Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Georgia Governor Issues Commendation Recognizing InVasc Founder and Board Member, Dr. Bobby V. Khan

(BUSINESS WIRE)--InVasc Therapeutics, Inc. yesterday announced that in a ceremony held at the Georgia State Capital, Governor Sonny Perdue, presented a Commendation to Dr. Bobby V. Khan, a cardiologist, founder and member of the Board of Directors of InVasc. The Commendation states: “WHEREAS: Dr. Khan is a great asset for our state and has worked tirelessly in his duties as a physician, researcher and educator. The citizens of Georgia are thankful for his ongoing contributions to the health and betterment of our state; now THEREFORE: I, Sonny Perdue, Governor of the state of Georgia, do hereby commend Bobby V. Khan.”

William Johnston, Ph.D., the chief executive officer of InVasc stated: “Dr. Khan, a Fulbright Scholar, who also chairs our Clinical Advisory Board, has and continues to make significant contributions for his patients, medical research and the business community and is an acknowledged leader in the field of cardiometabolic medicine. As a Company, we join with the Governor in this recognition and acknowledge Dr. Khan’s ongoing leadership within InVasc and the medical community.”

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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

AFBF honors Irvin with distinguished service award

The American Farm Bureau Federation honored Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Tommy Irvin with its Distinguished Service Award in its closing session January 11 in Seattle, Wash.

Recipients are nominated by their home state Farm Bureaus in an extensive application documenting accomplishments and contributions to American agriculture on international, national, state and local levels. Former recipients include former Senators Sam Nunn and Bob Dole and Senator Mitch McConnell and other national agriculture leaders.

“It is an honor to have been nominated by the president of my state’s Farm Bureau and to be accepted into the distinguished company of those chosen before me,” Irvin said.

The nomination application detailed many of the commissioner’s efforts to improve Georgia agriculture which led to changes on the regional and national levels and impacted world opinion of U.S. agriculture. Irvin initiated an agriculture international trade division in the Georgia Department of Agriculture, an effort that has put Georgia products on menus throughout the world. In addition to the expansion of markets for Georgia’s agricultural products, Irvin’s aggressive programs to eradicate and control animal diseases and plant pests helped to stabilize the economic climate and establish a quality benchmark for the state’s products.

Irvin has given more than 54 years in public service, more than 41 as the state’s agriculture commissioner. He plans to retire at the end of this term at the beginning of 2011.

The Georgia Farm Bureau paid tribute to Irvin at its December annual meeting with a video about his career and life highlighting many of his agricultural accomplishments.

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Shaw Floors Achieves Guinness World Records(R) Honor for Largest Pie Fight

/PRNewswire/ -- Shaw Floors, the world's largest carpet manufacturer and a leading flooring provider, successfully achieved the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS designation for the world's Largest Pie Fight during the company's Dallas market event on Jan. 7. The history-making spectacle involved 434 participants as well as 1,200 cherry, chocolate and apple pies. The company held the pie fight on its premium Anso nylon carpet as a way to demonstrate Anso nylon's superior ability to repel stains and to be easily cleaned. Following the world-record event, Shaw cleaned approximately 3,000 pounds of pie from the carpet and displayed the previously pie-covered results in the lobby of the Embassy Suites in Grapevine, Texas, the site of the event.

"We can't wait to tell consumers that Anso nylon survived the world's Largest Pie Fight," said Shaw President Randy Merritt. "Although we weren't surprised at all by the positive performance of Anso nylon, we're thrilled that the pie fight will help consumers fully appreciate the stain-repelling power of the carpet. Consumers will understand that if a carpet can hold up to 1,200 pies, it will stand up to everyday life."

Shaw's GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS achievement shattered the previous Largest Pie Fight record of 269 participants, which was set by the television show "LIVE! With Regis and Kelly" on Sept. 17, 2009. GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS Adjudications Manager Danny Girton Jr. was on site to verify the Largest Pie Fight designation and presented Shaw with a certificate recognizing the achievement. Video footage of Shaw's pie fight festivities, certificate presentation, post-event carpet cleaning and the surviving, spotless carpet can be viewed at www.shawfloors.com/anso/piefight.

