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Stand with Georgia Virtual March Will Launch Black Youth Vote Georgia Campaign to Fight Biased Voter Suppression Laws and Promote John Lewis VRAA

ATLANTA, Ga. -- Black Youth Vote Georgia (BYV GA) will host the intergenerational Stand With Georgia Virtual March to launch "Don't Bother My Ballot," a youth-led campaign to fight oppressive voter suppression laws recently introduced by Georgia legislators and to promote the passage of the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. Proposed laws to make it harder for elderly, students, people with disabilities and BIPOC voters to exercise their right to vote include: cuts to early voting, stricter voter ID laws, absentee ballot restrictions, and purges of voter rolls.

Civil rights and labor leaders, clergy, activists and a broad range of organizational leaders will join BYV GA, an affiliate of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation's (NCBCP) Black Youth Vote program, to send a bold message to legislators that they will not stand idly by and accept a new era of racist voter suppression schemes.

"There is an urgent need to stop the ongoing efforts to disenfranchise Black and Brown voters with their New Jim Crow legislation," said Jared Sawyer, Jr., co-coordinator of Black Youth Vote Georgia. "People across the country supported our efforts to get our voters to the polls in the 2020 elections. We're asking people to stand with Georgia once again because, as the late Congressman John Lewis said, 'We're not going back. We are only moving forward.'"

The March will be streamed live at, YouTube and through Facebook Watch on Black Youth Vote GA's Facebook Page. People can find more information on the March and register to attend by visiting or text 'MYVOTE' to 44222.



Congresswoman Nikema Williams - GA-5 District Representative

Ambassador Andrew Young - Civil Rights Leader

Felicia Moore - Atlanta City Council

Charlie Fleming -Georgia AFL-CIO

Jared Sawyer Jr. - Black Youth Vote GA

MaryPat Hector - Black Youth Vote GA

Helen Butler -Georgia Coalition for the People's Agenda

Felicia Davis - Clayton County Black Women's Roundtable

Daniel Blackman - Climate Activist

Ariel Singleton - Georgia Stand-Up

Attorney Gerald Griggs

Rev. Stephen Green


Melanie Campbell -National Coalition on Black Civic Participation/Black Women's Roundtable

Rev. Al Sharpton - President, National Action Network

Benjamin Crump - National Civil Rights Attorney

Richard Womack, Jr. - AFL-CIO


National Coalition on Black Civic Participation



Georgia Coalition for the People's Agenda

HBCU Green Fund

Black Youth Vote

Black Male Initiative

Georgia Stand Up

The People's Uprising



March for Our Lives GA

Youth Power Purpose


DATE: Saturday, Feb 27, 2021; TIME: 11 AM ET


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Facebook Watch: Black Youth Vote GA

Register for the March at or text 'MYVOTE' to 44222


Black Youth Vote Georgia is an affiliate of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation's Black Youth Vote! Empowerment Program, a program focused on engaging and training a new generation of civic leaders and political activists. Through BYV!, students, community advocates and young professionals have gained essential tools that enable them to lead their communities to participate fully in the democratic process and attain greater social and economic justice. As a result, BYV! can boast about their triumphs in reversing the downward spiral among young voters and educating voters who are increasingly disenfranchised and alienated from the electoral and legislative process.


Edrea Davis
PHONE: 770.961.6200/818.613.9521 (cell/text)


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Fernando S. Ereneta, CFP® – CEO of Legacy Wealth Advisors has been named to the Forbes Best-in-State Wealth Advisor List for the fourth year in a row – in Illinois

WARRENVILLE, Ill. -- Raymond James Financial Services is proud to announce that Fernando S. Ereneta of Legacy Wealth Advisors has once again been named to the Forbes Best-in-State Wealth Advisor list!

The recently released list recognizes advisors and practices on a state-by-state basis from national, regional and independent firms.

"For the fourth year in a row, we've been named as one of Forbes' Best in State advisors - in Illinois. We want to Go BIG-begin in gratitude and thank you, the client for this recognition. Legacy Wealth Advisors wouldn't be here without you," said Fernando S. Ereneta, CFP®.

He added, "We are grateful every day that you let us guide and serve you and your Family. I am also grateful to God for each member of the team that serves you."

