Georgia Business News

Georgia Business News – including entertainment, finance, health and medical, non-profit, public policy and technology news from Georgia, U.S.A. (Ga., GA), as issued by the Send2Press Newswire service.


Lawyer Eric J. Hertz, P.C. Files Four Cases Against Sterigenics on Behalf of Cobb County Homeowners

ATLANTA, Ga., Jan. 26, 2023 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Eric J. Hertz, P.C. Trial Attorneys in Atlanta, recently filed four additional property damage cases against Sterigenics. The firm is representing homeowners within a close radius of the plant that were adversely affected. The home values in this area were adversely affected due excessive emissions of a dangerous, cancer-causing chemical called Ethylene Oxide (EtO).

Stephen Walther of Alliance Group Elected to FACC Board of Directors

ATLANTA, Ga., Jan. 26, 2023 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Alliance Group announced that Stephen Walther, Vice President of Sales & Distribution, has been elected to the FACC Board of Directors. Walther will bring with him decades of experience in the Life Insurance and Financial Services Industry, and a long track record of leading innovative and diverse teams of independent insurance agents and agencies across the country. /CORRECTION/

Down Payment Resource’s Q4 2022 Homeownership Program Index shows homebuyer assistance programs have increased in number for fifth consecutive quarter

ATLANTA, Ga., Jan. 26, 2022 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Down Payment Resource (DPR), the nationwide database for U.S. homebuyer assistance programs, today announced findings from its latest Homeownership Program Index (HPI). The firm’s analysis of 2,351 homebuyer assistance programs in its DOWN PAYMENT RESOURCE® database revealed that the net number of homebuyer assistance programs increased by 1.82% from Q3 to Q4 2022.

Down Payment Resource presents Richmond Association of REALTORS® CEO Laura Lafayette with 2022 Beverly Faull Affordable Housing Leadership Award

ATLANTA, Ga., Jan. 17, 2023 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Down Payment Resource (DPR), the housing industry’s leading technology for connecting home buyers with homebuyer assistance programs, today announced that it selected Laura Lafayette, CEO of the Richmond Association of REALTORS® (RAR), as the winner of its 2022 Beverly Faull Affordable Housing Leadership Award.

GOALS Council Announces 2023 Chairperson and Three New Council Members

ATLANTA, Ga., Jan. 12, 2022 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The GOALS Council, a strategic advisory council created by Stack Sports and youth soccer executives, has announced the appointment of Joel Dragan, the Executive Director of Florida Youth Soccer, as the 2023 Chairperson to head the GOALS Council.

Strategic Benefits Advisors offers guidance for plan sponsors as they seek to comply with landmark SECURE 2.0 retirement legislation

ATLANTA, Ga., Jan. 5, 2023 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Independent, full-service employee benefits consulting firm Strategic Benefits Advisors, Inc. (SBA) issued a statement today outlining provisions of the newly enacted SECURE 2.0 Act of 2022 (SECURE 2.0) that are likely to affect most medium to large retirement plan sponsors.

FormFree’s Brent Chandler named a 2023 Industry Titan by National Mortgage Professional

ATHENS, Ga., Jan. 5, 2023 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — FormFree® today announced that its founder and CEO Brent Chandler was featured in National Mortgage Professional’s list of 2023 Industry Titans. The inaugural Industry Titans awards program recognized 24 of the most notable leaders in mortgage lending.

Down Payment Resource’s Rob Chrane honored by National Mortgage Professional’s inaugural Industry Titans award program

ATLANTA, Ga., Jan. 5, 2023 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Down Payment Resource (DPR), the housing industry’s leading technology for connecting home buyers with homebuyer assistance programs, today announced that National Mortgage Professional (NMP) selected its Founder and CEO Rob Chrane to its first cohort of Industry Titans honorees. The 2023 Industry Titans award program recognizes influential leaders that have made impactful contributions to the housing finance industry.

Alliance Group Launches Living Benefits Awareness Month 2023 with Theme: GoFundYourself

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga., Jan. 2, 2023 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Alliance Group launched their sixth annual Living Benefits Awareness Month, or LBAM, to be observed throughout the month of January 2023. The industry-wide campaign, which takes place each January, aims to educate consumers on the importance of owning Living Benefits life insurance and the role it plays in protecting families’ financial security.

Docsnap Partners with FlexCare Digital Health to Expand Services to Members, Families, Employers, Veterans, Medicare, and Medicaid Patients

ATLANTA, Ga., Dec. 30, 2022 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Docsnap, the first nationwide Consumer Health Utility, supports consumers leveraging their HIPAA rights to take ownership of all their medical records. Docsnap announced today its partnership with FlexCare Digital Health to expand access to quality healthcare services for members, families, employees, veterans, Medicare, and Medicaid Patient services.

