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WEALTH MATTERS: Making Financial Sense of Your Divorce

Millie Baumbusch, Michael Bean, JoAnne Donner, Steve Kirson, Robert Port

Millie Baumbusch, Michael Bean, JoAnne Donner, Steve Kirson, Robert Port

Michael Bean/Divorce Sense

Michael is a financial professional in the Atlanta area who specializes in evaluating and advising clients on the tax and financial aspects of divorce. With a first-hand understanding of how highly emotional the divorce process can be, Mike is dedicated to lightening the burden of each client by thoroughly dissecting the financial elements of the client’s divorce, with a keen focus on what is in his or her best interests. He is committed to helping his clients understand the more complex tax and financial implications of his or her particular case and provide thoughtful, objective solutions to the financial questions an individual must ask when filing for divorce. As both a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Divorce Financial Analyst, Mike is uniquely equipped to recognize frequently overlooked financial hurdles and inequities in the settlement process, from the unforeseen tax ramifications of losing, dividing, or gaining certain assets to the unveiling of hidden assets. Based on his analysis, Mike advises clients on which assets to fight for and the valuation and division of those assets. He also assists in child support and alimony proposals and provides forward-looking income, expense and net worth projections. Mike received his undergraduate degree in Accountancy from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School and completed his graduate work in Financial Planning from Duke University. He is collaboratively trained by the Collaborative Law Institute of Georgia. Mike is former Vice President and Board Member for the Association of Divorce Financial Planners (ADFP), and is an active member of the Institute of Divorce Financial Advisors (IDFA), two of the most nationally recognized and respected professional organizations in the Divorce Planning industry. Mike has been highlighted numerous times for his commitment to his clients and service to Atlanta’s business community, having been featured in Divorce.com magazine and recognized by Atlanta Magazine as a Five Star Wealth Management ‘Best in Class for Customer Service’ for three successive years. During his 25 years as an Atlanta resident, he has developed strong ties to both his clients and the community, founding and running The Georgia Tuition Assistance Program, a 501(c)(3) organization that awards scholarships to children of single parent households due to death or divorce.

JoAnne Donner/Donner Mediation & Coaching

JoAnne Donner MS, CDFA, CDC, CDPC, is a trained, certified and registered mediator whose areas of expertise include divorce, eldercare, civil, workplace, and family conflict. She is also a certified coach and offers services in mediation coaching, divorce coaching, and conflict coaching.  As a mediator, Ms. Donner excels at creating an environment where disputing parties can productively address issues and work toward a mutually-satisfying resolution that considers the needs of both sides. As a divorce coach, she is a supportive ally, helping divorcing individuals successfully navigate the many emotional, financial, and logistical challenges of the divorce process. She serves as a resource for divorce information and professional referrals and also helps clients identify goals and priorities, get organized, and gain credibility and confidence. As a mediation coach, she helps disputants prepare for the pressures, pitfalls, and possibilities of a mediation session. She is a firm believer that pre-mediation preparation can make the difference between a successful outcome at the mediation table or years of wishing something different had been decided on mediation day. In conflict coaching, Ms. Donner helps individuals and families effectively manage relationship and communication difficulties both at home and in the workplace. Ms. Donner is a Magna Cum Laude (first in class) graduate of the Master’s Program in Conflict Management at Kennesaw State University, a graduate of Kent State University, and a member of the Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame at Cleveland Heights High School in Cleveland, Ohio. She is named in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who of American Women, Who’s Who in the Registry of Business Leaders, Who’s Who in the Media and Communications and Personalities of America. She is a member of the Golden Key International Honorary. An award-winning interviewer and writer, she has been an active part of Atlanta’s professional community for more than 25 years. She has also been active in Atlanta’s charitable community, donating her time to many worthwhile causes especially those assisting the elderly and the developmentally-disabled. She currently is a corporate sponsor, board member, and past co-chair of the Board of Directors of Visions Anew Institute, an organization that supports and educates individuals and families in the midst of the divorce process. She also contributes volunteer time to The Link Counseling Center, a nationally-recognized facility for psychological counseling in Atlanta, Georgia.

