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Business briefs: Bank officials promoted
Attorney honored; new physical therapy clinic opens
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Irvin named VP
Covington native Lauri Irvin has joined United Bank as vice president and card product manager.

She holds a BBA in finance from the University of Georgia.

Jim Edwards, CEO, said, “As debit, credit and prepaid cards continue to be increasingly important to our customers, the daily tasks of managing this area of the bank have also become more complex. Lauri has a tremendous background in banking as well as a strong understanding of the communities United Bank serves.

Lauri (Bouchillon) Irvin currently resides in Thomaston with her husband Mark, and two daughters Ann Margaret and Caroline. She is an active member and Sunday school teacher at Thomaston First United Methodist Church and serves as treasurer of Upson County’s Empty Stocking Fund.

Mitchell promoted at United Bank
United Bank President Thomas Kephart announced the promotion of Patsy Mitchell to assistant vice president in a recent meeting of the bank’s board of directors.

A lifelong resident of Covington, she joined United Bank in 2010 as a banking office manager after working with other local community banks.

Kephart said, “It is with great honor that I announce Patsy’s promotion. She is an integral part of our banking team.’’
Mitchell is active in the community as a member of Kiwanis Club of Covington, and as a member of both the Newton and Rockdale Counties’ Chambers of Commerce.

Attorney Trippe honored
Attorney David Trippe has received his 25th consecutive AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell.

Approximately 1 million legal professionals are listed in the Martindale-Hubbell database; only a third of them receive a Legal Ability rating. Fewer than 5 percent achieve the prestigious AV Preeminent rating.

As a strategic partner with Advanced Retirement Planning, Trippe prepares the official documents for legal transactions and provides expertise to clients.

A graduate of Northwestern University, he earned his J.D. and a master’s degree in taxation from Emory University School of Law. Well-versed in tax and bankruptcy law, he sees many clients with issues concerning asset protection.

The Martindale-Hubbell ratings are based on performance in five key areas: legal knowledge, analytical capabilities, judgment, communication ability and legal experience. Attorneys and law firms are evaluated by other members of the bar and judiciary in the U.S. and Canada. Used primarily to help buyers of legal services select an appropriate attorney, the ratings are considered an objective indicator of a lawyer’s ethical standards and professional ability.

New PT clinic opens
A BenchMark Physical Therapy clinic has opened at 11186 Ga. Highway 142 N with Stevi Wheeler, PT, DPT and Malynda Carruth, PT, DPT. The announcement was made by Coleen Rodney-Brown, PT, DPT, regional director for BenchMark.

Wheeler grew up in Conyers. She received her doctorate of physical therapy from University of North Georgia. She has experience in orthopaedic manual therapy and sports medicine and plans to pursue further advanced training in these areas as well as trigger-point dry needling.

Carruth received her doctorate of physical therapy from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and has more than 20 years of experience in orthopaedic physical therapy. She is a Certified Ergonomic Assessment Specialist, making her qualified to perform assessments and determine potential hazards in the workplace or other settings that can contribute to musculoskeletal disorders.