Mid-March has arrived and our chamber members have made us proud: Creature Comforts is competing in the Battle of the Beer Labels, BankSouth has awarded its top outstanding employees, and UGA’s Terry College graduates have once again been ranked nationally for their CPA exam scores.
Each year, CNBC hosts its Battle of the Beer Labels to recognize the creative designs on the outside of the beer bottle. The contest isn’t to judge beers based on their taste but to judge which beer packaging and labels grabbed the consumer market’s attention the most this year. The competition is in a “March Madness” style bracket and people are encouraged to vote online, eliminating more and more labels each round until the final two remain. Our very own chamber member, Creature Comforts, is battling up against another local brewery, Terrapin, in the first round so be sure to cast your vote before March 16th.
At its first Kick-Off and Awards banquet, BankSouth honored members of its team who have performed exceptionally this last year. Vice president of lending, Eric Fletcher was awarded for his merit in exceeding sales and quality goals and preserving a high standard of business ethics and integrity. Vice president of project management and outstanding solutions, Misty Shay Cole and assistant vice president of branch sales and services, Jamie Arnold both received the “Excellence Award” for stimulating innovation and entrepreneurship within the enterprise and for their outstanding work in their designated roles.
UGA grads from Terry College of Business’ J.M. Tull School of Accounting received the No.1 ranking among large programs and the No. 2 ranking among all programs for first-time pass rates on the Certified Public Accountant exams during 2015. Graduates from Terry that were first-time CPA test takers this past year had an 88.4 percent pass rate Those who pass the CPA on their first attempt are extremely well positioned in the job market according to Benjamin C. Ayers, Terry College Dean. 2015 is the fourth straight year that Terry’s first-time pass rate has ranked in the nation’s top five.