In gratitude to our clients' continued faith and trust in us - Fernando and the team wanted to pay this forward.

The practice made charitable donations to Doctors Without Borders and Christian Medical and Dental Association (CMDA). The donations approximate $100 per client. Fernando said, "These organizations are making a difference in people's lives here, near and far." He is in awe of the selfless doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals who are on the front lines of the pandemic, dedicating their lives to care for those battling COVID.

Fernando believes that it really puts it all into perspective. He said, "The medical professionals and front-line workers are doing the hard work - so we can maintain some sense of normalcy in our lives during these uncertain times."

We are grateful for them - and we're grateful for you.
Thank you.

Fernando S. Ereneta, CFP®
Registered Principal, Raymond James Financial Services, Inc.
CEO, Legacy Wealth Advisors

Raymond James Financial Services, Inc.
4200 Cantera Drive, Suite 221
Warrenville, IL 60555
888-563-5524 (Toll Free)
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Investment advisory services offered through Raymond James Financial Services Advisors, Inc.

Legacy Wealth Advisors is not a registered broker/dealer and is independent of Raymond James Financial Services.

Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. owns the certification marks CFP®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER(tm), CFP® (with plaque design) and CFP® (with flame design) in the U.S., which it awards to individuals who successfully complete CFP Board's initial and ongoing certification requirements.

About Forbes ranking of Best-In-State Wealth Advisors

Data provided by SHOOKTM Research, LLC.

Source: (January, 2021). The Forbes ranking of Best-In-State Wealth Advisors, developed by SHOOK Research, is based on an algorithm of qualitative criteria, mostly gained through telephone and in-person due diligence interviews, and quantitative data. Those advisors that are considered have a minimum of seven years' experience, and the algorithm weights factors like revenue trends, assets under management, compliance records, industry experience and those that encompass best practices in their practices and approach to working with clients. Out of approximately 32,725 nominations received, based on thresholds, more than 5,000 advisors received the award. Portfolio performance is not a criteria due to varying client objectives and lack of audited data. Neither Forbes nor SHOOK receives a fee in exchange for rankings. This ranking is not indicative of advisor's future performance, is not an endorsement, and may not be representative of individual clients' experience. Neither Raymond James nor any of its financial advisors or RIA firms pay a fee in exchange for this award/rating. Raymond James is not affiliated with Forbes or Shook Research, LLC. For more information:

About Raymond James Financial Services

As of 12/31/2020. Raymond James Financial Services, Inc. is a financial services firm supporting independent financial advisors nationwide. Since 1974, Raymond James Financial Services Inc., member FINRA/SIPC, has provided a wide range of investment and wealth planning related services through its affiliate, Raymond James & Associates, Inc., member New York Stock Exchange/SIPC. Both broker/dealers are wholly owned subsidiaries of Raymond James Financial, Inc. (NYSE: RJF) a leading diversified financial services company with approximately 8,200 financial advisors throughout the United States, Canada and overseas. Total client assets are $1.02 trillion. Additional information is available at

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Senate Reintroduces Legislation to Federally Invest in Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health (AIM) Program

SILVER SPRING, Md. -- Yesterday, the Senate reintroduced the Mothers and Offspring Mortality and Morbidity Awareness (MOMMA) Act, critical legislation that seeks to reduce the disparate maternal and infant morbidity and mortality rates, especially among Black and Brown birthing people and infants. The American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) strongly supports the MOMMA Act.

Spearheaded by Senators Richard Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), the MOMMA Act would, among other initiatives, establish grant opportunities for entities with proven approaches to improving our nation's mortality rate by offering better maternal and postpartum health care.

Specifically, the MOMMA Act would invest federal funding in the Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health (AIM) program, a national partnership of organizations, including ACNM, with goals improving the culture of care to eliminate preventable maternal mortality and severe morbidity across the care continuum.

The American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) strongly supports the MOMMA Act and applauds Senators Durbin and Duckworth for their leadership and commitment to improving the culture of health for pregnant and postpartum people.

"All pregnant and birthing people and babies should be served by a maternity care system that delivers safe, equitable, ethical, and patient-centered care, the hallmarks of midwifery," stated ACNM President, Cathy Collins-Fulea, DNP, CNM, FACNM. "Midwives stand ready to work with policymakers and stakeholders to implement evidence-based solutions, including reducing primary cesarean sections and increasing access to midwives and midwifery-led care models, to help improve maternal health outcomes for all people and communities."

