Thursday, June 14, 2018

Lake Lanier Association to Celebrate 30th Anniversary Shore Sweep ~ the Largest Environmental Cleanup Effort in Georgia

Georgia's Lake Sidney Lanier is the premier recreational destination and water resource for Atlantans and others from many miles around. Lanier annually attracts over 7.5 million visitors who sail, ski, camp or just cruise.

Imagine what lake life would be like if the litter and refuse from those millions of patrons accumulated on islands and shores for decades.

Thanks to the sustained efforts of the Lake Lanier Association - or LLA - one only need imagine that unattractive image. For thirty years LLA members and volunteers have united on an appointed day in September and toiled to make the lake area clean and safe.

On August 25 and September 15, 2018 LLA will host its 30th Anniversary Shore Sweep. August 25 will be a smaller Shore Sweep Prelim at a single site, and September 15 will be the traditional Shore Sweep at 11 sites across all of Lake Lanier.

Shore Sweep has grown each year in both number of volunteers and volume of junk removed. Today thousands of workers turn out on foot and by boat, truck and every imaginable vehicle. The event attracts lake residents, marina employees, recreational boaters and anyone else willing to lend a hand.

The amount of debris collected and removed now totals thousands of tons. Some teams compete to break records, with the current title holding crew having accounted for 9 tons of trash in 2017. Content ranges from cans and bottles to discarded tires, furniture, appliances - and even vessels themselves.

For this 30th Anniversary campaign the LLA will host the cleanup in two stages on two days - for good reasons:

First, the project scope has grown to the point it is difficult to complete everything in a day.

Second, the first August 25 Shore Sweep Prelim site will host a major event on September 15 - and will thus need to be cleaned up in advance.

Third, the August cleanup venue offers an excellent opportunity to attract participants for the larger September Shore Sweep across and around all of Lake Lanier.

Of course, this calls for a Band Party!


Saturday, August 25, Lake Lanier Olympic Park - LLOP

8 AM to 1 PM - LLOP Shore Sweep Prelim
1 PM to 4 PM - Band Party

Saturday, September 15, 11 Sites - Marinas and Various Hubs

8 AM to 1 PM - Shore Sweep ~ All of Lake Lanier

Lake Lanier Olympic Park is known worldwide as the site of rowing and kayaking competition at Atlanta's 1996 Centennial Olympic Games. In September LLOP will be the first ever US venue to host the ICF Dragon Boat World Championship.

That means the area in and around LLOP will need to be free of litter to look its best. That means a Band Party is in order to celebration the litter-free LLOP, reward those who removed the litter and entice many more to come back and remove litter elsewhere in September.

One detail, lest we forget: Students or anyone needing credit for community service can earn it on both days of Shore Sweep. Contact LLA for all essential community service credit info.

Details are still in the works for the Band Party. Rest assured it will be festive. One or more excellent bands and celebrity speakers will entertain all who attend. The LLA will offer food, beverage and prizes patrons will talk about for ages.

So mark your calendars - twice - as in on two different days.

If you love Lake Lanier or just want to participate in a fun and worthwhile environmental project, save these dates:

August 25, 2018 and September 15, 2018

The LLA will never host another 30th Anniversary Shore Sweep.

You will want to tell your friends, kids and grandkids that you were there. You will want to make them wish they were there. Or you can tell them now and bring them with you. The choice is yours.

For more information on how to participate or sponsor, call 770-503-7757 today. Operators are standing by, yet they may be busy. If so please leave a message that you want to help with Shore Sweep and any important details you can offer. Someone will get back to you as soon as possible.

Lake Lanier will thank you for it.


Lake Lanier Association
North Georgia Community Foundation Building
615F Oak Street #200
Gainesville GA 30501

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

The Small Business Advisor & Karen Bershad Earn Certified Woman Owned Small Business Designation & Celebrate Their 22nd Anniversary of Making Client Lives Easier

With over 30 years of experience running several successful businesses, Karen Bershad knows and understands all the demands of business ownership. She leads an expert team at The Small Business Advisor to train and help your small business optimize your decisions for growth and financial data management.

The Small Business Advisor experts are proud to announce they are now recognized by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) as a Certified Woman Owned Small Business. This comes as the company also celebrates its 22nd year in business. That's makes for one memorable 2018.

The WBENC is the largest certifier of women-owned businesses in the U.S. and a leading advocate for women business owners and entrepreneurs.

WBENC's world-class certification is accepted by more than 1,000 corporations representing America's most prestigious brands, in addition to many states, cities and other entities.

