Jackson Spalding One of “Best Places to Work in Georgia”

Georgia Trend, the Magazine of Business and Politics since 1985, has selected 15 Georgia companies for its 2008 Honor Roll of the “Best Places to Work in Georgia.” The  companies are featured in the November 2008 issue of Georgia Trend; the story and list will be available online at www.georgiatrend.com. An alphabetical list of the winning companies follows.

The magazine’s editorial staff selected the winners from more than 400 nominations submitted by employees from businesses, government offices, educational institutions and nonprofits.

“We wanted to know where the best places to work in Georgia are, so we asked the experts — the employees,” says Georgia Trend Publisher Neely Young.

Any employee at any level could nominate his or her company by using a ballot on the magazine’s website.

This is the third year Georgia Trend has asked employees for nominations; the first year the magazine published the names of all nominated companies. Last year, as this year, the editorial staff selected 15 companies for the Honor Roll.

“We simply asked employees to tell us what makes their company the best,” says Georgia Trend Editor Susan Percy. “And they did. We didn’t just count the number of nominations, we evaluated what each company’s employees had to say about where they work and made our selections accordingly.”

One company, the Bank of North Georgia, is a repeat winner — it was on the 2007 list. Other winners include banks, law firms, a city government and an ambulance service.

Here are the 2008 winners:

Bank of North Georgia
Kessel Stelling, President and CEO

The Beck Group (design & construction)
Brad Phillips, Managing Director

Carroll EMC
Ernest A. “Chip” Jakens, President and CEO

City of Decatur
Peggy Merriss, City Manager

Connecture (automated solutions for healthcare industry)
Dan Maynard, President and CEO

Floyd County Health Department
Pat Townley, County Nurse Manager

Fort Valley State University
Fort Valley
Larry E. Rivers, President

Function (marketing & design)
Dana Castle, Managing Partner

J&J Industries  (carpet)
Jim Bethel, CEO

Jackson Spalding (marketing & communications)
Glen Jackson and Bo Spalding, Co-Founders

Mid Georgia Ambulance Service
Ben Hinson, CEO

Morris, Manning & Martin (law firm)
Robert E. Saudek, Managing Partner

Nalley Automotive Group
Henry Day, CEO

Owen, Gleaton, Egan, Jones & Sweeney (law firm)
H. Andrew Owen, Senior Partner

The People’s Bank
Christopher B. Maddox, President and CEO