ATLANTA, GA – Promotional and advertising-marketing firm, New Acquisitions, has made a name for themselves in the Buckhead community due to their philanthropic ventures. Recently, they came together to support one of their newest members, Justin Phillips, at the Make a Wish Foundation’s Walk for Wishes 2017 event in Athens, GA on Sunday, October 15th.
Phillips was diagnosed with leukemia at a very young age and was part of the Make a Wish program during his fight with cancer. Because of this, he has become an avid supporter of the charity and shares his story to spread the word of the organizations’ amazing work.
“I remember how bad it was,” said Phillips when asked to describe his experience with cancer. “I was so young that I didn’t understand why everything was happening to me. There were a lot of painful tests and procedures that I had to go through, and I know it was hard for my parents to see me in pain and not be able to do anything about it.”
Phillips went on to describe his time in the hospital and how it had affected him as a child. He started off by mentioning that one of the of the hardest parts of his stay was the revolving door of other patients that he shared his hospital ward with. Every time a new roommate would move in, they would eventually leave and, as a child, he never understood why. Luckily, he had the support of his family to help encourage him to stay positive throughout his treatment.
“It could have become a very lonely place for me, but I’m thankful that I had my family around me at all times. They never let me feel alone,” said Phillips.
In 1995, Phillips was referred to the Make a Wish Foundation and was chosen as a recipient of a wish. Per the foundation’s website, requests typically fall into five categories:
Out of the many choices that Phillips was presented with, he chose to use his wish to acquire a brand-new desktop computer. With access to the outside world at his hands, Philips was able to escape from his daunting circumstances and spent his time surfing the internet, learning as much as he could about any and everything he could find.
With his new-found love for learning and the support from his family and other loved ones, Phillips conquered his disease and was declared cancer-free in 2000. After leaving the hospital, Phillips went back to school and began his life in remission with a positive outlook on life and health. He went on to play basketball in high school and attended both San Diego Mesa College and Sierra College in California until he relocated to the Atlanta area.
After joining the New Acquisitions team in September, he learned of the company’s passion for charitable giving and jumped at the chance to inquire about their interest in supporting the Make a Wish Foundation’s Walk for Wishes 2017. Of course, the team responded with a unanimous ‘yes.’
The walk was held at the University of Georgia’s Recreational Fields and lasted from 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. with a total distance of two miles. According to the foundation’s website, the event was dedicated to 3 children in the Atlanta area. First, Gabriel, age 3, diagnosed with a congenital heart condition who wished to have a farm play set. Second, Sierra, age 7, diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma who wished to be a police officer. And third, Bowde, age 4, diagnosed with cancer who wishes to have a tree house.
The event was a huge success and participants were able to raise $34,878 of their $40,000 goal. All proceeds went towards making the three recipients wishes come true and all left-over profits will go to other wishes that haven’t been fulfilled yet.
Regional Director of Operations at New Acquisitions, Adam Gerald, was ecstatic when he heard of the event’s success. He went on to describe how proud he was of his team. He said he was inspired by how quickly they jumped behind Phillips when he introduced the idea of attending the event.
“I’m consistently impressed with the willingness of my team to participate in charitable events in the community,” Gerald said. “It’s awesome to be around such giving people, I think they’re what makes our corporate culture so great.”
Phillips also commented on the amount of support that he received from the firm when he told them his story.
“I’m so thankful that I work for a company that would take the time to hear my story and have my back when I needed them,” Phillips said. “It’s so motivating.”
To learn more about the Make a Wish Foundation and how to get involved, visit their website at www.georgia.wish.org
ATLANTA, GA – With the end of summer approaching, the New Acquisitions team is both proud and sad to see a few of their summer interns leave the office and return to the classroom. The promotional, marketing and advertising firm based in Buckhead offered summer internships with the intention of mentoring current students and teaching them crucial skillsets that will ensure their success after graduation.
According to the firm’s website, New Acquisitions’ intern program is centered heavily on cross-training within the organization's major departments which includes experience in marketing, advertising, sales, public relations, and human resources. After completing the internship program, summer interns return to school or enter the work force with real-world experience on top of the knowledge they’ve gained through school.