Every year across the United States, of the 4,000,000 people who give birth, about 700 suffer fatal complications during pregnancy, while giving birth, or during the postpartum period, and 70,000 suffer near-fatal, partum-related complications. These statistics disproportionately impact Black and Brown pregnant and birthing people. Through the implementation of a comprehensive set of policies to improve data collection, dissemination of information on effective interventions, and expansion of access to health care and social services for postpartum people, the MOMMA Act is another piece of critical legislation that if realized, can help address escalating rates of maternal mortality and morbidity disproportionately impacting these communities.

Contact Amy Kohl ( ACNM Director, Advocacy & Government Affairs, for more information on the Mothers and Offspring Mortality and Morbidity Awareness (MOMMA) Act.

About ACNM

With over 6,500 members, ACNM is the professional association that represents certified nurse-midwives (CNMs) and certified midwives (CMs) in the United States. ACNM promotes excellence in midwifery education, clinical practice, and research. With roots dating to 1929, our members are primary care providers for women throughout the lifespan, with a special emphasis on pregnancy, childbirth, and gynecologic and reproductive health. ACNM provides research, administers, and promotes continuing education programs, establishes education and clinical practice standards, and creates liaisons with state and federal agencies and members of Congress to increase the visibility and recognition of midwifery care.

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Fairport Wealth Announces 2021 Community Beacon Recipient

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Fairport Wealth is pleased to announce that the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, the largest hunger relief organization in Northeast Ohio, is its 2021 Community Beacon recipient. According to Managing Partner Kenneth J. Coleman, "The pandemic has made fighting hunger an even more pressing issue and we are happy to lend a hand to the Food Bank. Its mission closely aligns with our goal of helping families."

Supporting the Harvest for Hunger Campaign

This year, the Food Bank is celebrating the 30th anniversary of its Harvest for Hunger relief campaign to help combat food insecurity. Fairport Wealth Managing Partner Heather R. Ettinger says, "We are proud to be a part of this effort because, at Fairport Wealth, we emphasize community. We believe it's important to help support those around us, and we're eager to help our neighbors get back on their feet."

Helping Families

Fairport Wealth's team members wholeheartedly agree on the value of assisting the Food Bank and community and look forward to being part of its Hunger for Harvest campaign. In addition to providing financial support, the firm will volunteer at the Food Bank's weekly distribution center, assist with a virtual Harvest for Hunger food drive, and raise money for the organization through events such as a virtual cooking class.

About Fairport Wealth

Fairport Wealth inspires families by providing comprehensive wealth management solutions to high-net-worth individuals and guides them through life's transitions. Clients value our depth of talent and experience, along with our collaborative and approachable style.

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About Luma Wealth

Luma Wealth Advisors is a division of Fairport Wealth that provides women and their families with personalized wealth planning, experienced investment management, and a supportive, enriching community where they can learn, connect, and celebrate with other women. For more information, visit

About Hightower

Hightower is a national wealth management firm that provides growth capital and front- to back-end support services to independent-minded financial advisory businesses and operates as a Registered Investment Advisor. For more information, visit

Securities offered through Hightower Securities, LLC. Member FINRA/SIPC, Hightower Advisors, LLC is a SEC Registered Investment Adviser.

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Personal Injury Attorney Rachel Anthony Has Joined LeMaster & Ahmed PLLC Law Firm

THE WOODLANDS, Texas -- LeMaster & Ahmed PLLC has announced that Rachel Anthony, a personal injury attorney, has recently joined their Houston area office of LeMaster & Ahmed PLLC. The law firm focuses on personal injury cases and has offices in The Woodlands, Texas and Plano, Texas. Ms. Anthony's legal background includes catastrophic personal injury cases and commercial litigation. She is a 2007 magna cum laude graduate of the University of Texas Tech School of Law and a Briefing Attorney for the Honorable Jeffrey V. Brown during his tenure as a Justice at the 14th Court of Appeals in Houston, Texas.

