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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.

AADD names Melissa Perlman as social worker

AADD names Melissa Perlman as social worker

DECATUR, Ga. -- All About Developmental Disabilities (AADD) announced Melissa Perlman has been named as Social Worker for the nonprofit agency’s Family Support Center (FSC). She will be responsible for the organization’s consultation and resource services, including linking families with the appropriate benefits, services, and funding sources.

Every year, AADD (www.aadd.org) provides support services, advocacy and training to more than 2,000 individuals and families living with developmental disabilities.

The FSC is designed to serve individuals and families living with developmental disabilities in metro Atlanta and across Georgia, offering assistance during difficult life transitions. The Center is initially funded to serve more than 1000 people annually, but the non-profit organization plans to expand its services as funding allows.

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.

Garret Lazenby named principal at Sterling Risk Advisors

Garret Lazenby named principal at Sterling Risk Advisors

DECATUR, Ga. -- Garret Lazenby has been admitted as a shareholder and principal at Sterling Risk Advisors, an Atlanta-based risk management and insurance brokerage firm. The announcement comes in recognition of his tremendous contributions since joining the firm in 2011.

Lazenby’s skills include a broad range of insurance solutions for professionals, general commercial business, community associations, and individuals. He helps lead the transportation, logistics, and supply chain practice for Sterling Risk Advisors.

His areas of expertise include:

● Trucking/Freight Forwarding/Customs Brokerage/NVOCC
● Warehousing and Logistics
● Freight Brokerage
● Supply Chain (Manufacturers, Distributors, Wholesalers, and Retail)
● International Business
● Real Estate
● Construction
● Contract Negotiation

Lennar, Sterling buy North DeKalb Mall

Lennar, Sterling buy North DeKalb Mall


(ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE) -- Lennar Commercial Investors LLC teamed with Sterling Organization to buy North DeKalb Mall for an undisclosed sum.

The development team, which also includes Atlanta-based Hendon Properties, plans to convert the enclosed portion of the property to an open-air concept. Lennar and Sterling acquired ownership interest in the property and Sterling will manage the center. Timing on the redevelopment has not been set.

New $2.5 million Sarah Kenan Kennedy Endowment Fund supports AADD

New $2.5 million Sarah Kenan Kennedy Endowment Fund supports AADD

DECATUR, Ga. -- All About Developmental Disabilities (AADD) has announced the establishment of the Sarah Kenan Kennedy Endowment Fund, a new $2.5 million gift to the nonprofit organization. The endowment will fund in perpetuity programs at AADD (www.aadd.org) for those individuals and families that do not have the financial resources to access services provided by AADD. It was created by Sarah’s husband, Jim Kennedy, chairman of Cox Enterprises, in honor of his wife’s volunteering and commitment to the organization.

The endowment is the largest ever gift to AADD, which provides support services, advocacy and training to Georgia families living with developmental disabilities.  Funds from the endowment will support services and programs to families who cannot afford services and do not have state funded waivers to purchase services.  In 2015 it will fund two full-time positions at AADD and help more than 500 families who live independently in the community.

RadioShack to close 1,100 stores

(USA TODAY) -- After reporting dismal fourth-quarter earnings, RadioShack said Tuesday that it would close about 1,100 poorly performing stores, roughly 20% of the electronic retailer's locations.

The store closings will leave about 4,000 locations in the U.S. The company has been struggling to revamp its stores for the past year.

Total net sales and operating revenues were $935.4 million in the fourth quarter, vs. $1,171.4 million last year, a 20% decline. Comparable store sales were down 19%, which the company blames on poor performance in its mobile phone business.

RadioShack stock was down more than 20% in premarket trading.

"Even in this environment, we're continuing to make progress on the five pillars of our turnaround plan: repositioning the brand, revamping the product assortment, reinvigorating the stores, operational efficiency and financial flexibility," CEO Joseph C. Magnacca said in a statement.