Zachary Schuch, National Director of Operations at New Acquisitions, credits the success they’ve seen from the intern program to the hands-on approach that the managers use while working with interns in the office.
“We have a strong belief in treating our interns like full-time employees in regards to the duties and responsibilities during their day-to-day,” explained Schuch. “We feel that it’s important they get fully immersed in the ‘real world’, as they’d say. Our interns are taught to manage and handle responsibilities that are vital to not only our progress, but their progress as well. They’re not fetching coffee or making copies for the office, they are just as important as the rest of the team during the time they are here with us.”
One of the first interns that left to return to school was Sebastian O’Neill, who is currently studying marketing at The University of Georgia in Athens, GA. With his graduation date slowly approaching in 2019, O’Neil knew that he needed to gain the experience that future employers would be looking for in their future candidates. According to the former intern, he is more than excited about the personal and professional growth that he gained this summer.
“I worked hard this summer and I feel very fulfilled by what I’ve been able to accomplish here within such a short time,” stated O’Neill. “I feel much more confident in my abilities and I feel like I’m better prepared for life after graduation!”
Also leaving the office is fellow intern Maren Burns, who will be return to Florida State University to start her junior year. Upon entering the office, Burns struggled with public speaking, but soon found herself actively participating and becoming more confident in her ideas and abilities.
“I didn’t really know what to expect when I started this internship because I didn’t have much experience outside of the classroom. Since then I’ve learned how to interact with clients and customers, conduct myself well in a professional setting, and how to present my ideas clearly so everyone can understand and give feedback. I’ve grown a lot personally and I’ll never forget the friends that I’ve made in the office during the summer as well!” Burns said on her experience with New Acquisitions this summer.
According to Human Resources Coordinator, Morgan Wright, the internships at New Acquisitions not only focus on well-rounded training in marketing and professionalism, but also in helping the interns find employment after they graduate. As their internships come to a close, interns are encouraged to visit the Human Resources Department where they can have their professional headshots taken for LinkedIn and other professional profiles. They also receive letters of recommendation from the firm and, if requested, one-on-one meetings with the hiring staff to critique their resume to help them stand out during their interviewing process.
“Of course our interns are encouraged to reapply with us once they graduate, but our ultimate goal is to make sure they are ready for the job search, post-graduation,” explained Wright. “We teach them to think critically about their resumes, LinkedIn profiles, and help them see things from the view of the employer in order to help them land the best position possible.”
ATLANTA, GA, Aug. 14, 2017-Leading Atlanta-based marketing firm, New Acquisitions, prides itself not only in the results it produces for their clients, but also in the personal accomplishments and recognition received by team members as well. So when the team found out its directors, Zack Schuch and Adam Gerald, were invited to speak at a national conference, it’s no surprise that they decided to join them.
As of this morning, August 14th, the New Acquisitions team has officially landed in Orlando, FL, where the conference will be taking place and according to New Acquisitions’ Office Manager, Amber Abrams, the team can’t wait to see their directors on stage.
“It’s great that everyone gets to see Zack and Adam in such a different setting than the office,” explained Abrams. “They get to hear them in the office during meetings and on conference calls on a daily basis, but I’m excited for them to see the impact that these guys can make on a much larger scale.”
With the conference split into two days of individual seminars, the team will also have some time to rest and relax while meeting some new peers. The Gaylord Palms Resort and Conference Center, gracious host to the conference, has over 10 on-site restaurants and a lavish pool. All guests have been encouraged to explore the resort during their off-time and network with peers in the marketing and sales field.
Tagging along for his first national conference with New Acquisitions is account manager, Luke Johanson. A recent college student, Johanson is excited for a chance to watch his mentors speak publicly, but also to learn from the other speakers as well.
“I can’t wait to see Adam and Zack up on stage! I’m pretty interested in what topics the other speakers are going to cover as well. I’m going to be taking a lot of notes, that’s for sure!” exclaimed Johanson.
Graham Craig-Crouch, fellow account manager at New Acquisitions is no stranger to these national conference, but this time around he can’t help but feel nostalgic with Johanson by his side. “I was there for Luke’s first day in the office and I even got to show him the ropes, as they say,” said Craig-Crouch. “It’s cool to think back to someone’s first day and how much they’ve grown since ‘Day One’.”