The Small Business Advisor ~ or SBA ~ is a team that provides bookkeeping and comprehensive financial data services. Be sure to take in the audio of Karen telling her own great story.

SBA's personable and experienced professionals manage and support unique bookkeeping and reporting needs. All team members are highly educated and have a natural love for numbers.

SBA offers a full range of services, from turnkey financial company management to training of your staff.

While SBA staff members have decades of experience, they are not attorneys. Recognizing you may have the occasional need for legal advice in their financial decisions SBA offers LegalShield, affordable access to professional legal assistance.

Your financial success is SBA's driving motivation. The staff is thrilled when clients say good things about their performance.

SBA serves about every type of business. Their client experience includes car dealerships, real estate agents, agencies and investors, business services, accountants, attorneys, nonprofits and retail shops.

Because of their high level of expertise, SBA is able to apply their knowledge to almost any industry or business type. SBA serves clients across the US, from Georgia to Hawaii.

SBA believes an informed client is a successful client. They are happy to answer questions you may not have even thought to ask.

And SBA hardly stops with Q&A. They offer a series of articles to provide helpful suggestions and discuss issues of the day.

If you are consumed with bookkeeping and related functions that prevent you from the business you love to do, call The Small Business Advisor at 770-356-1234.

Do not be surprised if a very professional and skilled woman answers the phone.


Karen Bershad
The Small Business Advisor
1425 Market Boulevard
Suite 530-100
Roswell GA 30076

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Mass Media Group ~ The Right TV & Radio Airtime & Production for Companies Large & Small

Are your marketing efforts based on an old strategy? If so, you are running out of time. Do you aspire to gain TV and radio exposure but do not think you can afford it or do not know where to start?

The core focus of The Mass Media Group is buying half-hour blocks of TV & radio airtime in the USA and nearly every English speaking country worldwide. We offer those to you and help you produce an effective program. Before you know it your message is broadcast to your target audience at a lower cost than you thought possible.

We do not just make a media buy for you. Our successful style is a combination of market knowledge and diplomatic negotiation. We know the fair market value across the country based upon past and current contracts. As our client roster grows so do your savings.

The Mass Media Group is headed by dedicated professionals who want to grow your business no matter what it takes. Simply put, we outwork the competition.

Our disruptive marketing model includes business and sales development. By implementing our 5 techniques your media marketing will double sales in 12 months.

We work with organizations of all shapes and sizes and deliver focused media exposure that will launch you to the next level.

We at The Mass Media Group are driven by family values. Our mission is not to be the largest media buying agency, but instead the most respected for our work.

No written media can replace the customer experience of your message via sight or sound. This program demo is just one example of what we can do for you.

We're confident you'll find our skills among the very best available. Check out our online resources for the broader scope of out work.

Do you seek a personalized service to represent your business with its media marketing? The Mass Media Group wants to earn your business. We specialize in the purchase of TV & Radio airtime across the USA & abroad and turnkey program production. Give us a call at 888-848-8017 for a no strings attached consultation.


The Mass Media Group:
PO Box 8881
Greenville SC 29604

An Inc 5000 Fastest Growing Company

Tarkenton Financial ~ Meet the Business Partner You’ve Been Looking For

In the world of financial planning, many professionals seek to affiliate themselves with a larger organization.

Too often that organization offers primarily what is best for the organization. Not the financial planner, not the planner's customers. As an agent, does this sound familiar to you?

At Tarkenton Financial "You're never one of many. You're one of us."

Tarkenton Financial is about one thing: helping agents build the financial practice of their dreams. We believe financial professionals who find success create it themselves. They work every day to expand their reach, to see how they can serve someone.

We’ve built a team with broad experience that’s uniquely accessible to you. Tarkenton Financial is a family business, not only in ownership and operation, but in culture as well. Trust is at the heart of what we do, from your trust in us, to your clients’ trust in you.

While millions know Fran Tarkenton the NFL legend, and many know him as a successful entrepreneur, fewer know that Fran obtained his insurance license in 1959 at age 19. 

In his “free time” when not playing football he was the number-one insurance producer in Georgia for Franklin Life Insurance. He’s the same Fran Tarkenton who today is just as passionate about retirement income strategies and innovation in financial services.

Everyone knows that details can make or break a sale. Our unmatched support helps you be more effective and efficient, so that you can focus more on the sale and less on the prep.

Unlike other insurance marketing organizations, we do relatively little advertising. We don’t have to. We’re believers in having a reputation that precedes you.

No two clients are alike, especially when it comes to their financial objectives. At Tarkenton Financial, you can meet your clients’ diverse needs 
with our comprehensive suite of annuity and life insurance products from the nation’s most reputable carriers.

