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Biz bits: Goizueta Business School names new dean, Delta Community Credit Union announces scholarship

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Biz bits: Goizueta Business School names new dean, Delta Community Credit Union announces scholarship

Gareth James was named dean of Emory University's Goizueta Business School. Photo courtesy of Emory University.

Atlanta, GA — Here’s a look at business news in our community.

— Gareth James was named dean of Emory University’s Goizueta Business School.

Here is the full press release:

(ATLANTA – February 14, 2022) – Emory University Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Ravi V. Bellamkonda has announced Gareth James as the next dean of Goizueta Business School.

James comes to Emory from the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business, where he serves as deputy dean, E. Morgan Stanley Chair in Business Administration and professor of data sciences and operations. James will take up the deanship July 1.

“Dr. James is a demonstrated leader with the vision and experience to elevate the Goizueta Business School to even greater heights of success,” says President Gregory L. Fenves. “The future of business education and scholarship touches all aspects of our lives, the way we work, and how we create opportunities for the future. Dr. James understands that preparing business leaders requires a broad set of skills that are informed by impactful research, as well as real-life experiences in a complex, interconnected economy. Atlanta is home to some of the most dynamic and diverse businesses in the nation, and I look forward to seeing Dr. James deepen Emory’s partnerships like never before.”

James is keen to begin his work at Goizueta, noting, “Emory and Goizueta have impressive ambitions to become even stronger institutions. I’m looking forward to working with President Fenves, Provost Bellamkonda and our faculty, staff and students to transform that ambition into a reality. I’m also excited to be at a school whose very name represents an important legacy for both Emory and the Atlanta region.”

“Dr. James has an excellent grasp of our strengths, understands our desires and ambitions for the school, and has plans to realize them. We’re thrilled to have someone of his caliber advance the teaching and research missions of Goizueta,” Bellamkonda says. “Chosen from an extraordinary pool of candidates, Dr. James stood out as a proven leader who uses data-driven decision-making, has an affable leadership style and a great sense of humor, and is as ambitious for Goizueta as we are.”

During his time at the Marshall School of Business, James has most recently served as interim dean (2019-2020), during which he led the school’s COVID-19 response, and deputy dean (2020-2022), a position created to retain him at school-level leadership; he has also served as vice dean of faculty.

A statistician by training and a New Zealander by birth, James graduated from Stanford University with a PhD in statistics in 1998 after receiving a Fulbright Scholarship in 1994. Prior to that, he studied at the University of Auckland in New Zealand, where he earned bachelor of science and bachelor of commerce degrees.

James has been an active scholar, authoring numerous journal and discussion articles, books, conference proceedings and book chapters. In particular, he has published extensively in the areas of functional data analysis and high dimensional statistics. His work has been cited approximately 20,000 times. In fact, just in the period since COVID hit he has published six top-tier journal articles along with the second edition of his highly successful co-authored textbook, An Introduction to Statistical Learning. James has acted as the PI or co-PI on several National Science Foundation research grants and has served as an associate editor for five top research journals. He has won two Dean’s Research Awards, and is an elected Fellow of the American Statistical Association and the Institute of Mathematical Statistics.

James is also a superb teacher and mentor. In addition to the Evan C. Thompson Faculty Teaching and Learning Innovation award, he has won Marshall’s Golden Apple for best instructor in the full time MBA program three times. He has also been awarded Marshall and USC’s highest honors for mentoring junior colleagues and graduate students, including the Dean’s Ph.D. Advising, USC Mellon, Evan C. Thompson and Provost’s Mentoring awards.

— Delta Community Credit Union has announced it is seeking applicants for its annual scholarship program.

Five applicants will be awarded a total of $25,000 based on their academic achievement, community involvement and submission of an essay. Applications must be submitted by March 5 at midnight and recipients will be announced on April 8.

Here is the full press release:

ATLANTA (Feb. 1, 2022) – Delta Community Credit Union (www.DeltaCommunityCU.com), Georgia’s largest credit union with $9 billion in assets, announces a call for entries in its annual scholarship program. Five applicants will be awarded a total of $25,000 based on each applicant’s academic achievement, community involvement and submission of an essay on this topic:

“Delta Community’s annual Scholarship Program underscores the value we place on financial literacy, which is key to empowering successful individuals, families and communities,” said Hank Halter, Delta Community CEO. “Given the ongoing public-health challenges faced by students, nationwide, we are especially excited to offer this financial support to motivated students, so they may fully concentrate on their academic and career success.”