"I am often asked 'What is a personal injury lawyer and how can one help me?' by people who have been injured but have no legal representation," states Ms. Anthony, "and that is a perfectly legitimate question. Our firm offers a free consultation to personal injury victims and I discuss their legal rights and their options for the future. Initially, many injured people are without legal counsel and are not happy with the personal injury settlement offer from an insurance company's attorney or adjuster. Many injured people don't know where to turn and are dismayed and overwhelmed by the insurance claims handling process. This is a critical point in time for the injured party - they need sound legal advice before signing any documents that would settle a personal injury lawsuit. They could easily make the mistake of agreeing to a compensation amount that is far less than what they deserve under the law."

Personal injury attorneys represent people who have been injured by the negligent, reckless, or careless acts of another individual or company. The injury can be physical, emotional, economic, and psychological. Pain and suffering is an important consideration that can increase compensation. There are other personal injury claim categories that are often compensated such as the cost of medical bills, the cost of physical therapy, and loss of income. The key is to obtain good legal advice from an attorney with experience in various personal injury cases. The attorneys and adjusters representing the negligent individual, the insurance company, or other liable company are seasoned experts and have considerable experience with personal injury negotiation tactics. Individuals who - without legal representation - attempt to negotiate with these experienced lawyers and adjusters often find themselves at a significant disadvantage.

"I joined the LeMaster & Ahmed PLLC law firm because of their experience in handling personal injury claims, whether they be through settlement or litigation, and the flexibility of working with a boutique legal team. Perhaps the most common mistake I have seen in this area of law is when an injured person agrees to a recorded conversation with an aggressive insurance company's attorney or adjuster. Yes, they are gathering information which is fine. But the attorney or adjuster is also very keen on seeing the injured person contradict himself or herself - a technique that could substantially reduce the final injury benefits and affect how the personal injury settlements are paid out. In such a scenario, the injured party should always be accompanied by his or her attorney," commented Ms. Anthony.

The lawyers of LeMaster & Ahmed PLLC, including Ms. Anthony, have extensive backgrounds negotiating both for and against insurance companies related to personal injury claims. All lawyers at the firm have spent nearly 40 years combined working directly for the insurers before joining LeMaster & Ahmed PLLC and focusing their practices on representing personal injury victims.

The law firm takes a team approach to each personal injury case in an effort to achieve maximum recovery for their clients. They treat their clients like family and they focus on making their clients whole after their injury.

LeMaster & Ahmed PLLC, Attorneys at Law, encourages anyone who has been injured to fight back. They deserve a fair and equitable settlement for their injuries, their pain and suffering, their physical rehabilitation, their loss of income, and the impact their injuries will have for the rest of their lives. Learn more at:

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International Branded Product Solutions company LR Paris accelerates growth with opening of three new markets in the US

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- LR Paris, the leading Fully Integrated Agency offering Branded Product Solutions since 1959, announced the appointment of three Business Development Directors: Jeff Davis in Charlotte, Craig Foy in Atlanta, and Michael Phares in Chicago.

"LR Paris is fast-tracking its expansion in the US, where we've been managing an increased number of projects outside of our traditional New York and Washington, DC markets. I am therefore all the more delighted to welcome Jeff, Michael, and Craig, three talented leaders who bring their extensive experience and passion to LR Paris. They will actively participate in the growth of the company by contributing their vision and expertise," explains Charles Dolige, CEO of LR Paris.

Launching the LR Paris presence in Charlotte, Jeff Davis brings a background in media sales, public relations, print production, and as an entrepreneur. In 2009 he founded a printing management company and later started a second complimentary company focused on retail service and graphic installation. He is a business development leader with 20 years of sales, marketing, and account management experience. Before his time as a business owner, Jeff had a career in sports media, first as a public relations specialist with NASCAR and later with Street & Smith's Sports Group and Westwood One.

"Thanks to his valuable experience in multiple industries, Jeff brings a deep understanding of the North Carolina market and his business development talents to LR Paris," said Dolige.

Establishing LR Paris' activity in Chicago, Michael Phares is a 30+ years sales veteran. With a career beginning as a sales representative at the Great America Theme Park, he has held sales and marketing leadership positions with some of the hospitality industry's most recognized brands including Marriott, Hyatt, Fairmont, and IHG. Michael is a leader in sales, marketing, and revenue management with a real talent for finding innovative solutions.

