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PCBA Presents Donations to Three Local Charitable Groups



Paint Gwinnett Pink, A. Worley Brown Boys & Girls Club and Corners Outreach each receive $4,000 checks.

The Peachtree Corners Business Association (PCBA) awarded $4,000 checks to three area charity organizations in November and December.

Paint Gwinnett Pink
Left to right: Toby Anderson, PCBA Board; Michael Pugh, PCBA Board; Allison Reinert, PCBA Board; Cindy Murphy, Paint Gwinnett Pink; Dr. Kimberly Hutcherson, Northside Hospital Cancer Institute; Lisa Proctor, PCBA Board; Jennifer Griffen, Paint Gwinnett Pink; Bobbie Menneg; and Donna Linden, PCBA Board.

Paint Gwinnett Pink was presented with the check at the November PCBA Business After Hours Speaker Series. At the November 2022 Business After Hours networking event, a check was given to the A. Worley Brown Metro Atlanta Boys & Girls Club. And Corners Outreach received its check at the December Year-End Celebration.

PCBA President Lisa Proctor said that the PCBA was proud to present the checks to the three charities. The money was raised for the organizations through the PCBA’s annual charity event.

“With the PCBA celebrating our 10 year anniversary, we are more committed than ever to find ways to engage and bring our community together in a meaningful way,” Proctor added.

Corners Outreach
Left to right: Monte McDowell, PCBA Outreach; Carolyn Rehling, PCBA Outreach; Donna Linden, PCBA Board; Allison Reinert, PCBA Board; Lisa Proctor, PCBA Board; Larry Campbell, Corners Outreach; Matt Childs, PCBA Board; Toby Anderson, PCBA Board; and Michael Pugh, PCBA Board.
Boys & Girls Club
Left to right: Carolyn Rehling, PCBA Outreach; Michael Pugh, PCBA Board; Jessie Douglas, Boys & Girls Club; Lawrence Mims, Boys & Girls Club; Monte McDowell, PCBA Outreach; Lisa Proctor, PCBA Board; Allison Reinert, PCBA Board; and Donna Linden, PCBA Board.

About the organizations

Paint Gwinnett Pink is an annual 5K walk/run event with one main mission: helping people in the community who are facing a breast cancer diagnosis by raising awareness and funding the best care possible for cancer warriors in our community.

The walk/run event is the largest breast cancer 5K in Gwinnett County and a celebration of survivorship that raises awareness and funds for breast cancer programs at Northside Hospital Gwinnett. The PCBA also participated in the 2022 race/walk with their Team PCBA.

The Boy & Girls Club of Metro Atlanta has 26 Clubs located in 11 counties across metropolitan Atlanta and serves nearly 8,000 kids and teens each year. During critical non-school hours, the club offers youth development programs that promote academic success, healthy lifestyles, character and leadership.

The mission of Corners Outreach is to equip metro Atlanta’s underserved students of color and their families to lead full lives through educational development and economic opportunities.

About the PCBA

The PCBA is a business membership organization focused on innovative approaches, programs, shared resources, community outreach and opportunities for member businesses and professionals to connect and prosper.

Funds for the PCBA Community Outreach program are raised throughout the year from PCBA membership, sponsorship and the association’s annual charity event. Donations and scholarships are awarded at PCBA’s monthly events.

For more information, visit peachtreecornersba.com, call 678-969-3385 or email membership@peachtreeba.com.

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Waramaug Hospitality Acquires Atlanta Marriott Peachtree Corners



Waramaug Hospitality, a privately held investment firm focused on select-service and full-service hotels, announced on Aug. 23, it acquired the Atlanta Marriott Peachtree Corners. 

The 222-room Atlanta Marriott Peachtree Corners features a fitness center, indoor pool and outdoor fire pit seating area. All meeting and event spaces are equipped for various events, from industry conferences to happy hours and lifecycle events. 

“As the second full-service Marriott Hotel and 16th Marriott-branded property in our portfolio, said Ferit Ferhangil, Principal of Waramaug Hospitality, “we see tremendous revenue growth opportunities for this asset in a thriving market.”