The Delta Community Scholarship Program is open to students seeking a first undergraduate degree, and awards may be used to fund tuition, books, housing and other expenses.

Applications must be received between Feb. 1 and March 1, 2022 by 11:59 p.m. ET and recipients will be announced by April 8, 2022.

Applicants must be Delta Community members who are enrolled full-time at an accredited college or university in the United States during the fall semester of the 2022 – 2023 academic year. For more information and to apply, visit Delta Community Credit Union 2022 Scholarship Program.

In addition to two scholarship programs, the Credit Union offers hundreds of free classes through its award-winning Financial Education Center; school sponsorships; and free workshops in community organizations throughout metro Atlanta.

SJC Ventures welcomes Diane Lidz as the new general counsel and senior vice president. Photo courtesy of SJC Ventures.

— SJC Ventures welcomes Diane Lidz as the new general counsel and senior vice president of the Atlanta-based mixed-use, grocery-anchored retail and multi-family development firm. 

Here is the full announcement:

ATLANTA, Ga. – SJC Ventures, a premier Atlanta-based mixed-use, grocery-anchored retail and multi-family development firm, recently welcomed Diane Lidz as its new general counsel and senior vice president.

Lidz brings more than 30 years of experience in representing clients in commercial real estate transactions and will be the first team member to fill the general counsel role at the development firm.

In her new role as general counsel and senior vice president, Lidz will manage outside counsel, lead transaction closings and manage litigation and loan reporting, among other duties.

Most recently, she served as counsel at Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein. During her time there, she advised on the purchase, sale and development of land and income-producing properties, represented retail developers in acquisition and sales transactions and advised landlords and tenants of various sizes in ground lease and space lease transactions. Prior to that, Lidz was a commercial real estate partner with Hartman Simons & Wood. She also spent 17 years with Troutman Pepper, formerly, Troutman Sanders.

“As our company continues to grow, we are thrilled to add someone like Diane to our team,” said Jeff DeHart, principal at SJC Ventures. “She is a demonstrated problem-solver who truly invests the time in understanding her clients and listening to their specific needs.”

Lidz graduated with a bachelor’s degree in economics from Williams College and was awarded a juris doctorate from the University of Virginia School of Law. She currently serves in various leadership roles with CREW Atlanta and as counsel for the Board of Trustees for Temple Kol Emeth.

— Emory cardiologist Dr. Laurence Sperling helped U.S. News and World Report create and release its 2022 best diets lists.

For the last 11 years, Sperling has shared his experties while ranking some of the most popular diets, according to a press release.

Sperling is the Katz Professor in preventive cardiology at Emory University School of Medicine and founder of the Emory Center for Heart Disease Prevention. He has served on the panel of health experts for U.S. News & World Report since 2011.

He and 26 other experts in diet, nutrition, obesity, diabetes and heart disease reviewed 40 diets, ranking them in seven categories.

“The top-ranking diets are considered easy to follow, nutritious, safe and effective for weight loss and preventing diabetes and heart disease,” Sperling said. “We all have individual goals for healthy eating as we consider our dietary patterns as a component of our lives. This list is a good resource to help guide the process of finding a diet that people can practice and, more importantly, maintain over time as part of a larger, healthier lifestyle.”

Sperling notes to watch out for “fad” diets and focus more on a healthy dietary pattern. “The word diet comes from the Greek derivation, ‘diaita’ which means a way of life,” he said.

As we are still in the midst of a global pandemic, Sperling added that COVID-19 has had an impact on diets and general health and well-being.

“There have been concerning challenges for many regarding maintaining healthy behaviors during the pandemic,” says Sperling. “COVID-19 has had an impact on diets, weight, exercise, mental health and more. We are living during challenging times as we embark upon the third year of the pandemic, and being mindful of these challenges can help us reassess and rebalance our health priorities as we begin a new year.”

— Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta has announced that seven new members of the board of directors are joining the effort to help drive the foundation’s work forward. 

Each member will champion volunteer committees that provide counsel and oversight to the foundation staff’s work.

Here’s the full announcement:

ATLANTA – February 8, 2022 – On the heels of its 70th anniversary and finalizing its five-year strategic plan, TogetherATL, focused on building a more equitable region, the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta announces that seven new members of the Board of Directors (Board) are joining the effort to help drive the Foundation’s work forward. Each member will serve a three-year term and will champion volunteer committees that provide counsel and oversight to the Foundation staff’s work. With these appointments the Foundation board expands to 22 members, representing the region’s deep tapestry of talent, culture and leadership. A full list of the Board with their complete biographies are available online here.