Not only is the team anxious to hear Schuch and Gerald’s presentations, but they are also excited to see Gerald receive his official promotion to Director of Regional Accounts at the awards ceremony set for tonight. Gerald will be recognized for the exponential growth that he and his team has produced for their clients in front of his peers and others joining the conference.
The moment will surely be monumental, according to Schuch, who has been Gerald’s mentor in business since the beginning of his career in marketing and sales.
“Adam has come a long way since he joined the company coming out of college,” said Schuch on Gerald’s promotion. “All respect that he’s earned within the company, within the organization, and with his peers is 100% deserved. He’s made huge strides and we’re proud to give him this promotion and chance to prove himself further.”
According to current statistics, it is rare for someone who is considered a “millennial” to start on a career path and stick with it for 10+ years. When this was mentioned to Gerald, he commented, stating that being promoted tonight is only the beginning of a new journey.
“It’s crazy to think that an interview I had 10 years ago has led me to where I am today,” Gerald reflected. “It’s very rare that someone can say that they’ve stayed It’s been an incredible journey of ups and downs, but I’m a much stronger person in business and in life because of it. This promotion isn’t an end to a journey but the beginning to an even bigger one.”
To learn more about New Acquisitions and possible career opportunities, please visit http://newacquisitionscareers.com/
ATLANTA, GA –Top performing marketing firm, New Acquisitions, has officially expanded to their newest location in Phoenix, AZ. This is the fourth time this year alone that New Acquisitions has achieved an expansion goal. Regional Director of Operations, Adam Gerald, explained that the need for expansion became apparent at the beginning of the second quarter, which resulted in the new office opening within a few weeks.
Leading the expansion to Phoenix, is New Acquisitions’ most recent promotion, Weston Read, who celebrated his advancement to Director of Operations in January of this year. Read joined the marketing firm’s team in March of 2016 and quickly advanced through entry level and into a Corporate Trainer position. While in the position, he was cross-trained in all major departments of the company, ranging from marketing, sales, public relations and human resources.
Read attributes his success to his background in professional sports and his outgoing nature. In 2012, the Kennesaw State University graduate relocated to Germany to study international business and played soccer on the NCAA men’s team. After spending 3 years studying abroad and teaching English in Germany, Serbia, and Austria, Read moved back to Atlanta where he started his career in marketing and business at New Acquisitions.
“I couldn’t imagine doing anything else,” stated Read when asked about his experience with the company so far. “I’ve always been an enthusiastic and self-driven person, so marketing was something that I picked up easily. However, the training I received here [at New Acquisitions] was the spark that I needed to set my goals higher and to go for an upper level management position in marketing.”
The decision to have Read head the project for the expansion came from Gerald himself. According to Gerald, Read has stood out to him as a strong leader within the office and has no doubts that Read will perform to his expectations.
“Wes was always the most excited person in the office, his enthusiasm for marketing and learning stood out to myself and the management team from day one,” said Gerald on Read’s growth to management. “He was never scared to ask for feedback and he welcomed challenges and solutions as opposed to letting obstacles get him down. All of those qualities are what we look for in a future director at our company.”
As for the rest of the year, Gerald and Schuch both agree that more expansions will be necessary to keep up with the increasing growth of their clients.
“As our clients grow, we must grow as well,” explained Schuch. “My goal is to keep producing for our clients in the next quarter and consider other open markets that we can utilize to spread our clients’ brand.”
Both Schuch and Gerald feel the training that is available to the team at New Acquisitions will be the foundation for any other promotions and expansions that the company will see this year. According to the directors, with the momentum that they’ve seen so far this year, they will continue to produce managers that are ready to lead any future projects that the company might need.
ATLANTA, GA – Promotional advertising and marketing firm, New Acquisitions of Atlanta, GA recently hosted a fundraising event for breast cancer research in Newport Beach, CA. National Director of Operations, Zachary Schuch, who has always included philanthropy in his business ventures, thought the event would be the perfect end to the networking event he personally planned and funded for the company’s managers.