Shaw's world record accomplishment complements the company's new Anso nylon marketing campaign, "Anso? Hope so.", which focuses on the cleanability and durability of the carpet brand. Shaw will celebrate the Largest Pie Fight achievement throughout 2010, and the company is producing a variety of pie fight-related point-of-sale materials including posters, banners, product medallions and an in-store video, which will be available later this month, enabling thousands of Shaw retailers to commemorate the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS honor.

"The 'Anso? Hope so.' campaign is all about the confidence consumers should have in the stain-resistance properties of Anso nylon carpet, and the world's Largest Pie Fight illustrated this same confidence, only on a larger scale," said Shaw's Director of Anso Nylon Mike Leary. "The pie fight is a great survival story for Anso nylon, and it makes a compelling case to both consumers and retail sales associates for why Anso nylon is the premier carpet fiber on the market."

In connection with the pie fight event, Shaw is making a monetary donation to a local affiliate of Feeding America, the nation's largest domestic-relief hunger charity. The company's donation will provide up to 70,000 meals for hungry Americans.

For more information about Shaw's GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS Largest Pie Fight achievement or to view Shaw's pie fight video, visit www.shawfloors.com/anso/piefight.

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Monday, January 11, 2010

Georgia State professor to chair Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau

Professor Ken Bernhardt of Georgia State University’s J. Mack Robinson College of Business was named chairman of the board of directors for the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau (ACVB) for 2010.

Bernhardt, the Taylor E. Little Jr. professor of marketing and special assistant to the dean for corporate and community relations in the Robinson College, has served on the ACVB board of directors since 1991. He is a past chair of ACVB’s marketing, strategic planning, and research committees and has been heavily involved in the organization’s cultural tourism initiative. In 2000, Bernhardt received the ACVB President’s Award for outstanding service to the marketing of Atlanta.

“Ken’s experience in marketing research and measurement will optimize ACVB’s marketing programs in an environment where every dollar counts,” said William Pate, ACVB president and chief executive officer. “Under his leadership, we will continue to position Atlanta as a top destination for business and leisure travel.”

Former chair of Robinson’s department of marketing, Bernhardt has served as chairman of the board of the American Marketing Association, president of the Association for Consumer Research and chairman of the board of trustees of the American Marketing Association Foundation. He is a former chair of the U.S. Census Bureau Marketing Advisory Committee.

In addition to his ACVB duties, Bernhardt also serves on the boards of area organizations including Leadership Atlanta, Junior Achievement of Georgia, Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta, Alliance Theatre, and the Metro Atlanta Arts & Culture Coalition.

The chairman of the ACVB is selected by the board of directors following nominations by the organization’s executive committee. Established in 1913, Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau is a private, nonprofit organization created to favorably impact the Atlanta economy through conventions and tourism.

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Friday, January 8, 2010

Oglethorpe Power General Counsel Named to Nuclear Legal Committee

/PRNewswire/ -- Charles W. "Chuck" Whitney, senior vice president and general counsel for Oglethorpe Power Corporation, has been appointed to the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) Lawyers Committee. The Nuclear Energy Institute is the policy organization of the nuclear energy and technologies industry and works to promote the beneficial uses of nuclear energy and technologies in the United States and around the world. The Lawyers Committee develops policy recommendations on various legal issues arising from the construction and operation of nuclear power plants.

Thomas A. Smith, president & CEO of Oglethorpe Power, said Whitney's appointment to the NEI group will be very beneficial to the corporation as licensing and construction proceed on two new units of the Alvin W. Vogtle Nuclear Plant near Waynesboro. Oglethorpe Power has a 30 percent interest in the new units as well as the two units of the plant that are already operational.

"While we have been a member of NEI for many years and enjoy an excellent relationship with them, Chuck's participation on this committee will provide us with a direct opportunity to be involved in nuclear energy policy-making at the national level while staying abreast of the latest developments within the industry," Smith said.

Whitney joined Oglethorpe Power in August 2009 from Duane Morris LLP, where he had served as a managing partner of the Atlanta office since 2000 and as head of that firm's Nuclear Energy Practice Group. Prior to joining Duane Morris, Whitney served in a variety of senior executive positions for Southern Company subsidiaries, including an assignment as president & CEO of Southern's European international energy subsidiary. Additionally, he has had major responsibilities for nuclear and fossil plant construction and operations both as a lawyer and a senior manager.

He graduated with high honors with B.S. and B.A. degrees from Wright State University, received a J.D. degree from Case Western Reserve University and completed the Harvard Business School advanced management program.

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