We are a boutique for high performers by design, because we believe success is derived not by focusing on the volume of professionals with whom we work, but on names and faces. We focus on you.

Meet Fran Tarkenton and you’ll understand why Tarkenton Financial is right for you. Welcome to an organization:

• Where boutique trumps big.
• Where a family-first philosophy meets a first-class image.
• Where you get to work with the best, because you are the best. Not because you say it, but because you prove it. Year in, year out.
• Where performance speaks for itself.

Do you aspire to greatness? If so, Fran would like to talk to you.


Fran Tarkenton
Tarkenton Financial, LLC
3340 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 2300
Atlanta, GA 30326

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Tunnell & Tunnell ~ Institutional & Residential Landscape Design ~ Historic Restoration & Preservation

Have you ever wanted to have your business or home landscape created with a quality of the Atlanta Botanical Garden, Boxwood Garden at the Swan House or even an idyllic Danish countryside?

Atlanta's Tunnell & Tunnell Landscape Architecture can make that happen for you. The firm makes it happen at projects from Maine to Mississippi, the Caribbean - and occasionally on other continents.

Founded in 1988 by renowned landscape architect Spencer Tunnell, Tunnell & Tunnell designs, creates, installs, restores and preserves breathtaking outdoor environments of all shapes and sizes for institutional and residential clients large and small.

Spencer trained at Thomas Jefferson's University of Virginia, not a bad place to learn plenty about how landscapes are done right. The other four members of the firm's staff earned degrees at the University of Georgia's College of Environment and Design, ranked in the top 10 nationally among landscape architecture programs. That is one qualified and impressive assembly of talent.

Tunnell & Tunnell offers a complete array of services to address every facet of a project, from concept design and presentation to execution to maintenance and irrigation. No landscape detail is beyond the firm's capabilities.

The firm knows no geographic boundaries. With an abundance of projects in the Southeast US, client landscapes stretch as far away as Maine, the Dominican Republic and Amsterdam.

Tunnell & Tunnell's awards and achievements are as extensive as its global reach. These include numerous merit awards and awards of excellence for design, rehabilitation and historic preservation - significant recognition conveyed by both peers and institutions.

To learn more about making your landscape an award worthy outdoor environment call 404-874-8430 today, or go here to contact Tunnell & Tunnell Landscape Architecture.


Spencer Tunnell
Tunnell & Tunnell
1123 Zonolite Road NE
Atlanta GA 30306404-874-8430

Monday, May 7, 2018

Gaynes Financial Services Launches New Website ~ Wealth Management & Estate Planning Super Heroes

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have a Super Hero help you plan your financial future? Not necessarily one from another planet, but a mortal human with Super Power skills?

You need not wonder any longer.

We all know it is unwise to spit on Superman's cape. It is equally unwise to risk your economic destiny with just any earthly adviser.

Fortunately, Gaynes Financial Services is here to save the day.

The Gaynes Financial Services team is a powerful force for good in this world. They offer expertise and focused attention to clients who wish managing their financial life was simpler. These people are the guardians of your wealth galaxy.

Gaynes Financial Services never calls themselves GFS, but we will occasionally do so here because we are up against a deadline and running out of space.

GFS is independent but not alone. Gaynes Financial Services is a founding member of Integrated Financial Group, an Atlanta-based consortium of independent financial planners from across the country.

In other words, a larger super power team supports the GFS super power team.

The champions at GFS serve individuals, families, businesses and institutions. Headquartered in Atlanta, they work with clients across the United States and are able to leap tall buildings in a single bound.

Gaynes Financial Services believes that no one can accurately predict future security prices of market sectors or asset classes, or accurately time the market. Wall Street firms and their advisors may tell you otherwise because it is in their shareholders’ best interests, not their clients’.

This is where GFS extraordinary vision comes in.

GFS shares extensive resources, putting their wealth of knowledge at your disposal wherever you may be. Do you need a will? Do you need a trust? What defines a solid financial foundation? This information is more powerful than a locomotive.

You may need the latest information, and the GFS blog provides it.

Lessons for the next crisis, planning for college tuition, whether to rent your fun or buy it, even lottery tickets. You can learn about these and more. Here you can gain knowledge faster than a speeding bullet.

David Gaynes is a registered representative with, and Securities and advisory services offered through LPL Financial, a Registered Investment Advisor, Member FINRA/SIPC

With great power comes great responsibility. To learn more about Gaynes Financial Services awesome capabilities call David Gaynes at 770-353-6350 or tell him a little about your super self.