"Michael's extensive experience in the hospitality industry brings to LR Paris a strong and global perspective for business development in Chicago, which we consider one of our strategic markets," said Dolige.

Initiating the LR Paris presence in Atlanta, Craig Foy brings more than 25 years' experience to the company. Craig began in sales with a corrugated box company before entering the hospitality industry in 1999. Most recently he served as Director of Sales Latin America with Villeroy & Boch and then VP of International Sales with Oneida Hospitality Group. He has sold in just about every market in the world including the U.S., Mexico, Latin America, Asia, Europe, Australia, and the Middle East.

"We are always looking for skilled leaders like Craig. His experience in the hospitality industry and many markets around the world makes him a perfect fit for LR Paris. I am confident that Craig will be successful in the Atlanta market," said Dolige.

About LR Paris

Established in 1959, with offices in North America, Asia, and Europe, LR Paris is a Fully Integrated Agency that creates and produces Branded Product Solutions.

Having developed an unrivaled expertise and recognized as the authority in Branded Product Solutions, LR Paris is one of the few companies in the industry to have an in-house design team, a logistics and production team, as well as a network of exclusive manufacturing partners all around the world.

LR Paris works with passion for more than 4,000 clients across diverse industries including Banking & Finance, Air & Space, Fashion & Cosmetics, Education, Government, Hospitality, Luxury, Museums, Nonprofits, Pharmaceuticals, Real Estate, Retail, Sports, Technology, and Travel.

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Kids Read Now celebrates partnerships with hometown heroes, delivering books to Ohio students

DAYTON, Ohio -- Kids Read Now has partnered with school districts across Ohio, including Ansonia Local Schools, Troy City Schools, Mapleton Local School District, Greenville City Schools, and Northridge Local Schools, to mail books directly to their students' homes over the summer. The number of students in the Kids Read Now program continues to grow with almost 400,000 books being mailed to students in 2020 alone!

Most students will experience reading skill loss over a typical summer break from school. Creating home libraries is key to preventing a steep learning slide due to summer break and recent extended school closures. "Whether it's the summer slide or the COVID slide, the KRN in-home reading programs are eliminating learning loss and are helping kids gain up to 2.5 months of learning over the summer," said Leib Lurie, CEO of Kids Read Now.

"The kids love getting the books throughout the summer and come in the following school year talking about all the awesome books that they got. I can tell it definitely encourages the kids to read," said Taylor B., Classroom Teacher, Troy City Schools.

"Providing students with high quality texts to read during the summer is absolutely crucial. An added bonus is that students get 'real' mail!" said Jill H. B., Curriculum Director, Black River Local School District.

The Kids Read Now K-3 summer reading program mails eight new books to students and includes exciting multicultural, fiction, and nonfiction titles loved by children. Mailing books builds ongoing enthusiasm but does not require in-home technology. Each book includes guided discussion questions to help improve reading skills and increase family engagement. The ninth book of beautifully illustrated creative writing prompts concludes the program so children can write their own stories. Best of all, kids keep their new books!

Kids Read Now is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with the singular mission to eliminate learning loss for all K-3 students.

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143 New Industrial Manufacturing Planned Industrial Project Reports – January 2021 Recap

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- SalesLeads announced today the January 2021 results for the new planned capital project spending report for the Industrial Manufacturing industry. The Firm tracks North American planned industrial capital project activity; including facility expansions, new plant construction and significant equipment modernization projects. Research confirms 143 new projects in the Industrial Manufacturing sector.

The following are selected highlights on new Industrial Manufacturing industry construction news.

Industrial Manufacturing - By Project Type

- Manufacturing/Production Facilities - 117 New Projects

- Distribution and Industrial Warehouse - 43 New Projects

Industrial Manufacturing - By Project Scope/Activity

- New Construction - 36 New Projects

- Expansion - 51 New Projects

- Renovations/Equipment Upgrades - 59 New Projects

- Plant Closings - 8 New Projects

Industrial Manufacturing - By Project Location (Top 10 States)

- Texas - 10

- Wisconsin - 9

- North Carolina - 9

- Ohio - 8

- Tennessee - 7

- Pennsylvania - 6

- Missouri - 5

- Georgia - 5

- Indiana - 5

- Michigan - 5

Largest Planned Project

During the month of January, our research team identified 6 new Industrial Manufacturing facility construction projects with an estimated value of $100 million or more.