Steve Kirson/Kessler & Solomiany

Steve began his career as a labor and employment lawyer with Ford & Harrison. Steve took a detour from the practice of law and was a Financial Advisor with UBS for half a dozen years, working with business owners and other high net worth individuals. Steve returned to the practice of law fourteen years ago, and has practiced family law exclusively since that time. He is a Senior Attorney with Kessler & Solomiany, a firm practicing exclusively family law, and previously practiced family law with Warner Bates & McGough. Steve is AV rated by Martindale Hubbell, is a Barrister in the Charles Longstreet Weltner Family Law Inn of Court, and has been listed in the Atlanta Magazine Top Family Law Attorneys in Georgia for 2014, 2015 & 2016. Steve’s previous presentations have included the Fiduciary Law Institute of the State Bar of Georgia, the Atlanta Bar Association Estate Planning Section, Emory Business School, Georgia Growth Companies CLE and the Georgia Society of CPA’s. Steve represents business owners, professionals and other high net worth individuals, in divorces, post-divorce modification and enforcement actions, custody and support matters, and prepares prenuptial and post-nuptial agreements.

ABOUT GASLOWITZ FRANKEL, LLC:

GF logoGaslowitz Frankel is an experienced trial practice firm specializing in all aspects of complex fiduciary litigation throughout Georgia and the Southeast. With a focus on representing individuals, companies, banks, and fiduciaries in dispute involving wills, estates, trusts, guardianships, businesses, and securities law, their experienced and highly qualified litigation attorneys have tremendous credentials and a proven history of success.

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STRATEGIC INSIGHTS RADIO: Why it is Essential to Have a Solid Plan To Achieve Success in Business?

Bob Lamp'l and Vlad Rusz

Robert Lamp’l and Vlad Rusz

Today’s topic:Why it is Essential to Have a Solid Plan To Achieve Success in Business?

ROBERT LAMP’L/BUSINESS PLANS & MORE

Robert is the founder and CEO of Business Plans & More, Inc. a spin-off from his other company, Accounting Business Center, Inc. Robert is a member of the Georgia Association of Accountants and Tax Professionals (GAATP), a national organization, of which Robert is the Statewide past President. Also the National Society of Accountants, the National Association of Certified QuickBooks Pro Advisors, the National Advisors Network and he is currently an Abassador for the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce as well as a member of the Suwanee Business Alliance. Robert J. Lamp’l has an M.B.A. with an extensive background in accounting, having 30+ years experience in the public arena as Corporate Controller, Accounting Manager, and Treasurer for small to large companies covering several industries in multi-state environments. He serves as a board member of numerous companies (for both profit and not for profit entities). And in his spare time he performs with a Choral Group and the Northwinds Symphonic Band.

VLAD RUSZ/STERLING ROSE CONSULTING CORP

Sterling Rose Consulting Corp is a Gwinnett County, GA based company that provides business plan creation and review, online and offline marketing, marketing plan creation and review, ongoing marketing services, accounting, bookkeeping, financial analysis, operations and business consulting. Sterling Rose Consulting Corp.’s staff has over 100 years of successful entrepreneurial experience. In addition, the CEO of the Company, Vlad Rusz, has launched and ran four successful businesses that currently range in age from 17 months to 7 years old with gross revenues ranging from $175,000 to over $5.0 million.

Sterling Rose Consulting Corp. prides itself on providing quality, investor ready documentation. The company takes it even one step farther to make sure that the client understands how to effectively present these documents, whether they are being prepared for internal use or outside investors. Sterling Rose Consulting also provides full loan SBA packages, Immigration Visa Business Plans, Commercial Lending Business Plans, Commercial Space, Growth, Not-For-Profit and Venture Capital/Investment Ready Plans.In addition, Sterling Rose Consulting Corp also provides Zoho Customization, Design and Implementation, Custom CRM solutions, Payroll, Bookkeeping and Accounting Services.

 

ABOUT “STRATEGIC INSIGHTS RADIOStrategic Insights Radio” is intended to be an interactive radio show hosted by Sterling Rose Consulting Corp. Listeners can Tweet their questions for a live response on the radio to @sterling_rose1 or via @strategicradio. Also, suggestions on business topics that listeners would like to learn more about are welcome. Please send suggestions to info@sterlingroseconsultingcorp.com.

