, developments and recapitalizations in major markets throughout the United States,” said Robert (“Bob”) F. Godard, founder and chief executive officer of Compass, and the managing member of Compass Fund III. “Our third fund allows Compass to continue our transition from being a successful sponsor to being a source of capital for other successful sponsors. We look forward to finding the right opportunities for our investment capital and to forming long-term partnerships with great sponsors.”