The largest project is owned by Samsung Electronics America, Inc., who is considering investing $10 billion for the construction of a manufacturing facility in AUSTIN, Texas.

Top 10 Tracked Industrial Manufacturing Projects

Specialty fiberboard mfr. is considering investing $800 million for the construction of a manufacturing facility and currently seeking a site in ALBERTA.

Fuel cell mfr. is planning to invest $125 million for the renovation and equipment upgrades on a manufacturing facility at 1025 John St. in HENRIETTA, NY. They have recently received approval for the project. Completion is slated for Summer 2021.

Uranium processing company is considering investing $100 million for the construction of a processing facility in BLANDING, UT.

Biotechnology company is planning to invest $75 million for the renovation and equipment upgrades on a recently leased 187,000 sf processing and laboratory facility in DURHAM, NC. Completion is slated for 2023.

Electrical transformer mfr. is planning to invest $48 million for the construction of a 200,000 sf manufacturing facility at 2000 Hoff Rd. in DYERSBURG, TN. They have recently received approval for the project. Completion is slated for late 2021.

Wood products mfr. is planning to invest $45 million for an expansion and equipment upgrades of their manufacturing facility in JASPER, AL.

Aerospace company is planning to invest $45 million for a 30,000 sf expansion and equipment upgrades on their manufacturing facility in ST. LOUIS, MO. They have recently received approval for the project. Construction is expected to start in Fall 2021, with completion slated for 2022.

Automotive components mfr. is planning to invest $36 million for equipment upgrades on their manufacturing facility at 1231 A Ave. N. in SEYMOUR, IN. They have recently received approval for the project.

Lumber products mfr. is planning for the renovation and equipment upgrades on a recently acquired 425,000 sf manufacturing facility at 14005 W. Old Hwy. 66 in BELLEMONT, AZ. They expect to start operations in late Spring 2021.

Boat mfr. is planning for the renovation and equipment upgrades of a 225,000 sf manufacturing facility on Roberts Rd. in PALM COAST, FL. They have recently received approval for the project. They will relocate operations upon completion in Fall 2021.


Since 1959, SalesLeads, based out of Jacksonville, FL has been providing Industrial Project Reports on companies that are planning significant capital investments in their industrial facilities throughout North America. Our professional research team identifies new construction, expansion, relocation, major renovation, equipment upgrades, and plant closing project opportunities so that our clients can focus sales and marketing resources on the target accounts that have an impending need for their products, services, and indirect materials. Learn more:

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KBKG Welcomes Two New Directors to Atlanta-Based Operation

ATLANTA, Ga. -- Nationwide tax specialty firm KBKG hired two new Directors, Amar Patel and Ian Williams, as part of their Southeast practice. Both Directors join KBKG with over 25 years of combined experience in Cost Segregation and Research & Development Tax Credits, two key services offered by the firm to CPAs and businesses.

As Director of Cost Segregation, Amar has become an expert in cost segregation and large fixed asset depreciation reviews for purposes of identifying Federal, State, and Property Tax benefits. Prior to joining KBKG, Amar spent 14 years at a Big Four firm focused on various specialty tax products, including Cost Recovery Solutions and Research & Development Tax Credits, serving corporate clients and partnerships in a variety of industries, including: retail, restaurant, manufacturing, healthcare, construction, and telecommunications.

As Director of Research & Development Tax Credits, Ian Williams brings extensive experience in the software, heavy manufacturing, aerospace, automotive, and consumer products industries to the KBKG team. Ian is also well versed in defending credit claims with the IRS. Prior to joining KBKG, Ian spent 11 years at a Big Four firm specializing in R&D Tax Credits and Fixed Asset studies.

"We are pleased to have Amar and Ian as part of the team. Their knowledge and experience in Cost Segregation, Fixed Assets, and R&D Tax Credits are of great use to the firm and its success. The addition of our new directors will support the growth this market is currently experiencing, allowing KBKG to serve more Southeastern clients," said Jonathan Tucker, KBKG R&D Tax Credits Principal and leader of the Southeast practice.