 

 

 

Brian Douglas with Brian M. Douglas and Associates, Sunil Sehgal with TechArchis Solutions, and Brian Thompson with Corporate Kid Group

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Mike Sammond, Sunil Sehgal, Brian Douglas, Brian Thompson, Steven Julian

Brian Douglas/Brian M. Douglas Associates

Atlanta, GA Estate Planning & Real Estate Attorney, Brian M. Douglas, assists clients in all areas of life & wealth planning. Services provided include estate planning, trusts and estates, planning wills and trusts, power of attorney, probate and trust administration, small business law, corporate law, real estate transactions and law, long-term care and Medicaid, veterans benefits, charitable planning, special needs and disability planning, estate tax planning, business succession planning, Medicaid crisis planning, and asset protection. Brian M. Douglas serves all of Atlanta, Georgia, along with Cobb County, Cherokee County, Fulton County, Forsyth County, Dekalb County, Gwinnett County, and Douglas County.

Sunil Sehgal/TechArchis Solutions

nsTechArcis is a specialized QA and Software testing company. They provide comprehensive testing solutions and services portfolio for complete alignment with your business objectives. Their objective is to address all of your QA and testing needs, deliver testing transformation, and assure continuous improvements.

 

Brian Thompson/Corporate Kid Group

Corporate Kid’s objective is to open doors for high-achieving students who are defying the odds at home or in “environmentally at risk neighborhoods”. They want to give these teens a chance to change the trajectory of their lives by introducing them to highly successful business leaders in “Real World” business settings. Their hope is that these contacts will develop into friendships that may last for years. The much bigger picture is when their trajectory changes, so will the path of their family as they will have the tools to teach their children. The goal is to not be needed as an organization for the next generation.

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OPEN FOR BUSINESS: Joe Moss with Embassy National Bank, Dawn Poplawski with PCC Innovative Solutions, Neel Majumdar with Protiva Consulting, Courtney Spencer with the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce

Johnny Phelps, Courtney Spencer, Dawn Poplawski, Neel Majumdar, Joe Moss

Johnny Phelps, Courtney Spencer, Dawn Poplawski, Neel Majumdar, Joe Moss

Joe Moss/Embassy National Bank

Embassy National Bank was chartered as a community bank designed to fill the financial needs of the south-Asian community here in metro Atlanta. After a slow start, Embassy now lends throughout the southeast and has expanded its deposit territory along the east coast. Embassy also originated the Podcast ‘On the Money‘ produced on the Business RadioX channel. Through this podcast, Embassy attempts to educate the small business community on relevant topics.

Dawn Poplawski/PCC Innovative Solutions

PCC Innovative Solutions is a debt collections agency who supports all types of businesses dealing with commercial and consumer receivables. They don’t just collect on slow paying customers, their focus is in educating businesses on how to reduce bad debt and increase cash flow. Through free consultations and training workshops, businesses will learn what steps should be taken in order to protect their sales or revenue from becoming a collection issue.

Neel Majumadar/Protiva Consulting

Protiva Consulting can position its clients uniquely in the digital space as it goes to great lengths to understand the client’s business, its competitors and the needs of its customers. Their Business Consulting team ensures that they get the Client problem and the Brand & Buyer Persona right which enables their Content Team to produce client oriented content enabling the clients to get maximum reach and engagement through Digital Channels leading eventually to a health Sales Pipeline. Within their Content team Our Print Media, Video specialists also ensure that for all your marketing needs they are there, enabling a strong sense of homogeneity in the content being created. Their Channels team has years of experience in handling Facebook, Twitter, Search Engines, LinkedIn and are well versed with the nuances of these channels. This enables a seamless propagation of content. The Analytics team completes the loop making the marketing campaigns contextual and meaningful.

Courtney Spencer/Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce

The Gwinnett Chamber will be the forum for business, government, education, healthcare, arts/culture/entertainment, and philanthropic and public-service communities to come together to advance our region’s economy and enrich Gwinnett’s quality of life. The mission of the Gwinnett Chamber is to strengthen existing businesses, facilitate the growth of quality job opportunities, and enrich the community’s quality of life. The Gwinnett Chamber serves over 2,000 members throughout metro Atlanta by delivering pertinent and useful programs that strengthen and connect businesses locally, regionally, and globally. The Gwinnett Chamber uses its strategic marketing and communications capabilities to support its members, promote its programs, and enhance economic development efforts.