Alliance Group recently announced the 2023 class of Living Benefits Ambassadors team

ATLANTA, Ga., Dec. 16, 2022 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Alliance Group recently announced the 2023 class of Living Benefits Ambassadors team as part of their upcoming sixth annual Living Benefits Awareness Month campaign. The Ambassadors will head up local grassroots campaigns and work alongside Alliance Group to spread education and awareness for Living Benefits Awareness Month in January 2023.

Eric Ojeda joins Alliance Group staff

ATLANTA, Ga., Dec. 15, 2022 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Atlanta-based Alliance Group, a national IMO, announces the hire of 25-year industry veteran Eric Ojeda as their new Director of Sales Enablement. Ojeda (MAM, LUTCF, ACS, SSRI, ALMI), who previously spent 22 years at Ameritas in their life insurance division, brings a wealth of experience to a fast-growing organization.

Alliance Group Expands Video Marketing Department with Hire of Assistant D/E

ATLANTA, Ga., Dec. 8, 2022 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Alliance Group, an Atlanta-based insurance marketing organization, announced the hire of Josh Thompson as Assistant Director / Assistant Editor. The move comes as part of a recent series of personnel moves to reflect the company’s growing needs as they continue to expand.

Capstone Logistics Named 2022 Top Food Chain Provider by Food Chain Digest

PEACHTREE CORNERS, Ga., Dec. 6, 2022 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Capstone Logistics, a leading provider of end-to-end supply chain solutions, has been recognized as a 2022 “Top Food Chain Provider” by Food Chain Digest, the official magazine of Food Shippers of America (FSA). FSA brings together a community of supply chain and logistics professionals from the food and beverage industry and their suppliers to facilitate education and networking opportunities and improve supply chain efficiency.

Swift Homes Honored in IMN’s Single Family Rental Awards

ATLANTA, Ga., Nov. 30, 2022 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The Information Management Network (IMN) recently announced its Single Family Rental (SFR) Awards and named Swift Homes to the shortlist for Online Marketplace of the Year. The awards celebrate excellence in the single-family rental industry.

Economic-Empowerment Nonprofit Launches Campaign to Raise Funds for Minority Women in Business

ATLANTA, Ga., Nov. 17, 2022 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Millionaire Mastermind Academy (MMA) has launched its Giving Tuesday Campaign to raise $150,000 through November 30, 2022, to support programming that uplifts minority women entrepreneurs through access to professional development, networking opportunities, and access to financial resources, Thinkzilla Consulting Group announced today.

World of Illumination Returns to the Atlanta Metro Area for Third Consecutive Year of Holiday Magic

MARIETTA, Ga., Nov. 16, 2022 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — World of Illumination, the producer of the world’s largest drive-through animated light show, announced its lineup of new events for the 2022 holiday season and headlining the list is Marietta, Georgia. World of Illumination is constructing its larger-than-life holiday light show in the parking area of Six Flags White Water.

FormFree expands its verification of income and employment network through partnership with Truv

ATHENS, Ga., Nov. 1, 2022 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — FormFree® announced that it has partnered with Truv to enhance AccountChek®’s verification of income and employment (VOI/E) reporting capabilities with Truv’s payroll provider network, expanding the modern convenience of electronically sharing payroll data with mortgage lenders to 120 million workers.

Depth Public Relations highlights 16 years of client success with new website unveiled at Mortgage Bankers Association’s 2022 annual conference

ATLANTA, Ga., Oct. 24, 2022 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Depth Public Relations (Depth), a leading provider of consultative B2B marketing, public relations and reputation management services for mortgage fintech innovators, the residential finance industry and technology for emerging regulated markets (regtech) marked the 16th anniversary of its founding with the launch of a new website featuring testimonials from its treasured clients and industry partners during the Mortgage Bankers Association’s Annual Convention & Expo 2022 in Nashville.

FormFree supports Freddie Mac’s launch of innovative underwriting enhancement that uses cash flow analysis to help increase home financing access

ATHENS, Ga., Oct. 20, 2022 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — FormFree® today announced that mortgage lenders will be able to use AccountChek® to help more lenders qualify more borrowers for home financing as a result of a recently announced Freddie Mac initiative that analyzes loan applicants’ account transaction data as part of its automated underwriting system, Loan Product Advisor® (LPA℠).

