Written by From Staff Reports Thursday, 09 May 2013 00:00
Fred S. Washington, of Beaufort, has been selected as this year’s recipient.
“Mr. Washington has been a tireless champion for education in our community,” TCL President Dr. Thomas Leitzel said. “It is fitting that he receive the TCL Presidential Medallion for his hard work and support for public education at all levels.”
TCL Area Commission Chairman General Arthur E. Brown Jr. agrees. “Fred is dedicated to his community, and his passion shows when you engage with him on the value of an educated community. We have benefited from his outstanding leadership,” he said.
A Beaufort native and the youngest of seven children, Washington was born on Parris Island in 1946. He attended Beaufort County public schools and is a 1964 graduate of Robert Smalls High School. He received a bachelor’s degree from Boston University. He began his career by serving as a residence life director at Boston University. Later, he returned to Beaufort and worked for Beaufort-Jasper Comprehensive Health and then for Beaufort County Schools. Washington went on to serve as the Director of the Beaufort County Department of Social Services for more than 27 years. He was elected to Beaufort City Council from July 1979 to July 1993. Washington also served on the TCL Area Commission for 15 years. In 2006, he was elected to the Beaufort County School Board, where he served as chairman from 2006 through 2012. In addition, Washington has provided leadership to countless other community organizations including the Beaufort Joint Planning Commission; Lowcountry Council of Governments Board; Beaufort County United Way Allocation Committee; SC Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations; Boys and Girls Club Board; Beaufort Marine Institute Board; Beaufort Housing Authority Board; BC First Steps Partnership Board; and chair of the Beaufort Fund Advisory Committee of the Coastal Community Foundation. He is married to Barbara and has three daughters and three grandchildren.
About the Presidential Medallion
Recognized as the top award given to a community citizen by the Technical College of the Lowcountry, the Presidential Medallion recognizes a distinguished citizen and community leader who exhibits enthusiasm, integrity and perseverance beyond the ordinary to help build a better and stronger community. Nominees for this award are individuals who have acted in the best interests of their community through outstanding service and the creation of a positive environment through civic leadership in the generous giving of time and personal sacrifice. As a community of scholars and practitioners, TCL has chosen this occasion to focus deserved attention upon worthy candidates to publicly recognize them and their exemplary achievements, character, integrity, and sacrifice that result in building a better community. The awarding of the Presidential Medallion recognizes individuals who support and bring distinction to the College in profound ways. The Presidential Medallion symbolizes the authority vested in the president by the TCL Area Commission to operate and represent the College as its chief executive officer.
Last Updated on Friday, 03 May 2013 13:23 Written by From Staff Reports Monday, 06 May 2013 00:00
Attorney Gary E. McClanahan recently joined the Health Care Practice Group at HunterMaclean, a leading business law firm with offices in Savannah and Brunswick.
McClanahan has extensive experience in general regulatory and corporate healthcare law. He concentrates his practice on billing and reimbursement, federal and state regulatory compliance in the areas of fraud and abuse, self-referral, HIPAA/HITECH and Affordable Care Act compliance. He was selected as a Best Lawyers in America in Health Care for six consecutive years and is licensed to practice law in Georgia and North Carolina.
McClanahan joins HunterMaclean after working as a healthcare attorney for several Atlanta-area firms including Alston & Bird and King & Spalding. He previously served as general counsel for Egleston Children’s Hospital at Emory University in Atlanta. He is a sought-after speaker and author with extensive knowledge of regulations affecting health care providers.
McClanahan earned a J.D. with honors from the University of Texas School of Law in Austin, in 1984. He also earned a master’s in business administration from Harvard University’s Graduate School of business administration 1980 and a B.S. with honors from Auburn University in 1978.
The Coastal Bank, a locally owned and operated community bank headquartered in Savannah, Ga., recently promoted Chap Bennett to executive vice president of commercial real estate and specialty lending. In his new position, Bennett will lead the bank’s mortgage company and construction lending department in addition to its structured finance services.
Bennett has worked with The Coastal Bank for more than 12 years and most recently served as the manager of special assets, where he oversaw the management of all non-performing assets and maintained efforts to minimize risk and preserve capital. Due to his exceptional work in this position, The Coastal Bank has significantly reduced its number of non-performing assets. Prior to his position as manager of special assets, he also served as the senior credit officer at The Coastal Bank.
With a strong commitment to Effingham County, Bennett currently serves as the vice chairman of the board of directors for the Effingham County Industrial Development Authority is a past president of the Effingham Chamber of Commerce and a past board member at Effingham Hospital. He is a member of Springfield United Methodist Church and resides in Rincon with his wife, Bobbi Jo, and their three children.
Bennett also was appointed by the lieutenat governor in 2009 to serve on the Council of Regional Commissions and was the past division chair of the Community Bankers Association of Georgia.
Originally from Thomson, Ga., Bennett earned a finance degree from Georgia Southern University and graduated with honors from the University of Georgia’s School of Banking.
The Coastal Bank also recently promoted banking industry veteran Dave Mandel to manager of special assets. In his new position, Mandel will oversee the management of all non-performing loans, manage liquidation of bank-owned property and develop timely resolutions to minimize risk and preserve capital.
Mandel joined The Coastal Bank in 2006 as a lending officer and most recently served as a vice president of the Special Assets Team, where he enjoyed tremendous success in problem loan resolution.
Before transitioning into the Special Assets Division, he also served the Commercial Real Estate Department where his responsibilities included the underwriting and production of new loan relationships, solicitation of new deposit opportunities and management of a loan portfolio in excess of $50 million. He began his banking career as a credit analyst and junior lending officer in New York.
Originally from Long Island, N.Y., Mandel earned a B.S. in Business Administration from Loyola College in Baltimore, Md., in May 2000. He graduated from the ABA Stonier National Graduate School of Banking in June 2010 and currently resides in Savannah.
Jesse Fenton, a senior management major from Morrow, Ga., received the President’s Second Mile Award Saturday at the 182nd Commencement at Savannah State University (SSU). The award recognizes stellar student leadership on campus and in the Savannah community.
A graduate of Morrow High School, Fenton has taken an active role with the Student Government Association (SGA) since his arrival on campus. He has served as SGA executive vice president; executive chief justice; director of Fiscal Affairs for the sophomore class; and director of Public Outreach for the freshman class. A member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Fenton is also a past president of the College of Business Administration Student Advisory Council. He is currently a member of the Society for the Advancement of Management and the Collegiate 100, an auxiliary organization of the 100 Black Men of Savannah, and serves as an ambassador for the National Urban League’s Black Executive Exchange Program.
Within the Savannah community, Fenton has worked with America’s Second Harvest Food Bank of Coastal Georgia and the Savannah Tree Foundation. He spent his spring break doing community service in Harlem, N.Y., and has also served with the Philabundance Food Bank in Philadelphia. After graduation, Fenton will join the staff of Microsoft Corp. in Seattle as a U.S. Health and Life Sciences Corporate Account Manager.