The property, which will now be managed by Aimbridge Hospitality, is located within Technology Park, a regional technology and innovation hub. The 500-acre campus is a destination for technology innovation in the Southeast and home to over 2,300 businesses ranging from tech startups to Fortune 500 companies.

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AJC names Cornerstone Christian Academy the Top Small Workplace in Metro Atlanta



For the 13th consecutive year, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Energage have released their list of Top Workplaces in metro Atlanta. On August 10, Cornerstone Christian Academy, based in Peachtree Corners, was named the #1 Small Workplace in the metro area for 2023.

The honorees were determined based on employee feedback gathered from a third-party, anonymous survey. The survey measured multiple factors critical to the success of any organization. Of nearly 8,000 companies that applied, only 332 businesses were chosen to participate.

Colin Creel, Headmaster at Cornerstone, stated, “We were extremely humbled to hear that we were not only named on the list, but ranked first among small companies. I am very thankful our staff has received this public validation of the amazing work that occurs here at Cornerstone. Our staff deserves all of the accolades they are receiving; Cornerstone is a very special place because of them.”

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Premier Racquet Sports: A Holistic Approach to Tennis Pro Shops



Claude Badowski behind a racket stringer

Calling all racquet sport lovers! Premier Racquet Sports, a tennis pro shop, recently opened on March 15 in Peachtree Corners off Spalding Drive.

This is Premier Racquet Sports’ second location in Atlanta, the other being in Dunwoody. However, this pro shop brings something unique and special to the competition wherever it lands. 

Founded by Corey Matney, with partners Claude Badowski and Bobby McMahan, Premier Racquet Sports is a shop with an emphasis on a community-driven approach to the racquet sports industry. 

In an industry where it can be overwhelming and daunting to adventure into the realm of pro shops, Premier Racquet Sports aims to break the status quo by making tennis available to all. 

“Our goal is anyone who comes in, whether you’ve never played tennis before, never played pickleball before, or you are basically a professional, you will have time spent with you explaining what’s the best kind of choice for you,” said Badowski. “Learning about customers as a person and trying to really build a relationship makes it so that we can help people long term rather than just transact with them.” 

Some of the many pickleball paddles and tennis rackets offered in
Some of the many pickleball paddles and tennis rackets offered in store

More than a business

Matney began stringing rackets in high school to be able to afford tennis lessons and eventually went into college playing Division I tennis. Not only did a passion for the sport drive him to create Premier Racquet Sports, Matney also found an intense need for a friendly business based in the racquet industry. 

“…to be able to offer the community high-level technical services and be able to have everyone feel like they’re getting the same treatment that a professional tennis player would when they come into a tennis shop, and meet their needs,” said Matney. 

As a long-term tennis player, Matney found that service at pro shops could feel impersonal, furthering his drive to create a pro shop that was more than just a shop. 

One way the shop has accomplished this objective is through occasions such as demo days, events where the shop will demo rackets and bags while also running free tennis drills.   

“It’s a great chance for people to talk to us about what’s the best racket for them and what’s the best string for them to hit with it,” said Badowski. “They get to feel the difference, because there’s hundreds of rackets out there and thousands of string and string combinations. It’s very rare for people to be able to try them all and get instant feedback …they can feel the difference.”

Additionally, Premier Racquet Sports will have their next demo day on July 14. This event will feature all Wilson products as well as Wilson’s new racket called the Shift. 

Group of people smiling for picture
Community members celebrate the grand opening of Premier Racquet Sports in March

In-store action

However, this level of care and concern extends beyond their demo days. By walking into Premier Racquet Sports, customers are making their choice of supporting a business that keeps their clients in high regards.

“All of us enjoy being able to help players explore and go down the pathway of finding the right equipment for them,” said Matney. “This is mostly stringing, but also rackets, shoes or any portion of the necessary tennis items; just being able to have that connection to the player and have them know that we are a sounding base for their questions and will help them find what they need.”

Premier Racquet Sports prides itself on its collection of all things tennis. Within their store, they carry all major brands, rackets, shoes, grips and over 250 varieties of string. They claim to be able to have anything a player may desire shipped to their store within two days, too. 

Welcome Premier Racquet Sports to the Peachtree Corners community by stopping by, whether you are a tennis expert or a novice.

Learn more about Premier Racquet Sports here.

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