Tell him Stoddard Media Man sent you.


David Gaynes
Gaynes Financial Services
200 Ashford Center North
Suite 400
Atlanta, Georgia 30338

Friday, April 27, 2018

University of Georgia's Terry College of Business Breaks New Ground in Academic Excellence

If you asked me the name of the UGA business school five years after my graduation I may have answered, "Uh, the Brooks Hall College of Business?".

At that time I lived and worked in Chicago mismanaging corporate events. This was before the internet, at least before the internet was available to me, so I could not cheat and search for the answer.

The correct answer was the Terry College of Business. At least that would eventually be the correct answer. When I was earning a marketing degree the business college had no official name, so my Brooks Hall guess would have been as good as any.

But I am getting into the weeds already. And I haven't even started.

If I am going to start, I will start by dropping names of prominent Terry grads I know who are making headlines at UGA and around the globe. They include, in alphabetical order, David Battle, Darren DeVore, David Hanna, Kessel Stelling and Debbie Gohr Storey.

There sure are a lot of "D" names in there. I am not sure what that is about. There are a lot of guys. I know what that is about, because they are my Phi Gamma Delta fraternity brothers. I know what the lone woman is about too, because she is my client and friend dating back to grade school.

Suffice it to say the University of Georgia College of Business Administration has always been a dang good place to get an education, even before it had a name.

When it got a name it got even better. Two years after the school was named Terry College, in 1993 Georgia's HOPE Scholarship made the entire University and Terry College better still. The HOPE was founded by my hero, the late great Zell Miller.

The first I heard of Zell was when yet another fraternity brother, Keith Mason, arrived on campus 2 years behind me. I had never known a college freshman to so passionately advocate for any politician, but Keith definitely knew something I did not.

I thought long and hard to identify the best video I could find to represent Terry College greatness, but it got late and I gave up. You can find one you like best and tell me which one I should have picked.

So many people have written so many things about Terry College rankings I will not attempt to do so here. At this hour it's easier for a tired guy like me to insert hyperlinks.

I was actually a little bit of a College of Business Administration honcho back in the old days when there was far less competition, serving as Vice President of the school's student council. There I was propped up by two other heroes and business school legends, fraternity brothers and senior officers Ken Murphy and Greg Sowell.

At least I had the decency to put on a jacket for photo day. Even the great Dean Flewellen didn't get the memo. "Papa" Sowell lacked the decency to even show up.

My primary VP responsibility was to manage Career Day, when recruiters from major employers came to entice soon to be graduates. That scored me a radio interview with the great Ernie Johnson. Ernie metriculated at the Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, but he is such a cool guy and was so nice during our conversation I include him in this Terry College discussion. Though it was not yet Terry College. I think I am repeating myself.

I was also President of the Marketing Club. I embellished the organization name on my resume, albeit factually, as the University of Georgia Collegiate Chapter of the American Marketing Association a/k/a AMA. My primary claim to fame there was the knack for completing obscure budget request forms few people knew about to fund club parties and trips to AMA conventions in Hartford and Chicago. Chicago was more fun. I probably don't need to explain why.

Marketing Club gentlemen knew to wear jackets on photo day.

Note the recurring pensive hands folded in front photo day pose. Maybe they taught us that at the Brooks Hall Business School.

As Marketing Club CEO I also secured Dean Rusk as a guest speaker. Not because he had anything to do with marketing, but because he was famous and available. That scored Dean and me and three other officers a pre-meeting dinner at some steak house I could not afford, again due to my knack for completing obscure budget request forms to get UGA to pay for things I could not afford.

I have been away from the state of Georgia and University of Georgia for a few decades and only recently returned. I have some catching up to do, and I mean to do that by getting involved in things like the Terry College Third Thursday and UGA Alumni Association Atlanta Chapter leadership. I only hope it is as easy to get elected to some high office there as it was to become President of the Marketing Club.

Okay, so this isn't so much about Terry College as it is about my friends from Terry College, then known as "The Business School". It is late, and I can write what I want, even if it means a few readers vote for my opponents in some Alumni Association leadership election.

I may or may not write something more substantive and coherent about Terry College serious greatness when I am better rested. But before bed I must go back up and paste in some images that may not make sense where they may not belong to make this look prettier.

In the meantime look for this future headline on some tabloid at the Dollar Tree checkout line near you:

For this specific press release please do not contact:

University of Georgia
Terry College of Business
600 South Lumpkin Street
Athens, GA 30602

For this specific press release please do contact:

Stoddard Media