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SIMON SAYS, LET’S TALK BUSINESS: Derek Peacock with DPeacock Studios, Rick Strawn with Paradigm Security, and Brandon Cockrell with Sandler Training by Simon Inc.

Al Simon, Rick Strawn, Derek Peacock, Brandon Cockrell

Al Simon, Rick Strawn, Derek Peacock, Brandon Cockrell

Derek Peacock/DPeacock Studios

D.Peacock Studios is a full stack graphic web design business service located in Norcross, GA. For over 10 years, D.Peacock Studios has specialized in serving the needs of clients in the private sector with particular emphasis on small business. In that time, their work has been distinguished by three qualities: creative strategy, client collaboration and technology integration. The concept is to provide custom marketing and design artwork for businesses looking to maintain a competitive edge with their brand. The company works on a variety of projects such as photography, print designs, html5 websites, smartphone apps, Flash animations and social media marketing.

Rick Strawn/Paradigm Security Services

Paradigm Security Services was established in 2006, in response to client requests of Strawn Security Services, for highly trained private security personnel, both unarmed and armed, to replace off duty law enforcement officers. Today, Paradigm uses trained and licensed private security personnel to replace certified law enforcement personnel during non-operational hours. Our well-equipped, uniformed private security personnel have superior training to meet emerging client needs. In today’s rapidly evolving world, security providers face complex challenges, ranging from diverting everyday crime to securing facilities and personnel against international home grown terrorism. Paradigm believes these demands bring new responsibilities and substantially higher levels of accountability. Paradigm is available to provide whatever services its clients request and at any required venue, including shopping centers, residential and office properties, sporting venues, logistics facilities, gated communities and construction sites, to name a few. Paradigm also provides Executive Protection Services for high-profile individuals and companies.

Brandon Cockrell/Sandler Training by Simon

Sandler Training by Simon is a sales training, coaching, and business development consulting company based in the Metro Atlanta/Peachtree Corners area specializing in teaching business owners and sales professionals to be effective and consistent with their business development strategies, tactics, and attitudes.

 

STRATEGIC INSIGHTS RADIO: Gwinnett Young Professionals

Erica Williams and Sean George

Erica Williams and Sean George

Today’s show will provide insight into what opportunities and training is available from the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce to support millennials.

Sean George/Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce

The Gwinnett Young Professionals is a personal and professional development program led by the Gwinnett Chamber in partnership with Georgia Gwinnett College. The program encourages young business people to develop and enhance leadership skills, exchange ideas, share common interests, learn more about the area’s business community and engage in the community’s future. The group targets individuals who are ages 21 to 35ish.

Since January, more than 550 young professionals have attended the 32 events hosted by YP designed specifically for the young professional community in metro Atlanta. In addition, YP launched its Leadership Institute and, by December, will have graduated 55 young professionals with a greater understanding of leadership and skills necessary for career growth.

Erica Williams/Sterling Rose Consulting Corp.

Erica is the Market Research Manager at Sterling Rose Consulting Corp. Erica has been with Sterling Rose Consulting Corp for nearly 2 years, prior to Sterling Rose Consulting Corp she worked for Companies such as Hobby Lobby, and Genesis. Erica was also a Campaign Manager for Jon Gauthier for Congress NC-9.

 

ABOUT “STRATEGIC INSIGHTS RADIOStrategic Insights Radio” is intended to be an interactive radio show hosted by Sterling Rose Consulting Corp. Listeners can Tweet their questions for a live response on the radio to @sterling_rose1 or via @strategicradio. Also, suggestions on business topics that listeners would like to learn more about are welcome. Please send suggestions to info@sterlingroseconsultingcorp.com.

 

KM Howard with Ekthesi Advertising & Consulting Firm, Denise Peck with Design House of Flowers Weddings & Events, and Nate Turner with CTR Partners

Mike Sammond, KM Howard, Denise Peck, Nate Turner, Steven Julian

Mike Sammond, KM Howard, Denise Peck, Nate Turner, Steven Julian

KM Howard/Ekthesi Advertising & Consulting Firm

Ekthesi Advertising & Consultant Firm offers you the ability to have quality advertising commercials and top notch business consulting for an affordable cost. Their target market is the new, small and midsize business, as well as new authors and nonprofits, that can’t afford the tens of thousand dollars, but still need the same services to grow their business.