New members appointed for a three-year term and joining returning leaders are:

– Jen Bennecke, Community Volunteer

– Julie Ann Crommett, Google

– Jeffrey Hines, MD, Wellstar Health System

– Debra Lam, Partnership for Inclusive Innovation 

– Marc Pollack, RangeWater Real Estate

– Dantes Rameau, Atlanta Music Project

– Dekia Scott, Southern Company

“As we embark on our TogetherATL strategic plan we understood that this plan would require active participation from experienced leaders to help us achieve the impact our metro Atlanta region needs,” said Frank Fernandez, president and CEO of the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta. “We welcome these voices to the conversation, some of whom have been among our Foundation community for years and others who may be new on our radar but who are laser focused on achieving our ambitious goal to make our region welcoming and prosperous for those who make their home here.”

These appointments follow a December 2021 announcement that Doug Hooker, executive director of the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC), has stepped into the role of Vice-Chair of the Board in 2022 and will become Board Chair for a three-year term, from January 2023 to December 2025. As Vice-Chair, Hooker, who will retire from the ARC in March, will work closely with current Board Chair, Susan Grant, to mobilize the Foundation’s 2022-2026 TogetherATL plan and support the operationalized annual priorities to achieve the desired impact over the next five years.

“In my role at ARC I have worked alongside the Community Foundation for more than 10 years to drive ambitious goals for our region,” Hooker said. “As I enter this next phase of my professional life, I’m eager to immerse myself in the Foundation’s work that combines both a high-level regional perspective as well as neighborhood-to-neighborhood focus to identify our greatest challenges and lift up those bright spots that are impacting change.”

TogetherATL, the Foundation’s touchstone for the next five years, is focused on place-based work that goes deep into communities working with, and for, residents to identify and drive positive change forward. The plan also focuses on systems change, examining broader issues like affordable housing, voting rights and equity in the arts that are each essential to building a thriving region.

— Harry Norman Realtors recognized its 2021 top real estates agents and teams during an award luncheon on Jan. 28. 

Here is the full press release:

ATLANTA: Atlanta’s premiere luxury real estate brokerage, Harry Norman, REALTORS®, recognized its 2021 top real estate agents and teams by honoring their outstanding achievements at this year’s award luncheon held at the St. Regis Atlanta on Friday, Jan. 28. With 400 Harry Norman, REALTORS® agents, brokers and leaders in attendance, the company celebrated both new and established agents along with top producing individuals and teams who surpassed their sales goals in 2021.

“We’re incredibly grateful to have such a high-performing group of agents at Harry Norman,” said Jenni Bonura, Harry Norman, REALTORS® President and CEO. “They continuously go above and beyond and in 2021, their achievements were well beyond worthy of celebration.”

Top Awards included Top Producing agents, based on sales units and volume, Rookie of the Year, recognizing top performing agents in their first full year of real estate, the Miss Emmie Award, named for the Atlanta Real Estate Icon, Emmie Norman, and the characteristics she embodies such as loyalty, professionalism, ethical conduct, team spirit and overall involvement in the real estate industry, and the President’s Award for the associate who has distinguished themself in the community, industry and in their professional, civic or religious organizations, representing the giving of time, personal talents.

Along with the awards, Harry Norman, REALTORS® also celebrated 62 agents and 25 teams for selling more than 20 units in 2021, with top performing individual agent Jennifer Kyle from the Luxury Lake and Mountain office selling 120 units and top performing team The Hester Group from East Cobb selling 695 units. In addition, Harry Norman REALTORS® recognized 61 individual agents and 26 teams for selling over $10 million in 2021, with agent Evelyn Heald from the Luxury Lake and Mountain office heading the list for Georgia with over $66 million in sales, agent Michele Collins from the North Fulton office topping for Metro Atlanta with $40 million in sales, the top performing small team Robin Blass Group of the Atlanta Perimeter office sold over $65 million, top performing large team Erin Yabroudy and Associates of the Buckhead office sold $89 million, and the number one mega team and best performing overall in the company The Hester Group from the East Cobb office sold over $321 million in 2021.

Harry Norman, REALTORS® Vice President of Marketing, Luke Trigwell, also shared other exciting news at the event announcing Harry Norman, REALTORS® has partnered with the High Museum of Atlanta. The partnership launched at the opening of the acclaimed Obama portraits and will be a great synergy for the company as another way for Harry Norman, REALTORS® to support the community it serves.

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