The night began with a limousine bus ride to the Avalon Yacht Charter where a yacht was awaiting the team for complimentary dinner and drinks on the water, all courtesy of Schuch and New Acquisitions. With the team on board and ready to set sail for the night, Schuch announced the main goal of the night: to raise money for breast cancer research and spend time learning from one another.
“I wanted to include the fundraiser to trip, not only to show the managers by example how charity and business can go hand in hand, but also to demonstrate the influence that you can make on the world and those around you while also working towards our professional goals,” said Schuch of the fundraising event.
In attendance of the event was breast cancer survivor and advocate for breast cancer research, Jacque Balbas-Ruddy. Announced as the guest of honor, Balbas-Ruddy gave her testimony to the team over dinner and explained how foundations dedicated to breast cancer research and aiding those affected, have changed her life and helped her through her struggles.
According to Balbas-Ruddy, thanks to foundations such as these, she was able to finish her education while also caring for her children and working a full-time job.
Human Resources Coordinator at New Acquisitions, Morgan Wright, was especially touched by the company’s choice in charity. Wright’s own mother was diagnosed with breast cancer during Christmas 2011, and she’s seen first-hand the damage that the disease can inflict on the sick and their family.
“I’ll never forget that phone call,” Wright recounted of the night her mom called her to tell her the news. “I felt like my world was falling apart and I couldn’t do anything to help or change it.”
ATLANTA, GA - Last Thursday, October 20, 2016, popular Brookhaven restaurant, The Haven was host to a Ronald McDonald House charity event and the New Acquisitions team was proudly in attendance. The team had the opportunity to dine at the restaurant as well as participate in a raffle that the charity had set up outside.
One of the country’s most well-known charities, the Ronald McDonald House Charity foundation helps house families with sick children near the hospital or treatment center where their child is receiving care. The families are able to stay at one of the houses for little to no cost while also receiving home-cooked meals, private bedrooms, and playrooms for other children in the family.
To learn more about the Ronald McDonald House Charity foundation and how to get involved, please visit their website at www.rmhc.org or www.armhc.org for their Atlanta chapter.
The raffle prizes included a $500.00 Macy’s shopping spree for third place, two round-trip tickets (location to be determined by winner) courtesy of Southwest Airlines for second place, and a 2017 BMW 428i Convertible as the grand prize. The winners will be announced in the beginning of December.
“It’s exciting to see how many people are participating, not just for the prizes, but because it’s going to a good cause,” said Amber Abrams, office manager at New Acquisitions. “Even if you don’t win, you know that you were a part of something that helps families in their time of need.”
The New Acquisitions team was able to donate a total of $1,100.00 to the cause by participating in the raffle. Each raffle ticket cost $100.00 and went towards the foundation’s Atlanta chapter.
Abrams received recognition from the team for discovering the charity event and coordinating the corporate outing.
“I’m glad Amber heard about this event and I’m proud of my team for jumping at the chance to participate,” said Zachary Schuch, National Director of Operations at New Acquisitions. “We try to acknowledge our team for their hard work as much as we can, so it’s great that we were able to hang out with them outside of the office while also giving back to the community in the same night.”
Please visit the New Acquisitions website, www.newacquisitionsinc.com, in order to learn more about past charity events and to suggest any upcoming events in the Atlanta area.
ATLANTA, GA — (April 11, 2016) -- New Acquisitions, www.newacquisitionsinc.com New Acquisitions has recently announced their plan for yet another expansion in 2016. Only two months after Corey Watts was selected to extend their business to Fredericksburg, VA, Assistant Director Danny Suarez Jr. has declared his intentions to further his development with the company by taking the next step in his career with his recent promotion. With a background in sales in the medical device industry, Suarez is definitely not a stranger to working hard for what he wants. In fact, his promotion did not surprise him, as growth and advancement based on merit, and not seniority, is only one of New Acquisition’s biggest attributes in the ever evolving and growing field of business and marketing.
Suarez joined New Acquisitions in November of 2015 and has since worked his way from an entry level position to Assistant Director. He feels as though the skills he acquired during the entry level phase of his career has been the foundation for everything else he has learned at New Acquisitions and has earned him respect amongst his peers. When asked how he managed to grow so quickly in the firm, he replied, “A lot of hard work. I definitely made sure that I was a good student and took in a lot of information and was extraordinarily determined and had a real passion for what I was doing everyday.”