Established in 1999 with offices across the US, KBKG provides turn-key tax solutions, including research and development tax credits, cost segregation, green building tax incentives, transfer pricing, and more to CPAs and businesses nationwide. KBKG has offices located in Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, New York City, and Dallas-Fort Worth.

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Monument to an African American Patriot Drummer? You Bet!

BEAUFORT, S.C. -- According to the Georgia American Revolution Preservation Alliance, if one battlefield archaeologist had his way, the first monument placed on the newly preserved Battle of Beaufort, SC site would not be to the two signers of the Declaration of Independence who also fought there. It would be an almost forgotten private. Not that Daniel Battle feels more than one monument is well deserved at one of South Carolina's newest sites.

By the end of 1778, most of the serious fighting of the War for American Independence had been predominantly in the northern half of the new United States. That was about to change as British Forces surged a new invasion into the southern states. During the British Southern Winter Campaign 1778-79, Georgia was overrun from both land and sea with forces invading from Florida and Sandy Hook, NJ. This appeared to it be the knock-out punch that might just end the American Rebellion. It was a chaotic moment when citizens and militia volunteers throughout the South were weighing their options and loyalties.

"If the King's Forces had strategized a forgiveness campaign as some had planned, rather than a war against the citizenry, the outcome of the war may have been much different," Battle claims. Still, a spark of hope in the American cause was desperately needed at this time. Southerners got that from an unlikely place at Beaufort, SC.

"The British had barely secured Savannah before the wharves had become backed up by wagon loads of loot and plunder being sent back out of port to destinations unknown. British officers were freely enriching themselves shipping off captured slaves and plantation commodities," Battle explained.

A British expeditionary naval force soon set off with the same designs for the Lowcountry of South Carolina. That navy flotilla left a trail of destruction, marked by plumes of burning residences, as it went up the sea islands toward Beaufort. After landing near town, however, they found an angry American force under the fiery General William Moultrie awaiting them. On February 3, 1779, British Regulars attempted to march into the town but were soundly repulsed. They were beaten by an ethnically diverse American militia. "This little victory helped bolster volunteers to the American Cause at a pivotal time when support was desperately needed for what was coming for South Carolina. The American Cause was on razor thin margins," Battle explained.

The engagement at Beaufort was the first true land battle of the war in South Carolina and the first victory for the Americans since the southern invasion. One British officer would later recount, with a sneer, the presence of several African Americans within the American ranks. One of these individuals, a free man of color from one of the surrounding islands, was serving as a drummer in the 4th SC Artillery.

"Drummers were critically important in those days because we didn't have electronic communications like radios to give out battle orders. The beat of drums informed our fighting men of such things as keeping to their post or alerting to new orders during the fighting," Battle explains. This was the beginning of Beaufort's Jim Capers distinguishing career. Private Capers would serve in some of the bloodiest battles of the war all the way up to the surrender of British General Cornwallis' at Yorktown.

"He would have likely had the honor to play his drums as the British stacked their arms and this must have been an incredible experience for Capers," Battle states.

During the war, his name had become well-recognized throughout the Southern command according to pension applications. One soldier claimed: "While encamped at Jacksonborough near Charleston, I heard that the 'great Drummer Jim Capers' under (Francis 'Swamp Fox') Marion was wounded at the battle of the Eutaw Springs, South Carolina."

After the war, Capers applied for the first United States pension. Capers and his wife, who was listed as a slave, were denied benefits. Capers died without the United States ever honoring the debt for his sacrifice of service. A simple gravestone in Alabama reads, "Jim Capers a man of Color and resident in the County of Pike & State of Alabama."

"Capers was an unwavering American Patriot who deserves recognition. There is a wrong here that should be set symbolically right. Certainly, we cannot even begin to ponder what the dream of freedom must have meant to soldiers like him. Erecting a monument makes an important statement and helps set the record straight. It bridges a gap with those who have often felt little or no connection with this part of our American History," Battle states.

About Georgia American Revolution Preservation Alliance:

The Georgia American Revolution Preservation Alliance (GARPA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose sole purpose is to study, research, and promote preservation of American Revolutionary War resources in the southeast region of the United States. Our group is made up of professional archaeologist and other specialist who support a range of projects from publications, scientific research, and visual resources for distribution to the public. Our goal is the identification and preservation of endangered battlefields and forts predominantly related to 18th Century America.

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