Georgia Family Business of the Year winners announced

The Cox Family Enterprise Center‚ based at the Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State…

Georgia (Feb 24, 2005) — Georgia Family Business of the Year winners announced

Terri Thornton


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The Cox Family Enterprise Center‚ based at the Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State University‚ has announced the winners of the 2005 Family Business of the Year Awards. The winners and finalists are:

Large Business
Bearings and Drives – Macon

Kitchin Hospitality‚ LLC – Atlanta
Wheeler’s – Rome

Medium Business
PBD Worldwide Fulfillment Services – Alpharetta

Blanchard and Calhoun – Augusta
RefrigiWear – Dahlonega

Small Business
Chatham Holdings Corporation – Alpharetta

Richardson Housing Group – Lawrenceville
Scottsdale Farms and Garden Center – Alpharetta

The Brand Banking Company of Lawrenceville won the Cox Century Award for the Georgia business that has continuously operated for at least 100 years.

“This year's winners display a strong sense of family that is so important for the stability and success of our communities in Georgia‚” says Cox Family Enterprise Center Director Joe Astrachan.

The awards will be given Wednesday‚ May 25 in a ceremony at the Cobb Galleria Centre. The keynote speaker will be Jean Davidson‚ granddaughter of the founder of Harley−Davidson Motorcycles. The event is co−sponsored by Georgia Trend magazine‚ which will profile the winners in its May issue.

For more information‚ or to order tickets‚ call the Cox Family Enterprise Center at 770−423−6045.


Large Business Winner: Bearings and Drives – Macon

In 1947‚ World War II veteran John D. Nations bought a small industrial supply company which soon became known as Bearings & Drives. His son Andy became President in 1983‚ and John became Chairman of the Board. (Even today‚ at age 86‚ the founder is always the first one into the office.) Through acquisitions and new branch openings‚ Bearings & Drives today operates almost 40 facilities in Georgia‚ Florida‚ North and South Carolina‚ Tennessee and Alabama. It has also started an International Sales Group; Andy’s niece Courtney heads the U.S. division. Through good times and bad‚ the firm has been loyal to its employees‚ choosing to take losses rather than lay people off. It is also a regular donor to several community nonprofit organizations‚ and it extremely active in industry trade associations.

Medium Business Winner: PBD Worldwide Fulfillment Services – Alpharetta

Believe it or not‚ all school books for K−12 schools in Georgia are processed and shipped by PBD Worldwide Fulfillment Services. Jim Dockter launched the firm in 1976. Ten years later he moved the growing business to metro Atlanta‚ and in 1992 bought Georgia School Book Depository. PBD now has 200 employees in Alpharetta‚ Duluth and Exton‚ Pennsylvania. It represents 55 educational publishers and is the full service national fulfillment center for several prominent organizations and publishers. Jim Dockter is now Chairman of the Board and his wife Rebecca is Corporate Secretary. Their son Scott recently became President and CEO‚ and son Gregory is Vice President of Sales & Marketing. The firm has received several professional honors‚ including the Georgia Business Ethics Award. The company has raised funds for a number of well−known charitable groups as well as tsunami relief.

Small Business Winner: Chatham Holdings Corporation – Alpharetta

Since 1948‚ the Chatham family has built and developed high quality homes and neighborhoods exclusively designed for families. Their products helped transform once−rural areas such as Alpharetta and Roswell‚ as well as Cherokee and Forsyth Counties‚ into thriving communities. When the real estate market slowed in the 1970s‚ the firm started several subsidiaries‚ including Northside Realty‚ which it sold in 1991. That was also the year the firm established Chatham Holdings‚ which now has eight neighborhoods under construction. Other subsidiaries include Chathambilt Homes‚ Legacy Realty‚ Windward Mortgage and Keller−Williams Realty of North Fulton‚ Chattahoochee North and Roswell. At age 83‚ founder J. Howard Chatham is now Chairman of the Board. His son J. David Chatham is President and CEO‚ while grandson Myles Chatham is Vice President of Chathambilt Homes. In addition to serving on the boards of several government and private industry organizations‚ the Chathams are particularly proud of designing and building the Chatham Group House for mentally impaired adults.

Cox Century Award: The Brand Banking Company of Lawrenceville

Five generations have taken The Brand Banking Company from a little country bank to a financial institution with 187 employees and assets of more than $700 million. E.M. Brand founded Brand Bank in 1905. One son‚ C.H. Brand‚ was elected to Congress and helped create the Federal Reserve Bank. Another‚ L.M. Brand‚ stayed and operated the bank along with his daughter Louise and son−in−law Bartow Morgan‚ Jr. Bartow Morgan‚ III took the bank into the next generation; his wife Patricia Morgan Thomas still serves as Vice Chairman of the Board. Their son Bartow Morgan‚ Jr. is the current Chairman and CEO‚ and he holds leadership positions with more than a dozen nonprofit and community organizations. Morgan’s brother Brand is active on the firm’s board and audit committee‚ and his sister Laurin is a consultant to the bank’s compliance group. The bank’s assets have more than tripled in the past ten years.


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