Down Payment Resource releases Q3 2022 Homeownership Program Index

ATLANTA, Ga., Oct. 19, 2022 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Down Payment Resource (DPR), a technology provider helping the housing industry connect homebuyers with homebuyer assistance programs, today announced findings from its latest Homeownership Program Index (HPI). The firm’s analysis of 2,309 homebuyer assistance programs in its DOWN PAYMENT RESOURCE® database revealed that the net number of homebuyer assistance programs increased by 1.6% from Q2 to Q3 2022.

FormFree’s AccountChek can now be used by mortgage lenders to satisfy Freddie Mac’s assessment of income requirement for loan applicants paid through ADP

ATHENS, Ga., Oct. 18, 2022 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — FormFree® today announced that mortgage lenders can now use AccountChek® to automate income assessment using Freddie Mac Loan Product Advisor® (LPA℠) asset and income modeler (AIM) for borrowers who are paid through ADP.

Power of the Ballot Debate Watch Party and Comedy Show Set Off GOTV Mobilization Efforts with Celebrity Talents BPhlat, Erin Jackson and MESHELLE

ATLANTA, Ga., Oct. 17, 2022 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Call it the calm before the midterm election storm. Georgia Black Women’s Roundtable (GA BWR) treated staff, volunteers, local and national leaders, and members of the community to a night filled with tasty food, great company, and a lot of laughter when they hosted a Power of the Ballot Debate Watch Party and Comedy Show this past Friday, October 14 at IBEW Local 613.

FormFree releases Residual Income Knowledge Index, an intelligent new system for assessing borrowers’ Ability to Pay, to lenders nationwide

ATHENS, Ga., Oct. 6, 2022 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — FormFree® today announced the general availability of its Residual Income Knowledge Index™, or RIKI™. RIKI is an innovative method for measuring consumers’ Ability-to-Pay (ATP®) for mortgages and other loans based on monthly income and spending. When paired with traditional credit scoring models, RIKI offers lenders a more complete understanding of consumers’ creditworthiness and creates homeownership opportunities for those with little to no credit history.

Investors Academy’s Youth Training Program Imparting Life Skills and Job Training for Local Youth in Atlanta

ATLANTA, Ga., Sept. 28, 2022 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Expanding The Investors Academy services to support more teens and young adults, the nonprofit’s Youth Training Program shares life skills, on-the-job training and financial literary skills for youth ages 15 to 24. In its second summer, the program has been funded by the Fulton County Government, with partners including the City of Atlanta, Thinkzilla Consulting Group announced today.

CEO Lee Duncan Marks 20 Years at Alliance Group

ATLANTA, Ga., Sept. 23, 2022 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Alliance Group CEO Lee Duncan celebrated 20 years of service at the company on September 23rd. In his time at Alliance Group, the life insurance marketing organization has flourished, establishing themselves as a leading IMO for independent life insurance agents and agencies.

FormFree raises $55,000 for the American Red Cross of Northeast Georgia at its third annual Heroes Golf Classic

ATHENS, Ga., Sept. 15, 2022 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — FormFree® today announced that it raised $54,705 to benefit the Northeast Georgia chapter of the American Red Cross at its annual Heroes Golf Classic charity golf tournament. Now in its third year, the September 9 event brought together volunteers and 84 at the Lanier Islands Legacy Golf Course in Buford, Georgia to raise funds for local blood drives, humanitarian aid and educational programs.

San Antonio Board of REALTORS® implements Down Payment Resource to raise Realtor and homebuyer awareness of down payment assistance programs

ATLANTA, Ga., Sept. 15, 2022 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The San Antonio Board of REALTORS® (SABOR) today announced that it has partnered with Down Payment Resource (DPR) to provide its approximately 16,000 multiple listing service (MLS) subscribers with access to DPR’s toolset that helps real estate agents connect clients with programs that can help save on down payments and closing costs.

Swift Homes Makes It Easy for Georgia Homeowners to Sell Their Homes Fast

ATLANTA, Ga., Sept. 13, 2022 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Swift Homes, a nationally-recognized enterprise that facilitates home sales for customers across the United States, has worked on many transactions in the State of Georgia. The company is composed of experienced and highly knowledgeable individuals committed to helping homeowners sell their properties as swiftly as possible for competitive cash offers.

FormFree integrates with Docutech to streamline loan production with VOA and VOI/E capture

ATHENS, Ga., Aug. 29, 2022 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — FormFree® today announced the integration of AccountChek®, a service that allows lenders to verify borrowers’ assets, income, employment and rent payment history, with Solex®, a comprehensive eDelivery, eSign, eClose and eVault platform from Docutech®, a First American company.