A student at heart, Suarez took many personal and professional mentors in the business, as all New Acquisitions’ team members are encouraged to do. He credits Adam Cole as his biggest influence. According to Suarez, Cole was a great example of a leader and Suarez admired him for it. “He’s definitely a person that has established himself as somebody that you can follow.” Because of the example Gerald set for leadership in the office, Suarez feels it’s necessary to pay it forward with his New Acquisitions fellow associates. “Being able to share the opportunity, it’s a big deal for me. And being able to build leaders.”, Suarez said, “Great leaders, build other great leaders.”
Suarez’ performance at New Acquisition’s not only increased company revenue, but also improved the office environment as a whole. Fellow New Acquisitions team member John Wilson commented on Suarez saying that he admired him for always being positive and up-lifting in the office, regardless of any personal issues that he had going on outside of work. Another colleague of Suarez, Yolanda Wilson, also commented on Suarez’ presence at New Acquisitions. “He’s a motivator, he’s an encourager, he’ll break it down for you, you can ask a question and there’s no such thing as a stupid question,” Wilson doted. “He’s a leader, leaders build other leaders.”
As of right now, an official location for Suarez’ expansion has not been announced. However, he can not be more excited for the next phase of his career. Suarez has a plan for rapid growth in his new market and hopes to continue to build momentum in the marketing and advertising field. Not just for himself, but also for his peers. “My next goal is continue to develop the organization and be on a great team,” Suarez stated. “I want to build success, I’m big into building success for not just myself but for others.”
ATLANTA, GA -- New Acquisitions' National and Regional Directors, Zack Schuch and Adam Gerald, teed off with international non-profit charity, Camp to Belong, at their 10th annual Swing for Siblings charity golf tournament. The tournament was held on October 21, 2016 at Bear's Best Atlanta golf course in Suwanee, GA and was held to raise money for the foundation's main purpose: to reconnect siblings separated by the foster care system.
According to the charity's website, more than 400,000 children are currently in foster care in the United States. Data obtained from the 2012 AFSCARS Report, distributed by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, states that between 65 and 85 percent of those children have siblings also in the foster care system and over half of them are placed in separate homes from their siblings. Statistics from the same report also show that the number of youth aging out of the system is increasing and of those, 75 percent do not have or maintain strong sibling connections.
Camp to Belong wants to change that. By hosting events like Swing for Siblings, they are able to raise enough money to fund summer camp programs that allow siblings separated by the foster care system to reunite for a week of fun.
To learn more about Camp to Belong and how to get involved or donate, please visit their website at http://www.camptobelong-ga.org/.
"Siblings may not have the opportunity to read bedtime stories together at night, have breakfast together, cheer for each other at school functions or share precious holidays – all the things that typical siblings get to do each day. Siblings are often taken for granted. Yet, the sibling relationship can be our longest relationship in life," states the charity's website. "Our primary goal is to provide a sense of belonging to youth as individuals, and as siblings, giving them opportunities to share childhood memories together and among other youth in the same situations."
Schuch and Gerald, both having siblings of their own, were touched by the foundation's mission and jumped at the chance to participate. The pair donated $300 together to attend the tournament and invited other New Acquisitions affiliates to join them, bringing their donation to about $600 total.
"It was humbling to learn more about the charity's mission," said Gerald, "It's easy to take things for granted, like having your siblings around. You can tell just by talking to the hosts that this is something they're really passionate about and I'm happy we got to be a part of it."
To learn more about New Acquisitions and their involvement in the community, please visit www.newacquisitionsinc.com.
ATLANTA, GA – New Acquisitions, a promotional-advertising and marketing firm in the Buckhead-Atlanta area, is proud to announce that they have been selected as one of the “Best and Brightest Companies to Work for in 2016” by the NABR Best and Brightest program. Not only has the organization been named “Best and Brightest” in the Atlanta area, but they have also been awarded for being one of the “Best and Brightest” companies to work for in the nation as well.