Denise Peck/Design House of Flowers Weddings & Events

Design House of Flowers is a full service custom floral design studio. A one-stop shop! Their professional event and wedding floral designers are based out of Buford, GA near the Mall of Georgia. They are able to achieve the freshest and newest trends in floral design by using the finest elements. Unique rental props, luscious fabric and table linens, and beautiful blooms all combine to make your wedding or event a treasured memory. Flawless events begin with a vision. Color, season and personal style are some of the elements that go into custom floral design. With a wide selection of seasonal styles and color palettes, they can create your vision. Design House of Flowers Weddings & Events offers an endless selection of flower varieties, designs, styles, and event decor to express your vision.

Nate Turner/CTR Partners

CTR Partners represent tenants — the people leasing or buying space — in commercial real estate. They are your advocate, helping you navigate every aspect of commercial office and industrial real estate. Their goal is to make the process easier: from selecting the ideal work environment, to managing complicated lease/purchase negotiations, to ensuring the deal is completed to your satisfaction. Above all, one difference with CTR is their intentional development of long-term, ongoing relationships with every client.

 

Amanda Shook with Advanced Furniture Services and Charity Estes & Chelsea Larko with Cornerstone Coworking

Steven Julian, Amanda Shook, Charity Estes, Chelsea Larko, Mike Sammond

Steven Julian, Amanda Shook, Charity Estes, Chelsea Larko, Mike Sammond

Amanda Shook/Advanced Furniture Services

When Advanced Furniture Services was established in 1995, their main focus was to provide the highest quality service and dedication. It has always been more than a promise, it has been a commitment. Many prestigious financial institutions, Fortune 500 Companies and emerging growth firms have successfully turned to them to meet their office furniture needs. At the end of the day, they are confident that they will be able to deliver superior value and quality service to satisfy their customers.

Charity Estes & Chelsea Larko/Cornerstone Coworking

Cornerstone Coworking is a coworking, meeting & event facility. Coworking is about building a community of professionals within our members who are more productive, innovative and successful because they can collaborate. Cornerstone is not only a space to bring in and impress clients but it’s also a network of businesses sharing new ideas, learning opportunities, and networking possibilities. They also offer a very unique and modern atmosphere that can be transformed to fit your event needs. It is Cornerstone’s goal to truly help their community grow through successful small businesses and creating a professional atmosphere for their member’s to thrive in.

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THE DR. DIONNE SHOW: Hiring Veterans & Athletes

Lex Brown, Dr. Dionne Poulton, Sean Rainey, Sam Douglas

Lex Brown, Dr. Dionne Poulton, Sean Rainey, Sam Douglas

This episode of “The Dr. Dionne Show” features a vibrant discussion about the unique skills and values that veterans and athletes have in common that make them “low risk hires” and invaluable workplace pillars. You will hear the impressive personal stories of Lex R. Brown II, a former athlete and veteran of the U.S. Air Force and Operation Iraqi Freedom, turned entrepreneur; Sam Douglas, former standout basketball player turned corporate executive and basketball coach; and Sean Rainey, who is a boys basketball coach, former athlete and a retired police detective with the New York City Police Department. Listeners, especially hiring managers and HR representatives will learn why “bias” is not necessarily a bad thing when making the decision to hire a veteran or athlete, especially when filling a leadership position.

Sean Rainey & Sam Douglas/Just Skills of Atlanta

The mission at Just Skills of Atlanta is to develop youth to their best potential for both on and off the court, and to prepare them with the skills and mindset of better basketball players. At Just Skills, they are more than letting participants play. They are about skill development. They have a five-fold set of objectives that they set to meet with every participant that is associated with the organization: Conditioning, Instruction, Practice, Mindset, Life Lessons.

Last but not least – They encourage all to enjoy the game!

Lex Brown/Solutions By Lex

Solutions By Lex “Consider It Done” provides word-class writing and consulting services in the following areas of expertise: career enhancement, business development, organizational change, process improvement, startups, technology, military veteran issues, and project management.

