About Shawndra Russell

Authored 17 articles.


  • Senior Life Insurance to Celebrate 15 Years in Thomasville

    News, May 11, 2015

  • SunTrust’s Savannah City President Proud to Serve 40 Years

    Features, September 23, 2014

    Kay Ford has been the SunTrust Savannah president for seven years and will mark four decades with the bank this year. Ford is a Savannah native, born and raised in Garden City. Living in “The Hostess City” her whole life has given her a unique perspective on the banking needs of residents.

  • Q&A with Gretchen Corbin, Commissioner, Georgia Department of Community Affairs

    Features, August 21, 2014

    On August 1st, Commissioner Corbin celebrated her 1-year anniversary of being at the helm of the Georgia Department of Community Affairs. While she feels that a lot was accomplished in her first year, she has no plans of slowing down and is dedicated to making an even bigger splash—with the help of her great team—in year two. We chatted with Ms. Corbin about adjusting to her role and what else she has up her sleeve for Georgia’s economic development.

  • Pellicano Construction Continues Georgia Expansion

    Features, August 14, 2014

    Pellicano Construction recently opened its fourth office location in Macon on June 2nd. Currently, Pellicano is managing projects across the Southeastern and Midwestern United States to a broad base of clients in the retail, hospitality, healthcare, industrial, corporate commercial, restaurant, entertainment, automotive, assisted living, and faith-based market segments.

  • Merrill Lynch Scorecard Shows Productivity Tied to Employees’ Financial Well-Being

    Features, July 17, 2014

    Merrill Lynch recently released their 401(k) Wellness Scorecard for the second quarter, with results showing a positive increase in financial habits from plan participants. We spoke with James Wallace and Deborah Howard, Managing Directors – Wealth Management, Global Corporate & Institutional Advisory Services, to get their take on the results of the scorecard and why more companies need to become invested in the financial well-being of their employees.

  • Aflac-Backed Communicorp Gives Customers FORTUNE 500 Stability

    Features, June 26, 2014

    The seeds of Communicorp, Inc. started over fifty years ago as a vehicle to provide Aflac headquarters and field force offices with business cards, letterhead, and brochures. The concept quickly grew to an internal print shop chartered in 1981 to the Georgia-based corporation it is today with locations in Columbus and Atlanta, with a presence throughout Georgia.

  • Q&A with Bloody Point Golf Club CEO Kevin McCarthy

    Features, June 23, 2014

    With the renovation of the Bloody Point Golf Club, the launching of Daufuskie Island Rum Company, dinner experiences and more on deck, Bloody Point is destined for a breakout year.

  • JCB 3rd Annual Mud Run Adds Bike Event

    Features, June 13, 2014

    J.C. Bamford Excavators Limited, or JCB, is known for their loaders, excavators, skid steers and other get-the-job-done equipment. But since 2012, JCB’s North American Headquarters in Savannah is also known for their ability to build one heck of a fun mud run course. As they ask on the course registration page, “Really…who could build a better mud run course?” it’s hard not to agree.

  • Blanchard Leadership Forum Brings Big Names to Georgia

    Features, June 12, 2014

    The Jim Blanchard Leadership Forum consistently hosts some of the biggest names in business during this annual event on August 25th and 26th, and this year’s event lives up to its expectations. The 2014 line-up is headlined by Entrepreneur Mark Cuban and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg.

  • CooperCraft, Now ISNetworld Certified and Ready for Continued Growth

    Features, May 14, 2014

    CooperCraft made the move from Sylvester to Tifton December 2011, and the transition has treated the company well. The easy access to I-75, continued growth of Tifton, and larger office space have all led to increased productivity and volume for the statewide company ran by childhood friends Jerry Cooper and Darrell Powell, who lived three houses apart since elementary school while growing up in Sylvester.

  • AT&T Commits to Georgia’s Future

    Features, April 30, 2014

    AT&T made a significant investment in both serving Georgia customers and employing more Georgians in 2013 through the communication company’s Project Velocity IP. Georgia CEO spoke to AT&T Media Relations Manager Ann Elsas on the impact AT&T is having on the state.

  • Q&A with Georgia DOL’s Business Service Unit Director

    Features, April 17, 2014

    As the Georgia Department of Labor approaches the first anniversary of their Business Service Unit, we chatted with Director Linda Manis about their progress in year one and what lies ahead for the BSU.

  • Mercer University Beats Duke; Prepares for Continued Growth

    Features, April 10, 2014

    The past few years have been all about growth for Mercer University—especially in the medical sector--with a continued effort to double the number of medical students by adding more programs for aspiring medical professionals, such as their Ph.D. in Clinical Medical Psychology degree and a four-year program added at the Savannah campus. The Mercer Health Sciences Center, which opened in 2012, is another piece to help "address the shortage of healthcare access in our region," President Underwood says.

  • Visit Savannah Gears Up for a Banner Year

    Features, March 25, 2014

    Visit Savannah, Savannah’s CVB and tourism arm of the city’s chamber of commerce, is an industry leader in destination marketing.

  • The Kennickell Group Approaching 125 Years in Business

    Features, March 20, 2014

    The Kennickell Group, founded in 1892, provides print, international fulfillment, signage, point-of-purchase materials, and marketing services for global businesses through their two Savannah locations, and has partnerships with companies in 30+ countries. This storied history offers plenty to reflect on, and even more to live up to.

  • Georgia Ports Authority Has Banner Year in 2013, Looks to Top It in 2014

    Features, January 22, 2014

    When success is part of your DNA, it can become tempting to rest on your laurels and keep doing more of the same. Or, your company can keep your foot on the gas and strive for more. Georgia Ports Authority certainly falls into the latter category, partly because the whole state—heck, the whole country—is watching.

  • Forecast Remains Sunny for Savannah Chamber and Tourism Arm

    Features, January 14, 2014

    For the Savannah Chamber and its tourism arm, Visit Savannah, 2013 was a very good year. Chamber membership retention held strong at 89% for the second year in a row. The @VisitSavannah Twitter handle was named the best destination marketing account in the world. And at the 30 networking events held in 2013, 7,300 people attended.