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Verdell retires from Langdale Forest

VALDOSTA — Following a total of 37 years of dedicated service, Roy Verdell retired from Langdale Forest Products Company recently. 

Verdell held several key positions and was a chief forklift operator during most of his career, company representatives said. A luncheon attended by a number of his family, Jim Langdale and key managers was held at Austin’s Cattle Company March 6, when he was presented with a watch and plaque.  

“We wish Roy a long and fulfilling retirement,” company representatives said.

Smith certified wealth strategist industry designation

VALDOSTA — Deanna Smith, financial advisor at The Investment Centre at CBC Bank, is among an elite group of financial professionals obtaining the certified wealth strategist designation, administered by Cannon Financial Institute, according to company representatives.

The designation is awarded to individuals completing a comprehensive program of study surrounding key wealth management issues facing clients today.

Obtaining the certified wealth strategist designation provides financial services professionals with the technical knowledge, practice management processes and the client communication skills needed to create and build a client-centric wealth advisory practice.

The primary goal of the certified wealth strategist practice is to work as an effective partner for their clients with more complex wealth issues, company representatives said.

“The creation of the CWS designation was in response to a need in the industry for a practical, application-based certification program for financial professionals. Specifically, in volatile times like the present, a respected financial service professional requires the skill set of a ‘trusted advisor.’ Defined as an advisor with not only the competencies to understand their clients specific wealth needs but the conversational skills to communicate it in a way that the client comprehends. Completing this designation distinguishes the recipient for their commitment to their clients’ financial future,” said Phil Buchanan, chairman of the board, Cannon Financial Institute.

Smith began her career in the financial and banking industry in 1999. She is a native of upstate New York but has called Valdosta home since 1997. She has attended the State University of New York at Plattsburgh and Valdosta State University, company representatives said.

Smith holds both Series 7 and 66 securities registrations and is insurance licensed in the state of Georgia and California. She joined The Investment Centre team in 2017.

She is a member of several community organizations serving as a board member for the Valdosta Rotary Club and the Hospice of South Georgia advisory board. She also serves as an ambassador for the Valdosta Lowndes County Chamber of Commerce, is actively involved with Titletown Toastmasters and is a member of the Leadership Lowndes Class of 2019.

Public relations focus of meeting

VALDOSTA — Administrators whose organizations are leading the way in the economic development of South Georgia, will discuss the role public relations — the art and craft of building relationships, creating awareness and enhancing culture — plays in the initiative’s success March 29 at Valdosta State University.

Participants on the Lunch & Learn panel discussion include Myrna Ballard, president of Valdosta/Lowndes County Chamber of Commerce, Andrea Schruijer, executive director of Valdosta/Lowndes County Development Authority, Chris Hamilton, chief executive officer of Valdosta/Lowndes County Conference Center & Tourism Authority. Ellen Hill, director of Valdosta Main Street, and George Page, executive director of the Valdosta/Lowndes Parks & Recreation Authority, organizers said.

Adam Floyd, public relations manager of Wild Adventures Theme Park and vice president of the South Georgia Public Relations Society of America, will moderate the panel discussion.

The luncheon, which is jointly sponsored by the South Georgia PRSA and the Valdosta State University Public Relations Student Society of America, will take place 12:30-2 p.m. Friday, March 29, at the VSU STEAM Center on North Patterson Street.

Cost is $25 for the general public and includes a donation to the Patterson Public Relations Student Scholarship Fund through the VSU Foundation. Parking is free. Space is limited. Reservations can be made on line before 5 p.m. Monday, March 25, at https://community.valdostastate.org/public-relations-celebration

For more information contact Dr. Shirley Serini, associate professor, VSU communication/public relations program, (229) 333-5831 or saserini@valdosta.edu and use subject line PR2019.