Upon being asked of the nomination, National Director Zachary Schuch immediately credited his management team. “It’s an honor to be nominated for the ‘Best and Brightest’ award, but I have to give the honor to our managers who work so hard to make sure we’re successful for our clients. Without their hard work and willingness to teach others, we wouldn’t have grown as much as we did in 2016.”
New Acquisitions had another ground-breaking year with expansions to Richmond and Fredericksburg, VA; Denver, CO; Greenville, SC; and Chicago, IL. Since opening, all offices have flourished and have since expanded themselves to other territories in the South and North-Eastern regions.
While raising the bar in the marketing industry, New Acquisitions has also included themselves in the Atlanta community by becoming involved with multiple charities. In 2016 alone, Directors Zachary Schuch and Adam Gerald, donated to over 7 local and national charities. One of the most memorable charity events the New Acquisitions team attended was the For a Day Foundation’s silent auction held in April. Gerald credited this affair as the charitable event that sparked the team’s passion for philanthropy.
“We participated in the silent auction. Some won and some lost, but it really opened our eyes to how much we can really contribute to the Atlanta community,” said Gerald, “Since then we’ve made it a point to stay involved in the community with many types of charities from Meals on Wheels to FurKids of Georgia.”
“It’s become a part of our company culture that we hope to see evolve and grow within our organization,” added Schuch.
With the addition of a new company tradition, came some new additions to the team at New Acquisitions as well. Morgan Wright, Human Resources Coordinator, joined the team in late January and has since helped with the branding development of the company and their affiliates. Wright recently celebrated her first-year anniversary with New Acquisitions and, according to her, has had a year full of growth, both professionally and personally.
“I couldn’t have been luckier to be on the job search when I was,” states Wright. “I was coming from a business where I felt like I wasn’t being heard as a teammate and it’s the complete opposite case here. From day one, Zach and Adam have always appreciated my feedback and I feel like that’s what makes us a great team, we always listen to each other’s ideas.”
Laura Grigoryan, who joined New Acquisitions in May of 2016, has also proved to be an asset to the Human Resources Department. Helping with the development of one of New Acquisitions’ home design and renovation clients, she has helped coordinate production for the client nationwide which has contributed to the program’s growth. “It’s fulfilling work that I’m passionate about,” Grigoryan said about her responsibilities, “I thrive within a fast-paced work environment, so I welcome the challenges this position brings on a regular basis!”
The end of the year brought a change for New Acquisitions’ newest addition to the administrative side, Makaela Nunnally, who switched from the organizations’ Marketing Department to the Human Resources and Administration team. When asked what brought on the change, Nunnally stated that the cross-training offered within the two departments gave her the idea to try something new. “I’ve always been involved in sales and marketing, I’ve never tried something like this before, but I’m really enjoying being the first face that clients and customers see when they walk in the door. I get to set the tone for their entire visit,” said Nunnally on what she enjoys about her new position.
As the new year continues, Schuch is excited for what’s to come next and his personal goal is to double the organization’s expansions from 2016 in the 2017 year. With new Assistant Directors, Jacob Towner and Weston Read, being promoted within the first month of the year, that goal might be reached sooner than Schuch anticipates. “We have a few other team members that we’re looking at to step up for other upper level management positions as well.” explained Schuch.
One event, in particular, that the team is excited for in 2017 is the annual Corporate Get-a-Way, notorious for being held in exotic vacation destinations such as Jamaica, Puerto Rico, and Cancun. According to New Acquisitions’ Office Manager and Human Resources Manager, Amber Abrams, this year’s trip will be the best one yet.
“We’ve already began to coordinate and get plans under way for our Corporate Get-a-Way in 2017,” said Abrams, “We’ve decided to host the event in the Dominican Republic this year and we’re super excited to bring some of our top managers along!”
There’s no denying that the New Acquisitions team has had an incredible 2016. With their trip to look forward to and fresh faces on the leadership core, the team is excited for the growth and production that 2017 will bring.
ATLANTA, GA -- Promotional, advertising and marketing firm, New Acquisitions, is a company that prides themselves in their philanthropic ventures, especially during the holiday season. Their tradition of giving back to the community has continued through their most recent donation to Meals on Wheels' Atlanta chapter.