Roger Guilian, Former Counsel and Risk Management Expert for ENR Top 100 Engineering Firm, Bolsters Greyling Division of EPIC

ALPHARETTA, Ga. and FAIRHOPE, Ala., Aug. 24, 2022 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants, a national insurance brokerage and employee benefits consultant, announced today that Roger Guilian, J.D., has joined the firm’s Greyling division as Senior Vice President, Risk Management.

FormFree and Finastra partnership streamlines borrower verification for improved mortgage loan processing

ATHENS, Ga. and LONDON, U.K., Aug. 22, 2022 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Finastra and FormFree®, a market-leading fintech company that enables lenders to understand people’s true ability to pay (ATP®), have partnered to further streamline electronic borrower verification for mortgage lenders.

FormFree and HomeScout partner to help lenders identify mortgage-ready borrowers earlier in the home buying journey

ATHENS, Ga., Aug. 8, 2022 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — FormFree® has partnered with HomeScout, a wholly owned subsidiary of FirstClose®, to launch HomeScout Qualified Borrower, a tool that helps lenders generate leads and concentrate borrower conversion efforts on mortgage-ready home buyers.

Down Payment Resource releases Q2 2022 Homeownership Program Index

ATLANTA, Ga., July 19, 2022 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Down Payment Resource (DPR), the nationwide database for U.S. homebuyer assistance programs, today announced findings from its latest Homeownership Program Index (HPI). The firm’s analysis of 2,273 homebuyer assistance programs in its DOWN PAYMENT RESOURCE® database revealed that the net number of homebuyer assistance programs increased by 1.6% from Q1 to Q2 2022.

ZKTeco USA collaborates with IMRON Corporation and Z9 Security to launch Atlas access control panels integrated with UnityIS software

ATLANTA, Ga., July 5, 2022 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — ZKTeco USA announced today that IMRON Corporation has fully integrated its Atlas access control panels with the UnityIS software platform, certified as z9/op=n by Z9 Security. With this integration, UnityIS customers now have a vast portfolio of access control panels to choose from.

FormFree announces support for new Freddie Mac Loan Product Advisor enhancement aimed at expanding sustainable homeownership for renters

ATHENS, Ga., June 30, 2022 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — FormFree® announced that mortgage lenders using AccountChek® verification of asset (VOA) reports in conjunction with a Freddie Mac Loan Product Advisor® (LPA℠) solution will soon benefit from an enhancement that takes loan applicants’ 12-month on-time rent payment history into consideration when assessing eligibility for qualified first-time homebuyers.

Galantines Day Gala Celebrates Success and Preps for National Growth: Sherri J. White Brings Together Women to Innovate and Inspire

ATLANTA, Ga., June 24, 2022 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Inspired by remarkable women business leaders and innovators, entrepreneur Sherri J. White launched the Galentines Day Gala in 2021 to award and celebrate standout women across industries and professions. After witnessing nearly 50 percent year-over-year growth in 2022, Thinkzilla Consulting Group is announcing Women in Business nominations are now open for the 2023 Houston event.

Glam Scrubwear Partners with KARE to Support National Healthcare Workers

ATLANTA, Ga., June 17, 2022 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Bringing more glam and purpose to those who need it the most, Glam Scrubwear is partnering with KARE, a labor marketplace that connects qualified caregivers and nurses with senior care facilities, to offer discounted and trendy healthcare uniforms to caregivers, better known as KARE Heroes, Thinkzilla Consulting Group announced today.

Atlanta Native Singer Tony Hightower Kicks Off the New Jazz Concert Season at Friday Jazz at The High Museum in Atlanta Friday, June 17

ATLANTA, Ga., June 13, 2022 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — At a time when Jazz music could truly use a boost in listenership, singer Tony Hightower is on a mission to be the bridge to help a younger generation of appreciators crossover. With his sophomore album LEGACY entering the marketplace in June 2022, all-around singer/entertainer Hightower – a protégé of the late Freddy Cole – is leveraging his R&B and Hip-Hop roots to entice more young people to dig jazz.

Down Payment Resource analysis finds that 33% of declined mortgage applications are declined for reasons addressable with homebuyer assistance

ATLANTA, Ga., June 7, 2022 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Down Payment Resource (DPR), the nationwide database for U.S. homebuyer assistance programs, today announced findings from an analysis showing that a substantial share of mortgage loan applications are both declined for reasons that can be addressed with homebuyer assistance and eligible for homebuyer assistance programs.