 

HOST: DR. DIONNE WRIGHT POULTON

imgresDionne Wright Poulton, Ph.D., is an HR and Leadership Consultant, Educator, Author, Speaker, and Owner of Poulton Consulting Group, LLC (PCG), an HR and Leadership Consulting business specializing in diversity and inclusion, equity, bias, intercultural communication, adult learning, adult behavior, and conflict mediation. Since its inception in 2004, PCG has worked with a wide range of diverse clients in the US and Canada, including in the San Francisco tech and digital marketing industry, K-12 schools, higher education, and many corporate and service industries. Poulton Consulting Group (PCG) is also a government-approved business for local, state and federal level contracts.

Dr. Wright Poulton is also author of the acclaimed book “It’s Not Always Racist…but Sometimes It Is,” which is an extension of her PhD dissertation at the University of Georgia where she researched the racial biases and assumptions of teachers. Her book has received incredible attention, including an outstanding review from world-renowned Kirkus Media. She is also a certified K-12 teacher whose work is inspired by her 16 years of cumulative experiences as a high school teacher and university instructor in public and private institutions in Canada and the United States. Additionally, Dr. Wright Poulton has earned professional degrees from San Francisco State University (M.A.), the University of Toronto/OISE (B.Ed.), and from Rice University (B.A.) in Houston, Texas as a former NCAA Division I track and field scholarship athlete.

In 2014, Profiles In Diversity Journal identified Dr. Wright Poulton as “A Woman to Watch.” She has also been invited for social commentary in print media in the United States and the United Kingdom, as well as for numerous radio shows, including on CBS radio stations in Atlanta, Georgia, and on Tavis Smiley’s Radio Show. Excitingly, the “Dr Dionne Show” debuted in September 2016 on Business RadioX and with a focus on smart dialogue about diversity, leadership and behavior in the workplace and beyond.

Dr. Wright Poulton is originally from Toronto, Canada and is also a former member of Canada’s National Track and Field Team. She currently lives with her husband and their two daughters in Snellville, Georgia.

To book Dr Dionne Poulton as a Speaker for your next event, or for Dr Poulton to facilitate one of her innovative professional development workshops that are based on her PhD research, you can reach her at the following:

Email: dionne@poultonconsultinggroup.com

Phone: 404-323-3842 or 1-877-263-2227 (internationally)

Facebook- Poulton Consulting Group
LinkedIn – @Dr Dionne (Wright) Poulton
Twitter- @DrDionnePoulton

For more information, please visit Dr Poulton’s business website: www.poultonconsultinggroup.com

 

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GIVING BACK TO GWINNETT: Keith Fenton & Charday Jackson with Annandale Village and Nick Reynolds with Hi-Hope Center

Keith Fenton, Charday Jackson, Lynn Robinette, Nick Reynolds

Keith Fenton, Charday Jackson, Lynn Robinette, Nick Reynolds

Keith Fenton & Charday Jackson/Annandale Village

Tucked away on a beautiful 55-acre campus 30 miles northeast of downtown Atlanta, Annandale Village is a special place where men and women with intellectual and developmental disabilities lead lives that reflect quality, independence, self-worth, and achievement with the utmost care and compassion. As a community where people can age in place, Annandale Village offers a comprehensive array of programs and services designed to improve the quality of life of each individual served, according to his or her own unique needs and abilities. Characteristically, individuals served at Annandale Village are 18 years of age or older with a primary diagnosis of an intellectual or developmental disability, and those that have experienced an acquired brain injury.

Nick Reynolds/Hi-Hope Center

Hi-Hope Service Center provides services to adults with developmental disabilities in  Gwinnett County.  Over 50 years ago the parents of six young students from Gwinnett County founded one of the first organizations in Georgia to teach children with intellectual disabilities. The Hi-Hope Service Center, formerly known as Gwinnett County Association  for Retarded Citizens, was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation in 1960. Under the capable leadership of Vinie Lowry, and support from many parents and the  greater Gwinnett community, construction of a special needs school was completed in  1970. In the late 1990s when all student programs, including the pre-school program, were integrated into the public schools, Hi-Hope successfully transitioned to an organization supporting developmentally disabled adults. Currently, Hi-Hope supports 108 individuals through its weekday community access, employment and residential group home programs.