According to the charity's website, their mission is to support senior independence through providing meals, shelter, education, and a community where they feel welcome and supported. The Meals on Wheels program is designed by nutritionists and are meant to assist seniors 60 years of age and above that are unable to prepare or afford their own meals. In Atlanta alone 200,000 meals are delivered annually and over 130 seniors are currently on a waiting list for the program.
The New Acquisitions team came together to donate a total of 6 weeks of home delivered meals for seniors in the Atlanta area. With their donation, the team was given hand written letters from seniors thanking them for their generosity.
"It was great to see the generosity from those we were able to impact during this time of year," said Amber Abrams, Executive Assistant to the National Director of Operations at New Acquisitions, "When you donate, you know what cause the money is going to but sometimes you don't get to see how it directly affects the people that it's meant to help. The thank you notes were a wonderful surprise and I love that we got to indirectly communicate with the people that we helped."
The donation to the charity hit home for Human Resources Coordinator, Morgan Wright, whose grandfather was a recipient of the program while he lived with her as a child. Wright's grandfather lost his left eye due a work accident in his twenties. Years later, his right eye contracted a retinal disease that caused him to slowly lose the rest of his sight over time leaving him blind.
Since Wright and her brother were both in school and her parents both worked during the day, her grandfather was left alone to prepare his own lunch which proved to be difficult. Her grandfather luckily was chosen to be a recipient of the program shortly after a neighbor had suggested the charity.
"It was so much easier for him to get meals delivered straight to him that were ready to eat, instead of him trying to cook [meals] for himself," said Wright, "Knowing that we are going to help other people like my grandpa was an awesome way to kick off the holiday season. I hope that us donating inspires other companies to do the same."
The New Acquisitions team is excited to start their season of giving and plan to donate to other local charities both during the holidays and into the next year.
To learn more about Meals on Wheels and how to get involved, please visit their website at www.mealsonwheelsatlanta.org.
ATLANTA, GA -- On Monday, October 31st, Alpha Phi Omega, a national service fraternity of Oglethorpe University hosted their annual Trick or Treat in Traer event for the local Boys and Girls Club, local churches, as well as other children from their community. New Acquisitions team members, Trisha Miller, Lauren McDonald, Brandon White, and John Wilson were able to attend the event and participate in the festivities along with the students and the children. The team was also able to assist in running multiple stations at the event.
All children that attended the event were treated with food, crafts, a student-sanctioned haunted house, cookie decorating, illusion stations, and of course, trick-or-treating at the college's freshman dorm, Traer Residence Hall at Oglethorpe University.
From 4:00PM to 6:00PM on Monday night, the team handed out candy, small toys, and other treats to the children as they trick-or-treated through the campus dorms alongside members of Alpha Phi Omega. McDonald, Human Resources intern at New Acquisitions and member of the fraternity, exhibited her creativity by making a pumpkin display with cups and tissue paper for the kids to poke through and find Halloween surprises. New Acquisitions was able to create another inclusive station with clementines and markers where the children were able to create mini Jack-O-Lanterns.
"I was really happy that the 'Poke-A-Pumpkin' was a hit with the kids!," said McDonald on her Halloween project, "Trisha [Miller] was there to help me put it all together, so we had a ton of fun making it and then even more fun watching the kids go at it for their candy and toys."
To learn how to make your own "Poke-A-Pumpkin" for next Halloween, visit http://www.thriftyfun.com/Making-a-Poke-A-Pumpkin-Game.html for ideas.
According to McDonald, the fraternity hosts this event in the tradition of bringing a fun and safe trick-or-treating environment for children in the Atlanta community that may not otherwise have the opportunity to Trick-or-Treat.
"Our hope as an organization is to make sure that the kids are having fun while being safe at the same time," explained McDonald, "It's a win-win because the kids get to have a good time and the parents can relax knowing they're in a safe place."
New Acquisitions recently opened with an unbelievable group of executive managers who have partnered to create a powerhouse marketing team in the Buckhead area. New Acquisitions is a promotional marketing, advertising, sales and public relations company that works with some of the largest clients in the country. Their clients range from home entertainment to consumer electronics.
Expanding more than 5 times last year alone, New Acquisitions has already started exceeding its goals for 2015. Just 4 weeks into the New Year, New Acquisitions expands their newest manager Aleksandar Puric to New York. Aleks is from Krusevac, 100 miles south of Serbia's capital, Belgrade. He worked for a children's theatre in High School which gave him the opportunity to travel abroad and explore the world early. Having an interest in international business he moved to Belgrade to continue his education at the Alpha University, School of International Business, Trade and Commerce. After graduating in 2004, Aleks decided to move to the US and continue his education. He spent the next 9 years working in the restaurant industry holding various front of house positions for one of the biggest and most renowned companies in the country. In 2014, he wanted to make a career change and began looking for a career in the management and business development field. Aleks began working with New Acquisitions on May 9th and quickly excelled into a Corporate Trainer position.
Aleks, in just 7 months from the date he began with New Acquisitions will be managing the New York branch representing only Fortune 100 clients. "We were so proud to promote him to Assistant Director as he has earned it," states Zachary, the National Director of Operations. For their newest Branch Manager Aleks explains, "From the day I began with the company to today, I have grown not only as a person, but also as a coach and leader. I am excited to begin my new journey in New York, but will miss the Atlanta team as I appreciate everything they have done for me."
With the new clientele on the horizon, New Acquisitions is ramping up quickly. With intensive conferences throughout the year, all-expense paid trips to Vegas, Super Bowl, sporting events, vacation destinations and bonuses, New Acquisitions understands the importance of investing in its team. New Acquisitions is slated for success with its 2015 game plan, in which growth and expansion are top priorities. It is clear that the success of the company and employees hardly goes unnoticed at New Acquisitions.
ATLANTA, GA – This past month, National Director of Operations at New Acquisitions, Zachary Schuch, hosted a seminar for his top performing managers in Newport Beach, California. The event, according to Schuch, was to help educate the managers on the importance of press and personal branding for the companies and for the clients that they represent.
A team of Human Resources Coordinators and Public Relations Managers were invited to the seminar along with the top managers to chat with the team about hiring practices and policies, budgets for the offices, and press management for their companies and clients.
“It’s so easy for us as managers to get caught up in the branding for our clients, but sometimes we forget that our own personal branding is just as important,” said Schuch. “We get so excited to represent these huge clients, but we forget to start at the ground floor.”
Schuch invited a team of about 30 managers, as well as their Human Resources Coordinators and Public Relations Managers, to stay at The Duke Hotel in Newport Beach, CA, which was located near the facility they would be using the host the seminar. All meals and events prior, during, and after the seminar were paid in advance by the company.
The first day of the corporate trip was full of networking and catching up between managers and regional managers. The team was treated to a night of unlimited billiards and free food and beverages, at the Classic Q pool hall.
Brandon White, one of the most recent promotions from New Acquisitions commented on the night saying, “I’m so excited to be on this trip and I’m so happy to have been invited! I’m excited about everything that we’re going to be learning tomorrow, but I’m glad we had tonight to get to see everybody in a casual light and get to know each other as individuals and not just business partners.”
The second day of the trip consisted of the seminar itself and was full of presentations and questions from the team. Schuch planned for the meeting to be very interactive as opposed to traditional meetings to encourage the managers to speak up and offer feedback or questions that could benefit the team.
Of the four Human Resources and Public Relations team members selected for the trip, two of them were selected from New Acquisitions’ headquarters in Atlanta, GA. Office Manager at New Acquisitions, Amber Abrams and Human Resources Coordinator, Morgan Wright, were invited by Schuch to present their knowledge of corporate hiring practices and budgeting for the team.
“My part of the presentation was supposed to open the managers’ eyes to their offices’ press and show them that they have the power to manage their brands online,” said Abrams about her presentation to the group. “I think everyone got a lot of good from the entire meeting and I hope we get to do this again soon!
Other events were planned for the team for after the seminar, such as a yacht dinner and a fundraiser for breast cancer research, but overall, Schuch concurred that the meeting was essentially a success.
“Everyone was so attentive and genuinely interested in the topics that our HR and PR team brought for them,” explained Schuch. “I’m excited to see how this new knowledge will help our business grow.”